One word summarizes my experience: rich. This book covers so many aspects of not just Robert, but of New York history, American history, American politics, the mechanics of achievement, morals, public opinion, the human psyche, and of course transportation.
The reader finds himself drawn to Moses, then repelled by him; rooting for him, then anticipating his downfall; marveling at his unshakable faith in his own ability, then wishing for his detractors to put a stop to his bruising our city.
There are 30 minute passages in this book that read as completely life-like descriptions of life in the tenements, the general state of disrepair of New York's parks pre-Moses, his genius in scraping together, almost dollar by dollar, the financing for the Henry Hudson Highway, the inexorable destruction of a Bronx neighborhood, and more; passages you will bookmark and return to.
I cannot imagine a person who would not find this incredibly valuable. I certainly do.
I love how long and detailed it is. I felt like I lived this book more than read, or listened to it. If you believe that we create our own reality by what we give thought to, a powerful testament to how gripping this book is that after finishing it, I saw that the author is due to speak at my university in a couple of months.
A sense of drama and ease of narration. He makes the waves go deeper, and higher, than I have experienced in a long time.
The description of the lack of recreational facilities for the city dwellers, is very powerful. The reader knows that Moses will fix the picture, or dramatically improve it, but no mention is made of him for about 30 minutes, as the horrible reality pre-Moses, is described in vivid detail.
Parts of this book are very uplifting, as Moses was a man who, for a long time, did many good things for the city's poor. Other parts makes the reader cringe. Whatever the final verdict on Moses is, and it is a very negative one these days, I find it uplifting to dwell on the positives. There are many, and they are magnificent.
This book will make you interested in many subjects, so be ready to become a (more) voracious reader.
I can't imagine anyone having read the Path to Power who wouldn't automatically get this but for the sake of the ultra cautious: this one is also fantastic and if you haven't read Path to Power, it' fine to start here, because you will want to read this again, after you ultimately read Path to Power. I've read the entire series, as yet incomplete, three times and I'm about to again. It's that good.
I just finished reading Ready Player One, one of the most entertaining and immersive books I've ever read. But the thrill is just about gone on the second listen. Not so with the world's best biographies, and this is surely one of them: they get better with each listen because they're so packed with information and perspective, that you just become more and more thrilled each time.
I can't wait for the next volume, and I wish they would clone Mr. Caro so he could write twice as fast!
Good natured sci-fi is what this is. I'm a long time lover of Sci-Fi but I've grown to want literature to be uplifting, inspiring, and deep, all at the same time. This book is funny, endearing and of course full of 80s nostalgia but I don't think the reader needs to be a child of the 80s to like it.
My only criticism is the needlessly dystrophic backdrop: wars have ravaged earth, most people live in dangerous slums etc etc and virtual reality is so popular because of all this. In my view, the world is just fine, and VR is just another add-on to make things more interesting. VR and games are popular right now because they offer great entertainment and as VR gear gets better, the green grass and sunshine outdoors will face ever stiffer competition. No world wars needed.
Jane McGonical explains, in her Reality is Broken, that games seek the virtual world because of the allure of the many game devices such as power-ups. She suggests the education system mimmicks this structure to make learning more exciting, and offers an example of a school where just this principle is used, apparently with success.
It's interesting that the fully virtual learning environment in Ready Player One does not use any such devices.
Anyway, this is part romance, part thriller and part sci-fi, and it is thrilling and exciting so I thoroughly recommend it.
I got this, and The Good Omens, from a list of books suggested to be uplifting, in contrast to many otherwise excellent books, who are not. I mention The Good Omens here because it's similar to Lamb in that it deals with religion in a light hearted, tongue-in-cheek way, uses humor to entertain and sometimes educate, and is well-written and well performed.
Lamb has two things Good Omens doesn't have: sex and violence. Well, Omens has a few very brief passages but nothing too graphical. Lamb, on the other hand, has at least one passage evoking very disturbing images. I subtract one star for this even though to most readers it won't be a problem. The sex isn't graphical, only suggested, and, while occasionally evocative, is presented in such a tasteful and light manner, that I doubt it would offend most people.
Lamb is longer and also more breezy than Omens, which is extremely dense and may require two listens to even get the nuances of the story. Fisher Perkins does a great job with the acting; however, nobody could top Martin Jarvis' split-17-ways-personality tour de force in Omens.
Lamb does a fine job of soothing the mind and transporting the listener from the present, to a different time and place. I recommend it very much, and together with Omens, you will have a treasure trove worth several listens.
I was looking for truly positive and uplifting fiction, and was recommended this. After about 5 minutes' listening, I was laughing out loud which showed me I had taken really good advice.
Good Omens tells the story of two agents, an angel from Heven, and a demon from Hell, who, much like Cold War spies, end up working together to thwart the more destructive forces they represent. It is hysterically funny in many places, and furiously inventive and sprawling.
When the Antichrist is born to human parents, the angel and the demon agree that the child's satanic sides will probably manifest mainly from nurture, so they enlist a saintly and spiritual grartner who teaches the child to look out for others, love the Earth and plants; and a dark and evil nanny who tries to get the kid to take the role of ultimate evil-monger, seriously. The result is a more or less well balanced youngster, who nevertheless possesses powers to end the world, or not.
Martin Jarvis handles the multiple characters with genius and I'm especially impressed by how well he does female voices, and even more especially children. He is a real master of the voice!
This is sure to get worn, oh wait, it won't be!!
I bought A History of Rome because I found I needed a primer before getting full value from Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. The latter starts at about 200 AD and makes many references to the times before, so it's very valuable to have at least a brief understanding of the material covered here.
Rather than just getting through it quickly and then returning to Gibbons, I find myself with many more questions about, and a strong interest in, the beginning of the Empire. Especially the description of the times when Rome was a mere city state among others, is fascinating. One gets a sense of a world with much space between budding cultures and peoples, a world where borders and identities were not yet fixed and where history could be changed by the fortunes of a brief moment.
Rome suffered huge, crippling, and seemingly fatal blows to her power on her way up, and sometimes could easily have been destroyed by a resolute opponent, such as the Cimbri. this barbarian tribe more or less wiped out Rome's army about 105 BC. At that point, had the Cimbri gone south, they could have taken all of the peninsula easily. but they were more interested in Spain, and so went west. And Rome had time to recuperate, and was ultimately victorious. Fascinating story. And there are many more like it.
I recommend this fascinating tome to anybody interested in ancient history. Do not miss Gibbons though.
Riveting, dramatic, instructive. The story really is riveting. The initial description of the Hill Country in Texas is so fantastic, petic, dramatic, revealing, evocative, and rich, that I have gone back several times to listen to it . And I will do so again.
The description of Lyndon's childhood, his fathers travails, rise, and demise and the effect on the family and the boy, are utterly unmatched in contrast and drama. Finally, the way Lyndon copes with it all, using his bright and dark sides to get ahead, ingeniously in both, is very instructive. I believe one can learn as much if not more from the 80% successes than the 100% successes, because their moral or other failings make them come alive more and even a sleazy scheme should be learned from, in that it took drive and courage to perform it, and THAT is never a bad trait to have.
Mr. Sam, Lyndon's dad, is a very powerful and tragic figure and as he falls from grace, and we witness it by painstaking degrees, we develop a love for this character that makes us think of him long after the book is done. I find myself wondering what would have happened if he hadn't done that last unadvisable thing, made that last unsound investment....could he have swung back from failure?...
I won't give away the plot by giving a thorough description. It feels like a novel eventhough it isn't..so I know it's silly but I think you should have the pleasure of discovering it yourself.
Lyndon was courting a young lady and her dad didn't think Lyndon a suitable husband for his daughter. the way he tried to humiliate Lyndon is very dramatic. And the way Lyndon got back at him and the family years later, even more so.
It made my eyes go wide and it made me shake my head and it moved me.
Totally get this, you won't regret it! Also, read The Power Broker
Contrast, legacy, power.
I chose contrast because Mr. Rockefeller undeniably did many fantastic things for humankind. For example, he founded The Rockefeller University which I attended and which changed my life forever. His Standard oil also did many good things in that it brought the benefits of oil to many people. At the same time, some of his business practices were very crude (no pun intended) and unnecessarily harsh. I chose legacy because his legacy is one of the most powerful ones and his achievements touch us every day. Power because of the focus and perseverance that marked his existence.
The description of his extremely colorful family background was so surprising to me that I feel the first two hours are easily worth the entire book.
His second cousin Clive. No, seriously, this is not a good question for a biography. Obviously the main character...
It made me smile many times and laugh a couple of times.
This is a very useful book for everybody who is interested in history and/or business and/or oil etc etc. there are many reasons to get it. I recommend it!
I am an avid Beatles fan and listening to TI, I feel like I'm in Liverpool in the 50s. The book is read with a great English accent and the narrator does a great job of lending distinct voices to men and women alike. Just priceless...
My favorite Beatle? Probably Paul, and you can hear him speaking when the reader quotes him.
Clive does a superb job of the girls, for example Cindy, John's one time gf. A little innocent, and totally star struck.
It's Beatles history so the most moving part has to be when John and Paul first meet. I really felt history being made in that moment...
Anyone who loves the Beatles will LOVE this book. It is so packed with everything you could wish for.
I was surprised at how spiritual it sounds to me. It's there, right underneath the surface. The ending anecdote about being stranded in a snow storm, actually brought tears to my eyes, it was really moving...
Apart from the above mentioned passage, the description of his teaching style vs the traditional one. So eye opening, gentle, and powerful.
I have not but for a while, I thought it was the author reading it, he commanded the material so well.
The description of self I and self II are so recognizable that it feels like meeting an old friend...yourself, that is.
This is the original inner game and I have heard people say that it's the most powerful one. the principles described here are universal to all sports and all activities where performance and pressure play a part, such as for example music. I'm a musician and I'm not going to get the Inner Game of Music. This is the root and the original!
I don't see why anyone would read print anymore but if you're looking for a good reason to switch to audio, certainly having this book read in an awesome Scottish accent is worth it...
I loved hearing about his very humble beginnings. Very inspiring...
When Andrew has a lowly post at the PA railroad and there is an emergency when he is by chance, and not by design, the only one in the shop. He takes it upon himself to deal with the crisis instead of waking up the manager. This taking of initiative is thrilling...
I wouldn't call the book moving, just solid ,entertaining, instructive and sort of endearing.
This title is on several success literature classics lists and it's very clear why. AC seems very level headed, humble, and well able to write. I recommend this title!
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