Most audiobooks are listen once and never bother again. This one is a listen twice right away and consider a third time. It's that good. So far my favorite quote is "No sense in crying over unspilt blood".
Imagine The Hitchhiker's Guide with deeper vocabulary or MST3K written in the late 1960's and you get a sense of how much fun this book is.
John Hodgman is an excellent choice for narrator. Unfortunately, the sound editor left some extraneous noises and short repeats that are bothersome, resulting in the 4* performance rating. (it is a team effort)
The author has researched and picked material from legal cases mostly from the 19th century. The lack of scientific explanation is obvious. Also, the cases are picked to illuminate points rather than follow development of a scientific concept. The attachment to Sherlock Holmes seems to have been to tie together what must have been tedious research.
The echoes and poor overdubbing don't help.
Should be on the remainder rack.
Well written story line and character development, tying in real historical events and modern places. Conspiracy theorists and film buffs will enjoy. Given the events of late 2010 and forward, the book is starting to be a little dated.
One thing bothered me: the translation was obviously for an American audience, using Fahrenheit and miles (with one kilogram exception). Since the action all takes place in metric countries, why not just stay with that?
The story reads like a bunch of nerds flaming late night at a Con, with fixed sentence structure. If you don't like Star Trek cliche's, the entire story is worthless.
The narrator communicates the sarcasm, but fails to provide a different "voice" for each character.
It was worth the $2.95 sale price. I wouldn't pay full price or use an audible credit.
the first book, Beat the Reaper, had me laughing the whole time.
unfortunately, this book is little more haphazard and even less plausible. also, the knowledgable soliloquies are longer and more onerous.
despite this, I listened the whole way through
a real disappointment.
this would satisfy evangelicals and their fans.
too bad the product description doesn't mention the preachiness.
I deleted it after listening to the first 3 hours (long road trip)
Being a longtime dog owner/lover, I've been through all the various "training" methods. This is the first one I've used that really makes the dog motivated to achieve results.
It even works on my Alaskan Malamute (a breed that separated itself from wolves when it realized that humans with opposable thumbs can feed canned food easier than chewing the cans open on your own (or just eating the human)).
Only downside.... the name dropping. Who cares?
I thought this book would be a primer on what international relations is... definition of a state, attibutes of sovreignty, mechanics of diplomacy, legal basis for a treaty, etc.
Mr. Wilkinson lambastes realists and deconstructionists while leaving other schools of thought as too unimportant to criticize. (The narrator nicely communicates the sneering tone of the text.)
The book continues with anti-Israel, anti-US, and anti-UK screeds (including thoroughly disproven arab propaganda). Finally at ~30 min the author briefly gives the 4 defining features of a nation state without any elucidation of why or what. How about the effect of the Peace of Westphalia on Leviathan?
The author's intended audience is one person, the new US Sec of State. He wants her (his gender designation) senior staff to tell her that a liberal multilateralist approach is better than neoconservatism (or anything done by GW Bush and Tony Blair). He continues with a laundry list of world problems that could all be solved by cooperating with the UN or regional groups.
At no point does he analyze why multilateralism has numerous failures. Dore Gold's Tower of Babble covers that quite well.
In summary, I was disappointed in the topics and tone of the book. I would not recommend it.
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