Brad Pitt trailers for the new MoneyBall movie give the wrong impression of the book. The book is about how statistics are interpreted when choosing and using baseball players. You have to really love baseball to keep on listening while the book goes on and on about statistics.
When I went online and watched the movie trailers again I had the background to know what what was happening. This surprised me a little. Do not expect an action-packed adventure about baseball. It is more like a story of a brilliant chess player.
When I was a young boy my dad would read safari books to me. I assume for that reason I love most anything about animals in Africa. In my slightly biased opinion this book will not disappoint you. Once the book gets rolling which doesn't take long you will not want to do anything except hear more.
The narration is fantastic, absolutely fantastic. I bought the printed book for a friend who likes true adventure stories. He will love it but unfortunately he won't get to hear the narration.
The story evokes every emotion with fear being prominent. I kept trying to imagine what it would be like to face down a huge African elephant or even a spitting cobra. How would my senses change when having to be aware of every movement in the environment? Could I ever completely relax?
Anger, laughter, tears and just about every other emotion comes into play. I found myself laughing out loud and cursing under my breath with the author's change of focus.
The book starts off a little slow but gets better and better with each new chapter.
I still laugh about Enzo's lament of not having opposable thumbs. Even if you are not a dog lover now you will be after reading this book.
It might make you think about the way you treat your pet.
Book 2 was similar to Book 1 but not quite as exciting. I don't know how I would have changed it to make it better since it is a nice lead-in to Book 3. I haven't listened to Book 3 yet but Book 2 makes me want to move on to Book 3.
After listening to Book 2 I was a little burned out on The Hunger Games. It has been a week since I finished Book 2 and now I am ready for more. I sandwiched another type of book between Books 2 and 3. I wanted a break from all the murder and mayhem.
A memorable scene in the book is the stadium. It was strange to visualize. Also the ending was unexpected which made it a little hard to follow at first.
Abridged or unabridged was my question to the audible chat guy. He said he usually just gets the unabridged version of the book. This was great advice for this book. I didn't want it to end.
I am old enough to remember most of the things that went on in computer development since before the Apple computer. Much brought back memories and helped me relate to Steve Jobs.
Jobs makes the easy things seem difficult like disagreeing without being mean and nasty. He makes the hard things seem easy. He made billions from Pixar with seemingly little effort. Of course, this is partially because of what the author emphasized.
There is talk of making this book required reading for business schools. It is much too fun to be allowed in a business school.
Some reviews did not like the reader. I saw no problems at all with the reader. He was excellent.
I am a fan of Michael Moore but I have never seen one of his movies or read one of his books. Once I got started listening there was little stopping.
My favorite part was when he had to hire Navy Seals as body guards. When someone hires Seals you know they are in deep trouble and could be killed. Old ex-cop security was not an option.
There was not a dull moment in the book. This was unusual for me but I went back and listened to many chapters again.
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