Writing Down the Bones is one of the five books I'd take with me to a desert island. The other four would have to be blank notebooks, because this book will keep you writing every time you listen to it. I read the book a few years ago, but I like to listen to the audio when I'm feeling down about my writing. It keeps me going. I appreciated Goldberg's reading. It was nice to hear her "New York Jewish accent ... naging [me] to write" (paraphrased from the introduction). I love the authenticity of Goldberg's writing, but her reading adds a lot. It is not a professional reading, but that's whats so great about it. It is endearing and real. It shows that real people like you and me are writing in cafes all over the America. If you have never read this book be prepared to have your life changed. My only regret was the poor audio quality. I have heard this recording before, but it never sounded so awful. It is still worth it to carry it around in your iPod, but I wish the sound was better. The book and the reading get five stars, but the recording only gets three. Even so, it is worth the download.
This is a good book. Although some of the science in the book is hard to swallow, the author makes it believable most of the time.I did have a hard time suspending disbelief some times. I really enjoyed listening to a good space opera with cool aliens and lovable characters. I recommend this book . It isn't perfect, but certainly worth it. I hope the author will write more.
It was very easy to get lost in this book. Clarke's attention to detail and setting is amazing and entertaining. Her characters are deeply human, and her universe vivid. Although some people complained of its length, I was saddened when it ended. I could have kept on listening for a little longer. This is one of those books that blends with your life by filling it with magic where you thought there was none.
It is my goal in life to read (or listen) to avery book that has been awarded a Nebula or Hugo award. They have never let me down, but I was doubtful about the Ender Saga; I mean, how much can you add to the basic premise of a boy in training? A lot! Like many other Nebula and Hugo award winers, the power of this book is in the detailed world in which Card immerses his readers. A rich and detailed book, Enders Game, can, and will transport almost everyone in to a new and gritty world that is a joy to observe though the eyes of a child. The readers do an excellent job at bringing out the overall mood of the novel. I particularly enjoyed the bits with Harlan Ellison, who is a great reader. Another great listen. I give it five stars.
this book is a great introduction to the basics of science. It should be required reading. I enjoyed learning a little more about the world. If you are curious not only about the way things work, but about how we know they work the way they do, this book is for you. Bryson's writing is lucid, clear, and enjoyable. He provides a lot of funny and entertaining anecdotes as well as the facts behind them. This book is good for you, but not in the way broccoli is, rather is like a good green tea full of antioxidants and brain goodness. The book does not answer all of your questions, but it shows you how to ask the right ones. I am glad that I got the unabridged version. I give it five stars.
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