As a lifelong inquirer into religion, faith, and the existence/nature of God, this book appealed to me. What I found inside was an orderly exploration of The Question to which Douglas Adams insists the answer is 42. Haisch uses inquiries into the nature of light to reveal his theory on the nature of the divine. I learned a lot about theoretical physics fr listening, and the science seemed quite compelling. In particular I enjoyed his theory's application to the old Genesis saw, "Let there be light". Turns out that in our particular universe, light is required not only for things to be seen, but to even exist! Which totally blew my mind. I didn't agree with his views on biology and evolution, but he did put a disclaimer here that he is no expert in that area. In sum total, this book was enlightening but by no means a complete answer to The Question. Perhaps it was enough that it did offer a piece of the puzzle.
I do my best to pick out books that catch my imagination, provoke emotion, and dazzle with the skill with which they are written. But Shantaram has blown me away. I've got about 100 titles in my audible collection, and this one is at or near the top for 1)enjoyable listening, 2) provoking deep and meaningful thoughts, 3) teaching me new things, and 4) being extremely well written.
I wiki'ed the author when I was done, sounds like he's had quite a life! And the amazing thing is the meaning he gleans from these strange experiences in exotic lands. The unifying theme that people, instead of things, are what makes life worth living is very compelling. His insights on the heart are eye opening.
The narrator did he most fabulous job I've heard in 100 books. He's absolutely phenomenal how he switches from accent to accent to accent, putting just the right character into each character's dialogue that the character becomes instantly recognizable. Just amazing work.
I loved this book, and I will listen to it again. The metaphors and similes used were fresh and felt original. The writing was absolutely top notch. I highly recommend this book.
Scalzi has another winner in this book! He's a master of his craft, holding suspension, using precise language, and keeping that action high. It's definitely a page turner. The story concept was cool, and the execution was flawless to my judgement. Good book! Makes ya think.
This installment of the monster hunter series doesn't disappoint, with action, tension, high stakes, cool monsters, a twisty plot, and even some romance thrown in between bursts of automatic gunfire. The international monster hunting scene is explored in this book, character back stories are brought out and examined, and new and exciting ways to die are illustrated. There's loads of suspense and conflict, and the prose smoothly flows keeping you in the story and constantly hooked. Correia won't win awards for poetry, but for fast paced action that grabs you and won't let you go, he's a master.
Gun nuts will love this book too, as he spends time accurately depicting gun use and new gun models and attachments. I loved this series, and this book was a fine example of it.
This one sort of got off to an awkward start. We are given that old protagonist with amnesia, and for me it felt really lame at first. This book took a while to get started and a while to capture my interest. But once things started to be explained and revealed, I got hooked. The concept isn't totally original, but it was well thought-out. I took a long time to warm up to the protagonist as well, but I eventually did care about her. I think this must be a new author who isn't yet adept at grabbing a reader's attention. He does have a lot of good content in his book, but needs to work on establishing a hook early on in the story. In summary: this wasn't the best book I've ever read, but it also wasn't bad. If there was a sequel I would probably buy it.
Cline creates a world in our near future that is not only believable, but seems nearly inevitable. Recession turns to Depression, energy is at a premium, climate issues troubles the weather, and people retreat from the world into a more palatable virtual reality. The OASys is a platform that combines the best and worst aspects of MMORPGs into a vast universe with thousands of gaming worlds, all tied together. Because, you see, everyone can only have one avatar for all worlds. This creates a shared identity between virtual identity and real identity that with most people sublimes the real for the more exciting virtual. People retreat from the world, letting it sort of go to heck, and focus their efforts on their online personas. Multinational corporations take up the slack, deciding issues for a society that no longer cares for the real world.
Add a contest for hundreds of billions and control of the game everyone plays to this world, where the only thing everyone agrees on is that intimate knowledge of the late 70's and early 80's will be essential to win. This part was interesting too, as much of the music, games, culture, and even fashion of the time when I was growing up was brought back into the limelight.
The characters introduced are vivid and believable, quirky enough to be fascinating, and have a charm all their own. The plot whips by at a good pace that kept me riveted, unable to stop listening easily. The OASys game as described sounds terribly addictive, and I'm rather glad it's not available or I would be sorely tempted to play it.
This is the best use of a credit I've found in quite a while. Worth it, most definitely.
I wish I'd have been able to listen to this book before I married. I've never read or watched anything that gave such an honest and in depth portrayal of a love story that reached across courtship and deeply into the complications of marriage. For anyone who is or has been married, I would recommend this as a good way to understand your partner and their complex thoughts and fears that contribute to the health of that relationship.
The story was good and well told. It held my interest throughout and I finished the book in a short time as a result. It gave me a lot to think about as well, shining light into some very harsh passages in the Bible which, at a surface level, appear to be God-sanctioned ethnic cleansing. These parts of the Bible have given its detractors ammunition as examples of a wrathful God.
This book used historical context to underline the will of God in detroying the Canaanite civilization as something terrible, but also just. Their society devalued the weak, the alien, the poor, and the young. It also emphasized God's anger at those who persecute the weak and are cruel to children. The citizens of Jericho had a nasty habit of sacrificing their children to their gods. This book took the view that God couldn't abide that sort of thing forever, so He used the nation of Israel to destroy it.
The narrator was very good at portraying the characters, and I also liked her accent, as it went well with the story. The fly in the ointment was the frequent sounds of swallowing and gulping. That should have been sound edited, as it was annoying and distracting. Even with this one detraction, this was still a very worthwhile listen.
Of all the books in the WoT series, I'm ranking these two as #1 and #2. Sanderson is doing an absolutely fantastic job expanding Jordan's world, extrapolating characters and actions to satisfying conclusions, and really "getting" the emotional component of the story. It was long, but honestly not long enough. I found myself checking the length of the story left on my iPod, to make sure there was enough left. And when it was finished, I am just like . . . AAAAUUUGHH! Why isn't the last one ready yet?
Just amazing writing, everything I expected and more.
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