On the whole, a worthwhile listen -- if nothing else, for the painstakingly researched insights into the problem and the international eresponse thereto. The plot is engaging, though Forsyth, in true Brit style, occasionally gets bogged down in the details. A little like reading a Greek history at times. Narration was solid, though transitions from section to section were often botched, leaving the listener needing a beat to find their place. If you'd prefer not to read a general description of the ending, stop reading this. Do be prepared to scratch your head a little and simply enjoy the rest of the story.
Pinker skewers those who, either wittingly or willingly pervert science and art in order to prop up a belief system whose time has clearly come. More astonishing is the fact that he does so while giving far more time to the opposing viewpoint. Admittedly, this almost becomes tedious, but each chapter lets you off the hook with a healthy dose of real science. A must read for all natural and social scientists, philosophers and educators.
A few cautions. 1. You will NOT be fluent in Russian after Phase 3, not that this is claimed, but be advised. 2. The lessons take MUCH longer than 30 min once you stop to repeat material and take additional practice. More like 60-90 if you want to do it all in one day. 3. The absence of explanations of basic rules of grammar (case, in particular) will be frustrating more than liberating and will interfere with learning. . There is probably a happy medium someplace.
Having said all this, it is a fairly good way to get on your feet quickly in Russian, as it pertains to a few common situations. Those seeking long term mastery may want to go elsewhere, as it is also a bit PRICEY.
As an exercise physiologist, I am impressed with the depth and breadth of Epstein's research and as a teacher, his accessible style. Having also met and heard speak many of those he interviewed, I had to lol at how on-point his voice impressions were. Well done through and through. An apt and timely answer to the likes of "Outliers" and "Bounce."
These books always fascinate and are replete with practical application. As with the first, they do tend to get a bit bogged down in certain sections, but that's what ff is for I found the prostitution piece a tad boring and devoid of application but the rest were brilliant.
A tight plot with abundant action and healthy doses of reality.
Any number of narrators. Lou Diamond comes to mind. I'm also not sure having two really adds anything in audiobooks in general -- particularly if they are both male. Even a bit distracting. In any event, one highly prepared one beats two less-than- prepared ones. This seemed the issue as opposed to their talents per se.
I would read this author again.
Depends on the characters and narration.
Sorry. I just can't deal with male narrators doing little girl voices.
Yes. Based on previous work alone. Though highlighting a current and important global issue, this one just didn't do it for me. With respect to two narrators (both excellent incidentally), somehow, I don't find it necessary.Gender doesn't get lost with a good narration.
The ending. A tad scooby-doo.
This is ny first DeMille and umpteenth Brick. The story is solid but evolves at an excruciating pace. You get the feeling Thor or Flynn would do in a page what DeMille does in 30 and not lose much. The upside is good character development. Brick is good with accents and a solid narrator in general. Though, I do wish he'd experiment with tones other than grave and flip....a lot of middle ground gets lost.
An interesting new character, great action but the story line just left a bit to be desired. Not Baldacci's best.
Blends cutting-edge research with timely, humanistic, and frequently humorous narrating to make one of the top "must reads" of the past two decades. A truly important book.
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