I was really looking forward to hearing Kotter's latest offering and was not disappointed. The first hand case studies were illuminating and inspiring, it's a shame therefore that different voices were not employed in telling them. I found the use of only one narrator spoilt the impact of the content, I found myself nodding off now and then and/or having to rewind to ensure the point being made stayed with me.
I wanted to understand more about Howard Hughes and had good expectations that this book would enlighten me. However I gave up after Part 1 - it was a long dry litany of names, places and events - no insight or comment upon Hughes life and the man himself. Do yourself a favour and give this one a miss.
Yes, I liked the premise for this novel that genes left in the control of scientists, academics & corporates equals mega trouble ahead for mankind. Despite the superb narration the tale has too much science interwoven around far too many characters - I was losing the will to continue listening and pulled the plug mid-way through. Good idea but too much detail, although I did like the novel approach of using news flashes throughout the story to illustrate how the media would manipulate headlines to grab audience attention. Will look out for other books delivered by the same narrator.
Although a Brit I was captivated listening to this well reseached and narrated piece of native american history - it provides a unique insight into recent american history but from the native american stance. The demise of the Sioux nation is sad tale of ethnic cleansing 19th C. style - and this account of that blot on US history is well told. You are left with the view that if the land/gold grab in the Black Hills had been managed more sensivitely by the government of the time everyone involved would have been a winner - but history is not about sensible actions taken by governments and/orleaders (Iraqi/Iran comes to mind!). The tale also provides a unique insight into the previously untold history of the events of the time and the culture of the Sioux - I can highly recommend this book to anyone interested in american history & native american culture.
Really clever mixing of quantum physics and fiction - plus medeval social history thrown in for good measure - it is not high brow stuffy content, just smart use of fact & fiction - a great story that keeps you listening wherever you are. In my case I listened whilst driving through Wales, sitting in my garden and commuting to the office. The narrator holds you attention and builds up the tension as the story countdown moves to zero!! Another superb tale from Michael Crichton (P.S. take the unabridged version - a much richer tale)
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