I have always enjoyed Clarke's thoughtful commentaries on life and perception as told through his fiction, but this book just book just didn't deliver. The characters were flat and the juxtaposition of historical threads just didn't sound believable.
I'd give it a listen if you want to catch the entire series, but this will be the end of the series for me.
Yes. I was intrigued by the theories of evolutionary psychology to which I had never previously been exposed. I would probably listen again at 2X speed (thanks Audible player) for a refresher. Although I felt the authors went out of their way to avoid placing any moral or value-based judgement on the outcomes and motivations of the decisions we make in our human behavior, I did feel a critical dimension was missing from the book:How do we account for those individuals ho overcome evolutionary tendencies to make decisions that showmahigher human nature?
Well articulated and kept the listener engaged.
Yes. Jim Collin's passion and investment in his research comes through loudly and adds credibility to the work. A first I was slightly put off my his conversational style, but in the end it made the book great,
Selling the mills!
His own passion.
Although the content was well structured for comprehension and implementation, the audiobook format is difficult to follow. The narration did not help.
I bought a tablet e-book version instead.
Superb character developement and the author's ability to transport me to a world I never knew existed and yet was at the same time familiar, make this a delicious read. From the pain of secrets kept hidden, to the joy of forgiveness and personal redemption, this story has changed me.
Great listen! Nobody does timetravel like Connie Willis. Authentic characters and a window into a pivotable point in history. The narration draws you in.
Be sure to reserve a credit for part 2 "All Clear". This first book would be incomplete without part 2.
In spite of being difficult to follow the storyline at times due to the tangle of time travel threads, I loved the character development and view into a fascinating period of recent history. I listened nearly nonstop.
The story line was quite interesting, and I enjoyed the interplay of past and present. At the end I felt questions were unresolved. But I felt the character development was shallow--leaving merely caricatures. I could never quite buy in to the dialog of the mysterious visitors.
Once I got into the story, it was worth the listen, but this is not the story I anticipated.
Plunge into an alternate world with echos of that which is familiar. The delicious imagery and word selection led me deeper and deeper into a reality both believable and alien. The characters are wholely genuine and well developed.
I had to rewind several times to savor the crisp narration that richly colors the story, leaving a lingering, haunting feeling, that left me wanting for more.
This has been one of my favorite books in years.
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