First I would like to say that the reader is great. Whenever a English accented reader is needed he should be the first one chosen because he has the flavor needed without the difficulty to understand.
Anyway I love all Dan Ariely's books. In many ways they are similar to "Freakenomics" but I tend to like them a bit better because they seem to me to be scientific in their conclusions... although both are great.
This book about honesty is something we all need to think about and it makes me wonder if humans can ever really be honest.
The one shortcoming in the book is basicallly talking about lying to ourselves he never goes into religion. For example Christians claim to follow Jesus yet he primarily preached sharing all we have with others... particularly the poor... which is something few do. Modern Christians today mainly attack abortion and gays which is something Jesus never preached against yet the main thing he did preach is largely ignored. Not trying to pick on Christians because the same contradictions (lies) are found in all religions.
Amazing book told in a way that keeps you glued to the reading as if listening to a thriller. Challenges all our beliefs and shows us history from a more honest scientific point of view. Like the book "Lies My Teacher Told Me" it has shaken my world view. Great book and reader but beware it might blow away some of your most treasured fantasies.
Jonathan Stone is a deep writer. He develops the characters so that you really feel them. He makes you think and look into yourself. And he traps you in the story. Luckily he has the perfect reader to give justice to words usually found in American classic. Fun and more.
The Number One Ladies Detective Agency is not as much fun as it was when the series first started. The main reason is that most have the books, after the first few, have little or no mysteries that need to be solved by a detective in them. In other words much of the fun that could be had is missing. Instead what we have is the daily drama of the two main characters told in a cute way. This story does have one minor mystery which an idiot could have solved in a few pages so the rest of the book is just filler.
It was nice to read my first science fiction story by a Chinese author but the story was a bit slow and monotonous. The worst part was the description of the video game in the story which was boring and didn't make the kind of sense it should have. The best parts where the characters and the telling of parts of Chinese culture that few of us ever hear about. It was the Chinese prospective on this story that kept me listening.
The Harry Bosch at the best of times can be a bit dry and bland but the better ones pick up speed and have surprise endings. This is one of the least exciting and most disappointing. The story was bland most of the way through and it never really picked up speed. Also the ending seemed very flat. Was looking forward to this one because the last 3 or 4 seemed to be getting better and better. This book is recommended only for the Harry Bosch fans that need to read every one in the series.
This is the first John Grisham book I couldn't finish. I've read and loved them all but I just couldn't get into this one. The message of the book is Important but I didn't like the characters much. The town the story takes place in is very depressing (why would anyone want to live there... or visit their as a reader) Like many other reviewers I wasn't as impressed with the reader. Don't know why he has stopped using Michael Bech which was always the best for his books. Sure I know the main character was a woman but good male readers can handle that or there are loads of other female readers that would have been better suited for this project.
I wanted to like this book and hope John's next one is back to the style I love so much.
Great idea for a book but the actually story can be a bit silly and flat. Had fun with it but it didn't hold me like I like from a story. Characters are a bit silly but I can't decide if that was fun or annoying or a bit of both.
I was disappointed in this 3rd in the John Puller series. First of all the main character is to flat and two dimensional. It was a little cute but not as over done in the earlier books but it balloons in this one. The character has little imagination, has no lustful thoughts, has no interests outside work, has no sense of humor, and his lines are corny and flat. The story wasn't as good and it was too implausible. The female reader, Orlagh Cassidy, also made the corny female dialect seem even stupider and more annoying. It's like the author is writing for a B movie from the fifties. Ending was also a disappointment.
Fun and hard boiled super hero type story that almost makes you believe with its science fiction twist. Patching it together with a different version of earth history, the roaring 20's, and a bit of steam punk type technology adds to the fun. Great characters that make you care about them. Top that with a incredible reader and you hate to pause in your listening to go to work. Don't miss it.
This is a tame version of a Stephen King story. Sweet, a bit innocent, sappy at times, and with a little bit tear jerking at the end. Reminds me of the pulp fiction of the 60's. I usually don't like most Stephen King novels because to me the principal characters are often unlikeable, the language he uses is often excessive to the point of being less realistic instead of more, and and the world's he creates seem to bland more than dark. The good news is that this novel is the opposite of all these things.
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