The author would benefit readers by trying to "bring them along" to see things from Chinese perspective rather than make the audience feel they were being lectured at...which is how it felt.
There are two sides to every story! If you work hard to suspend one's own biases you can get something from this story. Just remind yourself that the key skill of a good negotiator is not convincing the other party of your perspective, but rather see the issue from their perspective and help them see that you take them seriously.
Don't be turned off by the potty-humor. This is a VERY good story for both adults and kids to listen to together. In someways, it's an amazing story about how kids and adults can share an amazing moment together. My son couldn't wait to listen to this! He would actually get up early before school and want to listen to it while eating breakfast (and he hates getting up early). Listen to this with your kid on a speaker and you will share a great story.
The narrator had an amazing ability to switch voices between characters. Dr. Procter had the most amazing "wobbly" voice that was pure fun to listen to.
GREAT voice! He made a good story GREAT!
It's about 4 hours. This is a bit much for a single sitting, but maybe in a long car trip. If not, don't despair and just find a couple of days in a row to listen to it.
I was initially hesitant to listen to this simply because it was post-apocalyptic, it's not really a genre that I seek. I admitt that I didread "The Road" and thought that I didn't really want another gratuitous repeat of the emotional anxiety from that book. BUT THIS BOOK IS DIFFERENT! Rather than the inevitable climax and demise of a father-son relationship like "The Road", this book is about the growth and maturation of human relationships with some characters at the opposite end of the emotional spectrum. The first half of the story is really between two men (with a dog in the middle) who are as unlikely allies as I have every come across. Somehow, opposites attract and they make it work (Think George S Patton and Martin Luther King, Jr.). There are some damn funny dialogues interspersed by moments of sheer terror (just remember to BREATHE). The last half of the book is about the book's protagonist Hig (i.e. MLK, jr.) risking all and willing to do whatever it takes (killing be damned) to show that love is the ultimate goal. It's a strange paradox that is captivating to listen to and ponder...what would I do in such a bizarre world.If you want to ponder this question in our own life, than I strongly suggest you listen to one of the best stories and performances I have listened to from audible in many years and covering many books. Don't be dissuaded by the post-apocalyptic time frame, this story is perfectly applicable to the human interactions of the people, cultures, and nations today.
I love a performer who can change his voice so dramatically and effortlessly when two charaters are in a dialogue. This is the true mark of a great book reader. I sure don't want to listen to "Character A said blah, blah blah, and Character B responded blah, blah, blah.VERY nice job!
No, it was too powerful. I needed to think about things in between events. It's hard to go from a death-filled scene to a love scene without a break.
I am in the Pharma industry. Getting to market fast or first is not always an advantage for us. We don't have the luxury of market first and tinker with improvements second. We have to get the safety and efficacy of drugs pretty close to perfect the first time. Otherwise, our competitors learn from our mistakes and come in behind us and eat us for lunch. This is a concept that was lost in this book.
If you are producing tech gear (main example in the book was hard drives) than this book is more for you.
Bottom line: Know Your Market!
Just like the famous Teddy quote, this book will give courage to anyone willing to "go for it" when the consequences of failure are dire but the alternative to not trying is self-betrayal. Cleverly written from "first dog" voice and beautifully narrated. I'll bet most will read this compelling story quickly but ponder it's message for a long time. Don't miss this one.
"God doesn't play dice" could be the alternate title of this book. This book has a very professional (i.e. historical) writing style that nicely blends the hard facts of science and the soft reasoning of religion in Einstein's life. Examples of this include full descriptions of the "thought experiments" that were the basis of Einstein's theories and the personal conflicts that he struggled with in politics. There is no thrilling conclusion to this book as most will start the book already knowing it's conclusion. However, if you are interested in connecting the dots in between the beginning and the end than this is the book for you.
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