Someone is finally saying what the silent majority is thinking. It's not about being a liberal or a conservative - it's about not being a whiner over made up issues!
Good thing it was written way back in the 90s (then updated, then updated some more). Had it been written today, it wouldn't have seen the light of day.
This is story of the real Apple, the real Steve Jobs, and the real origins of the ideas that have shaped the way we interact with technology. It credits the right people for the right things, and by this it does a great historical justice.
Must read for anyone who ever worked on, or interested in UX/UI, and computer-human interfaces in general.
I really enjoy CF's wit. And needless to say, he's a brilliant performer. This book is a great example of how one could slap a few aphorisms and puns together, and make them stick with a story not much unlike duct tape. It holds together, but you know it's makeshift.
Treat it as such, and you'll have a great time.
Daniel Suarez is a decent author. This is an average conspiracy theory scifi, made enjoyable by Jeff Gurner's excellent narration.
Here's the thing though, story only gets 3*. The idea has so much potential, but it's wasted on a primitive Hollywood plot. The main characters are so one-dimensional, there's no suspense or thrill - you know what they're gonna do in each and every scene. Dialogues suffer greatly because of it as well. There are two interesting characters, but they're on the sidelines, and greatly underdeveloped.
Had this story revolved around Cotton (on of the better written characters), this could have been a magnificent multi-volume epic. But as it is, we're dealing with a flawless idealistic, surprisingly shortsighted (even though he's supposed to be the most brilliant mind of our time), boring dogooder in his quest to overthrow the tyrannical evil organization with the help of (I'm shocked!) its second in command who has seen the light, a friendly computer, and a well-meaning criminal. Somewhat dull.
Still, it's action-packed, compactly-packaged, and very well performed. I enjoyed it as I would enjoy an mediocre JJ Abrams movie.
Sadly, the author, instead of presenting an interesting set of ideas, focuses on attacking and disproving religion in a childish 'in your face' manner. Furthermore, after that tedious long apologetic/defensive foreword of his, where he spends 10 minutes admitting mistakes and making excuses, you can't really take anything he says seriously. He just doesn't get his point across, and it's a shame.
William Dufris, as always, gives a decent performance.
Although it has its funny points, it's mostly boring. The performance is lousy. Couldn't force myself to listen till the end.
A very nice book, and a good listen. A very Heinlein story line. Definitely recommended.
From a few dozen books I've bought on Audible (most of them quite good), this is the only one that made me actually get out here and rate it.
Besides the novel itself, William Dufris does a great reading, really puts his soul into it.
A must for any geek who's into computers, UNIX, math, crypto, or WWII.
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