I would again, even though I've just finished listening to it twice through. I feel that this is McPhee's best work, synthesizing Wyoming's fascinating geologic complexities within the framework of a pioneering generational American family story. This is the author at his very best, and Nelson Runger's narration is also top-notch.
The central figure of course: the late David Love, eminent geologist.
Everything he narrates seems to be a flawless work of vocal art.
Not extreme, but yes- McPhee's wily sense of humor is always present. Thus laughter.
If you're heading for the Grand Tetons or the Wind River Range, or just to Jackson Hole, give this a listen before and during your visit.
Kept Me Awake
The author used a systematized approach, assembling the basics in an amazingly comprehensible way. Then, the lectures shifted to a more granular approach, focusing and refining. There is something here for all mindsets: the casual self-help seeker might benefit in a superficial way but those who are willing to put in some learning effort will reap a bigger harvest. The narration was spot-on perfect too.
Logic, intuition, smooth narration. It's obvious that this is a world-class academic lecturer who won't easily lose his audience's attention.
Finally helping me to understand the fine points of the sleep cycle and the anatomical brain structures involved. I was also stirred by the emphasis on the chronic dangers of sleep deprivation in our modern society
This is a work I'll come back to many times over in the future. With a few easy changes in my life, I've already been able to improve the quality and duration of my sleep.
Absolutely worth a few listens. The information density is well blended with an easygoing narrative style that engages the listener throughout the entire book.
Chapter eight: the Strategic Air Command years, with all the near misses that we somehow lived through.
Fluent vocal style, never distractive. This guy has it down cold.
No laughing matter this. More outcome information on the Fukushima disaster would be helpful.
It was an enlightening shift away from the mass media induced anti-nuclear coma we've all been stuck in for decades. I have always been hard pitched against nuclear energy and its uses against humanity, and I'm likely to stay that way.However, this book helps demystify some of the beliefs about the atomic age I've come to own as sort of a mindless religion. For me at least, this book has offered me a good start on basing my beliefs on evidence, not media hyperbole.
This deepened my knowledge of the oft- taboo subject of the opium poppy with its associated travails, successes against pain and sociological plunders across the ages. The author(s) weave a fascinating account of exactly how imbedded this uncommon flower and its byproducts have been in humanity's development, from Asia to Europe, and across the railroad-tracked plains of North America, then into our modern cities and ultimately into our legal system. The story seems to come to a halt in the 1970s, so in my view what is lacking is a chapter or two filling the audience in on developments into the 21st century.
Crisp, not-too-fast pace well-suited for listening in fast track mode when review was needed.
No- my emotions don't tend to run away when listening to historical, semi-scientific subject matters, though the book never ceased to be eminently entertaining.
Three cheers for an update to bring this landmark work up to the present year of 2014.
The tone and style is aimed at the appropriate audience: high school recruitment.
Let's seek some higher ground in a rewrite.
Sure did. I hit the fast forward button a lot during the many meaningless rants about Texas and religion.
I'm guessing there's a lot more to modern Seal warcraft than this shallow pitch.
Yes- but considering the tome is 27 plus hours cover to cover, I will reserve a second listen for a winter stay in Antarctica or a South Pacific solo sailing cruise of long duration.
The ingenious meld of philosophy,history and biological science.
He is gifted with a vocal tone and style that is neither boring nor overly stimulating. It's just right.
Challenging All Barriers You Took For Granted.
Not so much, sorry.
Dissertations on intestinal microflora.
Not really applicable
A little too much time spent on poo.
The descent into gross was acceptable, considering the taboos that were appropriately
breached. Being of medical mind, I would prefer more science.
McPhee's style can inject life into anything. He has a knack for digging into a subject, going granular about it, and coming out the other side of a topic with a perspective that fascinates.
The way he connects humanity with ground, the way he links history with the now.
Riverboat towboat scenes
Yes, but it's also worth doing a chapter at a time while commuting or trying to drift off to sleep at night.
It's cool that the author narrated it; he has solid narration skills, though the sound mixing team might have done a better job of redacting ongoing continuous clicks and pops that sound like dentures clacking. It takes some getting used to.
The best: A detailed portrayal of the latest global trends that may give us a chance to see a brighter future. Less than best: Unfortunately, the detail given was overly granular. Overall, this was a tedious listen, like trying to survey a landscape scene with a 400 power microscope.
A fast-forward listen helped.
Not at this time.
The narration was without flaw. There is no finer speaker in the world. Oddly though, I felt as if the pace and alliteration were dialed in for an audience using English as a second language.This may very well be the case. I remember the old Voice of America short wave broadcasts: slow, clear enunciation, perfect but very very slow. I listened to the book on double speed mode and found it tolerable.
Affirmative. This is an information packed, very engaging portrayal of how neuroanatomy, conditioning, genetics, and environmental factors may combine to produce a mind askew.
The author's use of actual case studies makes this narrative leap out of the theoretical into the real world of human interactions, explaining possible motivations behind the unthinkable.
No tears or laughter- just a deeper understanding of criminal behavior.
This is a good look at the failed mental health care system throughout much of the modern world, with excellent narration and an engaging theme development from start to finish.
I would heartily recommend this to someone who loves to fish or to any devoted McPhee advocate. I happen to fit both of those checkboxes, but this book is probably not McPhee's best. The author still has juju: he still flares his unique ability to drill down into witty detail at the most unexpected moments like a peacock revealing a jeweled fan. Which is still highly alluring. Unless fishing just isn't your thing.
Always and ever.
The author narrated this, and he's very good at it. There are some annoying repetitive oratory pops in some sections that endure for entire chapters as if the speaker had a very dry mouth, but hearing him narrate his own book brings the listener closer in. The pace of the story seemed to stray occasionally into dry turf. Overall, the telepathic process of his writing was able to build grand pictures of the subject in my imagination.
Certainly. I can't wait to see a shad rise to a dry fly set in an a New England river some day.
Read it if you're a piscophile. Read it if you like McPhee's style.
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