Nicely read by Chamberlain, but the real brilliance of this book is the quality and depth of the research described in the book. This is probably the best and most important book that I have ever read or listened to.
A captivating story, told brilliantly, performed flawlessly. I finished it in less than two days. Had I started earlier on the first day, I wouldn't have needed day two.
Brilliant writing. Fantastic story. Nice performance. I'd read this book over 20 years ago but still thoroughly enjoyed listening to it. Because the writing was so good I plan to buy other works by Dostoevsky.
The story and performance were so good that I powered this this 20-hour book in three days.
I enjoyed listening to this book. I work in health care so I'm predisposed to be interested in these types of stories. But it's not overly complex and should also be easily understood by people not involved in the health care field.
There is some interesting stuff in this book, but I would have enjoyed the topic much more if had been condensed down to a 20-page paper.
There's no doubt that Capote is a good writing. The writing, and I'm talking about the language itself, was excellent, and the reading performance pretty good. But the story didn't do anything for me and left me less than impressed. At least it was short.
Lots of interesting facts about about the use of fire in cooking & nutrition (I'm interested in nutrition anyway, so I might be biased).
The Ames story certainly has the potential to make for a great book. Instead, this book is the rambling story of the careers of two former CIA employees who happened to work at the Agency when Ames did his dirty work.
I found it nearly impossible to keep up with all the names dropped in this book. And way too much time was spent discussing the author's careers. The parts of the book actually about Ames could have been condensed into a book half as long.
This book was just awesome. Although not an economics book, it's full of economic lessons. And it shows vividly that intentions don't always equal results and that government can often muddle things up when it tries to do good. Incentives matter. Always.
Before listening to this book I have little doubt that if I had ever considered the question (which I hadn't) I would have assumed that poor kids in the countries that Tooley studied cannot possibly attend private schools. I stand corrected.
I bought and read the book based on the book's summary. And the journey itself was interesting and she's also a decent writer so parts of the book were quite interesting. But there was way too much environmental preaching and (environmental) hypocrisy for my liking.
By the 3rd or 4th chapter I was already sick of hearing how great the author is. I didn't bother finishing it so I can't give an honest review of the entire book, but I wasn't at all impressed with what I did get through.
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