Thanks to Audbile.com for getting this to us unabridged. Thank god. There is just no point in listening to a book that should be 20 hours, "trimmed" to 3 hours. If this whole series is released unabridged, I'll buy them all.
I think my review title says it all. This book is 99% fluff with a single detail that is probably more salient than the ramblings about faith; the woman had crystal meth on hand. Phew, that sure took the starch out of the "purpose driven life" theory hmmm?
Terry Brooks first 6 shannara novels are characterized by LONG sweeping plotlines. You simply cannot call 20+ hours of material cut to 3 hours, a story. This book has been turned into an extended summary. To be honest, Abridging has no place in modern audiobooks, but when it's applied to such long works (like Cryptonomicon, or Tom Clancy books), it becomes comical. My question is simple: Why carry these books at all? Are we expected to enjoy 26 hours of The Sword of Shannara, and 24 hours of the Wishsong of Shannara, seperated by THREE of this? Give me a break.
Truly a disgusting work, this book should not be let within 20 paces of ANY kid. I wouldn't worry about teenagers; any teen who takes one look at this book without either laughing, or throwing it into a lake is already far gone. In a slightly less grating manner than usual Bill O'Reilly espouses his usual mix of extreme right-wing agenda, and the blatantly absurd. Pure propoganda.
I've made a habit of reading Depak Chopras work to better understand how people can believe his brand of pseudoscientific bunk. This new edition strikes me as both the least credible (and given prior junk that says something), but also the least interesting. I would say that Mr. Chopra is running out of ideas, because this book, more than all those that came before it is just a rehashing of old mindless bunk. Mr. Chopra may be a charlatan, but in the past he at least has been more original in his particular brand of snake oil, I'd say that even fans of his work will find this work dissapointing.
This book is terribly written, and devoid of any intellectual merit. Utterly without facts or even an attempt at backing up a single statement, this book is a transparant rant by a woman who has already proven that she's either a lunatic, or soullessly mercenary.
Because this is an audiobook here, and not just the written word, the first thing I should say is that the narration by Christopher Reeve is just fantastic. The content is also pretty good, but it does seem to wander off the topic you'd expect, as the previous reviewer noted. However, Nothing Is Impossible still manages to make it's point without relying too much on the late Mr. Reeve's disability. I consider this book to have been 3 or so hours well spent, leaving me with a lesson that I may have already known, but sometimes it pays to hear it again from someone with a profound perspective.
This book is hilarious, and everything a person could want from a book by John Steward and the writers of the daily show. There's really nothing else to be said. If you have a sense of humour, and you're not too busy thumping a bible, get this book.
This is vintage Ayn Rand. A good idea is introduced, brought to it's logical and entertaining end, and then repeated ad nauseum until you pray for the sweet release of death. You're left wanting to scream "I get your damned point already, ENOUGH!" Truly brutal in it's undisguised and unabashed rehashing of a few simple philosophical ideas through endless hours of narration. On the bright side the narrator did a pretty good job, but that's not saving this.
In some ways this is a story which really moves the listener, unfortunatly it's couched in prose which is not particularly thrilling. The person who said this book meanders, is right on target.
It comes as no surprise that Seymor Hersh has written another well written and well researched book, and it comes as no surprise that it's as entertaining to read as it is informative. Unlike so many of the "election time" books (Unfit For Command on the right, The Family on the left) This book is more than just unfounded libel, innuendo or poorly sourced junk. This is a book written by a veteran journalist and his skill shines through in the way he sources his work, and explains the nuances of the subject matter. In short, this book is a MUST READ (errr listen). As a bonus, the narration is excellent, but then, we've come to expect that from any product on Audible.com and they do deliver handsomly.
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