The introduction is overwrought, too long and rather dry. Past that the book gets rather amazing. I was seconds from deciding this book wasn't worth my time but the intro finally ended. It is an excellent explanation of what gamers get out of games and why- useful for parents and friends. It serves as a good introduction to the whole phenomenon of gamers and gaming for the curious and it will warm the hearts of gamers far and wide. Much more than that though it places context to gaming within social science and broader social issues. It reminds me of the recent books by Dan Ariely in it's reliance on research and on the recent work on Marriage ("For Better") in tone and structure and biochemical explanations. The reader is good though we disagree on how a few words are pronounced.The author get's a bit self-congratulatory at times but it's not over done. I very nearly Love this book. I would recommend it to anyone who has even a slight interest in putting Gaming into context.
All those little towns in the Westerns were named after the men who have their stories told in this book. Fascinating and well executed, one of my favorite Audio books ever.
Admittedly not for everyone, if this subject intrigues you, you really should read this. Ideas which I had known about for years were explained in ways that finally made me "get it". I love this book.
I liked it a lot. It's well performed and entertaining. I read it because it is a vague prequel to the DaVinci Code. In that book these events are referred to as though they were interesting and obscure, in this book though, they are larger than life and HUGE.
Mr Brown occaisionally just lapses into the most Tawdry lines and yet they all work. The last line in this book absolutely floored me for it's endearing absurdity. You gotta love a book with THAT as its last line. Worth a listen.
Bill Clinton, love him or hate him, makes the differences between the parties in this election very clear. If he wasn't such a lightening rod, I'd suggest this as the best-stated case for the Democrats I've heard- and I'd wish it was an Ad all Americans could see.
This nearly brought me to tears. One of the best, most personal speeches I've ever heard. Listen to it.
When I heard this speech during the DNC it struck me that it felt more real-life than most preceeding it. It was an adult child discussing a beloved parent. It placed a man who would be President in a life situation many of us can relate to. I remember thinking it was sad the Networks weren't showing this because it nicely offset the kind of Spin opponents were trying forcefully to hang on the man.
With essentially no cost and being brief, I think it's well worth a listen. It's feel good stuff.
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