I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would. It was a little long, but in general, I enjoyed it a lot and learned about quantum physics--a subject I previously had no interest in.
I had no idea that Dirac was at Tallahassee and we've both enjoyed boating on the Wakulla River.
The narrator was good in some ways, but his "voice" of Dirac was too effeminate and odd. While Dirac was "strange," I didn't get the notion that would have been his voice.
I like this book because I have a lot of academic scientific knowledge. I love to learn day-to-day practical science.
This book is filled with cheesy jokes. OK, a few are pretty funny, but most are more like groaners. The narrator has a fantastic voice, but he reads the jokes in a snarky, condescending tone. I would have much preferred them to be more jovial. So while I did have to grit my teeth on a regular basis over the snark, I still really enjoyed this book. It has nothing to do with Einstein, but it's a wonderful set of explanations for kitchen phenomena.
I gave up listening to this book due to the narrator's accent. It's not that he has a bad voice--for a different book, I'd probably really like him. But as an Iranian, it's not "right." And when he fakes an Iranian woman, it's like fingernails on blackboard to me.
The book seems a bit stilted in it's language, and somehow the combination just doesn't do it for me. Too bad, because the subject is interesting. I wish the author success, but I just had to give up on this book.
I'm a geek and would like a lot more facts. There are some in this book, but they are heavily diluted by "Whales are really awesome." "Whale are big. Really big." "Let me use some great poetic language to tell you that whales are really amazing animals." "Whales are awe inspiring." (Ok, those aren't real quotes, but they're my take-away from the book. It all depends on what you're looking for in a book.
This is a great book and gets to my point of trying to convince people to be rational. The book gets a little heavy into statistical examples now and again which is a little tough as an audiobook, listened to while multitasking. Even so, it's not too hard to get his point.
I have twice in recent times observed myself discussing a topic and remembered "the availability" principle and how it relates to day-to-day life. On the other hand, Sutherland uses the example that someone whose father smoked or drank all his life and lived to 100 has nothing to do with the statistics of a large group statistics. He failed to note that genetics might, in fact, make one's father's health experience more relevant than all-people's health. I took that as him deciding full explanation was more detail than he cared to get into. There were several cases in the book where he implied random outcome to non-random situations. However, overall, the book pointed out many non-intutive realities and how and why many people react to situations/ideas the way they do.
This book is a compendium of a huge amount of information. I appreciate the work that went into such an endeavor, but for someone like me (not a historian), most of this book (as far as I've slogged through) is a list of names and places and a few highlights of battles. I'm finding nothing engaging in it at all.
The narrator does a good job speaking. But even he made a barely audible sigh before launching into another list of names and dates.
The recording quality is a little tinny.
If you want a list of facts (I've got this running in the background while I type and just heard that 25 Macedonians died in a particular battle), this is your book. If you are looking to find a compelling book to give context to our current situation, skip over this book!
I started listening to this book, and I was thinking 'Yeah, but....' and 'Yeah, but...' I agreed, in part, with what he said, but knew there were exceptions. It turned out that the later part of the book went into just those issues I had in great detail. All in all, it made short work of a drive home from Florida. I definitely would recommend it.
The book isn't entirely perfect. It rambles almost off topic a little. But even still, I learned a lot and would consider giving it as a gift.
I was listening to the book, enjoying the stories, and I got to thinking, 'This reminds me of listening to stories on the radio show, This American Life.' Hah, then I realized this was an original American life.
Some of the stories are a little predictable, but quite enjoyable to listen to. The author/narrator is extremely articulate with English. His skill with his second language is better than most Americans.
All in all, I highly recommend this book.
I'm trying to slog through this book after having spent the money for it. Someone recommended it to me, but I find the author to be too pompous. He's very repetitive. As with the other reviewers, if what he was doing "made his skin crawl" while he was doing it, why the heck did he keep it up for so long???
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