Yes; if you've read the first 6 Artemis Fowl books, you might as well read this one because it's at least as good as the other recent books in the series.
Artemis because his character was developed in a different way than in the other books.
His Irish accent is good for the character narrations.
I did listen to it all in one sitting.
I look forward to the release of the next and final book in the Artemis Fowl series, the Last Guardian.
He's hard core
Steve Jobs going to India to meet his guru. There are a lot of memorable moments and things Steve Jobs does that I didn't know about.
I did not have an extreme reaction, but I was disappointed how (spoiler) the main character was cut down in the prime of his life.
When I read a bio of someone, what I really want to know is whether they the subject is good person or a bad person. Steve Jobs reminded me a lot of Albert Einstein, and he likely modelled himself after Einstein. Like Einstein, Steve Jobs is complicated and the answer isn't black and white.
Einstein was born the year James Clerk Maxwell died.
Steve Jobs was born the year Einstein died.
Individual vs environment
Ender's Game because they are both set in the future centered around people taken from their homes and put in a combative environment at a young age.
Carolyn McCormick did a good job of representing the different characters. When the novel started I wasn't particularly attached to any of the characters so the narrator's emotion was a little annoying, but once you get to know the other characters as the narrator does the style seems quite fitting.
Yes, there are moving moments.
By recommending The Hunger Games I don't intend to suggest that the basic premise of the games, human sacrifice, isn't despicable. Rather, the the violence contributes to the environment into which the charaters are placed, how they react, and how the environment and the characters relate to things in the real world. You may ask, why not just read a real world story from the Holocaust which actually happened instead of a fiction such as this. The Hunger Games is by far more light reading and more enjoyable reading than the Journal of Anne Frank or the story of Elie Wiesel, but at some point I would recommend reading the nonfiction counterparts to the Hunger Games as well.
The narrators did a good job.
What makes books such as Atlas Shrugged exciting reads is that they examine how individual interactions contribute to a larger system. World War Z portrays how the world's political systems might react to a large disturbance such as a zombie apocalypse, but the personal aspect is not strong. If I were to change the story, I would have had a couple fewer characters, interlaced the telling of different characters' stories, and had more than passing interaction between the main characters.
Although the battle in New York was the most exciting, my favorite scene was probably the story of the Chinese doctor in the beginning.
It was worth some of the listening time, but not all of it.
I wish more books had a full cast of narrators. I like when books are narrated by the author, but this was a good format too.
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