Should have been titled "The most historical speeches". Many of them had great historical significance, but were not very moving as speeches.
Also many are narrated. Some of the narrators use good delivery - however others read like they are narrating a non fiction book. Much of a speech is the delivery, and the delivery is COMPLETELY lost on many if not most of the narrated ones.
Really eye opening about the Randy Weaver family. The others were extremists, but even Ronson agrees that the Weavers really weren't that whacko and puts their story in a real context.
No. I just didnt find it interesting. The narrator was fine and I cant say I was bored to death, but it just didnt seem like anything in there was really worthy of a book.
A book full of rants based on the authors view, some of which are ill informed, others which are highly personal and only applicable to his situation.
The Global warming section was downright good, but the rest of the book was not even close.
Next he jumps to marriage, and thinks every marriage is like his. Then switches to advice for teenagers, as if this is a big book for teenagers. But this brings up another point - He doesnt seem to know who his audience is. The book is full of preaching but without credentials, and he changes who he preaches to. Fathers, Teenagers, Environmentalists.. who is this book written for?
The description is horribly inaccurate...
"The world is a mess. It seems that everywhere listeners turn, there's another problem"
He doesnt discuss the world's problems. Except for the chapter on global warming, all the issues are squarely American issues. Readers outside the US will be left confused, and bored.
"If only there was a man who could simplify things, cut through the rhetoric, and fix everything."
Author does none of that. States an American problem, then his opinion on it after he first rants, then preaches.
Start next chapter, repeat for a different topic and different audience.
Im sure Ill be told I just "dont get it", but I dont. I understand what Kurt was saying, but the book was so horribly boring and disconnected. It sounded like the transcript of a heavily sedated crash victim's dream.
Not the Davinci code, but still entertaining
Quite informative. A bit slow in a few spots, and I felt a bit missing in others.
But overall it is informative and worth a read.
I understand the authors intent, and the book had a decent plot line. But much of the speculation around the computer science is very bad and for someone from such a background, it ruins theh book horribly.
The story was weak. Characters were week, and the science was weak. Books and hollywood often screw up computers and science, but this one was horribly bad regarding computers and science. Anyone who understand science alone will see huge gaping holes in the science aspects.
Skip this book.
Very disappointing. Meaningless plot additions, including two descriptive sex scenes and other twist. Many parts of the book could have been completely removed and not changed the story at all. Maybe it was written to be a movie script and not a book?
All this aside, the book was rather boring as well.
I have a territory of 85 countries and so I have a lot of language books. I am however based in Turkey but am an expat so I gave this one a try. It is horrible, its almost like someone who knows nothing about language books picked up a few Turkish words and a mircrophone. What makes it so bad? Well for starters they speak in English SLOWER than they do in Turkish. They speak English at a slightly slower than normal speaking pace, but then when the revert to Turkish they speak as fast as they can making it nearly impossible for newbies (I know a bit of Turkish and its difficult for me!) to hear the proper pronounciations. At best you could recognize it again when someone else says it, but after this book there is absolutely no hope of speaking yourself and having anyone understand anything you say. You'll have a better chance speaking English, and English is not widespread in Turkey.
To make it worse, they don't pause between Turkish words so the listener has no idea what is a phrase and what is a word. The words are not repeated but simply thrown at you.
Within the first five minutes they have already progressed to full sentences, again with no pausing between words or slowing down. In fact I find in this book the Turkish is spoken at a rate faster than they Turks themselves speak in public!
Horrible stuff - too bad Pimsler Turkish does not appear to be on audible, the Pimsler language books are excellent.
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