Really interesting premise, excellent twist. The ending was a little overly-noble perhaps since the reality is that as a society we no longer want to take risks or do anything hard, but luckily science fiction isn't constrained by plodding reality.
The author wisely leads with the most exciting part of the story, his time in Hitler's bunker at the end of the war. Otherwise this book is quite tedious. Many chapters, that detail what the author had for lunch on a particular day in school, were very uninteresting. The ending, when he's in a Russian prisoner camp for 4 years, is also quite boring.
This was a really great story. Extremely compelling. The narrator's Bill-Clinton-Esque sound and poorly done female voices was a little annoying, but in general a great, very interesting book.
Good thing this book was free! The narration is very annoying, and the story was an uninteresting look at the details of the author's tedious life. It had a promising start offering a modern look at philosophy, but quickly went downhill.
Very interesting information. Amazing how many jobs can be done extremely well using algorithms.
I listened to this author on Dan Savage's podcast and was immediately compelled to get the book. It was extremely well-written by a very clever author who is also an excellent narrator. Very interesting, entertaining, and memorable.
It was a horrible decision to have another narrator read in a monotone instead of having Artie read his own book. I find Artie very funny, mostly because of his tone of voice and comic timing. Both these things are rendered irrelevant of course. This sordid story is not entertaining or well-written, and not at all pleasant to listen to. I'm not interested in listening to a "scared straight" episode. His first book was funny. Get "Too Fat to Fish" instead and skip this one.
It starts off with extremely smug and totally out-of-touch narration. Just as I was about to abort after the first couple of chapters it became more interesting with a few fascinating real-life facts. It never becomes all that interesting though.
The ideas in this first contact book are very interesting, and the story is generally good. Unfortunately it verges on the unlistenable sometimes, with constant, tedious, mind-numbing repetition of the dozen-word dialogue that the humans and aliens understand.
Lucky this one was on sale for $2.95, as it's a poorly-written waste of money. The dialogue is incredibly, laughably unrealistic. The author chooses to set this in the modern world, but totally ignores economics by making the only wizard in Chicago struggle to pay rent and only charge $50/hour to find lost keys and other inconsequential things when he's a real wizard with magical powers.
Can't get a more first-hand account than from this author. Fascinating story of necessary measures taken in an extremely time-critical period, and the resulting criticism from the "repent at leisure" crowd many years later.
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