Very clearly written, and nicely narrated book that makes academic subject matter understandable and applicable.
It's disconcerting to be one of the "experts" that will be overwritten by the results of super-crunchers.
From the relationship between wines and weather, to medical decision making, the "super crunchers" are truly affecting our day to day lives.
This book is a clearly written, thought provoking, and an enjoyable listening experience.
I listened to this book with my 13 year old son on a road trip. He had previously read two other books by this author, one of which was used for book report material. My son had enjoyed the author's sense of humor and interesting characters that were developed in the books that he had read previously.
This book lived up to it's expectations. We laughed through much of the book. The characters were indeed interesting and quirky. The narrator had a perfect tone for this book. It was easy to listen to, no straining to understand slurred or low tones.
Some themes are slightly mature, so I would not recommend this book for kids under the age of ten. Although funny, many of the themes touched by the author are not to funny...like teen angst, inner city proverty, the effect of drug abuse on a family, greed. The author exposes these themes, without allowing them to diminish the enjoyability of the narrative, or dwelling on them so long that they become the main theme.
This book was so enjoyable, that after a 7 hour car ride, we sat in the parked car for another 10 minutes to finish the book before finally checking into our hotel room.
The narration for this book was excellent. The characters were interesting, and used to help the Western reader try to understand the varying motivations of the disparate characters. Even the smaller characters had something interesting to add. I very much enjoyed "reading" this book. Although obviously fictional, enough of its themes are drawn from headlines, and the facts from technical journals to give it a realistic undertone.
Written in the first person by an English protagonist actress of indeterminate age who lives with a fellow actress with a diva-like aura. The characterizations of the modern english financially overextended yuppies they come into contact with are not well developed, but are described well enough to make that part of the book enjoyable. The narration is excellent, done with a nice British accent that adds nicely to the listening experience. The plot, however, is pretty thin and the mystery not especially compelling. Overall, I enjoyed the listening experience, somewhat enjoyed the characters, but was not really grabbed by the plot.
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