I guess this is one of those books that you could actually get the abridged version and probably get the most out of it more efficiently. Ironically enough, that's probably just the thing the book talks about that people should avoid :)
Based on the book cover this looks like one of those annoying self-help books which almost turned me away from this. But since I googled out Dan Buettner and looked at his credentials of writing to the National Geographic, it somehow made me convinced that this might be worth checking out. I still wish they'd make a different cover, even it seems shallow or non-important thing for many.
And the book kinda was worth checking out. The stories from people Dan interviews are fascinating and their lifestyles are worth investigating. This really made me think of how modern people live their lives and how much time have changed things that are important to us. Not all of us can live in the mountains and herd sheeps and not have any income at all, but there's still lessons top be learned.
It's also fascinating to think of how much these people have actually seen throughout their lives. How very much times have changes during the past century. I mean some of these people have been living post WWI era, seen the Titanic being built and lived through the Great Depression, WWII to the birth of the modern science and all. It's also funny that in one of the people Dan interviews, the centenary man says he picked up some sweets from the market place to his son, who likes'em a lot. For some reason I automatically imagine someone's child to be a giddy schoolboy who is excited to get some candy from his father. Turned out that his son was over 80 years old :)
If you're not interested in the stories of old people or are just expecting a list on how to add more years to your life, just google it out. There's no magic pill or solution obviously, but Dan makes a pretty decent list at the end of the book to summarize the things science either knows or suggests that add up to a healthy life. They all make sense.
I have to say that throughout the book the religious part somehow annoyed me, even it was kept at bay most of the time. It is said in the book that being religious or having spiritual habits adds up to more years, mostly through routines and social contacts, and it's never even suggested that afterlife has anything to do with it. Yet it sill bothers me how big part the religion seems to be in all of this, but that's probably subjective and not a real problem.
I completely missed that this was abridged version. I'm not sure if there even is unabridged version as an audio book, but if there is, listen to that instead. It can only be better.
That was pretty much the only downside worth mentioning about the listening experience. Michael reads the book him self, which really makes it so much better. The story is heartwarming yet honest and humble. He admits his problems, talks about'em openly and tells what are the most important things for him. He does not preach or try to be condescending.
If there has to be some other downside it is that only so much trivia and stories can fit into a book, especially abridged version. I really hoped there would be even more stories on back scenes of the movie sets and such. Michael seems to be pretty protective on his personal life what comes to his family, so that part is kept relatively shallow.
I thought I liked Michael J. Fox before, but now I like him even more. If you think you do, too, it's certainly worth listening.
This used to be a short story that the writer later turned into a novel. There's a nice little epilogue about all this in the audio book that I liked.
For me Ender's Game was a novel I simply missed as a child and never quite got to reading it even after owning it for quite some time. I did now, can't remember what brought me into it, but I'm maybe past this book either by age or perhaps it just wasn't up to my expectations. It's not bad, not at all, and the performance from the readers was delightfully good.
I guess what I didn't like about this book was that the main characters are child. Ender is 11 at the end of the book and yet his thoughts and what he says are adult stuff. I'm not sure if this is because the book was somehow aimed towards children (?) or why the author decided to make the age that low, although he explains in the epilogue that this was partially because he thinks no 16 year old takes any input from adults anymore, which would make the plot not work. He has a point but it kind of makes it even more difficult to accept as it is.
If you put the age issue aside, it's a good read. It's something I'll probably give my child for a reading later on, but I secretly hope they'll like Asimov better ;)
It's both interesting and depressing to listen how we're just a tiny pieces on a much bigger board that's been played above us. The book is most about offshore but it does cover quite nicely how the free floating currency has its ways to of making the rich more rich and poor even worse off. I know this is a socialistic view and I consider myself more of capitalist, but this is exactly what's wrong in capitalism and somehow needs to be addressed. I don't know what a common man can do about this but to raise awareness and go from there.
The only thing that bothered me a little on this book is the narrator. He's great and easy to listen, but so clearly partial that it bothers at some points when the speaker is so clearly a "villain". And the accents are perhaps sometimes too exaggerated, but overall a very pleasant listen.
It's an honest story and so Kevin from top to bottom that I couldn't have wished for anything more. What makes this especially great is that Kevin reads the book by himself. It makes a world of difference.
I like his movies. Not all are great and the guy admits it himself, too :) But it's the honesty behind all this, the need to do something different, something of his own, that counts. For instance I never quite liked Cop Out, in fact it was a terrible movie. But after listening this book I watched it again with a very different eye. After all Kevin had to say about directing Bruce Willis, it's kinda obvious :)
I hope Kevin's film career is anything but over. Kudos for the book, too.
I would go as far as saying it's even better in audio book. I couldn't imagine anything be lost compared to paperback or hard cover, other than possible pictures, which you can google out anyhow.
The other books by Mitnick are fairly ok as well, although I liked this one the best one so far.
I think this has been one of the better interpretations of audio books so far. The reader gets into character and you can really hear it. If Kevin is pissed in the book, the reader certainly acts like he is too. He has a pleasant voice and overall great performance all the way.
Pretty much this was something you wouldn't want to interrupt, but there's only so many hours in the day :)
This is easy: If you like Kevin Mitnick and hacking/phreaking is an interest to you, this is also for you. If you watched Takedown the movie and hated the additional stupidity, this is also for you: you get to read/hear what really happened, and it's much, much more interesting that fake and unnecessary drama added to the movie.
Something's missing. Can't really put my finger to it, but being an engineer myself, I would've wanted perhaps more engineerish information rather than just the too-muc-detail toilet descriptions :) But overall this was an interesting book and well worth the listen. Mary has gone through a lot of research to put this together and I certainly look at all the astronauts in a different, more human way after reading this. Thanks for sharing!
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