I'm not sure what I just read, but I'm looking forward to reading a lot more titles from China Mieville. "Perdido Street Station" is just brilliant. It's like you are reading some kind of horror, sci fi, monsters, and fantasy world with cyberpunks. I could not get enough with the flying moths and the re-mades.
This book has it all and even dirty sex with whores. The moth creatures are the best part. I never really get freak out on what I listen to but those creatures are just terrifying, but yet I kept listening.
I'm a fan of Neal Stephenson, but I have to read more from China Mieville because it seems like they are brothers from different mothers. Very similar in their writing styles.
For the first time in a long time I have to agree with other reviewers that Heft is a great read. It's for mature adults telling the young folks how they came to their age. If you stick with the story, you will understand the two main characters. The first character is a heavy set man in his late 50's that hasn't gone out of his house in a long time due to his weight. He finds company at taking in a former house keeper, who is pregnant. The second character is a high school senior who exceeds in baseball, but is stranded after the death of his mother. He is trying to look for his biological father.
It shouldn't take the reader too long that the two are related to each other, living parallel lives, but there is an exception to the story. I don't want to spoil the ending, but there is no bed of roses at the end.
I really enjoyed Liz Moore and her character development. It's really slow and fast at the same time, like real life. She doesn't miss a beat like other authors does by limiting their characters by cliff noting their identity. The book has this emotional weight between the pauses. In a way, you are rooting for a happy ending, just because it's a depressing story, but many hard earn life are depressing and through their struggles, they are uplifted.
"Automate This" is a good primer on how things work behind the scenes. The book is easy to understand by someone that doesn't have a technical background. Christopher Steiner structured his title in a way to help you understand how business is run behind the hamster wheel.
Many times we interact with bots, even when we don't know it. How many times have you dabbled in online dating and needed to take a survey to find potential matches? Base on your interests and answers, they use algorithms to try to match you with other members that have similar interests.
We are all being track each time we make a phone call to customer service and when we use our discount cards and whatever else. We are all walking data for bots to understand us better. When I log into my streaming account, it will bring up recommendations titles that I might like. The process of choosing a movie is already made. Soon, we will no longer need to make choices because it will be on the screen.
I was very excited that The Girls of Atomic City finally debut on audio. It was something that I wanted to read when the book was published eight months ago. I couldn't believe that the audiobook wasn't out sooner. I really had high hopes for this book. It could had been my book of the year, but the information in the book fell short.
Instead of reporting the history of the women who helped make the atomic bombs, Denise Kiernan tells the story as almost like a fictional tale. She writes the stories of the women in the factory and their lives, but their characters are narrated in the first person. It doesn't make the book creditable because after a while, it feels like another fictional women's story.
There are not enough technical stats of making the atomic bombs, the actual Oak Ridge atomic bomb project, or the process in the factories. The Girls of Atomic City could had been a great addition in the history of World War II, but it is written to be too fictional.
There is no depth in the story. The author glance through the making of the bomb and just focus on the women and their lives. After a while, I forgot what I was reading because there is no bomb in the book. It's all about who is dating who, who is getting marry, and who is having a baby.
Too much gossip.
As I become older, I get further and further from the maker that I was raised to believe in. I don't know why, but I've always question if there is a God. Just because of my upbringing and how I was raised, I still pray to God, hoping there is an another life after this. In my heart, I know there is a true God, but in my mind, all of the evidence that I've seen and read in the Bible and diffident doctrines from other religions besides Christianity, it doesn't makes sense there are any Gods.
This is something that I will never get an answer to until my life ends. I have accepted that my faith is not as strong as others, but I don't consider myself as an atheist either.
Richard Dawkins in "The God Delusion" questions a lot on all faiths. Maybe too much for one to handle. I'm read many books on this subject and the information in this book is just too broad. His ideas and examples are too scatter for someone to get into this subject. He explains a dozen of ideas all at once, but doesn't go in depth for his reasoning. I wished that Dawkins would have narrow the subject down, if God is a delusion and gave scientific examples for the theory, but instead you get everything all at once.
For someone like myself that always questioning their faith, there is no absolute answer. The Book of Job in the Old Testament is one of the best known testimonials in the Bible. Job had it all and then Satan punished him with the permission from God because God and Satan made a bet on Job's faith. God won the bet because Job remained faithful to him and rewards Job at the end.
I have to ask myself on how is this possible. No rational person would torment their child to prove their children's love for their guardian, but God did. This is why I keep reading on this subject, if there is a higher power after this life.
I never read the Little Fuzzy, the original, but I really liked the rewrite of Fuzzy Nation. Great fast fun and classic sci fi. If I could bleep out the occasional swearing, I would use this audiobook as a bedtime story for any young adult to start them getting into science fiction. The story is well balance and entertaining for any kid that has an Attention Deficit Disorder. Fuzzy Nation sort of reminds me of Ender's Game, but with a lot more dialogue between the characters. The innocent of those cute fuzzy talking animals and the trial in the courtroom, makes Fuzzy Nation a recommended read for the tween demographic for science fiction.
I'm a fan of the show. I believe that Shark Tank is an American version of Dragons' Den in the UK. I haven't watched the UK version in many years since it is no longer on BBC. I'm not here to compare which version of the show is better, but I am reviewing the audiobook of "Shark Tank Jump Start Your Business."
This is a good book on how to start a business, get funding, and maintain your company. Having real insight from the entrepreneurs that host the show is very helpful in the new way of starting a business. They wrote this book in terms that the common person can understand and practice in the real world. The information is easy to remember.
The best part of the book are Shark Bites, where you get real tips from the six investors from different sectors in their business. It's a basic read for any start ups or an established company.
If you want to know more about the businesses that were feature in each season of Shark Tank, you will enjoy listening to the entrepreneurs in the section of the book of Shark Tales.
The information in "Bad Pharma" is not well explained. It feels like more of a conspiracy theory for drug companies and their trials. You really have to be a doctor to comprehend all of the pharmaceutical names for the medicines and their side effects. The material is not well put together for the common patient. Unless you know how to read your medical chart, the information is not presented for any average person that visit their doctors' on a regular bases.
"Made in America" is a bit misleading. While I enjoy Bill Bryson and his style of presenting information that I would never thought about, like crime against nature and Comstock laws, I was looking for more products that are made in the States. Instead, the majority of the information is on the American language. I just wish that there was more about American inventions in the 19th century. I forgot that Bill Bryson almost always present corky information and facts, but this is why I enjoy his curiosity.
There is no doubt the biography about Adam Brown in "Fearless" is a remarkable story. He fought the battle of his addiction in finding redemption in the Savior and sacrificing his life as being a Navy Seal. That being said, here is my disclaimer and apologies toward my remarks in this review. I did not find his biography compelling to read and struggle through 10 hours just because I'm not into at reading modern warfare and first hand battles in the front lines. I'm more into the history of past wars before my time, like World Wars and other historical events.
"Fearless" is a biography of an extraordinary man that found Jesus Christ to overcome his battles with drugs and became the top Navy Seal with his wounded body and how he loved his family. There are very few information on the Navy Seal and Team Six. Adam Brown died for our country and we should all be proud for his heroic efforts, but this book is more for the faithful and a good read for born again Christians.
There was just too much Bible thumping for my taste.
I've also read "Lone Survivor: Seal Team 10" and at the time I could only get the abridged version, and I didn't like that one either. If I remembered correctly, that story was all about war and no human side. It is different than "Fearless" and I would rather read about Adam's story, but there is not enough on the process of being the elite Six.
"Bleeding Edge" is my first introduction of this author and I thought that it was excellent. I really enjoyed Thomas Pynchon's style of storytelling, with the dot com bust, ponzi schemes with the shady part of the business and the loose triangle romance with the main characters. It all leads up to the day of 9/11 when the towers fell. I really liked this book.
As far as Jeannie Berlin performance of reading the "Bleeding Edge," I found her voice to be tolerable. Sure, the narration could had been a lot better by someone else, but despite the numerous warnings from other reviewers on how bad Berlin's voice is, I don't regret giving this book a chance. The content was good enough to kept me going and I had a few laugh out loud moments on how her voice was so raw that it was just funny.
She doesn't even tries to rap the hip hop tunes, how funny is that?
Her voice is not so bad, but it could had been better. It's all about the content. For example, many of us agree that Scott Brick is a good narrator. I liked"Salt Sugar Fat," and found the information to be interesting, but his performance in "The Twelve (the passage trilogy)," was horrendous because I didn't like those books.
I'm not defending the performance of Jeannie Berlin in "Bleeding Edge," but it's all about the content. If the content is good, at least I can overlook the performance of the narrator.
For those who couldn't finish the book because of Ms. Berlin's performance, Audible should give them a free download if the publisher decides to record another version with another voice. I almost passed up this title many times because of the 1 star rating for the narrator. I'm glad that I went for the content.
Plus her voice is so raspy and hoarse that I couldn't fall asleep during the story because I needed to pay attention to follow the plot
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