This is one of P.G. Wodehouse's best Jeeves books, with an excellent performance by Jonathan Cecil. Narrations of Wodehouse's works can be uneven, but Cecil's work is first class.
Grisham knows his legal territory very well, so right off the bat you are drawn into the world he creates. What the most intriguing surprise is that he (Grisham) takes off in a slightly more free-form plot, with no research (according to him), that gives the overall story an intriguing journey to amble along on.
The book is an interesting overview of the paths of several artists in the music field, and how they variously came to crossroads of their careers in the year 1970. The book's thesis is that this was a watershed year for these artists, and how extraordinary was that. But I feel the author stretches awfully hard to make events fit his premise. Still, an interesting collection of the arc of these artists' careers.
Perhaps only in the sense of being cautious of how much more there is to say about the period.
The narrator reads very well. However he makes a grave error (perhaps the error of the producer) in attempting a range of accents to portray various characters in the book. While it might not bother most people, his attempts at various UK accents - English, Scots - are all, in fact, Irish. Which is only distracting if you know the difference or care. For myself, it's similar to Joey, on the sitcom Friends, thinking his pseudo-Jamaican accent is, in fact, Southern US. It simply pulls you away from the text. But only if you care about such minutiae.
If it were able to document on film or video some of what it presents as fact, or have the artists in question interviewed and enlarging on those ideas.
Concise, incisive, illuminating.
Gladwell weaves several stories to illuminate his ideas about how we make decisions, and the strengths and weaknesses inherent in that.
Malcolm Gladwell writes about ideas, individuals, and cultural sensibilities that affect and impact us all. Blink is a collection of these, all sharing a common thread. He won't change the way you think so much as he will change the way you see.
A wonderful introduction to the country and Bryson himself. Highly recommended.
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