Sorry but I could not get into this book.
Interesting points, but poor support for his theseus.
Reads and sounds like a Phd Dissertation supported by a bunch of anecdotal examples but no true substance.
Throughout most of the first half of the book, the author POUNDS and REPEATS and noodles you to death repeatedly about Myelin. I wish he would have just mentioned this once or twice instead of repeating the same theme 20 times in essentially the same words. sorry but just plain lame. I have a science and medical background. What is says is true, but it sounds like a broken record stuck in the same groove. The anecdotal tales are mildly amusing. However, I would NOT recommend wasting your time with this one.
I would recommend extracts of the book.
The history of the apple and potato.
narrator is fine. the book is too verbose and repeats itself in 3 different way over and over again.
great ideas and thoughts and concepts. wish it was about half as long. It seemed like a thesis paper that was trying too hard with too much flourish.
Yes just for the few great stories. you can tell which ones after the first 3 minutes of listening.
John Scalzi as always. Although Short, this has to be one of his best stories every.
Love the Authors' unconventional thinking. Love their podcast. However, if you have followed and heard all their Freakanomic's Podcasts, then you have heard about 2/3 of this book.
if you have followed and heard all their Freakanomic's Podcasts, then you have heard about 2/3 of this book.
I have been Audible member since 1998 with overt 600 audiobooks. This one ranks about 400 overall. Among non fiction and computer genres, it ranks probably 20 out of 75 that I have listened to.
Extracts parts from Power of Habit and Malcom Gladwell type boods
Sonorous and clear but perhaps a bit dry
not really a movie type book
Overall good ideas and interesting, but the flow of the story is off. hard to settle into the story and the first chapter seems to be redundant. Some really interesting ideas but they are scattered throughout and are difficult to piece together. Probably would be better as short chapters or short stories by themselves. I am curious if they got an actor instead of a narrator to read the book if it would have flowed a little better or been more interesting.
Wry and Wonderful performance to an absolute fabulous story. Reminds me of Across the Nightingale Floor by Liam Hearn which is also one of my favorite series.
I have been an Audible Member since 1998 and have listened to over 1000 stories and novels and books. This one absolutely ranks in the top 10.
My title summaries what I think of this book and his rant. Tried to listen but shut the book down half way and deleted it. Was NOT funny except for small bits scattered. Too much needless !#$%!#$^ swearing. Perhaps if I grew up in the south and was a "good ole boy" I would have enjoyed it. OH WAIT, I did grow up in Missoura and Alabama.... still did not like the book. There are a few funny parts and I completely agree that America has turned soft.
yes. will avoid the rants
no one. he is fine and has his own character and style. I do respect that.
few funny parts and I completely agree that America has turned soft.
Absolutely without a doubt.
Wit and engaging story that do stand alone with each chapter.
Great Narration and voice. Funny.
I have listened and chortled and smiled through almost all of John Scalzi twisted and wry novels, but this one has out done the others. Not so much funny as touching. Wonderful adventure. EXCELLENT narration. Can not wait to hear the rest of the series. I loved this book so much I probably will by a paper or electronic copy to keep.
I have been an Audible member since 1998 and have listened to over 400 books. This ranks as one of my top 10 favorites.
All the characters.
multiple moments though out the bood.
Just buy it and enjoy. You will not be disappointed.
I have loved all the other Odd Thomas novels and have listened to them twice. This one sort of gets old after the first 2 hours. I am not too sure if it is the verbal mental diarrhea that I get tiring or the story like is not quite as innovate / quirky as the other novels. The performance and reading is excellent, but perhaps the story line is getting old? If you have run out of everything else to read or listen to and have absolutely nothing else, then I would recommend trying this book out. Otherwise, I am sure are there are many other books.
I loved all the stories in this book. Excellent book with superb examples. All Corporate Executives should definitely listen to the 4th chapter on Alcoa and its Transformation from habit change. Would have given it 5 stars but the ending last chapter is a bit muddled and does not quite flow well with the rest of the book. Last section seems like a thrown together college dissertation in argument for then suddenly against addictions.
Overall, absolutely a must listen for the stories.
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