The writing didn't translate well to audio book and I found it difficult to listen to. It had some decent information, but nothing groundbreaking.
Not really. It was pretty easy to see what was coming because it was supposed to be based in a realistic setting.
The execution where the protagonist had to deal with the emotional side of killing.
The whole book makes me realize how vulnerable we are as a society.
I did enjoy this book. It was just a bit on the depressing side. I was looking more for an entertaining fiction that would have a good snapshot of what might happen after an EMP. The realism and suffering portrayed is powerful and though provoking, but just not exactly what I was looking for. I was also looking for more ideas/interpretations of how people would cope from a technical perspective (more details on food production, water usage, etc), and there wasn't much in this book (but the stuff it did talk about was pretty good).
I did find a few parts quite interesting, but on the whole I was disappointed. I had just finished "The Talent Code" and was looking for more information regarding the balance between brain physiology and behavior, or at the very least, a better understanding of the chemistry of memory. Honestly, it could have used a bit more information regarding the science, and less about the politics of University funding.
I enjoyed the balance between applicable information as well as the science behind the book. As someone who will most likely never find the time to read "Good Calories Bad Calories", this brief but thorough book was just what I wanted.
As a lifelong martial artist, a teacher, and athletic coach, I found this book inspiring. It has completely changed the way I look at learning, excellence, behaviors, habits, etc. I highly recommend this book to anyone trying to get "better" (better at anything!)
I was looking for more information on evolutionary diets and our ancestors. As well as health and environmental costs of agriculture. Not exactly what I was looking for.
I have enjoyed much of Gladwell's work, so I wasn't disappointed with this book. Sometimes I feel that he (or the editors) might be trying to oversimplify, but ultimately I'd rather have a book like this cut to the chase than get lost in minutia. I also liked the fact that Gladwell read it himself.
I enjoy geeking out on evolutionary stuff like physiology, psychology, and sociology, so I expected to enjoy this book. While learning about the bonobo and chimps was interesting, it wasn't what I was looking for. I don't think I discovered any new insights to how we human apes act, or why we act the way we do.
If you are looking for fascinating information on apes you'll enjoy this book. If you are looking for ancestral links or information, I wouldn't recommend this book.
This is a must read for all people who either protect and serve or the people who train and work with our soldiers and law enforcement.
I am a big fan of Stephenson, so Snow Crash did not let me down and Davis did a good job of 'telling' the story. I wish I could have given it 4.5 stars but it wasn't up to some of my favorites (Crypto, etc) so it didn't warrant a 5'er for me.
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