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.
Boring (and I love to geek out on this kind of stuff).
I didn't feel that the other reviews and the description gave an accurate account of what I was getting.
This was not the same as most of Heinlein's other works. It was boring and I felt like it was just an expression of 'free sexuality' that he was exploring in his later life. No action. No real mystery.
The performance was fine.
Heinlein does know how to craft interesting characters and paint vivid pictures of possible futures.
More action, less politics.
It felt like reading boring news.
Narrator was fine.
I went ahead and finished it because I did start to 'care' about the characters and because the implications of cloning is interesting.
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.
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.
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.
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