I was most interested in this book from a historic point of view and how it might contribute to the very good question about why churches did not do as much as they could to resist the Third Reich. The book does provide a lot of interesting insight into this. However, there is a great deal also about sermons, preaching, the Bible, and general Christian theology, that was not for me. If you have an interest in both theology and history, you will really appreciate this book. The reading is excellent.
An incredible, absorbing reading of a fascinating book. I can't add much more to what others have said, except to note that this is what one wishes William Gibson had evolved into. But the reading is the best I've heard on Audible, even better than Solaris, which was also very good.
Also, I'm not sure if it's noted anywhere but there are some graphic scenes of sexual abuse. Not that you'd think it was a children's book, but a little intense even for adults.
The idea of explaining philosophy through jokes is an interesting one, but what it means in practice is that the authors tell a joke and then just explain it to death. Over and over again. There is no particular depth to these explanations.
The narrator does a lot of schlocky accents. I mean, it's just awful.
It seemed like every chapter began with an anecdote, which went on way too long, about some people who were amazing masters of some or another creative task. It was very repetitive, and the tone seemed worshipful, not scientific. The stories were meant to lead into some aspect of creativity, but were not interesting in themselves because the people usually had little insight into how they did what they did. I wish the book had used a different device to introduce these topics. I really liked How We Decide, so this was a disappointment.
It was a really interesting introduction to particular works and philosophers, but discussed the works as if you already had some familiarity with them. I never read The Republic, and I feel I probably would have gotten more out of this book if I had even a passing familiarity with it. There isn't much summary of the philosophers or their writing. You're expected to pick it up through the discussion. But that is possible. It was clearly written and enjoyable. Narration is well done and engaging.
I might, because there was a lot of detail in places. There is a long section about which brain regions are responsible for empathy, which was hard to keep track of in an audio format if you're interested in that kind of thing.
There were character studies of people who exhibited particular types of zero-empathy disorders (psychopathy, borderline, narcissism) that were moving and sometimes frightening.
This book can really change your way of looking at the world. It's well-argued and well-written. Very rare and fascinating. The reading is also excellent. I recommend it highly.
The narration is quite good, but this book needs editing. I have been a fan of Gibson for most of my life, and I quite liked the first of his recent books set in the present day, Pattern Recognition. But the second one was less interesting , and this, the third in the series, has every character speaking almost exactly alike, constantly asking each other to explain things that were just explained in the narration, and way, way too much detail. The color and texture of every object in the book is noted. And if you're not that into fashion, you're going to find the whole premise mystifying. Anyway, l recommend Pattern Recognition instead.
Very interesting book with a strong and important argument -- that law enforcement needs to address intimate-partner murders quickly and seriously. There's a lot of discussion of the Scott Peterson case. The reading is quite fast, though, with few pauses. Because it was so interesting I stuck it out and eventually got used to it, but just keep it in mind.
This book should be abridged in a big way. After the hundredth "meaningful"/"ironic" flashback to someone's bitter childhood, or overworked and cliche metaphor, you'll wish you'd spent your money elsewhere. It's really too bad because it was such an interesting premise. two stars for that and the readers, who are fine.
The reader is excellent, and the pace of this abridged version is quite quick. I wished there were more of it.
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