It's fun to ride along and watch Crais explore new territory and to grow in his craft. This is a great story with an unusual twist and a fine performance. I only wish it was a little longer - the end seemed to come way too soon, and there was much more that could have been done with the cop and his dog. This may well be intentional, with a follow on book or maybe a new recurring character. I hope so.
Well written, expertly read. Granted, it comes across as partisan and favors personal over corporate interests, but the information and background give you a real sense of how important the court is to our everyday lives. I now look at the makeup of the court and its cases as an unfolding drama.
Very good book - the material was fascinating and well written. At first it seemed silly to hear the narrator switch to her Boris-and-Natasha voice when reading dialogue, but it does work, and eventually becomes disappointing when switches back to non-accented English. I've heard Masha Gessen interviewed and would have rather heard her do the book, but it was still very good.
This book is completely pathetic. It's almost unbelievable that the reading is as bad as the book itself. Wozniak comes off as a 10 year old, proclaiming over and over "I can't believe how smart and talented I am! And I'm not bragging - I really am! Not only that, I'm self-aware and I really care about other people too!" The technical parts are so pedantic and boring the details can't even save the book from itself. The reader sounds like the guy who plays Bill Gates on the Apple commercials, with pretentious enthusiasm and unaware of how clueless he is. I wanted to like the book but it just kept getting worse and worse, chapter after chapter, and I just couldn't take it anymore. I will probably go back to it a few more times, trying to finish it, giving up repeatedly as the pain returns. I gave it one star because the review process won't seem to allow me to submit this with no stars.
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