From the very beginning to the last word Keen spits out his diatribe as if it were acid in his mouth. He offers no solutions and repeats himself over and over and over again. Six hours and 22 minutes of his insulting and whiny tripe is about 6 hours too long. I bought this audio book because I was and am interested in the subject, but Keen’s presentation completely turned me off, he is almost completely unlistenable. Please save your money or credits and pass on this book. I wish I had something to offer as an alternative but I am just at the beginning of that search. I wish I could give this a 0 stars rating but it doesn't appear I can.
I have to disagree with a couple of the other reviewers. I thought that after you got into Michael Pritchard it became quite enjoyable. He helped make the characters stand out in my mind.
I also love the detail the Clancy goes into, unlike some of the others.
Overall I really enjoyed this and would highly recommend it.
I'm 3 hours and 28 minutes into this book and am so sorry I will not ever get those 3 hours back. This book, thus far, is at best ambiguous, anecdotal and totally without fact. It is a recitation (most by Eunice Wong) of babel and poor story reading(not even telling just reading). While I fully agree with the premise, or what passes for the premise of the book, I was looking for something more substantive that this. Hedges writes the book like a failed preacher\ televangelist wannabe, that now that he couldn't make it even in that even in that slimy profession has decided to try to take them on. Once again where it isn't anecdotal drivel it is ambiguous statements backed up with NO facts, examples or historical content.
Save your money but mostly save your time. This book is simply too poorly written to bother with.
While the book does a fair job of trying to develop a coherent story of the evolution of god or God, it dwells way too much on Islam and how we (not of the Islamic faith) can better get along with them. The author wants us to understand not only the evolution of Islam but to buy into his theory of why they (some) are terrorists, why they do what they do and how we can appease them, and thus move society forward. And while I may buy into this notion it really deserves to be in another book with a different title (“Why Islam Will Always Be In A Non-Zero Sum Game With The World”).
Over all the book seemed very well researched and I especially liked where the author took the trouble to rebut some of his own arguments, toward the end of the book. I was just disappointed that the author tried to include is justification of Islam and Muslim’s in a book that purported to be about the evolution of God.
I also agree with one of the reviewers that the narrator sounded like he fell asleep a couple of times. AND I know he knows how to pronounce the word specific but in a couple of instances it came out Pacific.
Awful, simply awful! The plot line was ponderous, some of the narrations void of any pretext that this isn’t how people, let alone scientists speak and the descriptions often times incomprehensible. Some of the dialog was far far from unbelievable, but I’m willing to concede that this may be the translation, but if not it was as if written by a 6th grade student for an English essay. I want to believe the Audible recommended it because it was some sort of new translation and the 50th anniversary and not because they believed it to be “one of the world’s greatest works of science fiction is available - just as author Stanislaw Lem intended it” I am very disappointed in Audible and will look at their recommendations with more of a jaded eye in the future. This is not a good book and certainly not a good audio book.
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