This is the first book that I've heard/read by Salman Rushdie. I had no sense of his writing capabilities and found myself floored by the beauty of the writing and the epic nature of the story. He flawlessly mixed fact and fiction to create a bold story of high emotional content. It did take a while to get my head adjusted to the complexities of the story and the writing style, but I ultimately became so attached to the book that I was sad to reach the end.
I liked this book quite a bit. Perhaps my positive assessment is bolstered by the fact that I "read" it while on my way to the island of Molokai. Having heard the story prior to gazing down upon that remote peninsula from 2,000 feet above is quite an experience. I also have a positive opinion of the reader, but he admittedly may be an acquired taste. Still, the book is shocking and engaging. The reader is left in the position of learning about the disease along with the real-life characters. It felt very real. I highly recommend the book.
Some of the tips in this book might be okay to use -- such as "I'm competitive" "I have serious goals", etc. Maybe 45 minutes of listening is a small price to pay for some tips to keep in mind. However, the supporting logic is pretty bad. Essentially, the book argues in amazingly non-profound ways to keep your head down, crank out work, don't complain and definitely don't disagree with your boss...."This is the way to the corner office." If you had a nickel for every time that last quote is mentioned this book would be free.
I wrote a review for part 1 of this book intending that it be for the entire book. However, since I can also review part 2, I will do so. The entire book is simply superb, and not enough praise can be said. If forced to choose, part 2 is the real treat. By the time you finish part 1 you know John Adams and every turn in his life feels like it is happening to someone close to you. Looking at the other reviewers I see my opinions are shared. It is that good.
This book is better than you think it is, and I don't doubt the praise it has received paints an already favorable picture. The story of John Adams, and in particular the portrayal in this book, is nothing short of amazing. The book begins ordinarily enough, but as the years go by you begin to know John Adams and ultimately become quite moved by the events in his life. I found myself emotionally drawn into the story, particularly during his waning days. I highly recommend this book.
This book is unlikely to be considered one of Michael Crichton's best books. It definitely has a political argument to make and does not hide that fact. The book fell on sympathetic ears with me, and I believe it does an excellent job of pounding home the point to be careful of conventional wisdom and media portrayal. In giving it three stars I attempted to disregard my personal feelings and agreements with the book's primary lessons. As far as the story goes, it is pretty mediocre for Chrichton but not bad. The narration left a little to be desired due to the mouth noises.
I read book this after reading DisneyWar (also by James Stewart) because I liked that book so much. Den of Thieves is also excellent, and I give it five stars due to the in depth research and excellent story telling. In my opinion the primary flaw with this book is that there was clearly some bias -- The author chose a couple people to denigrate and a couple to uphold as remorseful heros. I was curious and did some other research and feel the portrayals may be somewhat jaded. Nonetheless, I have rarely found a book this fascinating and educational.
Read carefully the comments about this book. It is perhaps the worst book I have had the displeasure of hearing. The stories are anecdotal, the conclusions non-profound and it is packed with filler material...There are actually transcripts of conversations with a call center in India. I also agree with several that the narration is annoying, but a better narrator could not help this book.
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