Des Plaines, IL United States
I overall enjoyed this book, it's great for a quick escape, but nothing about this book stands out, either positively or negatively.
The book might be required here. I don't know if there are any illustrations in the book, but I find that by text alone this is not the greatest of investments. It has some common sense ideas, but the narrator's voice, while that of the author (great in that regard) has this very Fran Dresher Nasal type voice. So, I hit the performance score low.
I think that if you got the book, and wanted to "read by listening" your first time thru it's great. But plan on buying the book, (and not a kindle text only version) if you want to get it's full benefit.
So, this book... This boook was even better than Divergent. Without a doubt this is the best book of the series. Emma Galvin as before is fantastic as Tris, and HOLY CRAP!!!! I mean seriously, my mouth dropped and I ran inside (from the car where I had to finish listening to the last few minutes) - to post about this on Facebook and tag all my teacher/reader friends at once. THIS BOOK makes Divergent a must read, so you can have the joy of this second book. I powered thru this book, finding excuses everywhere to just keep listening. Do yourself a favor, and pick up this series!! --- Just don't be too mad when the pacing changes in book 3.
So I have heard that not many people are big fans of the ending, so I am posting this now, roughly 2/3's thru the book. I just don't like Aaron Stanford as Tobias. I Still Love Emma, but I find that knocking the performance by two stars is worth it, because I have to keep "selling myself" on Tobias voice acting, where as I don't doubt for a second that I am listening to Tris. --- This book has a totally different pacing and feel from the other two books. If you made it thru the first two, it's requisite to finish the story I feel, but I don't think you will eat it up the way anyone did Divergent and Insurgent.
This is a look at primates, and other cultural sexual norms outside of "Mainstream" it's a great book in terms of giving you backstory, but it's certainly not going to give you spoon-fed answers. This is more the supporting information in your own personal belief's if they happen to be centered in a non-monogamous sexual world. If you have no interest in non-monogamy then to be honest, the book isn't a worthwhile listen, but if your curious, and wanted some "supporting information" it's here in this book. The narrators are quite entertaining, and makes it much more enjoyable to listen to the book, This is why the Performance get's a five star rating.
So he's got a great speaking voice, and this feels like a large collection of his much previous blog posts stitched together, regardless it works. This is all relatively common sense, but in a world that seems to lack it, he brings plenty of it to the table. It comes up with a great strategy for managing money, and planning for your "non earning years" as I would like to call it. This is highly suggested for any high school students starting their first job, and secondly to anyone that buried their butts under too much debt. Seriously, I think that first job high school student, is the one that *NEEDS* to listen to this book!
I would suggest this as one of those package deals with the written book. There really is too much to the framework to get it from the listening alone. I suggest the first listen, is done end to end without the book. Then listen to each chapter, a second time, when you get to the "questions and actions" pull out your book and start working thru it all. Now is the time to make friends with evernote or some other workflow solution for arching information digitally. I really would suggest evernote, once it's paid, the ability to also OCR index the scanned text, and pdf text, is a powerful tool. :)
Ok, so the above headline is a compliment. Other than the rather heavy use of the word "cheeks" indicating those on one's face, this was an awesome book! I am looking forward to the next two in the series! :)
The story line is wonderful, and I have become really engrossed into the story.
All of the 80s pop culture references were very cool, especially given that they are all tied into gaming and geek culture as well.
The reading of the IM conversations can get a bit "long", However, beyond that it was great!
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