I was very happy with this selection. The narration was smooth and conscious of its delivery. Turns out that this book wasn't a mathematical slugfest that I feared it might be.
By design it was full of interesting stories and observations that were then reinforced with data - rather than the other way around.
Overall, very entertaining.
The narrator did a very good job conveying the sarcasm, incredulity, and disappointment that Lewis is trying to convey. There were several times I was laughing aloud as I was driving.
The story itself is a bit disjointed. Lewis is evaluating how the debt crisis is playing out over the world so there isn't a linear story so much as an examination of several case studies. He spends most of the book (rightfully) ragging on Europe and then, out of the blue, ends with a chapter ragging on California. Picking on California is fine and all, but it felt like it was inserted at the end so he wasn't accused of being anti-European.
That criticism aside, this is a book the translates very well to an audio medium and is worth considering.
Similar to the podcast, but enough new material to make it worth buying. I just wish there was a smidgen longer
I'm told if you read a physical copy of this book, it's really quite enjoyable...
Really, the narrator killed this for me. His impression of every character has the same odd drunken inflection to it. Since the text involves a lot of yelling I found myself turning the volume down repeatedly just to get through a segment. I think multiple narrators would have been needed here for a solid delivery. As is, where Heller is trying to be humorous, only monotoned drudgery comes through.
That may be a little harsh, but really, I can't say I enjoyed this one.
Very interesting since its Sci Fi written in 1965. Good plot/character development. Author picks up on a lot of the subtleties of human interaction very well.
Very good. Several people read the text helping you to keep characters differentiated from each other. Music over scores dramatic scenes. Very well done.
Some Narrators just read the word in front of them. Ethan Hawke on the other hand, performs. He read every line understanding the inflection and sarcasm that's suppose to be conveyed by Vonnegut's work. Very well done and very entertaining.
I really wanted to like this, but some books just don't translate well to audio. This is one of them.
The reader is monotoned and the text has many vague descriptions of culture and etiquette that lack of events and characters to anchor the descriptions against. Your sense of wonder turns into boredom, malaise and then confusion as you try and remember what it was that Gibbon was talking about.
This is a basic overview of China's history. For those who are looking for detailed account of China you will find this a bit shallow.
While breezing through important points in China's history the author does make an effort to sift propaganda away from fact and gives you the foundation for further research.
This reads more like a textbook than anything else so steer clear if you're looking for a thrilling epic.
The book covers events roughly from the Qing dynasty all the way up to the Beijing Olympics.
All-in-all, not bad.
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