I enjoyed every word of this book. Whether you are interested in the Hoover Dam, dams, engineering, landscapes, archeology, the West, architecture, politics, history, concrete, water rights, art, labor, photography, business, contracting, land management, pioneering, rags to riches stories, etc., there is something in this book for you. The extensive research is tied together into a great story that is riveting throughout. The internet is full of photographs of the Hoover Dam construction to see while you are listening.
After finishing listening to the book, I read many of the reviews hoping to figure out what I missed. I didn't find the book or the characters engaging or sad. The character of the author was particularly annoying, and yet the plot needed him to work. Mr. Green does give us a very satisfying ending, unlike the character of the author. It was a tough topic, and I appreciate the author's respect for the subject without being sappy.
The bonus material at the end of the interview with the author was interesting, although I wondered if the woman asking questions was actually interviewing him. The interview seems very disjointed.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's a great insight into the lives of the rich and famous, who somehow don't forget that they came from humble beginnings.
This is a classic that should be read by all free-thinkers. Particularly relevant in these times of a increasing reliance on the government.
This book is sad and dark. The author, although torn apart by grief, is hard to like, but her story is compelling. The reader is excellent.
I love David Sedaris. I'd listen to him read anything, especially his own non-fiction. I don't enjoy the fiction as much, but appreciate his imagination.
The best television watching I've done in my life was during the great Chicago Bulls run. I read this book not so much as a basketball fan, but a fan of good, available entertainment. This book continues that tradition. Phil Jackson is a great coach, tells a great story, and works with his reader in an productive, cooperative way. I learned a lot about dealing with difficult people, too. Phil Jackson deserves to tell his story, and tells it well.
I loved the insights into Jefferson's life, but the story telling left much to be desired. It was easy to put this down, and forget you were reading it. Unlike JOHN ADAMS, which I found riveting, this writing did not keep me engaged. However, it is well worth reading to learn more about a fascinating man, who's personality and choices live in our daily lives because of the impact he made to the country. The author, with his resources, could have done a much better job. I felt like he read kept reading through his notes and said, "Oh, I forgot to add this, so I'll pop it in here."
I didn't find this book funny or interesting. It is a book in which nothing happens, no suspense is built, and has no likeable characters. I didn't crack a smile - maybe I just missed the whole point. I forced myself to listen to the end hoping to find something to redeem my time and credits, but found nothing.
This book is filled with so many claims and data, I kept wanting to see the source of the information.
This book was a great break from my usual reading. It's very current and honest. Ms. Johnston's reading is exceptional and entertaining, as many other commenters have mentioned.
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