Issaquah, WA | Member Since 2008
I picked up this book right when I finished it's predecessor. Excellent writing and good narration. Listeners would find the female narrator narrating Greg Mortenson a little confusing at first but Atussa Leoni does a great job overall. First few hours in the book is a quick recap/summary of "three cups of tea" and "Stone Into..." starts exactly were the last one ended; on the roof of the world. Greg Mortenson is trying to achieve something that will fight the war on terror from it's core. I hope all his readers and listeners would understand the need for what he's trying to achieve. Some reviewers are right when they say, only 1 school is constructed by the half of the book. But this book is about how Dr Greg managed to and his journey towards creating a relationship with all the far end villages and tribals of Afghanistan. This book also covers the devastation by the 2005 earthquake in pakistan and Azad Kashmir. By the end of the book, there are many more schools created. Taliban and other groups realize now that education can be a threat to their existence and that is why they threaten teachers and female students. This and Three cups of tea should defintely be added to the curriculum just the way Three cups of tea is essential read in the few sections of US Army.
Even in the show, its hard to understand what he's saying from all the mumbling dialogues. And now he speaks in this audiobook.
Good content, slow 30 minutes but sounded it will have a good story going forward.
Theres a lot of good points the author brings in with his research and "hate". I agree with most of the stuff in this book mostly from the early chapters starting from Columbus to the part in the early 20th century. After that it felt like I'm reading some conspiracy theory.
Anyways, its a good read for the first half. Other half is just rambling.
Narrator seems to understand the tone of this book and sounds pissed too.
If you like to learn things and understand how things work in the areas off cosmology, archaeology, biology, physics, chemistry, geology, then read this. Great stuff. Obviously a lot of names and information that you would ever remember. But some important bits stick and you learn more. This is how books should be where they teach you in a fun way. Bryson's way of moving from one area to other is so seamless that you dont even realize that you moved from cosmology to geology in the same chapter.
Very well narrated as well.
Loved reading (or listening to) this book. Malcolm Gladwell does it again with his gladwellian style of juxtaposing things in a different light. Gladwell does a great job of putting the stories in a proper sequence and the book flows nicely. With such boring topics, Gladwell knows how to make things shiny.
I have read all his books and this and Outliers are one of his best. Go for it. And Gladwell narration is one of the best too.
I picked this one from a friend's recommendation and it didnt hold to the standards. I was really excited to follow a series after GoT and WoT. Piers Anthony just dribbles over religious beliefs either sarcastically or not but it took over a good portion of the book. I really really tried to like this one but not for me.
The narrator on the other hand did a great job.
This is not in the same pace as Enders game was. People who loved the first book in this series for its war games and teen rivalries might find this one slow and boring at times. I enjoyed both the books. First one was definitely a fun read and this one has its moments but it starts slow. The author did a great job writing this book in '86 when there was not much of internet fancies we have now. The philosophical part of the book is also way heavier than the first book and one which takes a while to settle. Very interesting read. I wish the names chosen for the lead characters were more nuanced and easy to remember. They are Portuguese names but sometimes even foreign names are easier to remember.
Narrators did a great job switching between characters. The female narrator was sometimes spoke so low (almost to a whisper) which made it difficult to hear when driving. Overall a good read. I highly recommend.
I picked this up after the fourth book. I assumed I would get to know more of he backstory but nothing new was revealed that you wouldn't have guessed. I do notthink this book should be read before the first. It could be kept for later in the series.
This book had its grip on me from first chapter till the end. Very well written and narrated. This series has all the facets of a good book. I'm reading speaker for the dead and it has not disappointed after an epic first book. I would highly recommend this book for young adults.
Jordan seems to have been stuck on the same storyline. He repeats himself over and over again with similar plots from his previous books. Just to reveal one major thing in the plot, he creates the same scenarios since his first book. It was great in the first three but now it felt like he has nothing else better. Main characters squabbling like little kids. Gender fights and page long description of dresses and hair. Characters meet and then go on different paths in different combinations (just to create new stories). Rand finds newer ways to be dragon reborn. They defeat the black Ajas or dark lords and it starts all over again.
All said, I would still continue reading the series aftere a small hiatus just to make it exciting when I picks it up again. But for now, done with the repetition. Narrators are awesome and consistent.
This one was short and slow. I guess consequences of the Great Hunt caused the slow start and ramping on to a new quest took half the book. Egwen, Elaine and Nayneve get a lot of facetime in this book and hardly any Rand. Perrin and Matt have started to become one of my favorites.
The narrators are really holding on to the characters from one book to another. They have been consistent with every character unlike other series where narrators adapt different voices over few books. I'm also glad they will be narrating until AMoL.
I wished I would have read Jordan's WoT when I was a kid. But its never too late and I know what to recommend my kid. Great series to keep listening and if you love it, there are 14 books. So enjoy.
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