Issaquah, WA | Member Since 2008
Shantaram is one of the most captivating fictional books I've ever read. It did take me few weeks to finish the book and I enjoyed everytime I tuned to my iPod to listen to it. I highly recommend this book to people who love philosophy of life, love & universe. I do wonder if those philosophies were created by the author himself or the real people he met while his stay in Bombay. Being from Bombay I could nearly relate to all the places the author spoke about. I wish the author continues to write more books like Shantaram. There were a few chapters in the book that I thought could have been dealt with fewer pages. The afghanistan, time in Arthur jail were the ones that I guess were very long. The character building by the author is really incredible. All in all, a great book and worth reading/listening to it. Last but the least, narrator was excellent with hindi/marathi words and good character switching.
Excellent and original screenplay. Very well written. Andy Weir's humor in the book is top notch. I never find comedy books funny but Andy did a great job in giving chuckles here and there. This book is a great story of resourcefulness in the worst of times. Also shows what real knowledge is unlike the dependency on google for everything. Story does seem unreal at times with the protagonist being super relaxed with death in his face. But, there are people like that and most of them are astronauts.
Great plot, great story line, good writing, good humor. The narrator does a great job putting the humor through. Highly highly recommend this book.
The ending was very anti-climactic. I was expecting a very explosive ending and very entertaining. It build up a lot of anticipation through-out the second book and first half of the third.
Still worth reading the entire series. Very entertaining and original scifi series in a while,
Wool was excellent and in a silo. Shift tells you how it all began. Hugh howey does a lot of back and forth in time for his story-telling. Hugh Howey is trying to tell an implausible unrealistic story. Shoot yourself before someone else shoots you.
Its not as good as a prequel to what is expected after Wool. Writing is mediocre, narration is alright. But the story is worth continuing.
Still good series.
Writing this review after reading all the 3 books in the series. Hugh Howey has a really good IP here. He did a great job developing the characters and built the story. The book's quality goes down from book 1. Wool is definitely the best book out of the 3.
Although the story and characters are original, Hugh's writing is mediocre. The narration is mediocre as well but not horrible.
Definitely worth reading the series and one of the good original scifi books in along time.
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.
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