Very good performance from the narrator, The story is pleasant enough. It didn't grab me as much as I'd hope, but that may be because I'm an adult and not really the target for this book. I did like reading books by this author back when I was young.
Joshua's trials to learn memory techniques are very entertaining and the actual process to learn them yourself makes this more than informative. Side stories on other gifted individuals such as savants and their medical conditions round out the topic of other mind abilities and disabilities other than just memory. Highly recommended reading for those curious about memory and how to enhance it.
How ethical are white lies? Sam Harris gives us reasons where even white lies can be detrimental to us or people around us. A very insightful read. The addition of his responses to readers' questions where saying the truth might not be an easy solution, and his responses to them are very welcome. Totally recommended for aspiring politicians!
I didn't find the acting for the girl protagonist endearing, actually it grated on me. She seemed so shallow, so valley-girl. Her mathematical prowess was not evident either, more used as a short cut for a few things that she needed to do. Also, the emergence of the internet AI was not very convincing. If only there was more backstory on it, e.g. an experimental AI that evolved versus evolving from the internet itself with no AI core. The author also seems to revel in adding geeky and overly specific details but the way this detail is imparted seems so badly tacked on that it derails the flow of the story. A summarised description would have worked better. This is not a character-driven story, it's a story on rails. I haven't read other books from this author but I see he is well regarded, so will try another of his other series.
The first book got me a bit bored with her daily military life but in the 2nd and 3rd books, she gets more of her own adventures and got me more interested that it was hard to stop. It does get quite descriptive that I have dozed unintentionally a few times, but then again, it does tend to happen after a long day at work or I've been reading for hours already. I'm definitely interested in reading the continuation of her adventures in the next series.
The performance was fine, but the story was too stupid. The bad guy is a scientist, is religious and is a terrorist mastermind, and has tons of money and henchmen, including a right-hand man who is extra cruel. The good guy is super bad-ass, has other loyal bad-ass friends, etc. Anyway, the characters are extremely caricature and the story is a selection of typical cartoon plots. This would have been better if it sends itself up like Austin Powers, but since it takes itself seriously, it's just another lower than average pulp action hero story.
This was well narrated. Another commenter has already itemised all the advice given in this book, the rest of the book were just examples to illustrate the advice. As another commenter has said, these examples can be quite dated. Also, I think the "influenced" person in many of the portrayed situations tend to be simple-minded. They are too easily appeased by acting on the advice given, e.g flattery. I think the level of cynicism prevalent today requires more nuanced usage of the advice. The advice are very common sense so any respectful and courteous individual probably already uses most of these, which can make listening to this a bit tedious and boring. Contrary to what I just said though, any individual that hasn't caught on to how to be diplomatic to your fellow human probably needs the original, simplified and non-nuanced version. (did that comment just put me in the latter camp? hehehe)
Ehrman writes about the history of the New Testament including its multiple sources, its inconsistencies and the politics of how certain texts were picked to become canon and were able to survive through the ages. If you're Christian, you owe it to yourself to learn more about the book that is at the center of your religion. If you're an atheist, you will be happy to find more ammo to bombard Christians with as they most likely do not know a lot about the historical truth of the bible.
I'm a techie and admire Mark's achievements in IT but this story was just lacking in interesting characters and story. You have two highly accomplished main characters that are almost perfect in every way and baddies that are so typical, it's so bland, bland, bland.
Maybe it's because I'm already immersed in IT, but it didn't give me any new insight so all the tech 'realism' had no value to me. It was actually downright annoying when the narrator started dictating long lines of computer code as that level of detail is very inappropriate for an audiobook. A description of the computer text would have been much more appropriate. I hoped that conversions from text-based novel to audiobook included such changes.
Unfortunately, I find Mark's blog on how to hunt for malware on the computer much more eye-opening than his novel.
I can understand the negative reviews but the "filler" examples on the advice were quite interesting by themselves (as those were things I would have liked to learn mystelf) and so I did not find them a waste. The advice on programming and yoga were a bit too descriptive, however. Code samples are not ideal for an audible book and should have been summarised. The description of yoga postures also requires a picture or video and not ideal in an audio book.
Great performance but story was nothing special. Another present-day heroine with attitude sent to past/primitive society with typical sarcastic remarks at the appropriate situations. Having read a few urban fantasy novels with female leads recently, the typical sarcastic attitude has been getting tiring, despite the great performances of the narrators. Whether it's the performances being similar or the heroine's sassy attitude or the first person perspective, or the combination of all three, which do tend to go together in modern style fantasy these days, I feel like the modern female heroine has consolidated into one personality. I haven't read the John Carter book but saw the movie. This book has such a similar plot that there isn't really any point. The other reviews made me so optimistic that the new take on the story would make it fresh, or extra witty, but it was all just too shallow. If it's trying to be a spoof, it failed dismally.
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