Nic Sheff knows how to write a compelling story. I recently became interested in the subject of addition. I was drawn into this story and will be looking for the third installment of how he's done in years of sobriety.... or not?
If you like Tyson on Nova Science Now, you'll enjoy this, but it's more or less the same thing. Would have been better if Tyson had narrated.
I like what these guys present, and it felt like an extended podcast, some of it I thought had heard in the podcast, but also other stuff, so not a rehash (or pre hash). Not an unworthy purchase.
finished this book a couple months ago, and now can't even remember if I got to the end or not. It was more of a poetic story than his other books, and not so amenable to intermittent listenings, and hard to understand the narrators - I usually like narrators to have natural accents, but these were a bit too strong accented for me to follow. Just didn't catch my enthusiasm.
Fascinating story on so many levels. I initially thought I might drop it, the beginning was a bit monotonous. But once the journey began, I was hooked. I liked how it gives you a glimpse into the complex nature of native america before too much european influence, i.e that young men out on hunting parties, acting like young men (stealing gear, challenging Lewis) could impact the american's view of all of native america - some tribes poor and non-confrontational, others, aggressive, and how british and french trading tilted the balance of power for native americans. It's also an amazing tale of men who were really ignorant of the geography, climate, natives, and medical conditions/treatments, managed to blunder through all this and succeed by sheer will and determination.
very entertaining britishy humor with probably the best narration - perfect for this story - that I've heard in a long time. I can't imagine many people regretting this buy.
You'll recognize Ronson's narration from This American Life or other such broadcasts. He has a voice and style, like David Sedaris, that is perfect for his writing. A collection of subjects that he investigated/interviewed/tried to sort out - few people can find the subject matter and true life characters that Ronson looks at and narrate it with dead pan sincerity.
Basically a good story and interesting historical fiction, but it kinda wrapped up and ended just as I was getting into it. A little hard to keep the characters straight with the narration, but I recommend it as a worthwhile listen.
the audio quality was a bit tinny, but I got used to it. The narrator did a really good job switching between characters, especially male/female. The story has great characters and really gives you gritty feel for life at that time. I found myself looking forward to getting into the car to pick up the story again.
Nic Sheff tells his story with compelling narrative. I'm not an addict (not meth anyway) and I don't have kids on meth, but I really enjoyed listening to this story.
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