The first half or even 2/3rds of this book are outstanding. It's full of good information and common fallacies of logic. He starts to reinforce the same points over-and-over near the end and starts going off on a political diatribe near the end, which was unnecessary and out of place, but I recommend it very strongly.
That said, the narrator is in need of a dictionary. He is not very talented, and really subtracted from an otherwise outstanding audiobook.
First, let me say there is a lot of good and interesting information in this book. I learned a lot of things about sociopathy from the author. That said, I have a few bones to pick.
The author goes off-topic. She does not just go a little off-topic, either, she starts rambling into areas that have absolutely nothing to do with her topic, much less with her thesis for the book. It almost seems as if she ran out of material and just started spening time adding filler to make the book a little bigger.
Also, it's hard to identify with any people in her stories knowing they are composite. Am I supposed to believe there were no examples of real sociopaths that would provide the examples she needs? If not, it kind of invalidates her points.
I gave the book three stars, but it easily could have been a much better book with some better editing, more succinct writing, and real examples.
I will add that Shelly Frasier did an excellent job of doing the narration, thouh.
I could not believe how terrible the reading of this novel was. The narrator sounded like he was reading a Dr Seuss book to me. He was placing emphasis and excitement in the strangest places.
That said, there's a lot of good information in this book. Be careful, though, because there's also a lot of mistaking correlation for causation. Just because 2 things move together does not mean one causes the other.
I hope you enjoy being preached to about sacrificing yourself for society, because that's what you're about to subject yourself to. There were a few exciting parts of this books, but they were between long sections about the superiority of people in the military. The narrator also reads the exciting parts like he's reading a grocery list. Good luck with this one.
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