I have reccommendated this book to many people, including by college-aged sons. They loved it! It reads like fiction, keeping you on the edge of your seat at times. This style of writing is very friendly and comfortable, like sitting down for coffee with a friend, a really smart friend. The narration is excellent.
The history of the Farallon Islands is compelling and remarkable. It is woven into the story of the sharks and the people who study them in a way that makes you care about this austere place in a new way.
The sharks are, of course, the most fascinating creatures to behold. They are the stars of the show and do not disappoint!
The crazy scientist on staff that wanted to surf the perfect break that was in the heart of the shark-infested waters!
The only thing that was a small problem was viewing the photography. I went to the library to check out the book so that I could see them. Definitely worth the effort.
I bought it because the reviews claimed it was hilarious political humor, which I enjoy. I can only assume that the high star rating results from the author's family and friends submitting "reviews". The negative, sarcastic nature of the book, combined with the typical twisted logic threads, common on the far right, turned out to be totally aimed at those "ridiculous liberals". I will laugh at almost anything, (including liberals) but this simply wasn't funny. You can't wail mercilessly on a group (like Islam) and then act like it was all a joke, especially if there is no punch line except: they are awful, dangerous, zealots, etc. That's not humor. But it IS divisive hate mongering trying to disguise itself as humor, a common tool of Fox News and it's ilk. For example, one recurring premise is that if you are dumb enough to believe that global warming is a problem you haven't got a clue to what's really important, as if world problems are mutually exclusive. Pretty funny stuff. It's very sad to speculate on the number of people who WILL think its funny... One star is way too generous!
It reads like a fiction page-turner. While the individual stories are compelling, the brain-science observations are even better. I highly recommend it.
While I'm a big fan of "Ender"s Game", I actually thought this book was slightly better. It's more up-to-date and the characters are compelling. I finished it in 3 days! It really enriches the story if you've read "Ender's Game", but it's not required. The performance is excellent and the story is thought-provoking. I also enjoyed the author's comments at the end.
If Tina Fey can't make this absolutely hysterical, no one can. It was enjoyable enough, but I expected way more. She was holding back a bit, and over doing other bits.
Started out very interesting and the performance was good. By the half way mark I wasn't as enthusiastic. It's too graphic and violent towards women--not a theme I enjoy. The plot gets pretty hard to buy as time goes on, and the hero seems wooden. His love interest/sheriff is also not compelling.
Since most of us get our information about psychopaths from TV, and chit chat, this is quite educational. The news is very surprising in some respects and upsetting in others. The "test" is quite fallible and has been over-used. On the other hand, learning about whether groups, such as ruthless CEO's have a higher rate of psychopathy proves very interesting. Jon Ronson does an excellent job of narrating. Quite enjoyable.
I wish this were mandatory reading for kids in high school. I found it fascinating, the author/narrator quite pleasant and the material inspiring. There are lots of suggestions for people who are not naturally "happy". It's very inspiring to hear about all of the positive results from the many studies quoted in the book.
Could barely finish it. Kept thinking something would happen. It didn't. Told through the eyes of the sister of a famous, rich, smart, beautiful, perfect being. The hero-worship gets old fast. The end is as disappointing and unbelievable as the rest. Good thing I was cleaning the garage while I listened!
No new ideas, really. Computers attain self-awareness, decide to wipe out all humankind. Lots of sci fi books written on this subject. Whole concept requires widespread use of servant humanoid robots. One interesting chapter was from the point of view of the robot. If you haven't read any of the old classics on this subjects, it might be more interesting.
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