The author has turned what is the most important, complex and useful structure of our times, the internet, into a boring and dull book. He is a shining example of my most authors should not read their own material. He reads in a monotone with no vocal variety to make his subject marginally interesting. If you are prone to sleep while driving do not listen to this book in the car. You may get in an accident.
Make no mistake the material could make a fascinating book, just not this one. The author tells of the first communication between two people over the fledgling internet. It should have all the drama of the first words between Bell and Watson but unfortunately it does not. This is described in the same dull manner that the author describes the journey to the various iconic internet places and buildings. The train, countryside, streets, signs and other tiny, inconsequential details are minutely described.
The book, actually, could be mislabeled. For those interested in narrative travelogues it could be a very good listen, but then they probably are not looking for a technical book about the workings of the internet. And those looking for a nuts and bolts book on how the parts of something as vast as the internet fits together into its whole are not looking for a travelogue description of it. That is the problem with this book. It is trying to appeal to two very different audiences and winds up appealing to none.
Excellent book and a wild ride! I have listened to all of the author's Nightside books as well as his Secret Histories. I was expecting the same writing style in Shadows Fall and a continuation of the descriptions of Shadows Fall as described in the Nightside books. For the first two chapters I did not think much of the book or the reader because I was expecting a Nightside connection that was not there. By the third chapter the book and the reader became excellent. I was totally drawn in and couldn't stop listening. I listen in my car and found myself inventing places to go just so I could listen to the book. The readers range of voices and characters is amazing and it is easy to tell the characters apart by the voices. He does male voices, female voices and accents.
All of Simon R. Greens books have some horror and violence tempered with tongue in cheek humor to soften it. Not so in this book. This book is more Simon R. Green meets Stephen King. The book does contain Greens's usual whimsical characters but once it gets going the horror and violence are unrelenting and graphic. If nothing in the Nightside series has disturbed you then you will be fine with this book. Highly recommended for the Simon R. Green fan. Also recommended if you have never listened to Green as the book stands on it's own.
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If you are a Christian who offends easily do not buy this book, I'm sure an offended Christian listener will post a review going into more detail but I will not.
Zig admits early on that he is getting older and chances are that this is his last book. In this book Zig passes the mantle of leadership to his son, Tom Ziglar. Zig also mentions that this book is the best of everything that he has learned over the years. It is a rehash of his previous material that is very good for new listeners or seasoned listeners that need a review. For over thirty years I have seen Zig perform live and read or listened to his books. It is unfortunate that his message over the years has become excessively Christ oriented and religious. Zig has always credited his success to his becoming a Born Again Christian. However his relationship with Christ is excessively pushed in this book. If you enjoy crediting everything that happens to you to Jesus Christ then this is the book for you. If not then skip this one and get a book from earlier in his career.
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