Of all the anthologies of classic science fiction stories available on Audible as of when I'm writing this review, this collection has the most consistently entertaining stories and the most listenable narrators. It's just great!
There are a few histories of Wall Street that really stand out. The others are mostly written by Michael Lewis. So that puts this book in rarified company.
The humanization of the two protagonists, John Meriwether and Larry Hillebrand.
The final defeat of Hillebrand, when he's forced to finally open his books for the world to see, was moving. He's not a likable character, but you really feel sympathy for him in that moment.
The humanization of the characters, the apocalyptic visions of the last days of the Chinese empire, and the feeling of immersion and immediacy.
The first scene, where the British gunboats break into the Chinese river, and the Chinese peasants bow down to them and worship them. That set the tone for the whole book.
The end of the rebellion is extremely sad.
There are a few really apocalyptic wars that humans have managed to document - the World Wars, the Thirty Years War, the Russian and Chinese Civil Wars...and the Taiping Rebellion. If you want to read about cataclysmic, world-shattering wars, include this book in your reading series.
American institutions are getting old and clunky and ossified and outdated. This book is sounding the alarm. If you're an American, you should listen to it. It will give you a sense of urgency about reforming the way we do things.
The action never stops, the sci-fi never cuts corners, the authors never run out of surprises, and the characters never get flat.
I still don't get why Audible thinks every audiobook reviewer is also good at coming up with movie taglines.
The best space opera to come along in years.
The story itself has an atmosphere of constant brooding tension and incipient horror.
The alien-ness and magical creepiness of the antagonists was a refreshing change from standard fantasy fare, and the protagonists - weary, drug-addicted 30-somethings - were fresh as well.
He does great voices.
The part with the heads on the trees was incredibly creepy.
The problem most people will have with this book (and with Morgan's other books) is the frequency of explicit, extended sex scenes. In the audio version, it's difficult to skip these.
Drunk lonely expats
Oddly, the best comparison I can think of is Speed Tribes, by Karl Taro Greenfeld, since that book is also infused with the expat experience.
Hemingway is awesome. This book is less about war and destruction and manliness than some of his others, and shows that Hemingway has range and depth.
The fast-paced, non-stop action that is James S.A. Corey's stock in trade.
The fight at the beginning.
He does good voices for the characters.
Not as much as the last one.
Here we have a case of "sequel-itis". Don't expect it to be as good as the first one. But then again, few books are as good as "Leviathan Wakes"!
Japan is cool.
This is one of those histories that reads like a story. Eminently listenable.
The narrator simply did not know how to pronounce Japanese words correctly.
For people looking for a quick introduction to modern Japanese history, look no further.
I really resonated with the way the rational, scientific way that the author thinks. Everything he said made sense. That's a rare occurrence, at least for this listener.
Most people don't realize how much they don't know. When starting a company, as in many areas of life, it seems good to have a systematic way of figuring out what you don't know, and then knowing it. The scientific method has a proven track record of turning unknown unknowns into known unknowns, and then into knowns.
This book is without a doubt the trippiest, weirdest, most mind-bending book I've read.
Only Philip K. Dick's UBIK is this confusing and ambiguous and weird and far-out.
I have not.
The most memorable character was the bad guy. You'll see why. I can't describe it.
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