I almost didn't finish this book, which is a rarity for me. The intro alone was 1 1/2 hrs long and the entire first part of the book seemed to be a snobbish name-dropping list of Atlantic coast towns and cities and his seeming assumption that everyone who reads his book is well traveled and has been to the same places. To have any idea of what the author is talking about you need to have, at the very least, an atlas beside you as you listen. He jumps from one place to another often quickly and doesn't say much of anything pertaining to the purpose of the book. However, the book redeems itself in the second half and turned out to be quite worth wading through to get there living up to it's advertising.
The author himself is a fine reader.
Not unless it was reproduced with another reader who possessed some animation.
It's fortunate the author was so articulate and I was able to enjoy the book despite the reader. I would recommend the book but not in the audible form with this reader.
A computer would have been more animated, If the reader couldn't get into the material why did he agree to the project?
I found it very informative and the author easily related to his audience as equals. And, yes, despite this being a scientific presentation the author injected some humor and I had a few laughs.
This was the most robotic reading I have ever heard and Andy Ingalls has been added to my very short list of readers I will not ever listen to again. There should be some kind of quality control to prevent this. Only the author's superb presentation saved the audible format and led me to finish the book and keep it for further reference
This book really jazzed me! I've listened to it twice so far and also brought the book in print. It has inspired me to look deeper into all the subjects covered in the book and branch out. Even a year later I am still raving about this book. It's a real poser and if it doesn't make you think about and question life and all it's aspects then you are brain dead.
I'm looking forward to more form this author as well as Brian Greene, Stephen Hawking and all the people mentioned in the book.
Well read, proper pronunciation, no exazzerations, can't hear breathing or other background noises.
Please, I want to see more books like this.
What a fun book, well researched, well written and well read with a plausable story line. I'm looking forward to reading them all.
All the reviews touted this book as King's opus and I was really looking forward to it because I have always enjoyed his non-horror stories. I was very disappointed in this story and couldn't wait for it to be over. If I hadn't paid so much for the audible version this would have been one of the few books I've never finished.
This was my first David Rosenfelt book and I came upon it by chance thinking it was going to be a light, dog-oriented, cozy. What a wonderful surprise to discover such amusing characters and a much more involved, convoluted plot than expected. The further I went the more I was drawn into the book! Great tale and Grover Gardner is the perfect voice for these stories. You can be sure Rosenfelt is now on my favorite author's list.
I'm a horse lover and was really looking forward to an enjoyable read. I was terribly disappointed to find it very hard going. Not being conversant with racetrack lingo I had a hard time understanding what was going on even when there were explanations because they were made using that same lingo. I gave up then returned to the book several times but have not yet been able to get into it. I feel like a hopelessly lost outsider struggling and failing to comprehend what's going on. Perhaps reading the actual book first will help but at present it seems a waste. I'm looking for entertainment not a study course in which I have to have reference books at hand.
On another note, the reader was a surprise, being female (If left up to me I would have opted for a male reader), but I felt she had a good grasp of the characters and an excellent range of voices and I quickly became comfortable with her.
I enjoyed the story and the reading was well done but I got the impression the book had been abridged. It was as if I had missed something important concerning some of the events in the book and background of the characters. Though a good story it could have been better if the author had approached it as a single title and fleshed it out into a longer book.
For a book recorded so recently it has static and deleted words throughout. Despite this it is well performed and a good story.
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