This novel is primarily about the personalities behind quantum theory rather than the science itself. When the author does tackle the subject he quickly becomes arcane and obscure. He does not possess the ability Stephen Hawking has for explaining a complex subject in a manner easily understood for the lay reader. That being said the narrator is excellent and possesses both a clear voice and a sense of captivation in the subject he is reading. This in itself makes the book work the trouble for me. But I would not recommend anyone waste their credit or money unless they are steeped in the arcane knowledge of the quantum world.
I think anyone who wants to hear the Democratic view of the current state of things should listen to this.
The writers tend to be a bit biased. They point out how party politics dominates Republican decisions yet seem to gloss over how Democrats are guilty of the same. However, the description of the book made it clear that this was coming from a Democratic party perspective and never pretended to be objective so I can't fault them for it. As long as you are aware of the bias intrinsic to the book I think it conveys some good information as to how the Republicans seem to operate. Just keep in mind that Republicans assuredly have a different view of their own motives as well as the motives of the Democratic party. Both have their rhetoric and try to demonize their opposite.
Nope. He has a clear, soothing voice for this topic. Very easy to listen to.
I would say that it is interesting how it appears that many in the Republican party are willing to let the country crash and burn for the sake of their political party. I have long suspected this on my own, especially when Obama became president for the second term. However, to be given concrete reasons makes the reality of this more alarming.
This book shows just how polarized our country has become. Most Independents tend to be silent but I feel that it is important to voice an opinion. Though I believe that what is said about the Republican party in this book is true, I have also read a conservative-leaning book called A Patriots History of the United States and it was just as effective at demonizing the Democratic party while glorifying the Republican party. Ultimately I think it wise to believe the worst in both parties while being skeptical of their self-proclaimed best. This allows us to be skeptical of our leaders and not allow them to blind us with their attempts at dissimulation.
The main character, Takeo, appeared sexually confused to me. His wife, Kaede, was painted as petty and neurotic. I found them both annoying and I could not finish the story.
I know that I will not read any further works from this author. I felt that his character development left something to be desired.
The indecision in Takeo and neurotic behaviors of Kaede.
I am sure that other readers love this book and I know the writing is excellent. It is just my personal expectations for the characters differed vastly from the direction the author chose to take.
The writing is decent, but there is a heavy religious theme that just got on my nerves for some reason. Other readers may enjoy this.
He's a good narrator. It was the story that was the problem for me.
The story is not bad, but I found the heavy religious theme bothersome. If you don't mind that or are looking for that kind of story then this would probably be very engaging.
Yes, if they were interested in meditation and spiritual development. Just like any subject you have to have an interest in it, otherwise it could be an excruciating experience. With Mr. Tolle I recommend borrowing one of his books to determine whether what he teaches resonates with you before purchasing his audiobooks.
I suppose anything written by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche or the Dalai Lama because there are kernels of truth within the writing that guide you to be a better human being.
I believe it does. Mr. Tolle's voice is very soothing. He allows for frequent spaces in his discourse to both digest what is being taught and to be "naked" in the moment, as it were.
That we are constantly creating the story of "me" moment by moment. And we love to tell it to ourselves and others.
A word of warning - do not purchase this with the expectation of being entertained. Mr. Tolle does not talk excitedly nor enthusiastically about his subject. He is very calm, quiet, and soothing. He often produces significant gaps of time with no talking. He is sometimes funny. This is all for the purpose of bringing you to a calm, light, almost meditative state.
No. There is some rambling within the story that, I feel, does not enhance the story. There is also a lot of posturing and groveling to those in the story that are seen as "noble" (which I didn't like), but that is also consistent with the time period the book was written in.
I love the complexity of the story, and the adventure that the Count embarks on for revenge. Very well thought out.
He performs the characters very well and can speak with a French accent without stumbling. He adds weight to the words and speaks with utmost clarity.
When Edmond Dantes escapes prison.
This is a great book - a classic in revenge and how bitterness can change a person. The story can deviate at times, I felt needlessly, but overall it is captivating and moving. Recommended for anyone who is into reading classic literature.
Many of the major characters, with one exception, exhibit no evidence of growth. Many go back to old habits. Protagonists are actually shown to be antagonists. I am hoping that this is not the end of the series and that some resolution is in order. If this is the end of the series then it was most unsatisfying to me. The narrator, however, remains excellent throughout.
I found some of the author's descriptions of how texts were transmitted through time tedious. However, I understand that he was trying to make the reader understand what mutations texts go through as centuries go by.
This book, I feel, aptly cuts through the dogma most of us born into religious families are subject to and see the limitations of spiritual text. Though it does not take away the substance of the message, it does firmly plant it on earth. It helps one realize that all spiritual texts are works of men, not God. Though the message is still within it has been tampered with by those who have an agenda or perspective they wish to validate.
This text gives us the chance to look at holy texts with eyes wide open. I highly recommend it.
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