This is my first experience with any Ayn Rand piece.
Setting aside her own political philosophy, which I find myself disagreeing with, the book is terrible. Characters are one-dimentional caricatures of what a person might actually be like. Every sentence if filled with this over-emphasized melodrama to rival the best daytime soap opera. Rand spends pages and pages saying nothing, and her passages of dialogue are just long soliloquies that she uses as an excuse to write another diatribe about the problems of socialism.
Rand should have saved her writing for op-ed pieces.
I would not recommend this book to anyone. Ever.
Its good that this is read by the author himself. There are times in the book where I feel like, if I were him, I would just give up. Beautifully performed are marvelously written.
This is not a series for every reader. It is bleak, gruesome, and harsh. What makes it all bearable is that it is written so well, and the story is so compelling that you keep reading (or listening) even when you don't think you want to know any more. A great listen.
This isn't the end-all guide to everything wine. It isn't going to improve your pallate and heighten your senses.
It is a funny book that gives a great overview of the world of wine, from production, to tasting, food pairing, and a little information on some of the popular varietals and wine regions. For anyone who is new to wine, it is a great launching off point. And it is fun to listen to. He has a fun style of writing, and is easy to listen to. I highly recommend it.
I found this book had a significant amount of really, really interesting information relating to the history/botany/biology of the topic plants. I found it very hard to get through the lengthy passages of introspection and other topics that have very little to do with apples, tulips, canabis, or potatos. I think his favorite word is Dionysus. Look for it in every other paragraph.
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