madrid, Spain | Member Since 2011
First time I choose an audiobook based on ratings and I didnt really like it. The story was boaring, just read it with the hope it would get better as the ratings wore so great. Some chapter are narrated by a yonger caracter, some an older one. The chapters of the older caracter dont add anything to the story, they are a story of a grumpy old man in a nursing home, besides the last chapter I dont understand what does it had to the story.
I guess most people like this audiobook as it has really high ratings but I really didnt like it, The Pillars of the earth is still the top in my list of audibooks (havent read that many yet).
I have read this book after book 10, which most here agree is one of the worst of the series, perhaps even possible to skip it without hindering the whole series.
Although many have liked this book I found it to be almost exclusively the story of Moiraine Damodred and Lan Mandragoran. Although I like the caracteres, I was expecting many more interesting things to be added to the plot, for example I would love to know the story of Rand's father and mother, both biological and step father, this is a part of the story I was always missing and curious about.
anyways, I'm not sure if there is much to this book, maybe it would be possible to skip it all together, read a sumarry somewhere and race to the new books by sanderson, which I've heard pick up the pace quite a bit
I imagined a book like this would be based on research. I've only read 50% of the book because it was so Shallow I couldent go on, but so far all of autors arguments wore "Because me and my friends can't read more then one page, then it means the whole world can't read more then one page". Sorry, I read a book per week and although I think internet is making us more shallow and read less, I was hopping to encounter some solid research, instead this books seams a description on how the autor and his friends are behaving, which is not very usefull in my opinion.
I loved the whole series. This is kind of obvious since I got this far! But this book had no exitement, I was just reading it hopping the end of the book it would pick up like it usually does, but it didnt. In the end I feel I must continue as I love the series and I am curious to reach the next books, but well, this one was awfull.
The autor uses a kind of logic that is, in my opinion, very flaude. He says things like "I eat 5 hamburgers per day and don't have high colestorol, thus I conclude that hamburgers do not cause high colesterol".
They are constantly saying the "truth" without any real objectivity, saying it works because they made it work and that is a really poor argument.
I understand not all books can be based on research, in fact I love many business books that are based on experience. But most of the autors that write books based on experience say things like "Have you tried this? It has work very well for me". This way you know what they are saying is a possible thing to do, and give you ideas of what you can try.
They say things like "who needs a PR agency? we wore featured in this and that paper without one, why would you pay tens of thousends of dollars for PR that you dont need?"
First of all, not al PR agencies will cost you tens of thousends. Secondly, how long did it take them to get into this big news outlet? Do they know how long it would have taken them with a PR agency? Would it be better? And thirdly their most sucessful product (Basecamp, which I am a user) is a project management tool where you pay by project, not by user. This makes it really easy to invite suppliers to participate on your project page without any extra cost. They supplier sees how it works for us and might sign up for it themselves. This is ofcourse a genious move, and makes the product viral (like dropbox, that gives you extra space for each person you invite) but not all products can work the same, or not al entrepreneurs can find such a clever way to make your product or service viral.
At one point they say "People say to learn from your mistakes, but what can you learn from your mistakes, we learn from our sucesses" "Other people's mistakes are their mistakes, not yours, so don't get mixed up on it". I am an internet business owner and so far I have never met a person that has not made a mistake. If you do make a mistake, you better learn not to do it again, and WHY it was a mistake. If you don't learn that, then I think it will be hard to move forward.
I have read many business books, almost 1 per week and this is the lowest rating I have ever given as I recall. It has no new and usefull information, its just a recopilation of statments, some of which I agree fully, so of which I dont agree at all.
I love this series, what can I say. I rather hear about Rand, Perrin and Matt. The parts with more women caracter somehow seam to me less interesting. In any case, the story continues to be amazing, and specially Michael Kramer narrating is some of the best I have ever heard.
I guess a lot of people like this kind of reading, but not me. This is a very slow book, he will spend endless minutes describing things, the descriptions are interesting but at some point its enough.
At least for me, I'm interested when the description is detail of something real, when I read something I know its not real, spending 30 minutes describing chemical reactions and all sorts of details is quite boring.
There is an underlining interesting idea behind all of it, and that is the only reason I read it, but the book did not give me any new interesting insight on this idea.
It has been a few couple of books that I havent encountered something I couldent drop. This is an interesting story, interesting caracter, fun and fast paced. You won't regreat it!
Just to put it in perspective I'm 31 years old. I've read a lot of great reviews so I was curious. The story is entertaining, and the idea of a totalitarian governament forcing people to fight each other was not bad. But in my view, most of what happends is about people fighting each other, while I was hopping for a bit more on the issue of the totalitarian governament, what happened behind and all. I've seen now that only the second book explores this part, but having read a whole book to get here, I'm not sure its worth while to begin a new book and having the risk to remain half way on the intrigue. Something that seams design more to hook you, then to really have a great story.
I love Eckhart Tolle's books, but having read the Power of now and A New Earth I found some of this things wore pure repetition of earlier books, but still his words and the way he says them bring me a big sense of calmness and peace
I never understood why people are so fascinated with Steve Jobs. Yes, he revolutionized many industries, and Yes I think its cool that the Iphone exists. But do we really want our heroes to be people that treat other people badly?
After many months I read this book because it was advised to me by a really smart person. So since innovation is something that interests me, I tough it was important to read it.
The thing is. Is not only that I dont admire Jobs at all, as he was a terrible father, friend and boss. But this is one of the first business related books that I have read and learn absolutely nothing. The only thing I can take from Jobs is that Less is more (no news here) and he was very good at that.
Apart from this, frankly, I dont see much I can learn from reading this book.
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