This is a pretty good biography of Jefferson, but while the author assures us repeatedly that Jefferson was a shrewd politician, he doesn't show us what he means.
Given his successes, it makes sense that Jefferson was a shrewd politician, but either he hid his machinations or it will take another author to reveal them.
Herrmann wasn't given much to work with. The writing is not compelling or memorable.
No. I gave up about a third of the way through.
This is one of the two or three best books I have ever read. It takes you into the selves of several, very different, persons (all male, unfortunately).
I can only compare the story's psychological penetration to Middlemarch and Shakespeare's plays.
York breathes life into the story--giving at least six of the central characters compelling, recognizable voices.
And giving the repeated phrases almost incantatory power.
I didn't want to stop and I wanted it to go on forever.
Translator and reader, yes. Cervantes, no.
More psychological penetration; more invention in characters, situations, and action.
He makes the various characters alive and distinctive. For English (including American English) listeners, the accents make the story more vivid.
The audio version kept me riveted from the beginning right up to--but excluding--the redundant and ham-handed next-to-last "summary" chapter.
The only thing I would have liked better about the print version is that I could have confirmed more quickly that that chapter was a complete waste of time.
Steve Jobs' for his combination of huge flaws and amazing creativity and accomplishment.
Baker's performance draws no attention to itself, and makes the story compelling and clear.
The book made me realize how much Jobs had to do with creating so much of the world I love in--and enjoy.
This is a reality-based exploration of how families talk to each other and how to talk in ways that produce more understanding and less pain.
It is clearly stated with plenty of relevant examples of actual conversations.
Conveys the drama and grandeur of Genghis Khan's life as well as his profound impact on the Western and Muslim worlds clearly and compellingly.
At times a deeply affecting story of a mature woman's fear and love and hope. More often too obviously striving for (literary) effect. The ending seems tacked on, a sort of diabolus ex machina.
Excellent reading makes the characters seem more three-dimensional than the writing alone might.
The first two "sections" took me into Seely and Netty's experiences in a way that only Middlemarch matches (in my reading). The second half of the book seemed more talky or obviously calculated and far less engaging.
I liked the reader's pace and voice, although it is possible that a more experienced reader could have made the second half more interesting.
An illuminating look at the last fifty years of our history.
Not as insightful as it might be.
Not great literature.
Steven Pinker blends remarkably astute observations that seem obvious once made, clear summaries of different theories and researches, and persuasive speculations into a great narrative.
I certainly do intend to listen to it again, but that is testimony to its richness of thought, not to any failing of the recording.
I don't believe that reading the hard copy would be as much fun or any more productive.
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