This wasn't as well written as the biography of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, but it is still worth a listen. We have all been living through a revolution as profound as the industrial revolution and all of these people and companies have impacted our lives in so many ways. It's fascinating to realize what has gone on behind the scenes with such things as Google maps, search, and Youtube. Similarly, the personalities needed to create these advances are equally interesting. My capsule summary: Bill Gates = businessman, Steve Jobs = artist, the Google founders, Sergei Brinn and Larry Page = engineers. All of them brilliant, of course, and visionaries. We're living in the world they imagine and it's good to know what they think.
I thought I knew a fair bit about David Horowitz and that period of history, but this book was an eye-opener. David Horowitz has such inherent decency and, of course, great intelligence and experience, that I began to understand the unique role he is playing. His writing makes complex ideas clear and understandable. We are so lucky that he still, in his 70's, is writing and helping keep this country on track with his insight. Some of the book gets a little personal between the writer and subject, but that's to be expected, given who he was, and he handles that aspect well. The section on Saul Alinsky is something everyone needs to hear and his piece helps us understand the current state of affairs in North America. After finishing this book, I've plunged immediately into another of David Horowitz's books, because one wasn't enough! The narrator mispronounced a few words, which dropped my score for performance to a 4, but otherwise he was fine.
What can I say? It seemed long at times, but I enjoyed thoroughly many of the time periods. Others have spoken of the sounds from the narrator, which could be distracting. There's nothing quite like an Edward Rutherfurd book to give you a window into a different time period.
Too many recipes, not enough storyline. Glacial pace. I had to stop early in the second half.
I originally was charmed by this book because of the narration of the great English actor, Ian Carmichael and the somewhat dense prose. At times those things grated, especially if he didn't change voices for characters in conversation but at others times, it was delightful. There is a mystery and one hears jargon from another era, which is quaint and amusing. I heard slang I hadn't heard since childhood from my mother, such as a girl has 'it', which in 2013 would probably mean she was 'hot'. I may listen to another by Dorthy Sayers in the future, but not I'm not rushing in that direction.
Obviously, you have to have a certain mindset to want to read this book, but if you do, it's very inspiring. The author/narrator took a bit of getting used to at first, but I found later I was unaware of the issues that bothered me at first. One could hear his swallows now and then and pause breaks came at not the best times, all of which is understandable when a 'regular' person reads an audiobook! It just makes me really appreciate the enormous skills of the 'real' narrators or actors. However, there were moments that I was glad it was the author who was speaking, as it put authenticity into his words, knowing they were, in fact, what the person speaking really believed. I definitely enjoyed this book!
Stopped early on when the first character we really got to know was being tortured. Don't like such violence and it hadn't hung together enough by that time to keep going in spite of it. It seemed well written although I wondered if it was going to be anti-American, but didn't listen long enough to find out for sure.
Running around the Riviera being chased by nasty people. Didn't really come together for me. He seemed to do the fight scenes the best, which are the ones I'm least interested in. A few mispronunciations by the narrator, but otherwise o.k.
I'd owned this book for more than a year before I finally listened and it was one of those books you could doze off while listening to and not really mind. Much of what other reviewers have said I agree with, that it can be a bit repetitive, sometimes snobbish, but I thought he wound up the story in a very satisfying way. As the title suggests, the narrator acknowledges his own limitations while exposing those of others, which is endearing (see Salman Rushdie's Joseph Anton for just the opposite). I'd say read over all the reviews and decide if it suits you, then don't expect too much and you may enjoy it!
This was my third Joseph Finder, after Paranoia, then Power Play, and I enjoyed it just as much as the other. I don't like too much explicit violence and one can avoid it if needed. I too found the teenage son's voice horrible, but otherwise enjoyed it. There was a few minutes of the author and the narrator talking about how to bring reading/acting a book to life, which was enjoyable. The author apparently liked the portrayal of the teenage son, but perhaps he was being polite! I'm not crazy about children or young people suffering as it upsets me too much, but perhaps that weird voice made him so unpleasant, I didn't care as much????
I just read Paranoia and was ready for another story that grabbed me and I wasn't disappointed. I think it may be a bit better than Paranoia. It probably isn't great literature, but one doesn't really care. It is good story telling and it is paced well. Scott Brick is an invisible narrator, meaning he conveys the book and the characters so well, I'm not aware of him at all. I'd like to dive into another Joseph Finder book immediately!
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