Marietta, GA, United States | Member Since 2012
Yes, if only because I can imagine the information provided in Decisive may have been a little dry for text.
this is an odd question for a non fiction informative book.
It's a good book on the various methods people go through when making important decisions, and minor tweaks that can be made to that process to help yourself make more informed decisions.
Yes, largely because I've listened to most of the author's books on more than one occasion. While fiction, it's very fact intensive and listening a second time tends to provide more insight into the story.
As with all of the author's novels since "To the Last Man," at least a portion of the story is told from the perspective of someone serving on the front line. This, to me, makes these novels stronger even than his father's "Killer Angels" and the two follow ups written by Jeff. People that haven't served in war have no idea what the average soldier goes through on a daily basis while serving the front lines, so the perspective provided by Mr. Shaara is both real, fascinating and frightening all at once.
I believe, but can't be certain, that he has read many of Mr. Shaara's novels. If I am correct they are all outstanding jobs.
The front line infantrymen.
It's an outstanding story, with great character development and an ability to at least explain both sides of several social issues dealt with in a rational and well thought out manner (though the author's actual stance on any such issue is never left to the imagination).
Any of Franzen's other novels. It's what he does.
His ability to show the proper emotion at the proper times.
Well no, but only because it was over 20 hours.
If you liked "The Corrections" give this one a try.
Great story with an excellent reader. DeLillo takes a simple concept (in the path taken by the Bobby Thompson home run ball) and twists into an incredibly detailed and interesting story about the many lives the ball affected in the subsequent years.
It engaged me from the beginning. DeLillo is a great author and knows what it takes to write a captivating story with many hidden meanings that I'm sure will be debated for years to come.
Not one particular moment. The way the author creates an intersection of each characters life is captivating on its' own.
Interesting material and less arrogance on the part of the author.
I think the overall point of the book was good, but I think the 12th time he reminded the reader/listener that he worked for Dave Ramsey I started to truly loathe him. Examples other than his own life story (he isn't particularly old by the way) would have made it far more rememberable and the author less detestable.
Given the material the performance was ok. The author, however, rubbed me the wrong way.
None, and that's the problem.
The story was far better than I anticipated and the Mr. Welch did an outstanding job of reading.
It was far more engaging than I truly expected. I bought in after listening to "A Dog's Purpose" (which, given I'm generally a fan of literature, I was almost embarrassed to admit, but ... I don't care. I liked it. I love dogs. C'est la vie). "The Art of Racing in the Rain" was far more a story about the human characters, but I highly recommend it to fans of "A Dog's Purpose" or dog lovers in general.
Yes. I'm in a job where I have to make difficult decisions and deal with people that ... make me not like people very much. This novel and it's follow up (I listened to both in a matter of days) made me happy, sad and hug my dog like I hadn't in a long time.
Any of Toby's ultimate reincarnations. As far as I know the story is unique in telling the story of an extended family through a dogs eyes, and the undying love each of these dogs shows this family is wonderful.
Yes, but I'd prefer not to post them where people who haven't yet read the book might read them.
Middle of the pack. For DFW fans it's a must have. Unfortunately it isn't the entire book, but selected portions, and there doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason as to why those particular selections were made.
DFW's unique perspective on what makes men "hideous" and the way in which the characters are blind to their own grotesque behavior.
Better writing and material.
Not a chance
I would read a novel written from a factual stand point that was interesting and informative.
Read/listen to something else.
If used in conjunction with some of the other great works on similar topics (Baumeister's groundbreaking work on willpower comes to mind). Learn how to modify your own behavior patterns so that the split second decisions you are often forced to make in daily life come more naturally and lead you in a more positive general direction. The way in which the author passed along his message, by using the same two fictional people in various situations made the writing less dry than other works of the same genre.
There really weren't characters..
Again not really applicable.
No, if only because it wasn't really a story and this would have been a bit too much info to take in in one sitting and still be able to properly make use of.
the connection between stimulate ADD medications and the correlating lack of motivation later in life.
a good read for any parent of a teenage boy drifting along or an adult male seeking some answers.
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