Poteau, OK, United States | Member Since 2008
Even if you might not adhere to Dave's plan exactly, the idea of slavery to debt and freedom from it are very motivational. I feel like the examples he uses are real life people and he doesn't use terms or language that is reserved for finance professionals. It really is a good, practical plan for getting out of debt via hard work and perseverance. Even though his plan is not the best "mathematically", the point of getting some quick wins by paying off the lowest balance without regard to interest rate is a legitimate point. Honestly, you can hear most of the content of this book in his daily podcasts. I do recommend this book to people.
CONTAINS SPOILERS: I really liked this last installment. I feel a lot of the unanswered questions in SHIFT were explored well. And the ending with Jules and Charlotte and the others back in the real world was satisfying emotionally, yet there is no way that everything that has happened in the 3 omnibus novels is just 'all over'. Some of my questions might have been addressed and I overlooked them, I want to know some things: 1) Why didn't the bomb go off? I know Donald was killed, but Charlotte supposedly had a remote, yet there is no indication that she did it. 2) What kept the nanobot cloud contained over the Silos in open air? Maybe the nanobots were originally dispersed by bombs and they wiped out man kind and sending people out to clean simply dispersed more in that area? 3) They were heading out 200 years ahead of schedule... isn't there some repercussions for that? 4) The diggers are overkill and unnecessary if you can just walk out. I'm assuming they made it into the story just to offer escape in that one scene? 5) Why no attempt to walk back in and rescue the other Silos? Was it too late? Were they all dark? 6) It sounds like the kids were using some of the fairground games and rides at the end, but I pictured them as too close to the Silos to be free from nanobots. Again, I would spend a credit on this because it was good to find out all outside was okay, but it did get frustrating at times.
This installment in the series gives us a LOT more to think about than Wool. I really enjoyed all the background foundation elements that come out in this one. It was faster paced than Wool and although some of the short lived characters are easily forgotten, the main characters' relationships deepen... but not all in a positive way. Definitely do not stop with Wool. Hope this helps.
I'm currently in the middle of SHIFT and I am glad I read Wool, but nothing significant stands out. It's been less than a month since I finished it, but I can't recall a lot of it. Is that bad? The characters seemed to be missing a vice or some inner struggle. Howey didn't seem to be very descriptive in a way the reader imagines things, but often told me what someone was thinking. It is a good setup for SHIFT and come to think of it, Howey didn't explore very deeply in this one most of the issues that have opened up in SHIFT. Need to read first anyhow. You can listen comfortably at 1.5 speed. This isn't very helpful, but there it is.
I barely got started and the author makes it apparent that He believes religion is "bullsht" and all the evidence points toward nothing after death. I think this is naive and various views on religion do not keep me from enjoying novels, but this was too blatant and unnecessary. I'll pass.
POSSIBLE SPOILER: Its not aliens... Its not demonic... Its not magic... Its not time travel... Its not the end times... Its not even addressed! Why are dead people returning? WE NEVER FIND OUT! This has a really cool premise and could have really been fun to explore, yet the authors note at the end explains the purpose of the book: THERAPY. So, after 10 hours of hoping, I reached the end with not one shred of venture into why all this happened. It was a complete let down. In my mind, a real SCI-FI novel plunges into the questions with explanations... however unrealistic and sometimes corny they might be. Nothing here. The most interesting thing was the ramifications of thousands upon thousands of additional people thrust on small town population. Pass on this one. I hope this helps. Later.
NO SPOILER: I love time travel novels. I have read almost all that I can find on Audible. That was what drew me to this book. My wife and I stumbled across the movie one night and it prompted me to find the audio book. Overall the book was more about relationship struggle than the intricacies of time travel. I almost always love the books better than the movie, but it wasn't the case here. I love the concept of the novel, the possible implications and the drama the time traveling creates, yet the characters just didn't feel natural to me. Henry was definitely NOT a real male... in the sense that his reaction to various engagements was not what a man would do...it was laughable in some cases. It was obvious to me that the female author failed to capture male essence when writing from Henry's point of view and that may have been on purpose... not sure. I'm not prude, but I didn't like the open adultery, continuous vulgar language, importance of drinking/drugs and unrestrained sexual provocativeness (the protagonist having sex with her husband from the future while lying right next to her present husband is too perverted for me). I didn't see how it added to the story, especially when the female protagonist engaged. The random inserts of art and foreign language was sometimes too much. The lack of closure at the end was unsettling after making it through the book. I would not recommend this or use a credit on it knowing what you now know. hope this helps. Later.
One of my concerns about this book is that a lot of the information is repeated several times throughout the book...but then I realize that the audience is us men and we need to have instruction repeated to us over and over and over. So I accept that concern as a good thing. I like the way Dr. Meeker helps me see myself as a dad through my daughters eyes at different stages of life. The book seemed to divide into chapters on certain topics. I wish it had been divided into chapters based on age or level of development...although that can be problematic itself. It is one I shall reread in the future. I already have recommended to a friend.
I really like Dan Brown's background research that is apparent in his writings. I love his character development and his plots always appear more straight forward that they really are. I found this novel harder to follow on Google and Wikipedia than his others due to my ignorance of Italian. The other books contained places he visits that you can easily pull up on Google and follow the action, but I found it more difficult here because I could not understand the names enough to spell them in Italian correctly. It was the same way with the symbols and statues the book refers to. That was a little frustrating. So, although you can comfortably listen to this on 1.25X speed, you might spend the time you saved on Google looking at all the cool paintings and stuff Langdon is looking at. I did like the Lost Symbol better. I would definately spend a credit on this one. Why not now?
My first thought is that the publishers summary made me think the book would be different than it really was. It sounded like something enjoyable to young adults, but I found myself not caring too much once I heard the narrator sounding like a 10 yr old for the young adult parts. This really put me off for most all of the book. I was beginning to think all of the events taking place were not real but just the imagination of children and I was just about to return the book when the Dad entered the scene and gave the adult perspective that I needed to the story. Maybe in print I would read the scenes differently without the whiny voice of the narrator? Finally in the last hour or so something significant happens that invokes some real terror... I can finally say I have read some Bradbury, but I would not use a credit on this knowing what you know now. Hope this helps somebody. Later.
I thought this book started out the gate at a great pace and continued for a while, but once the curse was pronounced on the antagonist, I honestly don't feel like much happened in the rest of the book. Pretty good character development for Sol but as soon as you get that, he is cursed and his character attributes no longer apply for the entire book. I was not satisfied with the slow pace and poor action. Even at the end when the curse is removed its like 2 minutes before the end of the book and nothing eventful takes place. The secondary supporting characters are weak also. The entire book is spent detailing inward feelings and emotions and conflict, I needed more than that and the entire books spans only 2 years, so you know not much has happened. I feel like this is a poor knock-off of World Without End... now that's a book worth investing in! Not this one unfortunately. See my review of WWE. hope this helps someone. later.
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