This would have taken me a very *very* long time to read in print. In audiobook format, I can listen while I commute, making the experience much more practical for my busy life.
There are a couple speeches that stand out as phenomenal defenses of enlightened self interest, and the virtue of capitalism.
Francisco d'Anconia. Quite like him.
This book goes for over 60 hours. It'll take you a while.
Take Rand with a grain of salt. She defends her stance beautifully, but reduces human character to such stark qualities that she misses the subtlety and nuance inherent to the human experience. Atlas Shrugged is not only a piece of fiction that has never happened, it is a piece of fantasy that could never happen.
But instructive, all the same.
Brilliant. Precise. Laborious.
The Lean Startup isn't dissimilar to other business books I've read, except that Ries has very specific ideas on how to grow your venture. They are all excellent, but I'd contend that it isn't for every entrepreneur. Read it, learn from it, implement the fundamentals. To fully implement the book would be a very long term commitment, and applies primarily to those who will be running an organization.
I have not.
No, it made me think. It confirmed some things I already believed, and taught me how to implement certain principles.
The Hunger Games story is well advanced by the time you start reading/listening to Mockingjay. It's a brutal story, with characters you've grown to care about being subjected to horror after horror. And that pretty well continues all the way through, ending with a slight glimmer of redemption. I wanted a little more sunshine, a little less carnage.
This is my least favorite in the series, though as somebody who needs closure, I had to finish the story. It would be very hard to stop after the first or second book.
She does a fine job.
Pray the world doesn't fall subject to despotic power mongers.
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