I read this book. While it was not as enthralling as 'Into Thin Air' or 'Into the Wild' I found it to be a good book nonetheless. Krakauer devoted most of the book to the history of mormonism and (mormon) fundamentalism. As was the case in 'Into the Wild', the author seems to be interested in extremes in psychology and especially the border between eccentric behavior -such as positive human traits carried to negative extremes- and psychopathology. I felt I understood the psychology of the murders better at the end, which was the goal of the book. Considering the nature of the crime they committed, it was no small achievement for Krakauer to explain these brothers' thinking to his audience. I look forward to Krakauer's next book. A word of warning: this is not bedtime reading/listening. It is very disturbing. Therefore, I reccomend that you listen to it in the car rather than read it in bed. That said, I am glad I read it, and I hope it will be worth your while too.
The Nanny Diaries was good, this is just dumb. The characters are not credible. I lost sympathy very early on when the lady was going through her household budget. I listened longer, but ultimately gave up half way through, and I usually make it through even bad books. The whole thing is just silly. Don't waste your time.
Mr Bryson has written a lovely general science book. There is overwhelming attention to geology and astrronomy and less emphasis on the biological sciences. Still it was a very entertaining and worthwhile listen. Mr. Brysons very dry humor, including a mild, possibly pathological preoccupation with ways to die of natural causes, shines through. It is thoroughly enjoyable and recommendable.
I listened to this book on my ipod while working out at the gym. There were times when I had to stop lifting or pressing whatever it was I was working out on and double over laughing. It was that funny. I can only recommend it wholeheartedly.
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