This was a good listen - very interesting. The narration is presented in lecture style - in fact parts of it may well be recorded while the professor is in class.
Prof Johnston is obviously well educated on the subject and presents a lot of information well. The only negative I have is that her speaking could be a little smoother. There are a lot of 'ums' which probably go mostly unnoticed in a class lecture but somehow stand out a lot in an audiobook. And toward the end of the book it seemed like she realized she had a lot more material to cover and was running out of time.
But over all if you're interested in Celtic history this was a very good listen, not dry or boring, with many insights from someone who's spent a lot of time analyzing the facts.
I had no idea what to expect, but thoroughly enjoyed this book! It got a little long winded at times and now and then I thought, "What's the point here?" But it ended up being one of those books that ties everything together in the end and you find yourself for days afterward tracing strands around and back into the story to piece all the details together.
I've heard about HP Lovecraft over the years and recently even tried reading some of his books, but just didn't get into it - I don't make a lot of time for reading so when I do it's something I will enjoy. However, I have plenty of time for audiobooks and this is a great one! The narrator does a great job with accents, tempo, vocal sound effects, and emotion. And I now know why Lovecraft is spoken so well of! Great, fun horror stories from the 1800s.
I just didn't enjoy this listen. I've never listened to anything else by Lewis Black so maybe he's just not my kinda guy, but I found most of his points sort of illogical and so not very funny.
They make good points in this book, however I found it mostly a sales pitch for their organizing program and I'm not keen on paying to buy a commercial.
I've thoroughly enjoyed several of Dan Brown's other books, and maybe I was just in a bad mood when I listened to this one, but I hated it. I found it horribly cliche and predictable and couldn't bring myself to keep listening. Maybe if I'd made it to the second download it would've turned around.
Overall I enjoyed this book. The author makes very valid points - for the sake of courtesy or nicety or political correctness we often don't say or do what needs to be done to be successful. But he goes to the point of reveling in harshness or bluntness a bit. He does make sure to qualify that he doesn't suggest people should be mean and avoid being brutal if possible, but spends most of the book encouraging the listeners to be honest as far as necessary to ensure the success of their objectives. To his credit, that's exactly what the book is about and, in my opinion, this isn't a guide for all of life, but rather suggestions to incorporate into life/business. Personally I see Jack Welch's Winning as more of an all encompassing book on success and Dave Anderson's Waves as a highlight on the more "brutal" things Jack did to ensure the success of GE.
Yes, the book makes valid points - There may be times when the talents that got you to your current successful position are now preventing you from going further. It's sort of the "promoted to your level of incompetence" thing. I just don't think it needs to ramble on so long. Feels like the book was made bigger for marketing reasons rather than informational value.However, I've definitely listened to worse books and this one's "good". Not great, but good enough.Also, it was read well. Again, I've heard much worse. The narrator is professional and speaks well.
The Deed of Paksenarrion is on my short list of all time favorite books and I've been watching for several years hoping it would finally make it to Audible - Thank you Ms Moon!
Personally I get more from a book when reading rather than listening so if I made one recommendation it would be to read these books first.
My only complaint (and should reduce my rating by half a point) is that the narrator doesn't always seem to get the inflections right for the occasion, but she does a pretty good job with different accents and tones for different characters and it's probably hard to please all the long time fans.
All in all I highly recommend these books - especially if you've any interest in reading Moon's latest - Oath of Fealty. You don't HAVE to read Paks's Deed first, but you'll enjoy Fealty more if you do.
I'm a history buff and REALLY wanted to enjoy this, but I'm afraid I just can't finish it. There's a lot of information and it's great facts, but it's also a VERY dry read - I just can't keep up with it.
The narration isn't bad, although I do think there are narrators that might do better with it. But I think the material is just very dry stuff and any narrator would have a hard time keeping your attention.
It might be better in small chunks.
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