I had listened to another series by Lee and Miller and really enjoyed it. I only made it half way through this book before I gave up. It moved at an annoyingly slow pace and seemed to be going nowhere. Maybe it gets better when you get to the next book but I wasn't willing to give it the time.
Definitely different from a typical sci-fi book. Loads of very funny dialogue with plenty of technical jargon for the science lovers. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
I've downloaded quite a few sci-fi series and I would have to say that so far this is my favorite. The narrative stays fresh and there is enough detail that you can really get involved with the story and no too much detail that it becomes tedious. I am very much looking forward to the next book in the series.
There was a fair amount of humor throughout the book.
The speed of the reading and his embodiment of the main character as a former southerner come north.
No extreme reaction.
Like his other books, Sowell lays out a very concise argument without delving overly deep into the data. That's not to say this book is not well supported, quite the opposite. The only change I would make is to have someone a bit more vibrant narrate. This is pretty heavy material.
After the 1st couple hours I was questioning why I bought this book. However I'm very glad however that I continued to listen. The main character despite his self aggrandizing became very endearing. Once the base was developed the story flowed very well and felt much shorter than its actual length. The story spanned a great length of time and I couldn't imagine the author trying to develop the characters in such an effective way with anything shorter. Well done.
I agree with one of the previous reviewers who said the book was too short. That being said it had wonderful character development and certainly was not your typical thriller. I would definitely recommend the book.
Gladwell ferrets out the myths that we would like to be true but always knew weren't that simple. I'd give the book 4.5 stars because the section on education doesn't address how Finish kids manage to score the best globally while at the same time not attending school in the same proportion as the children in the far east.
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