This is not Kawasaki's best. His "Selling the Dreams" has bee a huge influence on me, and while there are golden nuggets contained within this current text, it failed to capture the magic of his earlier work. The multiple narrators was more disorienting and jarring than anything else. (The author did the chapter introductions, the main narrator did most, and a second voice did stories.) A single voice would have been a more pleasant experience. Perhaps the greatest disappointment is that despite his stated goals not to limit his scope, this is really a book about high tech marketing for a start-up. The examples and the advice were often too limited, in my opinion, to that narrow context. I know that the author disagrees as he makes claims to the contrary in the text, but I think the fact that he has to claim a wider impact is telling. I know the adage is "write what you know," but Kawasaki did a better job in earlier work getting out of his comfort zone to know more to include. My work is about internal change efforts, and it is a stretch to apply what Kawasaki has here to that context. Yes, I have a cause, and I need to recruit others to it, but the techniques here are not a great set of tools for that purpose. Also, again despite Kawasaki's stated goals, the book feels like it will become dated with an empahasis on current technology. I think with more editing and craft, the ideas about using twitter, linkedin, and facebook could have been generalized to universal principles that were then explored in the context of these specific technologies.
This is a good but not great book. It is something of a thriller/mystery but also raises philosophical issues of religion and faith. It comes close in both regards but comes up short. The psychology and pharmacology ideas are interesting.
Moore aimed to write a British comic novel, and he hit that target and them some. The writing is funny often hilarious, laugh out loud in the car by yourself. Euan Morton handles the material very well. Not suitable for younger ears or those with delicate sensibilities, but good fun!
I have never read or listened to Graham Greene's work before, and he was an incredible writer. His use of language is so poetic and beautiful. Colin Firth is of course an awesome actor, and that shows in his work here. He does justice to the power of the language. It was a great listen.
This is not one of those heavy plot books. This is a reflection on love and faifth with characters and a plot that move it along. A true work of art.
This is such a fun series, and the narrator is perfect for these books. I find myself being drawn in and not wanting to stop listening.
I am a Charlie Stross fan already, and I found this to be again a great listen from him. The story is very interesting, and it is hard to see the final resolution coming. The ideas are important and I find myself still thinking about it long after being done. On the one hand I wanted it to finish so I could know the resolution, but on the other hand, I did not want it to end as the characters were interesting and the story creative.
The performance was good, but tricky since the main character has two genders. The reader does not do a good female voice...but once I got used to it, it was no longer distracting.
I have read various books on Buddhism over the years, but Ponlop is a special teacher who provides a vision for a new generation that is not stuck in the trappings and outward appearances of previous generations who have wrapped Buddhism up as something exoctic. Ponlop offers teachings that help connect Buddhism to the hear and now the way that Buddha intended it to be. For those of Generation Xers such as Ponlop, I think it is easier to find the meaning in the teachings in the way that they are presented here. I was not overly thrilled by the performance. It is hard to make this type of writing interesting when you are not the one who wrote the words. The content, though, more than makes up for the delivery.
This is one of those books when it was over I was sad. I came of age in the '80s, so the references were great. I hate to admit that I am not a big enough geek to get them all, and even if you are not up on '80s pop culture, the story is great.I admit that I am biased against the narrator from his days on Star Trek TNG, but he is a great reader. I have started to look for other books that he is performing. I have recommended the book to my friends, and if you have any interest in video games or virtual realities, this is a wonderful listen,
I do not have the time to read the print version. The audio version is a great way to make my commute seem shorter!
The book has so many characters, and Dotrice uses his voice to differentiate and that helps with tracking the different characters and stories.
Yes, but I don't have that many hours available at one time!
This is a great story told by a great story teller!
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