Having listened to audiobooks for over twenty years, this is one of the best. Wanted to re-start it after it was finished. The author paints unbelievable secnarios, that stretch the imagination. Ordinary thoughts suddenly have extraordinary outcomes. Characters are complex, disturbing and likeable. It has been a along time since I have been so in awe of sheer writing.
I go through one book a month and frankly most of them I forget. Not this one; brilliant from start to finish. Augustus McCrae used to be favorite literary character now its Eli McCulloch.
Gripped my attention early and held it to the end. Ok end was weak but rest was extraordinary. Yes it has filthy parts, yes it is for adults who like something beside shlock. Yes it is shocking at times. If you go to church regularly and blush at adult themes stay away. And curl up with a nice predictable book full of bad things happening to wonderful people,
Two dimensional characters behaving in predictable ways. Been here before in poorly developed fiction, a thousand times before. You take today's thought processes and values and apply them to pre civil war era time period and you get crappy story telling made solely to pull at your heart strings only it is too transparent and contrived to do except on those with lifetime channel standards.
For anyone who has been told to talk more since the time they could talk, this book is for you. Understand once and for all just because you or those close to you are not societal norms for outgoing ness does not mean that there is something wrong with you.
As usual Gladwell has intriguing stories to tell us which are most likely worth the listen by themselves. But like in Outliers his conclusions and tie ins just don't make any sense to me. Put simply I don't get the David vs. Goliath premise throughout most of this book.
Also find his reading style off putting and bordering arrogant.
A good tale about a very realistic not too distant future, had some very interesting detail, a bit too formulaic at times. A lighter more geeky version of some of Margaret Atwood's dystopic novels.
Gladwell always delivers a well thought out thesis, impeccable research and interesting details. Just did not agree with the conclusions he presents in the epilogue. To me his book proves just the opposite of his conclusins.
Not my usual cup of tea, and even dreaded starting it, but the book captivated me from start. All three main characters were intriguingly drawn, and the story had enough suspense to make you want to listen to the next chapter. Only drawback was ending was somewhat predictable.
Interesting listen, not fast paced or suspenseful. But pleasant, brings back the aura of a simpler time, where people's word and values were worth noting.
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