Bob Newhart was just a few years before my time, but I did have exposure to the Newhart shows and his comedy routines recently, and he's become one of my favorite all-time comedians. In this, his audiobiography, he is a little older, and isn't as energetic as he used to be, but he's still as witty and enjoyable as ever. It's a refreshing look at a good man and a good humorist.
This is a solid collection of stories. I remember some of these from my childhood, but some were completely new to me. Each story is darkly reminiscent of the old Twilight Zone, and I think Bradbury had a lot of fun reading them. It is not a long audiobook, but it's a good one.
I had always wanted to know about the Influenza epidemic, and I was stunned by the details when I heard them. Although the book itself does become weighted by both biology and biography, it quickly becomes a staggering tale that seems inexcusibly forgotten by my (the younger) generation. It has added a few names to my personal pantheon of historical heroes. I remember this book every time I sneeze.
I loved this book. This is the first audiobook that I've chosen to listen to more then once. It's accessible, but not at the expense of thoroughness, and does a good job focusing on the thesis of Lincoln's political genius without getting bogged down in the details of his time. It is especially timely as well. Highly recommended.
If you have enough patience for this very thorough biography, then you will be rewarded. By the end, I had come to believe that I had a good grasp of who Oppenheimer was, and what he had contributed to the scientific community. I also really, really hated McCarthyism, and felt that the country had done the man a deservice. I had heard much about the events of the Manhattan Project before hearing this, but I knew very little about the early days of post-war bomb development. I found those details especially rivetting.
Written playfully and with the nerdy energy of a professional physicist, this has a lot of good information, but isn't gripping. Probably best for people with a deep-seated interest in becoming an amateur astronomer.
I've been an Oliver Sacks fan for a long time, and this latest work is as good as the rest. I've been inspired to train myself to develop absolute pitch. There are parts of the book that are very technical, and develop as text for medical journals. But, as usual, his science is balanced with great humanity.
Here is a book that catches your attention, contains some legitimately funny parts, and really lays the smack down on beaurocracy and the realities of war. If you want an uplifting book, this isn't it. But if you hate war and desire to fight the power, this will catch your interest. You must concentrate while listening- there's quite a bit of stream-of-consciousness stuff.
This is a great listen, entertaining and very informative. It does kind of descend into preaching about the environment at the end, but it is preaching with point.
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