I really like the narration. The reading is excellent. I just didn't like the story, and in a way, that affected the performance (for me, anyway).
Steven Pressfield is one of the greatest writers alive, but this one was not his best IMO.
Less dour, I guess
The narrator (the first one, the one is the sample clip) is an excellent narrator. She reads poetry for Poetry Magazine (if I'm not mistaken) and she really helps me understand the underlying messages.
Of the hundreds of audiobooks I've listened to over the years, this was one of the most addictive and enjoyable. The writing sparkled, the narration was excellent, and the topic was deeply interesting to me. Excellent all around.
If you have even a passing interest in Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, definitely get this. Highly educational, and you can't go wrong with Sean Pratt as narrator. A classic.
This one completely ambushed me. I picked it on a whim, and yet from the very first sentence this story of the Comanche Indians had me in its sure and steady grip. Yet, the graphic details of torture and ultra-violence also repelled me.
While I consider Empire of the Summer Moon one of the best historical books I've ever encountered, it's also the most horrific. If you are sensitive to cruelty and violence, STRONGLY consider taking a pass on this one.
There is good information here - I'm sure of it - but you have to slog through the worst kind of filler to get to it.
It starts in the introduction. Instead of just saying "this book is for everyone" and leaving it at that, it painstakingly lists every profession, situation and human being that might ever have a use for the book.
This happened repeatedly in the first two chapters of the book, list after long list when it could have been summed up in a sentence or two.
This is filler of the worst kind because it's so blatant and lazy. It's an attempt for the publisher to increase the page count without increasing value. It only serves to aggravate and kill valuable time.
The Ask is an opportunity ruined. I'll be The Asking for a refund.
I didn't know what to expect after reading a few of the reviews, but I thought Nick Sullivan's voice was an excellent proxy for Chade-Meng Tan and his bubbly personality.
Search Inside Yourself has some great advice for everyone. Get's a little slow near the end, but I recommend it.
I was a big fan of Doctor K growing up. Man, he was inspiring on the mound. He had NASTY stuff. During his prime, I don't think there was a more feared pitcher in baseball history. Gooden suddenly appeared on the scene and was tearing up the MLB...
and then he faded away. I don't know how else to explain it.
The (audio)book is the same. It starts strong and kept me listening for a few hours, but his experiences in the major league and the excitement he stirred up wasn't captured in the book. By the way Gooden tells it, you'd never know he dominated baseball as he did.
Maybe Gooden is too humble, but it came off as flat. Them were the days.
Informative and enjoyable, but not enthralling by any stretch. There were a lot of solid takeaways that made Wicked Plants entirely worthwhile to listen to, so I recommend it.
While this particular rendition of Webster's life seemed well researched, it wasn't fun - at all. It was dry and too hung up on minutia that didn't drive the narrative. I listened to the first 5 chapters then skipped to the last one for some closure.
If you are a diehard historian and are keen to learn more on the early days of America, you'll probably love this book though.
Listening to this audiobook became a "noble obsession". Slack's writing style and Gardner's narration was a perfect match for the era that this epic real-life story took place in.
I borrowed the hardcover version from the public library to re-read certain passages. Noble Obsession is that good.
The message of 'less is better' isn't new to me, but there are fresh insights here. Greg McKeown also does a fantastic job narrating his own book.
If life feels cluttered and stressed, Essentialism is the (audio)book to get.
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