It is very rare that I stop listening to a book. I can only think of one other time. I couldn't get past the first 1.5 hours on this one. Where to start? The first sign that this was all fluff was the repeated use of 'passionate', 'paradigm' and 'potential'. Over and over again. Get passionate people ... If you don't follow 'Pull' your passionate people will leave. If you do follow Pull you will realize your potential. How many ways can we restate this? MANY? The second was that they force this Pull vs. Push metaphor on everything. Things that worked lately - those are Pull. Things that didn't work - those are Push. But it's forced. They back up their metaphor by demonstrating the real differences (e.g., Tipping Point sets up a hypothesis and then gives examples that you can go - oh yeah, I see. - here they just add lots of words.) The third sign is that they are just restating current trends - the power of social networks, the internet, the rapid pace of development and how knowledge is changing at a higher frequency. They talk about the new 'digital technology'! If you didn't know that already, then this is the book for you! They talk about 'their research has shown', well I don't know what that research was. Another big tip off - look at their charts in the book. It's the same graph, over and over and over. Nice vague words like "Trajectory", "Leverage", "Pace" and "Access", "Attract" and "Achieve" all brought about by "The Big Shift"! And then you have the 'Edge' and the 'Core'. Oooooh! Did I just spoil the book for you? Then they 'warn' you about how this 'Pull' world might be scary, threatening, and uncertain, but you must forge ahead because the old ways are Push and they are going to take you to ruin.
I don't know these authors. Maybe, if I waited for another hour or so, I would have been enlightened. But I just couldn't. It actually hurt me to listen. So, I guess 'Pull' is just going to roll over me.
The best way I can describe it is to say it is a nice one inch cake with 4 inches of icing. It contains enough adverbs to season 12 such stories. Removal of the words 'almost' and 'suddenly' would shorten the book by 1 or 2 hours. And nearly half of the book is filled with character reflections that simply recap what the reader already knows.
The story is not bad - other reviewers have claimed that it ripped off Tolkien but I think that it simply uses standard hero story themes.
I found the characters inconsistent. At one point described as always being idealistic and then later described as always too pragmatic. And there are some are some character swings that are 'suddenly' 'almost' bi-polar.
The author tries too hard to tell the reader that we are at an 'edge of the seat' moment (There are way too many times that a character 'knows' that there is no escape.) I would have prefered that Brooks set up the scene, get me so involved in the story, that when these scenes come, I already know that it is a dire and suspenseful situation. I don't want to be told. Show, don't tell.
Scott Brick's narration doesn't help here, because he uses his descriptive voice to highlight these moments that aren't really moments to the point that you at best, ignore them as crying wolf, and at worst, are just irritated by them and 'suddenly' 'almost' yell at the book. And there are just way too many deux ex machina resolutions for my liking.
I am afraid that this will be my last read from the Shanara series.
Oh my heavens. It seems in super secret spy domes they have skylights but no emergency lighting! I think that Dan Brown was paid by the word on this one. Predictable, ignorant, and about 52 jillion timely rescues from the jaws of death. I can suspend disbelief for quite a while but this was just ridiculous.
REALLY DON"T GET THIS UNLESS YOU JUST WANT TO BURN A CREDIT OR HAVE A TEMPLATE FOR HOW NOT TO WRITE A NOVEL.
The rest of Brown's books are great, making this even more of a let down.
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