Simon Baron Cohen is a specialist in Autism, and he referred to Autism a bit in the book and I'd be really interested to read more of his work in this field. His book was quite thought provoking. In my personal interpretation of the book, it seems Mr. Cohen believes evil is not a spiritual matter at all, but rather a chemical/medical one. "Evil" doesn't really exist, it's just that some people have lower levels of empathy.
He also seems to advocate for criminals who commit crimes due to their mental illnesses to have less severe punishments, since they can't help being sociopaths/psychopaths, or as Mr. Cohen would say, low on empathy.
Anyone who didn't try to use ridiculous accents. The character who is supposed to be Scottish got a Liverpool accent. The guy from the Lower East side of Manhattan (of Puerto Rican heritage) got a strange mix of Eastern European and Latin accents. It was painful to listen to.
I was interested in reading about Anonymous because it's a subject that we need to understand in the modern, internet dependent world. What I realized early on is that the majority of these "cyber hacks" (I won't glorify them by calling them "terrorists") are a bunch of anti-socials with physical defects that force them to spend the majority of their time in their rooms with their computers because they can't "make it" out in society. Anonymous and movements like theirs are literally culminated in online chat rooms. I was sort of hoping to find that they were a group of geniuses who had honorable goals, and used their technical knowledge to change the world. But alas, they are no more than ultra geeks with nothing better to do, and are looking for some kicks in between playing online video games.
This book details the work of the Secret Service and what they go through to keep the President, Vice-President, former Presidents, and their families safe. It also gives very juicy insight into the personal characters of those the SS are charged to protect. Which of the POTUS/FLOTUS or VP's were/are kind and considerate, people of good character? And which ones were/are insufferable, rude, selfish, vulgar, etc.? The answers WILL surprise you!
The story was good but hard to listen to. The narrator reads in sort of a rushed whisper.
I bought this book based on all the reviews. People said they couldn't stop laughing, etc. Maybe if you're a middle-aged, under appreciated mother and home-maker you'd think it was hilarious, but I quit listening to it halfway through because I just didn't think it was funny or even interesting.
No disrespect to the author, who has written a book which I'm sure can be helpful to a lot of women, but she has a very heavy regional accent (Brooklyn?) and the presentation…Well, think of a middle-schooler reading her book report. Also, there was piano music playing in the background. I think this audiobook could have been much better if a professional narrator/reader had been hired.
The author straightforwardly identifies many dating and relationship pitfalls that modern women encounter. But many of them I couldn't relate to, such as: dating men who have "baby mama drama" with the mothers of their illegitimate children, or guys who can't get a "regular" job at a company due to their criminal record! But if these problems apply to your particular dating pool, then this book would be helpful.
He spoke too fast. There was so much information, but it was presented too fast to process.
There wasn't much "evidence" given to support the title. There were a lot of anecdotal stories, but that's about it.
Who knew Oscars were campaigned for like the presidency? As much money, spin-doctoring, and rhetoric goes into an Oscar campaign as any run for office. I'll never look at the Academy Awards the same way again!
I loved seeing the U.S. through the eyes of a little girl from Iran.
I love Firoozeh's Dad, and how much he loved the U.S. from his times as a college student .
I hope more of my compatriots (Americans) will read this book, and understand that people are not the politics of their country. I'm thankful that Firoozeh's family had a great experience in the U.S. and that people were warm and friendly to them. Not all foreign immigrants have the same experience, and that is a shame.
It turns out disadvantages don't have to be disadvantageous! Mr. Gladwell gives thought provoking case histories of people who've triumphed over great obstacles in life. I've thoroughly enjoyed Gladwell's previous books and this was no exception. I love that he narrates his books himself. He has a pleasing voice.
This is the 3rd book by John Douglas I've read or listened too. Mr. Douglas brings so much heart to his subject of criminal profiling and justice. In this book he focuses on both the prosecution and defense of the convicted, and brings up some very interesting points concerning methods of convicting people based on flawed or outdated "science". This is a great book for anyone interested in law and law enforcement, or the many facets of the debate on the death penalty in America. He also goes into how the media affects investigations and trials. I found it very thought provoking. I only wish Mr. Douglas had narrated it himself as he did for his other audiobooks.
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