After doing a little research to find a book a little more intellectually challenging for my 12 year old son I settled on The Hunger Games. I wanted to read the book with him, but he lives 200 miles away with his mother, so I dropped the credit here on Audible and listened on my commute to work. The book is obviously geared towards a younger crowd than this 43 year old, but let me tell you....I couldn't get enough! I really looked forward to my hour long commute so that I could find out what happened next. Highly recommend. And my son? He had already finished and was 3/4 of the way through the sequel Catching Fire before I finished The Hunger Games! We will definetely be discussing all three books in the series.
I was really disappointed with this one. I had such high hopes based on the reviews, but it squashed any enthusiasm I had pretty early on. The section on video games is ridiculous. And it’s not enough to have a whole section on video games. He brings them up in other sections over and over. The man obviously has some kind of vendetta against game companies. Me and my sons (10 & 15 years old, the 2 year old isn't a gamer....yet!) have had tons of laughing out loud fun and bonding moments while playing video games. He goes on and on about the horrors of gaming, while at the same time singing the praises of all competitive sports. He of course NEVER mentions any of the horrors of organized athletics. Spinal injuries resulting in permanent paralysis, blown out knees, elbows and shoulders leading to a lifetime of pain. Crazed parents yelling at the coach to take less "athletically gifted" kids out of the game cause his/her kid is awesome and they're being held back. He never mentions this. The last couple hours of the book are nothing but a man-hating rant. He reads letter after letter that he's received from young professional women who just can't find a real man these days, and what a of loser every single guy they date is. What? Where are all these losers? Apparently I'm just not meeting them. And guess what, the unhappy women are the ones that are going to write this guy letters, not happy women in fulfilling relationships. I only finished this book so that I could write this review, and it was really tough to make it through the last couple of hours. It also doesn’t help that the reader sounds like the narrator of a 1950’s sex ed film. Two thumbs down and a bronx cheer.
The Economy of You definitely motivated me to take steps towards starting a side gig. I’ve heard about the new era of side gigging on blogs such as Budgets Are Sexy and Get Rich Slowly, but Kimberly goes into a lot more depth with lots of inspirational stories. This isn’t so much an instructional book because that’s heavily dependent on what you choose as a side hustle. Kimberly gives you the reasons to get off your rear, and once you’re up, she points you in the right direction.
This book is fun and informative, even though it is clearly geared towards women. I would bump it up a star if it lost some of the women's magazine feel. I also feel that men are unfairly characterized as brutish cavemen with little self control once the hormones kick in around an attractive women. This might be true of young twenty-something “dudes” wearing surfer style choker necklaces, heck it might have even been true of me twenty years ago, but most men quickly out grow this behavior and learn to think with the head on their shoulders. But all in all it was fun and credit worthy.
I can't remember how this book showed up on my radar, but I'm glad it did. This epic 19.5 hour book flew by. I tend to shy away from anything over 12 hours, but gave this one a go based on reviews. Usually about 8 to 10 hours into a book I get antsy and start thinking about what I'm going to listen to next. Not so here. I'm 5 hours into my next book and still thinking about this book. Highly recommend.
After listening to Snow Crash I thought I was ready for some more Stephenson. Boy was I wrong.
This book had me wanting to claw my eardrums out. I only finished it so that I could write a review with a clear conscience. I fully sympathize with those who could not push through like Bobby Shaftoe through an enemy line.
There are brief entertaining moments, corns in the turd if you will. Particularly the WWII segments involving Goto Dengo. But these are followed by mind numbingly boring overly descriptive droning about things normal humans don't care about.
Long sections of this book are like sitting in The Dentist's chair having your molars removed while attorneys stand around explaining to you in legal jargon how The Dentist is suing you for breach of contract because your teeth didn't pop out as easily as expected.
I suspect that I am simply not smart enough to "get" this tome. Too many characters to keep up with in two different time lines. Too much obscure math that I don't understand, and don't want or need to understand, and I'm an electrical designer.
I have Anathem sitting on a bookshelf at home, staring at me, mocking me. It just may end up in a used book store.
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