Very well-written biography of Benjamin Franklin- didn't shy away from any aspect of his life. Not to be missed!
First, performance: I was hoping to zip through this as escapist reading, but the narrators have turned me off of the story. I can sort of understand the decision to cast a female reader who could sound as if she is six years old, however, neither reader rises to the occasion in my opinion. Both of them often sound as if they're doing a sarcastic reading of the text.
Second: the writing itself: I may finish reading this if I happen to come across a copy somewhere. I don't mind the present-tense at all, but the constant use of passive voice gets old fast.
Nate Silver has a fairly straight-forward style and gives lots of good information and stories illustrating his points. The narrator's tone occasionally seems terse, bordering on annoyed. This might have been a result of having to repeat some of the same language many times over.
The reader has a beautiful voice, but the performance is dull. He might as well be reading a phone book- there's no meaning or interest. I've read the print version (probably a different translation) & the story suffers. I'm very disappointed & will avoid this reader in the future.
This is a fascinating look into the mind of a famous hacker. I enjoyed hearing Kevin Mitnick's side of the story. He is clearly a brilliant guy whose addiction/ insatiable curiosity got him into a lot of trouble. I love the dramatic story of how he got into that trouble, and how he evaded capture. He sometimes lost my sympathy when he was less than generous in describing how other people had betrayed him, or didn't live up to his standards, or were easily deceived. After listening to the audio for a while I watched a few interviews with him and found him to be a little less arrogant than the performer's interpretation led me to believe. I wish he had done the performance himself. Other than that, the story was fantastic and I will probably listen to it again.
Downloaded this for a trip to Rome, and it was okay, but the walks were VERY limited, and there was supposed to be a PDF with the recording (which you really need to understand the route). It wasn't too difficult to locate the PDF for free online, but only because we found some free wifi.
I would have made the walks significantly different and spaced farther apart.
It was adequate.
I think it should be updated.
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