I may. If I were on a long drive and someone with me wanted to listen to it I would.
Mike's emotional ride through the book I loved. It was nice to hear some of the emotion that goes a long with discovery and the struggle to put scientific fact before ones own knee jerk reactions.
This was a very interesting story about Mike Brown. I think I expected a little more about the science of space study and such. I enjoyed this book very much, but it's really much more of an autobiography of the author at the time of these events. It's all from Mike's point of view and well told. Maybe that should have been obvious to me before I read it, but it wasn't. As I said though I did enjoy it.
A course like this should be mandatory before we release adults into the world. Dr. Novella simply and throughly lays out how we are all fooled by out minds and gives helpful ways to hopefully retrain our brains to think. A great course that everyone, even the already skeptical, should listen to.
Give me characters I care about or at least with some depth.
They actually did a great job of isolating each character and giving them an individual feel. It's well read. They aren't the issue for me the story and writing is.
I'm obviously in the minority and maybe it's because I didn't read this in middle school. I like SciFi, I like video games, and I was excited to listen to this book. Ender's Game feels extremely contrived and the characters are very flat to me. With the exception of maybe one character I just didn't care about any of them. The story is not just obvious but feels very thrown together to me. I know these kids are suppose to be extremely smart but I had a hard time buying kids of any intelligence talking high end politics. I less of an issue with them dealing in war games as that is something a kid would play. Weak characters and strange plot holes aside it has some strange pointless things in it. I won't spoil them but there is an awful lot of talk about prepubescent nudity in it. With the exception of one moment none of that was necessary. Again, maybe it's because I first was introduced to this as an adult and I've missed the mark, but I will not be reading the others in the series.
This is one of my favorites. Mary Roach is great!
What I love about Mary Roach's books is that they tickle the science part of my brian with weird yet interesting topics. In this case the topic is something we all have and use everyday, our digestive tracks. I can see why some may not be able to stomach (pun very much intended) the topic, but she handles it with grace and comedy. The book is truly more interesting then disgusting.
If you've read any other Mary Roach and liked it you should enjoy this one. If you haven't read any of her other stuff and you like funny, historical looks at science and discovery check out any of her books.
I have to say I've read the book at least 2 times myself and it's always been one of my favorites. Having Stephen Fry read it to me made it that much better. He does a wonderful job of presenting the story and each character in a delightful and charming way. He is well aware of the humor and how it should be presented. I can't help but think Mr. Fry is a fan of not just the work but the BBC mini series as well. His characterizations are much like those in the mini series. If you haven't read The Guide, I highly recommend this version and if you have read the book and just want an excuse to get the audio book, do it! It's well done.
I would like for Mr. Fry to do the other books in the series!
No, but it's not designed to be. It breaks up really well into topics and segments. It was perfect for my daily 35-45 minute drives to and from work.
I've read a few Kaku books and he's really good at making complex concepts understandable. He has a great ability to build up a concept from the root level so that in the end even a simple science fan like myself can understand it. This book however is a little different. It covers a vast amount of subjects and gives just a taste of each. Granted those "tastes" are probably enough for most, there were times I felt I wanted to learn more about a specific subject. That in itself maybe means this is a great read. I value any book that can light a spark of interest in learning more. In short, this is a good general look at science / tech, and how it will maybe shape our future. I'd recommend it to any science and tech fan.
Typical Adam Carolla
Adam fans will enjoy this. Personally I felt his first book was stronger. While nice that he mixed it up I just prefer the Adam tirades. This book is Adam's personal history and is filled with funny moments, most of which left me thinking "and you kept these people as friends?!" Like I said if you are an Adam fan get it, there is something here for you. If you aren't sure if you are, I'd say check out "In Fifty Years We'll All Be Chicks...: And Other Complaints from an Angry Middle-Aged White Guy" first, it's put together a little better to me and I found it more entertaining.
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