"The Violinists Thumb" was awesome. I ended up having to take notes because it was so thought provoking. This book isn't a light read. If you have no foundation of dna and genes this might not be a great first. The narrator was tolerable and well suited for this type of book.
Many times I found myself not wanting to stop listening to this one. There are a series of shorter stories within this book which I thoroughly enjoyed. It was an interesting look into what causes death and she approaches the subject in great detail. It is somewhat clinical but very accessible to someone outside the medical field. If you have a morbid curiosity this is a good choice. I was never bored throughout this listen. In previous reviews there was mention of her change in tone for men and women, which didn't bother me much. The narrators chipper tone actually made more of the gruesome parts less dark. I would sample the audio before just in case.
Perhaps this book would have translated better in book form but I found this book redundant. Everything in this book could easily been summarized in an article. If you're completely unknowledgeable on the subject this may be a good choice to understand the basic principals of a healthy lifestyle, however some advice should be taken with a grain of salt. Much of his advice may be hard to implement without being obsessive and other times impossible. Also, I found the format irritating and thought it would have been better to designate three separate sections for, "eat, sleep, move," rather than each chapter parroting, "eat, sleep, move." By doing this, Tom Rath managed to fill an entire book with a lot of repetitive information. He also used a lot of his own personal experience, which in certain circumstances can be helpful, but I personally would have preferred purely scientific based information instead. If you know anything about current health topics, you won't learn much from this book. To avoid reading this book I wish it had been named, "Eat healthy whole foods, don't sit on your butt all day, and get a good nights sleep." A better choice would be "Spark," by John Ratey which is still accessible to someone new to the subject.
I like true crime books and found this was a good choice. Because the story is left open ended I was less satisfied by reading about this particular case. For the most part I found this book very interesting, however it lost steam towards the end. It gave detailed accounts of each murder and the mystery of the killer was intriguing. I would recommend this book if you want to learn about the zodiac killer.
I was a fan of "The violinist's thumb," by Sam Kean so I was happy he had another book I could listen to. This isn't a light "read" for it goes into details about the human brain that might otherwise get lost if you're not paying close attention at parts. Many of his stories kept me listening, (I commute long distances) sometimes while sitting in my driveway. If you have any interest in the subject, I'd recommend it.
I loved this book. I could relate to his inner monologue and found myself laughing many times throughout the book. I read a few negative reviews and I can see how one might take issue with the following aspects: the narrator, focus on death, and as one reviewer called it, "breathless, non-stop chatter." First, I can understand how one might dislike Dion Graham, he is certainly over the top at times. Personally, I like his narration in this book, I thought he suited the material. In reference to the focus on death, it's completely relevant to the story line. Finally, the "non-stop chatter" could get annoying if you're not into that style. Personally, I tend to have the same attention deficit disorder type thought process so it worked for me. I thought it was well written and engaging, I highly recommend this book.
Although I enjoyed many aspects of this book, I felt as though it was entirely too condensed. I can't give it a great rating because of this aspect. Her narration wasn't the greatest, but it was something I could look past. I recommend reading the unabridged version, perhaps the story will feel more complete. I was left wondering what was taken out.
This book delves into the world of hoarding. It portrays a clear picture of hoarders and their thought processes but stops short of finding resolve for such an issue. The narrator was well spoken but really whiny at times. I definitely found this interesting but I was hoping for a little bit more.
I thought I would like this book since I consider myself an introvert but it left much to be desired. Although I felt like many of her points were accurate, she also made gross generalizations about extroverts and introverts. These types of comparisons are too black and white to be able to apply to real people.
Although the stories were unique and interesting, I found this audiobook tedious. On many occasions I was left thinking, "Get to the point already." I would have been a little happier with it had he gone a more scientific route when sharing the stories.
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