I don't buy into the author's attempt to have his main character justify murder as an "entrepreneurial" advancement mechanism. It totally turned me off and I had a hard time listening to the character's attempts at justifying it.
He could have had the brother of the boy who was killed by the main character's taxi service put a bullet in his head. That would have been nice karma.
John Lee is always decent, but just ok in this doing the Indian accent.
I would not have published this book. If I was an editor I would have told the author to look elsewhere.
I liked the way the author covers the history of discoveries in physics and mathematics from Pythagoras and Euclid to Einstein and beyond. I'm just a layman and I actually got the gist of most of the math and physics. I now understand how the leap to hyperbolic geometry helped Einstein and others to describe relativity and how the universe works. The author explains how math and physics evolved through the efforts of many great thinkers leading up to Einstein. And he finishes with the current state of string theory.
I also liked About Time and The Clockwork Universe because they give you a historical perspective of our understanding of the universe and our place in it.
He read very well.
It needed serious editing. Three hours into it I wanted to stop. I was gagging on all the extraneous, unnecessary babbling. Just because you use big words doesn't mean you are saying anything.
No. She is too robotic.
All the extraneous characters.
I listened to this book to the end to see if it had any redeeming qualities. When the author sticks to the relationships between Archer, Ellen, and May and the immediate family you can follow along and understand the story and their internal struggles. So I did get something from the book. But I cannot recommend this book. I don't care for the author's writing style, nor for the narrator's reading of it.
I pray no Muslim cleric puts a jihad on this author. He took a big risk in portraying the culture of Islam and how these men in the Middle East operate. It is a caveman culture of male domination over women. The more I listened to this book the more I hated Rasheed and this culture. I pray that Sharia law never takes hold in America. I don't see how it could. That is what these a-holes fear, that they can't keep their power because their women become educated and westernized. Since we in America have a technoligical advantage and a history of women's rights I can't see Sharia law taking hold in America. America will not tolerate it. But the fact remains that this mentality exists in these Middle Eastern countries. And frankly, it makes me sick.
I listened to this after reading Stephen Hawking's Brief History of Time. Hawking's book was good but lost me at the end. What I liked about Susskind's book was that he gives a very good history of many aspects of physics and makes it all easy to follow and understand. He finally leads you to the conclusion that information entering a black hole is not lost, which is contrary to what Hawking thought. I like the theoretical, imagine if you will, examples that physicists use to figure things out. Pretty cool.
I think this book would be more aptly named the Survival of Pi because it is, essentially, about his survival. He writes in a light hearted, matter of fact manner with regard to his ordeal at sea with the other animals on board. So he takes man's basest survival personality and makes it pallitable. In the end you are left to wonder if the others on board were really animals, or people? And who really was the tiger Richard Parker? Thought provoking.
I enjoyed this book. I learned that we are all dependent arisings - like water in a wave. Karma is a result of what we think, feel, act, cause & affect. Do good things, they come back to you. Buddhists believe it moves from life time to life time. As a Christian I'm not so sure about that. But I do believe that you can meditate on mindfulness and think about how to cultivate compassion and generosity to make yourself a better person and help others in the process.
It's definitely a bit shocking in the first 6 hours of the book where Taita gets his nuts cut off and an actor in the play for Pharoah gets hacked to pieces by his Master's henchman. But when I got past all that - I liked listening to the narrator telling the story from Taita's slightly pompous and sometimes humorous viewpoint with good character development and suspenseful action. It's a decent, though graphically written, epic novel.
The name of this book implies he will explain how to detect bull moves in a bear market. All he does is predict inflation, a decline in the US dollar, and a need to invest abroad in commodities like gold, etc. What else is new?
This was the worst audio book I've ever listened to. Maybe if you are a Professor used to reading PHD dissertations you will enjoy this. If not, then you will find it difficult to follow and boring. Make sure you listen to the sample audio before you waste your credit. I wish I could get mine back.
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