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While this book does contain some decent pieces of information about the subject, it's not nearly enough to be worth two credits. I got it as an impulse buy, but ended up with a mess of a book citing some calculations and some "interviews" the author supposedly had with mystics and taxi drivers during his travels.
Entertaining? Yes. Educational? No.
If you're worried that this book is a dry, academic look at the history of finance and how it influenced humanity, you'd be mostly right. It isn't dry, but it is all the rest.
It is a detailed look at how money was developed to suit human needs and civilizations. It's a fresh way of looking at something most of us take for granted as being part of the human culture. Good food for thought, whether or not you are interested in modern finance.
This book redefines the perspective of good and evil, and shows us that there is no true "good" or "evil" person, only circumstances that push us toward one or the other. This book, even if it drags on at some points, is worth listening to if you wonder about what makes people good and evil.
The narrator killed the experience for me. I really tried to go through the book, but the performance was excessively dry.
This book is one of those rare books that haunt you long after you're done with it. The characters feel real in the claustrophobic atmosphere of the story. You never know what's going to happen next. This is a masterpiece, and I don't use that word lightly.
Buy it. Read it. Thank me later.
I got this after listening to the original METAtropolis, and my expectations were higher than they probably should have been. It didn't excite me as much as the original did, probably because the thrill of discovering something new wasn't there.
Overall, it's still worth listening to. The world is fleshed out, even if some of the characters felt like caricatures compared to the characters of the original.
Success after failure
The presentation of the issues faced and the candid opinions makes this book a worthy study in how to succeed.
As a person who actually went through the experiences, you can hear the emotion in his voice at some parts.
It is best taken in chapter by chapter.
For any aspiring entrepreneur who wants to build his own startup, this should be required reading.
This book started off with the author saying he's going to try to be as objective as possible, and he puts a bit of an effort. But then there are parts where his perspective and apparent surprise at how "stupid" some Germans are comes as a surprise. Granted, I know Hitler committed a lot of crimes against a lot of people and is extremely hated for it. That's why I hoped this book would try and see through the propaganda for pro-Nazi and anti-Nazi individuals and try to explain exactly what happened.
For the most part, it did not disappoint. But because of the author's many attempts to fill in the holes with information he most likely had no way of knowing for certain, I take away a star from the overall rating.
METAtropolis is a compilation of five different stories by five distinguished authors taking place in the same shared universe, which keeps things fresh and enjoyable. I didn't think I would have enjoyed it as much as I had. I found myself sad every time each story comes to an end, and quickly excited again for what comes next.
Get METAtropolis: Cascadia as soon as you're done with this. Worth it.
I will admit it: I came into this book because I wanted to hear Arnold Schwarzenegger narrate an audiobook. And while it was funny at first, I was soon hooked to the story of his rise to power. Stephen Lang, the primary narrator, covers most of the audiobook except the first and last couple of chapters.
I came into this after finishing A History of the World in Six Glasses by Tom Standage, and while he presents some interesting points about the impact of food on history, it isn't as catchy or memorable as the first book.
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