This wasn't my first time in Middle Earth. I've been a fan of The Hobbit/Lord if the Rings books for more than 20 years I guess. However, having just seen the first of the 3 Peter Jackson Hobbit movies, I wanted to go back and familiarize myself with the original work, so I could tell what was changed in the movie. This version of the audio book was very pleasant to hear, and I enjoyed it very much.
Just finished Queen of Bedlam, the second Matthew Corbett book, and I loved it. We begin with Matthew, 3 years after the events in Speaks the Nightbird, working as a legal clerk in New York. Soon though, a murder, then another...both with similar markings cut into their faces. A serial killer in the days before there was a word to describe them. And that's just one of the mysteries Matthew is drawn into. But what is no mystery, is why I like these books. Robert McCammon has a writing style I've been a fan of for more than 20 years. That, along with the historical setting of New York in 1702, the believable characters you meet along the way and their relationships with one another, and just the true mystery of it all. I love a good mystery, and Matthew Corbett is as enjoyable a "Detective", as any I've ever read. I'm a big fan of BBC dramas and Masterpiece Mystery, and I could see these books on the small screen in that regard. Good stuff. I plan to start the next one soon!
I enjoyed this book just as I enjoyed Your Not So Smart. This one is shorter, I think, with only 17 additional psychological bias's, self-delusions and logical fallacies that make us human. Another difference is, this book, unlike Your Not So Smart, comes from the angle of, instead of pretending these brain quirks don't exist or we can't do anything about them as they are simply the human condition, if we can recognize them, we may can possibly avoid the situations and environmental conditions that foster them.
Like I said. I enjoyed it, and if you liked Your Not So Smart, you'll probably like this one.
I started this book because it's been around so long, (1989), and it's so popular that I've seen references to it in comics, tv and movies, that I thought I'd give it a read, or "listen" in this case to see what's the buzz. (I had the audio book.) All in all I enjoyed the book and thought, over all, there is some solid advice that can be gained from it. I've even determined to incorporate the basics of the concepts into my life. I would recommend this book to a friend.
That said, I only gave it three stars for a couple of reasons. The anecdotes about family members seemed to drag out a bit for my taste, and I don't believe any of them ended in a non-positive way. Which isn't realistic. For instance, part of the wisdom the book teaches is that sometimes you just need to let your children live their own lives, and accept it. Then goes on with an example where a parent did just that, and the child ended up deciding to go to college after all, exactly what the parent wanted. A few examples thrown into the mix where the subjects actually had to live with things that didn't go their way in the end would have been a bit more realistic. Secondly, a little less specific religious references would have been less distracting. I believe this book would benefit most anyone of any religion or spiritual disposition, as the author states early in the book. I personally just didn't find the reading of his beliefs as beneficial to the books basic concepts. Maybe and abridged version would have earned more stars from me. Lastly...and it didn't affect my rating or liking of the book, some of the jargon is dated...naturally being published first in 1989. Again, that shouldn't cloud the premise 7 habits. Overall, good habits.
This was a very good biography, which is something I've come to pleasingly expect when I start a Walter Isaacson work. My knowledge of Benjamin Franklin was limited to the near caricature of him taught in school back in my day, along with little bits and pieces from various documentaries I've watched during my adult life. I had no feeling for who the real person was behind the historical figure. Now, I believe I do, somewhat. Which, in itself reflects a good review of this book. Without going into too much of a summary of Benjamin Franklin himself, I think it's worth noting the light that the book shines on him. Ben Franklin was a practical man. A man who, when he saw a need, tried to find a practical solution to address that need. Whether it be protecting a house from bolts of lightning with his lightning rod, to helping design a constitution for a fledgling country whose states were in dire need of it. He believed in the middle class, and believed that excessive wealth, luxury, idleness and inheritable elitism was the root of much of the corruption in England at the time. He was a man who believed in religious tolerance, like many of the founding fathers, because religious dogma could be divisive, and not conducive democratic public discourse. He was a man who understood compromise and the need for it in a true democracy. Personally, he had vices like anyone else. He tended to enjoy spending time with his friends abroad better than his family back home. He often enjoyed the company various women throughout his life, to the dismay of some of his more puritanical political opponents. Contrary to many of his "Poor Richard" aphorisms, in his later years Franklin enjoyed late evenings with friends, wine, and chess. In the end, the book leaves you with the feeling that you may have known person behind the image a bit. He was a remarkable person, and this book is an excellent read for anyone interested in Benjamin Franklin, the man, and the historical figure.
I really enjoyed this book. Each chapter discusses some condition, brain quirk or tendency we all share, and makes us all, "Not So Smart". There's a new show on National Geographic Channel that touches on many of the same topics you can find in this book. If your interested in such things, or just want a book to point out that you aren't nearly as smart as you think you are, (and who doesn't love that), this is definitely worth the read.
Ok, I know this book is a classic. That's why I decided to read it. You know, see what all the hubbub is about. But I have to say that I didn't really enjoy the book very much. It's not a bad book, .. I think I just read it 60 years too late. Had I read it around 1949 when it first was published, I probably would have been drawn deeper into the whole "Big Brother", "The Party" fears and really gotten into the book more. Also, I kind of like a story that has some good things to happen to the protagonists. However, Winston Smith has no such luck. He lives in a society that controls everything to the extreme. Even certain thoughts are illegal. It is truly a negative Utopia. I don't think it's giving anything away, (the book is over 60 years old after all), to say that Winston Smith isn't a hero and he doesn't change the world he lives in. This is the story of Winston Smith and his relationship Big Brother. Worth a read, but not at the top of my list.
I really enjoyed this book...mostly. The beginning where habit, what it is and where it resides was very interesting. Everything from personal habit to work habits and how one can work to change those habits I found intriguing and fascinating. However, the part about social habits I found boring and had a hard time getting through. Understanding community or societal social habits would probably be interesting to many, but that just wasn't what I was looking for myself. But outside of those social habits chapter(s)...(which seemed inordinately long me), I really enjoyed the book. In fact, I had a hard time staying away from it for any length of time. Almost like a habit....
Yes I would. Although I found parts dull, many would probably not. There a lot of good stuff in here, either for someone just interested in habits in general, or someone trying to figure out how to change some of those bad habits we all carry around with us.
I though he was great. If I didn't know better I would have thought he wrote the book. The performance was great. I felt like I was listening to someone who was actually interested in what he was telling, and that made me enjoy it all the more.
We are all a bundle of habits, and recognizing habits is the beginning of changing them.
Not this production. At times I found the performances distracting, and the voice acting just didn't fit in places. I enjoy Simon Vance's work, and had the book been entirely read by him, and some character parts not preformed by other voice actors, I may would have given it more stars in that area.
I like the story in that the tale is intimate, in an epic setting. There's no point in covering details of this classic, well known tale, but I will say that there are several things the story left me wanting answers to, and I look forward to finding those answers other books in the series.
Yes, and no. I liked Simon's portrayal of all the characters he did, but some of the voice acting of the other characters just wasn't good at all.
"My brother comes now."
I really liked the book, but if I ever "read" it again, it'll likely be a different production. And maybe one that is Whispersync compatible.
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