Regardless if you interested in sports writing or not this book can be enjoyed by all lovers of non-fiction. Written in the same style of Outliers and Freakonomics David Epstein takes the listener down the road of ultra-athletes, bio-genetics, and nature vs. nurture. Im very impressed with the way he waded into the complicated waters of race and genetics in sports.
You'll be hooked and wont want it to end.
Well done David Epstein!
He also nailed the narration!
Ive been a Grisham fan for 20 years but this story fell very flat!
After his latest home-run Sycamore Row i thought maybe the 90's Grisham was back but nothing could be further from the truth. Gray Mountain fell apart from the start and didnt engage like his previous books. Chugging along at such a slow clip also didnt help the story push through the boring dialogue.
I do however believe that Catherine Taber did a fine job with the narration.
This book is one of the most unique books Ive heard in years. Where else have you heard of an adopted child on the seach for his bio-parents just to find out his bio-father was a notorious serial-killer? The fact that the zodiac killer case was unsolved makes this story even more fresh and appealing. Gary Stewart does an amazing job at laying out his arguments. im absolutley convinced his father was the zodiac.
The narration was distracting at times with it's halting cadence but that is to be expected with a first time narrator who also happens to be the author. I would say the narration was mediocre but dont let that stop you from getting this audibook now!
This book is a must listen for anyone who wants insights into what makes some people and cultures successful. It is intended to be provacative and politically iccorrect which is why I appreciated and enjoyed it. Amy Chua and Jeb Rubenfiled backup most every idea with hard statistics which support each conclusion they present and they do it in an entertaining manner.
Some of the successful cultures presented werent suprising such as Jews and chinese-americans but i wasnt expecting to hear about the success of Cuban-Americans and Nigerians.
My only criticism would be in the narration. I feel the subject matter could have landed better with a bit more sharper stronger voice. The narration is a little soft in my opinion.
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Robert Kurson has found and told an incredible story that anyone who likes non-fiction will enjoy.
He gives a great background into diving, German U-boats, WWII and more.
I love books that get me excited to research the subject which I found myself doing a lot during and following listening to this memorable book.
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Bill O'Reilly has a real talent for narration! Like a pace-car in a NASCAR race he sets a pace for the listener that doesn't waste time but pushes the listener through the book at an amazing rate.
The historical content was solid with insights into Roman and Jewish cultures that complimented the main story of the life of Jesus quite well.
While I enjoyed O'Reilly's other historical non-fiction books (Lincoln and Kennedy) more, Killing Jesus is very much worth tearing through in a couple days.
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Provocative and engaging, this book will make you think!
I really enjoyed this well-written and well presented book by Paul Bloom which takes the reader on a quick and sometimes cringe-worthy ride through the science behind moral decisions made in our infancy. Are we born evil or good? While that sub-title is slightly mis-leading it nevertheless portrays the idea behind the work.
I also liked the chapter on morality versus compassion and the pitfalls of over-compassion.
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there are many non-fiction books on Americans experience during WWII but none have affected me as much as The Girls of Atomic City. The author, Denise Kiernan, managed to take the readers though the exciting story of the highly classified race for the A-bomb while intertwining the lives of the women and men who worked at Oak Ridge. These men and women sacrificed much to help the war effort and im glad Kiernan has preserved their accounts for us to read.
This story stirred two conflicting emotions in me the reader. First, pride in what others before us have done and humility in the sacrifice they made in the face of fear and uncertainty.
Parents, add this book to your teenagers' reading list to supplement their American history studies.
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Malcolm Gladwell does it again. like all of his previous books David and Goliath has been well researched using stories most of us haven't heard or considered before now. I enjoy the way Gladwell takes his reader on a roller-coaster ride of altering conclusions. After listening I purchased the hardcover as soon as I could as the author gives graphs, diagrams and photos to enhance the experience.
Trust me, you wont stop talking to friends and family about this book. Galdwell delivered in his narration as well.
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Ive always enjoyed the compelling storeytelling of John Grisham but have been unimpressed with his last few novels.
Sycamore Row is classic Grisham that delivers strong character development, descriptive subplots, twists and unforseen turns.
I was very pleased to see he returned his readers to Clanton, Mississippi a few years after the Carl Lee Haley trial. Ive always wanted a follow up to that novel and now we have one.
As always, Michael Beck gives a solid narration!
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I wish I was taught these memorization techniques early on in my life. They can help everybody. This book will blow your mind if you allow it to. Take some time to try out some of these exercises as you listen to this book.
I very much appreciated that this author dove into the subject matter by testing out the techniques for himself and even compete in memorization competitions.
Very fresh read!
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