This was a very enlightening book. It is a must read for anyone interested in sociobiology or evolutionary psychology. Shermer explains belief in great detail. It is a book that everyone should read as it covers many topics most people have never stopped to contemplate. Shermer does a good job narrating.
For those of you that think people can't improve (including yourself), this book is a good read. I really think this book would be best if it was cut in half and written for the 13 - 21 year old audience. It is that age when we are hardest on ourselves and this book can allow early adults to come to terms with failure and learn how to grow.
The biggest downside to this book is it is so focused on mindset that it fails to bring in other psychological areas that are just as relevant as mindset. Instead it hammers you over and over again with examples of positive and negative mindsets. While beneficial, the examples grow old towards the end of the book.
It would be hard to top Gardens of the Moon and this doesn't quite do it, but it is still a superb fantasy read. There is a good mix of new characters and returning characters. The return of Bridgeburners Fiddler and Kalam make the start of the story more enjoyable as there is some continuity between the first and second books. Mappo and Icarium are great new characters and their story throughout the book is an amazing trail of discovery. Once again, the world that Erikson creates is immense and it is unfathomable how Erikson makes it all come together. As with the first book, Lister's narration makes the story feel that much more believable.
I am very happy to see that Brilliance Audio will be releasing books 4 - 10 on audio periodically over the next two years. I hope there is no delay in Audible making them available. When I started this series I did not realize it was not complete and I hate to wait years between books.
Erikson starts his stories as if you already know the characters and the world they live in. There is no context setting and you spend the first third of the book just trying to figure out what is going on and who is who. It is really not until you are half way through the story that you can really follow all of the characters and you begin to see how the story is coming together. You would think that would make for a bad review, but the story is absolutely brilliant. Events follow one after another in an unpredictable but very realistic manner. The world he creates is immense. And as you approach the end of the book you are left to wonder how he could have written such a brilliant story. It’s dark, it’s realistic, it’s funny….it is a great fantasy read!
I guess from the title I should not have been surprised that this book was completely dominated by the topic of sex. If you are interested in why some humans have foot fetishes, are attracted to animals or so many other sexual oddities, this book is definitely for you. If you are looking for a great read on sexual selection as it relates to human nature, I strongly suggest The Red Queen by Matt Ridley.
The series ended as great as it started. I was locked in from the start of Book 1 to the end of Book 3. While Book 3 of Game of Thrones may be the best fantasy book on a stand alone basis, this is the best fantasy trilogy I have yet to come across. Highly recomended for anyone who loves the darkness of fantasy series.
After listening to the first few chapters, I was not sure if I wanted to continue. The story was hard to follow at first and seemed a little disjointed. Once you figured out who was who, the story picked up and I was glad I did not give up on it.
This is a great story, excellent character development and surprises along the way. Dick Hill is one of the best narrators I have come across on Audible. He is absolutely fantastic.
While I am only one book in, I wonder if this is the story of children coming to adulthood that I thought Game of Thrones was going to be.
For anyone interested in evolutionary psychology or why humans are the way the are when it comes to sex, this is a absolute great read. The narration is great and the author has you laughing as much as learning throughout the story. One of the best evolutionary psychology reads I have yet come across.
If you are interested in learning about quantum physics, this is a great read. When you are finished with the book, you will have a general understanding of quantum physics as well as the critical role information plays in the formation of our reality. The chapters step nicely through the theory and the narrator’s slow tone is perfect for a topic that requires digestion as you listen to it. This is a book that can be understood by anyone despite the complex topic.
If you start listening to this book and don't like the tone or the approach of Richard Dawkins, don't give up on it. While the first couple of chapters seem to have no purpose other than to bash religion, the book really takes off after this and he gets into a great thought provoking groove. He makes some great points about religion, in particular how we treat our children when it comes to religion. Even if you are believer, this books is worth listening to as it has the potential to open your mind to ideas you may not have considered before.
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