After listening to the entire book, I wonder why this work would not be mandatory reading in either high school or college. Hayek teaches us so much about why socialism fails. The work is timeless as it is as relevant now as it was when he wrote it in the 1940s. Hayek is very matter of fact and his thoughts are presented much differently than the typical political author today who tends to demonize and minimize their political opponents.
William Hughes does a great job narrating using emotion where appropriate, at times I feel like I might be listening to Hayek himself.
This is a must read regardless of your political beliefs.
I am just starting the Wheel of Time series and look forward to reading this series. The storyline of the prequel is enjoyable and it was an interesting read. I have no insight into the series so not sure yet how the prequel sets up the rest of the story. I am not a big fan of the two narrators, but they grow on you as the story moves along.
Book 3 brings back some of my favorite characters from Book 1 including Whiskeyjack, Quick Ben and Anomander Rake. This is another epic fantasy story that completely engrosses you. From time to time they refer to events from Book 2 which nicely ties the two books together since they occur at the same time. Two complaints, as the book winds down you sometimes get lost with everything going on in the book (it becomes a little long winded) and I would love to see more Anomander Rake. Those are minor complaints as Erikson is a master story teller and Lister is an absolute incredible narrator.
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.
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.
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