the story is gripping and exciting, and the breadth of the scope is Reynolds' trademark. i thoroughly enjoyed listening to the book. the narration was top-notch and the story kept at a speedy pace. the plot and its development is also great. the only two gaps i felt were character development (the characters weren't that deep - i mean you didn't connect to anyone in the book), and there was no "point" to the story. highly enjoyable though!
the narration is a little.. overbearing? if such a word can be used for someone reading a book. it's not bad, per se, just spoon-fed. it's like narrator doesn't expect the listener to understand what's going without over-stressing everything. i hate to say this, as i like what i know of wil wheaton in real life.
but to be fair, the narration is a reflection of the content of the book. it also spoon-feeds the reader, with no mystery of understanding, just "this is the world, this is how it came to be, etc. etc.". the reader's intelligence is not taxed at all. the story is entertaining enough - i did enjoy the events and characters - but it's just not amazing.
i didn't expect to be so grossly engaged in a scientific book when i chose this one. but Dawkins writing and narration set an exciting, satisfying unfolding of concepts from the simple to the complex. it's hard to fault this book (except for maybe the discomfort it make cause the more the religious-inclined).
the story started out a little quaint, understandably (after all, it IS a science fiction book written in the 50s), but as the story develops, it's hard to ignore the bigger questions it poses, the deeper underlying message. the conclusion, of course, leaves one dazed thinking of the very meaning of existence. amazing read.
this book, while focuses on blue oceans in a business setting, can be applied to almost any aspect of one's life. it gives a lot of interesting ideas on how one can think outside the box. really good "read"
an absolute pleasure to listen to, a book full of humor and adventure. absolutely loved it. the fact that it ended was almost painful. my only regret is that i don't own it on paper (which seems like my next purchase)
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