Ender's Game is one of the best sci-fi books written.
However, I'm mainly writing this review to make others
aware that there are actually 6 books (so far) in the
Speaker for the Dead
Children of the Mind
Shadow of the Hegemon
The last two books don't actually feature Ender at all -
they're about the character of Bean and the story of
what happened on Earth after Ender's Game.
All 6 books are fantastic. I've bought them all on
audiobook, but for some reason I can only seem to
find 4 of these titles using Audible's search engine
(and "Shadow of the Hegemon" seems to have been
renamed for some reason?).
I won't say why I find the end a little depressing -
anyone who's read the book/series will understand.
However, you've *got* to get this audiobook. I personally
think the first chapter is the amoungst the best and funniest
introductions to a book ever written (especially as read by
Douglas Adams himself). If the rest had been as good I'd be
giving the book 6 stars.
I think an abridged version of this program would have
been better. The narration is good and the material is
interesting, but when you get about 10 minutes straight
on wardrobe buying advice it gets to be a little much.
Definitely worth a listen though.
I've bought all of Scott Adams' titles at Audible
(there are actually 3, but only 2 seem to come
up on Audible's search engine).
A lot of the material is repetitive (over the 3 titles),
but every so often you'll come across an observation
that makes you laugh out loud, instead of just smiling.
It's a worry that Scott Adams' humourous
observations seems to be so grounded in
everyday reality. You have a good laugh,
but then a terrible sense of dread settles
over you when you reflect on the state of
the world - I find it's better not to do
this and just laugh. :-)
Firstly, I have to admit that I haven't actually
tried the program myself yet, even though I found
the book fairly interesting in parts.
My main problem with it is that a fair bit of it
feels like advertising - people's personal accounts
of how their life changed after taking up the program.
I found this to be annoying and the book seemed to end
abruptly. In other words, I felt this book would have
been better as an abridged audiobook (but then it would
have been too short).
Overall though, it was worth a listen.
This title is mainly Michael Moore reminiscing
about his TV show "The Awful Truth" (as it was
called in Australia), but it also includes
snippets of interesting sidelines e.g. how the
show came to be on the air in the first place.
Worth a listen.
P.S. And if you haven't seen "Hunting for Columbine"
at the movies yet, you've got to go.
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