I wasn't sure about this book when I read the summary, but I am glad I took a chance. Cline cleverly weaves tons of 80s pop culture into a compelling futuristic story with great characters. If you didnt care for the 80s, you might not like it. I simply couldn't stop listening to it!
I agree that this book, like the other reviewers suggest, is very much in the spirit of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, but maybe not the same quality. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it and would recommend it to others. It definitely makes some well needed jabs at the recording industry. I am not a huge fan of John Hodgman, but he was a tolerable reader.
I saw the movie and thought I would like to listen to the book too. I think the amazing thing about this sci-fi book is that it was written in 1917. Story is a little different from the movie, so it is interesting and surprising in its own right.
I thought the first book of this series was very good. I couldn't wait to get the second book. However, the second book just doesn't have that "quality" to make the listener want to keep listening. It is not worth 2 credits. That is like paying for a so-so book twice.
On Intelligence is a fascinating book. Jeff Hawkins may offend scientists who have worked long and hard on previous approaches to solving the mysteries of intelligence, but Hawkins’ theories are thought-provoking and should probably be an eye-opener to those who may very well be following the wrong paths to understanding this complicated topic. He has many excellent points and is the first one to say that his theories will undoubtedly be revised. The framework he proposes for understanding intelligence is easy enough for a layperson to understand while providing an intriguing look at how our own minds may work. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.
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