You can't listen to this book for more than 30 seconds without laughing out loud.
In typical Colbert fashion, his faux ultra-conservate rant only serves to illustrate the absurdities of the far right.
Colbert plays multiple characters in addition to the one that he portrays on The Colbert Report, and all of them are convinced of their skewed views of the American dream (except for that Canadian guy, eh).
His explanation of how toxic derivatives are traded by comparing it to a church bake sale is nothing short of genius.
My only complaint? I wish there were 10 more chapters.
Quantum will appeal to anyone interested in how Quantum Theory evolved in a historical sense. It portrays the many players involved in its development but focusses on Einstein and Bohr's decades-long disagreement on what constitutes reality.
There is a moment when it appears that Einstein has finally conjured up the experiment that will prove his side of the argument once and for all. And it did...at least for a while.
As this is a historical biography, Ray Porter was not required to get into character as in a novel. But his narration is excellent and he is able to bring the many figures involved to life.
I am not a physicist nor, for that matter, even much of a science geek. Still, I found this book peeked my curiosity and answered many questions I had about the mind-bending topic of Quantum Mechanics.
Clancy's last attempt at a book was a disaster, but he's back at the top of his game with this one. The plot is exciting with more than a few pulse-pounding moment, and Lou Diamond Phillips does another outstanding job that goes beyond mere narration.
John Clark steals the show by displaying great guts despite his slowing down with age.
Phillips doesn't just read the story to you; he understands his characters and has a unique gift for pacing and timing (but I still think his Jack Ryan Sr sounds a little too much like John Wayne).
I actually did have a queasy moment, but to go on any further would spoil it. You'll have to read it for yourself.
It was clear to me that Clancy has an unapologetic right wing slant, but not being American myself I might look at this a little more from the outside than some other readers. His views are often so extreme at times that I had to laugh at them, mainly because Clancy's unyielding conservatism simply reflects the same attitudes of so many Americans as evident with the current Republican race. In other words, don't let personal politics get in the way of a good political thriller.
Clancy's best novel in a long while. Young Jack Ryan earns his creds in this story and becomes a standalone character worthy of future books. Lou Diamond Philips does a first rate job of bringing to story to life, even if his Jack Sr voice is a little too much like John Wayne. Overall, highly recommended.
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