I wanted to read this since it's considered a classic. However, I ignored the reviews that recommended the abridged version over the unabridged. I wish I have chosen the abridged. There was so much of this book that detracted from the story, that it made much of the book very boring and painful to get through. Also, this version is terribly narrated. He does a god job with Ishmael, and Ahab. But nearly all the other characters are read like nails on a chalkboard.
Great book. The info in this book will open up your eyes to a lot of things, and give you all the ammo you need to debate any big-government progressive/statist/communist/etc. on a variety of important topics.
The positive reviews are right-on... This is a must-read book for those interested in how life works. You'll learn about how people work, and keys to a better life.
My only minor-complaint is that some of the scientific data is out-of-date, such as the suggested "scientifically supported" existence of Telepathy, and Ether, which have since both been proven to not exist. But if you can look past those errors, this is an amazing book.
I did enjoy this book thoroughly, but I wish it spent more time on Science and less time on Einstein's personal and romantic relationships. Sometimes in the book I felt myself wanting to skip forward to topics that interested me more.
Also, I wish the book would have expanded further upon Einstein's views on politics. The book says that Einstein considered himself a Socialist, but that he valued Individual Freedom over anything else. Those two political philosophies are very much as odds with each other, and I would have liked an explanation on how Einstein married the two.
This book sounded great on the surface: A post-apocalyptic civilization battling the forces of evil. Sadly, it greatly disappointed.
The book is pretty much devoid of any plot; it simply follows an emotionless character around on his mostly random, boring journey. The author must certainly be from the Midwest farming communities, because he spends so much time talking about livestock and horses. The dialog feels forced and not how real people would speak.
I found the narration irritating, mostly because the narrator is not suited for this genre. He sounds too nice and "goodie", and takes away any creepiness or suspense this book might otherwise have.
If you are looking for a modern vampire/horror type of series to get into, I highly suggest the Joe Pitt Casebooks over this series.
The simple story spends most of its time bashing men, making most of the male characters so ignorant that their characters are not realistic or believable. The character of the father in the story is particularly laughable. Also, the performance is done by a nasally, crabby sounding woman, which enhances the male-bashing atmosphere of the book.
The only reason I gave the book two stars and not one, is that historical aspects covering the history of the Congo was interesting.
I liked the original a little better, but it's still great and I can't wait for the next installment on audible.com.
Some of the best vampire stories I've heard in a long time.
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