I like the direct, practical solutions to seemingly intractable problems presented here. While I had heard of many of these things, I was surprised to see how far along the technology had moved. TED presenters are everywhere and fleshing out the personalities a bit was refreshing and enlightening. If you like Sci-Fi this feels like nirvanna. If you like practicality, there are so many deep insights and realized solutions. I love this book.
I'm not sure what convinced me to listen to this. Maybe "...will break your heart and then make it soar..." maybe all those 4 and 5 star reviews. Six hours in I wasn't at all certain I've ever disliked a novel more. 10.5 hours in I was still waiting for it to get good. Then it ended. This book is remarkably well crafted and exquisitely performed. There is actually a hint of a plot but to suggest there's a story here- as far as I'm concerned-is giving it entirely too much credit. I think the narrators should get awards, they were wonderful. The author can sling phrases with the best of them, really, if rich evocative prose is what you like you'll love this. I like plot. I like a tale. This was about a ten minute tale told in 11 unending hours. Reminds me of "A Prayer for Owen Meany" only that book had 4 times the plot. I can see why many love this. I'm not in that group.
I suspect a knowledge of 80's culture and particularly video arcade games would be a determining factor as to who loves this book, but if you don't have such knowledge you'd still enjoy it. It's crazy fun. And Wil Wheaton is a revelation. He's terrific.
I wasn't expecting this to be as good as it is. I expected sterile and dry but well researched. What I got was well researched but unexpectedly absorbing and fascinating. Time well spent.
I learned more about music theory than I ever expected. I learned more about Black-Face and minstrel shows than I would have thought possible. Without the rights, the lecturer was unable to present "all the classics" but he found remarkable ways through interviews and related content to present an astonishing amount of material. An exceptionally informative overview for both novice and fan.
Everyone-EVERYONE,. told me how wonderful this series is. I swear someday I'm going to make it all the way through, but I started it 4 seperate times now...and I just never got into it. It's me, I'm sure it's me. I just find the first hour or 3 kind of uninteresting. I'm sure it's a character flaw on my part.The performance seems verygood but the story at least early on isn't my cup of tea - so to speak. Sometime when I have a long drive ahead of me I'll make myself try again. But for now, I'm not recommending it-purely out of ignorance.
This is a terrific book. It got my undivided attention as soon as that fellow had a gun installed in his head. I love a book that let's the reader connect the dots without stating the relationship of said dots. The author does that incredibly well. Some of the best moments of this book are between the lines. I treasure those moments. This book went lots of places I never expected. I am really glad I read it.
I liked this book-I never loved this book. I liked the story and narration, I liked the writing and underlying ideas. If it was half as long it wouldn't have been so deep and involved but would have advanced the story. I think that would have hurt the writer's vision. Stll, for me, I got deep into it and prayed for it to be over. I feel a bit bad about that. It was good, but not my style. It superficially presents one burning question and in the end answers it. That was what got me and held me til the end. Had it not intrigued me I might well have given up. As you see, I am conflicted. I liked it. I didn't like it's length. I'm sure I'm just not literate enough to have been deeply involved throughout. I could hear the first couple hours and the last couple and get about as much--but that's me. I liked it- I never loved it. Now I know.
This book starts out in a world of Games and Gamers and was fascinating and entertaining there and then migrates into a Tom Clancy novel with all the action, suspense and intrigue one might wish for. I loved this book.
This was always something I knew existed- but nothing about -save Rocky & Bullwinkle's "Ruby Yacht". It's classic for a reason. It's a long poem, apparently by a Muslim, that positively revels in the joys of Drink and bemoans the shortness of life. It is full of quoteworthy sayings for fancy bar/restaraunt walls. It's really really short, but a delight.
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