Like always, Stiglitz is a bit lopsided, but he makes a lot of very valid points. What is really annoying about this audiobook is the narration. Paul Boehmer's voice has the soothing, yet emotionally detached air of a spaceship's articifical intelligence computer, which in some settings might work well, but not in this audiobook which makes a passionate normative appeal for equality.
I had high hopes for this one. The topic is of fundamental importance, and it was about time someone turned it into a thrilling novel. That's why I am all the more disappointed that it was this poor excuse of a novel that made it into the charts! The plot i nonsensical in every way, not a single person in the book behaves like you would a normal person would do. Mae's ignorance of the issues at hands and the impact of her actions is almost laughable, and all critical voices are being presented in such a whiny and unconvincing way that you really think the author didn't follow the debate about privacy at all. The idea that the whole privacy debate and its arguments is not very well known and understood by a convinced 'circlers' is plain stupid, Mae's ignorance and most of her actions doesn't make any sense. And there is no real meaningful discussion going on between the pro and con sides of the debate, all characters just keep talking to without understanding each other. The tech behind and social implications of the different social media innovations is poorly researched, and at some point, is so laugh-out-loud ridiculous that you really think the author doesn't understand his own subject matter. I can bet my life that most of those "inevitable" innovations could never fly in the real world. Anyone who ever tried to get a group of people to use the same social media channel for just one occasion knows how unrealistic it is for some of the described scenarios to unfold.
This might all be somehow excused though if the author at least managed to tell a compelling, thrilling story with interesting characters. But he fails miserably on this front as well, depicting the lead character in such an obnoxious, ignorant and uninteresting way that I have no stake in her fate whatsoever, nor in any of the other figures.
It is such a shame. The topic of privacy vs. surveillance in a social media penetrated world is such an important one, and would have deserved so much more. This is author just a poorly conceived and really badly written book, churned out to make some bucks on a hot topic. Please don't buy it, and rather have a discussion with your friends about privacy and surveillance in your lives.
30 min into the book I had to opt out. The narrator of the first chapter did a terrible job, using the same melody for almost every sentence. I don't know about the story, but this audiobook I can't recommend.
There are not many books that have computer games as their main themes, and among them, this is outright the best!
Wow, Wil Wheaton's performance was flawless, a bulls-eye choice for the setting of this story!
I loved how the story explored the vulnerability of social nerds who hide their real-life flaws in online interactions, not dismissing the characters seriously, but taking them seriously.
Like 80s pop-culture? Like computer games? Must read this book!!
It was a terrible decision of the director to have so many different narrators for this audiobook. It is totally irritating and distracting. What's worse, one of the women's voices is unbearably bad, with her constant soothing, longing, whining tone for everything she says, like everything was a cheesy love letter. I can't understand how any director in his/her right mind can cast a narrator like that.
Interesting in parts, but way over the top. Also, Napolitano is not a professional narrator, his narrating voice lacks in variety, which becomes annoying after a while.
God, I can't believe I wasted one Audible credit on this terrible production.Why don't they have the decency to tell the author that he doesn't have any talent to narrate? He literally recites EVERY sentence of this audiobook with the exact same phrase melody, which makes you want to bang your head against the wall after 10 minutes. I've only made it through one hour of this ordeal, then I gave up. It seems the content is actually not uninteresting, but with the author narrating it itself it is just unbearable. Don't waste your money on this one!
Terrible, terrible, terrible!
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