Cannot compare; never read the ink on paper version.
The personal anecdotes about the principle characters were nice and made the book's value far greater than if it were just a history of mechanical devices. Far far overshadowing the basic histories of the fully automatic weapons was Chivers' stark revelation of the corruption around the creation and implementation of the M-16 rifle and the fact that so many men died or suffered catastrophic life-changing injuries and PTSD because of the well-known defects that were buried under marketing hype and self-protective lies by manufacturers and military officers, alike. Chivers' revealing that most M-16's in the early years of the Vietnam extravaganza were so flawed and so unreliable that many of our troops demanded to use the heavier/older M-14 or they actually picked-up the fearsome weapon of the enemy (the AK-47.) OUR own troops were so terrified of their own weapons' flaws that they ended-up using the enemy's own weapons because they wouldn't jam and make them sitting ducks in firefights. If more people knew about this travesty and that so many of our young men died because of business decisions, many things about the way today's "wars" are conducted would be scrutinized and made subject to accountability than we see now.
His pace and use of foreign accents made his reading amplify the mere words the author wrote.
"Genius So Efficiently Applied to Causing Tragedy"
The author did excellent work in crafting a book that stands alone as a documentary to the development of weapons which have changed our world...for the worse, unfortunately. Yet, we need to know. Also I love the quote; "Traditions and bad ideas die more slowly than do men" because it is so true and so evident almost everywhere one looks.
Senator Warren's flexibility in moving around and how the family managed to stay together in situations where many families would fragment or become bitter with one another.
The intonation of her voice embraces the vocabulary and brings truth to the words most people in politics shake out of a campaign can with only hints of well rehearsed faux-sincerity in their tone.
Not really. I like to reflect on what I have heard and thus avoid blurring the important facts and events into a contextual experience only.
I am convinced that Elizabeth Warren is the real thing and have, for about two years felt that she is not in the position of influence in the Senate as only 1-voice in 100. Her campaign for president of this nation will bring to the forefront many of the issues and character aspects of other candidates, which may well create a surge of support from both sides of the ridiculous polarity that has so tragically divided this nation for the past two decades.
Yes: It is one of the post apocalyptic stories, which actually features humanity over violence and gore. Yes there is ample conflict in the story but in the main, it deals with adjustments in the lives of the characters, which gives one a feel for what could be.
Worthy as an audio-book. The movie is just as good.
The son; because he retains his youth despite crushing influences, which could have destroyed or jaded him to life. He exhibits a healthy balance from the influence from his mother, while he learns the hard life of being a man in an unforgiving world laden with challenges and surprises.
No; don't know.
Same as "favorite character" and same reasons.
Well done. I will read more from this author, without a doubt
I anticipated far more of the inner human in Einstein than what sounded like a scripted (maybe ghost-written) oft-repeated marketing piece for 1-world government. Such a concept might end up what the world needs. However I did not detect a depth of thought in the structure that convinces me that Einstein knew political science and the predispositions of mankind well enough to be an authority. I'd surely trust him in a dissertation on mathematics or physics.
If the group of essays were, in fact Einstein's own words they were over-simplistic and bereft of safe-guards for human liberty. The narrator has a long list of achievements, affiliations and attributes, not all of which filter down to a person who I'd want crafting an omnipotent, armed entity, which called the shots for the entire planet. In fairness, most of the essays were written without a crystal ball that made visible today's economic, political and human circumstances. Despite my enjoying the English language and a good vocabulary, I found the text to often stumble over itself, seemingly in an effort to sound erudite, more-so than to deliver the content.
His commentary on fellow scientists and scholars was, in contrast, interesting.
I might recommend this to a sociology student or a grad student in political science as a work that might reveal thought processes and philosophical persuasion techniques I have not studied. On the whole, the book was almost a waste of time and was surely a disappointment.
The sound of a discussion to get credit from Audible for a book I regret experiencing (about 75%)
Difficult to say. I found it lacked any references to modern circumstances and how the world has evolved after the essays were written. I think the reader had excellent tonality and diction.
It demonstrated how even complex minds can use simplistic reasoning as a basis of establishing levels of control over others. This need not be considered as sinister but more of a validation of the saying; "The road to hell is paved with good intentions."
Variety is the spice of life and some spices don't suit some palates. Chalk one up for not so good.
The blending of actual orations and writings and with speculative imagination.
Maybe--if he did not perpetuate long-discredited and fabricated (Warren Commission) lies.
It flowed okay. Nothing soectacular
Stuck in ancient mud, reaching for newness
The perpetuation of the lies from the Warren Commission is abominable. For Greenfield to use Posner's clumsy and selective regurgitation of the Warren Commission as a main reference, is an unreal disservice. As astute as he was in other areas, it is overy carelessness tonhave totally ignored the supremely well-documented works by Mark Lane, Harold Weissberg, Sylvia Meagher, Josiah Thompson, Howard Lifton, James Douglass, Abrahm Bolden, Jean Hill, JAMES TAGUE and others who, through their own witness accounts (unfettered by the likes of Arlen Specter) or through freedom of information lawsuits, have revealed and proven the conspiracy and its supporting evidence as did the House Select Committee on Assassinations nearly 30-years ago. Also, JFK was subverted by his own ambassador to Vietnam--Henry Cabott Lodge, who was responsible for the murders of the Diem brothers. Greenfield's work on the "future" was stellar. BUT he put a new ciat of whitewash on history, which is irresponsible (at best) and dastardly, at worst.
People Don't Change
The matter of fact way it was written and narrated meant that it never dragged. It was very interesting, when it was not terrifying.
Never dry; always worthy of my attention.
It can happen here
While the book was a good historical documentary, it was also a clear reminder that we are all human and all are prone to the temptations of wealth, the toxicity of power and the fickle fate of the tyrant. 2013 is a very good time to read this book and to look for how the nature of mankind always tends to show-up in our lives.
Plot and character development done with spice and heart; bringing reality in to the home via sound.
The portrayal of human emotions and how complex relationships can be for people who are in situations, which require thinking, not just action.
All were good; no favorite
I felt the ending was lacking in some way but "they" don't all end with the white-hats getting the girls and living happily everafter.
Glad I read it and my feelings about the idiocy of war are more solid than ever.
Yes. The book did a very good job of giving a broad spectrum view of a simple, hard working man, who overcame much, remained very humble and did a lot of good for humanity, even to this day at age 80
His caring for Johnny Roseboro durning a brawl between the Giants and Dodgers showed the depth of his character and his humanness.
He brought old memories back to life as if they were actually happening anew.
Hearing of Mays' care for his ailing wife, who has now, just recently, passed away.
All baseball fans deserve to learn about Willie Mays and to see how he contributed in a very different way than "Number 21" in bringing the black athlete up in society in general.
Barely; the narrator made everything sound "vanilla" and there was little excitement, despite some poignant moments. The characters were poorly and incompletely developed and Savages' repeated introduction of dogs in the story added nothing constructive. Savage should stick to political and economic commentary. His novel stinks. His minimal knowledge of martial arts, sharks and inter-personal violence was obvious and detracted from my becoming absorbed into the story.
I don't know.
Very little. His voice was limp and intonation was of a reader, not a relator of a plot.
I believe China does pose a threat to the United States in a military sense and Savage's book does not relate the why's very well or how we could avert having China's military modernization be less of a danger to our people.
Yes- - - the oration is as excellent as the written work. Every single page brings some poignant reason why life and the living are important and how absolutely obscene is war. Dalton Trumbo's genius and courage are benchmarks for any author or script-writer who even dreams of composing a story that deals with the consequences of war. Trumbo's "Johnny Got His Gun" is, in a serious way, equivalent in impact to "Catch 22" from Joseph Heller. Anyone who claims to be human should dedicate the minimal time needed to experience the stark, rich and artful portrayal of the human aberration called "war" and the ultimate ugly result it can create. In an era where politics have become so polarized and laden with jargon, "Johnny Got His Gun" is a book, which can withstand any pro-war propaganda and end up demonstrating that most wars are fought at the sole expense of the man (and now some women) who are where the lead meets flesh. A more significant work of literature is yet to be written. The question is; "Written by whom and about what?"
The vividness of the wording and the pictures that came to mind, making it feel real.
Dumb question. Joe Bonham was being fed through a gastro-tube.
I am not good enough in Morse Code to communicate with Joe.
Sorry to be sarcastic but the question is irrelevant for this book.
R E A D (Listen to) T H I S B O O K.
It will transform your life.
Getting to know Stephen King as a human, rather than by the content of his novels
King's frank and direct approach. Some of what he said was not good news but I took it at face value and was grateful he was so forthcoming.
The sincerity and care of it. He truly wants to improve the craft and made it clear that he wishes all writers to be effective and successful.
The story about his injury and the struggles he went through with the beautiful help of his devoted wife.
Anyone wishing to be a successful writer had better either read this book and take it to heart or be lucky enough to be one in ten million writers, who has natural ability that will carry them over the brutal truths and requirements that block most authors from attaining greatness merely by putting letters together in a stream.
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