I agree with a previous reviewer that the author's voice is a bit high pitched for the seriousness of the text. However, I excuse this since the author is telling us his own story, and these really are his words. Also, his reading is dynamic and never boring or mechanical.
The first half gives an interesting perspective on what it is like to be in Lebanon.
What I found most interesting was the second half regarding Israel. Being a Jewish author gives Friedman credibility when discussing the feelings of the Israelis. Even though I had read quite a bit on this subject (I strongly recommend O Jerusalem by Lapierre), I was enlightened by the clear description of the three aspects of the future Israeli state that Ben-Gurion and subsequent leaders dealt with. This alone makes the book worth listening too as this basic aspect of the formation of a Jewish State is fundamental to all understanding of this major world issue. Having some background in the geography and history will greatly enable the listener to follow the discussions about the Labor and Likud parties.
Because this abridged version is short, it is easy enough to get through, and I recommend it.
typical Dick Francis. Great all around. You won't be disappointed. Well read.
I thought this book got off to a slow start exacerbated by the slow pace at which the reader spoke. On my iPhone, I was able to speed up the narrative to 1.25x and the pace is "normal." Also, quite annoying that he always pronounces the T in often. This is really unnecessary and we never do it for listen, soften, or hasten. Sound like an affectation.
Anyhow, the book itself is compelling with lots of great information. I enjoyed listening (not lisTening) to it very much. I may have even stopped one of my bad habits! Now the challenge is to get some more of the good habits going.
The book is not long on self improvement, but does provide some practical ways to improve oneself and one's business.
Well written and well "performed." Lots of useful, interesting information about how people behave and think. Be sure to read this book BEFORE you get arrested. I have no sympathy for criminals and am for swift justice, but this book really made me think.
I wondered if son Felix could pick up where his father left off, and he has pleasantly surprised me with a great book, exceptionally well written with a tight compelling story. There is so much in here that is in the style of his father's older books. The reading by Martin Jarvis probably helps recreate the sense of the older books since I had listened to his reading of them. Overall a great listen and I highly recommend.
Dick Francis is wonderful and if you like him, you'll enjoy this book. But if you are new to Dick Francis, you'll find this a bit slow and boring. Read about 15 other Dick Francis titles before this one (there are plenty of awesome books to choose from).
This book goes into detail about computers: the early PC. Imagine reading aloud BASIC code. That's what happens in this book. Dull. There is a LOT of discussion about putting computer code on cassette tapes...over the course of 15 years! Not realistic, and a bit dull.
The book is divided into two related but quite distinct parts. The first section is a complete novel.
This was a good story and if you like Dick Francis, you'll enjoy Odds Against. Unfortunately the audio transfer from tape to digital is poor. Of all the Tony Briton recordings I've listened to, this is the worst. And whilst Briton is a phenomenal narrator, in this book, his rendering of British accents is so strong that in some cases it is impossible to discern what the characters are saying.
I thought the story got off to a slow start, and the ending seemed to try too hard to make a certain financial situation sound much more dire than I thought believable. Still the characters were vividly real.
So this may be the worst Dick Francis book I've listened to with the worst audio quality. Still, on any day the worst of Dick Francis is far superior to the best of many others. If you have a choice between listening to Odds Against of another Dick Francis title, choose the other Dick Francis title. But if you must choose between Dick Francis and another author, odds are against the other author.
Well performed! (I agree that the drunken guy was quite dramatic, but probably realistic...anyhow it is just a short bit). Still, I could listen to Tony Britton all day. He really brings life to these novels.
Fabulous story. If you like Dick Francis' style, you'll enjoy this one about steeplechasing.
After the book hits the climax, it continues for a while to resolve another plot point. Nice because I wanted more. Kind of like one of those classical symphonies that sounds like it is ending, but then goes on to entertain for a while longer.
I was enjoying this audio book so much that I was sorry it ended. Brilliantly performed with Tony Britton creating numerous voices for so many characters. A good story with just the right mix of psychological and physical drama. I did notice a few themes in this book that I had encountered in other Francis novels. This was probably the prototype.
I think the 2.0 reading is really the 1.0 with a few 2.0 sections pasted in. You can tell in the audio when mid thought the sound gets noticeably louder or softer.
Great book with important insights into how the world works. It is thick "listening" at times so you'll need to pay attention.
Awesome book with thought provoking insights. Well read with clear audio. I enjoyed listening to this book but then went out and bought a hard copy. Each aphorism is captivating in its own way. Each sentence is its own story. To plow through them in a non-stop narrative means that a lot will be missed. To truly benefit from this work, you need to read it slowly. The optimal way to absorb this book would be to have a hard copy at the bedside and read just a few aphorisms each night.
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