Pickering, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2007
Chaos is seen as one of the 3 known pillars in our understanding of the universe, along with quantum physics and Einsteins relativity work. That being the case it behooves you to check out this amazing work. The fact that Gleick isnt just able to clearly convey the structure of such an un-intuitive idea like chaos but makes it a highly readable book shows stunning skill. I was so impressed with his writing in this book that I sought out all his other books. He is a remarkable science writer!
Obviously a book of this density requires your full attention, but so what, the fact is we would glean far more from whatever we read if we always gave it our full attention. I think that your attention is the only prerequisite for reading this. I found it to be an amazing eye opening ride and truly one of those enlightening books were always searching for.Me anyway.
This is undoubtedly one of the best books ever written! Best advice for young and old in a perfectly straightforward manner. The most remarkable treatise on how to live ones life, whether it be on your actions or responding to the actions of others. One of the most remarkable books that Ive ever read- hands down. This is the best audible version of it as well. AN ABSOLUTE MUST READ.
This 11 vol. World history is without peer- and is one of the greatest works by any measure In history - and on history. I had asked audible to get it when I saw it became available and it wasn't anywhere on their radar. I assumed they (the one who just released the first book-recorded books I think) would either use the one that was around on tape - that had already been done by the incomparable Grover Gardener or at least use someone else of his caliber and suitability for the material as well as being appropriate for such a stunningly important work. What we got was a huge disappointment. The narrator was not suited to the material-at all, and I should know seeing as( very roughly) 300 of my 900 books are history.
Ive been after this series in audible format for 5yrs and while I sincerely thank audible for their efforts in bringing these titles on board It has been a huge let down. Its not audibles fault though.
Audible has really been great, not just for getting this(despite it being a disaster) but also other things Ive requested like the 2 missing books from Robert Caro's years of lyndon johnson biography which by the way was done marvelously by them. If you havnt read that multi-volume biography your life is incompleate!
Audible if your listening-this 11 vol masterpiece is out there on tape by grover gardiner(though he uses anouther name- Alex Alexander or something like that) Just waiting for you to pick it up re-master it and put it out there. Tongues are hanging out in anticipation of someone doing this!
What you must know from the start is the historic nature of this book. When jfk was killed -Jackie and the Kennedy clan hand picked William Manchester to write the full official account of the assassination from their end for posterity. Manchester was picked for 2 reasons-firstly he was a friend of jfk and secondly he was a very respected writer/ historian.
This is a remarkable account of EVERYTHING that was thought, done and said in the timeframe of the assassination and funeral. It would be hard to imagine a fuller accounting of that week. Every detail pulled me in tighter and tighter till I felt entirely part of the scene. I couldn't put it down! Though I was so wound -up and upset that I had to listen to something else in bed so I could sleep. I feel so emotionally drained by the experience that I too feel like I am in mourning for this president, despite the fact that I'm Canadian and was just 2yrs old when all this happened. Why am I so affected by something so removed and distant? Why were people around the world so intensely effected? It reminded me of when princess DI died, there was the same world-wide eruption of grief out of all proportion. I've meditated on this question- it seems important to learn why this is so. Was it their relative youth,their class, charisma? Those things are factors
but I think that We hang our dreams consciously or unconsciously on those that embody those rare characteristics of goodness and kindness. Those rare "heroes" of good give us hope for good in a relentlessly dark world. That's my conclusion there's one thing that this book makes all too clear and that is that Jackie was as astounding as the president in this regard-this book makes that all too clear
This is an important book that lays bare not just the tragedy but also the triumph of Jackie whose stoic example remains a testament for the ages. A BOOK NOT TO BE MISSED.
A note on the narration- I thought it was perfect.
While I very much wish an unabridged version was available, this is perhaps one case where an abridged version of a book is a good Idea for some. While I'm not suffering a terrible level of depression now, I certainly have- and know how difficult it would be to listen to a 30hr version of this, or any book for that matter while being depressed. Hopefully the abridgement was a good one and an uncut version of this multiple award winning book is in the works.
Before this book I read/ listened to the author's other non-fiction masterpiece FAR FROM THE TREE. That book blew me away and my review of it is in these reviews. Andrew Solomons writing is just incredible!
Solomon uses his own life experiences in this book as he did in Far from the tree. Having battled severe depression himself he's able to write from the vantage point of a fellow sufferer. Solomon is remarkably forthcoming with all the intimate details of his story and others who have suffered terribly. There is much more here than biography though, All treatments I've ever heard of and then some are explained in detail, along with all the other related aspects of this disease. What sets this book apart is Solomons remarkable writing. His honesty, empathy, intellect, erudition and magnitude of research provide a uniquely readable and helpful tool to help those who need help or those who want to understand and help others deal with this dreadful all too common illness. Regardless of severity, this book covers it all. If you are depressed or want to help someone who is depressed I would encourage you to get the book format after listening to this.This is a heavy abridgement, the full book is over 500 pages and by sheer volume must contain important points left out here. Beyond that this is the kind of book to keep as a reference I don't have the book yet but a relative that has fought depression her whole life tells me that her copy is worn to bits and has been her source of solace for years.
Some people don't like Solomons narration but I think he does a great job. If you're impressed with his writing I strongly recommend FAR FROM THE TREE. Considering the prevalence of depression and the severity of damage inflicted by it I Highly recommended this book for everyone
This is the kind of book I search for. This book is TRULY remarkable. This book not only stretched my humanity, it opened a whole new vista. The biggest mistake you can make is to think that this book isn't for you, this book is for everyone and anyone who wants to enrich their experience of being alive.
The authors ability to articulate these stories ( including his own) with such honesty, depth and sensitivity are one thing. His stunning prowess really comes through when he extrapolates the wisdom within them and conveys these multifaceted insights with such remarkable clarity - It took my breath away! Wow this guy can write!
It's often a mistake for authors to narrate their own work- but not here. I think he did a really fine job of it and considering the intimacy of the work and the way he bares his soul, it seems almost necessary that he should do the narration.
Solomon wrote a book before this one on depression called THE NOONDAY DEMON-AN ATLAS OF DEPRESSION. it won the national book award in 2002 , Unfortunately its only available as abridged on audible at the moment -though I understand its 570pgs in its uncut form which may make its abridged form more accessible for some and not a bad option.
Im definitely going to be watching for more from Andrew Solomon, His combination of talents are rare and desperately needed in our time. HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION
While all the facts seam here and Ambrose is a great historian something is missing which would put this in 5 star company. Pickiness aside, this is a remarkable achievement which needs and deserves to be read by all. The mind boggling gargantuan scale and risk of this one shot offensive mission stretches both your imagination and your nerves. The number of men and tanks that went off the landing craft to certain death by drowning in deep water was one of the hardest things to read about. So many suffered and died with a courage that is unimaginable in our time. A fascinating read that redefines our world and all the things we take for granted.
Not only is this possibly kings scariest book, it is also one of his best written. You can feel how the king had a full head of steam , the gears were all oiled and his writing prowess was fully erect when the synaptic party in his head left the gate. And why wouldn't you have your "A" game with a story like this one knocking around in your head-what a great story line! Family takes care of a big old haunted hotel deep in the Rockies cut off by impassible depths of snow, cut off from everyone and everything for months!
Beyond the stuff that bumps and screams in the night, the sheer over-riding ever-present claustrophobia of this TOTALLY cut off place in the middle of nowhere was one of the scariest aspects of the story for me. Being prone to cabin fever, that, and the fact that there's no booze in the place made it scary enough for me already- never mind the rest of it.I could listen to this in bed but I had to switch to something totally comforting for the last half hour of consciousness. I found Something like wind in the willows had enough of the opposite forces to balance things out. Yes I do keep wind in the willows on my iPod despite the fact- or partly because of the fact Im over 50 and drastic comfort reads like this not only balance out Stephen King, they can also balance out reality which in my experience gets shyt loads scarier than anything King can come up with. With what's left of my dignity let me suggest you give it a try. Anywho, this is a great read/listen and fantastic in audible HIGHLY Recommended.
I can't believe how many positive reviews this book has. It's one thing for a book to drag.. but this was criminal! How can this get by an editor? All I could do is fantasize on having king in front of me listening as I read through the endless, interminable "top of the driveway segment- watching his face turn red with shame and embarrassment as the hours rolled by. I wonder what was going on with him when he was writing this, drugs?, booze?, I've read alot of king and enjoyed much of his stuff immensely, but this book makes me wary of blindly putting down time and credits for his work. Now kings writing scares the hell out of me for a different reason. He is a remarkably talented writer but he's inconsistent and I often wonder how much he really cares about the end product beyond sales. 11/22/63 was a revelation and I hoped it signaled a new matured era for his writing (not to imply he goes all falkonery) but it seems quantity over quality is still his focus. Joyland was a big disappointment for me. The same old (very old) done to death storyline- like something thrown out there to fulfill his contract... Doctor sleep on the other hand at least seemed to be a book he put his back into, even so I don't think he has yet to exercise all his powers/ talent and I know there are alot of readers like me who wait and wonder when or if he will ever really strive to write something that utilizes his untapped full potential.
Firstly.. I would recommend -Read the shining if you haven't yet because this is the sequel to it . I didn't know this and haven't read the shining but still enjoyed it very much. There are so many references to the characters and incidents in the shining that in hindsight I wish I had read it first- though he doesn't leave you hanging when these references come up- he gives you background but its not at all like having the first story in your head going in.
I was disappointed with kings last release-Joyland- but This one was great. I couldn't stop listening. It was almost like I was feeding on it or off it......and I was HUNGRY lol. It was inventive and pulled at all your emotions. The problem with a good king book is the crash you get after the book is done, damn.
I've read alot of king so I rated this book against his other work. It's not quite up there with what I consider to be his pinnicle 4-5 reads but it is still very good and very worthy of your time and credit
Will Patton does a FANTASTIC job with the narration, though come to think of it.... I've found all Kings audible books superbly done and a damn amazing fit to audible format. It's when they make movies from his books that things have been known to fall apart. Shawshank Redemption and especially THE GREEN MILE are outstanding exceptions. If you haven't seen the green mile buy it now! Wow. I bought some special edition with tons of special features and what a great experience that was! Beyond the movie itself The interviews etc. are just super! Make sure you get a copy with copious special features. I just can't say enough about it. They pulled out ALL the stops to make that movie absolutely perfect. Its the best and truest -book to movie- Ive ever seen. Needless to say the book is a 5 star audible listen and ya best read it before seeing the movie. This rant may not belong here but I can't help it- I'm a passionate guy. Or maybe just excitable riding too much caffeine.
This was a very enjoyable popular science read, along the lines of Splended Solution or The Ghost Map. Admittedly I read it quite a while ago but I have-not forgotten the wow-cool factor that this book elicited.
Sometimes it's hard ( or even impossible) to imagine certain subjects or titles could possibly be a great read.Personaly I don't know anyone who wouldn't roll their eyes at being given or shown this book- they are the losers, for having an open mind always enables life's treasures to get through AND be understood and appreciated.
We certainly take drugs for granted and forget that not so long ago things as simple as a cut finger or a blister could quite possibly kill you if it got infected. Any infection was a possible death sentence before sulfa. This is the story of one of the greatest medical paradigm shifts in history,
Thomas Hagar does a great job of conveying these 2 separate worlds (and separate worlds is not an exaggeration), before sulfa and after. And he tells the fascinating tale of the "sulfa bridge" which changed the world. If you enjoy great science history writing then this really should be on your list P.S. The narrations great.
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