Pretty basic stuff if you are a science buff. However, pass this one along to one of those adults who really didn't pay attention in school, or to an adolescent that you care about. A great superstition-buster.
In spite of a fairly even-handed critique of both sides, I doubt whether most conservatives would feel comfortable with this book.
For me, a liberal, this book has already helped me cope with the "I don't want to hear any viewpoint except my own" attitude I get from most conservatives. I do, however, understand their insecurities a lot better. Not that there's anything that can be done about it. If you're expecting a book that will help you convince conservatives that they're wrong, this isn't it. Nor will it help you sleep at night when you think of these people doggedly holding to views that are contrary to the best interest of our country, humanity, and the planet. What it basically explains is why there is absolutely no way to convince these people they are wrong by any logical means.
The book goes on to explain why we need conservatives in our political mix. They are loyal, decisive, and persistent. Swell. But do we really need so many of them?
A delightful mix of sci-fi, fantasy, and steam punk. On top of a great story, the author manages a clever, quasi-historical basis for this delightful tale about a group of people mixed up in something WAY bigger than themselves. The reading is flawed, but adequate. Lots of action, and pure fun.
I have listened to this book four times, and will undoubtedly re-visit it again. A truly valuable and wonderful guide.
I don't understand why "Path to Tranquility" has to be read in a tone fit to put a two-year-old to sleep. The reading is ridiculously syrupy, actually demeaning. Try instead "Stages of Meditation," read by Ken McLeod.
Nicely read, well thought out. Connects the dots on many points in history. An important series of lectures.
If you really, really, really care about this kind of stuff, you might try to get through it. The narration is perfect--it's read with the same kind of sneering superiority one would expect from Ayn herself.
Wonderful narration, and the writing is good, but the story is really confusing. I didn't even bother to finish. It got off to such a promising start, but quickly became obscure. The characterizations are weak. There are a fair number of protagonists, but who, exactly, are they? If I have to wait until the end to find out, that's too long for me.
A very good listen. Wonderful historical and personal insights, and Bill Bryson tells the story wonderfully. Perhaps not quite as inspired as "A Short History of Nearly Everything," but very worthwhile.
A fascinating look at human behavior and the intervention strategies we use to try to modify it. Grover Gardner's narration is, as always, top-notch and thoroughly professional. This book is a must read for sincere parents of children of any age.
Well read and written. If you're a science buff, it will likely put some missing pieces into place. If you're a science novice, it's a great place to start. In either case, very entertaining and well read.
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