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.
From now on, whenever the damned human race drives me crazy, this the book I'll be reaching for.
These here Mark Twain scholars have put together a delightful collection of anecdotes, stories, wit, and wisdom from the pen of the man himself. No one else could have written this stuff. It's funny, irreverent, insightful, and cantankerous. Real fun.
Plus, they got Grover Gardner to read it, and ya' can't do better than that.
I don't care what this book is about—I don't think the writing is particularly good, and the narration is far from great.
However, I'm not going to waste another minute listening to this trash. I'm personally offended by the rape scene in chapter two, and I don't care who knows it.
This book covers an important chapter in European history. As such, it's worthwhile for any avid student of history. However, it's not easy to listen to, and not easy to follow. There's a lot of detail, and the power-plays and politics of the 17th century are a long way removed from present day. Still, the events covered are essential for a solid understanding of the origins, structure, and culture of Europe.
Charlton Griffin's narration is characteristically stiff and pompous, much like his narration of "Charlemagne." For me, his tone and inflection actually make understanding this difficult book even more difficult.
For any fan of military history, this book seems an essential read. It delivers key insights into human psychology as much as into the foibles of war.
The writing, however, is not quite as compelling as it might be. There's lots of good information, but somehow the imagery lags.
Furthermore, Simon Vance is a consummate narrator, but this is not his best work by far.
Still, as a history buff, I'm glad to have listened to it.
Not the most brilliant bit of writing, but inoffensive and entertaining.
Johathan Keeble's narration, however, is up to to his usual excellence. His characterizations actually save the book, in my view.
After listening to Scott Brick's narration of "Riptide," by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, which was okay, I felt optimistic about "Spin." However, I was sorely disappointed.
Mr. Brick's reading of the novel is tense—as though each and every sentence is shocking, or otherwise deeply sad. The narration is so melodramatically charged as to completely obscure the changing emotion of the story. Most sentences trail off in an agony of breathy despair. Even the technical specs of the Martian spacecraft are read as though describing horrible monsters. After only a short time, the reading becomes quite distracting, and listening to it is at best fatiguing, and at worst just impossible. The story, on the other hand, is just fine, but the narration is draining. I finally skipped ahead chapter-by-chapter to find out the end of the story while avoiding the painful narration.
Phil Gigante's excellent narration carries this rather predictable novel.
In spite of revisiting a theme that gets more and more tired by the day, the characterizations and plot are still sufficiently well thought out to keep you entertained.
I won't give it away, but this book is not about what you think it's about. Both the title and the playing-card symbols used on the artwork seem to be part of the misdirection.
Furthermore, it's told like a comedy, but turns out to be thought-provoking and disturbing. That dichotomy is one of the things I liked about the book, yet at the end of the day, it feels misleading.
Jonathan Keeble is one of my favorite readers, and this is another fine example of his work.
This book ties together so many ideas and historical events. It's the kind of book that pieces together isolated bits of information into what eventually becomes knowledge.
Furthermore, at under seven hours, it never gets tedious or mired down in detail.
A wonderful listen, and well worth your time.
My words can add little to this remarkable account of the destruction of a civilization and way of life.
This book should be required reading for high school seniors. You will never feel the same about your country, or your government, or your way of life again. It is truth, after all, that sets us free.
As for the production, Dee Brown's writing is excellent, and Grover Gardner is flawless. A very compelling story, presented in a very compelling way.
Whether they prefer to read it or listen to to it, I will recommend this book to all my friends.
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