The thing I like about Orson Scott Card's books is that he does more than tell a story. His stories often confront "Big Question" issues about life, death, and relationships. In the Worthing Saga Card deals with man's desire for immortality, our seemingly "inborn" character flaws, and the experiences that define us as "human."
All of these explorations are wound into a fascinating and detailed journey over centuries through the experiences and memories of the unwitting Man-God, Jason Worthing. The story cuts back and forth between the futuristic planet of Capital and the back-water worlds of the primitive and distant Colonies to explain how Worthing unwittingly helps topple an Empire and unwillingly becomes the father of a new society which holds him in god-like esteem.
Orson Scott Card rarely disappoints and this is no exception. The second book in the "Shadow" sub-series follows Bean on a quest to rescue Petra Arcana and stop a power hungry mad-man from plunging human-kind into another World War.
Even the NY Times doesn't buy this story.
Under a skeptical eye Perkins is just another wealthy liberal who can't forgive himself for his success. Trained by a mystery woman in the art of doctoring financial reports, Perkins is recruited by a Halliburton-like consulting company and spends the next 20 years jet-setting around the world predicting the results infrastructure improvements. Like any corporate forecaster, he's pressured into exaggerating the benefits of the projects he is assigned to.
The fact that the governments he consulted for proceeded to take out huge loans for unnecessary public works projects and abuse them for personal gains, and the fact that those loans are contingent upon American firms doing the work, doesn't sit well with Perkins conscience. He feels badly, but not badly enough to stop.
Looking back on his life Perkins blames himself for encouraging tyrants to abuse their peasantry, for the oil companies not sharing their profits with the world, and for the environmental sins of those oil companies. As a result, he has spent the second half of his life forming/promoting environmental charities and encouraging other Americans not to live the way he did.
He wants us to shop less, drive less, and fight the man.
If you already know that the US government, big banks, and corporate development firms are colluding for big profits and "national security" then you can skip this book.
I was reluctant to read this book after seeing the movie -- however, I'm glad I did.
The book is nothing like the movie.
The book is very interesting, stimulating, and full of unexpected turns. The main character is well developed and easy to relate to. The story is about more than just a relationship and more than just time travel. Yes, there's a love story, but it's also a fantastic ride!
Narration was also excellent.
This book gives fascinating insight into the three types of adult attachment styles.
If you've ever wondered why long-term relationships are difficult for you to maintain the answer may be inside. Odds are you fit into one of the three attachment styles and your partner fits into another. The book will provide advice for making your particular styles work together and moving yourself and your significant other toward a more compatible dynamic.
In terms of writing style the book is a bit clinical. Parts of it read more like a masters thesis than a self-help book. Overall, though, I found this extremely helpful.
This fascinating and well-read book reveals that your subconscious mind is really a computing powerhouse capable of solving incredibly complex problems in nanoseconds.
Eagleman's narration is excellent. I just read a review that said the author "exclaimed" his views instead of reading them from the page. Eagleman certainly reads with enthusiasm but I never had to adjust the volume because of it. I certainly prefer an enthusiastic reading to one that puts the listener to sleep.
First, come up with a catchy title that promises readers some type of knowledge that will help them get the edge in life. I suggest a title like "The Art of Cheating".
Then write a book. Fill it with advice that any third grader or high school dropout could think of while half stoned. Don't give any specifics, just Google each subject on your list and cut and paste the summary text from the top five results.
Find someone to publish your book and turn it into an audiobook.
PRESTO! People will trade their valuable Audible credits for your peice of crap, even though reviews like this one should have warned them off!
Excellent book and first class narration. I learned much about both Teddy Roosevelt's unstoppable spirit and about South America. This is a book for anyone who loves adventure and the outdoors.
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