Yes, he certainly puts his case together well and thoroughly.
I didn't have the intellectual ability to understand or remember some of his case.
Yes, the narration is excellent to present this kind of study.
Yes, try and beat the idea that I will never speak another language like a native. The argument Steven Pinker puts is solid, but I like the challenge to try.
I never realised how language is the key indicator to us humans being top of the pecking order or how we all seem to think what is good language, but what really is a never ending changing, developing and growing form of communication. Steven Pinker takes us from concepts to mouthing words, from grammar to history of languages. From the child to the adult and why apes don't talk. It is a good intellectual book to listen to. I enjoyed the book even though I am not at the level in my thinking to fully understand all that was presented. Nicely phrased though.
This is an excellent course as an introduction to this genre. Professor Tilar J J. Mazzeo advice and knowledge is good. This course might seem long at 12 hours, but doing a lecture per day and acting on it is very helpful and easy to digest. Good stuff, worth every cent.
Excellent story, great characterisation and beautifully brought to life by Toby Stephens. He is very good and the previous narrators did a good job, but Toby did it best. The interview at the end indicates he had fun doing the book and is a natural for narrating.
What an interesting book! Like the humour, like the characters and R.C. Bray did an excellent job narrating it.
The movie is referred to as "A Hour Too Long" and it is a long film (3hrs). The book though brings clarity and if you wish to watch the film, I suggest listening to this book; before, after or during it does not matter. Spoiler alert, the cavalry doesn't quite make it. What you do get from this book is a clear understanding of what happen, what went wrong and possibly a good answer to the question of why. This is the 'boys own adventure' to battle and even if you are not into history, is a good yarn. Characters, action, sacrifice and morals are on every page. A damn good listen.
The book is a little dry. The book is creative historical non fiction being dressed up as a novel without much success. The Narrator Jeff Harding does an adequate job, however he is tied to the writing of Robert M. Edsel who failed to create real drama, plot or character. Based on fact and probably historically correct, it still lacks the charm of the movie and comes down to just a list of facts, dates, times and stuff that happens.
Michael Dibdin's writing is tighter and so easy to listen to. In face Michael Kitchen is the best for this series. Not looking forward to the next book as I understand he does not do it. The Cabal is the best thus far and I was a little sad when it ended. Having PBD (Post Book Depression) isn't my idea of fun. I will get over it and get on with the next book. This story is so clever and interesting. Listen to this book or miss something you should of experienced in life.
I listen to this book as I had just listen to "The Demonologis" - Written by: Gerald Brittle. I had also listen to Richard Dawkins "The God Delusion" as well as countless books on WWII, Nazi's, government conspiracies and classic novels with villains and hero's in all guises. I wanted to know about evil. This book was an eye opener. Not because it put it in context and made me think about how us humans think and experience evil but it asked questions about evil that I never thought about. From Adam & Eve through to 911. The Holocaust, Pol Pot. Slavery, sin, lies, government sanctioned law and cultural considerations. These lectures are worth listening to. If you really want to get the benefit from these lectures, I suggest listen to one or two a week, but then do the back ground reading on the lecture to give you a more rounded and in-depth feel for the subject. You really need to engage this subject so also find a theologian, deep thinker and really get your teeth into it. These lectures are an excellent starting point. As we move into the 21 Century, I think this is a topic we need to really explore and debate. Well worth the time and money I spent on this book.
Okay book but too many coincidences to make it believable. Napoleons and other historical characters seem to be accurate in personality. Basic mystery, action adventure and bad guys make this a nice easy book to listen too. Should of been edited down a little and needed one or two good twist to make it better.
Foolish boy. This is boring, unimaginative dribble. Won't do that one again. Made it to the third chapter and then woke up and thought, what was I thinking buying this?
If this is your cup of tea, fill your boots, but really you could do so much better. Best part of this book is the cover, nice ass.
I feel this book is only half done. The central argument seems to be that genes can be turned on and that outside factors and will power can make a genius. Does not go into physical limitations except to say that when a human sense is cut off, others compensate. Interesting to hear the truth about identical twins separated at birth. More showmanship than science. When it comes down to it, genius is a numbers game and if you stack the odds in your favour by doing what is needed to be a genius, you can beat the odds. Now I feel I have wasted my opportunities as I didn't know I could be great with a lot of hard work, determination, the right parents, country, culture, education, nutrition, opportunities and luck. See it is more than just your genes. This is a good science book worth listening to.
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