Somewhat. I think the author of this book is a thoughtful, but intellectually lazy person, Clearly, he did not have someone pointing out inconsistencies or 'faulty syllogistic conclusions'
I would have had an experienced content-editor assigned to blue and red pencil the manuscript and demand supporting statistics that were NOT 'freely available via google'.
I have not listened to any other of Steven Menasche's audio readings. He is a SUPERB reader on par with Ruby Dee's narration of "Their Eyes Were Watching God". Bravo!
Yes. It inspired me to write a rebuttal. The guy is an ageist of the worst kind.
I've already published my critique of this book in an commercial article, so you 'do not own' any part of my review no matter what your 'conditions of use' stipulate. I would be quite surprised if you published this rather negative review, but I don't care. I've added the author's name to my list of 'never hire' and the narrator's name to my list of 'use this guy whenever possible'.
No. I would not recommend this book, because most of my friends do not know the tech people I know, such as Jobs and Gates. So they are not likely to 'see through' baloney when they read it. For this book it is JOBS that is overblown by the author's hero worship. Jobs had no integrity and furthermore he LIED about the Xparc story. He STOLE the windows/mouse/icons ENTIRELY from Xparc. The machines he saw in the late 70s were ready-for-real-time not 'rudimentary' as he claimed. I WOULD KNOW. I WAS THERE. I don't like it when someone writes a book but does not do 'due diligence' before quoting someone. Jobs was a man who had no integrity and that is really all of us have. He even STOLE MONEY from WOZ who was the REAL hero of Apple, NOT Jobs.
The narrator was great. He is a consummate 'reading professional' and I would listen to him read again, given the chance.
YES. It needs a serious revision to fix the LIES.
Bah humbug. Too much laziness in the writing business these days. Not enough serious content-editors available, I suppose.
Plasticity is real.
The Future of the Mind, by Michio Kaku. I don't really like how Mr. Kaku 'pushes' his particular cultural beliefs about God, but he does write very interesting books. But I prefer The Brain that Changes, because it highlights what I've long understand about humankind. We are resourceful beings who love to help others by uncovering 'truths' and overturning prejudices. The book also supports my own belief in Intelligent Design and therefore a Maker of everything including human beings. Mr. Kaku's books are 'missing' that 'God' element. (Although I do not think the writer of The Brain That Changes... intended to help clarify God to his readers, BUT HE DOES.) :)
He is an excellent reader. With wonderfully emotive voicings, and a good sense of word rhythm, his reading style & expertise adds greatly to the story itself. I'd definitely listen to other books for which he is the reader.
I cannot select one area in particular because the entire audible book was exciting to me. It almost makes me want to go back to university, get a science degree, maybe a medical degree, too, and become a research scientist. It confirmed for me what my own life style has taught me: if one has a lifelong hunger for knowledge & understanding, a disdain for 'partying', and a love of consistent outdoor exercise and communing with nature, there does not have to be any obvious deterioration in one's middle years (I consider myself at 65 to be just at the beginning of my middle age because of how I have lived my life). This book reinforces my thoughts on aging unlike "The Secret Life of the Grownup Brain" which was a poorly researched book, at best.
I was about to cancel my audible book subscription, but this book really makes up for the bad ones. Thank you!
The narrator had a pleasant voice, I suppose, but frankly I think I prefer to listen to the deeper timbre of a male voice. That was a surprise, given I give a LOT of speeches and know that my voice is decidedly 'female' (aka 'higher pitched'). hmmm.
It highlighted what I already knew, garnering a stronger sense of urgency. The problem is that too many people, no matter their AGE, buy into the bull that as you reach your 'middle years' (which the writer suggests is 40-thru-60s) you mentally slow down. I believe she confused MENOPAUSE with 'aging'. Hormonal replacement will help her, :).
NO. Unfortunately she appears to have written a book designed to entertain, but not backed up by FACTS, only by theories, and like so many theories (quantum theory comes to mind), it is not provable thus it is FICTION. Personally I do not have time to read FICTION and I certainly don't like having my time wasted by listening to FICTION. (In the case of Quantum Theory, think 'Science FICTION."
The narration was good, albeit I prefer a male voice.
This is the kind of rhetoric that 'demeans' older people. I for one didn't like it when I heard it from others at a very young age. I was a professional programmer from the age of 12 on, and often heard baloney about 'older' programmers. Back then in the 60s I KNEW it was baloney, and I was offended because I felt it denigrated people who had vastly more experientially acquired UNDERSTANDING than I did... and even then I thought "one day they'll be saying this about ME". Now 53 years later, I find I have to fight back harder against the sheepule (most people ARE sheepule after all) who are wont to believe anything that others say particularly if said with the 'voice of authority' or frequently in public media/social media outlets. It is appalling that there are those who actually believe an 18 year old can know more about ANY subject than an expert in the same field who has many more years of experience. I was a great programmer at 12, but at 65 I am a phenomenal people leader, and I know it, even while, as I said, I have to fight back stronger than when I was in my teens-30s against being judged based on my age. THANKFULLY I have a LIFETIME of being judged on my SEX. It should be noted that personally I am a REAL feminist, in that I believe that men and women are created to be equal BUT different. Women are generally smarter than men (when they bother to learn how to use their brainpower) and men are always stronger than a woman of the same size/build. It is FACTUAL. There are compensating things one can do to 'balance out' such physical realities, of course. I have studied martial arts for 47 years now, AND carry (know how to use) a gun. I also spend an inordinate amount of time LEARNING. It is very important to constantly be learning something new, if you intend to keep your mind active throughout your life. Ditto for your body. I walk 5-6 miles EVERY day at a fast pace and have recently discovered, much to my chagrin, that people in their teens through 50s are frequently not as fit as ME. That is important. But even more important, I now realize I'm going to have to budget my time to write a book refuting these baloney claims about deteriorating mental abilities of people in their 'middle years' (btw I think the middle years are from 50-85 today in the first world). My family members in their 90s are emailing / texting me DAILY, and are not slipping mentally AT ALL, btw.
I would assume that the audio version of Parallel Worlds is 'better' than the print version, because I would not read the print version anyway due to being extremely busy running my companies. I thoroughly enjoyed (am enjoying) this book, which I've listened to twice all the way through and am on the third listening.
No such thing as 'favorite character'. You are asking questions related to fictional writing. Oh wait! This IS a book on Cosmology including String and M Theory so from that perspective, 'theory' being, after all, FICTION since most of the theories described in this book are not provable. So I get it now. this is a book of Science Fiction. Okay then. But unfortunately I do not remember the name of my favorite character only of my most unfavorite character. That would be a tie between Einstein and Hawkings.
I don't think I have heard him narrate another book, but he did a fine job on this one.
Cosmology: proves and disproves the existence of God.
Very enjoyable book. I walk 4-5 miles every day and have enjoyed this book for over two weeks of walks now. I think I'll need another week to fully grasp all that is hinted at in this book. It certainly has been helping my dream life, which is usually quite vivid but NOW I'm dreaming about worm holes and 10th dimensions, etc etc. etc
If the author wasn't so stuck on himself and if he could be consistent in how he categorizes people. He can't write his way out of a wet paper sack, it doesn't matter that he has a medical degree and fancies himself to be a 'shrink'. He is NOT a good mentor. Waste of time.
The narrator was ... hmmm, he was an actor without a job. He was reading the book as though he were reading to a six year old at bedtime. Too slow, too 'emotive', but since he was reading tripe who can blame him, really? The narrator was a clear speaker, with an interesting voice, he just did not have anything worth reading. I would listen to another book he narrated, yes, but not by this author.
Just about everything. The author clearly was only advertising HIMSELF. He did not have a content editor, that was obvious to this longtime content editor. If you want to learn how to communicate with people that might be perceived as 'difficult' then buy Dale Carnegie's "How to Win Friends and Influence People". Although published in the 1930s the overall message of Mr. Carnegie's is truly 'timeless'. His message doesn't focus on Mr. Carnegie but on his AUDIENCE. I have listened to that book several times and it has greatly helped me improve my communication style and mentoring abilities. By the way, there are no 'difficult people', there are only lost and lonely souls trying to communicate with a world that is getting crazier and crazier. I didn't hear any acknowledgement of that from the author, who, as a shrink, SHOULD know that. Dale Carnegie is timeless. HE knew about people.
I don't think Audible should buy books for sound recording without actually READING them first, and clearly, no one read this book. People are far too busy to waste time listening to someone 'I I I' himself. Hey, we can all do that in front of our own mirrors, we don't need to pay to listen to someone else laud himself. (I don't care if you post this review or not, but I've been a professional 'behind the scenes' content editor and ghost writer since the age of 17 and that's 48 years now. This book was not worth the few bucks it cost. "Psychiatrist" indeed! Now I know why I never bothered with those people. P.S. I'm returning this book. P.P.S. The only reason I continued to listen to this book was that I listened to it on my walk today and today I did a 10-mile walk AND I have a new cellphone and only this one book downloaded onto it. Oh well.
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