These are classic American stories, touching upon all the hot bottoms of our culture: race, class, gender and religion. These stories are both funny and frightening, sad and instructive. However, the narrator does not do them justice. These stories are read in a uniform, uninspired,rushed monotone. Still, not a total loss. The material is that good.
These days publishers have been churning out books by scientific journalists on fun topics usually with self-help overtones for people who see themselves as too smart for Tony Robbins. As those books go, You Are Not So Smart by David McRaney is at the fore of what is becoming a tiresome pack. This book is basically the Reader's Digest version of the history of Cognitive Psychology told in a brisk, colloquial style. The tone of the prose is twentysomething while the narrator is far north of fifty. Didn't bother me all that much, the prose or the narrator. Seemed a little disjointed at times. But overall a worthwhile listen.
This is one the best audiobooks I have ever listened to. The performances by the duel narrators worked brilliantly together. The first, Eddie Lopez, captures the youthful story that bookends the sad, romantic journey that comprises the bulk of the novel. This is great literature and great entertainment. This is either the most poetic novel I have ever come across or the best narrative epic poem of the last 100 years.
Too many to count. The sojourns to Israel and Africa were fascinating and disturbing.
It was unconventional, yet worked. His narration was natural and unaffected. He was able to deliver the romance and sadness of youth.
The best book about literature since Ulysses.
I said before that this is one of the best listens I have come across. Until it is knocked from its perch, I will call it the best. Can't wait to listen to Bolano's 2066.
This is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to in a long time. Dion Graham, the narrator, manages a tone that is paradoxically grim yet with bouts of hope and, even more surprising, romance. He is the main character. He is not just reading his sad ballad.
The story was taut, episodic with fascinating and unexpected detours. The story moves well. This could make a great movie with little need for tinkering.
When you think that you have lost everything, you sometimes discover that you were wrong....
Ordinary but profound.
This Altmanesque story touches upon the lives of "typical" Londoners. The book does not dazzle you with creativity. It settles for small insights. Its greatest virtue is that despite its breadth it never hits a false note.
The narrator is outstanding. I have seen interviews with John Lanchester, the author. The narrator has the same tone and inflection.
This book is erudite, yet practical. Taleb is the most important thinker to make his mark in this new century. Maybe I am lapsing into hyperbole, but I don't want to understate how powerful this book is. This book lays waste to conventional wisdom and the tired left-right dynamic. Have you ever read a book that challenges the way you see nearly everything?
There is nothing to compare this too. This is the most intense book since Nietszche's Will to Power.
The whole concept of 'skin in the game.' In twenty years this may be the measure of everything.
Lead me to Seneca and Lucretius.
If this site is around 100 years from now, this book will be a bestseller then. Thomas Friedman and Paul Krugman will be trivia.
Had never listened to Mr. Cardone before this. He is an amazing speaker. He delivers his own words with force and credibility. This is s a special book. I disagree with the critics who claim this work is somehow derivative. Any book about wisdom will not be able to reinvent the wheel. But Mr. Cardone does not offer cliches. He offers a choice between a life of meaning and a life of confusion.
Spence delivers his general ideas about the practice and offers insight into how he does what he does. While at times he reduces his opponents --insurance companies, the police, judges-- to straw dogs, he delivers the work with the same verve and creativity he brings to his cases. This book is not just about trials; Spence is advocating as if it were a trial. It makes for a fascinating and exciting listen.
Ruby Dee's performance is itself worthy of being called a classic. One of the great American actresses reads one of the great classics of the Harlem Renaissance.
The narrator was understated and very likeable. His interpretation complimented the story and tone of the novel. Holter Graham was born to read a Richard Ford novel. This story is less a page turner than an intensely realized portrait of ordinary people who have their lives blown up and their fumbling attempts to pick up the pieces. A very sad yet strangely uplifting book.
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