It's the combination of great narration, a little bit of United Kingdom dialect, the understated way Bryson tells the story, and knowing the listener has no responsibility to remember any of it....that make Bill Bryson's gems such a wonderful listening experience.
To summarize, listen to be wonderfully entertained, even if you don't recall one morsel of what the book actually was about.
While the core story here is about a sting operation related to arms sales, the author provides additional information about how US defense contractors frequently break American law by knowingly selling arms to the bad guys.
Chock full of the most amusing trivia about America. Sadly, after getting used to Bryson as narrator, change is tough.
Not a knock on Will Roberts, who is a great narrator.
A captivating and richly detailed recap of the authors escape from North Korea. Very interesting to hear exactly how it was done.
Close up look at the hilarity as well as the blood, sweat and tears of this 1928 foot race across America. You'll get to know the many personalities in the race, including the runners and the promoter. A fun listen!
Great recap of how Mr. Smiley navigated his way from scholarly research of old maps into stealing them, in an effort to support his lifestyle.
Good overview of what is next in the world of sustainable food. Also, a close look at how some very talented folks raise animals/grow food that tastes great, and improves the environment at the same time.
Well paced survey of how smuggling played a role in the history and development of America. Learn about smuggling slaves, booze, drugs....you name it. Some interesting insights into the development of the modern drug trade. Also some factoids on what get's smuggled out of America.
I enjoyed listening to this book. Rifkin lays out a key trend that is evolving. He does however, push this "zero marginal" cost a little too much. By this I mean he infrequently reminds the reader of the high fixed costs required to operate at close to zero marginal cost.
Nice survey of how the internet of things has homed in on where we are and where we are likely to go next...whether physically or in our web surfing travels.
What I loved about this book is that it was Ms. Huffington's own story. However, there was more than the scent of a sales pitch for the business she is building based on the Third Metric.
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