I had great hopes for this audio book. Unfortunately I was disappointed. The author seems like a very nice person and writes in a very casual conversational style. The problem is this book reads more like a diary or blog of a person's journey to find happiness. Cool right? That's what the book is supposed to be about. The problem is that my listening of this book felt like I was on the author's journey towards happiness and she did not take me along for the ride.
I think in spending several hours listening to this audio book I didn't learn anything on how to personally become more happy even though I learned all about the author's life and her struggles toward happiness, criticism and relationships especially with her sister and husband. We learn all about the author being an attorney and a writer and her internal struggles.
I wanted this book to be good, but unfortunately I left disappointed. If you're looking for a book in this particular area I would highly recommend: Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom...Why the Meaningful Life is Closer Than You Think Audiobook which I would put in my list of the top 20 books best I ever read.
This book is set up in a way that the author is working on one principle of happiness each month and basically shares with you her experience. That's the problem the book is written in a nonjudgmental style toward what you should pursue while almost seeming self-righteous about how the author is pursuing happiness her own life. Unfortunately unlike most audio books which I feel a close connection with the author this one left me feeling uncomfortable.
I thought this was an excellent look at our ancestors and extinct close relatives as well as some of the theories on how man became the dominant species on the planet.
I know in many of the reviews people criticized the speculative narrative that the author has put together on what life was like for these groups of individuals. The narrative added to my personal enjoyment of this book. I think anyone reading this realizes that we can only speculate by filling in the missing pieces with the hard evidence that archaeological finds provide.
I thought the narration of this book was excellent.
The author provided a narrative that kept me interested balanced with providing evidence to support the author story.
One interesting comment; I think the author gives a the benefit of the doubt to our ancestors regarding the now extinct Neanderthals. Any casual study of human nature and its brutality would definitely indicate that there probably was significant conflict between humans and Neanderthals that led to their extinction. I did like the authors less heavy-handed take that it's possible these two groups live side-by-side even if it was cautiously with little interaction.
If you're interested in the topic of evolution or the history of early man. I highly recommend this book!
If you not positive if the theory of evolution is true, an objective listening to this audio book will show you the evidence is overwhelming. The author clearly shows it clearly would be ignorance to think otherwise. He also gave me a greater appreciation for Darwin and how truly brilliant he was.
The book has a few blemishes.
If you are religious you will probably be offended by the authors tone. It is clear he is an atheist and appears wants to rub a religious persons nose in the evidence.
The other flaw is even though the author clearly shows the 6 thousand year age of the universe believe by many major religions is clearly wrong. There is still room for God even with evolution. Billions of years ago God to have started the whole beautiful process of evolution which would still leave room for intelligent design.
I enjoyed the book and recommend it.
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