Chris Anderson of Wired Magazine and "The Long Tail" has written another insightful book about and emerging technological and societal phenomenon.
Three-D printing,small-batch internet based manufacturing, and the culture of shared creativity are changing the face of manufacturing and erasing the advantage of outsourcing jobs.
When Captain Picard of the Enterprise ordered a cup of hot tea from the replicator, it was fiction. Today, we can make the tea cup. It is not unimaginable that soon, we can fill the cup with tea, too.
Very well read, I enjoyed the cadence and timber of the narrator's voice. Some of the material gets a little dry and geeky, but the narration helped keep it from being boring.
The premise is cute and holds up OK through the book. Presentation is awkward but there is enough"there there" as Willie Brown once said, to make it an enjoyable read.
I enjoy this series very much. The mixture of Victorian Polite Society with Steampunk and Vampires/Werewolves is carried out delightfully. Moira Quirk does an excellent job of the reading, she makes listening to the book more fun than simply reading it would be (which it would be).
The first half of the book is an overview of the state of the science regarding Low Carb dieting now and historically. Having read Gary Taubes books, I am used to his cautious, neutral language regarding the subject. Bowden, however, has very strong opinions and is not at all restrained in his discussions. I enjoyed the lively, colorful way Bowden has of expressing himself.
The second half of the book consists of Bowden's description and review of 14 low carb diet programs. I found them a bit tedious, but I think they would be invaluable to someone seeking a detailed, expert comparison of the nuances of the programs.
I enjoyed Patrick Lawlor's narration as well, it enhanced the lively way Bowden writes.
Gail Carriger's novels are delightful. The Finishng School series is a wonderful mixture of girl-gumption, steampunk, werewolves, vampires and polite Victorian society.
I know almost nothing about Beethoven, except that I like the relatively few pieces I know. I know almost nothing about musical performance and nothing at all about musical interpretation. At least, I didn't until I heard this book.
This book is a glimpse into what it means to an expert pianist to study and play Beethoven's sonatas over the breadth of that pianist's career. Even with as little as I know about the subject, I found it fascinating.
I admit that part of my fascination was in learning just how completely ignorant I am about a subject that the author finds all-consuming. I found the material rather dry, but I suspect that musicians will not.
The material in this book is fundamentally sound, but the specific references to information at various websites either does reference sites that no longer exist, or does not reference sites that are very important.
The reader did very well indeed. Very crisp enunciation with pleasant pace and quality.
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