I would put this book somewhere in the top 75 percentile for entertainment purposes. It hooked you in pretty fast and keeps up the interest till the end
It was obviously setup to be a series from the very beginning and left off in a satisfying spot. This book stands on its own but I look forward to the next chapter in the story.
Great reader, the story had a theatrical feel and Mr. Boyett brought all the characters to life.
The first half hour was a great hook and I loved the first contact scenario..
Well worth a credit
I will try another book by Lee Smolin but I wasn't very impressed with this one
Although the point of this book (We should spend more time and money on other physics ideas) is well taken I don't think it should have taken 15 hours to make it. I expected more out of this then I got from it.
David McRaney has a fun and engaging writing style that will keep a smile on your face while you question your own world view. Don Hagen has a pleasant voice and a conversational style that wont wear you out during long listening sessions. Great stories coupled interesting descriptions of experiments that drive home the point the author is making. A very enjoyable listen.
Although this was a mildly entertaining story the author got bogged down in plot details that were silly in the first place and in several spots I just kept thinking "come on, enough already" So, no, I don't think I will be picking up another Stephenson/Jonathan book.
Some of the battle scenes were good and the attack on the island was the best of them.
Listened to this in the car on a road trip with my wife and she asked several times to change to something else because of the world design
It's optimistic message
How the Brain Works and The Blank Slate - Steven Pinker brings the lessons of these two previous books together in this tome and comes to some interesting conclusions.
The narration was fine
I would have liked too but Pinker is long winded so it isn't really practical
Not for the squeamish, some of the descriptions of torture and execution methods are nightmarish and could disturb sensitive readers. Over all a great book.
Although this is well troden teritory and there are many other good books that cover this ground Richard Dawkins is always worth listening to.
Yes, I have them all
I found this book to be a great starting place for anyone who is interested in both getting up to date with current understandings and for those of use who have strugled with more specific scientific explinations. This book provides a great foundation for almost any branch of science interest.
This was my second book by this author, "The greatest show on earth: the evidence for evolution" introduced me and the "God delusion" sealed the deal. Dawkins poses strong arguments and attacks his subjects with passion and fine use of language. His slap in the face style will wake you up and make you listen.
The fist 1/3 of this book have the best explanation for special and general relativity that I have every heard. I finally feel I understand the reasoning behind those concepts. The rest of the book is a little harder to keep up with. It seems like Mr. Green was a little to close to the problem to do as good a job in his layman’s descriptions as he did for Einstein's work. Or, maybe those older concepts are just better understood by the physicists themselves, I couldn't tell.
Love this book; it is presented in a format that you can easily jump to a topic when you are interested in hearing something about it. I let it play in my observatory while observing and have slewed my scope to objects Mr. Ferris is discussing. Very well done.
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