COLUMBUS, OH, US | Member Since 2014
Absolutely! I am getting my masters in economic crime and fraud management so this book was right up my alley. My classmates (and in theory my professors) would enjoy this just as much. It doesn't just focus on the most recent scandals, but goes back to scandals from the 1930s. Good narration as well.
The narrator was really very good. He took what is a very touchy subject for many people and made it, not necessarily enjoyable, but at least possible to listen to.
The most compelling part was the fact that even though I lived through this, watched high school friends go to war (some of them not coming back) and followed the news with a fair amount of regularity, there was so much I did not know. There was so much of the story of intelligence errors, redundancy, and secrecy (even between allies) that we were able to go to war on facts the intelligence community KNEW was wrong. It is disheartening to hear from an ethical standpoint, this was the first war we were engaged in where we were not attacked first (Vietnam still technically being considered a conflict), and from the viewpoint of someone who has always respected the intelligence forces of our country.
Stefan Rudnicki was able to get me through the book. I had purchased it for my Kindle and was unable to even get into the third chapter because I would get so angry.
Classic fantasy story.
Not being a big fan of fantasy in general (after age 11 I struggled to come up with mental images of any of the stories, making them hard to get through) the obvious books to compare The Hobbit to would be The Lord of the Rings trilogy. However, I don't think that's fair being as it's the same author talking about further events in the same world. Instead, I will compare The Hobbit to the Harry Potter series. Not as far as storyline is concerned, certainy, but in the way the books are written. J.R.R. Tolkein created an entire universe for his books, including languages and histories for each of the races of the books. Rowling created a universe for Harry Potter as well. You know that you could go up to Thorin Oakenshield and hear all about the history of the dwarves or Lord Elrond and hear all about the elves. Similarly, I felt that I could have asked Griphook the goblin about the history of the goblins or Firenze and hear all about the centaur's in Rowling's universe.
Yes, I did. I love the story of The Hobbit and Rob Inglis did an amazing job.
This is a book with lots of songs written throughout. Rob is not the best singer, but what really bothered me was some of the songs that are depressing or mournful were sung to an upbeat melody. It didn't fit what was being said and I found it extremely distracting.
It touched so many different topics. While The Hot Zone focused almost solely on Ebola, this book touched a variety of viruses but they were all tied together. You got the backstory on the smallpox eradication efforts, the gruesome effects of the disease most of us have never seen, how the smallpox vaccination team got started in the field and pulled into the research held at the CDC in Atlanta and the story of the first bioterrorist attack on the United States right after 9/11. Very well written (as always) and enjoyable. The narrator did a wonderful job, his use of accents not detracting from the story but helping you genuinely get a feel for the person talking.
It did from the viewpoint that even though I know smallpox hasn't gotten out, I kept waiting for some catastrophe to occur. Any time you're dealing with a level 4 virus, a person can never be too careful. Add in long days inside a spacesuit conducting necropsies with very sharp scalpels, drugging monkeys who have not had their very sharp canines filed and drawing infected blood from those same monkeys with sharp needles and you have the recipe for potential disaster. Preston is able to give the feeling of constant threat without going overboard or sacrificing truth.
Yes. Great story and a wonderful narrator.
Tim Curry has this wonderfully smooth voice, which is an absolute pleasure to listen to. Of course, he is known for playing quirky villains so he has the "mean Scrooge" down without even needing to try. His voice automatically goes there. However, he does the laughter of the Ghost of Christmas Present just as well as the chilling descriptions of the Ghost of Christmas Future. I saw him as Scrooge at Madison Square Garden 10 years ago (2002) and he was amazing. He's just as good here.
When the Ghost of Christmas Future is taking Scrooge around the city and Scrooge is trying to figure out who had died. Of course, the listener knew that it was going to be Scrooge that had died, but we went through the process of figuring it out with him.
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