The voice of the narrator in no way sounds like, or gives an impression of Horowitz. The constant us of "she" when referring to a universal or fictitious CEO or manager is odd, since when he mentions real people, they're all men, ie; Andy Grove, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs.
The use of hip hop quotes was childish, and does not project an image of wisdom I need from a successful person. Why not quote Sponge Bob Square Pants while you're at it? I kept wondering how many rappers Horowitz was quoting while negotiating with HP.
Once I got past the amateurish nature of the delivery of the book, there were some good stories and advice. The author did seem to brag a bit about how smart he was, perhaps listening to all that hip hop influenced his delivery.
If you get the impression I'm not a big fan of hip hop, you'd be correct. But I'm not impressed by authors or speakers quoting any pop culture references like music or TV. It's lazy, and shows they don't read or revere serious thinkers or those who strive to advance or society. While some entertainers do contribute, they're not at the top of the list of those we can learn the most from.
I couldn't put this story down. Great character development, fact-based fiction, action-packed plot. I want more! Yes, the language is corse, and at times offensive, but The Black Dahlia's protagonist and his fellow officers are people who spoke and thought that way.
I think I liked it, but it was so horrible, all the time. Many times, I'm a bit saddened when a good book is finished. Not this one, it was like having a rotten tough pulled; for days.
There are so many amazing facts, contradictions, things we just didn't know about the American Revolution that are either amazing, horrifying, or just left out of the story. Washington indecisive? The British troops' red coats were generally tattered? King George was not such a bad guy? Tell me more Mr. McCullough, your gentle, knowing voice has my ear.
What a wonderful surprise this book was. I felt like a teenage version of myself finding a great science fiction book, who couldn't wait to find out what happens next. There are so many books where I just don't care about the the characters, but these were well-fleshed-out.
The story of the Long Earh was a great take on a concept that's been done many times. The difference was this time it seemed believable.
Great performance, too!
Start a monopoly, you'll be successful is the message of this book. There, I just saved you from listening to this dreadfully boring book, read by the most uninspired narrator. I was really excited when I heard about this book by Thiel, but he's so smart, why didn't he write an engaging book, read by someone with some actual emotion. I've been getting books from Audible for years now, and this may be be the worst book I've listened to. I kid you not: if my mind is a bit too busy and I have trouble sleeping, this book puts me out in just a few minutes. It's the preformer's tone, or monotone that does it.
The characters were not memorable. I found this disappointing and depressing.
And please no more singing in audio books.
The story and the science was brilliant. The brutality of Mars and the life and death situation was palpable. The protagonist comes off as a bit of bragger, but he's actually believable. Bravo!!!
I don't like sword and sorcery, knights, dragons, characters that drink mead or any of that sort of thing. I despise the Hobbit. But this series is so engaging, the characters in Clash of Kings could've been at Casterly Rock or The White House or St. Petersburg. Bravo!!!
As for the narration, there were times I wondered how Roy Dotrice managed to keep all the characters separated in his mind -- an awesome dask handled brilliantly.
I was mesmerized by this account of Steve Jobs' life. He is at once genius and monster, artist and heartless. How could someone so mean create such sublime products and be influenced by so many gentle souls? His triumphs and losses are legendary, and he may well be the greatest example of word "comeback" in human history.
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