This book presents a US-centric view of how and why we are trending steadily downward in education, creating young adults who don't think as well as they would like. It made me realize this trend is not the fault of the teachers nor the students, but there is a lot we can do to affect positive change if we get involved in the right way. The book shows us the possibilities by looking closely at some other countries. I learned a lot. This book was journalistic and broad minded, as opposed to being heavy handed and forcing you to conclusions, and it is easy to stay focused with the audio version.
I might give the author another listen. Not many authors do everything well, but I appreciate her considerable strengths. Julia Whelan was a perfect match for Amy, and I was very impressed with her portrayal. Kirby Heyborne did a nice job with Nick. It is reading like this that makes the audio format such a fun option.
Amy. Thanks for the great reading, Julia Whelan!
Not unconditionally - it would need a very intelligent and gifted actress to play Amy, or I think it loses too much. I just checked and David Fincher is directing, so I will definitely see it in 2015!
I am glad I listened and am impressed with the author - creative, clever, thoughtful. The author gives a good look at the current state of news and media, public opinion and the legal system. I confess I found it unpleasant and draining to spend some 20 hours primarily with a sociopath and a narcissist/borderline. However, that comes with the territory for this story, and it delivers some interesting rewards. In the final third, I needed more verisimilitude, and some of the twists were more capricious or convenient than earned. Finally, the ending, taken at face value, or as an opening for a sequel, was a disappointment, as I try to, but I do not, buy it.
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