Los Angeles, CA, United States | Member Since 2009
I know the whole newspaper and media story of the Eisner era. I have many friends that worked at Disney during that time and told me some of the stories. But this gives you an insight from inside the offices point of view.
Talk about Pirates of the Caribbean, WOW! The whole network of people created by the influx of Hollywood deal riders injected into the Disney head by Eisner was like a pirate movie gone bad ... for the pirates! Nobody trusted one another especially true of Eisner himself. He would hire his friends and colleagues and after a certain period of time he'd start feeling like they were out for his job. The amount of lies and deceit on his part alone is staggering. Eisner couldn't tell the truth to save his black soul. I'm amazed Disney survived the Eisner era, maybe it was in spite of him.
The amount of arrogance displayed by Eisner and his recruitments towards each other launched infighting comparable to a third world nations' rebel coup of it's government. Everyone suspicious of everyone else in the coup. The leader constantly expecting that knife in the back from the dark corners of his regime, a product of his own paranoia.
The reason I've given this a lower rating is - the book was recorded without editing out the mistakes and rereads. In fact I don't think any of it was edited at all. So you end up with the same lines being read over again here and there thru out the book. I thought I was hitting the rewind button.
Another reason is this book was finished before Eisner was fired from Disney. I still want to hear how that all came down right up to, "Clear out your desk, dick head!" I felt short changed.
I will say this, it moved along and was as fascinating as any fictional story of this type. I didn't expect it to be. I think that it really happened makes it even more compelling. There are sharks in the water and they eat each other.
A little confusing at first but picks up and travels. One of Barry's better books.
But I had to quit listening part way through because the guy just reads it like he's trying to get done with a bad book. This guy can't even interest himself in his own book.
Campfire stuff. OK writing but didn't have much of an unpredictable punch. Mainstream story telling.
It's good sci-fi. Seems to go back to that old Twilight Zone episode about getting a younger body and the wife doesn't get one. But this story revolves around health being the deciding factor. This story continues where the TZ story left off.
It had some interesting stuff and good explanations for curtain phenomenon which I didn't know before. If you like science over conspiracy/paranormal bullshit.
If you woke up this morning thinking you saw Goofy in a cloud and thought it was a sign from God and really wanted to believe it, then this is not your book. This book will burst you imaginary bubble and bring you back to reality.
Not being a BAR type person I couldn't get into the whole bar scene no matter how 'alien' it got. And the pun material just left me dry. There's very few puns that do anything for me but just make me want to walk away.
I know this has a cult following, mainly people who think the bar actually exists and this should have been a clue for me. Unfortunately the mainstream story lines don't really do it for me. Give me sci fi with deep thought.
Some really interesting stuff in here. Some stuff bared repeating to get all the info and understand it. I liked it, good stuff.
The first part of the book is about as lackluster as you can get and takes too long to get to the meat of the story. But it does pay off in the end. Not a great book but entertaining.
The saucer series is fairly basic story telling but it's good, fun adventure stuff. I guess this is the third and final book and takes the story to a final destination, another world which we don't visit in this book but would be interesting Mr. Coonts ... Just sayin'.
But worth a listen if there's nothing else out there. The Narrator sounded like he didn't give a damn about reading it. He lacked any kind of enthusiasm, might as well been reading a text book on biology.
The story was kind of interesting about a guy, who through an accidental amputation, begins amputating on purpose so he can create the ultimate prosthesis.
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