The general idea behind the story was a good one but I thought the story was too simplistic and the characters are unbelievable. A college professor who is a combination of Steven Hawking, in knowledge, General Patton, in strategy, and Rambo in fighting skills.
I thought it was predictable.
The performance was well done.
I would wait for the DVD.
This book is a summary of the entrance of more advanced mathematical analysis to the financial markets. It discusses how this change came about and specific examples of success and failure along the way. I found it distracting and annoying however that the author kept referring to how physics was now a part of wall street. The reality is that the advanced mathematical techniques used by physicists and mathematicians in their daily work made it's way, over time, to the financial world but this does not mean that physics has a new branch of study in finance.
I respect Howard Schultz for what he has created at Starbucks. I believe Starbucks proves that a business can be both successful and a good corporate citizen or at least makes an attempt to be so. I found the presentation of the growth and development of Starbucks very interesting but the book was repetitive. I felt like I was listening to a very long Starbucks commercial and found myself just waiting for the book to finish. The business community can learn a lot from Howards work at Starbucks: looking at profits alone can actually prevent success and creating a business that is based on quality and an ethic of good corporate citizenship can flourish and be profitable.
If you have ever complained about a book dragging on or taking ten pages to cover what could have been presented in just one then this book is not it. It is a quick review of Durant's conclusions about the success and failure of civilizations. I thought the book was well done and it included recorded discussions with Durant between each chapter which were very interesting. We have all heard it; a civilization that does not know the history of the success and failures of other civilizations is doomed to relive the mistakes of the past. This is your chance to hear a summary of all the major civilizations and their eventual demise and the reason they failed according to Durant. From the information presented in this book you can extend your reading to a more detailed look at a civilization that interests you.
Some of the material, a very small portion, is out of date but the problem that he discusses is still prevalent today. The problem of unmotivated boys is not universal but it is significant. The author brings his experience from work to shed some light on what might be behind the lack of motivation that some boys seem to have. His exploration covers many factors including environment, current culture, technology and roles. It is somewhat a battle from within for boys in light of their genetics, instincts and free will and their interaction in a modern culture. You may not agree with everything but it will make you think.
This is a true story about a boy who becomes lost and is separated from his family from a very young age. He ultimately is adopted and grows up far away. As an adult he tries to find his way home. Don't expect adventure or excitement around every corner but there certainly was enough to keep me interested. It is not a story to entertain but to experience. The author does a good job presenting his story from start to finish with great detail given that some of the events occurred when he was just five. The story is also an introduction to the life of the very poor in India which is difficult as you might expect. There are some heroes and some villains along the way but it is a very positive story and well worth the read.
Vikas Adam does a great job narrating.
This performance was excellent. Good distinction between voices, clear and easy to understand. He really added to the enjoyment of the story.
This book was one that you wait in the car for another 10 minutes listening after you get home.
This book had some excellent likable characters and a collection of the ones you love to hate. The story was well developed and the characters were interesting and realistic. I immediately started book 2.
I liked the book and the story but I found the characters somewhat unrealistic. These cold ruthless killers also had a strong sense of honor, duty and put friendship above their own life. These are the traits of a hero not an assassin. I don't believe so many conflicted characters could exist. The best example I can give is that the main character met his wife because she was hired to kill him and she succeeded. He was brought back to life through magic and of course they fell in love and have lived happily ever after killing others. Makes sense to me how about you?
I found the dialog and characters very simple and juvenile. Constant repetition of the same points was annoying; yes I understand this takes place in space and everyone is far apart and it takes time for light to travel. The narrator was so involved it made the story seem like a documentary with selected conversations between the characters.
On a positive note the performance was very well done.
This is a great story that keeps your attention and introduces you to the very interesting life of elephants. You will be amazed with the interaction of elephant and man in this book and better understand the elephant and its capabilities.
Their many great scenes in the book but I don't want to ruin it for you. Safe to say the elephants take actions and do things that you will not expect and not thought possible.
I liked the book but I found it hard to keep my attention on the story. This is rare for me and I can only attribute it to the story. There is a great amount of detail, a complex world structure that seems well thought out but I found myself just wanting to hear about the dreams and the world that they created and not anything else. The rest of the story was just a bit boring I believe because the characters were in large part homogeneous excluding the characters that were a part of the dream.
John has a great reading voice but he falls short in his ability to create new voices for the various characters as well as other readers. This made following conversations a bit more challenging.
I thought the book delved a bit too deeply into sexual exploits that added nothing to the plot. It seemed to be filler for those that need this activity in their books.
I thought the book delved a bit too deeply into sexual exploits that added nothing to the plot. It seemed to be filler for those that need this activity in their books. I have a flaw and that is that I feel a need to complete a series when I start and so with this series I will move to book 2.
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