The book starts out with a fascinating chapter on the language of African drums (I'd always wondered) and moves into intriguing takes on early information "technologies" like The Telegraph and a visionary inventor who imagined a steam-driven computer in Victorian England. But is gets lost into deeper and deeper algorthmic analysis of information that disconnects from the core idea of communications. Nonetheless, it's often amazing and always thought provoking.
Jackson's delivery takes this from novelty to must listen. Jackson starts soft, even warm, and let's the Pulp Fiction sneak up on you. Hilarious.
While this book is long, the characters are rich and engaging.
It's certainly in the tradition of American Pastoral, though I liked Freedom more as a story. The pay-offs are stronger in Freedom and I enjoyed spending time with the characters.
Yes, though I wouldn't go out of my way to seek one out. I actually question the male-only casting (no fault of Mr. LeDoux's), since many chapters are told from the wife's first person point-of-view (a conceit of the story is how she writes her autobiography.) He also struggles with the intonations of a character who is both Indian and female.
Defintely worth the listening time. Hopefully Frazen takes less than 10 years for the next one.
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