The book provided a good look into the life of an early Mormon leader. The author, in my opinion, presented facts without inserting biases and left the reader to draw their own conclusions. I enjoyed the book and discovered a few facts about his life and personality rarely discussed in mainstream Mormon literature. I own the hardcover book which I like to skim for specific details but like the audio version for plodding through the less interesting details. Overall I am glad I listened to it.
The book has to be the slowest moving Tom Clancy book I've ever come across. It was extremely long and lacked any suspense. It was a good description of what it would be like in Russia during the time but I kept waiting for something great to happen. There were no shoot-outs, car chases, near misses or anything of great action. There were a lot of expletives and harsh language that didn't fit the slow moving pace. As I mentioned in the headline, it was fine but I expected more.
I was blow away by the complexity of the story. It had me guessing from the first page to the last. The plot twists and characters were so well developed and slowly exposed throughout the book. It was suspenseful and difficult to turn off. One of the best suspense/mystery novels I've listened to in a long time. It had the same gritty/original feel as, "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo."
The content of this book by Napoleon Hill is timeless and relevant and I highly recommend it to anyone.
I would love to hear this book without the annotated comments of Sharon Lechter. It would've been enough with the original author, Napoleon Hill. I couldn't believe that she even included plugs for other books that she's authored. I've recommended this book to others and they've all responded the same about Sharon without any prompting from me.
I have tried reading 'The Help' at the insistence of a good friend twice. I could never get into it because of all of the different story lines and characters that made it confusing. Listening to the audio version was like listening to an extended movie as it included different actresses reading the parts. It was very engaging and drew me into the audio book quickly and kept me interested. My wife was skeptical at first as she loves to read but had the same reaction as I did to the audio version. It was excellent. However, the end of the book leaves the audience wanting more. There wasn't enough closure for me.
I liked the illustrative stories that supported the science. Didn't agree with all of the moral and scientific perspectives of the author. The technical descriptions we a little heavy. I was confused at times with where I was at in the book because of the repetition of themes and material. Overall I enjoyed it as it complimented the theories of similar books of this genre.
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