This showed up on "best of the year" lists on Goodreads and Audible, and I'd heard a lot of good buzz about it, but I was very disappointed. The reader is part of the problem, I think, but also the romance, politics, and action all feel really shallow and the plot has more holes than Swiss cheese. There are some exciting bits, and the overall message -- dare to be different, think outside the box -- is good, but it's oh so heavy-handed. I guess it's trying to be a successor to the Hunger Games, but I think it's probably more like Twilight. If you're desperate for more books in that vein, you'll probably like Divergent, but if you prefer your sci-fi to make sense and have a bit of subtlety, I would recommend skipping it.
Incidentally, I *assume* the author is not trying to make a statement that intellectuals are the enemy, but then again she might be.
I think just about anyone would like this book, but if you grew up in the 80s playing early video games and watching SF movies and giant robot cartoons then this book was written especially for you. Also Will Wheaton gives a great performance. He reads just a bit slowly at times, so I speeded up the playback, but otherwise he's pitch-perfect and highly appropriate.
Steve Jobs is a very interesting guy who led a very interesting life, which makes for a compelling bio. I think Isaacson got a lot of great material. There are a few topics he glosses over, and others he goes on about at excessive length. I REALLY got tired of the repetition, though. Did this book ever get edited? He says the same things over and over and OVER again. Oy. Worth reading, but be warned.
The previous poster is correct that this is a thoroughly amateur reading. In addition, there is a lengthy introduction at the beginning which talks *about* the story, *before* you have heard the story. Very annoying.
I'm giving the story the benefit of the doubt since so many people love it, including my dad and several close friends, but I could not get into this audiobook at all, because the reader utterly fails to work for me. I see that Mr. Wyman has performed many prominent books, and perhaps his style works for some of them, but for this tale of magical realism I felt his reading took all the magic away and actively prevented me from believing in or caring about the story or the characters. My friend got a different audio edition from the library, and I wish Audible offered that one because it sounded a lot better.
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