Absolutely not. It started out in Greece and Rome not bad... but then Christianity came along and it became extremely biased and devoted to promoting the author's faith and its supposed genius.
Passionate. Biased. Christian.
I was very disappointed. He's intelligent and he has promise, but he sees the world through a "Christianity is perfect" lens which just does not make sense for a supposed critical-thinking piece of work.
Don't bother unless you're already very devoted to being Christian.
For some reason, the brief and wondrous life of oscar wao. Very different stories, but the same kind of morose sadness prevails.
Don't expect to be in any way uplifted or hopeful upon finishing. Very well written though.
Probably not... I am not a science-type in my interests, and although it was funny and interesting, it wasn't good enough to overcome that in me.
Very good book, a bit anti-climactic. Very funny. Worth listening to.
This is one of my favorites of The Great Courses, and not only because my ancestors would have been characters in its stories. Few are done as effectively and succinctly while introducing you to the wider depth of its base in the sagas and serious historical study.
The performance was incredible... had trouble remembering who was performing the story. The story speaks for itself as a classic of world literature, and amazingly Elijah Wood does it credit with his performance.
A story early in the experience of the Night Watch... and while it may not be their biggest trial, it is very well executed both by the author and the narrator.
Not Pratchett's best, but a very good read. If you like his work, you will like this one.
I have not read the print version, but the audio performance is superb. The accents of the poor wretches at the beginning are perfect and striking, and when the book goes to school it may lose that charm, but is still perfectly executed.
This book has echoes of Dune, the Hunger Games and even Ender's Game, but one day will be considered the equal of the first and far superior to the other two.
He does the aforementioned beginning extremely well, and the various characters at the 'school' very well. You really feel how well he performs them whether they are an aristocratic bastard or one of the gritty 'howlers'.
Few tears and laughs, but few books will ever give you that feeling of strength and rebellion in the face of evil and injustice as this one. Makes you feel like you are 10 years old again and ready to follow Darrow against the oppressors to free your people. This feeling is where he reaches the level of Dune and leaves books like The Hunger Games, Ender's Game, or other various series like the Divergent ones behind.
Pierce Brown has some sleepless nights ahead of him in trying to write an appropriate sequel, but at least the next step seems to be this "Academy"... he has time to have his story reach its eventual rebellious conclusions without it seeming fake and contrived.
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