The stories are good. The behind-the-scenes stuff is interesting. But I quit after 13 hours. This 20 hour book could have EASILY been 8 hours and exceptional. I love this industry and play games myself. After a while, it just became tedious. I don't need to know EVERY line of every conversation at every cocktail party or meeting.
Where the Suckers Moon by Randall Rothenberg. Another behind the scenes look at an industry from a journalist perspective.
Yes I can. not sure on the stars.
The book and "story" of this book were not A+ material. The anecdotes were helpful to illustrate her points, if a bit long. But those nuggets of clear thinking and insight that she provides are truly unique within the human population.
Many will say this is a "scathing critique" of Islam and that "extemism of any religion is bad." The latter is certainly true. Ayaan does a good job explaining why the sheer scale of this extremism is more dangerous and a larger looming issue than that of other faiths.
In the 60% range. I'm glad I listened to it but it's definitely not among the top books I've ever listened to.
The concepts actually were pretty easy to follow. I appreciated it from that standpoint. It didn't get too scienc-y but some of the analogies I felt were actually more confusing than enlightening. Like, "DNA is digital." Well, it's not. Digital is 1s and 0s, DNA is chemical. Had he said "DNA is like digital information" it might have been different.
Other than a british accent, not much.
this would be a terrible title, but it's my synopsis: Choosing one gene or characteristic on each chromosome to tell something about that chromosome.
To anyone with any interest in tech or startups, this is required reading.
Probably any of the "history of how this company launched" books. I haven't read many, but the book is more about akamai than Danny specifically.
I haven't but she was really good in this.
Knowing Danny was likely the very first casualty of 9/11 and not just a casualty was tough to hear.
Not from Peter Allison. Boring writer. Antony? Sure.
I didn't get to the end, not that it would have mattered.
Not really. Something like this has such potential to be hilarious and the author is just a not very funny, not all that intelligent sounding guy who's writing is pretty average.
From the narrator, sure. From the authors, no.
There is no piercing insight, nor is the commentary all that funny. I've read other books like this that had me laughing out loud. Not that one.
Perfect for the tonality the authors intended.
It's not a matter of cutting scenes. It's a matter of rewriting it to make it funny without resorting to pure trash talk/cursing to be funny.
Top 20%. Would be higher but I've listened to truly great ones and this was that.
He's a professional news anchor, so he's obviously pretty good at narration. His tone added to the book's enjoyment.
When I learned that Kennedy was actually Oswald's second assassination attempt!
I'd definitely recommend the first 2/3 to anyone wanting to do more about the history of radical islam and how it became more powerful. not sure i'd recommend it blanketly.
Not sure there is a specific book other than the ones she has written, but it's in the category of international/foreign memoirs with a social context.
Her performance actually helped save the book. She has a great tone and passion and you really know she's talking about her own life.
more reinforcement that radical islam has only one focus - sharia law for the planet.
Probably not. The narrator was monotone and didn't bring much life to the audio portion of the book.
It was real and authentic.
Not on purpose!
No, not at all. The stories were good but 30 mins at a time was enough.
Soltana, the princess in this story was one of thousands of princesses in Saudi. In the end, she didn't accomplish anything or do anything historic or even memorable such that reading about her specifically is exciting. She just happens to be one of 21,000 members of the royal Saudi family and talks about the (undoubtedly scary) every day life of a woman in Saudi.
No. Unless you are a liberal hater who likes to hear the same points and arguments over and over again, there is no reason to listen to this book. I was looking for new information, new analysis, and new insight and got none of this. It was simply rehashing all the old information you've heard.
Greg should have developed new insight and not just retold old stories. The "why" behind liberal behavioral patterns is desperately missing from this book.
Steve wasn't snappy or sarcastic enough as Greg is/would have been. Greg should have narrated this.
I developed more of my own insight listening to this than the book provided. I think I could write a 1,500 word blog post about these same issues and provide you with more insight than the entirety of this book.
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