As with all of Wolke's entertaining books, I learned a lot about everyday things that are fascinating
Wolke's other books about everyday science explained in plain terms
I listened to his work on a book about Scientology and he did a great job, but I did not like him for this particular book. For this book I wish they had used Sean Runnette, who narrated Wolke's other books. Runnette has the perfect voice--I felt like I was listening to the author, who is clever and funny, narrate his own book.
Probably not--I have so many books to listen to that I do not listen more than once. However, if I was to listen to a book again this would be the book because it is so compelling.
Probably Martha Mitchell. While she was a minor part of this story, I was reminded of how badly she was treated and how lost she was in this political mess. Everyone else in the story is pretty despicable so I cannot say "favorite".
I was shocked to hear that Nixon and his people were fairly certain, BEFORE his reelection (but right after the break in) that Felt was the person leaking information to the news media (("Deep Throat"). They left him alone because they were afraid he might do more damage. Also, his overall role was fairly minimal in the scheme of things.
This is one of the most important books I have ever "read". I was continually shocked by what I heard from the tapes. As bad as we thought it was, it was a lot worse. The callousness, the ability to lie so easily, and the shifting of blame to others was unbelievable. Also, it was the coverup, not the thwarted break in, that was so important.
This book is important and needs to be read by every citizen. Dean's transcription and his linking together the meaning of the tapes in terms of the bigger picture was compelling. Every part of this book was thought-provoking (and anger-provoking!). This is the only book about any aspect of Watergate that needs to be read to understand exactly what happened and why it happened (and how they got away with it for so long).
I was so interested in the topic but found it so boring that I could not even get close to finishing it. I tried to listen to it twice (with about 2 years in-between!) and just could not get engaged with the story. I kept thinking "who cares?". Not me.
No, I have listened to many books like this that were great.
There was nothing in this book that I could point to as a "favorite".
I liked her delivery--I am sure it was much more interesting to me than just reading the material
She is brilliant and engaging. She made what could be some very dry material interesting. And she is funnily.
I liked the end where she started talking about ants and how they work together, and then moves to socialization among people.
Chris Hardwick's delivery was wonderful. He takes an important topic and makes it enjoyable (both in the book itself and his performance). I am not a nerd but I loved this book, mostly because he read it himself.
The topics he covers for his nerd brethren are important and delivered in a way that makes you want to listen (and follow).
His delivery is great and you can tell he is excited and committed to what he writes about.
When he talks about turning his own life around and how he methodically went about it--quit drinking, got fit, improved his finances, and took control over his life. He provides a systematic way that others can follow.
About the middle--the story itself was interesting, and at times gripping, but I found myself being annoyed by the author's attitude about what he did and how others reacted.
The details of what the author did and how he did it--and how easy it was.
My favorite character was the author's ex-wife, who left him (as she should) when she realized he was an addict and was not going to change. She was the only one who seemed to have any sense about him. His other family members were enablers.
I found myself being really frustrated by three things--the narcissism displayed by the author (typical of an addict), his frequent assurances that he "loved" his family and did not want to go to jail because he would not see them (but he frequently put them in harm's way), and just how stupid his victims were.
This book reminded me a lot of Artie Lange's last book "Crash and Burn" where he detailed his ongoing drug addiction. His narcissistic attitude reminded me Kevin Mitnick in this book. Also, in both authors' stories, family and friends were enablers and need Alanon.
No, but only because I have so much to listen to I do not have the time to listen to anything twice
Engaging--his voice has character, which I like
It is a long book, but I found that I wanted to listen to large parts of it at a time because it was so good
No--it was so boring I could not make it all the way through
Not totally--I did listen to the latest book about LSD and it was a bit better--it engaged me like this book did not
Claire Booth Luce, his second wife--I had heard her name in various contexts, but had no idea of her or her relationship with Henry
He is, in my opinion, the best performer of audiobooks. Everything he does with characters is great, and his voice itself has character.
I was just totally fascinated by Luce and his story and the history going on during his life.
yes, fun and interesting-great characters
I found this book while listening to a book about the Koch brothers, as one of them got caught up in this mystery
There were a lot of characters and his caricatures were great.
Frustrating because of how stupid people were because they wanted to protect what they "knew".
Yes--It was fun, interesting, and engaging. For someone who enjoys wine but don't know that much about it, this book was a real treat and taught me a few things. I will never look at a "wine wall" the same way again.
The same as the book title--I really liked the reference to "two buck chuck"
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