This is an amazing book. It gives you an entirely new perspective on China. Mao's leadership was horrendous. It is hard to conceive of anyone with less concern for human life and suffering. I came away from the book with the realization that China be a much greater economic threat to the United States today if it had not been victimized by Mao.
The writing was excellent. Someday I would like to read something by this guy with a plot that would make it worthwhile. If you like cartoon characters, vampires, really scary things going bump in the night, etc. this is your cup of tea. I prefer coffee. That fact that I didn't much care for the plot will pretty much assure that it will be a phenomenal success.
I really hoped that the Lost Symbol would be worth the read. Sadly, I found it to be another lame regurgitation of the same theme. Read one and you've read them all.
This book is strangely entertaining, although I found it to be over the top silly. I'm quite sure that it would appeal to anyone who likes wrestling, hip hop and pop culture. Sadly, I found that it got annoying and repetitious. Nevertheless, I was glad that I stayed with it to the very end. It is populated by some extremely interesting individuals, even if the descriptions of their lives was not as artful as I had hoped. You can't help but learn a few things. Keep your expectations low and you will probably enjoy it.
I bought this title primarily because I enjoy Scott Brick's work. He was one of many listed readers. It wasn't long before I heard his voice as one of the more important characters. It wasn't much longer before his voice was that of another character, and the first character he read took on an entirely different voice. Before long it was apparent that the readers of characters were constantly being mixed, giving the impression that a character's voice was driven by who happened to show up at the studio that day. Scott Brick's part was very minor. By the time it was over I could not help but think how much better it could have been if the voices of the characters had been consistent.
This was an entertaining book, but the music and audio are truly annoying. With any luck the producers will leave the silly "chapter" sounds out of the next production.
Forget everything you thought was motivating Howard Hughes. This is a highly entertaining inside story of a man who marched to a drummer on a different planet. The richest man in the world sits in the stench of a filthy darkened room, obsesses about germs, mucks up multi-million dollar business deals, compulsively lies and has no comprehension, much less concern, about the havoc he causes others. This is a great listen.
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