No, not unless it was ghost-written.
No, forced emotion and misplaced emphasis was annoying.
Yes, on many levels.
Disappointment at how such a great story fell flat.
About as painful as an ultra event was listening to the empty whining that littered this book. Although I eagerly anticipated the story of a cheeseburger couch potato turned vegan ultra athlete, the book was an "epic" (you'll understand that reference if you make it through the book) failure. His story, which as all the underpinnings of a great tale, faltered chapter after chapter with self-indulgent writing only exacerbate by an awful choice of narrator ... the author. At least Dean Karnazes (Ultramarathon Man) was an engaging narrator as he read his own story of his "personal greatness."
Ironically, the real hero of the book was Roll's Epic5 partner, Jason Lester.
Sadly, the book may give the impression to the uninitiated that all ultra athletes are such self-absorbed, vacuums of attention and need. Quite the opposite is true. The ultra community is "normal" people who just enjoy endurance events that, at first glance, seem crazy.
The ability of someone like Rich Roll or Scott Jurek to be at the peak of ultra endurance competitiveness on a plant-based diet is nothing short of astonishing. The only bright spot of this book is that it gives a glimpse into the diet of a vegan ultra athlete. That almost makes the book worth a listen.
Decrease the repetition throughout the book.
Go deeper into the topics and eliminate the repetition of many of the examples.
Appropriate, technical, accurate.
Not many redeeming qualities. The concepts were interesting but inadequately presented.
The book reads as if it was written in the early 1990s. There was little new or revolutionary about the use of algorithms (or "bots"). While there may have been some "oh, that is interesting" moments for some, nothing presented really changed one's perspective. It was a disappointment.
A great story of the tragic prosecution of an innocent man. The journey Grisham takes his readers (listeners) is filled with dismay and anger at the incompetent and malicious attack of the story's main character. You will find yourself yelling at your iPod!
The narrator did an excellent job of adding to the already bizarre and disturbing story. If you like Kafka, you will like this translation and narration.
What a wonderful story from a great author. Although not as "supernatural" as many of Koontz's work, the story was captivating and usually kept you wanting to listen to more. This is a great book, especially if you are a dog lover.
What a horrible bit of writing. The book was laced with tired cliches, stereotypes, metaphors, and similes that were barely worthy of a high school student. The story could have gone in so many great directions, but stayed on a tired, predictable path.
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