I loved the Ender series and was buying everything Orson wrote. However, there are now several books, and this is one, that unless you are a Mormon you will find infantile. Avoid.
The techniques that McCall uses for his Ladies No. 1 detective novels set in Botswana do not work in this story. The frequent detailing of the characters' thoughts that are utterly delightful in the detective novels are too long and esoteric in The Forgotten Affairs of Youth. The reader is wonderful. The problem is with the story.
I really enjoyed listening to the Scottish accents.
Yes, it was interesting to learn about life in Scotland
This book is not for you unless you enjoy 12 hours of whining about how everyone but Mr. Baer is a fool, a crook, a coward, a lobbyist, etc, etc, etc. I now understand why the CIA is such a mess - it is cowboys like Bob Baer that are willing to ignore the law, morals and common sense and deal with the lowest scum on the planet. Hey it is just for the good of the old US of A he says. Be a realist, torture is necessary sometimes - there are bad people out there. People named Bob Baer. Do yourself a favor and read the condensed version - Oliver North's treason conviction.
The Ender series is one of the best stories I have ever read. Lost Boys brings Orson's Mormon religion into the open and has great writing and wonderful observation. Magic Street must have been written by Orson's Bishop - all Jesus and evil and preaching and miracles. Don't waste your time with this book.
This is one of the worst books I have ever heard/read. The science is so one-sided it is laughable. The main character - an environmentalist attorney - is so dumb it is hard to imagine he could tie his shoes. I listened to the interview Audible did with Michael and he presents his 'years' of scientific research as producing accurate information on global warming but if you compare his reality with all the studies currently available it is obvious that Michael has lost his objectivity. Save your money unless you like propaganda presented as fact, environmentalists presented as murderers, and government agents presented as defenders of truth - all with BUSH as president............
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