This is a book I recommend, however it has a deceivingly narrow focus. It's about the author's experience with Johnny. This is good and bad. It lacks the all encompassing perspective but it shows many telling specifics. The author walks a fine line effectively of appreciating and respecting Carson while telling us, alas, many behind the scenes defects in the iconic persona. Dick Hill is great as always as the reader
This book and topic, evolutionary psychology is both fascinating and frustrating. Clearly there are a lot of useful truths to be mined in the premise that our brains have evolved mostly to adapt to conditions long ago. These authors, however, as well as all other authors I've read on the topic keep overextending their theoretical reach. Essentially they are reductionists: reducing all human experience to the premise that Genes are driving us to spread them far and wide. While genes may be "trying" to do this, this in no way entails that it is the only or primary dynamic in human experience.
I've been told that Nora Roberts is a romance novelist, so being a man of serious pursuits I must be careful acknowledging I'm a fan (LOL). Nora Roberts writing about a witch returning to Ireland was an irresistible temptation. Bottom line is she is a very good writer and the narration is outstanding. I strongly recommend this book!!
I was pleased to see this in audio format. I don't regret listening to it. However it was disappointing. I was hoping to hear a deeper account of Karen's creative process, not just an anecdotal account of her life with excessive detail about her death.
Steve martin establishes himself with this book as a master of another trade. Beautifully written,and spoken, book about the art world and it's inhabitants where the primary motif seems to be the meaning of beauty itself.
This book seems to be trying to induce an experience of what it's like to have ADD. I love Neil Young, but this is the worst editing ever, which is to say it was not edited. Bad decision. No quality control. The narrative has no cohesiveness whatsoever. It jumps from sentence to sentence to new topics and 40 year time frames without any rhyme, reason, direction or definition. sadly, I can not recomend this book.
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