I picked this up as a shorter book, given some very long listens lately (see Jonathan Strange!). Even in abridged form the listen can be a bit monotonous, with extreme detail, much like it must have been out there suffering minute by minute. For anyone who doesn't often do adventure books, this is a great one to check out. For someone who does read a lot of mountaineering or other adventure books with the complexities of teams, people, weather, days of tension, etc, this one might be a bit slow. End analysis though: worth a listen for sure.
An interesting book, however if you read the reviews at any of the on-line bookstores, you'll hear the same complaint: this book dramatically needs editing. It is understandable that the author will view the incident from multiple angles, but the simple repetition of the same quotes, and near exact passages of text render this a frustrating listen. With better organization, this book could have been 1/2 the length and twice as good.
Briefly, for anyone who has any experience in business, most of the conclusions in the book are going to be predictable and considered common sense. I can't say that any of the book was particularly enlightening, and the very long section on name popularity at the end was excruciating.
This is a great book on Ted Williams the man. If you are looking for a book that centers around baseball, there are many better books to purchase. But as a bio, this is one of the best bio's I've listened to, a very revealing look into who Ted Williams really was. A very worthwhile listen, if a bit of investment of time.
Not a bad book, though I got to about the 5 hour part before I really felt like I was engaged in the book. I'm glad I stuck it out, in the end I did really enjoy the book. Consider what types of books you like to listen to, and buy based on that. BTW, don't skip the interview with the author, it was actually quite good.
First, be aware that the audio quality isn't super, being a conversion from Format 1, but I got beyond that without issue. The big problem I had with this audio book was that it was near impossible to follow the story. I can only suspect that the abridgement of this book took a lot away from the flow of the story. The entire time I listened it seemed like there were meaningful details and scenes just plain missing. By the time I was finished I really had very little idea of what was the significance of the ending. A colleague read the book, and listened to the audio version later, and enjoyed it immensely so I can only suppose that the abridgement had something to do with it.
Having read The Last Dive, I downloaded this on a whim. I'm so glad I did, this ranks in the top 10 of historic books I've read in my life. Excellent writing, excellent reading, and a gripping story to say the very least.
Being a runner, and being a fan of Olympic/amateur athletics, to me this was an increble listen. Well written and read, it is one of my favorite Audible listens to date.
Say what you want about this being one-sided, that is what college sports and fandom is all about. If there is a current book out that better describes what it is truly like to be part of a passionate fan base, I don't know of it. For anyone who loves college athletics, this is a must listen. Don't be surprised to see a bit of yourself in it.
It's rare that I'll rate higher than the majority, but boy, this is one. Having listened to Davinci Code and read Angels and Demons, I always thought Dan Brown was interesting, but a bit "pop literature". Rule of Four was better thought out, and much more interesting, even if it didn't have the 'car chase' effect of massive surprises, plot shifts and other devices that Dan Brown uses. For my money, I recommend Rule of Four over Dan Brown every day. I thought it was superb.
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