This book is a good overview of the solar system. It is not very detailed, but it explains a great deal. The reader was above average and I enjoyed listening to this very much.
I've read good reviews about Roy Dotrice and I don't see it at all. I found him to be one of the worst narrators I've listened to. He uses the worst voices for characters. They do not fit the character's description and a few times I couldn't understand what he said because apparently he figured that character should be hard to understand. Not only do the voices not fit they sound very stupid. I wish they would have found a new narrator for this one.
As for the book, I have grown bored with reading (or listening to) them. The first three were excellent, I couldn't put them down. "A Feast for Crows" was so hard for me to stay interested in I decided to buy the audio version. I feel the same about this one. It just drags on and seemed forced, like he wrote it just because he needed to get something out there. The television show is turning out to be much better than the books, and when is that ever the case.
This was mt first Vince Flynn book and I was not disappointed. I enjoyed listening to it and I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys political thrillers. I think this is the only book in the series that does not include the very popular character Mitch Rapp, but I am pretty sure that in chronological order, this book comes first. I like to read books in chronological order and there are some characters from the Mitch Rapp books that also appear in this book.
I often find myself frustrated with the politicians in Washington and for that reason this book was particularly enjoyable to me. I think Flynn does a pretty good job at accurately portraying what would happen in a real life situation, and even though the story line is a bit fantastic, he seems to know what he is talking about.
I thought the narrator was very good. From what I have read in other people's reviews, there are many who would rather George Guidall over Nick Sullivan, but I thought Sullivan did well and I definitely wouldn't say that the book was ruined because of his narration.
I had to get this book because I have read all the books before this and have so much time invested in the series, but I didn't particularly enjoy it.
The truth is, this series has been dragged out too long. I like long story lines and, more than not, never want them to end, but this particular one is so slow. There is not as much story as you would think there is from just looking at the number of books. I don't know how else to explain it, it's just a slow story and questions to certain plots take forever to get answered and most haven't even been written yet.
The narrator was terrible. The voices he does for the characters are just plain bad. Many of them don't fit the characters descriptions. He puts a very elderly man's voice on a character who is not supposed to be so old or feeble, for example, and his voices for the woman's characters, forget about it.
If you have reached this book and have read this far you will probably get it regardless of what people say, I did. If I could go back though I would have never started reading. I don't think the author is going to live long enough to finish it. It has been about 17 or 18 years since the first book came out and it took, I think, 16 years for 5 books. That averages out to over 3 years a book. The last one came out in 2012 and there are supposed to be two left. Although, the last book took 5 years to write, according to Wikipedia and the next will probably take as long or longer considering that he is more into doing his HBO show.
I enjoyed this book; the story was excellent. It takes you through the periodic table, from a historic point of view. The reader was well above average and I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in chemistry. I learned many interesting facts about the elements that were not in my school books. It is also a great companion book to listen to while taking a chemistry class. That is what I did, and it made me even more interested in the class than I already was.
Each lesson starts with very basic ideas, which is good, but then it seems to jump right to more complicated aspects of the topics. The reader was average, but I would not recommend this unless you need a refresher and the jump will not matter.
If you have never read the Art of War then buy this one or some other, you will not be disappointed. It is one of the best books I have ever read. It applies to so many aspects of life that anyone from soldier to businessman can learn from it.
If you have read it before you will get nothing special from this one. It was not much different from any of the other translations that are out there.
I was able to listen to the whole book, but I'm not running to buy the next one. I feel a little smarter because of this book and learned a little. It was slightly boring, but not enough to stop listening. I don't know if I'll buy the next one; I have plenty of more interesting books in my sights.
You would think by the title the author does not really mean he has proof and that it is just a catchy title. However, he does actually feel that he does have proof. I wasn't convince, not totally anyway. I have trouble believing in an afterlife, but I want to. So, I look for stories like his to try and convince myself. I am somewhat more convinced, I guess.
There is a lot of unnecessary information in this book, at least I thought so, and not enough of the information I was looking for. The book flowed very well and was not at all boring for me even with the unnecessary things.
I do not regret buying this book or spending the time to listen to it. I would recommend this book, but don't expect to have a detailed description of what this man claims heaven is like. It is more of a, "I died, went to heaven and can prove it," type of book.
I just cannot finish this one; it is just so boring to me. It takes awhile for me to give up on a book and I will continue to listen to it well after I get board, but I just could not do it. It seemed to be a collaboration of the writers random thoughts and experiences. It is not really about science or religion at all.
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