Starts off slow, but if you can get through the first few chapters, it gets a lot better.
Great story combined with great narration = could not stop listening!
This book was so good I had a hard time putting it down; I was losing sleep because I would take it to bed and listen until I just couldn't keep my eyes open.
Until Ready Player One, Ender's Game was my all-time favorite sci-fi fantasy book. Ender's Game has now been bumped in the rankings to number two. Great story and loved all the references to 80s music, movies, video games, and TV shows.
It's almost a 5, but I liked the Mistborn series a little better because I got hooked in right from the start. This one took some time, but once he got going, it was a fantastic read and was very hard to put down. Sanderson has an absolutely amazing imagination and I can't wait to read the next book in this series.
Colorful stories, great narration, and I don't think I'll ever eat chocolate pie again! Even though the author says that most of the book is fiction, it still gives you a glimpse of what life was like for blacks in the South in the 1960s. It's hard to imagine that white people behaved the way they did and that black people were strong enough to survive and help make the human race a little better. We as humans still have a long way to go, but at least we are making progress.
Not only did I learn things about the human body and running that I did not know, but I was taken on a great adventure. Despite the fact that it's non-fiction and educational, the way McDougall tells this fantastic story is as entertaining as many fiction books. If you are a runner, this is a must read. If you are considering running, this is a must read.
Don’t let the introduction scare you off. It gives you the impression that you are about to read a philosophy textbook, which is not completely true. You are about to embark on a philosophical journey, but Rand does impart her philosophical views through an interesting story with interesting characters. I can’t imagine the characters in this book existing in any time or place, except perhaps the mind of Ayn Rand, but the point of the book is not its characters. Dominique Francon’s mission in life is to destroy anything that might make her happy, including Howard Roarke. Howard Roarke’s mission is to be so true to his individualism that he seems to let the crazy people around him succeed in destroying him. Ellsworth Toohey is a dreadful human being whose purpose in life is to rule the world by controlling the opinions of everyone around him. He successfully accomplishes tasks such as making everyone dislike a particular style of architecture which he and others know to be magnificent and making everyone rave about a particular play that he and everyone else really knows is rubbish. Ellsworth Toohey says it and so it must be true. His manipulation of the masses makes me think of something I read in Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren’s book, How to Read a Book – “But the packaging is often done so effectively that the viewer, listener, or reader does not make up his own mind at all. Instead, he inserts a packaged opinion into his mind, somewhat like inserting a cassette into a cassette player. He then pushes a button and ‘plays back’ the opinion whenever it seems appropriate to do so. He has performed acceptable without having had to think.” And that, I think, is Rand’s point – think for yourself; be a creator; don’t be a parasite feeding off the thinking of others.
Very well written and the readers were fabulous. I became so captivated by the story of Ender, that I wanted more when the book was over. Fortunately there are three other books in the series. The next book, Speaker for the Dead was good, but not as good as this one. It took so long for Ender to reappear, that I kept thinking, "where's Ender!" I can't say enough about how fun this book was to read!
I loved Ender's Game! Although Card says he only wrote it so he could Write Speaker for the Dead, I think Ender's Game was better. However, this book was very good as well. And all the books in the series keep you wanting more. All very well written; once you start, you don't want to stop. Outstanding series!!!
I've started this book twice and I still haven't been able to get through it. I'm not sure if it's the narrator or the content, but it's just been too boring to get through.
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