Native Son is an expertly-written thriller about crime and race and misguided ambition, read by one of the best narrators I have ever heard. It is, however, a very difficult book to listen to, as it deals hyper-realistically with the tragic life of a young black man who has all the potential in the world and ends up throwing it away because of the hate, ignorance, and prejudice that society has instilled in him. I have almost never come across such a believable protagonist; Bigger Thomas' story is the story of many, many angry young men out there in the world. The book struggles with issues of individual vs. societal responsibility, racism, interpersonal relations, and the moral nature of humanity, and never gives the reader any easy answers.
Tim Harford is the Great Explainer of economics, and no one could have de-mystified the subject of macroeconomics as well as Tim. But still, no one really knows how the macroeconomy works, and "teaching the controversy" is a tall order even for the greatest of explainers.
Tim's first book, The Undercover Economist, is on more solid theoretical and empirical ground, simply because microeconomic phenomena (buying and selling things) are so much better understood than macroeconomic phenomena (recessions, booms, growth and inflation).
It's a bit dated compared to more recently written war histories. The sweeping one-line characterizations of personalities and moods would be rare in a modern history, for example. But the book is clearly an incredibly thoroughly-researched masterpiece, and really transports you into the strange, chaotic era of the 30 Years' War.
It's a good book!
The description of Muhammad's life was particularly detailed and engaging.
This is a "folk history", intended not to be historically accurate, but rather to describe the general Muslim narrative of history. It's a very innovative idea.
Michael Lewis is an incomparable writer.
"The Quants", or other Michael Lewis books.
This book will give you insight into some of the issues surrounding HFT, but it leaves out a lot of stuff, so take its conclusions with a grain of sale.
It's definitely in the upper range.
It's similar to the Tales of the Ketty Jay books, which sadly very few people have read. Of course, it's a bit similar to the other books in this series. It's also similar to the Riyria Revelations series.
No one does "outraged" like Michael Page, and outrage is the main tone of this book, so it fits perfectly!
When Sabetha is standing on a balcony reading a letter, near the end.
This book starts more slowly than the others, and involves fewer cons and heists, but has some truly touching moments, and is more "epic" than either of the first two, with foreshadowing of more epic-ness to come!
There are a few histories of Wall Street that really stand out. The others are mostly written by Michael Lewis. So that puts this book in rarified company.
The humanization of the two protagonists, John Meriwether and Larry Hillebrand.
The final defeat of Hillebrand, when he's forced to finally open his books for the world to see, was moving. He's not a likable character, but you really feel sympathy for him in that moment.
The humanization of the characters, the apocalyptic visions of the last days of the Chinese empire, and the feeling of immersion and immediacy.
The first scene, where the British gunboats break into the Chinese river, and the Chinese peasants bow down to them and worship them. That set the tone for the whole book.
The end of the rebellion is extremely sad.
There are a few really apocalyptic wars that humans have managed to document - the World Wars, the Thirty Years War, the Russian and Chinese Civil Wars...and the Taiping Rebellion. If you want to read about cataclysmic, world-shattering wars, include this book in your reading series.
American institutions are getting old and clunky and ossified and outdated. This book is sounding the alarm. If you're an American, you should listen to it. It will give you a sense of urgency about reforming the way we do things.
The action never stops, the sci-fi never cuts corners, the authors never run out of surprises, and the characters never get flat.
I still don't get why Audible thinks every audiobook reviewer is also good at coming up with movie taglines.
The best space opera to come along in years.
The story itself has an atmosphere of constant brooding tension and incipient horror.
The alien-ness and magical creepiness of the antagonists was a refreshing change from standard fantasy fare, and the protagonists - weary, drug-addicted 30-somethings - were fresh as well.
He does great voices.
The part with the heads on the trees was incredibly creepy.
The problem most people will have with this book (and with Morgan's other books) is the frequency of explicit, extended sex scenes. In the audio version, it's difficult to skip these.
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