This work is remarkable and I wish there were more Chomskys out there! He tells it like it is, without hesitation and in a convincing manner. His writing is extremely eloquent, and his statements are always concise. His writings on Nicaragua were eye-opening. The one problem I had with this audio book was the narrator. He speaks in a rush, and it's exhausting to listen to for a long period of time. I listened to it during my commute in little 'spurts'. Even though my iPod has the option to slow it down, the sound quality diminishes so I've tried to bare it with the original fast speed. His tone stays the same throughout and perhaps it's good for some listeners but it was hard for me to stay concentrated. I might buy the actual book and read it myself in my spare time.
Though people may think I'm gullible for believing everything Sylvia Brown states, I think her ideas definitely spark a new view on life and our roles here. It simplifies things for me, and helps me focus on what I think is important. If you can have an open mind to her ideas, you will benefit greatly from this book.
If you can read through the first bit, you should have no problem finishing it. The book is so well described it is almost like you're with Pi on his journey.
I loved this book. I loved the creativity of it, and the ending. Or possible alternate stories one can come up with. I went on to read more about the author online and read up on his take on the book. Very interesting. I still think about Pi to this day, even though it's just a character in a novel. The psychological trauma he went through still pains me to this day, as a reader! I certainly don't look at tigers the same way anymore!
This book is funny, and very moving too. I love the Stephen Katz character - he's a riot! It's too bad that our environment is being destroyed though, his facts on our forestry situation is pretty depressing. Apart from that, the book is entertaining, love his accent - it's always nice to hear the author narrate. It's as if you're there with them. It actually drove me to New Hampshire after hearing this to Mt Washington.
I don't think his views applies to ALL situations today in this modern age, but he has some great suggestions that I still think about everyday now. I think one problem I had was how he suggests not to speak up against someone's view - sometimes I think it is important to express an opposite view. Some of his ideas are a bit too comformist for me. However, I still think it's well worth the listen. I certainly wish more people at my job would listen to this!
I didn't know anything about Lance Armstrong before I read this, but I learned a lot about what he had to go through. He is a trooper! I listened to the ENTIRE book in one sitting - it was that engaging. I also sent it to my relative who has cancer, with just as little survival rate as Lance - this gives hope and courage to other cancer patients. Can you imagine winning the Tour de France 7 times after going through all the chemo and having less than 3% chance of survival? Just the most amazing story. A MUST "Listen"!!
I was laughing most of the time listening to this. I'm not the biggest Bill Maher fan, but this book was very entertaining. I shared it with my friends. I just with it were a bit longer.
You get clips of actual speeches and things in the audio version, and he adds a comment or two in the audio book which you will never get in the actual book. So it's WELL WORTH the listen. I loved his Harvard research crew, I think they were a great asset. The narration was wondeful, and funny. There were quite a few LOL moments. I thought that he was very fair in his arguments, and they were well-supported. He makes the right wing nuts look ridiculous as they are. I wish O'Reilly's sex scandle took place before he wrote this, because he would have killed it. And the 2004 election results. But I'm sure he will have another book out again. I'm interested to listen to his radio broadcast now, the O'Franken Factor.
I read another person's criticism about her narration speed being "too slow", but I prefer the narrator to speak slowly than to speak fast in an audio book. Her speed was not bad, she spoke very clearly and I didn't miss a word. I loved her stories about her family, and about her relationship with Chelsea. Her struggles with her husband's infidelity made her more 'human' and believable. I almost felt like I knew her by the end of the audio book, which I didn't get in the book itself. The only thing missing was the photos, but you can always look at them at the bookstore...
His narration was good, and it was easy to listen to. It's good to learn about the scandles, and family affairs from their own perspective, and his battle with white house corruption and right wing scandles were disturbing but interesting to listen to. I wish I had gotten the unabridged because the abridged version is too short and I felt like I hadn't gotten the full picture of his life and work. I found Hillary's book to be more fulfilling in that respect (abridged).
Amazing. I loved the research he put into this, and the stories about the corrupt meat packing industry (some references to the "Jungle"), and the crimes at Fast Food restaurants committed by their own employees. I also learned a lot about 'natural' and 'artificial' flavorings. As obesity is a hot topic these days this book would be a great supplement to understanding its problems. I got a bit tired of hearing about Colorado but it was interesting. I would also check out "Supersize Me" and its DVD bonus feature where you will find the filmmaker's interview with the author. I've been boycotting McD's and other fast food chains after listening to this book.. The narrator was excellent. He read in a good speed and had good energy.
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