The insights into the purposes and harm being caused by the big internet companies (Google, Facebook, etc) are nothing short of profound and are very moving.
The author's insights into how big companies work also remind me of the book "The Organization Man" from the 1950s, and his fiction-based warnings of where we're so rapidly heading are both shocking and very well-written.
As someone who worked in R&D for a major multi-national company for his whole career, I found this books' insights to be very compelling and nearly overwhelming in both their accuracy and depth. Google is different from other companies, but not *that* different.
Mae Holland, the central character, is very convincing and illustrates how a big company can take a new employee and remake him/her in their own image. This process is similar in many respects to my own development working for my corporate employer - I retired a few years ago after a successful career.
The narration was very effective in developing a better understanding of the book's content, much more so than a traditional text-based book format.
SECRETS ARE LIES
SHARING IS CARING
PRIVACY IS THEFT
I can't recommend this book highly enough - it is must reading for everyone in these rapidly changing times. But where do we go from here, and how would we get there? It may already be too late to change direction.
This book, unusual for its infantry Lieutenant's perspective, should be required reading for learning why we must not resort to war except in the most threatening circumstances. Vietnam certainly was no threat to the US, and so many of our young soldiers died or were wounded for so little.
The descriptions of what it was really like to invade a poor village are impossible to not remember indefinitely.
The voice of the narrator represented the author's persona very convincingly. Also, it was not fatiguing in any way.
I understood for the first time some of the reasons why some soldiers violate the USA's war-fighting rules and ethics. Yet this type of conduct is still inexcusable but is rarely prosecuted.
I was in college during the early years of the Vietnam war, and this book brought back many memories of those times. Many of my friends fought in the war, as did my high-school ROTC teacher (who was killed by a land mine).
Based on the USA's history since Vietnam, it's now clear that as a country we simply do not learn from involvement in a pointless, immoral war. Our soldiers and their families and friends bear the burdens.
I gained much insight into the nature of survivalists and humanity through this novel as well as the movie and book.
In survival situations, sometimes the apparently weakest participants come out ahead of those who fancy themselves to be the strongest. Evil too easily dominates human situations.
The challenges faced when Ed had to climb the gorge cliff and kill their apparent stalker were vividly conveyed. The ambiguity of the killing is insurmountable and yet as necessary as in any other human war.
I would be interested in learning from Ed what he learned and did not learn from his canoe trip experiences. I would also like to know how the trip and its deaths affected him.
One of the best modern American novels.
Delta Force selection and training experiences, especially the final test, a very long cross-country march.
Positive and convincing tone in the narration.
The inside story of Delta Force
It was most enjoyable to listen to a credible inside story of the founding of Delta Force.
I wish our government was as competent and honorable as these people.
Ranks in my top 10%
The difference of opinions that occurred after viewing the universe outside of the spaceship was very dramatic and tells much about how easily people can choose not to accept clear evidence when it contradicts their tradition-based religion/beliefs.
A good narrator, like Eric Summerer, brings as much to a book as the cast of a play would bring to their script.
I often felt a strong urge to listen to more, simply to learn what happened next.
An interesting novel about the challenges of very long voyages to the stars. Assuming we can't work around the limitations of the speed of light and that we survive long enough as a civilization to reach the stars, the difficulties presented in this novel (and more) may be formidable. I can't personally imagine how a few people could survive in a long trip to Mars and back!
This novel brought back a flood of memories about my enjoyment of sci-fi via the public library, in the early 1960s. Tunnel in the Sky was one of the most enjoyable sci-fi novels I read as a pre-teenager.
The difficulties of establishing a basic, functional civilization under primitive conditions, without the support of modern "conveniences" are shown to be very challenging.
The final scenes where only a few people remained on the alien planet were especially revealing and almost overwhelming.
Yes, but it was also enjoyable in installments.
This is surely one of Heinlein's best novels, and was more enjoyable since it doesn't overwhelm the reader with his personal political views.
As a (retired) scientist, I especially enjoyed the realism of the description of how scientists work and think and interact.
It was also interesting to reflect on scientific leaders are controlled by their funding agencies, and Hoyle's fictional rants against politicians should appeal to a universal audience.
All the primary characters were convincingly portrayed. They were also as interesting and as diverse as real scientists.
Climate science, as known at the time of this book, played a key role in helping earth survive the arrival of the Black Cloud. Interestingly, their research and knowledge soon became highly politicized and was declared secret by the government, reminding me of the Manhattan Project.It was interesting to consider the author's speculations on the nature of highly advanced life forms, and how limited our own minds may be in comparison to more highly evolved life forms.
Unusually believable characters in an unusually engaging story.
Convincing voice and acting, well-tailored for the role.
A philosophically stimulating and thought-provoking book, representing the best of classic sci-fi.
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