Nathaniel Philbrick admits that Moby Dick is not an easy read and his sincerity is one reason why his passion and enthusiasm for Moby Dick could be contagious. He provides a solid argument for why one should still attempt to read / listen to Moby Dick, a little at a time. I was thinking of buying a book titled 'Moby Duck' about little yellow plastic ducks, ocean pollution and the environment. It is on my wish list. I wondered whether reading Moby Dick was a prerequisite for enjoying 'Moby Duck' and why I would be interested in reading about a man obsessed with killing a whale. So, I listened to Nathaniel Philbrick's 'Why read Moby Dick?'. It was quite persuasive. I think I will dip into Moby Dick sometime. It certainly made me want to listen to Nathaniel Philbrick's books about seafarers and storms.
A good listen overall.
This was a great book. I loved the setting and the characters. The story started slowly, but by the end, it was like a fast flowing river. I loved the fantasy element. But like many others I found it hard that so many creatures were killed during the course of the book. The moose and chickens in the beginning gave a sense of the desperate state that Jack and Mabel found themselves in, so were OK. But as the book progressed, I wish the author had desisted. From what she said in an interview, I think she had intended Faina to be a real girl, but had been persuaded by her editors and others to be a bit ambiguous. I think that has definitely made the book better. But allowing for Faina to be a true snow maiden, may have given the author greater scope for making Faina to be a protector of the wonderful wildlife of the region. Also, I think that there was no need for the confrontation between Garrett and Jack, even though, the scene was very realistic. But, these are minor quibbles. This is a fantastic book and I recommend it to anyone who loves nature and fairy tales.
The title clearly summarizes what the book is about. The science was the most interesting part of the book. The statistical analysis of wars, the difference in perspective between victims and perpetrators, the explanation of reduction in violence using the framework of the pacifist's dilemma etc. were very interesting. The historical narrative was hard to listen to because it is hard to come to terms with the violence that is a part of our past. I am glad that violence is coming down, but wish it would decline more rapidly. I hope listeners will better understand how to alter payoffs in order to create conditions that favor peace and do what they can, after listening to this book. Understanding, reason, enlightened thinking and empathy will hopefully reduce unnecessary suffering faster in the future.
The narration was very good making it easier to finish this long book.
One of the best science books I have listened to on Audible. Richard Panek is a master storyteller. I was enthralled by the story of how dark energy and dark matter were discovered and how scientists reluctantly came to accept their existence. The quest to understand the story of our universe: its origin, present and possible future was as engaging as any well written adventure story.
What I liked best about this book was how it described the rare brush with the ineffable, which is one of the high points of scientific research. Perhaps these sublime moments keep some scientists going despite the many somber episodes of frustration and disappointment.
Ray Porter's narration was perfect for this book. I would strongly recommend this book.
A quiet ghost/love story elegantly told by a man stepping out of the shadow of sorrow into the sunshine of hope. It has been beautifully written by Kate Mosse and perfectly narrated by Julian Rhind-Tutt, whose sensitive performance allows listeners to thoroughly enjoy the sweet sadness of the tale. The story is about grief and loss, but it is no way gloomy. On the contrary, listening to it is an experience akin to viewing a beautiful winter scene through the window of a cozy, warm room. Sheer pleasure.
Ken Robinson has spent most of the book providing examples of how people have found the thing they love to do best. And that is good, for it is clear that many times the discovery is serendipitous. What I liked best was the fact that he agrees that what we are passionate about may not be what we should always do to earn a living. I grew up in India where a college education has never guaranteed a job. When I was a child, I once asked my father what I should do, if I didn't enjoy my job. He replied immediately that I should use the money I earned to do what I liked. I hope people love what they do, but being impractical won't always make people happy and finding the Element is about being happy. Also schools should try to provide more opportunities for children to learn using whichever way suits them best and customize lessons, but that is no guarantee that children will know what they wish to do for the rest of their life, when they leave school. They will have to see what kind of needs they will be best suited to fulfill, given their own interests and sometimes there is no obvious match. So, they will just have to take up what opportunities are available and keep looking. What I enjoyed most was how keen Robinson was that people should not be too quick to give up looking for a job that they would enjoy intensely. Good book, good narration.
A good biography of a great man who lived during interesting times. It was well narrated, but I kept listening to other more fast paced books rather than listening to this one, perhaps because there seemed to be too many direct quotes from Adams. Also, the events leading up to the declaration of Independence were the most fascinating, so much so, that Adam's subsequent activities as Ambassador, Vice President and President seemed less important in comparison, but this is not the author's fault. Abigail Adams was a fascinating character, and I truly enjoyed learning about her. I liked the book, only wished I had not found it slow going at times.
Abundance casts the problems facing our world as technological challenges that must be overcome and shows us how much progress has already been achieved. After listening to this book, the most striking idea I retain is the one of adjacent possibilities. I.e. the invention of the carriage, the car, roller skates etc., became possible, once the wheel had been invented. And the second was how technology dematerializes and de-monetizes many things, for instance, a smartphone makes a camera, a watch, an encyclopedia and many other objects redundant. It was a great listen. The narrator was very good. I would strongly recommend this book for anyone who wonders how humans will cope with the many challenges we face.
When I began reading this book, I thought it was about the conflict between the rational and intuitive aspects of the mind, in the guise of a ghost story. But, I wasn't exactly right. It isn't a love story either, for the lovers barely spend any time with each other, though they are both fascinating characters. It isn't a story of family life, domestic conflict and its resolution either. But all these elements blend well and the story moves along at a fast clip. The beautiful coastal village where the story is set, is lovingly described. The narration is excellent. I loved the fact that this is a happy story. Trouble hovers like gathering storm clouds, but the storm is exciting and enjoyable in its own way. Unlike 'The Thirteenth Tale', this is not a dark and gloomy tale. If I have any complaint, it is that the behavior of Cathy's husband is unrealistic. It is difficult to believe that he is not concerned about the children's safety at the end. Also, he does not deal with his disagreement with his wife like a man who has enjoyed a long, stable and happy marriage. His approach to protecting his wife's peace of mind isn't convincing either. But, l had a good time listening to this book and would strongly recommend it to others.
Very interesting story. I wanted to visit Evenwood. The narration was very good. The only part that I didn't like was the revelation about Mrs. Battersby. That was just one chapter in a long book. But, I particularly loved the language and the plot twists. Perseus and Esperenza were my favourite characters, but I also liked Esperenza's mistress, the Baroness. I finished this book very quickly.
I had heard that the author had been invited by Google to give a talk. That was why I thought this book deserved a look. The snippet I listened to intrigued me and I bought the book. I am glad I did. It blended some neuroscience, some humor, some practical ideas and anecdotes in a very interesting way. I also found the information very useful. Also, the narration was very good. I had just listened to 'The Ravenous Brain' by the same narrator and was very glad to listen to more brain related material read by him.
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