Alberta Canada | Member Since 2012
I'm certainly not a young adult but I really enjoyed this story. Combining physics and cosmology (explaining things like dark matter) made the book very engaging. Characters were well developed and I loved the narrator.
The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel come to mind. That series was incredible!
I'm expecting that a follow up book to Gideon and the Cutpurse is in the works as the story ended quite abruptly.
I loved the children.
The unseen world of past and future.
There seemed to be an underlying theme of good vs evil in the book and on some level the invitation for goodness. It wasn't preaching but the consequences of not living a good life were conveyed through Gideon.
2 Engaging Hours
For a first read of this author, it was a great introduction to his style. I usually stay about from the macho writers as the shoot-em up - blow em up - tough guy thing filled with espionage and high rollers wears thin with me. Once in a while I can handle it and this was just the right amount.
He has a easy down home way of writing - grounded the book and made it feel real.
Nothing jumps out.
BTW - The narrator was great!
I listened to all of it but didn't enjoy it nearly as much as Eat Pray Love. It was pleasant enough but lacked in depth and had a sombre note running throughout - like listening to an adagio for hours on end.
Wish the main character had more confidence in herself; her work and knowledge. Instead she played out the stereotypical female who lets the men get credit while she remains in the background.
Narrator was really good.
If the book had been written in a more personal way, I think it would have been more enjoyable, had more depth and was more engaging. As it is, it comes across like someone describing events rather than being in the event.
One of the most entertaining books I've heard in years!
I enjoyed all of them; not anyone in particular. Each character added so much to the story; it was balanced with no one character dominating the story.
The scene where Pondar is standing on the Canadian Shield overlooking the spot where he would be living in the parallel dimension. Also where they are laying on the hood of the car looking up into the night sky.
I never listen to books all in one sitting. First of all I don't have that kind of time plus its more enjoyable to listen to books in bits. I usually put the timer on especially so with books I really enjoy; I don't want them to end.
I'm not big on fantasy and sci-fi but this one was a winner. The facts that were woven into the book - real locations (the neutrino observatory is real - actually exists in Sudbury); real history about our species and evolution really made the book come to life. The only thing that kind of threw me off that I feel didn't add anything to the book was the rape scene and the part where he flares his nostrils detecting the smell of her menstruating - that was a bit of a turn off.
tremendous book, inspiring , rich in wisdom & council- about the best ever! thank you
I listened to a few chapters and quickly realized that the book was about a low life that the author was glorifying. That turned me off. I went to the last couple of chapters and it was confirmed. I was not impressed.
Sure has. I am searching for a book grounded in reality and not hijacked by thug guys. I'm sick of the violence and the superhero persona. It's shallow and boring. Come on authors you can do better than churning out crap.
Narrator was great!
Would never bother to see it at the movies.
Authors - stretch yourselves and write something modern; cut waaay back on the violence; the sex and super hero la la land stuff.
Urgent Action Needed!!!
Naomi Klein is a brilliant investigative journalist, environmentalist, activist and a down to earth, real person. I can't say enough how much I appreciate the effort she's gone through to dig up the information she has and her ability to write so clearly and in such an engaging way.
The narrator was amazing - she brought out the best in the book. I can't say enough about how engaging she made the listen.
No More Trashing Our Planet - Sociopaths Begone!
What I know is this ...this precious planet that we call home has gone from a pristine haven to a polluted hell in less than a hundred years. This has happened because we haven't paid attention. We've elected (for the most part) uninformed people who have allowed industry (primarily fossil fuel and agriculture) to destroy our earth right before our eyes. 45% of our fresh water lakes and rivers are now too polluted for swimming, fishing and aquatic life! The pH of the oceans have swung into the acid range killing marine life on a scale as never before. Air and soil are contaminated; people are experiencing more asthma, allergies, cancer as never before. I think to myself - how dare they destroy our planet! I loved the audio version and have also purchased the book. I'm thinking of purchasing several more books which I plan to give to my local politicians. I can't imagine anyone not wanting to take action after listening to what she has to say.
It captures style of writing/reading that is very nostalgic ... an audio version similar to watching a classic on TV (Perry Mason, Columbo...).
The narrator captures an era and style of reading - he's really good.
I didn't listen to the entire story. (see additional comments)
Once in a while it's nice to come across classics like this but I didn't listen to the entire story because after a while I was wanting something more up to the minute and relevant to the here and now.
For a course type listen this ranks way up there. It was informative - in depth and enjoyable. It was like sitting in a lecture theater listening to a professor extraordinaire - a person who is not only learned but loves the subject matter.
I've been a great fan of (mythologist) Joesph Campbell for years and this book complemented his work and built on it.
Her passion and desire to share her love of the subject really came through - she's wonderful!
Thanks Professor Vandiver - you are awesome!
I love intelligent dialogue and this book had it - kept me engaged even in the realm of the absurd (I'm referring to the Cyclops part of the book) ...crazy but he pulled it off.
Are you kidding? The book was pure escapism Indiana Jones style which I enjoy once in a blue moon and apparently the there were two full moons this month and somehow the book showed up in my library.
The narrator was outstanding! As ridiculous as the plot was, he pulled it off.
Once in a while we all need a vicarious adventure and escape and this book was a great vehicle.
Informative - Engaging - Entertaining! If you love cooking and food facts and trivia, it doesn't get much better than this.
I always suspected that many of our food preferences were shaped by the movers and shakers of the food industry and David Sax verified my suspicions and really explained how it works. I love his passion for food and his ability to engage his listener (in this case - me) and in a vicarious way take me with him behind the scenes. As a food lover/cook - this book was a joY!
I'd love to see more books like this. It's about something real - it's interesting and exciting.
Thanks Mr. Sax!
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