First of all, I am a *big* Charles Sheffield fan. I love his work so I was looking forward to listening to this book. That lasted right up until the first female character was voiced. The narrator uses variations on a 1930's Brooklyn housewife accent for his women. The president of the United States, astronauts, financial executives, high powered company directors, all have the same early 20th century New York working class accent. It doesn't work as well as you might think.
Zombies, nanobots, snarky conversation, entertaining, hot babes, manly men, plot twists, good vs. evil. What's not to like?
The book would have been better if its contents had agreed with its title.
This book was actually an advertising avenue to expose people to 'The Great Courses' product line. It would have been enjoyable if it had actually been a book about 36 great ideas that had significant impact on the lives of all people. Instead it was a book mostly about a variety of things that are of great interest to a very small select audience.
This was a reproduction of a single lecture from 36 different individuals, all of whom did a credible job of speaking before an academic audience.
The contents of this book included very little that corresponding to the grand title or of interest to me at all but even then the subject matter was dumbed down to the point where it was useless and uninformative.
I regret having purchased the book and expended my time on it.
I'd purchased this in the hopes of gaining an understanding of the various mechanisms involved in the process that results in a happy pair bonding. Instead, I got a completely useless collection of meaningless platitudes with no redeeming qualities whatsoever.
Normally I avoid books of this genre since they are often the result of a publisher's desire to make money off the desperation of unhappy people who are trying to better themselves with little or no regard for the quality of material presented.
The narrator was actually well chosen given the content presented.
Understand, that I like Jack Campell's writing a lot but the Stark series is not to my taste. The writing is well executed but the subject matter itself is the sort of thing one would expect from a person working out a psychological problem rather than spinning a good yarn. Basically, this is a story about how management is full of people who are not very smart, not very nice and only interested in furthering their own interests. This is a theme that gets hammered over and over. And over. While there are certainly a lot of things that can be said about micro management after a while it gets a bit boring.
Well written. The theme itself was simply not interesting.
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