Rude Awakening and Eye-Opening
The Sociopath Next Door reminds me of Dealing with Difficult People because it provided such a clear glimpse into the hearts of people who initially appear so enigmatic to me.
Unfortunately, I had not listened to Shelly Frasier before, but she did an excellent job of breathing additional life into an enlightening text.
The most enlightening and encouraging portion of the book was found in the concluding chapter that discussed whether sociopaths, who are free from guilt and remorse, have an unfair advantage over those who possess a conscience.
The Sociopath Next Door and The Rocks Don't Lie are the two non-fiction books I have read this year that have changed my perception of life more than any other books than the Bible.
Listening time was well-spent, although I it was like sitting in church or a lecture at a Christian philosophy class.
I have already been tempted to download another of Sawyer's books.
My favorite character was the son, Ricky, as the most believable.
Calculating God was definitely worth the listen, but it is in danger of insulting both atheists (or agnostics) and fundamental, young-earth Creationists.
Sawyer's characters have a small view of the divine, where God is simply as a transcended created being(s) from an earlier universe.
Poor descriptions of action and inadequate character development made it difficult for me to maintain an interest in the storyline.
Shipstar did not turn me off to this genre, nor did it turn me off to Larry Niven or Gregory Benford. Not every story can be a homerun, but this story had a difficulty making it to first base.
The last chapter, where the human crew were deciding who would stay and who would go on the mission.
I probably would not have listened to Shipstar had I known how poor the quality; I was ready to move on to another book after 2 hours.
If you like his "Odd Thomas" series, then Innocence will rank among the best of Dean Koontz for you.
The two main characters, and Koontz's portrayal of innocence, along with the twist at the end when the faces are uncovered, made this book one of my favorites.
I was able to listen to the whole novel is just a day and a half.
One slight week point was Koontz's use of dogs in the story. I appreciate Koontz's love for our canine friends but the insertion was slightly forced.
Yes, but only if the friend had read the other two books. Someone who had not read the first two books does not need to waste their time jumping into the third book.
What a disappointment after the first two books. Suzanne Collins must have been racing the meet a deadline with this last book, because she could have improved the story line more by resolving the tension between Gale and Catniss; instead, she just sends Gale to a distant District.
Through inflection and pauses, McCormick breathes life into a story line that was constantly on the edge of going stale.
A follow-up book that ties up all the loose ends would help, but it needs to follow a better plot line accompanied by better developed sub-plots and character interaction.
The Problem of Pain ranks in the Top ten percent of non-fiction
C.S. Lewis's book, Miracles, is similar in scope and dimension to the Problem of Pain.
While I was listening, Vance did so well I often thought I was listening to Lewis.
The Problem with Pain no Problem
Christians will appreciate Lewis's apologetic approach the most.
Peter Clines's novel, 14, kept me on the edge of my seat. I can recommend it to anyone who would enjoy the combination of James Dashner (Maze Runner) and H. P. Lovecraft's cosmic horror.
A "most memorable moment" occurs at the decidedly weird turn when the building and occupants enter an alternate reality.
A great narrator is one whom the listener forgets is there. I became engrossed in the story because of Ray Porter's excellent use of voice inflection, pauses, and the change of tone and accents between characters.
I experienced the special element of surprise at the end when a main character receives a job offer. (I don't want to spoil it for the perspective reader).
The last few chapters go a little too far and over-the-top, but Cline reels it back in for a satisfying conclusion.
Hyperion is a combination of a futuristic Canterbury Tales and a sci-fi Murder on the Orient Express. Time listening was well-spent except during the passages that consisted primarily of long strings of vulgarity.
Hyperion has a number of memorable moments but the most memorable is toward the end of the book when events dovetail together to provide a complete picture.
The pilgrims' arrival and subsequent drama at the Time Tombs.
The information and character development within Hyperion lend plenty of material for multiple sequels.
Vulgarity, like most spices, can enrich a recipe when artfully employed, but can ruin a tasteful creation when overused.
Comparing the audio version to the printed word is comparing apple to oranges, but the advantage to the audio version is the ability to continue to story while on the go. The written version is better curled up in bed with book in hand and a cup of tea on the night-stand.
Chindi follows in the tradition of Deepsix and Engines of the Gods, but only better. Jack McDevitt really hits his stride with this one.
Having two readers enhances the reading experience by breaking up the monotony and bringing the novel to life. Wyman's role is primarily delivering quotes during the chapter divisions and Hvan narrates the story..
The excitement is sprinkled throughout the novel but reaches a major crescento as the expedition explores the Chindi vessel.
Chindi length is slightly greater than many of the Sci-fi novels and so the listener will invest extra time reaching the end, but the end is worth it.
I will probably take a break from the Honor Harrington series for a while, but I may go to book three in the series in the future, to give Harrington one more try.
The Honor of the Queen was a disappointment compared to the first book. The book revealed a painful bias on the part of the authors against religious devotees that distracted from an otherwise intriguing plot line. Portraits of the antagonists were two-dimensional and forced. Weber seem to have more difficulty describing battle scenes clearly.
Johnson started off well, became more monotonous,and then improved markedly after Harrington's injury demanded a speech impediment.
I appreciate the emphasis on personnel convictions and leadership integrity,which can have real-time implications.
I am an older adult, but this book may appeal more to young adults or younger military personnel.
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