Sydney, Australia | Member Since 2012
I don't know what other people have said about this book but I loved it. The writer uses colourful modern vernacular to spice up the boring bits. He keeps calling people "dumb-ass" and the like, which I think might get tired for some people but I liked it. He was also successfull in bringing the ancient world into current day hypotheticals. Comparing some ancient adventures to how someone would have handled it today. Overall it was quite clever and well done. Even though it was written as if it was the only way teenagers would enjoy history, it was actually quite informative. Definitely worth a read for a good laugh and some easy education.
I found this book extremely informative and entertaining. The writer doesn't just list everything he read in the encyclopaedia.He recounts how the things he learned, directly affected his life. And he does so very well. His account is riddled with subplots and characters played by family members. I love how the knowledge he gains is put towards his desperate attempts to impregnate his wife. I enjoyed the effects this project had on his family and friends and even work colleagues. There is so much to learn from this book, a second read will help retain some of that knowledge. But the first time is very enjoyable none the less.
The writer has a great sense of humour, a little bit cheesy at times, but that's expected considering his career. And it's always great when the writer narrates his own work. Over enthusiastic at times, but it works for the piece. Very entertaining and informative. Lots of fun, very clever, well wrapped up in the end, and you'll get a lot out of it. Nice one.
I'm glad that Anthony narrated this. It's always better to let the writer tell his own stories. He dlievers them with more gusto and character than someone else would and it certainly pays off. You can hear the passion in his voice when he's describing his hilarious experiences. His wealth of knowledge also pays off. You can take a lot from this book and have a lot of fun at the same time. Even my wife loved it and she hates audiobooks. If you like this you have to get the "Waiter Rant". Two thumbs up.
I really enjoyed listening to this book, it was very well researched but it was a shame that none of the executives it "rubbished" agreed to an interview. The only reason it lost 2 satrs for me was because it was too one-sided. I understand that if you write a book describing all the bad things a company has done, it would not look good for the company. But as a business owner, I realise that there are always 2 sides to every story. Some things are just unforgivable, but other things only seem that way on the surface.
This book was very informative, shocking, amazing, and more. The title is perfect, the author deserves his spot at the New York Times, because this reads like an extended article. At times it even reads like a full editorial, where "fact" becomes "opinion", especially when he uses language like "fancy-shmancy". The narrator's voice was really annoying and robotic in the beginning but she settled into it nicely. This book is a bit long but definitley worth considering. Good stuff.
Very good. He doesn't devote the book to Star Trek, which is something I was worried about. He gives each of his characters a good, in-depth, look in. He has some amazing behind-the-scenes stories with hilarious outcomes. He illuminates some of the more hyped up events of his life. The death of his wife, etc. I thoroughly enjoyed this. He delivered it the only way you would have expected him to. Very well written, brilliantly narrated. Definitely a must buy for anyone who ever saw him in anything. Well done, Shatman!
Why on Earth did he need to have 3 narrators, this was a mistake. He didn't use this method in his other books. I didn't think this one was anywhere near as good as his first book title "An Inconvenient Book" which was more informative and funnier. But, the "ADD moments" get really annoying and the 3 narrators don't do this book any favours. The acutally content of the book is informative but it stretches in parts. And again Beck is openly a pure-blood conservative.
Not bad, but not as good as I was hoping.
He doesn't mind speaking his mind does he?!? The only problem with that is that he tends to go overboard with his dramatizations. Even though he admits he's a pure blood conservative, he certainly has a flare for melodrama. For me, living in Australia, I can see why he'd work well as a radio DJ, but give him a soap box and he'll jump on it. He is funny in many parts and he does use some good statistics, but even he admits: "Statistics don't lie, but liars use statistics". This is good for opposing views backed up with evidence, and it is quite funny throughout, but I have to say the "ADD moments" get very frustrating. But this one is certainly better than his 2nd one - "Arguing With Idiots"
The problem with combining multiple authors who right about the same topic is the risk of repetition. And unfortunately this one suffers from it greatly. I am not saying there was nothing to gain from reading this book. There are many great insights into the human condition and the massive number of symbolic references the movie boasts are certainly brought to light and justified well. But there are too many instances where one essay goes to explain one theory and the next essay by a different author encompasses the same views.
Overall, I did enjoy this book regardless of the same thing said over and over.
Very interesting, funny, informative, entertaining.
You have to have a slightly open mind, but most of the stuff was justified. This book attempts to explain and theorise at the same time, and it does well. There is a tonne of useful scientific knowledge to gain, and there are some interesting facts that are brought to light. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, even though I'm not a HUGE comic book fan. Before the theory comes out for each superhero, there is a brief history which I liked. Nicely done over all.
I'm an Aussie so I don't get much of the inside story where I live. And I realise there are two sides to every story, but it was great to here Bill's side of things.
He reads well, and the language is good. His history is certainly interesting. But more obviously I was looking for the same thing everyone else was... answers, remorse, pride, etc. He gives it all, from his early carrier to his marriage with Hillary. There were a few things missing, but I'd have to assume they'd be explained in the "unabridged" version. Still, I liked this one.
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