The author is one of the best readers I have heard on an audiobook. I have heard that this book can be depressing, but I really felt like it showed over and over the kindness of strangers during difficult times. The sense of humor of the author comes through clearly in the audiobook. I burst into laughter several times.
Toward the end of the book, the story becomes rather obsessed with sex, which makes the book inappropriate for children. But it is a reflection of life during adolescence, and really shows the conflicts that arise when one's feelings interfere with religious upbringing.
While you have to love a book on economics--who wouldn't--I am not sure I can heartily recommend this book. I enjoyed it, and the author explains the concepts in an interesting and enlightening way. However,he follows systems thinking back to a point that always makes an argument for a conservative agenda and stops conveniently at that point. Moreover, I work in health care, and I don't think he had a strong grasp of the economic challenges in health care. I would recommend reading it, but be careful about swallowing his conclusions.
I listened to this abridged book for a book club and I thought it was very interesting. However, I missed important concepts that the other readers in my book club picked up from the reading the entire book. When and if the unabridged is available, I want to listen to that.
I was disappointed in the approach of the author. The author, a journalist with expertise in law, plays devil's advocate and asks the leading Christian experts to answer the difficult questions he poses. As expected, they answer them all very convincingly. However, what would have been more meaningful would have been to first interview the Christian experts, then interview experts that did not agree, and then give both sets of experts a chance for rebuttal. For example, when he investigates the Jesus Seminar, he doesn't interview the leadership of the Jesus Seminar, but the leading expert AGAINST the movement.
I am a Christian, and I hope I don't ever find evidence that Jesus is less than what the New Testament says he is. But this biased approach just makes me feel as if there something hidden, something more to the story that has been suppressed.
This book is not of the sound and dramatic quality I generally have found in audiobooks. In addition, I am not sure that the reader interpreted the character voices as the author intended.
I listened to this book for our Diversity Book Club at work. It was so helpful in understanding autism--in particular, it demostrates the difficult challenges faced by the families of disabled children. As a society, we need to do all we can do to support families who are raising disabled children.
This approach of the author really helps the reader (or listener)to understand what it is like to have autism. The autistic child in the first person describes in great detail the events around him, but he can't put together the obvious. It really is a pleasant "who done it" mystery for the listener.
This book is definitely not for kids. I wish there was a "G" rated version--except for the murder of the dog at the beginning of the story and the constant use of the "F" word, I think it is very educational. I know my son has classmates with autism.
As a Christian and a non-scientist, I have always struggled with the apparent conflict between the Bible and science. While I wanted so much to believe the Christian faith, I just could never accept that God would "trick" us by putting dinasours on earth and by putting in place such strong evidence for evolution.
This book answers all the questions, and allows me to keep my precious belief in God and also to embrace science. I wish this book had been available years ago. I can't thank the author enough for writing this--it has brought me such peace.
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