Pirsig began the genre of travelogue that presents timely philosophy. I read this book in college on a whim, but was swept away and actually finished the book in just a few days. As Pirsig journeys with his son, he begans to weave a story that draws the reader into his or her own journey of values examination. AS the story delves into the curious mystery of why Pirsig takes this journey, the reader gets hooked to read to the very end. This book truly is a classic. So well written, that after experiencing this book, I never thought of philosophy as a subject as boring again. Philosophy can be boringly presented, but the why's and values of life, when told through a story, makes this read like a novel. Buy it, listen and be enthralled--- I was even though this is my third time through since its first publication. It is nice to be able to listen to this book.
A friendly but critical and complete account of Ian's life. The Author treats all incongruities and intimate details with full disclosure, but without sensationalism. Ian Fleming turns out to be quite an interesting charachter, especially when his life is described in the settings of history, interesting personalities like Winston Churchhill. If you enjoyed reading the Bond series, you might find this biography well the worth the time it takes to listen to it. Insights into British history, and the forming personalities that surrounded Ian complete the journey, and it seems, you might just be reading the history of "James Bond". Reality is always more interesting than fiction. It was interesting to discover that many of the names and scenes he uses in his books came from his own flamboyant life. The Goldeneye project in which Ian was actually an actor is interesting to read as well. Dig in, and enjoy this book over a holiday or several days commute. Highly recommended.
Audible books are different than reading the novel. SO it is important that the ingredients of the story, narration and abridgment mesh to not frustrate a dedicated or casual "reader". Listening to or even creating abridged versions can be risky -- I never buy one unless it is the only version available. This abridged version frustrated me sometimes, but even though there are times this abridged version obviously skips over material and facts -- this abridged version even refers back to sections that were omitted -- I enjoyed this novel. The key to this one's success is the narration. The narrators are great in their inflections and emotion. It helps too, that Gruber's book is peopled with interesting and even weird personalities who feel real. It has something to do with his descriptions and the fact that even in their imperfections, the author likes people. I found the story really enjoyable, and the fact that Gruber had no fear of approaching spiritual issues in a murder/spy mystery novel shows he doesn't want to run away from any issue that may affect a man or woman in their endeavor to solve problems. Ok, so this is a lot about the sytle and not the plot... you can read the plot summary, but I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to be entertained AND challenged to explore new worlds. Reads better than a Bond movie, and more depth than an action picture, and has just the right amount of romance to keep the focus on the story and the mystery.
From Courtship rituals of the flirting bushman using the cupid-like arrow shot from a tiny bow into the rear of the female -- to the recount of the psychology and drive leading the author to study these people, there is no dull moment. Do yourself a favor and buy this book and listen.
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