Fascinating topic - a look at rhetoric through modern day examples. I enjoyed the current cultural examples (i.e. Homer Simpson) to explain the rhetorical styling of Cicero.
This would have been a pretty dense book (there are a lot of examples and techniques to illustrate) had they not gotten a great reader. David Drummond is my favorite narrator to date, and he makes this material shine.
If you like this topic, check our Drout's "Way With Words." If you like the narrator, listen to "Talent is Overrated" (my favorite re-listened audible book ever)!
This is a great read ... if I had anything bad to say about "Thank you for Arguing," its that its a very BROAD topic, and this book skims along the surface without delving too deeply. I may have to buy the paper version to review it more slowly. This would make a GREAT introduction to rhetoric book in any college!
I like his Monster Hunter series ... but was hesitant to listen to this series because of the cover. Big mistake - the Grimnoir books are incredibly deep and even better thought out than the MH series! Filled with historical fiction and one of the best narrators I've ever heard - this is one series you can't miss!
I like the series. I do! However, this book had very little action compared to the first two. After listening to 14 hours, the main characters hadn't drawn their swords or traveled anywhere. A lot of political movement and discussion of a 14-year old girl's love for her parents and lamenting her station in life.
It just shows you what a great writer Weber is that I was able to stick to the end. I still love the series ... just hoping the next book has more action.
Fun little book. John Moore is an entertaining comedic fantasy writer. Reminds me of Pratchett, but a little less goofy. I thought Heroics for Beginners was funnier, but this was pretty great.
I enjoyed this book tremendously, just like all of the later Discworld books. Pratchett has always been my favorite comedic writer and I've fallen in love with most of his characters.
Raising Steam is a little different ... it jumped around a lot in the beginning (I wasn't sure who the main protagonist would be until it landed on Moist). The book also portrays the patrician differently (less decisive) and spreads the story over several years. Once it got up to speed, however, raising steam delivered !
I am praying that this isn't the final book ... but if it is, thank you Mr. Pratchett for the many hours you've filled my life. Your books are always amusing, but it is the serious bits that I find the most touching.
I agree with Rich. A lot of fluff and not much useful advice for the practicing eye doctor. I applaud Dr. Uglum for writing his half (there aren't many books on this subject) but Gerber's half was generic and not helpful. It almost felt like Gerber took his existing emyth book and pasted the word "optometrist" into it. Also, I've never read a book with as many dedications and shout-outs in my life ... seriously, the first 15 minutes of audio can be skipped.
The book doesn't cover the ethics of how Dr. Uglum hires other optometrists ... does he make them partners, or just use them to "duplicate" himself and keep them as employees forever? I'm not sure I'd feel comfortable doing that to others in my own profession, even though this is the "e-myth way." Finally, I wasn't wild about the Gerber sales pitches or the nutraceutical stuff. Other than all those negatives, a decent listen and both authors did a great job with narration.
Fun story. I think David Drummond does a great job with this read! Looking forward to the third book.
I thought David Drummond did a great job narrating this book ... in fact,his voice is what drew me to the series. I'm not sure what people want ... I can only assume the average reader of this genre is a little younger and prefer a younger-sounding author?
The story is simple, the characters not too deep. But still, a lot of fun. Reminds me of the series "march upcountry" by ringo and weber.
I am enjoying John Moore's books ... finished "Heroics" and "Unhandsome Prince." I didn't like this book quite as much and couldn't quite get around to finishing it.
Overall, however, great writer and I encourage you to explore his works for those gems!
Hilarious book. Reminds me a lot of Terry Pratchett's earlier work ... fun, light, and very witty. I'm going to start downloading the author's other books now. Hazaah!
I enjoyed this one ... good writing and great read. The biographical stories were fascinating and I found the switching of topics fascinating.
The only problem I had with this book, is that the underlying premise (that there are different stages of mastery) seemed lost at times. Also, there was a tendency to wax on and give different advice: for example, the author described the frantic energy and creative spark that deadlines can create for us ... then later describes that creative mastery should be done slowly.
Overall, though ... great read and great narrator. If you want to read something similar, try "Talent is Overated" ... this book has a similar message, similar biographies, but has a more focused premise (that all great performers required about 10k hours of concentrated practice to achieve greatness).
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