Sacramento, CA, United States | Member Since 2013
I have to say that the bland narration from the beginning left me wanting to stop. The only reason why I continued was because of the content of the book.
Not only was the narrator bland but at times there were cut ins and these short clips were worse than the original narrator. Although I did get used to the narrator maybe it was because of the book.
The book itself was good. This book left me wanting to know more about the civil war. Also, this book didn't make Lincoln in to a larger than life figure but human with errors.
This was a great read. One of the things that made this book stand out was its telling of the main story and all of its great side stories. It didn't take too much time with the side stories that you wanted to skip ahead or were bored. Another thing was the way that the book was put together with a great climatic end.
I would like to state that when I first started to listening to the book I was dreading going through with the rest of the book. I was thinking of returning the book at one point. and this in the first couple of minutes of the book. Although there is a slight echo seeming to be from not being recorded in a sound proof booth. The passion that the narrator/author supersedes that. She stumbled through some of the words, but it seemed that she was fighting a battle with doing this for the first time and we going along with her. At one point she laughs at something she wrote in the book. You can't help but feel what she is feeling when she reads through the book.
I look forward to more from this author and narrator.
I would have liked to see one narrator read the book in its entirety but this worked fine.
The story was good. It was very easy to follow along and not very many twists and turns to get lost in.
If you are like me and haven't read this book before then I would recommend skipping the intro. I had the misfortune of listening to it and it gave deep meanings of the book which I couldn't help but look for at every point in the book.
Good book though.
I very must enjoyed the introduction which set the rest of the book up well. The author delved deep with information of each of the three subjects. And how one tobacco company is behind very much of the processed food that people consume today.
Although the author did promise a grand resolution on how we as a people can defeat these giant companies I would have liked to have seen one.
The only thing I knew about Tesla was the created rivalry about Tesla and Edison. I sure did get more than that.
If you separate the book into three parts early life/career, career already set, and his final years. I would say that I liked the first part and the third part the best. The book dragged on since the book covered the goings on year by year. only to go forward at times to make a point. then would go back to the year where the author left off.
I enjoyed learning about a great man. about his achievements and his failures.
I have listened to The Beatles for years and only knowing tidbits about them and their music. This book was a great way for me to have a better understanding of them as individuals and as a group. Even though I have very little knowledge in music the book goes into detail about chords. Not too much detail that it turns me away.
The narration was good, but at times there are unusual pauses as if he's turning a page to continue reading.
I read Brain Rules by John Medina before reading this and didn't think he could add to what he already stated in that book. He did go over some of the things from his other book but not to the point that you would not need both in your library.
His narration is outstanding. At one point he laughs at his own joke in the book while trying to read on. You can't help but laugh with him.
The book is rich with information, giving a parent the desire to use it immediately.
His performance was great. Malcolm Gladwell keeps the reader wanting more. The story was great and hope to read more from him.
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