Reads like a spy thriller, yet provides you deep insights into politics of Middle East and identifies the roots of 9/11.
Of the same calibre as Guns, Germs and Steel. Little bit fantastic at end but presents lot of food for thought.
Story was great, so was the narration. Not sure about the quality of writing but the force of the story itself carried out through.
Although I personally don't like the author but this is a well-researched book and lays out history of delusions from both sides in a very interesting manner, explaining the basis of many conspiracy theories rampant in Pakistan.
It is well-written and well-narrated.
No - audio is terrible. I've ordered the print edition from Amazon and trying to get my credit refund from Audible.
Mystery. Life. Suspense. Buildup.
Recording quality is so poor that Narrator is irrelevant.
As an audible book, it is a very well read, sounds great and could get real funny at times.
This book should not be avoided by anyone. He raises important points and more importantly tries to raise consciousness - although I think he goes too far when he tries to explain the origin of religion by Natural selection. Also, his critisicm of some aspects of religion can best be desribed his own point of view. He brilliantly detsroys the dogmatic aspects of religion and the way people think about religion.
The book is out to convert you. In my case it did not but I learned a lot!
This book is an astonishing piece of writing. This book is not written by Chomsky - yes, that is true. Almost, all of the book is put together by references from other documents. This amazing construction runs from sentence to sentence, paragraph after paragraph. This style of book in audio ONLY would be lost to some listeners like samreeve, from Pleasanton - who might complain that there are not eneough refrences. In Audio, it might carry this impression that these are author words while in reality he has just put it together from sources, which are clearly set off by quotation marks and referenced in the printed form.
I've not seen a book which is almost created wholly from Cut&Paste of diverse sources and yet remains chorent and readable.
One of the books that will surely effect your thinking, so listen with caution. I was suprised to find so many of political phrases (Thought police, Big Brother, Double-Speak) that I heard elsewhere originated from this masterpiece.
The book was the most probable inspiration behind the movie Matrix, but the book predicts many things which are happening now. The Tele-Screens of Orwell are akin to Face Recognition cameras in public places. In the book, they were initially created for enemy spies but then slowly graduated to monitor everyone in the population. In todays world, we have started with terrorists and lets hope it stops here. Monitoring of email, chat and web-browsing are all predicted in the book. The dehumanizing and manufacturing of enemy was very accurate and funny, and the motivation to keep the world in perpetual war was also very pertinent. Similarly, how much of our thinking would be shaped by media is well predicted. Our language is full of double-speak and media buzz words which results in inner contardictions that we do not recognize. The relationship of vocabulary with thoughts is also well addressed. Also, changing the past as predicted by the book is also very much possible in near future. Suppose, if government takes complete control of internet and our browsers do not allow the saving of any material on one's machine. Governments can then go back in time and make changes. For example, a person querying the web in 2010 will find that Bush always supported UN and was a true multilaterist.
Overall, very interesting ideas expressed in book.
This is not only a great book but its audio rendering is the best of all books that I heard on audible. Perfectly dramatized.
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