I wasn't really able to get through much of this audio book. The intro, as read by the author and his wife, seemed very surface value and fluffy. "This is how you should feel and what you should do if you were a good Godly person and life was perfect." Silly and idealistic. The rest of the book may be totally different, and it may be better in book form, but I just couldn't get past the intro and first chapter.
I have had this audio book for over a year now, and have listened to it so many times I have lost count. From this, I have devoured anything Hitchens I can get my hands on, in both audio and written form.
To hear that this man who has opened my eyes to so many new ways of thinking has today passed away has hit me harder than any other "celebrity" death.
Christopher, you will be sorely missed. Thank you for your written and oral works, that can now remind us that there is a fight to be fought. Your legacy of published works will be an immortality of free-thinking.
To be able to say "I lived in the days of Christopher Hitchens" is a great and humbling thing.
If you are not familiar with Hitchens, this audio book is certainly the place to start.
I loved this book, but it ended very oddly mid story. There was no "finale" or wrap-up of current struggles, there was simply an epilogue that explained how the book was randomly ending and a teaser that the next book would continue where this one left off.
I also found out that this is not the first book of the Shannara series, but the 7th series within several sets of books.
Those gripes aside, I'll probably get the next book to see what happens, and may some day go back to start with Armageddon's Children (what appears to be the actual first book).
I enjoyed this take on Catherine M. History tends to make her out to be an evil, calculating, cold woman. This book gave a refreshing point of view on the struggles of women in the political scene of Renaissance Europe. Her involvement with astrology/occult and her keen intelligence of people, politics and herself, even at times very lurid and gritty, was very provocative.
While the stats that overwhelm a majority of the book do a great job of supporting Shenkman's primary argument, that the current American voter is less civic-minded and more influenced by TV and entertainment, he uses this argument to bash one side's faith in the voter and the other's manipulation of the voter.
As someone who feels that BOTH parties have good and bad qualities, and BOTH have let us down, I was really hoping for a more unbiased look at American politics. Shenkman spent most of the book appearing only mildly one-sided, only to end the book completely left.
In the end, it felt more like a Michael Moore movie... good stats and facts completely manipulated to be one-sided when they have ample application to politics and corruption in general and across the board.
If you're a Liberal, you'll love it.
If you're a Conservative, you'll be offended.
If you dislike the polarities of both parties, it's a somewhat interesting read if you take it with a grain of salt and leave the author's choice of application behind.
For the record, I'm rating the audiobook, not the book itself...
I'll have to read this one. I couldn't get past the overly dramatic reading. Kids will probably like it.
What a unique storyline! Sanderson creates a world totally unlike any fantasy series I've read so far. I just came off the Wheel of Time series (which I hear Sanderson will be completing, rest in peace Robert Jordan).
I'm excited to complete this series and see where Sanderson takes WOT!
This entire book would be a quirky, interesting short story, but the ridiculous length of the constant, childish rabbit trails and the asinine non-sequesters for hours on end was draining. Terribly predictable. Terribly repetitive.
Also, unless your kids are used to people dropping f-bombs regularly, this book isn't for them. It has no business in the children's section.
This series has been fantastic, and this book is the best so far. Can't wait to get the next one...
I am facinated by the history of earth and where we came from. Even more so, I enjoyed learning about the personal lives and quirks of the big players we all learned about in grade school sciences. Schoolbook history was always so tedious to me, but I've already listened Bryson's book twice over. Fantasticlly entertaining and enlightening.
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