It is challenging to write a historical book that evokes feelings in you, that makes you care about the characters. I feel he does that in this book. Bill is a great storyteller, I think he does a great job of assuming that no one is really interested in his subjects and finds a way to engage a reader to his book. Bill Bryson is the answer to anyone who comments that learning about, specifically reading about history or science is uninteresting or has no bearing on peoples lives. I have listened to this book twice since I purchased it. To start Bill Bryson reads his own book, which is something I enjoy for a history or science book, although I admit It can go bad quickly in a fiction story.
Bryson has put together a great book here. I tend to like when journalists write history books, or non-fiction books as the writing can be much more colorful than the historian, again I admit much can be lost on a journalist whereas the historian is dryer but you know it comes from authority-years of scholarship in the specific subject.
Anyway, I think the reason I read this twice was that it really put me in the world surrounding life in that era. Instead of a dry reading of facts, Bryson has put together a rich historical story. He really loves the subject and it shows. He shows us why this should be important and why it is important. Why we care about Shakespeare, everybody knows who the man was and everyone is told they should like him, but I am not sure that we really know why.
I have enjoyed almost everything I have read from Bryson and this book is no different. I will confess an ignorance about Shakespeare, and didn't think I really would be interested but I was fascinated by this book and the story of W.S. The book talks about why we know so little about him, and why we know the things we know about him. It talks about the process of book making during those times, and does its best to give you an insight on what he was really like apart from his written works.
I highly recommend this book, it is short and to the point, the writing is beautiful. And it is fun to listen to Brysons pronunciation, which has taken on a bit of an English accent.
I disagree a bit with the previous reviewer in that although there are iTunes U courses that are excellent, Prof. Ehrman is the top of his field. I very much enjoyed the lecture series, Prof. Ehrman is an excellent lecturer and presents information in a clear and interesting way. I enjoyed this course more than the books, but I prefer to hear history and science in lecture form.
I highly recommend this lecture series if you are interested in the subject. I feel prof. Ehrman presents the subject in a fair and objective light, he is only presenting his academic studies and is not teaching a sermon or ranting against religion.
Where are the footnotes!!! Cite us some evidence or something! An academically based book out to give us something, the author should have done a bit of research. This is just an interview with the Warrens.
I should say that I am not Christian, so my take on the book might be a bit biased, but not unlike the book itself. The story is fun to listen too, just like watching a scary movie. If you have studied science or have dabbled in physics you might find yourself laughing a bit. Mr. and Mrs. Warren state as a matter of fact in the book that it is a rather normal thing to have devils and demons and ghosts showing up scaring people. It also does not take science or skepticism seriously. It talks of reincarnation, conscientiousness after death, materialization-doors, anvils, cars, semi-trucks and other material just disappear and reappear in other places, rocks falling from the sky-(at one point they call the police, who show up and just shrug there shoulders after seeing rocks falling from the sky and tell the homeowners to call a priest-as if it were just a civil dispute between demon and homeowners) come-on!!, demons and spirits that were around before the big bang who are extremely intelligent but cower before the Catholics. These are and can be scientific questions, but throughout the book Ed Warren shrugs off scientists, as if ghost or demons or whatever know that people are scientists and dont manifest to make a point, not clear if the demons actually work for god or not. If you are a different religion, it might be annoying for you to hear. If you are an atheist you probably will not enjoy this book, which purports to be completely real.
Let me say, it was like watching a scary movie, it was fun to listen to, but please take it for what it is. Please do not confuse this with a textbook or even a nod to what could be an actual study, if it actually took the subject seriously. I am not opposed to the subject and I would never say that these things dont exist but, the confidence with which statements are made is a bit condescending to the reader and a slap in the face to modern science. This type of book would like to send us back in time, not bring us up to date.
Anyway, the book is fun. I thought I would get a bit more out of the subject, but it just gets kind of silly. Mr. and Mrs. Warren seem like charming and genuine people, I had fun listening to them and would recommend the book to anyone who likes scary movies. But like I wrote above, please do not confuse this book with the truth.
not sure, maybe-"Could you do it?" It is 4 words but read the book and you will understand.
What does it mean to live? For humans there is more than just the basic survival needs: eat, sleep. We need something more and this book makes you think about that.
Papa, there are only really two characters, although there are other people who breifly appear in the story.
Again, not much to choose from but Tom is incredible at every voice in every book I have listened to.
"Damn you! have you no soul!
I teared up in several parts of this book. This book brings out so many emotions inside you that if you dont feel something for these people you had better check your compassion as a human being. And even more so if you have a son.
Get this book, it is sad and moving. You feel what the characters are feeling, which is the utmost despair, and the definition of suffering. Why would you WANT to live in this world. What would you do to keep your child safe, could you end him to save him from the type of suffering that no one should suffer.
Great book, McCarthy is a remarkable author.
Yes, absolutely, in fact I have recommended it to several friends. It almost wants to make you start researching the story try to locate this guy. You might think that you know the story, but you dont.
Well, the most memorable part was the ending because it leaves you hanging. And there is no ending. I hope this isn't a spoiler for anyone, but this killer is either still out there or has died and we may never know who he is. That is memorable in a bad way for me.
They couldnt have picked a better performer for the book. His voice brings the right amount of edge to this book. His voice makes parts of the book a little scary.
maybe: "Why it still matters"
It is easy to listed to this book and make statements about it as if it was recently written, which is not a correct analysis of this book. In this book, Mr. Graysmith published his recollections of what was happening and how the whole story panned out the way it did. You can take out all the evidence that no longer matters because of recent findings, but it is important to learn why the detectives did what they did. Get the book, if you are a fan of the genre you will enjoy it.
It is up there in the top, I have listened to it several times, it could be possibly because of the reading by the author, which makes it a great listen.
Father Carris, not sure how you spell it as I didnt read it, haha. Anyway, I really cared for him as a character and enjoyed his thoughts and bravery.
He did the director, Burke Dennings, really great job. The Demon was pretty scary as well.
I think the whole story roused a lot of feelings in me, good and bad. I dont believe in the subject of the book, Atheist, but nonetheless, it was a very stirring performance.
You wont be sorry, although I think Audible has a new version, if you can get the version read only by the Author get it. I am not sure how the other one is.
Absolutely, but only to certain friends, I think you understand.
I think a similar author would of course be Tolkien. And although I might get flagged or something for writing it, I think this author is better than Tolkien. I actually cared and really disliked certain characters. It is difficult for an author to rise those types of feelings for me.
He is an amazing performer, every character has a voice and you know who it is and believe it is that person. There are very few performers who can do that. He does it masterfully in this book.
Not sure, movies that attempt his don't typically do it justice. TLOTR's of course is an exception. Although I would go see it...
Buy it, it is a bit slow in places but certainly makes up for it in others.
I have listened to it twice now. There are certain things I think that require a second review, also it gives you a chance to completely understand certain aspects of the book. I think it does a great job of explaining certain aspects of our evolution that is overlooked or not talked about in other books, or at least it makes the information understandable to someone like me, that is someone who is not in academia.
I found the portion of the book discussing the differences between the neanderthals and the homo sapiens was the most interesting to me, as I knew hardly anything about it and it really stood out to me.
I don't believe I have, but he did a great job of making this type of book a great listen. I think that can make a world of difference.
I am not sure the question applies to this book, but as I wrote above he part about the neanderthals was, I suppose moving, as it speculates on whether or not we share any DNA with them, as well as goes into how little we know about their culture and if they had any.
I think it could use a bit of updating, but still a very solid book which anyone who wants to have an opinion on the subject should read. Highly recommended.
Yes, it was a solid book. Well read and easy to follow. I would recommend it to a friend, with the caveat that it is not a typical zombie story, I would say it is more of a military type story. I felt that the story was a little Hollywood, similar to watching a Bruce Willis movie, fun but not realistic enough to be believable but not science fiction enough to be considered as such.
Not really, it was suspenseful in the action parts of the book, but turns into a typical GI Joe meets GI Grace, read it and you will get it.
No character stood out for me, in terms of the performance. Ray Porter did a great job, its hard to read a book and come up with interesting character voices for each person. I can barely read a book to my 3 year old with only 2 voices...
I think Patient Zero is a great title, but the book is more of a Tom Clancy book rather than a purely science fiction book.You might disagree, but I was expecting something like Zombie Fallout series, maybe that was my bad.
Solid book, not sure if I will continue with the series, but def. worth a credit.
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