Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.
I have listed to hours of this first book. There are three parallel stories in a very strange universe. We have been introduced to dozens of new names, places, tools, powers, cultures. But none of them are explained to a degree that I would care about the characters or events.
After several hours I find that none of the characters or events matter to me. I am going to quit listening and I will not give the story another thought. There were just no hooks to make me care.
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James Gleick's story begins at the turn of the 20th century, with the young H. G. Wells writing and rewriting the fantastic tale that became his first book, an international sensation: The Time Machine. A host of forces were converging to transmute the human understanding of time, some philosophical and some technological - the electric telegraph, the steam railroad, the discovery of buried civilizations, and the perfection of clocks.
About the first half of this book is really interesting. He weaves a story between science and fiction on the subject of time travel. Then after that is feels very repetitive, so I did not make it all the way to the end.
Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.
I listened to 25% of this story and then just wandered off to better books. Of course Dan Brown's da Vinci Code was outstanding. But this book just felt like a weaker version of the same old story. It was the same kind of bad guy. The other characters were not developing. Too bad, he is a much better writer than this.
Lisbeth Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo, the brilliant hacker, the obstinate outsider, the volatile seeker of justice for herself and others - even she has never been able to uncover the most telling facts of her traumatic childhood, the secrets that might finally fully explain her to herself. Now, when she sees a chance to uncover them once and for all, she enlists the help of Mikael Blomkvist, the editor of the muckraking investigative journal Millennium. And she will let nothing stop her.
Thank you for the excellent narration of Swedish words and places. It is refreshing to traverse different locations like this.
Unfortunately, this story just cannot carry the Dragon Tattoo any further. The characters and situations are good ideas. But most of the novel is written as conversational flashback to events that happened. Very little happens in real-time, we are just told about what happened by listening to two characters talk in a bar. In most cases these conversations contain details that do not ring true as coming from the memories of those telling them.
Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.
Great speculation on what life might be like on the moon. Includes people, technology, economy, hoodlems, and the connection back to Earth.
This book should stand alone. Do not compare it to his previous "The Martian". They are two different types of stories.
A New York Times technology and business reporter charts the dramatic rise of Bitcoin and the fascinating personalities who are striving to create a new global money for the Internet age.
This is a great history of the technology, people, movement, and money. It provides a very good background for people who are interested in Bitcoin.
From early work like "Rescue Party" and "The Lion of Comarre", through classic stories including "The Star", "Earthlight", "The Nine Billion Names of God", and "The Sentinel" (kernel of the later novel and movie 2001: A Space Odyssey), all the way to later work like "A Meeting with Medusa" and "The Hammer of God", this comprehensive short story collection encapsulates one of the great science fiction careers of all time.
This is a fantastic collection of stories. You get to relive the golden age of science fiction, and do it at a bargain price. This is 51 hours of stories for just a single credit. I wish all of the older books came packaged like this, I would be going through them all.
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In just 48 hours, your untapped greatness becomes visible. Your surest path to success is revealed. We're confident in this. Because that's precisely what tens of thousands of people have done who had the fortune to attend Zig Ziglar's 25-year-running and perpetually sold-out Born to Win seminar. Today, Zig Ziglar's legendary Born to Win seminar comes alive once again to inspire a whole new generation of achievers.
I listened to Zig Ziglar tapes when they were in cassette albums. This material is compiled from those, but includes too much material which just does not work well in the 21st century.
Something is wrong with our banking system. We all sense that, but Mervyn King knows it firsthand; his 10 years at the helm of the Bank of England, including at the height of the financial crisis, revealed profound truths about the mechanisms of our capitalist society. In The End of Alchemy, he offers us an essential work about the history and future of money and banking, the keys to modern finance.
I have listened to dozens of books about financial companies, crises, economics, etc. The first half of this book was excellent. Toward the end he is trying to make some prescriptions, but I could not follow some of what he was suggesting. I would definitely recommend this book because it is from a British point of view and all the others I have heard are by American authors.
This selection of some of Asimov's most enduring and unforgettable stories is read by the author himself. These vintage tales encompass the full range of Asimov's versatility, while displaying his puckish sense of humor.
I really enjoyed hearing Isaac Asimov read his own work. It conveyed a flavor of what he was like as well as his stories.