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So I listened to this immediately following "The Man From the Train". in that book many people are accused of crimes committed by a serial axe murderer. And many of those are executed or lynched. So here is West Cork and another murder and another man accused. And after hearing the entire account I really have no idea if the man committed the crime. It's an engaging story but leaves the reader ultimately unfulfilled.
The guru to the gurus at last shares his knowledge with the rest of us. Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman's seminal studies in behavioral psychology, behavioral economics, and happiness studies have influenced numerous other authors, including Steven Pinker and Malcolm Gladwell. In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman at last offers his own, first book for the general public. It is a lucid and enlightening summary of his life's work. It will change the way you think about thinking. Two systems drive the way we think and make choices, Kahneman explains....
Buehler, Buehler, Buehler. Nonfiction is often very dry, so it's up to the reader to keep it engaging. I thought this book was very interesting, but the reader almost killed it. I saw Kahneman's Ted Talk and he is a pretty dynamic speaker. it's too bad he didn't narrate his own book.
Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the 20th century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Now available for the first time in unabridged audio, the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime is brought to life by acclaimed narrator Scott Brick.
This is a well told and well read story of the Manson family that is just as relevant today as it was when the crimes were fresh.
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.
I was excited for Artemis because Weir's last book, Mars was incredible. Unfortunately this one doesn't measure up. Sure, the protagonist has the same snarky humor as Mars, and the math and science have the same precision. But the plot just wasn't riveting. Maybe it's too hard to empathize with a paid vandal. Maybe the story gets wrapped up too neatly. In any case, the book is good ... just not great.
When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.
Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.
Aldous Huxley was no science fiction writer. And how work describing a drugged up dystopian future misses the mark in many ways. The core of the story is philosophical, and maybe still relevant ... still, this one is classroom material and little more.
Every leader, young or old, resonates with the dead-end feeling of not being in charge. Too often the lack of authority paralyzes leaders, leaving them believing they must wait to be in charge until they can lead. One of the greatest myths of leadership is that you must be in charge in order to lead. Great leaders don't buy it. Great leaders lead with or without the authority to lead.
Strip out all the "God has a purpose for you" crap and there's not much left. I had a hard time slogging through all the preaching. If you're looking for a six hour sermon, then here's your book. if you want leadership tips, find the Spark notes.
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Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.
This is a touching story of science, medicine, and the lives of those affected. The story intermingles the life of Henrietta with the science her disease inspired. The author keenly straddles the line between telling the story and making ethical judgement. In the end that judgement is up to the reader.
This is an important story that needed to be told.
She used to work for the US government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn't even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning. Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They've killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon.
This story is just plain dumb. Secret government departments? Magical chemistry? Characters that can do anything? I'm sure it will be a Hollywood blockbuster someday. And the movie will suck too.
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Dust and prairie were abundant on the Texas Panhandle, the land that gave birth to generations of Moores. But instead of working the land or the cattle that fed upon it, the Moore brothers, Colton and Caleb, heeded another call. Their dreams, paired with hard work and family sacrifice, eventually became reality. The Moore brothers, with their boundary-exploding athleticism, innovation, and appetite for risk, became stars on the burgeoning freestyle ATV and snowmobile circuits.
Yes, the story is tragic. But either the material or the reader (or both) result in a rather bland book. This one was highly recommended from someone I respect, but it wasn't the inspirational story I was seeking. It's engaging at times. And touching at times. But I came away wanting more.
By turns tender and terrifying, Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff captures America on the verge of political upheaval in 2016 and introduces us to a man who just might be able to save us from the oncoming horror. Yes, Bob Honey - carnival carny, sewage specialist, and government operative, among other occupations - has spent years in preparation, crisscrossing the world in the employ of a mysterious government program that pays in small bills.
A little Palanhiuk, a little Vonnegut. This is a loosely defined story about a quirky guy. Sean Penn's reading is great but I wasn't crazy about his interpretation of Bob. Not much of a lesson here, but there is some commentary on Modern America. All in all, this is a pretty entertaining read ... and at free the price was right.
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