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- DC Icons, Book 2
- By: Marie Lu
- Narrated by: Will Damron
- Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list. Bruce is turning 18 and inheriting his family's fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Industries and all the tech gadgetry that he could ever desire. But on the way home from his birthday party, he makes an impulsive choice that leads to community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison. There, he meets Madeleine Wallace, a brilliant killer with ties to the Nightwalkers. A girl who will speak only to Bruce. She is the mystery he must unravel.
Not for Batman fans
- By mep201787 on 04-07-18
Good until the end...
The ending became more predictable and cliche the more it went and was ultimately not as satisfying or meaningful as it could've been.
The narrator's tone got a little stale and melodramatic in the last half as well, but that may have just been the writing. Not sure.
The first 60% of this book was quite enjoyable, however. I don't agree with every detail of young Bruce Wayne's portrayal but for the most part, it was great to see this side to his character's timeline that we often don't get to see (18 years old). I personally don't mind the lack of Batman at all but I know others might.
Bottom line, if you want a 'Batman' book, look away. If you want/are interested in Bruce Wayne, this can be pretty interesting up to a point. I wouldn't spend money, but maybe a credit if you have a few to spare.
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The Seventh Sense
- Power, Fortune, and Survival in the Age of Networks
- By: Joshua Cooper Ramo
- Narrated by: Joshua Cooper Ramo
- Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
The digital age we live in is as transformative as the Industrial Revolution, and Joshua Cooper Ramo explains how to survive. If you find yourself longing for a disconnected world where information is not always at your fingertips, you may eventually be as useful as the carriage maker post-Henry Ford. It's practically impossible to know where the marriage of imagination and technology will take us (sorry, Betamax and Kodak), and the only certainty is that in the networked world we will only become more intertwined.
- By Abhinav on 05-21-16
Simply put, "The Seventh Sense" is a book that provides insight into why the world feels as crazy as it does, today. The answer, at least according to the author, is based in the well argued theory that we are at the beginning of a societal change on par with that of the Industrial Revolution--a time in history when people felt much the same way.
If you are looking for a book that will hold your hand and tell you that the future of the world is going to be drop dead gorgeous, I think you are probably better off with a different book. If you are looking for a book that justifies your cynicism and provides you more ammunition for your opinions of doom and gloom, then you are, again, probably better off with a different book. Or maybe this book is EXACTLY for you, but just know that it's a very broad and very deep canvas that the author delves into--just be ready for some macro-level thinking. If you're not ready for that, I could see how this book might come across as too high in the clouds.
Overall, however, I personally found it extremely relevant, extremely well thought out, and I'd highly, highly recommend it. The actual quality of the narration is pretty well done, and it's the author, himself, speaking, which I always like to hear. He has a very good voice and an almost conversational style of speaking. I could see some people finding that a bit unprofessional, perhaps, but I found it really enjoyable.
There'll be quite a bit of work to be done on our part, but I do think that the future has quite a good chance of being extraordinarily fascinating, and nowhere near the apocalypse our Facebook news feeds would seem to suggest (looking at you, Drumpf).
Hope more people give it a try, because I think we could all really benefit from the perspective that books like these might provide us.
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