These free, monthly podcasts are one of the extra good things about having an Audible subscription as you get interviews with authors and also first chapters read from a book or books enabling one to get a good indication if an author or particular book appeals. This particular podcast was a bumper edition. A feast of first chapters from classic books of recent decades with authors such as Saul Bellow, John Irving, Betty Freidland, Randy Shilts to name but a few. What I found so useful, as well as entertaining, was I was able to decide not only which authors' book I would look out for, but also those I didn't fancy.
I found the interview with the author Michael Cox very poignant, knowing that he died not long after. I've read his The Meaning of Night and the sequel The Glass of Time with great enjoyment. Both are gripping books the latter even better than the former. Though the books are very long they are difficult to put down (or listen to now there are available as audio books). Fortunately, before he died, he knew what pleasure he had given many readers; and what better epitaph could a writer have than that his books give enjoyment. I'm sure that his legacy will persist and future generations of readers will be hooked as I was.
Perhaps I had too large expectations. As being a researcher of digital communications I have quite a lot of insight in wireless techniques and development of the current standards. I’ve also read several excellent on the topic and expected some kind of professional treatise also in this time. It wasn’t. Rather it was some kind of soap opera with hamburger bar advertisements and so forth. I share with author the hunch that the wireless gadgets are becoming very versatile and inseparable part of our every day life – but I wouldn’t share the mess described in the book.