His story is interesting to say the least. Narration is good. It is more about his life than another view on his theories, but because it is written by a scientist it does make a few attempts to explain his work with black holes and the search for the theory of everything. For me, I like physics, and I like biography so this was a good mix. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is that I ended up not liking Stephen at the end.
I knew that U-Boats were a scourge during WWI, but not to the extent I found out in reading this book. It describes the devastating impact U-Boats had on the execution of the war, and of the desperation and creativity used to protect as well decipher the codes. It's story is so compelling that it made me think the land battles were just a side shows in the outcome of the war.
The only problem is trying to follow along as the reader describes the wire by wire detail of the ciphering machine design, and of the letter by letter explanations of some of the code breaking successes. This is one of the problems with listening to technical books that obviously require diagrams and tables.
As always narration by the author is the most enjoyable thing about listening to autobiographies, and in this case it made it even more special to have an icon like Stephen King spend a few hours with me telling of his child hood and early influences, of his life changing writing experiences, giving hints and tips about writing good stories, and offering his first hand account of that horrific accident that nearly ended his life. You also get to know the man behind the books, how down to earth he really is, and his deep seated feelings on how important literature is in shaping lives (not just his own work).
It did not matter that I'm not a big fan of Stephen King, nor am I an inspiring writer looking for the secret to success, I have a lot of respect for what he has accomplished, and I absolutely loved this book! I can't imagine how a true fan and/or a wanna be writer might feel after getting this chance to spend time with him too.
When I joined AA over twenty years ago I followed some of the principles that came from the CIM and found them helpful. This volume however is nothing but an endless stream of non-nonsensical dribble. If I recall correctly its one of the other volumes that helps made scene of this dry narrative. Get those first and cut to the chase.
I always wanted to see what a caddies life is like, and even though the book was fun to listen to, the reader only gets a 1 or 2 day perspective about caddying for about 6 different golfers (professional and amateur) in not very serious competitions. Its mostly about the hazing he gets from the players and the other full time caddies.
I recommend this if you want a light and funny story, but not if you are looking to see behind the locker room doors at the life of a caddy (cant wait until Steve Williams writes his book)
With all the Spies of the 20th century, why had I never heard of "Farewell". Reading the story I found out why he was really a no-body His story lacks many things - suspense, the use sophisticated technology or techniques, life threatening intrigue, and a sense that this spy could have changed the balance of world power with secrets being traded. It does tell in interesting story about a spy who's affair with a woman went wrong and how he eventually dealt with it (her). The back story looks at international relationships in the world of espionage, and give the reader a picture of how uninteresting it was to be a spy in Russia during that time. When you finish you will not feel a sense of relief that our nation can rest easy now that this spy was caught.
Read by the author, so it gets good marks right from the start. In spite of the long title, this book is mostly about one man's interest and experiences with magic. As a budding magician I found it very interesting, and was able to understand most of what he was referring to, but I do not think that those who are not not familiar with the tricks or terms would appreciate it as much.
Short book about one playing strategy. Short, useful, but do not waste a book credit for it.
As I always say, a book read by the author is worth getting. This is no exception. Passionate about the subject, Annie offers help to those who want to know more about how top poker players think. Only problem was that she used too many poker terms without explaining what they meant that made the story hard to follow. I did come a way with a few "nuggets" I continue to use.
A good story about the issues faced with large software development projects. Being a project manager I was able to relate, but would think that those not familiar with these universal issues would not appreciate this book as much. A bit confounded about how many man hours went into developing this product, which is just another calender with less capability than most on the market today.
Even after all the books, articles and other historical accounts of the Nixon white house, I never knew about the power struggle Nixon and Kissinger had with each other. Surprising view of how and why he and Kissinger handled affairs in Vietnam, China, and Russia the way they did.
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