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Not as good as Sapiens

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-20

There were a few interesting threads in this book, but it’s all pretty much a stream of consciousness essay from the author on what he thinks about the present trajectory of the human race.
Makes a huge error in stating that humans have overcome all kids of pandemic outbreaks particularly in light of the coronavirus outbreak!

I learned a lot I never knew about sleep!

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-03-20

This is generally an interesting listen. I learned a lot about sleep, the science of sleep and the effects of a lack of sleep. I’m definitely going to try to get more sleep after listening to this!
It can seem quite “preachy” at times, but I’m not sure if that’s just because of the narration but don’t let that put you off.

Very repetitive and not as informative as I’d hoped

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-20

I’d read that this book was transformational for some people and was looking forward to listening to it. Unfortunately, it became apparent pretty quickly that this book should have been around half the length, if not less. There are so many sections which are basically repeated, and I suspect the author had a word count target to hit with the publisher.

Theres not really anything new here either. Maybe it was ground-breaking when first published but there are now books which carry similar messages but which are much better written and with better narration.

Definitely listen to a sample before you buy this book. It just wasn’t for me.

Can't get into it because of nonsensical narration

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-07-19

I'm sure there is a classic novel hidden beneath the very poor, laughable and jarring narration. Weird use of random accents makes the characters more like caricatures, and the random shouts & whispers make this almost unlistenable.
I would urge Audible to re-record this with a more proficient narrator.

6 people found this helpful

A disappointing & predictable story

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-07-19

I had high hopes for this book as it seemed like a really interesting concept, but the story is disappointing, predictable and bland.
The narration doesn’t help and is very monotonous. Not helped by jarring editing, in particular the words “Juaquo says” have been recorded once and pop in in a different tone of voice from the narration.

Overall, not a book I would listen to again, and it leaves me with no interest in following the story into subsequent books in the series.

5 people found this helpful

Classic Orwell.

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-07-19

I enjoyed this story more than I expected. It is one of Orwell’s lesser known novels, but some of the passages are fantastic. The socialist commentary and the “war on money” is enlightening.
Well narrated by Richard E Grant too.
Some sound issues where “end of cd 3...cd4” parts happen, but otherwise a good production.

An intriguing book, slightly spoiled by mixed narration

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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-06-19

The story & the book are great. Better than I expected and I found myself really drawn into the story.
The main narrator is great, but when the the characters are randomly read by others it really breaks the story.

Not Banks’ best work.

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-02-19

This is essentially a less interesting & poorer copy of The Crow Road. Similar protagonists, and not a lot really new or novel in this story. I love Iain Banks’ earlier novels, but this one doesn’t do it for me. I’d recommend The Crow Road or The Wasp Factory instead.

Great first few chapters, let down at the end.

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-19

The first few chapters of this book are engaging, thought provoking and enlightening. The topics discussed across the early chapters are intriguing and I really enjoyed the history of astronomy and the developments & discoveries with the Voyager missions.
After that though, the book becomes abstract, political and repetitive. This isn’t helped by the change in narrator to someone who sounds as if she is trying to hard to impart gravitas into her reading but instead simply sounds like she is going to burst into tears at any minute.
It’s worth listening for the first half of the book, but don’t waste your time after around chapter 10.
Such a shame, as I was really excited about this book.

Not as good as I expected

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-11-18

I’d heard great things about this book, but sadly I found it boring and unengaging. The main issue is the pacing of the story and at times there’s an abundance of superfluous information yet at others it skips through key parts of the story and jumps ahead.
There are a number of plot issues too, which I won’t cover here in case I spoil it for anyone, but the choices made by Salander sometimes are completely at odds with what her apparent views or opinions are set up to be.
I had planned to listen to the whole series of these books but this one has put me off.