Sandydog's 2015 journey
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1. The Coldest Winter ****
A significant abridgement (not fair to review!) but I'm sure this audio version was an excellent abridgement. An incredible combination of hubris, idiocy and cowardice at the leadership and staff levels, and valor and tenacity in the trenches. A must read, although it is very disturbing. As for finishing the entire doorstop, I shall return.
Silly. The literary equivalent of Mad Magazine.
An ok coming of age story. This was printed as a"Victory Book" in 1943. I'm sure it was very popular among the troops as they reminisced about good ol' NYC.
7. The Autobiography of Mark Twain ***1/2
Speaking of slow spots, I listened to Volume I (all 20 CDs) and got an occasional flavor for why Twain is one of my all time favorites....
He's best when discussing US Grant, his Children, wife and other family members and relatives, work experiences, politics, and Europe.
8. Man Seeks God ****
Wonderfully entertaining, NPR-esque, spiritual pablum.
Dry and tedious and mercifully short. I think this was jotted down during someone's study hall.
Not as entertaining as the books of those Freakonomists, but still a very interesting and worthwhile work.
Amazing, albeit, probably a skinch outdated.
A nice overview, but a bit overwhelming. Al the names just blend and blend and blend....
Ok, 'not the best researched or written investigative report, but it is a fast, entertaining read and a 5-star topic. I mean really, 'building a nuclear breeder reactor by a troubled teenager, in a Detroit suburb, inspired by a merit badge?
Whoah. And now, something completely different, Semiotics. Not exactly a beach-read....
122 chapters of post Edwardian desert blather.
Touchstone not working; 'apparently too obscure. This is by Eric D.Lehman, 2013, Homebound Publications
'Best children's natural history book, ever. '
If even half of the content provided by this Australian kid in Botswana, true, then this book is amazing.
Brilliant. Neurotics, Mars vs. Venus, Bat-shit crazy people. Parker is a bit redundant, but amazing.
One long, rambling philosophical sermon. Listen to it just to hear Professor Arnesto's dramatic rants.
A bit dated (2008) but an excellent overview of alternative energy systems and the inventors, and investors, who support them.
The best book I've read this year.
This is a 5-star memoir, but, unfortunately, I spaced a bit on the last third of the book, which more or less explains Dawkins' most significant and dense thoughts. Aw, hell, at least I'm honest. It is a wonderful overview of Dawkns' work and I can't wait to read many of his works, including its prequel.