"...to learn that capitalism is an economy of greed, a force of nature unto itself"
What I liked: There was an entertaining section on piracy.
What I didn't like: I listened to this as an audio-book, and there are a number of charts that are read in their entirety. It is very stiff and overly precise. I made it about halfway through and I couldn't read it any further.
Favorite quote: “Man is an animal that makes bargains: no other animal does this - no dog exchanges bones with another.” ...more
"...to learn how the power of rational thought is the primary source of freedom in the world"
What I liked: I thought Paine's arguments were well reasoned, and his frustration makes for an entertaining listen.
What I didn't like: The second part of the book seemed somewhat redundant.
Favorite quote: “I have always strenuously supported the right of every man to his own opinion, however different that opinion might be to mine. He who denies to another this right, makes a slave of himself to his present opinion, because he precludes himself the right of changing it.” ...more
I got 3/4 of the way through Exodus and I am throwing in the towel. I am so bored, I cannot make myself listen to anymore. But Clayton came to my rescue. I finally got an audible trial so we could listed to God Is Disappointed in You narrated by James Urbaniak.
I cannot wait for our road trip to Chicago! This is totally going to count for my bible reading.
1/8 - 2015 NdT Book Challenge: "The Bible [to learn that it's easier to be told by others what to think and believe than it is to think for yourself]"
I am listening to the World English Bible available on Librivox. This is going to take quite a while, so I'll leave my notes as I finish each book.
Genesis My goodness the bible is boring. I'm sure there are parts lost in translation, but there is little here. We don't get any of the whys or hows. After a few chapters it started to get really hard to concentrate. There was this one guy, someone gave him a woman, who gave him sons and daughters and most of them turned out to be assholes. ad nauseam.
I did find it interesting how many of the stories I knew based on the animated movies I watched as a kid. I wonder if equating them to the Disney movies I loved growing up made me less inclined to believe....more
I felt like I already knew this story, so that made it a little difficult to dive right in. The pace of the first third of the book is so slow that II felt like I already knew this story, so that made it a little difficult to dive right in. The pace of the first third of the book is so slow that I almost abandoned the book multiple times. Once we get past the Lucy sub plot things start to pick up because there is less uncertainty.
Also, the new(ish) sexy vampire trend brought to us by Anne Rice, among others, is not present in this book. It is a Gothic horror story, and Dracula is rightly painted as a grotesque monster.
I enjoyed most of the book and the ending, but it is not one of my favorites....more
I'm giving up. I was thinking I might keep trying, but getting a quarter of the way through a very long book and still not connecting to any of the chI'm giving up. I was thinking I might keep trying, but getting a quarter of the way through a very long book and still not connecting to any of the characters is not a good sign. It is a classic, but not my cup of tea....more
This book was so convoluted that it didn't really make sense until the last "Poirot Explains" chapter. It was interesting, and I followed along with aThis book was so convoluted that it didn't really make sense until the last "Poirot Explains" chapter. It was interesting, and I followed along with all the twist, but the "I will reveal all at a later time" lines started to irk me. I intend to keep reading the series because I know that the style becomes more refined. ...more
I am abandoning this book. I think it is a combination of subject, narration, and mood. I can't really get into it, and I just don't want to listen anI am abandoning this book. I think it is a combination of subject, narration, and mood. I can't really get into it, and I just don't want to listen anymore. Maybe when I have more time to actually read things I will pick this book up again....more