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Post-neo existenial difficult-listenism!
On the plus side (a) the author clearly knows his stuff and (b) so many 'isms' in one place is rather amusing (you can easily be forgiven for thinking you are listening to a Monty Python sketch!)
On the other hand (and forgive the Philistine comment here) I think the summary is that modern European philosophy consists/ed of a lot of upper middle class twits, who have never done a day's work in their lives, lounging around various British and German universities and talking bllx all day long!
I'm really sorry but I went into it with an open mind and I am afraid the philosophy community has not come out of it very well.
If you are looking for a user-friendly, easy read/listen this isn't for you!
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
A book of two halves!
It starts off very academically and logically, putting forward a highly reasoned argument for the book's proposition, as per its title. The key issue is population decline (and the reason therefor).
Okay that is fine but, whether to 'pad out' the book or otherwise, he ends up giving his views about the failings of President Obama and American foreign policy, sounding rather like the lonely, ranting drunk you avoid at the pub bar!
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Strap yourself in!
Unfortunately I have had to stop listening to this part way through.
It is nothing to do with the text (which seems quite good). It is the narration. The narrator talks so fast it is difficult, I would even say uncomfortable, to listen to it. She absolutely "gallops" through it, hardly taking a breath, and gives no time to take in and absorb one sentence/concept before she is "rattling through" the next. A little punctuation would not go amiss!
I appreciate that it might not be the way the narrator did it, it might be down to editing etc., but it is almost as though she is racing against the clock or is on some sort of time performance target!
Depressed that I wasted a credit on it!
Okay my rating and title are perhaps a little unfair. I think the problem is that Audiobooks have placed it in the History section and I suppose, lured by the picture, I thought it was going to be an historical account.
Not a bit of it!
Unless you have a PhD in Economics and have run several international monetary funds and a couple of central banks I would advise you to steer well clear of this. I think even the Governor of the Bank of England would wonder what on earth it is all about!
I confess I only listened to about 40 minutes of it on the bus but that was enough and the other passengers were complaining because I was inadvertently chewing my right leg off in agony!
I am sure for Economists it is great and I am sure the author really knows his stuff but Audiobooks I politely say that you really do need to re-classify this away from the History section.
Again I am trying to be broad-minded and all-embracing but have to say if the first 40 minutes was anything to go by it is really difficult to see why anyone would want to listen to this as an audiobook. A textbook fine, as an academic work that you can cross-reference, refer back through etc.but not an audiobook to listen to when mowing the lawn (you would probably throw yourself under the blades!).
0 of 1 people found this review helpful
Lost its way somewhat!
Starts off all very well as a typical beginners language audiobook. There is the usual banter and link music. Then ooohhh! What happens? Suddenly and without warning they give up on language and start talking (in English) about the country, food, politics, music etc. What is the point of that? I understood it to be a language audiobook. If I wanted a travel guide I would have gone to Lonely Planet!
This is a fantastic book for chess and non-chess players alike (also see Frank Brady's original book, Profile of a Prodigy, although Fischer had not "gone off the rails" by that stage, he was merely obsessive and eccentric!).
The only question mark in my mind is sourcing. I may be wrong but I think Frank Brady, like so many people in Fischer's life, "fell out" with him so how accurate is all of this bearing in mind Fischer was so secretive?
Nonetheless I thoroughly recommend it.