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2.0 out of 5 stars Hrm, 26 May 2011
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I really wanted to like this, because the idea is interesting and I am a big fan of books (and audiobooks) that address these kind of issues. However, there are two key problems - the first is that the person reading the book is dreadful. Perhaps I am spoiled by people like Stephen Fry, David Attenborough, Nigel Planer and Frank Muller, but I expect more than a soulless recitation of the text. I want enthusiasm and a passion for the topic, and that's not there in this audiobook. So on that point, I can't really recommend the audiobook version.

As to the content itself, the title is well picked because much of the argumentation is oblique - not in a good way, just... the arguments he uses to support his points are too tangential, too narrow, or too subjective to really be convincing. Too much is left unsaid, and the context is often lacking. It's full of arguments that are convincing if you look at them in exactly the way the author has presented them, but they don't stand up to real analysis. I don't really want to give examples of this, because even though the book is non-fiction, those are still spoilers. It just didn't convince me in the way I wanted it to, and that's because the points the author makes simply aren't entirely credible.
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