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Reviewed: 16-07-2019

Maybe it gets better, I gave up after about 3 hours. Ridiculous ideas, poorly expressed. Narration was fine. I recommend Bobiverse instead.

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Great book, with one flaw

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Reviewed: 23-05-2019

Excellent book, but why does he say “actually” so much? Once you notice it, it’s actually really annoying.

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Narrator can't read

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Reviewed: 08-05-2019

Loved this author from expeditionary force, but the narration in Ascendant is so bad that I couldn't finish it. How can someone go through life with such a poor grasp of basic grammar and storytelling! Bring back R.C. Bray - he is so much better!

Superb

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Reviewed: 23-08-2018

Easy to follow, the ultimate page-turner. This is choked full of all the things you wished you'd paid attention to in high school science. Get your geek on, impress your friends. Great mental party tricks for the layman.

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Awful, boring narrator.

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Reviewed: 22-06-2018

No idea if the book's any good, the narration is so bad I can't get past chapter 1. Only 1 other book in my collection is so poorly narrated: "The Windup Girl". No surprise, it's the same damn narrator >:(

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It's a rabbit-hole. Enjoy.

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Reviewed: 26-04-2018

What did you like most about The Search for Exoplanets: What Astronomers Know?

Amazing topic! The delivery is superb, although I have to admit, I nearly gave up in the opening chapter when I realised the professor was using both imperial and metric systems. Seriously America, grow up and get with the program - you're holding the rest of us back.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Search for Exoplanets: What Astronomers Know?

Just like that scene in The Matrix when Neo's eyes snap open and he famously says "Woah - I know kung-fu!" - yeah, it's that kind of journey.

What does Professor Joshua N. Winn bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

It's VERY clear that this guy knows his topic. I don't know how closely he "stuck to the script", but I was often under the impression that he was delivering his wisdom and insight as unscripted brilliance, rather that narrated facts.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Successfully generated wonder, and the buzz you get from eureka moments.

Any additional comments?

I can't let that whole, annoying imperial measuring system thing go. It really, really bugged me, although that was the ONLY criticism I have for this superb book. A truly great addition to The Great Courses series!

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Articulate, insightful, but ultimately plodding

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Reviewed: 26-04-2018

Would you consider the audio edition of 12 Rules for Life to be better than the print version?

No. I would rather read the text and mentally associate it with the passionate delivery he employs in his "live" material. I am enthralled with Peterson's flamboyant, profound and precise articulation in his online talks and interviews, but his verbalisation of his written works is comparatively uninspiring. All the usual spontaneity is gone from his voice.

Would you ever listen to anything by Jordan B. Peterson again?

Of course, I am an avid fan of Peterson. People say he should lead his country, they're probably right. I sometimes wish he would lead this world.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes, but that isn't necessarily a positive reflection. The subject often meandered into the quotes and anecdotes from the bible, which is about as inappropriate as the quran regarding rules for life - very irritating and discouraging for an atheist to listen to. Peterson's delivery is also mono-tonal in many places - a delight to fall asleep to, but not a great vehicle for a listener's personal eureka moments.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I'm sure that many reacted profoundly to his words - they really are that good. His wisdom and insight is certainly revealed and revealing, but in my opinion, it was interspersed with rambling story-telling, and occasional personal and ineffable linguistic journeys that would befit a University paper, but not a guide to life for a layman.

Any additional comments?

Love your work sir, you are a brilliant human being. I hope you inspire our species to become better people, better politicians, and better equipped for the future. Gratitude!

Truly excellent!

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Reviewed: 08-01-2018

Great writing style, delivered by top quality narration. So many individual ideas brought together. Far exceeded my wildest expectations - bravo!