"As with most of Bryson's books, I really enjoyed this. So many little bits of trivia and history are laced throughout this book. Funny that I'd just been wondering where the phrase "limelight" came from -- leave it to Bill Bryson to tell me!"
"I'm a Stones fan, and a big Keith fan, and this book only made me like them both even more. For all the antics he's famous for, he dispells the myths about so many of the public stories, and really, comes across as a genuine lover of music and using it to connect with people."
"What a disappointment. I had looked forward to this book, but wow, what a letdown. Maybe the most damning thing I can say about the book is that it actually made me wish I had spent my time reading the original Â dull, dry, and ploddingly slow as it is. IÂve never been a Bronte fan, but this was even less entertaining."
"Read "Guns, Germs, and Steel" years ago, and the second half of this book really felt like a prelude to that larger work. This book had some interesting sections, too -- I especially liked his arguement that our low views of hunter-gatherer life are incorrect. Quite engrossing read."
"Ummm, right. Read this because it was listed on a Top 100 Villians in literature list I found. But after reading it, I can't say which of the characters was the most vile -- everyone in this story seemed to be a mess. Quite different science fiction, but didn't really do anything for me."
"Enjoyed it overall, especially the end of the book. Liked how the story was told twice, once from outside the events, once from the main character's point of view. And the way the devil was never really revealed was quite well done."
"Had recently seen a documentary on the history of LD, which is where I came across Stevens and his book. I preferred the first half of the book dealing with the actual history of LSD; the rest felt more like a biography of it's more famous advocates."
"Someone I knew read this and didn't really like it, despite all the rave reviews it received. I've got a very good track record now of finding books I really enjoyed based on someone else's negative response to it. This was an amazing read. I was caught up in it for so many reasons."
"I've read similar histories of pi and phi which I enjoyed immensely, and while this one was interesting, WOW, was the math over my head! Still, it was amazing to see all the uses of the square root of negative one. I never knew it could be used to calculate the value of pi."
"Lots of fun. And the first exercise he walks you through (no pun intended) of a memory palace really worked -- I still can see the wine bottles talking on my couch and the Paul Newman pointing up near my kitchen door."
"Let's see: faun over Jack Welch? Check. Cite 3M as an innovative company? Check. Invent meaningless buzz words that the authors can drop repeatedly? Check. Offer up obvious suggestions that smack of plain common sense? Check. Gawd, this was a by-the-numbers business book, and I found absolutely nothing new or interesting about it. Trite at itÂs best, annoying and contradictory at its worst."
"Better than the last business book I just read. Some good ideas, although several have become common knowledge in the years since this book was written. Still, there was enough here that I wish several of my colleagues would read."
"Troubling, sad, and brutally honest. Breezed through this to see what would happen next. I do wonder if she'll be able to maintain her new found (and hard earned) happiness, or if it will just be another phase she passes through."
"Pretty good. The second half seemed to drift a bit, but the first chapters were rather compelling. Like "The Tipping Point" it had an interesting premise, and overall, it did a good job of selling it."
"Always like a book that can make me laugh out loud Â this one actually did. ThatÂs incredibly rare. Granted, it was over just one comment, but it was worth it. Overall, the story was entertaining and showed a personal side of a very public figure."
"Lots of fun. Kept passing along interesting anecdotes from the book to my family. As someone who hated chemistry in high school, this book was engrossing, entertaining, and quite funny at times. Highly recommend it."
"Was going to make some smart aleck remark about what a surprise someone was left to write this thing after all the killing and people changing into birds, beasts, and trees, but the section in Book 15 about how everything changes tempered my sarcasm. Enjoyed it more than I thought I would."