What a great audiobook! Author/Narrator Simon Winchester tells the story of the making of the Oxford English Dictionary. Etymology and the origins of the famous English dictionary may not SEEM interesting to readers/listeners, but as the title teases, there is much to this story to keep the interest any reader!! Written and performed with charm and eloquence, the result is a book that is incredibly unique, tragic, uplifting, strange and engrossing.
The Professor and the Madman is also the true story of two unlikely collaborators and eventual friends: the Scottish Professor and Editor of the Oxford dictionary and one of his main contributors to the dictionary, a retired American Civil War soldier/surgeon incarcerated at an English mental hospital for the criminally insane.
The author does such a great job with the story and the narration. You will not be able to put it down!
I highly recommend this book and will read more by Simon Winchester!!
Excellent! An insane murder mystery and a journalistic dogfight between William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer. The beginnings of the aggressive news media we all know today...
More fun than I expected!!
Incredibly well written, and well performed.
Easily worth the credit. Solid 5stars.
Incredibly well written and performed. But good god, how the hell could these jurors let her go free?! What a crazy, obviously guilty b'tch!!! Omg this book will break your heart! How on earth is Casey Anthony a free woman, to have all the babies she wants.
Casey Anthony should have been sterilized AT LEAST!
I'm an attorney, and my heart goes out to the prosecution. They had a strong case against a truly narcissistic murderer. Worst of all the victim was a 2 year old baby girl. I cannot under any circumstances understand what this jury was thinking.
Jeff Ashton has written a very compelling book and performs it like a true professional. I'm sorry for him and the rest of the prosecution team that the outcome was so horrible!
It's truly an anomaly. The biggest mistake in recent trial history.
Jurors should be ashamed to have let this manipulative, compulsive lying, selfish woman kill her baby, party for a month, and then walk free!
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I LOVED IT! If only more non-fiction books were written in this style; it reads like a story. Brilliant. It’s not dry and textbooky like most non-fiction books I have read (and that’s a lot, just check my library).
Most of the time non-fiction tends to be pretty dull, emotionless and little more than a long boring litany of: Fact. Fact. Date. Date. Fact. Date. Fact. You read it because you are interested in the information, but the presentation dulls your curiosity.
That’s not the case for this book, thanks to the story-style-set-up, it held my attention the entire way though... I never once got bored, or felt lost, or was mired down in a well of names and dates. I was captivated from the beginning to the end.