If you hope to learn anything about geology or scientific method, this is not the book for you. This book limits itself to the life and trials of William Smith, and delivers its message in a dry, 3rd person list of events. Even the "map" and Smith's innovations in developing it, are mentioned only in generalities, with no little discussion of how they were developed or the context of science at the time. Very disappointing.
I have enjoyed many books by Simon Winchester but this one is no more than average. At time, the tone is dismissive and condescending regarding religious beliefs. I find that offensive.
Retired CTO in the Financial sector.
A good history lesson. Not just about geology but about the UK and it's culture.
Loved it! Surprisingly it made the somewhat dry topic of geology into a fascinating story...perhaps should be used in schools.Might stimulate much conversation about origin of the earth as well as ethics and human relations as well as class expectations and relations. Excellent!
I really enjoyed this book but it was very dry and gets down right boring at times but the story is worth the trouble to listen to if you have any interest in maps.
Down to earth real life story about a human being including their highest and lowest points. It does sit the reader down in a real life story easy to relate to.
Hearing about a mans struggle to be accepted
Dreadful monotone monotonous
I've now listened to 2 books orated by this author and for me, even though the writing is good, the oration is so monotonous that this will be my last purchase of this orator and that is a shame. Good author does not make a good author. And, the book skips around in time a lot. Still, even though I won't buy another by this orator, I don't regret the purchase.
Like the other books from Simon Winchester this book is pleasant, not least because the author reads his books himself. Even though this is a narrative rather than a scientific book I wish he would switch to the metric system instead of referring to feet, inches, pounds and ounces. As a science author he should not support the obsolete empirical system. Today only the United States, Liberia, and Myanmar continue to not use the metric system.