Readers who would are looking for the focus to be on character development, of both the professor and the madman, are going to be disappointed. However, readers who want a great deal of the book?s focus to be the development of a dictionary, they?ll be very pleased.
This is an amazing story ? and perhaps a terrific film. But this book teases more than is satisfies ? as regards understanding the madman.
A special treat of the recorded book is an interview by the author after the story is told.
Winchester is without question a great reader of his own writing, and this book is an interesting look at the evolution of the Oxford English Dictionary.
Although it has a strong narrative quality, I'm not convinced that it was a book's worth of information; towards the end I found myself becoming bored because the outcome was quite obvious.
Perhaps I should have bought the abridged version.
The language is beautiful. It's well written. It is an interesting story. But it's also a character study of a sick person whose continued descent into madness is both sad, tragic and sometimes very very very graphic.
I liked the book. I'm glad I know the story. But it isn't one I'll be listening to again.
I loved this book. Unique and interesting story. Great narration. Couldn't stop listening.
Never got bored. Good pace
If you like history this will be a good book for you. It covers an American Civil War officer undergoing a British experience in somewhat different circumstances.. It is worth the read.
I almost quit listening early on, I am very glad I did not. This is a fascinating book! The author/narrator makes this history so engrossing that you don't want to "put it down."
Very historically entertaining accounts of how the Oxford-English Dictionary came to be. LOVED IT! Anyone who likes history could be a fan of this book. It spans from early 1800's England to officers in the Civil War between the states. I would suggest not looking up the men in this book as it would spoil some of the fun of the narrative.