us about yourself! I'm a retired English teacher and ardent reader(more because of physical disability than from job).
Definitely because it is intriguing.
His accent adds to the setting.
Abcolutely, because it's so intriguing to find such a romantic tale linked to a massive dictionary.
I've been a big OED fan for years and this was a jolly good read. That's a talent, making an interesting story about dictionary writing.
Husband, father, building contractor, inventor and audio book lover.
This great little book tells an amazing story about the origins of the most famous dictionary in the world. Need I say it's name? In particular, the account of one of that magnificent tome's more colorful, if not infamous, contributors. One may not think the history of the making of a dictionary is likely to be very interesting, I assure you, it is. Well written and well spoken. I recommend it without reservation.
detailed historical academic
The sympathetic portrayal of Minor's "doctor on the battlefield" experience that may have contributed to his madness--Didn't know about the Battle of the Wilderness till now.
James Murray--excellent Scottish brogue
It was very detailed and I listened as working in my yard. It was very absorbing, but I needed a break every couple of hours.
A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
Simon Winchester does an admirable job of telling the curious story of the writing of the Oxford English Dictionary and the major player who, it turns out, was crazy. Literally. Killed a man and then lived in a psych hospital. The story was interesting, but not quite intriguing, and while I'm glad to improve my trivia knowledge of the OED, this isn't a book worth running out to buy, but if it comes your way or it sounds interesting to you, then go right ahead. You most likely won't regret it.
This book is difficult to enjoy as straight nonfiction if you are a stickler for detail and citation. There is a good bit of content that seems impossible for the author to know, and he doesn't bother to provide sources for most of it ( so far as I can tell). The small moments and emotions that are suspect are likely added to make the story more compelling and real (if not verifiably factual). I assumed that I missed the footnotes because I listened rather than reading, but when I went looking for more information found many who read the book missed them as well.
I wouldn't label this book as historical fiction, however. If you are willing to overlook inferences and educated guesses, you will enjoy the complexity of character it allows. I enjoyed this book, and think it provided an interesting history more in line with oral history, which fit the story and audio format nicely. As much as I love footnotes, sometimes history is about truth rather than fact.
The Professor and the Madman ranks in the top 3 - it was phenomenal! I listen to a lot of audiobooks and this very quickly became one of my favorites. I highly recommend it!
His voice is captivating and his passion for his subject is evident. His knowledge of this long and intricate tale imbues his narration with confidence. I could listen to him forever.
It highly annoys me when content is repeated in books as if written as a series of magazine articles that must remind readers of what has been previously covered and you'll get a lot of that here. The interview added at the end of the book was very interesting.
I was somewhat disappointed with this book, but probably for the very reason that most people would find it enjoyable: Too much back story about the people and not enough about the making of the dictionary. The story is well written (and narrated), but I got tired of hearing about the foibles of the madman instead of more about compilation of the OED.