Narrated by the English author, the audio book version makes the mayhem and madness of this lexicologist' s dream all the more engrossing....you'll never look at a dictionary the same way again :^)
Truth is always stranger than fiction and this book is a prime example. This is a really interesting history on the authoritative book of the English language. Very enjoyable.
I loved this book! It's eloquent and beautifully constructed. The detail of the making of the OED was fascinating. From the description of the little pieces of paper on which words were defined to the investigation of the doctor' illness, I found the tale compelling and at times heartbreaking. Beautifully written. Beautifully performed.
Narration was perfect, and I will likely listen to it again. The story was interesting enough to keep me in my car longer than necessary. Such a sad tale of a man who struggles with mental health, but at the same time was able to contribute in a big way to the history of the English language.
Very interesting history of the Oxford English Dictionary. The title led me to believe it would read more like a mystery novel which it definitely is not. The story revolves around the genesis of the OED and is very well written albeit the title is slightly misleading. Fun to listen to.
I found the subject of the story interesting. It was , however, for the most part, dry and at times a boring. The most interesting part , for me, was about the madman. I wondered if modern day medicine would have been a help to Dr. Miner.
I love this approach to shat should be dry reference. The English teacher in me enjoyed the etymological side, while my storytelling side preferred the narrative.
This is a surprisingly interesting book of characters, who's lives revolve around the love of words.
The audio is fantastic as it takes you to the era orally. As an American reader, I found the story enhanced by listening to it read by Mr. Winchester.
Yes. When Dr. Minor creates his method of researching a word, I was impressed with his patience in thinking through how best to work so that the results will be most beneficial.
I even listened to the acknowledgements and interview! These are parts I often skip when actually reading books, not listening.