again, not his best, story is a little bland but still a good read for people who enjoy a review of history in "novel" form.
he is a wonderful reader. one of the few authors that can read his own work well.
I liked the subject matter of Needham's fascination with China and his adventures in that country, but the story got lost under the mountain of unnecessary facts.
No. But I've read other books and enjoyed them. He always includes a lot of detail, but in other works, those details don't overwhelm the story the way they did in this book.
Even if one knew nothing about China this would still be a fascinating read about an amazing man. The fact that it is written and narrated by a long time China observer makes it even better.
Only on the radio
I love all types of books but just couldn't get into this one. The author couldn't decide if he wanted to write a good story or deliver a really boring lecture at a conference. I really wanted to like this because the topic is interesting but the delivery was disjointed and I found myself tuning out the book and thinking about other things. Don't spend your money; if you're curious, get it from the public library, rip it and be disappointed for free.