Reasonable narrator (but not in the league of Patrick Tull or Davina Porter) but relatively boring story. I am four hours in and ready to abandon an audio book for the first time (after many). I would pass on this selection.
I will wait for reviews of book two before I give up on the whole series. Puratins with moral delimmas was not a real good attention grabber for the first book. I listened for 7-8 hour before giving up.
Yes, I did, darn it. I never made it through this one. I love historical fiction, and long, drawn-out rambling series--fiction, but this was just really boring to me. It's the first book I haven't been able to finish. Won't be getting the rest of the series.
Out of the 200 audio books I have downloaded over I dont know how many years as a member this without doubt is the worst.
Im reluctant to even give a star it's more a twinkle of a point...
Please Neal Stephen dont write any more in the series or at the very least read a Ken Follett or Steve Berry to get a better idea of weaving a story through your facts.
It is slow listening, boring, and the narration monotonous.
Once again I was fooled into buying a book based on an authors previous books. While I greatly enjoyed Neal Stephenson's other books this one was as dry as a popcorn fart. I couldn't even get through it. Hey Neal...send me a refund!
Wading through all the great things the author discovered while researching this book became too tedious. Until I sat down to write my review of Forsyth's "The Cobra" I had forgotten that I had not finished listening to this one. That's what it is—forgettable. You could probably find something better on which to spend your money.
I wanted to like this book. But I couldn't make it past the first section. So erudite, so boaring, so full of non significant significance. I fell for the promotion of it. If you like the history of this period, stay away from this book.
I was first introduced to Neal Stephenson through his book Cryptonomicon (to which, in some ways, Quicksilver is a distant prequel). I loved Cryptonomicon, with its intricate plotlines, its fantastic characters, and its tidy resolution. I was eager to read more.
Quicksilver was a good book, but it did not live up to Cryptonomicon primarily because it is too slow moving.
If you are interested in natural sciences and the history of the Royal Society, this is a playful historical fiction that is extremely interesting in its portrayal of those scientists, their debates and activities.
The main character is a sort of ambling good-natured scientist who meanders through various scientific societies making acquaintance with some of the great minds of the time through seeming happenstance. In this respect, I loved the book and its completely irreverent approach to these great minds.
However, it had none of the adventure, urgency, or swashbuckling of Cryptonomicon. It was an interesting read, but a very slow one. Amusing and entertaining, but never gripping.