It is up to you to use your powers for good!
So disappointed in the book overall. I expected more. The story drug on and on and never got anywhere. Would not recommend your time or $.
I so wanted to like this story. The narration is very good, the topic should be interesting, but I just couldn't get through the book. This is the first audio book that I didn't finish. I tried, but I couldn't. I started listening to this at bed time to put me sleep more quickly.
Love Simon Prebble; Neal Stephenson not so much
Boring. I kept asking myself
The last scene I listened to, which happened to be a string of F-words. That put me over the line to be done with this book.
It inspired me to get my money back.
Audio books are in dire need of a content rating system. I could have avoided disappointment if I had known this book contained so many F-words.
A frequent listener with a taste for a little of everything.
This story is well narrated, and the characters are interesting. Unfortunately, there's not much positive to say beyond that. While I enjoy listening to historical fiction, fantasy, and sci-fi, I do like to know what I'm investing my time into. If you were to ask me what the plot of the book was, I couldn't tell you. If you asked me what the point was, the best I could give you is that it shows the author's knowledge about scientific discovery during the time periods highlighted. Nothing more. Occasionally, there are funny lines and situations - those are the only things that kept me listening until the end of this part. Otherwise, I would have abandoned it.
It may just be me, but I really couldn't follow the storyline in this book. I quickly got disinterested and couldn't finish it.
I had hoped for historical info within a (good) novel and found the opposite. Especially in the first half of the book, the dialogue turns into a lesson in eg. european coinage as a prism is bought from a vendor, making for clunky dialogue. The prism turns out to be irrelevant to the story line. The second half of the book seems to turn focus to the story line in a manner I found much less constructed.
I almost never stop reading or listening to a book, even one that I can't stand - this book was an exception. Although I really wanted to get interested in the "story" and the characters, I just couldn't. I found myself longing for the end of the first part, deciding that was as far as I'd go if it didn't pick up substantially. It didn't, and I happily deleted the second part without listening. Great narrator is about the best thing I can say about this book.
I had high hopes, I just can't get into this book. I was on the second half and realized that I have no idea what the book was about at all. Tried again - just can't do it.
After enjoying several of the author's other books I was looking forward to this series. I was surprised the sample audio only consisted of the author's introduction - now I know why. The book is boring, difficult to follow, and the narration makes it even worse. After 8 years I've finally found the one book not worth a single credit. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to find a single positive thing to say about this book.
If you're looking for an interesting book of historical fiction, try New York: The Novel or Matterhorn.
I read so I can write
Contrary to all the good reviews, I found this a big disappointing. Only because the narrators were great was I able to bet all the way through it. IMO it is a poor science history and is unnecessarily long.