Confusing which characters were talking and who the story was about.
Narrator had a good voice.
Frustration, very difficult to follow who was talking and where the story was going.
I like the honest description of how the time period was, the story was just too jumbled with little or no direction.
This book does a great job of presenting Issac Newton and the royal society as a work of fiction. I am unsure how closely Neal follows actual history, but it is very insteresting regardless. The book does some rambling but manages to build up to plot peaks regularly.
I enjoyed this book immensely, but I have no idea what the plot was supposed to be. As a fictionalized account of the early developments of science and rationalism in 1600s England and America, this book was fascinating and sometimes hilarious. As a novel with protagonists, antagonists, and conflicts--well...I spent the first 2/3 of the book waiting for the story to start, and the rest thinking, "Wait, that's it?" And yet, listening to this book, as I did, as an episodic narrative of 1600s England and America--it was absolutely fascinating.
Very happy to see this trilogy done in the unabridged format, even if it means that Audible gets to sell it as an "octalogy". (I guess LotR will be sold as a hexalogy whenever they finally buy rights to it)
Excellent narration t'boot.
Wow, this is a tough listen. I really wanted to like it, I have really enjoyed the other audio books from Stephenson (I highly recommend Anathem) . I was so happy to see the unabridged Baroque Cycle finally available on Audible I bought the the first two volumes immediately. Now I am not even sure if I have the will power to listen to the second one I already purchased.
I think the problem is that there is just no discernible plot. The story just seems to follow the main characters around documenting whatever they happen to be doing. No matter how boring (long discussions with uninteresting friends) or disgusting (torturing stray dogs).
To make this mess even worse, is how Audible has decided to break the story up into 7 purchases. That is a lot of credits (cash) for what appears to be a fairly boring book. I know the book has received excellent reviews, so maybe it gets better. I just don't know if I can keep listening to find out.
Here's the deal: when I work on projects around the house I like to listen to audiobooks. This book is ideal because Simon Prebble has an amazing voice, and the book is nice and long. I had read the book so it was easy for me to follow along. If you want constant action, this isn't for you. The action scenes are few and far between, and Stephensen puts long, boring dialogs in all of his books which is when I hit x2. Otherwise, just be patient and you'll be hooked. Eventually.
Audible recommended this title to me and it dragged so I didn't even finish the first half of the download. Love the historical aspect, but after listening to Pillars of the Earth and World Without End AND Cathedral by the Sea, this title was boring.
Quicksilver introduces a wildly diverse set of characters that bring the period to life. Part historical fiction, part a character play. A great intro to the series
I had been looking for a good historical fiction when I ran across this read. I had such high hopes for this series. However, after listening several hours I finally just gave up waiting for it to become interesting. That will teach me to wait for reviews before wasting credits.
I like historical fiction and I certaintly don't mind to be told a lot of intresting details of the life in the period of the story, but I do prefer all of it to be centered around some central plot like a murder mystery, the hunt for a document or the building of cathedral. Otherwise I get confused. This book got me very confused. People who need little plot, who may indeed not want plot at all, may like it.