Quicksilver was published as a single volume, including "books" 1-3. The "books" were broken into three audiobooks, which is a) three times the price and b) breaks syncing with the Kindle book as the syncing does not continue with "King of the Vagabonds" and "Odalisque".
The story and performance are great, but this is too annoying to ignore.
I wish it had included the other two volumes that make up the print/ebook edition of "Quicksilver." As it is, it is only the first third of the book.
This ends after the first third of the book, so there isn't a real ending. I found the ending to the book a bit disappointing, in that after 927 pages not much had actually been resolved. I found it interesting enough to immediately buy "The Confusion," which is the sequel to this book.
This is a fast, entertaining book. The narrators were good, but it is probably best enjoyed in print form so that you can quickly skim through the parts where Stephenson goes on a long tangent totally unrelated to the story.
Easily entertained and amused.
The narration was good, historical facts mildly interesting, plot was weak. I noticed it was a series and downloaded all three. After listening to the first, I thought it was mediocre at best but couldn't imagine anyone publishing a series if it didn't have some appeal somewhere. I assumed book 2 would improve on book 1 and 3 would be the pinnacle that everyone seemed to be raving about. Book 2 was even worse, I could not stay awake. I never downloaded book 3 and am looking to return it.
Enjoyed this book several years ago and still have the hardback in my library. Thought I'd like to give it a listen. Discovered that Audible broke it into thirds and sold each third as a separate book. If this is a trend..... count me out.
I'd loved all the other Stephson that I have read but this book just didn't do it for me. I couldn't stay awake, and couldn't figure out what was supposed to be going on or why I should care. There didn't seem to be any story here.
I stayed with this book long after I thought I should have abandoned it. As it turns out, my first instinct was correct. I should have abandoned it.
The ONLY thing going for this book is the insight that it provides into some of the daily life in the 17th century, as well as the state of scientific knowledge in those times. If you have a scientific or engineering background you will probably enjoy learning the history of some of Newton’s laws, for example. If you aren’t that interested in the development of science, this book will be even more boring for you than it was for me.
I stuck with it because the series got pretty good reviews, even though the reviews for this particular book are mediocre. I did not take into account that reviews for a series should ALWAYS be better than the reviews for the first book, because people who don’t like the first book won’t listen to the rest of the series.
The narration by Simon Prebble is good, but isn’t five-star. I occasionally couldn’t distinguish one character’s voice from another. His voice does have a quality about it that seems to suit the material; that is, it goes with the book.
I should have paid more attention to the critical reviewers. You should too.
Step into Baroque
Fighting off Pirates outside of Boston Harbor
Never dominated the story, underscores dialogue with varied natural sounding voices
I had to concentrate to listen - I could not do other brain work while listening.
This is the start of a wonderful series of books.
Is this story about the strides of science in the 15th and 16th century, or is it about the lives of some of the great minds (and many lesser minds) of this era? On either count it failed for me.
I didn't know what to expect with Quicksilver given some of the poor reviews. What I found was great writing paired with excellent narration. Though heavy on the historical detail and less on the fictional drama, it still was a great listen. Reminds me of a Follet book, i.e. Pillars of the Earth. Even better is that it is a series. Can't wait to listen to the rest. The only caution I would comment on is the moving back and forth in time made it a little tough to follow, especially with all of the characters.
This was not entertaining. As I have knowledge of history, and a basic understanding of math, computer, physics and biology I found their intellectual musing interesting. And it was neat to see fictional characters interacting with historic characters and talking them in to or out of actions, cajoling them to act as they actually did in history.
It written in a dense and convoluted way. I almost abandoned this book because the Stephenson wrote the book as though he was getting paid by the word: the simplest actions are written in the longest and most boring way possible. I've bought the sequel, but probably will not read it. (They were on sale.)