As the author mentions in the foreword of the book, he gathered lots and lots of information about the time of enlightenment to provide a good scientific and historical background to his story. Unfortunately what follows is a lame story so covered in tedious historical facts and teeming with historical figures, that it is actually pretty hard to find.
In addition to that, the performance of the reader makes it as enjoyable as listening to an encyclopedia. I've expected something better from Mr. Stephenson.
I wanted to like it. I think I liked it. I feel confused....
It was different to listen to a book based in the 1600's. I usually avoid those as they are mostly romance. The language and culture used in the book were a bit hard to get used to. The story felt disjointed but had many moments that perked up my ears.
I am not sure what to say beyond that. I love history, science, and economics so I will place my trust in Neal's hands and continue with the series.
I purchased this book based on the reviews, I have to admit I only could give this book one hour of my time before giving up all hope of salvation from the boredom that is Quicksilver. It was high filutin and unpalatable, hoping for the romance of art and culture of the Baroque period it was peppered with philosophy and scientific discoveries that should have proved intriguing but coupled with the narration left me with a flat disappointed feeling. Boring.
I made it through this. Just and with encoragement. I've read a lot of science history and it was an interesting check of famous names and conceps. But I won't be continuing. The text is turgid, there is very little plot and probably only two female characters with even brief speaking parts. I prefer his earlier work.
I had tried to read this book. I found it fascinating but just too long. Listening to it, I could more fully realized characters and particularly enjoy the cadence of the language. This is a very good example of a book that may be better read aloud. The performance was wonderful and, because Stephenson has such brilliant characters, I sometimes drove around the block to finish chapters.
I'm a big fan of historic fiction. This is a period most of us don't really know much about but that has determined much of modern life. I'm pretty sure that's why he decided to write about it, it's why I liked listening to it.
Somehow, the cadence of listening as opposed to reading was particularly effective in this book
This is one of the series of where I've bought all the audible books and I'm going to be so sad when I'm done.
I enjoyed this however i enjoy history and biographies, this isnt like his other books
you get to say hi to Enoch Root again, id pick him.
I read the Baroque Cycle when it came out and enjoyed it greatly. It's not meant as a history so much as an entertainment and listening to it is a real treat. However, when I read Quicksilver it was a 1000+ page book so i should have known better when this Quicksilver was only 20 hours. What I'd forgotten was that the book I read had three "books" that included one called Quicksilver. These sub-books are published by audible individually. So I feel a bit cheated.
Here are the volumes and books, so expect to spend 8 credits for the whole cycle.
Quicksilver, Vol. I of the Baroque Cycle
Book 1 – Quicksilver
Book 2 – The King of the Vagabonds
Book 3 – Odalisque
The Confusion, Vol. II of the Baroque Cycle
Book 4 – Bonanza
Book 5 – The Juncto
The System of the World, Vol. III of the Baroque Cycle
Book 6 – Solomon's Gold
Book 7 – Currency
Book 8 – The System of the World
Fascinating, funny, thought-provoking.
Daniel Waterhouse realizing King Charles the Second was about to blow up his father's house and his father.
No, too much to savor.
I was disappointed that it wasn't the whole book and that I had to purchase the second part. It is published as one book.
This absorbing book throws light on a time when science is surging to the forefront of popular thinking. It is written with unconventional warm humour.
Simon Prebble's performance is masterful.