The book is a marvelous exploration of how ideas are formed, inspired and cultivated, and the writing is lucid and compelling.
Such a pity that the reader insists on attempting a foreign accent for every citation, an exercise that is pointless and distracting. The reader's attempt at a German accent early in the book when citing Goethe was so painful that I had to stop mid-stride and hold my gut.
Please read the book but avoid this audio version.
This book was fascinating at first but that tapers off and eventually gets really boring. The reading was great though!
Good book all around.
This book is verbose without a sense direction; which lost my interest in listening after an hour or two. It was factually repetitive to what is commonly known which contributed to it being boring. And that narration. Poor at best. Trying to come from the "over the top" verbal inflections and those impressions, just bad...bad.
There were many parts, but here are two. I loved the story of the two "showman" doctors who developed baby incubators and then found a way to pay for them by putting them on exhibit (with live babies inside)...in the shops of Paris...and then, the second doctor put them on exhibit in Berlin, London, and the U.S., with the longest standing exhibit at Coney Island, NY. I also liked the story of the young man who rather accidentally became the "father" of air conditioning... Great story!
I love books that arouse and then satisfy my curiosity.
Steven Johnson is a wonderful writer!
This is nonfiction, not a novel or a historical re-enactment. The narrator breaks out into English and French accents whenever he can, which is very distracting.
Interesting title, with many examples. Slightly short on substance, I think the author could have elaborated more on his theories for these topics.
This book was very interesting for me and opened a complete new world for me on how innovation comes about. I recommend this book to anyone interested in creating a more innovating environment at work, or how to become more innovative him/herself.
Could have been a LOT better. Interesting information on innovation, but I couldn't tell most of the time whether it was a book on how wonderful biological evolution is, or on where good ideas come from. Very frustrating.
Oh - and the "impersonations" by the reader - really distracting from the content.