Having never read the book before, I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to understand and relate to characters living in such a different time and place.
I found the narrator's dramatization to be a bit over the top at times, but enjoyable on the most part.
I am no scientist but I could tell that at least a couple of topics were not up-to-date, which made me wonder about the rest.
It's an interesting listen on the most part. I particularly enjoyed the chapters on space and the universe, and later on in the book, on how humanity came to be. Many of the facts are astounding. Some parts are a bit tedious... there is a lot of gossip-column-worthy information about many of the scientists, which I could have done without.
Warning: if you're not a germaphobe, the chapter on bacteria might turn you into one.
The narrator is good, besides when he's trying to do an Australian accent.
I gave this book 4 stars because on the most part, it was a really interesting listen. I always had a feeling there was something wrong with Scientology but I never knew all the disturbing details, and this book was a real eye-opener.
I can't say the book is incredibly well-written - there are some grammar issues and some parts are a bit tedious to get through. What really bothered me, though, was the narrator. She reads as if she is telling the story to an audience of 6-year-olds, and tends to pronounce sentences that are not questions as questions. That gets really irritating really fast.
Still, if you are interested in the topic of cults and you enjoy reading first-hand accounts, this is definitely worth a listen.
I decided to get this book because I saw it on a list of recommendations for people who enjoyed George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series. I was very disappointed to discover a main character with zero personality, accompanied by a handful of other completely flat characters, in a story that sounds promising for the first couple of chapters but quickly becomes boring and repetitive. I couldn't get through the entire thing and I wish I could get my credit back. The narrator is good, but the book is a snoozefest.
If you're looking for something similar to ASOIAF, this is NOT it. If you just want to learn the history, there are probably less painful ways of doing that.
This is a very enjoyable listen. Juliet Stevenson does a wonderful job at bringing the story and the different characters' personalities to life without sounding over-the-top dramatic. I will be keeping an eye out for more by her.
Fascinating story, well written and with excellent narration. One of my favorite listens so far.
Don't be deterred by the length of this audiobook - there's a good chance you'll find yourself wishing it was longer.
I absolutely loved listening to this book. I learned a lot about things I didn't even know I was interested in (who would've thought potatoes could be so fascinating?) and it left me wanting to research some topics further. It's the kind of book that gives you a lot to think about.
It's not a book about gardening, but it gave me so much newfound respect for plants that I almost want to try growing my own garden, regardless of my history as a plant serial killer.
The writing style is entertaining and easy to follow. I enjoyed the narration.
I have read and absolutely loved other books by Dawkins (The God Delusion and The Magic of Reality) but found this one much more scientific and hard to follow - and, well, not nearly as compelling. For my not-so-scientific mind, I would have preferred less detail. Perhaps a printed copy would be easier to get through - audiobooks make it difficult to skim through parts you're less interested in, and this one is quite long.
However, Dawkins and Ward are excellent narrators and pleasant to listen to.
Couldn't get through more than a couple of hours of this book. I found it boring, repetitive and stating the obvious. Oh well.
This is a fun listen which makes you feel smarter - what more could one want? The book is packed with heartwarming myths and fascinating facts, beautifully presented with excellent narration. I enjoyed it very much.
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