I just completed volume one and am very intrigued. We have explored all these lives, loves and situations and now here comes the storm. Or so I'm lead to believe. Very well read and while not fast paced it is meant to help us observe and think. I would recommend it to anyone wishing to expand their knowledge of classic literature.
This is an interesting story from an important time in the development of modern science. I really appreciated the background and biographical information of the times and individuals involved. I guess that a sign of a good book is that it left me wanting more detail and depth in the origin of science as we know it. I'm now on that quest.
While I found the subject interesting, the description was tedious. The meetings were endless (as I'm sure they needed to be) but someone needs to make a decision. And ultimately the decisions were made based on a combination of facts, hunches and politics. Makes me a little nervous. As for the production. This was the worst narration I've ever heard in an audio book. Whoever authorized the pace of reading aught to have to listen to it. Again. I put it on double speed and still had time to analyze the day between sentences.
While I believe this book has good intentions, as a history, it is lacking. People willing to spend this much time with a book would be better served by reading shorter histories that are more period specific. This book touches on many issues but never gives enough detail on any of them to be fully satisfying. Several of the biographies (eg. John Adams) or period histories (eg. What Hath God Wrought) are very interesting and readable and leave you feeling like you have really learned something when they are completed.
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