Audible books read by their authors can be particularly enjoyable, and Eric Weiner, being a NPR correspondent, is as good as they get. He is funny, creative, and occasionally scholarly. The pace is very good and slow spots are rare and brief. If you like Bill Bryson, or just about any other social humorist, this is not to be missed.
The fact this audiobook was brief did not detract from its enjoyment, except when something is good, it would be nice to have more of it. The author does a great job of extracting the important events and evoking the spirit and feeling of the times. Heroism, famous baseball icons, tragedy and a simpler America. The narrator, Edward Herrmann is as usual outstanding at conveying the ideas of an author as if they were the product of his own mind. This is a marvelous book, and it does not hurt having a narrator that can restore one's faith in rational thought just by speaking.
Complex and believable WWII era story with the development of the atomic bomb as a backdrop. The two main characters are engaging and adequately life-like that you care what happens to them. Lots of twists, and I could find no internal contradictions. I am surprised at the low ratings given by others - I suspect they were looking for something else. From my point of view, narrator Edward Herman simply reading a random newspaper story would get a score to at least 3 stars.
This is one of those cases where I have trouble understanding criticisms, although if you don't accept the premise during the first hour of the story then it may not work for you. My opinion is that this book shows mastery at so many levels: sopphistication of plot and "mystery puzzles", credible high tech tricks, judicious use of criminal pshychology, two very likable characters, absence of dull spots, high level of meaningful detail, first rate narator. It is a tragedy the author died before this was published.
The universe just doesn’t seem quite the same after listening to this truly wonderful audio book. The author identifies the most interesting discoveries in the natural and physical sciences of the past 4 centuries and presents them with great clarity. The match between the tone and content of the book and the narrator’s skills could not be better – this is truly an inspired performance just on the part of the narrator. The humorous observations on the great minds of science are by themselves worth the price, but that is only a modest portion of the book.
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