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edward

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  • The World According to Bertie

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Robert Ian MacKenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (139)

    i>The World According to Bertie is the fourth in the series and revolves around the many colorful characters that come and go at No. 44 Scotland Street. McCall Smith handles the characters with his customary charm and deftness - the stalwart Tory chartered surveyor, the pushy mother, and, most importantly in this novel, the beleaguered Italian-speaking prodigy, Bertie. This is classic McCall Smith - clever, witty and entertaining - and beautifully illustrated.

    glamazon says: "Great visit to 44 Scotland Street"
    "Poor Bertie"
    Overall

    Interesting title for this book as poor Bertie is finding out that HIS world is located in the "Twilight Zone." For the last five years now, Bertie wakes up every morning and he's still six years old, trapped in some Dantian ring of Hell. Luckily for them, everybody else at 44 Scotalnd Street seems to be moving on with their lives. Watch out Mr. Matheson; Alexander McCall Smith is challenging you as the new master of the horror genre.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Industrial Revolution

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Patrick N. Allitt
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (61)

    From electric lights to automobiles to the appliances that make our lives easier at work and at home, we owe so much of our world to the Industrial Revolution. In this course, The Great Courses partners with the Smithsonian - one of the world's most storied and exceptional educational institutions - to examine the extraordinary events of this period and uncover the far-reaching impact of this incredible revolution.

    Quaker says: "Incredibly entertaining, balanced, comprehensive"
    "When he was good he was very, very good but....."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    When the professor stuck to a fact-based, historical, discussion he was good. When he started talking climate science towards the end, he jumped the track and embarrassed himself.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    He should have skipped the last two chapters where he ventured beyond his expertise.


    What about Professor Patrick N. Allitt’s performance did you like?

    On the plus side, his discussions of frequently overlooked enabling technologies (e.g. precision machine tools) clarified why many flashy inventions like trains, planes and the computer couldn't really have happened much before they did.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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