Overall, I find the stories quite typical and trite. I did not even chuckle or smile once listening to this book.
Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy. After that, perhaps another Bill Bryson, David Sedaris, or Jon Krakauer book.
I have no complaint about the narrator; it's the materials that I find rather boring. I rarely not finish a book and this one, even for less than three hours, I feel like stopping half way through.
Disappointment, definitely. I was looking for some lighthearted humor while driving but found none.
While the book is filled with scientific/technical facts (I assume they are facts since I have no clue), it's not boring at all. For someone with just limited high school science classes, I am able to follow along his problem-solving logic. The sense of humor also helps a lot too.
He proclaim himself the best engineer on the planet!
His narration skill is spectacular. The changes in tones, voices, and accents are masterful and not a bit insulting (although it does reflect some stereotypes).
Lonely Planet - Idiot's Guide to Mars Traveling?
Love it, love it, love it!! I don't want it to end (have 2 more hours of listening left), but I want Mark Watley to get home..
I love the narrator's voice. Such clarity. I am looking for more books narrated by him.
Only Bill Bryson can write about something so technical and dry and make it so interesting. It's fascinating materials and I just can't even imagine what kind of research he has to do to make sense out of all these topics? How did scientists figure out how old is the earth, how heavy is the earth, how large is the universe, how small is a particle...Having listened to that actually makes me what to go back to study these topics more.
I don't really feel there is much of a story to this except it really just feels like a romance novel with a sadistic twist. Story-wise, it's a bit weak for me and I really don't like the female lead. Hard to like someone who can just forget about her husband (presumably she was still in love at the time) after just a month.
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