When you say "the periodic table" I'm sure it conjures up for most people a picture of a yellowed, dog-eared poster on the back wall of the chemistry lab with an oddly crenelated table and intimidating scientific notations. After experienceing an involuntary shiver of revulsion and then a sigh of relief they change the subject. This book could change that forever.
Reading this book is like taking a Disney ride through the periodic table. You start with chemistry and physics, flirt with quantum mechanics, and catch glimpses of bubble science and much, much more. You visit all of the elements and hear their histories, the juicy gossip, the funny stories, the successes, and the failures.
You'll meet the who's who of the scientific upper crust as well as the cracks and cranks. You will see the periodic table permeate every aspect of life and never look at ordinary objects the same way.
Best of all, you'll enjoy every minute of it!
I thought I would really enjoy this book, but ended up feeling rather sad in the end. The book is well written and well read, but incredibly disheartening. It seems Britain has managed to hold these leftovers of empire in a state of benevolent neglect which is shameful.
This book was well conceived and researched, but it just didn't grab me from a story telling perspective like I wish it could have.
I'm a big Z Punc fan. When I heard Yahtzee had done a narration of his book I had to have it. I finished it in a couple of days. If you enjoy Terry Pratchett, John Scalzi, or enjoyed Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, chances are you will enjoy Mogworld. If you are also a fan of Crowshaw's reviews you'll appreciate the additional level of humor.
Okay, I'll admit it: popular science is one of my favorite literary genres. That being said, I usually stay firmly planted on terra firma. This was my first foray into the mind-bending field of astrophysics, and it won't be my last. Neil deGrasse Tyson strikes an excellent balance between academic and interesting. I found myself taking notes, rewinding, googling, and just sitting in awe and wonder. Dion Graham was the perfect narrator for this journey abroad.
This story, takes up well where the first left off. My few qualms with the first book have been well satisfied here and the characters continue to be excellent. I feel I've come to know these people. Some I enjoy spending time with, some I loathe; but all evoke strong emotions. Martin is a genius with his characters. Martin's fantasy is much darker than most, but more real as well. I appreciate the maturity.
I am ambivalent about the narration. While Dotrice is a pure pleasure to listen to and his voice was an excellent choice for the overall narration, I find his characterizations lacking. Most of his male characters sound either like pirates or as though they have speech impediments. His female characters are unconvincing. So, I remain undecided: I loved his narration, but wasn't taken with his voice characterizations. I don't remember this being so striking in the first book, but I've watched the series since then. Perhaps I have different expectations of the voices now that I've seen the series. Hard to say.
This story is riveting from beginning to end. I was late for everything the entire time I was listening because I just couldn't hit the pause button. The story captures your imagination and the narration is sublime. Do yourself a favor: get it. You won't regret the credit spent.
This is a well written coming of age tale. It was excellently narrated, but I have to admit that for the first half of the book I was totally distracted by the narrator. Mr. Inglis narrated all of the Hobbit/LotR books and I'm afraid I've type cast him in my head. Just hearing his voice evokes Middle Earth. I had to consciously remind myself that I was not listening to a Tolkien story. Once I got past that, it was an enjoyable listen. I'll be listening to the rest of the series.
While the story was well written and the narration very good, I find I actually hated it. The story was sad, and quite awful in places and it was a chore to finish it. I know I am a dissenting opinion and it appears most people enjoyed this book. I just can't recommend it.
A decent review of the concept and execution of common sense. Also a look at what kills it and what cultivates it. No new or breakthrough information, but a good read nonetheless.
I would have preferred that it had been read by a professional narrator rather than the authors.
This story is hard to categorize: it's not typical science fiction, but it's not really historical fiction either. In reality, it's more of a human drama, and from that perspective it excells.
The character development was superb. The storyline was engaging, if sometimes predictable. My only complaint is that it was, in areas, agonizingly repetitive and slow due to unnecessary details. If you apply patience it is still an enjoyable, worthwhile read.
Ms. Sterlin's voice characterizations are outstanding and the overall narration was excellent.
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