I would recommend this book to anyone interested in history, technological invention, engineering, architecture, construction, human accomplishement against great adversity, and crime. Fascinating juxtapositioning of the best man can accomplish set against the darkest of our nature. I loved this book.
If you love the ocean and admire those who have challenged it, you'll love this book. It is amazing what this man did in his time. It is great for the sailing story alone, but the character of the man who made the voyage is equalling compelling, you come away with an admiration for his view of the world. The language is very authentic, something I found interesting but it does take some time time to get used to. But, be patient, it is worth it. The narrator was very good, very even handed in his delivery.
I deleted this book with about 3 hours left. The narrator is awful, I'll never buy a book with him again. The story is extremely thin and it is more about the psyche of a fictional cop than about the actual Dahlia murder. It is full of racial and sexual slurs that are supposed to be period I guess but it seemed the author enjoyed the language. And it was amateurly written. Don' bother.
The subject matter was interesting but I eventually got tired of Oxnam's fascination with himself, his accomplishments, his intelligence, his sophistication. Afet the wedding in the park with the poetry reading and the Indian ceremony and the horse and carriage, I'd had enough. A little more about the subject matter and less about Oxnam himself would have helped. I do believe some people with a great interest in personality disorders might like this though.
The book was depressing, long and full of repugnant imagery of bodily fluids, rotting flesh, autoeroticism and more. I listened to half of it and couldn't go on and I hardly ever give up on a book. It is 24 hours long and after 12 hours I was left wondering when will this get interesting. There are no redeeming characters and entirely too much weird dreamlike musing. Don't waste you time on this one.
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