This book provides a fantastic and unique look at the history of technology and certain innovations. He follows several broad themes of cold, glass, cleanliness, time, sound, and light. He then traces these from their original to the ubiquitous necessity to our now everyday technology. It was a quick non fiction read that was mostly enjoyable.
However, Johnson hammered a few ideas over and over again to the point of annoyance. The ideas of simultaneous invention, adjacent possible, long zoom, and hummingbird effect were beat like a dead horse. He even sights the invention of the spectacles three different times in the book, as if insulting the comprehension of the reader.
The narration doesn't add or detract from the book, it's a very straight forward presentation and easy to listen to.
Tim Jerome was incredible. He brought so much emotion and feeling to John Ames's story. It definitely added a dimension to the story and enhanced my enjoyment.
I've read several Pulitzer books, and I probably enjoyed this one the most. The language is so clear, so vivid that it truly brings the characters and story to life. The book was a bit slow in the middle, but the journey through John Ames's life and journey through the last stages of his life are poignant to touching.
Sam Spade is half Don Draper, half James Bond. He character is a real pleasure to follow through this tale. Eric Meyers did a phenomenal job and added to my enjoyment of this book. He used distinct voices for each character and that really added another dimension to the book.
Hammett is constantly introducing new characters throughout the book the spice up the mystery, and it works for the book. It's not deep, but it is entertaining. The last chapter was a bit weak, and repetitive, and the ending certainly could have been a bit better, but I'd still recommend this as a light, fun read.
Dufris is the star of the show. His reading of Howe, the defense attorney, is amazing. This is a well writing and meticulously research account of a New York City murder and the sensationalist journalism that followed. The plot takes a lot of turns and in enganging thoughout. Once the trial is wrapped up, the book drags on for a few more chapters, and they should be skipped. This was a fun read, but it doesn't educate like most non-fiction. Paul Collins has a gift, but other still master the genre better.
Learning the different parts of the operation, comparing it to the movie.
Baker over enunciates words, especially plurals, to a point that is distracting. Another narrator would have been much better.
It was an easy listen, and somewhat entertaining, so it was still worth the time.
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