Booth spends countless pages/minutes telling you what he is going to tell you without ever telling you anything. This audio-book is a danger to anyone traveling on crowded highways or anywhere there is an easily accessible roadway partition or other quick fiery escape to the tedium it inflicts. To those expecting an engaging review or discussion of secret societies or their impact on major historical events or figures, look elsewhere.
If you have ever wondered why we speak the way we do, why the rules of English grammar make so little sense and where all of those place names and expressions come from, then this book is for you. Not too many years ago, I would have instinctively rebelled against something called "The Adventure of English," assuming it either too cute to have any substance or yet another dry academic work read only by English Lit. grad students looking for a way to avoid working on their thesis. Rather, this is powerful history on a topic largely ignored by more generic works. It examines a the evolution of the language by both cataclysmic events like invasion and slower processes like the rise of international commerce and colonialism. Then it connects them to pieces of the language that I, as a semi-educated speaker of American English, hear and speak every day.
An engaging story that presents a new take on the traditional "who are they and what do they want?" extraterrestrial mystery. Unlike many similar stories, Wilson provides not only an answer, but one that is unpredictable, well thought out and emotionally satisfying without being trite. Highly recommended.
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