The book is more than a little sympathetic to Google, but it really puts the impact that Google has had on the Internet and society into sharp focus. You almost forget what life was like before Google. Like them or love them, Googlers have changed the way the world works.
I had to stop listening about about an hour - the narrator was like nails on a chalk board. I think that the story may have been interesting, but the only thing I could hear was that irritating voice.
The narrator is supposed to enhance a story, not become the focus of the story. This narrator failed miserably.
The book started out strong with lots of interesting facts about pre-Christianity and early Christianity. The author wasn't even afraid to mix in some mildly controversial views. But as history progressed and entered into eras where there is more concrete evidence he degenerated into a litany of fact recitation with very little insight and opinion mixed in.
Overall the book is absolutely comprehensive and I learned lots of things that I hadn't previously known - but I prefer my histories with a bit more insight. *Why* did history take the turns that it had or *Why* did people react in certain ways to certain events. The microscopic list of dates and names and places I find less interesting than some.
When I read history I'd like some insight. This felt mostly like an endless litany of dates, names, battles and facts.
If you are looking for a book that will describe all of the details of World War II then this is probably perfect for you.
The narrator had an odd tone to his voice and was pretty flat. Though he may not have had much of a choice given the nature of the material.
The rest of the series was narrated so wonderfully that having to listen to King was almost unbearable.
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