This was a very refreshing listen for me. Well written and read. My only complaint is that the text is very euro-centric. The author is in fact making a point that the world is the way it is due to European influence. However, I would have appreciated a balanced perspective that treated, for example, India on its own merits. India had writing for quite a while and plenty of conflict, invention, etc. This is glanced over at best. What about the spread of Buddhism? I think that gets a couple of sentences when in fact it is a key topic of eastern civilizations. Overall I still recommend this one for the great content that it does offer.
A well written and read historical work. Well balanced between dry facts and rich background stories. An amazing achievement considering the scope of this topic.
Wonderfully written and read. McCullough's voice and pacing are unmatched for narration. His writing, as usual, is flawless and easy to digest. I highly recommend this work to anyone interested in the subject.
This book reads like a grocery list. I was expecting to be engrossed by a fascinating topic filled with heros, villians, intellect, passion, and faith. Instead I got the names, places, and dates of meaningful events in Jewish history and culture intermingled with dry, over rationalized, and highly subjective opinions about the motivations and intentions behind those events. If you are looking for enjoyment with your education steer clear of this one.
An excellent investigation into the world's most famous equation and, more importantly, the people who surround it. David Bodanis and narrator do an excellent job of keeping one's interest. If you like science and the stories of scientists listen to this book! I highly recommend Bodanis' other work, Electric Universe, as well.
Thanks for the refresher course on Greek philosophy... I was hoping for more than a cursory glance of the non-greek world. The roman, arab, and other european middle-age philosophers are literally only mentioned by name and affiliation with greek thought (if they are mentioned at all)! The author also reveals his shallow and literal, personal approach to the concepts addressed by his historical focal points at all turns, which only serves to petrify the already dry regurgitation of rudimentary greek thought. I love philosophy and I love thinking while I read/listen to a book! It is a great disappointment that this book brought me close to neither of these!
This "book" reads like a bad screen play that Jerry Brookheimer would produce. The author ran out of interesting material in the second paragraph. I might have given up listening altogether if it weren't for the reader's entertaining attempts at various female charaters. Save your time and money... it doesn't take much to top this one!
This book is one of those rare finds that puts most others to shame. Brilliantly written and brilliantly read! Don't miss out on this one science fans.
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