This may very well be a good print book but making at audio book by just reading the endless tables, lists and surveys just doesn't work. The author is on a bit of a ego trip, but I could put up with that because parts of the book were really interesting, but I had to give up after a while. An earlier review said essentially that same thing, but I didn't listen!
I read the Baroque Cycle when it came out and enjoyed it greatly. It's not meant as a history so much as an entertainment and listening to it is a real treat. However, when I read Quicksilver it was a 1000+ page book so i should have known better when this Quicksilver was only 20 hours. What I'd forgotten was that the book I read had three "books" that included one called Quicksilver. These sub-books are published by audible individually. So I feel a bit cheated.
Here are the volumes and books, so expect to spend 8 credits for the whole cycle.
Quicksilver, Vol. I of the Baroque Cycle
Book 1 – Quicksilver
Book 2 – The King of the Vagabonds
Book 3 – Odalisque
The Confusion, Vol. II of the Baroque Cycle
Book 4 – Bonanza
Book 5 – The Juncto
The System of the World, Vol. III of the Baroque Cycle
Book 6 – Solomon's Gold
Book 7 – Currency
Book 8 – The System of the World
Having read biographies of Newton, I had hoped that this would focus more on the Royal Society, but the author took a broader approach by reviewing the development of science leading up to the Royal Society and then spent most of the time reviewing Newton's life. I would have preferred more on the the History of Fishes and other more obscure stories from the period. The narrator has been criticized in some reviews, but I though he was fine for what he had to work with.
The book is "fair" if you are a football fan, but the narrator made the listening excruciating. He is obviously not a sports fan. Most annoying is that is would read a team record like Syracuse's record of 7-2 in a year as "7 to 2" instead of the usual "7 and 2." In addition he mispronounced several names, most notably "ka-zonka" for Czonka. Finally, he read that Ron Luciano was a "basketball umpire." I doubt it the book actually said that.
I listen to most of my audiobooks while I drive and for the good ones, I find myself backing up to "reread" parts, but I don't think I bothered with this one. It had some entertaining parts, but I though it was too disjointed.
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