If you are interested in the plastic arts and/or art history, you will likely find this book interesting and maybe even exciting, as I did. For the latter, the book gets 4-stars. Otherwise, you will likely find it boring, not worth the read/listen and the book would get a 1-2 stars.
This book is not a cliff-hanger like Dan Brown's "DaVinci Code" or others of that ilk. Rather, it is a true story about the minutia of art and art history - teasing out the provenance of an art work from a myriad of subtle sources. I learned a lot from the book even if that was not its objective. The author does go overboard in trying to develop characters who are basically boring people in boring occupations. But, he tried.
Campbell Scott is a droning reader who adds little life to the reading.
This book is especially interesting after having listened to George Dyson's Turing Cathedral, which paints the picture of what happened on the US side of the Atlantic during that time period and the very different but equally brilliant John Von Neumann.
Alan Turing The Enigma is long, very detailed and is some places drags. But it IS meant to be a "definitive biography" so such is to be expected.
The technical material presented was not too deep nor too shallow for me - an electrical engineer and programmer.
In my opinion, you can not know Alan Turing without knowing his homosexuality and what he endured because of his independent nature. If such matters turn you off, then that's an intellectual loss for you.
I can only say that I am delighted I chose to spend the hours listening to this book, especially given that I will soon be seeing the movie based on it.
Haven't read this in print version.
While I wasn't terribly impressed with the story per se, I find that Daniel Wilson's portrayal of how the masses can be manipulated to be quite relevant to what is happening in our society today in terms of fear mongering by elitist and money powered groups. History is replete with examples of what happens in this story. Regrettably, such history is yet again repeating in my opinion.
I could only stand to listen to 3-4 minutes of this. The sound and/or reader is horrible! Sounds like a cross between Elmer Fudd and Donald Duck talking under water. DONT BUY THIS BOOK!
This is an outstanding book that probes the depths of the US, UK and French leaders and their thinking in 1919. It is informative as well as entertaining in the humanistic portrayals of participants in the 1919 peace conference. The best read book I've heard especially given I am hearing deficient.
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