I could not get more then 30 minutes into this book. I am not one to stop listening to something but the writing was terrible.
The Author over describes everything with poor metaphors. For example, in one of the first scenes, he is describing the voice of a new character, and uses 3 separate metaphors in succession to color this character, none of them particularly good.
I would use Audible's return feature on this book, but it does not show up on the list.
If you like history, and the odd anecdotes that make it really fascinating, this book has it in spades. It does wander off its core path to explain historical minutiae, but that is part of the fun. Also, it is told from a very British point of view that may be a touch jarring to an American reader.
The narrator had a very high, quiet, breathy voice that I do not prefer for Audiobooks. Also, she was terrible with accents. Her German, Russian and Arabian were identical, and her American was not even as close as I have heard British comics using as jokes.
The Author debunks several common misunderstandings about the origins of certain words and phrases that 'everyone' thinks they know the true story on.
A total geek fest, especially for anyone who lived through the 80s.
The Dystopian elements are not that dark for those who do not like that genre.
This is a total guilty pleasure book.
But it is not a 5 star book on its own.
Wil Wheaton's rendition pushes it over the top. Every geeky reference, every movie line, every emotion is pitch perfect as only a geeks geek could render it.
I usually do not give up on any book, but the writing here reminds me of the contests for the worst prose.
There is so much better in every genre. this is not worth the time.
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