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Could be enormously more useful with some kind of context, themes and WRITING to aid comprehension and learning... as opposed to merely listing. I can't imagine retaining any of this material, any more than I can imagine retaining a useful amount of information by reading the first two hundred pages of a dictionary. Sorry Mr. Bennett -- I can't even begin to see the point of "writing" a book in this manner.
Most reviewers find it "compelling", "amazing", "brilliant". So I wasn't too put off by Michael (WI). I wish I had listened to him! He pretty much says it for me.
My caring about what was happening slowly dribbled away until, after a couple of hours, I just couldn't be bothered listening to any more.
Just don't get it. People VERY enthusiastic about this book (which is why I bought it). I found it uninteresting and banal. Not clever. Not funny. Not exciting. Not......
Yes, I can understand why some people said they didn't like it as much as the first one, and so on. But it's still a good yarn. And Gideon Emery is great. Sounds more like it IS Bob Howard, rather than a narrator. I used to be a science fiction fiend when I was young. These days, I have great difficulty finding a worthwhile story and am considering just giving up on the genre. From that disappointed background, I have enjoyed this series, and hope there will be more.
Greg Eagan is a programmer, but he sure could fool me into thinking he's a theoretical physicist. Really enjoyed the science.
Was looking forward to listening to more of his books. The ones I'm especially interested in are narrated by Adam Epstein. Mr. Epstein has received some very negative reviews. But I REALLY wanted to listed to those books. I thought, "Well he may not be great, but it can't be so bad that I'd not enjoy the book." Listened to samples. He was WORSE than the reviews. (Sorry, Mr. Epstein.) I couldn't even get through the sample, never mind a book! Terrible. I simply cannot buy those other books. I strongly suggest you don't, either.
Barbara wrote in her review, "... maybe I'm showing my ignorance, but I just didn't get it at all."
I don't think so Barbara. I think you didn't get it because there's nothing to get. This is a case of the Emperor's new clothes.
I've never read a Harlequin Romance, but I think it's a pretty widespread cliché. Well, this, to me, is like that image I have of a Harlequin Romance... pretty empty, melodramatic emotions for (apparently) no good reason, all set on a somewhat science fiction background that never is well developed. And for people whose personalities have been around for hundreds or thousands of years, they are an amazingly banal bunch.
Kept hoping it would get better. Never did. Finally just stopped listening.
The narrators were acceptable. Not astounding, but decent. Wouldn't avoid a book read by either. Will avoid books by both authors.
Todd McLaren is fine as a narrator. The sound QUALITY is poor -- like he was recorded in someone's kitchen. There is a background noise not heard on the sample, like some kind of cheap recorder is being used. Sound cuts and starts with each short section. Quite distracting and irritating. I only listened for about ten minutes. Will be returning for credit.
Fascinating summary of the topic. I would like to have bought the unabridged version, but (sorry, Mr. Pritchard) I agree that the narrator's voice is more than reminiscent of a 1950s educational documentary or newsreel. This is a worthwhile alternative.
... But not shallow. If you could remember the whole book, you'd have material for many, many dinner party conversations to come! But seriously; fascinating and. absorbing. From the wide view of the development of the universe and how it works to recent individual experiments in cosmology, geology, biology, chemistry and more. It really is a short history of nearly everything scientific.
...and couldn't take any more. The narrator seems to being taking inspiration from the rhythms and intonations of Laurie Anderson's performance-art spoken songs --- pitch rising in abnormal places for no linguistic reason. Great when it's performance art: irritating and overbearing when imposed on a novel. Any other book by this narrator is an automatic "No" for me.
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