I have been loving the ride on this series. It's long and delicious and brilliant and witty. The characters are people you really want to know better - even the ones that aren't icons of history like Newton and Leibnitz.
Daniel Waterhouse's movements through the story.
Yes. Prebble, Kellgren, and Pariseau narrated the earlier books in this series as well. They are consummate!
Yes, I laughed many times and occasionally got misty-eyed.
Neal Stephenson is a planetary treasure.
Stephenson's writing is voluminous and - to be honest - full of extraneous details and side-trips. I happen to LOVE the side trips and enjoy every minute of the stories. He can be a little graphic in rubbing your nose in the dirty details of life in 17th and 18th Century Europe, but I can forgive that as it is surrounded by such delightful characters, deeply intertwined story threads, and magnificently crafted surprise twists.
If you're a smart person who loves complex and rich storytelling, you will love this entire epic series of books. The performances in the audiobooks are astoundingly good.
I have loved this story since I was 16 when I first read it. This book contains lessons for life, color stories, fascinating future history world building, and fantastic character development. Unfortunately, it also contains a few things that should have been edited out (diploid pair genetic analysis for way too long, for example).
Lazarus Long is my idol. I really love this character, and the story brings him to life. I want to be Lazarus Long when I grow up.
Yes! I worried a bit about Mr. James' voice (was raw during some of the read), but it was perfect for the part in every way.
Yes, but I listen when driving. I had to force myself to get out of the car sometimes.
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