This is a LONG audiobook. And I enjoyed every minute. The story weaves together one generation of WWII cryptologists (and a bad-ass Marine with a heart of gold) with a modern time group of computer nerds intent on storing data in the Phillipeans (and finding a river of gold). You have to hear it to believe it.
The narration is quite good. There are some mindrattling mispronounciations, but the reader makes a real effort to vary his voice for each character, and does a creditable job -- even with the women. I live in Tennessee, and don't recall hearing anyone with quite the accent of Bobby Shafto, but enjoyed every minute of his dialogue.
One reviewer noted some omissions in the narrative. I wrote Audible before I bought it and they assured me the omissions had been repaired. I didn't have the printed book to confirm this, but I noticed nothing being left out.
This book is worth your time.
Brings to life the giants of the Pacific war -- Nimitz, Halsey, King, Leahy -- and their interactions with Roosevelt and MacArthur. Nothing startling here, but a good listen and worth the time. Well read.
This book drifts endlessly around the topic of 17th centruy physics, never really going anywhere. Never have such interesting characters (Gallileo, Newton, Descartes) seemed so lifeless and distant. God plays the biggest role, with the author speculating on what the characters thought of him and his great design -- with little documentation to back up the speculation.
Narration wasn't bad, but a bit too "academic". He probably did the best he could with such weeak material.
Not worth your time. At least, not worth mine.
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