Though science interests me, I find books -- even the ones that try to explain things "simply" -- fall short of their goal. This is another case of a topic that grabbed my attention, but the writing and narrative were less than understandable. I listen to most audiobooks while driving. This one certainly doesn't lend itself to that. You have to listen closely, then replay parts, then listen, then replay. In then end, it is just a disappointment.
James Lee Burke is an exceptional storyteller and no one tells or reads his stories better than Will Patton. Like all of their collaborations, this is another in a series of very entertaining listening experiences. You will not regret buying this book.
The title of this series makes you think the lectures will be interesting. And, to a degree, they are. However, they deal with "out of the way" cultures that affect very few of us, and do not cover the scope of humanity. There is nothing of consequence discussed of the world's major cultures, just smaller tribes around the globe. While it is somewhat interesting, it really doesn't offer insight into humanity to any degree. Be aware, as well, this is an older series. At one point the author/reader mentions there are 6 billion people on earth (current population is 7.2 billion). Because of this, I feel there may have been more recent discoveries in the field which get no mention in this series of lectures.
James Lee Burke is an exceptional storyteller and Will Patton was made to read his novels. When the two of them get together, you have a very enjoyable, very interesting and very entertaining listening experience.
Mr. Patton (the reader) does a wonderful job on this book. The range of all the different voices he creates makes you think a whole ensemble is reading. As far as the story, it is good, not great. I enjoy James Lee Burke's books quite a lot, but this one seems to have a lot of extra words and descriptions which add nothing to the story.
This is really a very interesting book about the development of everyday life tools we take for granted (light, clean water, sound recordings, etc). The stories for each major area are extremely interesting and the narrator does an excellent job of getting the message across. If there is ever a volume two to this series I will definitely get it!
Philip Kerr just knows how to tell a story. Interesting characters, interesting plot, interesting ending.
Philip Kerr knows how to tell a story, period. The fact that they are set in Germany during WW2 adds to their mystery. Having traveled the country quite a number of times, it is interesting to "revisit" many places. The narrator, too, does a very good job of pronouncing the German names, locations, etc, as they should be heard. I normally like to alternate between listening to a fiction, then a non-fiction book. Lately, though, I keep on listening to another Bernie Gunther novel. The whole series is very interesting and entertaining.
Too bad David McCullough didn't write the history textbooks used in our nation's schools. If he did, our nation's children, as well as adults, would have a lot greater appreciation for the subject! This is just an extremely interesting bit of history told in a way that makes you want to read and listen to more from Mr. McCullough.
Just a very good book and great narration. It is a very entertaining story. The writer does an excellent job of painting a picture as he tells the story.
Mr. Kerr can really write a great story - time and time again. I have listened to several "Bernie Gunther" novels and each one is exceptional.
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