This is an average biography of Lincoln. David Donald doesn't really bring him to life, and there are surprisingly few references to original sources.
The book was not helped by the awful reader- Dick Estell. His voice is completely monotonous and he seems not to understand what he's reading. He mispronounces several words including sycophant, zouave, and Vallandigham. It's a poor performance.
The title might make this seem boring- how interesting can a book about lists be? But it's great! Gawande provides varied anecdotes and portraits of the success of checklists from a plethora of fields: flight, medicine, construction and even fine dining. Finding out why Van Halen insisted that the brown M&M's be removed was very insightful.
A great book!
The Good: This is a terrific book. Kanigel's biography of both Ramanujan and his friend and patron GH Hardy is filled with wonderful detail. He does an admirable job of conveying a sense of the complex mathematics Ramanujan worked on. He seems to do a pretty good job in conveying the complex life and death of this amazing mathematician.
The bad: The narration is awful. Humphrey Bower is Australian(!!!!!) This means he mispronounces all the Indian names and words *and* the British names as well. This was a staggeringly poor choice and it makes this great book difficult to listen to. An Indian reader would have been way better- or even a British one.
I loved learning about all the amazing scientific figures especially William Herschel and Humphry Davy. Also the section on the advent of balloon flight. The book features mini-biographies that are woven together seamlessly. It's sprinkled with fun anecdotes and details throughout.
The one suggestion would be to get through the first section on Joseph Banks. It's more about geographic exploration and less about science- it's the least interesting part of the book- which gets much better afterwards.
The narration by Gildart Jackson is sublime. He handles all the French, German, Latin, scientific terms and even gives distinct accents to all spoken characters. He gives Davy what I assume is a Cornish accent. His American accent is charming if not perfectly accurate. He's a terrific reader.
Somewhere in the middle- these are fairly superficial interviews
The reader constantly mispronounces words- she butchers genre, milieu and segue. She mispronounces almost all pronouns- James Victore comes in for a beating.
Brief interviews with Designers
Yes, it was an informative and fun listen.
The sections are compact and you know which letter is coming next!
This book ranks very highly. It's a gripping tale of scientific discovery, public health and lots of little historical vignettes. Loved it!
The author does a great job of making complicated processes compelling and easy to understand.
This was the first time I've listened to Stephen Hoye but it won't be the last. An outstanding reader!
After this book, I'd think long and hard about reading another book by Madhur Jaffery. I will definitely avoid books read by Sumeet Bharati.
The narrator routinely mispronounces both Indian and English words. Hearing her pronounce "agape" with three syllables was particularly jarring. She uses the same approximation of an Indian accent for all the spoken characters. Her delivery is robotic and inexpressive.
I think this book was written with a sequel in mind. It only covers her childhood. The problem is that there just isn't enough worthy material in this book. She should have written a memoir covering her whole life (to date) rather than trying to stretch it out over several books.
This is non-fiction. There are no 'characters'. Blaise Pascal was pretty cool.
He's not the best. He struggled with pronunciations.
No, it's a book to be savored.
The book is a really great listen! The mathematical stories are compelling and the examples and scenarios the author uses are easy to picture. An excellent book!
The book was just plain repetitive. Beyond make a rapid prototype, research your end user and test the work quickly they have very little to offer.
I was hoping for concrete examples, even anecdotes of their thinking in action. These are few and far between.
I would have cast someone with a more lively delivery. Dan Woren was monotonous and dull.
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