Basically a riveting collection of the "greatest hits of biology, paleontology, geology, etc. The author doesn't take himself too seriously and offers up one great story after another: Darwin, Wallace, Bates, Leakey, Chapman, Alvarez.
Really entertaining and informative
I have finally found the antidote to Scott Brick whose delivery of every sentence is charged with apocalyptic urgency, whether the book deals with deadly epidemic or tulip planting techniques.
In contrast, Alex Day's funereal delivery is somnolent in the extreme. Using my audible app, I have increased the speed to 1.5 and can now reach the end of sentences before having forgotten the beginnings. She also has a slight lisp... not upleasant.
But for goodness sake, learn to pronounce the words properly! Nothing does more to ruin a good book than an incorrectly pronounced word. She seems to have particular trouble with words beginning in "A." With very little effort I jotted down the following mis-pronounced words: Acumen, Automaton, Apposite, Arsenical. Thank goodness she didn't have to read "archetype. I feel certain she would have pronounced the "ch" as in "cheese"and I would have run screaming from the room.
Having read, of course, Heart of Darkness and Secret Sharer, and being interested in early detective fiction, I decided to listen to this novel. The narrator was fine enough, and I forced myself to take a deep breath and relax into the leisurely pace of the narrative. It was well worthwhile. Listening in this way reminded me of the vast amounts of leisure time novel readers used to have and I let myself savor Conrad's remarkable prose. By the time the plot thickened (be patient, it does thicken), I was hooked.
I, too, am a great fan of Robert Whitfield and I go to great lengths to obtain his recordings. It is very hard to avoid David Case, whose narration always sounds so insufferably stuck up.
But, Joseph in Austin, I have the ironic duty to inform you that, just as David case and Frederick Davidson are the same person, Robert Whitfield and Simon Vance are one and the same.
Wonderful job as always.
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