I think the time listening to this book was worthwhile in that I was able to eliminate the idea of ordering the rest of the books in the series.
I enjoyed the characterization of the "hangman" lead character and the politics of the town council although it remained me of "Jaws" a bit too much. There seemed to me to be a few anachronisms in the story which I found rather distracting. I felt story was rather plodding and wishing the pace would pick up. I feel the story could have been completed in less time and made more interesting if it had been tightened up. I thought much more could have been done with describing the local geography and setting the scene for a late middle-ages early Renaissance time period.
Those scenes involving the hangman's struggles to avoid torture of the accused witch and the scene in the cave.
Yes, I could see it being made into a movie but the script would have to be shortened a lot before I would like see such a movie.
Overall, I really can't recommend this book very highly since there are many more interesting audiobooks available.
Excellent narration by Mr. Page. I would have thought he was the author. The content is very interesting. The life of ordinary substances is in fact quite surprising. Hearing the essays it is a wonder the we have figured out how to do all of this. The writing is clever and can be humorous such as his discussion of paper and how we see only a blank sheet so we are not intimidated by its "microscopic genius." I particularly like how the author has weaved human psychological aspects of the substances into the narration of the science of them. This is best general science book I have heard in a long time, informative, interesting, humorous and deserving of a sequel-or for matter- three or four sequels.
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