This is one of Dickens' more meandering books, but the narration was truly remarkable and made this a great "read".
I thought this was going to be an interesting read with a sci-fi twist on the plague years of the 1300s in England. But it just goes on and on with political infighting between academics at Oxford & whose fault it is that the time travel went awry. OK, I get it, but after hours of listening I still don't get the story line. I just gave up. Back to the present.
Not sure why I bought this after my disappointment with Angels & Demons. Same impossible scenario this time with a "genius" woman - 200 IQ or something - who can't see what's patently obvious. Come on, really? Brown has become a money making formula writer & not particularly a good one. I'm sure he laughs all the way to the bank.
So, I was wondering what the point was & in the end I got it all laid out for me. A moral preaching. I thought there was an error in the recording when suddenly the first section just cut off in mid-sentence (could never figure out what the purpose of that was). Despite these oddities, I really enjoyed the book. It's engaging, keeps you wondering.
When are publishers going to start providing the readers pronunciation tips? It was distracting when the reader's plummy, erudite accent, which sounded so convincing, crashed on some fairly obvious words.
A terrific book, well written and, despite anomalous verbalizations, a very good narration.
I repeat, repetitive. I can't get 15 words on the page without saying it again.
Would have been better if there had been a real story line to this book. The dissappearing Spoon was much better, more engaging. This book presumes you already know quite a bit about the periodic table. Jumps all over the place.
Many interesting facts and a a good perspective on the economic drivers of the monotheistic religions.
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