Fascinating, informative, surprising
I love that this course explained so many aspects of so many languages from all over the world. The Story of Human Language covers everything rom the evolution of tonal languages in Eastern Asia to the development of creoles in the New World, and so much more.
Professor McWhorter lectures with passion, excitement and humour. His love of language and joy of teaching really shine through.
I couldn't turn this course off. I finished it in less than a week, and was sad when it was done.
I enjoyed the general idea of the book. It's nice to read an apocalyptic story that isn't about zombies or viruses. The creatures were creative and interesting, too. I'd like to read more about them.
There are a few things that I disliked about this book. I didn't much care for the writing style, and it felt like the story didn't really flesh out until the last hour or two.
Emily didn't feel like a real person to me. She just didn't seem to react much to the death of every person she's ever known.
Detail is good to a point, but the author put too much focus on mundane details, in my opinion. Also, after the first dozen times, it became annoying when Emily "decided to" verb when she could have just verbed.
I like this author's ideas, so I would give him another shot and hope that his writing improves.
I'd like to read a sequel to this book. The world has a lot of potential, but this story doesn't stand out on its own, and it needs something to follow it. I'm interested to see what happens next.
The narrator did a good job of injecting some feeling into the story. She 's not the best narrator I've ever heard, but she's quite good.
There isn't enough in this book to make a decent movie. Once she actually reaches her destination, it'll probably make an okay movie.
I think this would be better in print. There were many formulas and references to figures that, while well described, don't really transfer well to audio.
If you've taken introductory statistics, this book is almost entirely review. But it did help to clear up a couple of concepts that I never fully grasped. There are also a few interesting facts thrown in.
If you've never taken statistics, everything is explained very clearly and in an interesting way.
I haven't read the print version, but I think the audio version may be better. Wil Wheaton's narration was great and really added to to story.
The opening scene was probably my favourite. It was unexpected, funny, and quickly pulled me in..
Honestly, I didn't expect much from this book. The description made it sound like an interesting but tacky story. But I was completely mistaken. It's well written, funny and thought provoking. I would definitely read it again.
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