This is my tenth Audible book and the worst by far. It's basically a list of historical events with a few anecdotes thrown in. It seems to jump from one geographical area to another with the emphasis on incidental events, and the chronology is confusing too. The narrator is awful -- an unattractive tone without expression and the attempt at humor is pathetic.
Just listen to the sample -- there's a word repeated twice which they left in and that sloppiness is typical of the whole project. The authors don't appear to have made any effort to make the book a quality product -- must have been paid to churn it out as quickly as possible.
I read a lot of science and history. This book is an insult. I think I've made my point. To be honest, I only listened to the first 4 chapters but couldn't continue for obvious reasons.
anger. music spoiled it. Only just managed to get through it
I'd like to strangle the guy who put in the disgusting music!!!!!!!!
Don't know yet
anyone who reads slower and has a genuine interest in science
I'm writing this after listening to only the first few chapters as there are no reviews as of now, and the potential listener should be warned. The narrator reads it as if he is in a schoolroom class and has been reluctantly chosen to read the next chapter. He reads way to fast with no inflection so it's very difficult to understand all the intracies of the various preliminary unmanned flights etc. He obviously has no interest in the subject matter, even prounouncing "nuclear" as "nucular" just like one of our recent non-science orientated presidents! Totally spoils the book for me.
I also don't know where the book is going -- that should have been outlined in the first few pages -- so I have no idea if this is a good comprehensive overview or a flippant poorly researched book with the same integrity as the narrator. I recommend searching Scientific American for a serious article although this is obviously not available in audio
Good as this book is, it is deathly slow and nothing much happens. I enjoy well written, descritive books (e.g.Cold Mountain)but had to give up on this one half way through (after an investment of 10 hours or so). Pity, because the writing is insightful and the reading extraordinary.
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