This would have been a great listen were it 1985 or so. The material is very dated and I expect Africa is very different now than it was 25 years ago when this book was written. It's based on the author's experiences in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
It made me aware of the extent to which the religious beliefs of the day influenced scientific interpretations.
It could have used a better editor and tightened up the narrative. At times it just went on and on. Overall, though, a very thought-provoking narrative.
I liked the setting in India and the sounds of the foreign names and places, plus the sense of history. What I disliked the most is the constant "narrative" of what's happening and what the characters are thinking. Too often, the thoughts are juevenile. Perhaps I would have enjoyed the book much more were I 40 years younger and the plot, therefore, less predictable.
The book should have been billed as "young adult." I've never met a man as meladramatic as the lead in this story.
Caroline Lee does an excellent job narrating. Kate Morton's story was fine, but it aims toward a younger listener. Unlike a few other reviewers, I realized how it must end before I was halfway through the listen.
I couldn't stop listening. It held my interest and attention all the way through. The plot's twists and turns and the interesting characters made this a good listen.
Tina Fey reads this book as though it lacks a single comma, period, or paragraph break and does so at full speed. Although this presentation might work well for the dialog of a character in a sit com, it drives you crazy as an audible book lover. I am surprised by the number of folks who had commented that she'd been a good choice as the narrator. And, at half way through the book, I have yet to experience one chuckle.
Excellent, interesting, entertaining, and educational. Books like this bring science to life. As a cancer survivor, the subject was even more engaging.
By the end of the book, I couldn't wait for it to be over. The listening wasn't a pleasant experience.
The narrator's sense of appropriate pauses and emphasis were off and anoying. Part of this was due to an awkward writing style. (Perhaps a better editor and a different narrator would have helped?)
Never-the-less, I kept up with it because the subject was interesting and I did learn a lot about Cleopatra, Julius Ceasar, Mark Antony, and Augustus.
It's very disconcerting to listen to how he's going to count backward as you relax and have him skip #4. Drove me crazy.
I downloaded this title because the sequel just came out and seemed interesting. The protagonist is rude, crude, sarcastic, and unappealing. His adversary, Then Lion, isn't credible. Plus, the author doesn't "get" federal rules and has federal employees flying first class and being served food by Uncle Sam. Neither is legal. No wonder folks get such a poor picture of federal employees.
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