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The Man Who Loved China Audiobook
The Man Who Loved China
Written by: 
Simon Winchester
Narrated by: 
Simon Winchester
The Man Who Loved China Audiobook

The Man Who Loved China

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Publisher's Summary

Here is the fantastic story of the eccentric scientist who unlocked the mysteries of the Middle Kingdom.

In sumptuous and illuminating detail, Simon Winchester chronicles the extraordinary story of Joseph Needham, the brilliant Cambridge scientist who turned his eccentric genius on the study of China.

In 1937 Joseph Needham fell in love with a visiting Chinese student. He soon became fascinated by China, and his mistress persuaded him to travel to her home country. Thus began his undying passion for the world's most populous nation.

Needham tackled one of the great, unanswered historical questions: Why did a nation that had invented so much and had enjoyed 5,000 years of flourishing civilization fail to undergo an industrial revolution, and instead spend so many modern years mired in poverty and racked by instability and revolution?

By the time he died, Needham had produced 17 immense volumes on China, marking him as the greatest one-man encyclopaedist ever.

Both epic and intimate, The Man Who Loved China tells the sweeping history of China through Needham's remarkable life. Here is an unforgettable tale by one of the world's inimitable storytellers.

©2008 Simon Winchester; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Brocklebank Malcolm A V 09-03-12
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    "A fascinating journey"
    What made the experience of listening to The Man Who Loved China the most enjoyable?

    Even if one knew nothing about China this would still be a fascinating read about an amazing man. The fact that it is written and narrated by a long time China observer makes it even better.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Winchester’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Only on the radio


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    Susie 03-12-09
    Susie 03-12-09
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    "Why did I waste my credit on this?"

    I love all types of books but just couldn't get into this one. The author couldn't decide if he wanted to write a good story or deliver a really boring lecture at a conference. I really wanted to like this because the topic is interesting but the delivery was disjointed and I found myself tuning out the book and thinking about other things. Don't spend your money; if you're curious, get it from the public library, rip it and be disappointed for free.

    3 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Willits, CA, United States 08-15-08
    Chris Willits, CA, United States 08-15-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Not his best work"

    Not Mr. Winchester's best work.

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