©1998 Simon Winchester; (P) 1999 HarperCollins Publishers Inc., All Rights Reserved, Harper Audio, A Division of HarperCollins Publishers
"The linguistic detective story of the decade." (New York Times Magazine)
José M. Batista
Revealing that a well-known politician from yesteryear had murdered someone and was insane would not be amaze a lot of people. That a person fitting that description would contribute voluminously to one of the most well-known reference works of all time is truly astonishing. A truly excellent book.
Great performance. Interesting enough story about an academic with mild schizophrenia that spends years compiling contributions for the oed. Interesting tidbits about lexicography. Worth the listen!
The book is OK, the story minorly interesting and the writing, though too academic and humorless, makes an easy listen. However I found absolutely infuriating the fact that the audible version includes over an hour of absolutely useless and boring extras - "acknowledgments", "suggested reading" and an interview with the author! So, instead of buying a 7 hour book, you are actually buying a 5 hour book and 2 hour "fillers". What a ripoff!
Wonderful narration by the author, extraordinarily interesting, well-told story in terms of the people, as well as the history of the Oxford English Dictionary.
This is not just a dry record of the construction of the Oxford English Dictionary. A slice of social history that is sad and enjoyable throughout. Also very well read by the author.
Thank you Simon Winchester.
The well-rounded story surrounding the OED.
The title says it all.
I downloaded 3 more of his books since this book.
What a great story! I enjoyed this so much I immediately downloaded another book by the same author. I am a fiction girl in general, but this book made me want to delve into more history. Highly recommended.
I truly enjoyed listening to this audio book, and after listening to over 80 of them purchased from Audible, I can again, after a long time, give a book 5 stars for everything.
The story is fascinating and carefully researched, the language rich but the pace not heavy or difficult to follow, the author is also the narrator and for once this choice doesn't make you regret not having hired a professional reader. I listened to it, spoke about it with friends and family while doing it, and I am still keeping in mind the names, the story, the ideas on which it is based. Not a shallow way to fill some empty time, on the contrary, a very satisfactory past time!
Yes! I would highly recommend this book to anyone who's a wordsmith. I really enjoyed hearing the author read it, too. The interview in the final chapter is quite fascinating, too.
This is an amazing tale that covers lots of different topics -- from the unrelenting dedication it took to compile the dictionary, to the possible sources of insanity in this one man, to the barbaric practices of war in the 19th century -- so it held my interest throughout.
No, I haven't.
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