©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)
yes. it stretches the tunnel vision.
when he cut off his penis
his clear speech for an author he's a good reader.
the beauty of words
the first time I read this I went on the web to find out about OED. it was fun
Surprising: imposible to imagine such an improbable friendship.
Historical: well researched and documented.
Humane: the meeting of two great minds despite tragic cicumstances.
Its profound human reality. The diescription of adversity as a positive element.
His voice is clear, well modulated and consistent with the emotional situations narrated along the book.
Two great minds joint despite adversity.
Anyone interested in historical facts about our language and its evolution should read this very enjoyable book.
Superb book about the making of the OED--and the work of a contributor who happened to be a lunatic inmate of Broadmoor, the asylum for the criminally insane. I can't recommend this highly enough!
Yes, the author reads it
Yes, there are many facts totally impressive in this research
The English accent, and the pronunciation of the author gives the exact idea the author wanted to communicate to the audience
The whole research on the subject
This is a wonderful story that is very well narrated by the author. The authors passion for the subject shines through the narration. The story is richly detailed by thorough research depicting the extraordinary circumstances that contrived to create the first true english dictionary.
One wouldn't expect an intriguing story such as this on the making of a dictionary. In a way, you can compare the protagonist Dr Minor with today's icon Steve Jobs and wonder; does it take a person to be "mad" to be so brilliant? And in so many ways, being thus is not so bad after all.
For us it was, as we could listen to it during out trip from NY to Washington DC and enjoy the trip, also preparing us for some history watching..
The combination of the story, the excerpts from the dictionary, the tragic people involved and the vision of a few brave men. Oh, and the language!
He really put his heart into the book, no doubt!
Yes, wouldn't say extreme but it definitely stirred emotions and was very enjoyable.
Would recommend it to anyone who is interested in words, humans and some history. A truly inspiring tale, made me want to read more of the Author's books, if that's an indication.
it is a very interesting story and well written.
Yes, but I did find his accent a little difficult to understand.
There is so much junk out there. How refreshing to listen to an very good story.
The intricate detail made this enjoyable.
The authentic British voice definitely added to the experience
The title is perfect as it is.
I didn't really know what to expect from The Professor and the Madman, but I enjoyed reading the book. It was very interesting to hear the story as well as learn how the dictionary was created.
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