©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)
No, once was enough.
He's a great narrator and brings life to the book.
How.a madman played such an important role of creating this dictionary.
I really wasn't sure if I'd like this. Being interested in and loving dictionaries, I thought I'd try it. I'm so happy I did! Even if not interested in dictionaries, it's still a great read!
Exceeded expectations. The author reading it himself is wonderful. The story is heartbreaking at certain points but with some redemption that Winchester highlights very well.
Overall very interesting story and well read. Learned much about lexicographer, a field that I did not know of prior to reading this book. Recommend for any that enjoy historical suspense.
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.
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