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The Narrator's Dilemma
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Publisher's Summary
The Art of the Infinite takes infinity, in its countless guises, as a touchstone for understanding mathematical thinking. Robert and Ellen Kaplan guide us through the “Republic of Numbers,” where we meet both its upstanding citizens and its more shadowy dwellers; and transport us across the plane of geometry into the unlikely realm where parallel lines meet. The journey is enriched by deft character studies of great mathematicians (and equally colorful lesser ones). And as we go deeper into infinity, we explore the most profound mystery of mathematics: Are its principles eternal truths that we discover? Or ones that we invent?
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 JapMerican
 012415
Surprisingly pleased!
This was an audiobook that I had not expected to be in literary performance. However I was pleasantly surprised in the performance of the audiobook! It became quite a beautiful literary interpretation of all of mathematics.
Something unexpected occurs in chapter 6 of the Audible audiobook at the 7:40 section. You get to see the inner workings of the audiobook being performed by the narrator. Apparently a section of bloopers audio was not clipped out when it should have been. Still it was a great performance and I learned a lot.
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 Aran
 082616
Great mathematics, amazing listen
Ray Chase gives superb narration to a sometimes challenging text. The story and explanations of classic results in mathematics are both poetic and illuminating. Immensely enjoyable! Some editing glitches however.
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 Brice
 032815
Difficult for the ear...
most likely better seeing than hearing, and occasionally the lists of various things gets monotonous.
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 Ben
 070315
Flowery prose and esoteric math <> good audio
Would you try another book from Robert Kaplan and Ellen Kaplan and/or Ray Chase?
Probably not. This book is probably better than the audiobook. I could see this being assigned reading for a high school math class, to try to bring the subject matter to life for students, but I found it very hard to get through. Still haven't finished it.
What could Robert Kaplan and Ellen Kaplan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
I was expecting more backstories to the mathematical concepts involved. Instead, it read more like an ode to math  how I love thee, let me count the ways.
Any additional comments?
I may not have read the book summary closely enough. In any event, not what I expected and came away disappointed.

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 022116
Singsongy narration to a saccharin book...
What could have made this a 4 or 5star listening experience for you?
(1) Refrain from cheerleading. If someone already loves a topic, you don't need to do this; if someone doesn't, it can frighten/annoy them out of being open to it. (2) The song "one potato, two potato..." is sung to small children because any discerning adult would probably punch you in the face if you subjected them to it. This is an audiobook singing "one potato, two potato..." which is directed towards an adult audience. No pun intended...you do the math.
Would you ever listen to anything by Robert Kaplan and Ellen Kaplan again?
Not unless I somehow felt overcome with the desire to hate math. I don't see this happening because I love math and I find that this feeling of affection helps to offset its difficulty when dealing with it in life.
What didn’t you like about Ray Chase’s performance?
His reading started off singsongy and was slightly undesirable. After time, this became irritating. Then, when he actually sung "one potato, two potato..." in probably the most annoying, rageinciting way I can think of, that was the end of my being open to performances by this narrator. Note that I am normally a very patient person. It's just that this saccharin, singsongy tone of his is particularly bothersome to me.
What character would you cut from The Art of the Infinite?
Does infinity count?  This is not a characterdriven book, not that I could tell from all of the five or ten minutes I could stand it. As a sidenote, perhaps Audible would consider making these MadLibesque review boxes in a variety that suited noncharacterdriven books...you know, seeing as they sell them...
Any additional comments?
When the singsongy narrator started singing "one potato, two potato..." in this saccharin tone and I caught myself contemplating jumping out the nearest window, I had to stop listening. Now, I love math, so this should say a lot. I would not recommend this audiobook to anyone with an ability to hear  no matter how slight. If you wish to incite a deep hatred of math, subject them to this audiobook, rinse, repeat, then buy a new electronic device because they don't fare well in water.
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 Ergonet
 072416
A comprehensible rendition on counting and infinity
Beautifully narrated and punctuated by quotes from all sort of esoteric sources. It delves into some moderately heavy geometry and number theory, perhaps needing the included visuals. If you are moderately mathematical you will enjoy  it is almost a form of mathematical poetry,
With some amusing descriptions of the mathematicians involved ..
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 NRivere
 031517
A riveting view of some mathematics history
The most romantic and inspiring mathematical novel to inspire amateurs and pros alike. Beautifully crafted and narrated. Recommended only if you do have a mathematical curious mind, even if one with little training in the matter.
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 070619
An infinity of ones if it won't delete
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 John Lamerton
 051019
Drags on and on
I am personally very interested in mathematics so thought this would be for me but it labours on the same point again and again and is performed in such a wishy washy manner. I wouldn't recommend this

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 Marita
 031717
I finally gave up
What did you like best about The Art of the Infinite? What did you like least?
I really tried, but eventually, it just got too much. Loved the subject matter, but found it too hard to follow just by listening. I enjoyed just letting it wash over me, but despite loving mathematics, I didn't have enough behind me to be able to keep up without the material in front of me. Never mind. I certainly wouldn't denigrate the book, and since I didn't manage to finish it, I can hardly provide a comprehensive evaluation.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
Better to be in print form I think.
Did The Art of the Infinite inspire you to do anything?
Yes, I'm still interested in math and I did learn a few things. I'll keep on going.
Any additional comments?
Thanks for a great book. I'm sorry I wasn't up to it.
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