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3 out of 5 stars
By C. D. Zuff on 07-18-16

Flawed Recording Ruins a Fascinating History

Any additional comments?

I've read all of Kurlansky's books. All of them have been interesting and extremely enjoyable reads. Unfortunately Amazon has released a horribly flawed recording that skips and jumps, rendering the recording unlistenable. That this was allowed to be released in this condition is pathetic. I highly recommend the book. I can't recommend Amazon's shoddy release.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By G. Kapes on 08-05-16

Quite disappointing

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A different reader would be a good start.

Would you be willing to try another book from Mark Kurlansky? Why or why not?

Probably not.

What didn’t you like about Andrew Garman’s performance?

The entire performance is quite aggressive. Wrong for a book of this type. He's clearly a talented performer but didn't hit it right for this book.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Paper?

I'd reorganize the entire book.

Any additional comments?

Some great content presented in an unsatisfying manner.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Vicki on 02-16-17

Very enjoyable

I almost didn't get this book because of the comments about a bad recording. Maybe they fixed whatever was wrong because I found nothing wrong with it at all. It was just an enjoyable history of paper and printing.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Caroline Pufalt on 08-03-16

Paper here to stay

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is not just a history of paper, but of communications, language, art , ecology and economy. As a very amateur artist I especially the art angle. Makes one appreciate this common material.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By MickeyH on 09-06-17

Cod and Salt are better

There were interesting histories throughout. I ceased trusting the authors ability to make a coherent argument during the discussion of the technological fallacy and change. He doesn't have an ear for science for example mistaking energy for power. Really basic. Needs a science and engineering editor. Missed many opportunities to make the story interesting. For example he states that DeFoe was literally pilloried but doesn't tell the whole story nor give a reference. I read the book on paper and listened to it. What shocked me was that he missed the importance of writing on paper to science and our engineered existence. This disproves both the fallacy and change arguments. Too bad. Cod and Salt were better. Much better.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Thomas M. Olenski on 03-10-17

Kurlansky Scores Again

If you could sum up Paper in three words, what would they be?

Amazing Thorough Research

What was one of the most memorable moments of Paper?

There was not just one moment. It was the continuous flow of the story and how he wrapped it up at the end. He includes so many parallel events and analysis.

What about Andrew Garman’s performance did you like?

He has a perfect voice. Clear and smooth. Just the right emphasis. When I speed it up, it does not lose clarity.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The destruction of libraries in the ancient word. As one country conquered another, they would destroy their library rather than read what they found. Horrible.

Any additional comments?

A wonderful author. This book reminded me why I loved the author's book SALT so much.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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