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I would have given five stars, but an abrdiged version would be worthwhile and the narrator's over emphasised Bostonian accent is annoying at times. Also the author's style of describing himself in the third person is annoying, but I seemed to get used to by about a third of the way through. That said: Absolutely mind bending in breadth and insight. An absolutely defining work of non fiction literature for the last 300 years. It is leading me on to so many areas. If you like science and you find the early chapters boring, cut to the third part of the book. His take on the effect of the scientific revolution of the 1800s and it's impact on human civilisation and the planet is without parallel. If you are fascinated by the American Civil War and Europe's part in it, stay with the beginning in to the middle. If you like to see politicians made fun of as they should be, just stay with the whole thing. If you find yourself in a people group he makes fun of or insults, don't stop reading. He covers everyone eventually, especially himself. A masterpiece of humanity.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful
I did not know what to expect from this classic book. But I certainly did not expect 20 hours of... nothing. His life was probably interesting, but reading about it is not. I predict that in one week I will not remember a single thing from this book.
1 of 7 people found this review helpful
These brilliant journals are delivered in a wooden monotone. Such a shame. A more lively, sympathetic reading would bring a fascinating period of British-American history to life.