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I've read a number of non-fiction narratives. This one is very average. The subject matter is difficult to get very excited about. It may be the abridgement that has detracted from the work of the author. Many times it is the side stories and facts that I find most fascinating. Those stories are not in this recording. It is like the difference between a newspaper account and being at an event. I picked up a copy of the book at work one day and started reading through it. All of the little stories I found enlightening were left out of the abridged version. This book does a good job of dealing with the primary storyline involving the measurement of the earth to determine the size of the meter. Beyond that, I found the narrative not very interesting.
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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
No.l The book is ok, but the performance by Byron Jennings is dismal.
Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?
No, in a sense not technical enough. But that wasn't the problem.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Byron Jennings?
Anyone who doesn't have the moronic idea that all foreigners have an accent, even though the author doesn't indicate an accent. And it doesn't matter if it's a French or a Spanish person: they're all assigned the same generic accent. Neither fowl nor fish and certainly not French. And since Jennings obviously doesn't speak French, all French names and terms are mispronounced to the point where you have no idea how the word is written. Someone should have whispered in the ear of Jennings that all French words have the stress on the last syllable.
Do you think The Measure of All Things needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
Maybe it would help with a book explaining the concepts involved.
Any additional comments?
No. The book is what it is. Not exciting, but interesting.