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I went in looking for a lot of hard physics, since the previous audiobook I'd listened to was "The Black Hole War". This touched on some physics, but not a lot - it was mostly a story of Janna Levin's life in CA and England. As a woman engineer, it was interesting to hear from another woman scientist about conferences, and career/family tradeoffs, and so forth. It's written as a series of letters to her mother, which was a neat way to present it.
The story's presentation was pretty neat. The narrator did a very good job, it was very approachable and lyrical.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
I've read several of the books that Dr. Levin references in this book so I was a little worried that this one might be a tiresome rehash of these previous works. Not so! Dr. Levin's explanation of even the more predictable topics (Flatland) are new and interesting. I found her discussion of topology particularly enlightening. The narration was also first rate. Ms. Williams didn't just read the text, she rendered an interpretation of the work that captures the passion that Dr. Levin clearly brings to her work.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful
There is very little science in this book, it is mostly dull travelogue about the author's life in the UK and California. Nothing necessarily wrong with that but there are much better writers in that genre.
The narrator was weirdly robotic, making the long sections about the shape of the author's boyfriend's hands (!) even more painful.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful