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Extraordinarily well written!! Perfect balance of technical and human storytelling. A must read for anyone interested in astronomy. Easily read and enjoyed by non-technical savy y listeners.
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What made the experience of listening to Starlight Detectives the most enjoyable?
I found the history of the characters behind the evolution of the telescope and the camera the most interesting. Although the story behind the spectrograph was surprisingly well told. The reader is perfect.
What other book might you compare Starlight Detectives to and why?
Which scene was your favorite?
Louis Daguerre and the invention of the camera. The history behind the modern and old observatories.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
13 of 18 people found this review helpful
What did you like best about Starlight Detectives? What did you like least?
Human stories are interesting and engaging. The technical aspects of telescopes are reasonably covered, and I would like to have heard more about the astrophysics that was discovered.
The narration is the worst I have ever heard on any audiobook.
What didn’t you like about Joe Barrett’s performance?
Breathless delivery, all throat and croaking, trying to insert passion into the wrong parts of sentences, which he only partially understands.
Just when you have managed to ignore the incessant breathiness and concentrate on the story, the narrator starts trying what he believes are accents.
My god, the accents.
It is difficult to listen to the letters of an English astronomer when they are voiced by someone apparently doing an impression of Dick van Dyke who has picked up vowels from Yorkshire, Memphis and Mumbai.