The Map That Changed the World
- William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology
- Narrated by: Simon Winchester
- Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 01-22-04
- Language: English
- Publisher: HarperAudio
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Eventually a kindly aristocrat discovered him; Smith, the quiet genius and 'father of geology' was brought back to London and showered with the honors that he rightly deserved. Here now is his astounding story.
"It's an authoritative delivery and an enjoyable experience." (AudioFile)
"This is just the kind of creative nonfiction that elevates a seemingly arcane topic into popular fare." (Booklist)
"Winchester brings Smith's struggle to life in clear and beautiful language." (The New York Times Book Review)
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By Jody R. Nathan on 11-09-04
Who knew rocks could be so deceptive?
The story of the self educated man who made the first real geological map of Britain, and how he was ruined by the greed of those who sought the title of geologist without getting their hands dirty. I think, however, this might be improved by actually being able to see the maps discussed. It would be nice if one could actually get some of the illustrations or photos or whatever in the audible versions.
16 of 16 people found this review helpful
By Katherine on 08-30-08
Quite a ripping yarn!
My first Winchester book, and it has led me to a happy and edifying series of nonfiction titles. I found it difficult to follow in print, but read aloud, it became so interesting that I've listened to it three times. So far. Each time another element becomes clearer, whether it's the class insouciance of hereditary privilege, or the riveting biography of Smith, or the extent of the changes wrought by Smith's three dimensional brilliance.
Winchester's vocabulary is extensive and humbling, and his reading is exemplary. I will probably listen again.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful