• The Reassembler

  • By: James May
  • Narrated by: James May
  • Length: 2 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 06-22-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
  • 5 out of 5 stars 4.9 (37 ratings)

Regular price: $20.65

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Publisher's Summary

From the humble garden lawnmower to the ear-splitting electric guitar, James May returns with a typically wacky account of what makes these great machines work, one piece at a time.
Reassembly is merely a form of therapy, something that stimulates a part of my brain that is left wanting in my daily life. When I rebuild a bicycle, I reorder my head. So might you....
I'm delighted that you will be listening to an audiobook about putting things back together. It's a subject that fascinates me but which I assumed was a lonely passion that I would take to the grave, unconsummated by the normal channels of human interaction. Welcome! You and I, we are not alone, and our screwdrivers are our flashing Excaliburs as we sally forth to make small parts of the fragmented world whole again.
©2017 James May (P)2017 Hodder & Stoughton Limited
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5 out of 5 stars
By Kim on 03-15-18

James May does it again!

I've actually listened to this three times already - not very often do I have encores so soon after my first 'read'. For someone who's never been a professional actor or narrator, James May successfully pulls off whatever I've seen (or heard) him do, whether it's test driving a £500,000 supercar or explaining how a U2 pilot's pressure suit works. I know this may sound more like hero worship than a review, but James really does have the gift of not only conveying information well, but also in a way that helps you retain what he's told you. James is like that cool teacher you had in school who was passionate about the subject matter being taught.

James' books are some of my favourite things [ignore Sound of Music reference]. He writes (and narrates) as if you and he are chatting away over a couple of pints down at his local pub. He talks TO you, as opposed to just reading out loud. And there's no question James enjoys what he does. I find it amazing that he can make the act of reassembling a record player something you'd want to hear more about. Who knew that it would be so 'riveting'! (Okay, I'll put myself in Bad Pun Corner for that one.)

If you enjoy James' ouvre of car antics, documentaries and Open University programs, you'll love this one. It's complimentary to a tv series he did of the same name, which was just as entertaining and delightful. If this book transports you to his local, the tv program will transport you to his shed.

So, the sooner you buy this audiobook, the sooner you will be debating that age-old question: is it a screw or a bolt...

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5 out of 5 stars
By dwarfbeard on 01-22-18

Short (But Worthy Of Many More Listens!)

This is the quintessential James May experience! With his calming, almost Bob Ross style of narration, I can relive the many hours I spent with my grandfather out in his shed, fixing some toy I had broken. I can still smell it so many years later.

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