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A Fantastic Book Ruined

1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-11

A Short History of Nearly Everything was a standout publication, a once in generation masterpiece which everybody should hold a copy of.

Many years ago, I had the audiobook, I listened to it over and over, read by a excellent narrator.

Sadly this version is appalling, the closest it achieves to scientific greatness is a listening experience akin to Stephen Hawkins voice simulator.

William Roberts may be well equipped for children's tales, television voiceovers or impressions of a village idiot, but adding the required weight to volume of this quality he is left exposed and out of his depth.

Sadly the waste of a credit and now I am left to find original copy I so enjoyed.

11 people found this helpful

Gender confusion

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-12-10

I would like to know why they chosen to have a book written from a man's point of view read by a woman?

It does detract from the experience.

6 people found this helpful


4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-10

Refreshing, informative, a great find.

1 person found this helpful

Great book, Shoot the narrator.

2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-10

Very enjoyable script, but the attempts at accents, Yorkshire and pivotally Australian of which the narrator clearly has no knowledge leaves you leaping for the fast forward button.

He truly is excruciating, an excellent book ruined

15 people found this helpful

Appalling Narration

1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-10

A flat tedious monotone of the narrator renders a potentially good book unlistenable.

2 people found this helpful