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Juicy subject yet as dry as the desert location.

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-19

The subject matter is one of the (simultaneously) most fascinating, exciting, horrifying,, proud and shameful times in British, French, Middle Eastern and, yes, American history... yet I was struggling to stay awake. The performance is monotonous, the interesting anecdotes are read the same way as dry facts. I learned a lot. but this book could have been written and performed in a way that would make the reader reach for maps, more books. research Wikipedia, not look for something to keep him/her awake.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Not one of Bryson's best...

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-19

I was counting down the days to the release of this book, as I am a huge fan of Bill's books; then devoured it in one day. Alas, all I was left with was a slight feeling of indigestion, not a lasting feeling of fullness. it feels like a slightly rushed summary of high school level biology spiced up with a few truly interesting morsels. it lacks Bryson's usual personal experiences, anecdotes and insights. I will, of course, buy his next book, and maybe try nibbling on it first, instead of swallowing it whole...

17 of 25 people found this review helpful

Book not so great

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-18

It is a very disappointing book, from beginning to end. It tells the reader almost nothing about Frederick as a person, his interaction with others. Even the chapter on the childhood is disappointing. The rest of the book is a battle description after a battle description. The narrator puts emphases in strange places in the sentences, the drum roll sounds at the beginning of the chapters start grinding very soon. No personal correspondence is explored, no insights from other people. Very disappointed and will be trying the German audible site for a better one. Frederick was great, Booth Brackenberry or Griffin are alas not.

Made me buy a telescope

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-17

Would you listen to Welcome to the Universe again? Why?

Yes, and I have listened to it twice already, to make sure I don't miss things...

What was one of the most memorable moments of Welcome to the Universe?

Magnetars!!

Which character – as performed by Michael Butler Murray – was your favourite?

All and any of it, it has made astronomy and astrophysics exciting.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Come fly with me, to the end of the world

Any additional comments?

Well written, exciting, well laid out. Please read it people and get excited!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

Lest we forget

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-17

Would you listen to The Rape of Nanking again? Why?

To try and understand how and why Japan as a country and as a nation has not really dealt with this part of their history, ho the emperor was allowed to stay on, and to try an see what would make people behave in that way.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Rape of Nanking?

The interviews with the survivors, 40-50 years after the event. Having lived with that as a memory of your childhood.... and the moment when Tan's friends come looking for his body but find him alive.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

This is not a relevant question for this book.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me shed a tear.

Any additional comments?

Read it, and ask Japan a question.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

buy, listen, learn.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-11-16

very well researched, excellent presentation. and it does indeed has a scope of 600 years. I really recommend this book to people who want to understand history, other people and themselves, even, better.

13 of 17 people found this review helpful

great book with some minor flaws.

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-10-16

I would have liked more information about diseases but learned a lot about the immune system

Made me appreciate the food more

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-08-16

these lectures are written and presented with obvious zest and joy. the only change I would love to see - have an actual audience listening to it so we get human reaction to the lecture, not canned applause.

read it!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-08-16

it opened my eyes to so much. I have since listening to this audio book purchased 3 of the books mentioned in it and am reading them now with knowledge, curiosity and open mind. I will not convert, but I will learn and respect more.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

incredible. I learned so much

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-16

it is informative, well structured and covers a great breadth and depth of material. excellent