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The Reassembler

By: James May
Narrated by: James May
Length: 2 hrs and 5 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Science
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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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can't go wrong.

could keep coming back to this over and over for a long.long time :) relaxing and enjoyable, relatable and funny. also, godda love James May haha :)

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Great

Like all his audiobooks, entertaining and educational. I hope he does more audiobooks in the future!

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I really enjoy this

Maybe I’m weird, but I like to listen to James May talk about lawn mowers

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Great compliment to the tv series

More please James, I love these types of books that take you back to the good old days

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excellent listening

very much like the way James May narrated this , very interesting and his style is very easy on the ear. Always liked James May's books and TV programmes so this complimented the TV program perfectly.

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  • 22-08-19

I just like hearing this audio book. play it a lot

wish this book was longer. for some reason I love hearing this book while I'm working. I like Mays work. he's honest and real. just easy to listen to and enjoy. I wish he'd make more like this.

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  • 22-06-18

The perfect supplement to the Reassembler show.

What more can I say. If you love the BBC show and James May's presentation style as I do. You'd be mesmerized by this audiobook.

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  • 18-06-18

So much more than just reassembling parts...

I genuinely have no idea why i bought this book other than the positive reviews it had. I cant place why i enjoyed it so much either, but i laughed and enjoyed it's quirkiness throughout then it ended in just a short few hours feeling ive gained some sort of insight into the past and furure and all i can say is" when is the next book coming out?" If you like to tinker or just know odd ball facts this book will be great.

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  • Kim
  • 15-03-18

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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  • dwarfbeard
  • 22-01-18

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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  • Thomas Bates
  • 18-11-17

Excellent performance and writing by James May

Great book concerning reassembly and assembly. I enjoyed learning the background behind some objects that I've seen but never thought about - I will treat my tools better after this.