Simon Winchester's, THE MEANING OF EVERYTHING, is entertaining as well as scholarly. Winchester reads it beautifully, adding to the charm. If you love words and their origins, you will love listening to this book!
Unexpectedly fascinating, this is a title I was surprised to enjoy so thoroughly. Perceptively recounted, and written and spoken with great affection, I found the whole thing enthralling. I would never have guessed such a potentially dry subject could be so interesting.
This book draws you in to what promises to be an exciting tale. The 60-year effort to produce the best dictionary the English language has ever known should have lots of wonderful stories and introduce you to some memorable characters. And it does---right up until the late 1880's. What happened to the culminating work from that time to 1928 when the first edition appears? The author offers no clue. The book ends so abruptly I found myself searching for a possible missing disk. There wasn't one. What a great disappointment!
One would expect that there could be nothing duller than the history of the compilation of a dictionary. However, Simon Winchester, with his impeccable command of the English language and perfect Oxfordian accent, provides an amazingly interesting and fascinating tale. I listened to each disk twice to catch all the details.
This book was very long and some what repetitive. It gave a full accounting as far as I know.
Wonderful! Scores of anecdotes as well as the ins-and-outs of how the greatest dictionary - the OED - came to be . . . delightfully erudite (many great, seldom-used English words . . 'twould be easily understood by the less educated via rich contextual clues) . . . and fun, too! Simon Winchester's smooth-as-satin baritone English accent is sublime, too (shivers me timbers ;) In short, this unabridged gem kept me vastly entertained while commuting. 5 of 5 stars.
This book is just dying to be abridged. But as with most books, if you stick with it, you do end up learning some interesting info.
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