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COMPASS A Story of Exploration and Innovation

by | Read by John Lee

History • 7 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2004

What happens if you’re in the middle of the English Channel and you don’t know in what direction you’re heading? Likely as not, you’ll crash on an inopportune rock. Pull out your trusty compass, though, and you may make it home safe. Alan Gurney has written a fascinating history of the magnetic compass, and John Lee, whose voice simply sounds briny, reads it beautifully. From the discovery of the magnetic lodestone in the twelfth century through 600 years of attempts, some crazy, some brilliant, to make it easy to use, Gurney and Lee keep us tied to the mast. Gurney includes rollicking adventure and informative historical digressions, and Lee reads both with ease. He also sounds as interested in chapters about testing a lodestone’s properties as about crashing and burning on the Scilly Islands; his interest keeps listeners interested. This is an educational book that is also useful for cocktail-party chatter. So, how long MUST a needle rest on a lodestone in order to become magnetized? A.C.S. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine [Published: AUG/SEP 05]



Library Ed. • Books on Tape • 2004

CS ISBN $63.00 • Five cassettes

CD ISBN $81.00 • Six CDs

DD ISBN $20.97

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