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A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING The Curious History of Alphabetical Order

by | Read by Julia Winwood

Contemporary Culture • 10.5 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2020

Julia Winwood's narrative tone is that of a well-done lecture, with emphasis on interesting ideas and intriguing facts. She can bring a hint of suspense to the invention of the ring binder and make listeners smile as they hear a poem on alphabetical order. Judith Flanders's history of ordering systems and the developments that made them necessary is thoughtful but a bit esoteric. Her account of the roots of the written word and libraries focuses on such things as indexes, concordances, and card catalogues. Early on, the origins of the word "abracadabra" in the Roman alphabet can seem magical as delivered in Winwood's voice. J.A.S. © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine [Published: DECEMBER 2020]

Trade Ed. • Hachette Audio • 2020

DD ISBN 978-1-5491-0480-0 $25.98

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