Johnson's explorations of innovations such as glass, refrigeration, water filtration, and clocks and their unexpected—even astonishing— impact on history are riveting. For listeners particular about sound quality, some jumps in the recording levels on this audio (from slightly muffled to louder and crisper) may distract, and George Newbern's narration is more competent and correct than enthusiastic. But most listeners will overlook these imperfections in their enjoyment of Johnson's revelations, connections, and insights and his unique take on innovation and invention. Whether your turn of mind is scientific, philosophical, or sociological, you'll want to hear HOW WE GOT TO NOW, which was also a recent PBS series. K.W. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine [Published: DECEMBER 2014]
Trade Ed. Penguin Audio 2014
CD ISBN 9781611763386 $30.00 Five CDs
DD ISBN 9780698181892 $30.00
Library Ed. Books on Tape 2014
CD ISBN 9780553544718 $30.00 Five CDs
DD ISBN 9780553544725 $66.50
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