How much should you pay for a return trip to the moon? How are Winnie the Pooh and the artificial heart related? Did teenagers exist before 1950? If not, who invented them? James May's 20th Century answers all these questions and more.
In this exclusive download released to tie-in with the BBC TV series, James May explores the iconic themes of the century: flight, space travel, television, mechanised war, medicine, computers, electronic music, skyscrapers, electronic espionage, and much more.
But he also reveals the hidden story behind why some inventions like the Zeppelin, the motorcycle side car, or the Theremin struggled to make their mark. He examines the tipping points � when technologies such as the car or the internet became unstoppable � and gets up close by looking at the nuts and bolt of remarkable inventions.
Packed with surprising statistics and intriguing facts, this is the ideal book for anyone who wants to know how stuff works and why some stuff didn't make it.
©2007 James May and Phil Dolling; (P)2007 Hodder and Stoughton Audiobooks
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"Very informative and entertaining"
For all the fans of Jeremy's ramblings on Top Gear, this is a must read. He points out just how much the innovations of last century have impacted our lives. He brings to life some of the most interesting and misunderstood facts about these inventions, and it is clear from his narration that he is passionate about the subjects. Very well researched, very well written, very well performed. I learned a lot and laughed a lot. Great book.
"James May is awesome!"
Any one that watches Top Gear knows.
James is funny in the way only he can be funny.
The book that puts Jeremy Clarkson to sleep.
"Absolutely James May"
If you are a fan of James May from Top Gear UK... then you already love this book.
"James May is Gold"
Everything he does is both very informative, which I love, but also very entertaining. This book gives a good background on a lot of things I had never realized before and probably would never have taken the time to look up if not presented in this format.
"An Enjoyable & Informative Listen"
This is a very good audiobook that requires no knowledge of the accompanying TV series or indeed any enthusiasm for motors ! James May is very engaging as a reader and his enthusiam comes through clearly. I was expecting a Top Gear approach to things but instead this book takes you on a fascinating tour of the 20th Century through vehicles, technology and human ingenuity and is full of little known facts. I found myself lost in this book quite a few times and have listened to more than once. Great value & well recommended !
Very enjoyable, a great listen again and again.
"good for a credit."
Not as good as his others but still an entertaining listen.
As others have said, lots of interesting facts and a good companion to the tv series.
"An enjoyable listen"
As a narrator James May is very listenable.
Yes I could - it's an easy listen
"some thing to listen to again and again"
that he read it himself
all of it
there are no characters as its a factual book
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