Review published on April 3, 2018.
This came out last year, but I hadn’t heard of it until I saw the Audible version advertised. It sounded like the sort of easy listen that I would enjoy and hopefully learn from, having enjoyed Roberts’ television programmes.
It turned out to be a mixed bag. Absolutely fascinating on one hand, but rather long-winded on the other as a listen. The dates and delving do feel quite cumbersome when you are listening, it’s hard to hold all the facts in your head as new ones constantly bombard you. But that would be easier on paper, I feel.
I did learn various interesting facts, and just considering how our species has tamed and cleverly used these animals and plants was mind-expanding. From potatoes and rice to dogs and chickens, I found it one of those non-fiction titles that I would quite have liked to see televised.
Alice Roberts herself narrates, which is no bad thing. I knew from her voice and style on TV that she’d be a narrator I would have no trouble listening to, and she was both personable and kept her clear voice light and full of enthusiasm for her subject.
Personally, I think this would be easier to follow and refer back to on paper/as an e-book, but I still picked up a lot of information from the audio version.
Katy Noyes 4/2
Tamed: Ten Species that Changed Our World by Alice Roberts
Random House Audiobooks B079M74P1M audiobook Mar 2018
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