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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James May Narrator: James May Publisher: Hodder Headline Limited Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by David | 5/16/2009

    " Really a book of trivia. But quite like May's stuff "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lindsay | 4/2/2009

    " Engaging book written in an entertaining style covering technological advances of the 20th Century. It really is amazing the progress that was made in that time period. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Becca | 2/10/2009

    " This book is so incredibly geeky, and I adored it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Min | 6/16/2008

    " Anyone familiar with Top Gear will be familiar with James May's wonderful sense of humour. That comes through in the pages of this book, which I found both entertaining and informative. Oh, and be sure to read the photo captions. "

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