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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (350 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joshua Kendall Narrator: Stephen Hoye Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Peter Mark Roget—polymath, eccentric, and synonym aficionado—was a complicated man. He was an eminent scholar who absorbed himself in his work, yet he also possessed an allure that endeared him to his mentors and colleagues—not to mention a host of female admirers. But, most notably, Roget made lists.

From the age of eight, Roget kept these lists with the intention of ordering the chaotic world around him. After his father’s death, his mother became overbearing and despondent. Soon, his sister also descended into mental illness. Despite these tragedies, Roget lived a colorful life full of unexpected twists and discoveries—including narrowly avoiding jail in Napoleon’s France, assisting famed physician Thomas Beddoes by personally testing the effects of laughing gas, and inventing the slide rule.

Evocative and entertaining, The Man Who Made Lists lets readers join Roget on his worldly adventures and emotional journeys. This rich narrative explores the power of words and the everlasting legacy of a rediscovered genius.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Shannon | 2/16/2014

    " Rarely do I not finish a book. I just couldn't work up the enthusiasm for Mr. Roget. At least I learned that I've been pronouncing his name wrong for the last 20+ years. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Pithee | 2/11/2014

    " Read by Jushua Kendall "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tom Holt | 2/10/2014

    " The Man Who Made Lists by Joshua Kendall (2008) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jennifer Failla | 1/31/2014

    " As someone who loves lists and the thesaurus...gave great insight into the thinking of a brilliant man who did not get his due until now. "

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