- The Private Life of Sir Isaac Newton
- Narrated by: Byron Jennings
- Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
- Abridged Audiobook
- Release date: 06-12-02
- Language: English
- Publisher: Random House Audio
"The ever-versatile Kerr...weaves a rich tapestry of interesting characters and period details. Highly recommended." ( Library Journal)
"A most gripping and well-appointed entertainment." ( Publishers Weekly)
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By Jeff Parent on 16-05-03
Great Historical Fiction
The story takes place in late 17th century London during the part of Newton's career spent at the Royal Mint. Christopher Ellis is sent to assist Dr. Isaac Newton in his investigations of counterfitters whose operations threaten to bring down a war-weakened economy of England.
The pair of Ellis and Newton almost seem like Holmes and Watson as the book tours through religious history and prejudices to catch the couterfitters who are committing murder in the Tower of London. The author presents a detailed look at what Isaac Newton might have been like while combining this profile within mystery and history set in this novel that is ripe with the names of Newton's famous contemporaries.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was meticulously researched to the point that I had a hard time telling where the fiction began and reality ended. As a nice finishing touch, the book has a light sprinkling of humor in it which will catch you by surprise and leave you delighted.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
By Kasey on 12-02-03
The book was very fast paced and engaging. I definetly recommend it to anyone who reads historical fiction or murder mysteries.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful