This is an excellent survey of British history. It is read well, organized well, contains interesting content made interesting (good writing), and is sufficiently tantalizing to help the reader identify stories about which he/she would be interested in learning more. A trip to the library is recommended in those cases, since there is plenty written on these subjects.
British history isn't something I learned in school but have always found fascinating. I picked this up shortly before a trip to London for a quick background for sight seeing. It did not disappoint.
The history itself is plainly represented by the narrator, who is not particularly memorable but is neither distracting. Be aware that this is an abridged version. It runs quickly through history and before you know it, the narrator has covered an entire century! My primary complaint about this book is that it is too short. Many of the subtle context that is necessary to understand why particular events occurred are missing. But it gives enough fact to surmise.
If you're looking for a quick and easy guide through British history, I'd completely recommend this book -- it is an easy listen and very informative (especially to the layperson). But without a supplemental text, chances are you will be left wanting more.
I suppose given its short length, I shouldn't have expected more, but this "history" is highly episodic. I was frustrated by the frequent jumps of coverage, completely missing out centuries and reigns. If you already know a lot of British history, this will be an interesting take on certain episodes, but it's not a "history" per se.
This book got me hooked on Audible. It was my complimentary download courtesy The History of Rome podcast. Mike recommended it and I think I'll just take his recommendations from here on out. The narration was compelling, particularly when portraying the thoughts of the common soldiers in anticipation of the Battle of Hastings. My biggest complaint: it ended abruptly at the reign of Elizabeth. I want more!
I bought this because it supposedly covered the very early history of GB, starting around 3000 BC. The period from the Battle of Hastings, 1066, to present day has been well covered. However, it seemed as though it took three sentences and a deep breath to get from 3000 BC to the mid-Roman period. What happened to Stone Hedge and its creators? Then a couple of more sentences to 1066. No mention of fact or myth Arthur, etc. Oh well! As noted to this point, vol. 1, it is a disappointment.