I have to admit, I bought this lecture on an Audible sale and was only mildly interested in the topic. But Prof. Drout is so obviously fascinated by this subject that he made me fascinated as well. He talks in "normal" language, and has just the right amount of humorous rambling every once in a while that it felt like he was just chatting with me in my living room. I thoroughly enjoyed this lecture and highly recommend it whether you are interested in this subject or not!
Prof. Drout livelily explains Anglo-Saxon history, culture, literature, and its people in his work "The Modern Scholar: The Anglo-Saxon World". I felt as if I was learning about someone so close to me, instead of some distant culture happened a long time ago in the history. Despite of the length (7+ hours), I truly enjoyed every bit of the lesson. Now I am listening for the second time!
I had always thought I was probably German until I started my geneology and found most of my family lines that had german sounding names fed into o from Great Britian. This book directly tells my family history in that section and time in the world.
I've been a part time lover of Anglo Saxon studies for close to 25 years. While most of this was review for me, Professor Drout's passion made it fun to listen to as a good refresher. As a lover of colonial America and Virginia in particular, I also found his work challenging some of my assumptions. Recommend.
Michael Drout, as always, knows his subject and is able to communicate his enthusiasm.
The little bit you think know you know about Anglo-Saxons is probably mostly mistaken, as I found out. This is one of my favourite lecturers.
Stop constantly announcing what you have or are going to talk about. I don't want to hear about Hitler's and the Victorians' thoughts about the Anglo Saxons. I wanted to hear about the Anglo Saxons.
Anger. The thought that if one of my 7th grade students presented this as a report I would probably have given him a fairly good report, but I would also have expected it to be about 7/8 shorter.
This is the first time I have been upset enough to write a review, and I have bought hundreds of books from Audible.
Very well done. In-depth history of a fascinating era that still influences our culture today. Also offers plenty of "color" in the original Old English so one really gets a feel for the language. Time well spent!