This was my first audiobook lecture by Drout. I have now bought several others as he is a great speaker and story teller. I really enjoyed this look back in history and learned more than I anticipated about the Anglo-Saxons both as it was and how the modern world see them.
Great professor who really gets into his lectures. Micheal Drout is fantastic and I will be getting more of his work.
Drama teacher and Sci-Fi/Fantasy fan
Dr. Drout makes me want to learn. He approaches this subject with his greatest asset -- not his knowledge or research -- but his enthusiasm. Drout truly cares about the Anglo Saxon period and his love of these interesting people shows in his lectures. He also uses simple mnemonic devices to help us understand the timeline. Had I taken Dr. Drout's course in college, I would have been well pleased at the money I had spent. Luckily, with this recording, I can revisit the course whenever I want.
I've always been fascinated by the Anglo-Saxon era forward and can't remember how I stumbled on the Modern Scholar series, but so far I've listened to two lectures and I can't wait to listen to more. My wish list is overflowing! I'm not any kind of expert, just a person with a love for history and I really enjoyed this particular lecture. The professor is animated and passionate as he shares his knowledge with listeners, and you find yourself wanting more. If you love this time period and you think you've read or heard it all, I highly recommend you discover this Modern Scholar lecture. You won't be disappointed.
...master of none
Listening to lectures can be hit or miss. Some are good and some are bad. But Professor Drout present this information with such passion and competence that you forget they are lectures. You come to appreciate the materials so much more because of his infectious love and interest in the time period. I can't wait to listen to his other courses and I can't recommend this one highly enough.
This is embarrasing to listen to, particularly for English listeners who are not used to historians refering to Hitler as "a piece of garbage" or other school yard gee up coloquialisms which render any treatise worthless and questionable. Conflicts (such as the Viking invasion of England) are referred to in a glib fashion that would normally only be expected from someone brought up on computer games.
To be avoided by those with a serious interest in history. Astonishing that it has received such a high rating from other reviewers - presumably family and friends!