Exellent historical entertainment. Very well researched and conveyed in an entertaining yet enlightening manner. If you have ever wondered what it would be like to live in these times. Look no further.
I have edited 38 national best sellers and had a writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
This book was so fascinating, I couldn't wait to get back to it each morning when I took my walk. It covers every aspect of life in medieval England, and I learned a great deal while being thoroughly entertained. I can't wait for Mortimer's next book (Guide to Elizabethan England) to become available. The narrator was exceptional.
I'll keep this brief. For work I don't enjoy, I usually do this, because there's no reason to browbeat. Sio, let's cut to the chase.
First, the delivery is under par. I expected more, and maybe that's my problem. It's a shame, as I love historical works. This is too shallow. Also, a HUGE problem is that the author has taken different periods in medieval England, and mashed his favorites together into one made-up view of his perceived history. Much of this didn't exist at the same time, sometimes decades apart, so actually, this is NOT a true historical view. Sorry, but that becomes fiction when an author attempts this - And when he or she does so, it is no longer historical. To call it such, is an insult to any listener.
Again, maybe that's MY problem, not yours.
When I delete an audiobook, there's a reason, and did I ever delete this one.
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for anyone who's interested in medieval England, I would absolutely recommend this book is a must listen. It was so much fun to listen to.
I have been a teacher of history of England and France for over 40 years and found the flow and anecdotal information to be interesting, enlightening, and even more fun to listen.
I enjoyed the interesting details of the times that I got from the book and had a lot of my own myths corrected. The framing device of being a tour guide for time travelers was fine, however the author seemed to feel the need to justify the device repeatedly, as if he was an academic wary of being accused of engaging in 'popular' writing without the most noble of intentions. All that was boring and pointless, but only made up a small portion of the book. Occasionally the narrative lapsed into lists and dates that were not very useful in an audiobook.
I listened to the whole thing in 2x time and didn't feel like I missed anything as the reader was very clear and easy on the ears.
This book is incredibly easy to listen to. The narration is wonderful.
The author really gets into the sights sounds and smell of life, and just draws you in. While I was super enjoyong all the descriptions, I ended with a new appreciation for present-day.
This is one of those books that you can put on in the background while you're busy and if you miss a part, it's not absolutely crucial for you to back it up. It's interesting enough that I've probably listened to it 3 or 4 times...and will likely listen again sometime :) Overall, this book was well worth my time.
I loved the way that Ian Mortimer organized and presented his material. Jonathan Keebler's reading brought the material to life. I give this Audio book five stars all the way around.
I've listened to many audio books about medieval Europe and have enjoyed them all, but most of them were filled with specifics about the monarchy and battles, etc. which is great but makes me have to rewind a lot to keep putting things in order. This book was fun be a use it doesn't go into a lot of specifics in that way, it just tells how exactly how life was back then. It was neat the way it's all done from the readers perspective as a traveller, literally involving all your senses. I'd love to listen to one just like it about ancient Rome! I really liked it and went through it very quickly. Now I have to wait a long time for my next Audible book. Thank goodness for Overdrive!!