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.
My reading and listening tastes are eclectic.
This a lighthearted examination of the English Middle ages. It only examines the 14th century, but I would love reading more of this same type of book for the English renaissance, early middle ages, and the Victorian age. The narrator was good for the book and there was a touch of humor in the narration. I learned a few things I didn't know, and I certainly wish there had been "smell-o-vision" even if the author assured that I didn't.
I only wish time travel was possible so I could go.
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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I liked the perspective of the book. It is important to understand as much as possible from the periods point of view rather than judging it only from our current perspective.
On occasion, there was a bit of condescension in the narrators presentation which defeats the purpose of looking at the period through its own eyes.
This book was a feast! the various courses were well prepared and a joy to consume. Overall the meal was completely free of the normal cardboard quality and lack luster taste one frequently finds in history books.
Johnathan Keeble's delivery of this meal was excellent and greatly added to the overall experience.
This was absolutely the most informative work on this time period I have EVER encountered. Jam packed with historical tidbits I have never come across before. And given to you in such a captivating manner...
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.