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!!
I've truly enjoyed this historical travel narrative. It was different from most history books because of how it was presented , and was incredibly fun to listen to. The narrator did an excellent job and I very much liked his voice. I found it a great way to get an idea of what the 14th century was like. It doesn't go into great detail if you're already familiar with the period, but for someone like me who is just starting to explore the history of medieval England, it was perfect!
I throughly enjoyed this book. As an American, the history of England (and Europe) feels a little overwhelming with so much to take in. Learning from the perspective of "living it", at least for me, was a great way to explore a world that seemed so foreign and bring it to life. A definite must in your library for your studies of English history.
Covering every aspect of the prime era of Medieval England, this completely immersive book is amazing. Ian Mortimer puts you on the streets, describing everything from castles to commoners. If you're an Anglophile or a history fan, this one's for you.
As an informative book, there was no particular character. England herself was the character, and she's beautiful in any era.
I've listened to both Mortimer's "Time Traveler's" books, and I prefer this reader to the one who did the Guide to Elizabethan England (but it was also brilliant)
Although everything is described in amazing detail, I still longed for a time machine so I could see it with my own eyes.
I am sure that both would be excellent if I could access Part II
I cannot say until Audible loads part II
I cannot say until I hear the whole book. This will not happen until Audible untangles the technical issues and gets part II to me.
I cannot have an opinion until Audible sends the rest of the book.
Where is part II?
I really enjoyed this...cool way to deliver historical information...if you're even remotely interested in this topic, I recommend you give it a listen