For me, history comes alive when I can understand the world in which people lived. While there's not a lot of "story" here, Mortimer does a great job of painting a picture of what the century would have been like, especially coming from our perspective. He says that one cannot truly understand one's own century without first coming to know two others. I think that is true.
Exceptionally interesting and well presented monologue covering a period of interest for me. The author touches on the "why" as well as the "what".
This was a detailed and interesting book. The scenes were very well described and came alive in my mind as I listened. Very well written and read, with a touch of humour.
There was a lot of interesting information about the time period that I didnt anything about.
The people in medieval England called the stream where they dumped their waste "Shitbrook"
There were no characters.
Go back in time without leaving your chair
The book is a bit elementary but still an informative read. I do wonder if the premise is a bit far-fetched, but it seemed to work okay
yes, i have several times. Always interesting and engaging. you catch things you missed the first or even the second time.
the narration is engaging and the qualitiy of the product is excellent
I have listened to this audio book 4 complete times now
Well constructed and well read. I have the book too. Best overview I have found.
I keep going back and try to listen and finish this. It is very interesting but I enjoy it more in bits and pieces and not all in one "listen." Eventually I am sure that I will finish it, a little at a time.
This is the history book it should be.
I can't find enough good words to compliment Mr Ian Mortimer.
It's read in good and live language, it has just enough details about every aspect of late medieval life in England. It's not too wide in it's subject and it's not too narrow. Yet it has some new information for every one.
The reader would especially appreciate that no descriptions of scotts are given, Since no one book can adequately paint the life of both people. It's concentrated on subject and is good at it.
If you enjoy reading medieval and Tudor-era biographies or novels, this book is a wonderful complement. Mortimer provides a fascinating insight into the lives of ordinary people that lived during this time: their cuisine, clothing and many other aspects of daily life, some of which will seem truly bizarre from a modern perspective! This book really brings the era to life.
Got nothing better to do than to listen to 2 books a week
The narrator deftly balanced delicate humor with reflective amazement (to we 21st century dwellers) about this epochal century - plus his English accent made me feel he was talking about his ancestors!
The "Time Traveller" concept is unique - but the historical treatments of other Audible.com selections of Constantine and the French Revolution and Isaac Newton's England come close.
No - but I would download any Audible.com selection he reads solely on this recitation.
Time Travel to the 14th Century
I want more "Time Traveller" books to different centuries!