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!
In getting ready for a trip to England, I wanted to know what Olde England was like. This book was enlightening, but a bit long and repetitive. I know many of the customs from times gone by, but hearing it 3 times was plenty, not 6-7 times in later chapters.
Overall, a good listen, just a bit tedious.
This book really takes you to the age, times and people of the times. everything is interesting great listen!!!
History, Sci-Fi, Fantasy nerd from St. Louis.
Fascinating. Insightful. Thorough.
It's like being taken on a guided tour of 14th Century England. Exactly as advertised.
If I were to go, I'd want Jonathan Keeble telling me about what I was seeing. The perfect companion.
I was sad when it was over. I want more!
I only hope Ian Mortimer takes us on other trips to other centuries and I hope when he does Jonathan Keeble tells us about it.
The medieval time period is my all time favourite so when I saw this audiobook I was very excited. The author has a crisp English accent which helps with the time transport. I felt like a fly on the wall of a time machine. However I could have done without some of the boring details.
Part of the fascination with medieval times is castles, maidens, knights, tales of sorcery and chivalry. The author lets you down with a giant thud covering these subjects. He gets into details of how medival times really were dispelling all of the glamour and myths that lure you into the time period in the first place. The truth was boring and dull. I learned more about being drawn and quartered than I would have liked.
I would have also liked the author to spend more time on interesting things like hygiene. What did they use for toothbrushes? Hair brushes? Women's cycles? Child birthing/midwifery procedures? How did they take baths? etc. The author touches on these subjects lightly with diets of nobility and peasants, houses, disposal of waste etc but the focus was more on social hierarchy, customs, artists, wars and politics. The things that are necessary to learn about but BORING.
I wanted to learn more about courtship. How did peasants and nobility court their prospective spouses? How common was it for peasants to become involved with nobility and vice versa? He touched on that frequently referencing Chauncer’s genius. I wanted more but it’s still a pretty good audiobook.
If you are not computer savy and have not downloaded books before, I would not recommend doing so, I could not download the audible device or the book...It kept saying it did not download, and of course they charged me for the book (and did they tell me why it didn't download) tried many times. It will not go straight to your I tunes or Windows Media Player...fustrating as all heck.
Angry might be a better word