"Two stars off for the lack of proper chapters!"
A very interesting if rather over-long 'rough guide' to medieval England, going into immense detail about every aspect of life in the 1300s. It certainly gave me a very good flavour of how life would have been and in particular made me more aware of Edward III and his achievements (such as introducing English as the official language at court). Some sections were much more interesting than others, but generally it kept its grip throughout.
I thought the narrator was OK - at times his delivery was a little too fast when dealing with quite detailed information so I had to scroll back to hear it again; at other times it was just teetering on 'dry as dust'. I'm not sure, though, whether a more dramatic narrator would have fared better with reeling off such a wealth of detail.
At almost 12 hours' running time this is an immensely long and generally enjoyable listen, but it was almost wrecked for me because it's been lazily chopped up into arbitrary 35-40 minute segments, making it almost impossible to find a particular section again or relocate my latest listening point. Usually I'd only deduct one star for this failing, but in such a long audiobook it makes it very hard work when every 'chapter' starts somewhere in the middle of a section.
I found this quite an interesting book. I do wonder if I might have taken it in a bit more reading it rather than listening to it but it was still good and you'll find yourself coming out with various nuggets out of it either with friends or colleagues. Narration was fine.
"A real journey into the past"
If only the authorities made this style of presenting history mandatory in our schools.....Ian Mortimer really brings out the way in which England worked in the 14th Century. Interestingly, and unusually, this book covers not only the gentry, but the lives of the everyday man, woman and child, whose stories are often untold.
I am not a monster of history, so can commend this book to anyone who has a modicum of interest in learning a bit about how we got to where we are.
"TIME TRAVELLERS GUIDE"
IMPOSSIBLE TO STOP READING.I REFER BACK TO IT ALL THE TIME AND CONSTANTLY FIND PASSAGES THAT HOLD MY INTEREST AND EXPAND MY KNOWLEDGE.DON'T MISS THE CHANCE TO ENJOY THIS WELL WRITTEN AND EYE OPENING TREATISE.
Very interesting listening. The narrator is easy to listen to and the book is informative but not stuffy.
The various topics are well laid out with each chapter dealing with a different aspect of mediaeval life.
I found that I could quite easily imagine myself back in the Middle Ages and I enjoyed comparing the facts learned from this book with various fictional books that I have read eg. Follett's Pillars of the Earth which I think was actually a very accurate portrayal of mediaeval England according to this book.
"Insightful story of the past"
This book is a refreshing change from the classic book that tells history from the views of Kings and Lords fighting wars.
Ian Mortimer focuses on the real life of normal people going about their day to day business.
What do people eat? How do they find love? How do they treat their children?
It is this kind of information you will find within the narrative.
"Entertaining, educative, erudite"
Follow this guide and you won't get lost in medieval England. Witty, brisque, descriptive but not boring, this book will take you into medieval world in quite a different way than most books of history do. It shows you spirit of the period and its inhabitants, both small and wider worlds they live in. You will meet them in public as well as will pay them a visit in their homes. You will have an opportunity to see them at least a bit as they see themselves, as the author has an ability to detach from himself prism of our time's perception. If you wish to know how life was in 13th century, listen to this book. The narrator did a good job and thanks to his abilities this book is easy to listen even to non-native English speaker.
Recommended, will look for more books by this author.
"An easy to access history book"
This is a history book, but written in a friendly accessible way. It does a lot of comparison between the modern day and the 12th century, and seems to cover all the areas you'd actually be interested in and leaves out all the boring stuff.
I learnt a lot, enjoyed it greatly, and would recommend this book to anyone.
Absolutely fascinating, interesting and fixes you way back in the 1400's, so much so you can almost taste it, touch it and smell it, it's been a pleasure and then some.
"interesting concept and enjoyable informative list"
For anyone interested in history and likes something a little different every now and then, then this book is for you.
I haven't listened to an audio book quite like this before
This book was amusing but thought provoking at the same time