In daydreaming one thinks "how wonderful to nip back in time"....but would it be wonderful"....this excellent book covers every bit of your journey ,all the. Bits you hadn't quite thought through ,like is it safe to travel to the next town ,how do I find it ,what is the state if the road,how do I wash ,where do I go to the loo....and of course "does my bum look big in this".....well perhaps not in those words but what do I wear.....questions I never knew I would need to know and all well narrated......I enjoyed it so much I bought the other book and enjoyed it just as much
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.
"Hitchhikers Guide + Lonely Planet for Dr Who!"
I's recommend this book for anyone with an interest in medieval social history.
Its not a story and so it puzzles me why Audible ask this stupid bloody question about factual books, especially when it goes on to ask who your favourite character is!!! Book up your ideas Audible you sell the books, sort out a review system tailored to the specific book. As the world's largest online retailer you shouldn't find it hard. Pay some tax whilst your at it....
Good informative reading. I couldn't help but be reminded of the calm, authoritative tones of the Hitchhikers Guide To the Galaxy on the BBC excellent adaptation of Douglas Adam's classics.
Found a TARDIS? Going to medieval times? You need this book in your life!
A great way to garner an understanding of life in medieval England. It deals with a myriad of different subjects from latrine cleaners to Kings, food, medicine, agricultural in a warm, witty educational way!
"Fascinating social history"
A treat. I expected to be entertained and informed by this book but was ill prepared for just how fascinating the detail it included was. Just as good a listen as all the Liza Picard's social histories. Full of absorbing and interesting detail, this is a really good listen that you just don't want to end.
The narrator was great, when he was describing the streets what the butchers shop would look like, smell like, and sound like. I could imagine myself standing there.
"Signposts would have been helpful to find the way"
This is certainly a very worthy listen and I know that I have learned a lot of facts but it was not what I had expected. I had anticipated a more experiential journey through the homes and lives of the people, both rich and poor. And this book does give glimpse, but so stuffed with dates, names, place and time changes that the text became, for me, incoherent. I would far rather, for example, have visited a fairly typical small village , for example, and been shown the homes the food, the daily routines, customs, health, religious feelings etc of the villagers there before moving into the towns or talking about the more wealthy and the aristocracy. But all tended to segue into each other. This was not helped by the lack of chapter titles and even the numbered sections didn't seem to conform to any specific subject area.
Overall, Jonathan Keeble did well as a narrator but even he seemed to tire beneath the relentless lists of dates and titles at times. His finest reading also coincided with my favourite part of the book : the last 15 minutes - not because of relief that it was almost at an end but because, at last the author started to talk freely about the meaning of the past. Would that the rest of the book had flowed as easily.
Possibly the fault lies in this being an audio book and a written version would be more accessible.
"Essential background for amateur historians"
Thoroughly enjoyable and quite different from other history books that I have read. The author aims to immerse the reader in the 14th century and so he does.
I enjoyed most the chapter on contemporary literature.
Very fascinating approach to an interesting subject. The narrator was engaging in style and really helped bring it to life.