Took me about 3 months because as fascinating as each segment was, history is a long succession of same thing different name, and I listened to many books while coming back to this for a few hours at a time. Each time I couldn't believe I'd stopped. So many hilarious things happened (in hindsight and with the benefit of an appreciation of irony in some cases) throughout those centuries that at times you almost can't believe this stuff really happened the way it did! It's not written with much humor although the author, a woman, occasionally slips in funny jabs about the occasionally insane wtf sort of problems that a bunch of all male warlord types manage to create for themselves. I found myself laughing out loud several times just over things I never realized we're behind the way people and religion are today. On some reflection realizing that ghengis khan basically founded the Christian church as we know it today was a good one. Then there were bizarre things like learning it's not so strange that there are really two popes in 2016. One time there were THEE! This is a good one and well narrated. Lots of interesting stuff about Asia. You never seem to hear about this crazy stuff those Asians got up to during the Middle Ages. Oh they kept busy.
I listen to history and other non-fiction audiobooks quite a lot, but this one just did not work out for me. I found the reading extremely inexpressive and tedious, to the extent that I had a very hard time following what was being said. I listened to the first two hours, but absorbed almost nothing. My mind kept wandering. And this is a very information-dense book that does not forgive a wandering mind! So I gave up on it. It was just not worth my time. I wasn't getting anything out of the experience except frustration with the inexpressive reader.
Please note that it's only the narration that I had a problem with, not the book itself.
I have been a history fan for many years.Medieval World linked together much as of what I've learned making a great framework on which to hang earlier studies. For the newer history buff, MW is a good starting point. A guide to further topic selection.
Too much emphasis on wars and kings and not enough emphasis on culture, religion, values, etc. Also, far too much emphasis on non-European countries such as China, India and Persia. The book should advertise this because when a Westerner reads a book on medieval history he expects European history.
This is great survey of world empire creation and destruction and helps one understand why these ancient events set up the wars and conflicts we have today. It was gut wrenching to learnabout all the evil done by kings and the elites in their quests to be in charge.
literally hundreds of names here of battles kings barbarian tribes plenty of dates too, only once in awhile a vignette brings the parade to life. well written as far as that goes, but too much area covered in spite of the many pages. we veer briefly to Meso-America once, and periodically to India and China, but mostly dwell on the Roman world and its aftermath. who could take it all in?
we learn almost nothing of how these people lived, just who ruled them and for how long before assassination or stroke or war did them in.
having studied Chinese at one time I was puzzled by the reader's pronunciation and suspect that his Sanskrit was equally flawed since pretty sure ,"Tripitaka" is accented on the penultimate syllable not the third. and referring to Bodhisattva's as "gods" is certainly misleading, "saints" would be much closer.
did learn a little about early doctrinal controversies of the Christian church and more than I could comprehend of the Mayan calendar.
overall like reading a detailed outline of a history intended to take up twenty volumes.
Pronunciation of Chinese names and places way off the mark. Other than that a good way to get an outline of the medieval world.
I love history, and I found this boring. Names, dates, few details and little to make it riveting.
Narration excellent. Historical perspective and integration in depth and concise. The advancing time line, between the East, Mid-East and Europe, with emphasis on historical and religious influences, brings into focus that the midieval peroid was indeed world wide.