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  • The Modern Scholar: The Norsemen - Understanding Vikings and Their Culture

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Professor Michael D.C. Drout

    Professor Michael D.C. Drout of Wheaton College immerses listeners in the extraordinary legacy of Viking civilization, which developed in what is now Scandinavia during the early Middle Ages. During the course of these lectures, Professor Drout explores how these peoples conquered all of Northern Europe, traveled as far as Byzantium in the East and North America in the West, and left a literary legacy that includes numerous works studied and enjoyed to this day.

    Margaret says: "Best download in months!"
    "More like literature review"
    What disappointed you about The Modern Scholar: The Norsemen - Understanding Vikings and Their Culture?

    Well. This book really has bits of useful info. But they are few and hard to find.
    - Narration. Plain terrible. "like", "kind of", "well" are plentiful. As well as stupid jokes, probably intended to get attention of low audience(students I guess?).
    - Half of the book is about author's analysis of Scandinavian literature. (this one has some interesting parts btw). But of course very opinionated and questionable.
    - Almost no history. And it means NO history. Besides quick reflections on northern ship and again quick mentions of events.

    Moreover when the author tells about mythology you literally feel his contempt to the subject.

    Overall I would save money and not buy this for more than 2 cents or so.

    4 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ian Mortimer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble

    Imagine you could travel back to the 14th century. What would you see? What would you smell? More to the point, where are you going to stay? And what are you going to eat? Ian Mortimer shows us that the past is not just something to be studied; it is also something to be lived. He sets out to explain what life was like in the most immediate way, through taking you to the Middle Ages. The result is the most astonishing social history book you are ever likely to read: evolutionary in its concept, informative and entertaining in its detail.

    Marc-Andr? says: "Detailed, Interesting and Entertaining"
    "Perfect Perfect Perfect"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    Highly recommended

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Castles of Steel

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert K. Massie
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews

    In a work of extraordinary narrative power, filled with brilliant personalities and vivid scenes of dramatic action, Robert K. Massie, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, and Dreadnought, elevates to its proper historical importance the role of sea power in the winning of the Great War.

    Matt says: "Stick With It!"
    "Highly opinionated history of WW1."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was not.
    From the book this long, I did expect the analysis of all ships, including comparative analysis of german to british ones(with numbers!). details of their built, armor, engineering decisons . Why there were different types of ships.

    Instead, into 2 hours of this book I get the usual non informative british view of how ww1 started and why germans were bad guys.
    This includes even churchill quotes. Sorry, not everybody loves churchill.

    Unless you are fan of british politics, buy something else.

    This one can be probably a good illustration of how british establishment sees WW1. nothing else.

    What could Robert K. Massie have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not a thing

    2 of 11 people found this review helpful

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