Fort Worth, TX, United States | Member Since 2011
It flows but not in a story like manner. It is allot of facts and some stories about key characters who played pivotal roles in the crash but was lacking in the type of story telling which would have made me want to listen. I had to make myself listen and pay attention.
An encyclopedia or the wikapedia on the internet
Not really... first there were no characters or rather no dialogue. He had a good voice but got into a rhythm which became annoying. It was like listening to a horse race back in the 1930's.
No I struggled to pay attention because it had was missing a compelling story line other than the facts and figures of the crash. Also the speaker was annoying with the rhythm he used to read the book.
Should you buy this book? The answer is yes, overall. This book has some solid material regarding the crash. I am 47 now, so I never saw the '29 crash, but Mom and Dad both lived through it and my maternal grandfather owned two banks at the time of the crash and it affected my family severely. We went from riches to rags in a matter of two years. This book has allot of facts that you cant find in other books. So overall I am glad I got it and though i have struggled through it for the reasons above, it still is good source material. It is better than a text book.
I enjoyed the lecture in all its parts. A bit of the professors views are not the same as mine however. For example I don't think women were as 2nd class as he makes them sound. Women I believe naturally enjoy playing the role that they were intended to play. It is in there nature. Also I disagree with the idea that slavery was wrong. Given the choices and conditions of the victors in ancient times, slavery was showing mercy to the defeated conquered masses. I think like a Roman a bit more than the professor, but overall it was well worth the time and cost and would listen again in the future.
The lecture was very good. It covers the detail of each reign of each emperor involved with the empire's creep toward Christianity from Platonism and varied pagan religions. I would suggest a good understanding of Roman history and some familiarity with the emperors. I listened to the lecture covering all of Rome be for this one. I plan to move on to the three lectures on the Middle Ages next.
This was a great lecture. I am a constitutional conservative from Texas and I believe Prof Fears to be a man cut from mr own cloth. Listen to famous Greeks lecture first though as he makes reference to it in this lecture. This lecture runs to the 2nd Century AD.
The fact that Dr. Noble gave such a detailed answer to the simple question of the fall of the Roman Empire. It took you from the end of the 2nd century to the 8th century, but to do this you have to jump around geographically. History, especially this period, reads like a novel that is telling 8 stories at once... sort of like A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones for you non-readers).
I have listened to several of the lecture courses and for the most part, they have been well worth my while. Some others will say that they are too academic .... well duhhh! It's a lecture course! When I buy a lecture course, I get a lecture course... not a novel! This one was not like some of the other courses in that it MUST jump around to be able to tell the story. Thus it is not told in linear form but is told in modular form.
He knows far more than I could memorize. I loved the lecture but I will need to listen several more times so that the knowledge can begin to permeate into my brain.
This question is not suitable for a lecture... Audible needs to set up a set of questions that is more tailored to the lectures rather than all being applied to novels.
I recommend this lecture but know that you will be drinking from a fire hose. If you like history and want the details, then buy this one. But I would recommend it not being your first lecture. I think you need to have a good foundation in Greek and Roman history before you jump into this one. Also it would be good to review some maps before listening so that you can get a good visual of where all the places are and who invades who.
This is the best one I have read yet. I have read the Survivalist series by A. American and believe they were top notch books as well. That series was more of a instant EMP lights out collapse where as this one takes place over many years.
I think this series takes the reader step by step into what a collapse is caused by and looks like as it is happening.
It is told from the mind set and point of view of the main character, so this question is not really valid. But Pierce did a fantastic job in his performance.
Yes but obviously no one has time to listen for hours and hours. Even if you did, the iPhone ear plugs start to wear on my ears... but it is definitely a book you look forward too when you plug yourself back in. My daughter is 15 and does not like me to listen to books when she is in the car because she likes to talk to me about her life. Of course I want to hear her, but I have to say I am happy to drive alone when I drop her off... so I can get back to the story! That's how good the tale is!
I have listened to the first and second book so far and I can say that they are well worth the buy. I sort of wish though that they had combined the books from 10 down to 5, as I think that they are milking me for more money by stretching a great book out over more books than it needs to be.
Raiders of the Lost Ark - King Kong - Lost Horizon - these three books / movies come to mind when I think of the King Solomon's mines. It was a great adventure and I loved the way the story was told. I feel that I was born 100 years too late. My great grandfather was born in 1857... I should have been him!
I remember the 1950's movie but it has been a while since I saw it. The book is different and it is too bad that a modern movie could not be made from the book... that is so long as Hollywood could keep from dumbing it down with politically correct crap or overdosing on CGI effects.
I think when the old witch traps the men in the tomb and the door crushes her. I like the fact that they recognize that the native woman dies also. It's not good for all the good guys to always win. I also like the fact that they point out that the races can not coexist in proper society in cohabitation of marriage, as I fully agree with. Yet the author was able to properly translate the human agony of loss by the Captain when the native woman was killed by the witch.
I thought it was a delightful book and would like to read another like it.
The reader of the book was absolutely top notch. A perfect match to the great story telling.
It lays a foundation for further historical review
Yes and I have many volumes in my wish list. They have valuable information which lays a foundation for further study.
He had a strong deliverance, however I felt that he was a bit rushed in his execution of the speech. This might not be his fault however. The producer might have only given him so much time to cover this vast portion of history. I would have preferred a more relaxed lecture where he would have been able to go into more detail of the story lines within these dynasties. Many times it is easier for us to remember history if it is in a story form, rather than a facts and figures regiment.
I would say that it is material that needs to be listened to over a few days. If this is the first time you have covered this material then it needs to be digested over a time span of a week. I would suggest listening to it about 3 times to let the information permeate. For myself, my minor was history at TCU, but predominately American History. My only real exposure to Ancient History beyond my own personal research, was an Art History class I had in the Fall of '91.
Though I gave this lecture a lower rating in performance and story, I did give it a high rating overall. It received a lower rating in performance because the professor seemed to rush the lecture as previously mentioned. On story I gave it a low rating because it was more of a brief on the facts and figures of the topic and less on the in-depth story line of some of the individuals. Overall I will be interested to listen to this professor in further lectures, as I do have others by him marked in my line up within my wish list.
Moral, Justice and Christian
It was very well read and painted a very clear picture of the deterioration of common sense toward Christmas from the nutty left in the US
Unfortunately I havde not, but she was worth listening to. Generally I do not enjoy listening to women readers, but Sarah was completely different. I really enjoyed her voice and agreed with her message.
Yes and I did
I am a right wing conservative who believes in the Constitution in it's original form. I believe that Obama, Clinton, LBJ, Roosevelt, Hoover and Wilson have been and are taking us down the wrong road to eventual destruction. So if you are a conservative who believes in the foundlings of our constitution and christianity, then you will enjoy this book.
I would say that the three best words to describe this story line would be vindication, riotousness and tenacity.
It did follow as much of Champs life as possible, considering the lack of the ability to interview eyewitnesses since all are dead from that time. Also the lack of personal papers from Champ makes it difficult to get inside his head.
I am sure the reader was trying to do the best he could, but it sounded like the fellow had been asked to read the book cold, without any run-through. He consistently stumbled over words and really missed the colloquialism of the area. My family was from that area and I have cousins who speak with the accents of Tennessee and Kentucky, so I know how things should be said. The reading of the book makes it very very hard to get through it. Like stumbling through the dark in an unfamiliar room. Very awkward.
Yes... had the reader been better. I kept wanting to read the book for him, it was very painful to get through... I mean the reader was pretty bad!
I am a southerner, my family had a plantation in what is now Picket County Tennessee and we had a run in with Champ Ferguson during the War. We supported the south 100% but protected an inlay who was deathly ill from small pox. Champ came to kill this fellow and my Great Great Grandfather (Willis Huddleston Parris) talked Champ out of it because Champ knew how strongly we supported the cause for the south and my Great Great Grandfather was a County Judge as well. I wrote the author with the details of this story after I read his book but he did not seem to be very interested. I still hold the opinions of my forefathers and apparently the author does not, thus even though the book was well written and held my attention (minus the horrible reading) I felt the author was just slightly biased. But I could be wrong. I just felt the very slightest bias. Over all I think this is a great book for Civl War buffs in that it sheds light on aspects of the War which breaks the traditional battle lines and generals in command.
I would say it was intriguing, captivating and brief. I only say brief, not because the book was too short, but that it took many subjects of history and made tied them to Alexandria. Each these subjects it touches on are volumes in there own right.
I can not think of one like it exactly, however, Roma flows well and does a good job in emerging the reader into ancient history while giving one plausible explanation to the facts behind the myths.
I believe so. He does quite well and the english accent helps allot and seems to fit within this subject matter.
Each of the declines of the library and museum were very interesting.
I am a 48 year old Texan, who is very well educated in American History, as it was my minor at Texas Christian University. And I have always struggled with world history as a whole and more specifically, ancient world history. I am a year and date fellow, who attaches all events to the spinal column of a time line. That is why world history has always been a weak area for me. It is not taught in Schools the way I need it taught. This book does a good job of laying out a timeline that will be a starting point for me to build that spinal cord backbone and discover more of world history. I strongly recommend this book. I am also a right wing, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin loving conservative and I did not find any left wing socialist marxist attitude from the author, which might be a contaminant of other researchers who try and throw a modern leftist agenda into the mix of history. This book was about what it needs to be... history, plain and simple.
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