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John

Hartford, CT, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Mysteries of the Middle Ages

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Thomas Cahill
    • Narrated By Thomas Cahill
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    (10)
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    (3)
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    (5)

    After the long period of cultural decline known as the Dark Ages, Europe experienced a rebirth of scholarship, art, literature, philosophy, and science, and began to develop a vision of Western society that remains at the heart of Western civilization today.

    John says: "History at its worst"
    "History at its worst"
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    As an avid reader of history for over 40 years, I must say this is absolutely the most self indulgent nonsense I have ever come across. If you want to hear ridiculous references to everyone from MLK to Bessie Smith, and the obligatory swings at George W Bush, in a book that pretends to be about the Middle Ages, go ahead. If you want to learn how the Renaissance got it's start, look elsewhere.

    The authors' over bloated prose, packed full of pseudo-intellectual double negatives reeks of an ego I have never seen or heard in any other historian's works. I tried as hard as I could to put up with the book; after 2 hours it was more than I could stand.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil in the White City

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4345)
    Performance
    (2052)
    Story
    (2071)

    In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

    D says: "A Rich Read!"
    "History and Storytelling at it's best"
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    Where does The Devil in the White City rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks pretty well compared to otherhistory books I've read. The author is not quite as good as David McCullough but who is?


    Any additional comments?

    Well researched. Loads of detail. A great primer on the exposition and Chicago of the late 19th century.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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