Among the definitely worthwhile though perhaps not at the very top (I've listened to quite a few: let's just say that I would gladly pay twice the price for this one). Lester is great at drawing different elements together in a way that enriches our understanding. I cannot wait for his next book. I don't know what illustrations the paper version contains but if there are some, it might be worth while getting the hard copy. I hope that audible will include more downloadable pdfs.
Hoye is a good reader. Names are mostly correctly pronounced, one exception being William of Conches (Conches is in Normandy but Hoye pronounces it as if it were a Spanish name).
I was very excited at certain moments.
Definitely a must for someone interested in the Renaissance or European history/culture in general.
There are some very memorable moments, but what really counts is learning about the situation of blacks in America from the end of the Civil War until World War II and after. This was a part of US history I had not known and it changed my view not only of African Americans but of the country as a whole.
No, but he is excellent.
Yes, it sure did. I am still reeling.
I cannot recommend this book too strongly. Anybody who lives in the US or has anything to do with the US (which is just about everyone in the world) must read this to have a better understanding of the country, its evolution, and its people. Foreigners not well acquainted with American history, however, must not imagine that this is all there is to it: there is much in that extraordinary story that people from other cultures cannot imagine, though this book recounts a very important and little known chapter.
Among the best (but these are many!).
It puts into perspective what happens in life. And presents much that is stimulating along the way.
On the whole Sean Pratt does a great job, but his pronunciation of some foreign names leaves something to be desired. Also, I have never heard Newton's 'Principia' pronounced as if it were an Italian word, with accent on -pi and a soft c in -ci; no Latin taught anywhere, despite differences, would support this, nor does common usage. This, however, is without importance; foreign names however is a more serious issue, one which never ceases to concern me (it is very annoying when one cannot identify someone who is mentioned). I urge the producers of audiobooks to provide a pdf with just a list of proper names.
The story of Sabina, the author's aunt who was gassed by the Nazis.
I don't have time to write extensively but would urge you to listen to this book.
Definitely. I found this book to be extremely interesting and stimulating. It puts much into perspective and ties together things that deepens one's understanding of history and the world.
He allowed me to enjoy the book with my eyes shut as well as walking in the street.
I do not agree with some listeners here who compare this book unfavorably with Standage's A History of the World in Six Glasses. I loved that work, but found this one just as good. Both have enriched my mind and given me some very enjoyable moments. Both recommended without reservation.
Pretty high, though I've listened to many good ones
Gifford Pinchot, one of the truly great men in U.S. history but about whom I knew nothing. Teddy Roosevelt, who this book made me realize was one of America's very best presidents.
Ed Pulaski, a hero whom the U.S. government treated with shameful shabbiness (as it did other forest rangers).
He was great (I don't say this often). You felt as if you were there at the great fire of 1900.
Yes. I was very moved by foresight and public spirit of Pinchot and Roosevelt, and equally disgusted by the likes of mean-minded Senator Weldon Heyburn and the rapacious William A. Clark.
This book vividly describes a very important episode in U.S. history whose significance is not often recognized.
Delightful, informative, stimulating
He reads clearly and at a good speed, and has a pleasant voice. An excellent reader.
It made my brain feel more alive.
A must for anyone with an interest in how our most common drinks -- beer, wine, coffee, tea, cola -- came into our lives and their often surprising influence in shaping history. Recommended!
No. The print version would be better for names, but audio is easier on the eyes.
Bartolomé de las Casas, the first to revolt against the atrocities of the Spanish conquistadors and do something against it.
He spoke clearly and pleasantly. However, he did not do too well with foreign names, especially French.
Yes. It is full of interesting material. I may well listen to it again.
I am always grateful for books that put historical events into perspective. This one helped me to understand better the development of the modern world. I could have give it 5 stars, but it did not make me quite as excited as some other books I've listened to, so I somewhat reluctantly reduced it to 4 for the sake of making the distinction. However, I do recommend this book.
I listened to vol.2 immediately after vol.1, so I cannot separate the two. I'm impatient to hear volume 3.
He spoke clearly and at a good speed, without getting bogged down.
When the black troops honoured Lincoln in the ceremony after the war.
I am always struck by how uncertain war is, and what a horror. People have always clamoured for it, until they really got what they wanted and it turned out to be the last thing anybody could want.
Yes. It is a good book to have solidly present in one's head at all times.
I (for complex reasons — I suppose they are always complex) had a penchant for being gullible which got worn down through education, but after a crisis in my mid-thrities, I decided to become "open" (thereby casting away deliberately many mental restraints). I decided it was simply better strategy, even if that meant being gullible. However, in time I shifted back to a more critical, intellectually rigorous position. For someone like myself, Schermer's book is just the thing to steady a sometimes vacillating mind.
Probably. To retain some of the details.
Made me think, which is no doubt more important.
The subject is an extremely important one that touches us all.
The detailed account of the historical context. The much deeper understanding I acquired of the Civil War and its role in history, of Lincoln, of American culture and society.
Much too long for that! But I did not want to stop listening.
The first two volumes are long but well worth it. I'm waiting for Volume 3
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