I certainly understand the subject much better now, but I did have to give up trying to keep track of some of the details along the way. The lecturer's style took some getting used to as well. It took me a while to decide how I felt about the whole package, but by the end of it I was quite enthusiastic. And much better informed on the subject.
The listener has to be prepared to create their own "total picture" out of an enormous amount of information and statistics that the author provides for you. There is very little story telling to this, but if you are willing to create your own understanding of the period out of a lot of information this will do the trick. The information is certainly provided clearly enough--just not as much help in interpreting it all as I might have liked.
Once you realize that this is a "story" and not a "history" of India it goes along quite well. It is the story told through a combination of references to India's ancient literature, archaeology, interviews and a bit of scholarly writing. It took me a while to get my head around the fact that I wasn't listening to what I would strictly call a history book, but it was a good introduction to a subject that I knew nothing about--and now know a bit more about.
The content is good enough, but neither my husband nor I enjoy being shouted at, so we gave up about half way through.
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