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Mike

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  • The American Civil War: A Military History

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John Keegan
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    For the past half century, John Keegan, the greatest military historian of our time, has been returning to the scenes of America's most bloody and wrenching war to ponder its lingering conundrums: the continuation of fighting for four years between such vastly mismatched sides; the dogged persistence of ill-trained, ill-equipped, and often malnourished combatants; the effective absence of decisive battles.

    Mike says: "American Civil War from a British point of view"
    "American Civil War from a British point of view"
    Overall

    Another winner by preeminent historian Keegan. The reader's English accent and odd pronunciations of names, such as 'Potomac', emphasizes that this is intended to be an impartial evaluation of the American Civil War. I really like how the writer describes English roots of some parts of the Civil War military tradition.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lives of the Twelve Caesars

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Suetonius
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Suetonius wrote his Lives of the Twelve Caesars in the reign of Vespasian around 70AD. He chronicled the extraordinary careers of Julius, Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, Nero, Vespasian, and Domitian and the rest in technicolour terms. They presented some high and low times at the heart of the Roman Empire. The accounts provide us with perspicacious insights into the men as much as their reigns.

    Elizabeth says: "Translation doubts"
    "Reader is distracting"
    Overall

    I found myself fixated on the reader's pronounciation rather than the book itself. Think Pontius Pilate/Michael Palin from the movie "Life of Brian", because I do whenever I listen to it.

    Perhaps the choice of reader was intentional.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful

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