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Bethesda, Md, United States | Member Since 2004

  • 2 reviews
  • 9 ratings
  • 0 titles in library
  • 27 purchased in 2015

  • A World Lit Only by Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance: Portrait of an Age

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By William Manchester
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener

    From tales of chivalrous knights to the barbarity of trial by ordeal, no era has been a greater source of awe, horror, and wonder than the Middle Ages. In handsomely crafted prose and with the grace and authority of his extraordinary gift for narrative history, William Manchester leads us from a civilization tottering on the brink of collapse to the grandeur of its rebirth, the Renaissance.

    Wallen says: "Ruined by the narrator"
    "Very tendentious reading of cultural history"
    What would have made A World Lit Only by Fire better?

    A more open approach to cultural views differing from his own might have made this book more interesting.

    What was most disappointing about William Manchester’s story?

    I was disappointed by his wholly dismissive approach to any achievement of art, technology, thought or law that did not arise out of or reflect his own agenda.

    Which character – as performed by Barrett Whitener – was your favorite?

    This is not applicable.

    What character would you cut from A World Lit Only by Fire?

    This is not applicable.

    Any additional comments?

    I purchased this title because of the wonderful multi-voume biography of Winston Churchill written by him. I was eager to see what he had to say on such a wide ranging topic such as the cultural history of Europe between the medieval age and the Renaissance. I was disappointed

    His simplistic view pervades the text: anything having to do with Catholic faith or life - BAD; anything having to do with practical atheism - GOOD. An example of this is when speaking the 'low' state of technological achievement in medieval Europe, his only reference to the great cathedrals built during this time was that they were just about the only buildings built out of stone. That's it. He cherry picks the information he presents in a very heavy handed manner. He reduces Augustines monumental opus

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Sara says: "The Time Travel VS Romance Quandary"
    "Estrogen soaked erotic fantasy"
    Any additional comments?

    There is not much history in this historical fiction. Rather it is a very extended female erotic fantasy. The author creates a relationship between a modern professional woman and a younger bulking Scottish chieftain warrior from the 18th century, fulfilling modern feminist domination visions.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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