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Robert Amis

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  • A History of the Middle Ages

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Crane Brinton, John Christopher, Robert Wolff
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (613)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (200)

    A History of the Middle Ages is the amazing story of European man in transition. It is a dramatic chronicle of 1,000 years of political, social, and economic transformation beginning with the dissolution of the classical Mediterranean civilization and ending with the first flowering of the Renaissance. It is also the story of two new religions, Christianity and Islam, both of which were destined to dominate the mind of every person in those new civilizations arising in their wake.

    Theresa says: "A Stunning Achievement"
    "Surprisingly good"
    Overall

    After buying this I did not read it for some time being put off by the length and the pompous narrative style I had found in a 5 minute preview. Once I tried it I stuck with it (this does not always happen) and learned a lot in this very wide subject.
    The book is well structured with good introductions and it is therefore easy to keep up with the overall narrative (not always true with audiobooks if you are driving)

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • English Society in the Eighteenth Century

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Roy Porter
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (53)

    In this boldly drawn portrait of 18th-century England, Roy Porter defines a nation from its princes to its paupers, from its metropolis to its smallest hamlet. The topics covered run the gamut, covering diet, housing, prisons, rural festivals, bordellos, plays, paintings, and work and wages.

    Amazon Customer says: "A ton of information"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    Porter's books were always good and this is no exception. Themes are examined across a number of aspects of eighteenth century English History and Porter manages to mix entertainment and education. This was a set text when I was covering this period at University last year

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Alexander the Great and His Time

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Agnes Savill
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    He was trained by Aristotle in every branch of human learning, conquered much of Asia, and was one of the greatest leaders in the history of the world. He was unquestionably one of the most brilliant and commanding generals of all time. He greatly influenced the spread of Hellenism and is responsible for profound changes in the course of world development.

    Robert Amis says: "Dull and uncritical"
    "Dull and uncritical"
    Overall

    Agnes Savill's account of Alexander's life is dismissive of the many criticisms of Alexander although she usually does not even spell out those criticisms. For example when Alexander kills his foster brother Cleitas for his criticism.
    She also defers to various contemporary (but unknown) military figures to validate the military achivements without giving a clear idea of what the achievement.
    During the explanations of various battles I found myself drifting off and not getting any idea of what Alexander was doing that was so different.
    Well enough read and no story of Alexander's life can be all dull.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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