This exhaustive history is one of the best on the subject. Gibbon knew his material and gave us one of the greatest works about the long period that this history covers. Where this history might seem long and tedious in places, it is made up for by the numerous explanations of battles and descriptions of the cities and characters of the times. Where Gibbon sometimes seems to opinionated about the times and people, he gives reasons for this and helps the listener to understand the circumstances and ideas of the times. The narration is at times tedious as well. You get the idea that you are in a college lecture hall rather than listening to the reading of a book. Bernard Mayes does a good job with the material. Overall, I would recommend this set of volumes to anyone who is interested in the hisory of the world. Others will find this material tedious and boring at times. My advice? Give a listen and stick with this. You might find out some things that you didn't know and might find this history as extremely interesting as I have.
This is the ultimate prequel to the Dune series of books. Kudos to Anderson and Brian Herbert. This ties all the storylines together to make the series one fantastic story. As for Pat, who commented that Scott Brick was getting tired of the series, I did not detect this at all. Scott is one of the best narrators in the business and is always at the top of his game. Kudos to him as well. This is an essential listen for any fan of the Dune series. Thanks to Tantor for undertaking this project.
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