I agree with another reviewer that the many names, places, events and battles are hard to keep track of and I had to rewind often to keep up. Eventually I decided to just go with the flow and only rewound when really necessary. Once I gave up having to have all the details, I realized I was still retaining the general sense and direction of the events and still very much enjoying it. I like hearing Churchill???s take on things ??? especially when he remarks on how these historical events are similar to events in his time, which is powerful in light of what he lived through. I also really liked the narrator who sounded very Churchillian to me. Always clear, never hard to understand and had a pleasant pace and flow to his reading. I???m getting the second volume now and look forward to hearing about Elizabeth I.
My interest in the topic began with a lecture series I listened to about the history of english. I so thoroughly enjoyed it that I listened to another on the history of language - equally facinating. So I was unsure if this book would live up to the first History of the English Language that so captivated me . . . but it certainly did. Since this wasn't a lecture but a book, it filled in & fleshed out things not covered, or covered differently, in that lecture.
The author was endearing and his enthusiasm infectious - gave me a much deeper appreciation of english and it's life & growth - almost as if a living thing. Even though he isn't a linguist, he certainly knew how to write what could've been a boring chronology into a facinating story. I particulary enjoyed Tyndale's story regarding the english language Bible (I had no idea!) and hearing which words english appropriated & absorbed from which other languages - some were pretty surprising!
I enjoyed the narrator very much (cute to hear how he pronounced some American english words!) - he did the many english-speaking people's accents very, very well. The wrong narrator for this book could've been disasterous.
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