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J. W. Zents

Edinburg, TX USA | Member Since 2012

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  • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Edward Gibbon
    • Narrated By Bernard Mayes
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    Famous for its unflagging narrative power, fine organization, and irresistibly persuasive arguments, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire has earned a permanent place of honor in historical literature. Gibbon's elegantly detached erudition is seasoned with an ironic wit, and remarkably little of his work is outdated.

    Darwin8u says: "Brilliant in parts, excellent in Most."
    "Good History, but older performance"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume 2 the most enjoyable?

    The story the author is telling is in itself fascinating and the point of view from which he tells it makes it even more interesting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Constantine


    Did Bernard Mayes do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    This is the weakest spot in the work. The narrator does not make voice shifts to differentiate the characters, and since this is a history work written in the third person that is not really to be expected.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    A bit of both.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are not interested in the story this history wants to tell, do not get this book. It was not produced as entertainment, but as the author often says, to be instructive.

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