The narration has not been adequately rehearsed. The presentation is stiff and takes effort to follow. It sounds like it was read once, then recorded.
The material is interesting from a historical view and is representative of its time. It is useful for insight into ancient thought.
Most of the fables do not have concluding summaries. I suppose in the 500 BC the messages would be clear. This is wisdom literature along the lines of biblical proverbs, but not as clear or helpful. Lots of animals interacting, representative of human behaviors and attitudes seen today. Proverbs state the lessons learned, Aesop gives the background stories.
This was VERY well acted, narrated which added immensely to my understanding. I found myself looking forward to a flight so I could listen to a few hours uninterrupted.
Glad I first listened to The Teaching Company "Aeneid" course by Elizabeth Vandiver, else I wouldn't have followed the action. Suspect I would have been lost without that preparation.
Very high body count in books 7-12. I'm still stunned at the variety of ways to describe splattered brains.
Expected this would be a chore, but thoroughly enjoyed it.
Interesting snippets of history with sometimes conflicting and often overly generalized conclusions. The lessons are valuable "Don't outshine the boss", "play your cards close to your vest", some lessons are harsh "crush your enemies lest they crush you". The "lessons" are all generally valid and useful to hear now and then, but not very deep. I found the swarmy vocal presentation and the "Godfather" musical transitions amusing and comical.
Yet the book was well worth the $6 sale price, mostly for the historical anecdotes, which will prompt more research on your own. I had never heard of Count Victor Lustig and how he swindled Al Capone out of $5000.00 without getting himself killed.
I agree with another reviewer that most of the wisdom is in the Biblical Proverbs. If you read Proverbs with the idea of:"How have others in history, and how can I personally profit materially from these truths of human nature?" you will get this book. If you want see what life looks like when lived according that idea, read Ecclesiastes.
Well narrated, very enjoyable. Does a good job of describing the transition of Roman society from Republic to Empire. Lengthy discussions of Julius Caesar and Marc Anthony. Interesting insights into family relations/politics after the death of Anthony.
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