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Glenn

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  • A Survey of Ancient History

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By John Pruskin
    • Narrated By Alec Sand
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (20)
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    (19)

    In this eight hour audiobook, 5,000 years of history have been condensed into a concise and easy to follow series of lectures. Take a fascinating journey from the mists of prehistory to the fall of the Roman empire. Be introduced to the most notable men and minds of the ancient world. Explore the great currents of philosophy, art, science and economics that have shaped our world.

    Glenn says: "Not really what I was looking for"
    "Not really what I was looking for"
    Overall

    This is a very, very thin introduction to the major ancient civilizations. It is like listening to a short podcast, complete with cheesy sound effects and a narrator who sounds less than professional. The narrator has a flat, slightly irate-sounding voice and sighs repeated times. (Maybe he was yawning? I certainly was.)

    Imagine a tired, slightly angry man reading Wikipedia for 5 hours, and chapters broken down by a musical flourish from a 1980's synthesizer and a loud, jarring "beep." Every two minutes or so. That was a good thing. The beep stopped me from falling asleep at the wheel while driving.

    The content is too thinly skimmed over to really hold the interest of the listener. Like I said, think of an entry in an encyclopedia. If that's what you want, and you don't mind a grumpy narrator, this may be for you.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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