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Jim

History, Sci-Fi, Fantasy nerd from St. Louis.

United States

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  • 112 titles in library
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  • The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ian Mortimer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    Overall
    (457)
    Performance
    (334)
    Story
    (333)

    Imagine you could travel back to the 14th century. What would you see? What would you smell? More to the point, where are you going to stay? And what are you going to eat? Ian Mortimer shows us that the past is not just something to be studied; it is also something to be lived. He sets out to explain what life was like in the most immediate way, through taking you to the Middle Ages. The result is the most astonishing social history book you are ever likely to read: evolutionary in its concept, informative and entertaining in its detail.

    Marc-Andr? says: "Detailed, Interesting and Entertaining"
    "Step into the Time Machine"
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    If you could sum up The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating. Insightful. Thorough.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England?

    It's like being taken on a guided tour of 14th Century England. Exactly as advertised.


    What about Jonathan Keebleā€™s performance did you like?

    If I were to go, I'd want Jonathan Keeble telling me about what I was seeing. The perfect companion.


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

    I was sad when it was over. I want more!


    Any additional comments?

    I only hope Ian Mortimer takes us on other trips to other centuries and I hope when he does Jonathan Keeble tells us about it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Max Hastings
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (162)

    From the acclaimed military historian, a new history of the outbreak of World War I - from the breakdown of diplomacy to the dramatic battlesthat occurred before the war bogged down in the trenches.

    Jean says: "outstanding"
    "Great Story - Great Story Telling"
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    I've 'read' a LOT of WW1 books. I've enjoyed many, and it's perhaps because of this fact I enjoyed Mr. Hastings book so much. It's his telling of the stories behind, alongside and in front of the battles which make it so refreshing and delightful. The normal, obligatory and very often sterile numbers, names, units, dates and leaders can become mind numbing. But Mr. Hastings brings the battle into your neighborhood and home. He's obviously done his homework and has approached this topic in a 21st Century way to making a now-distant-event, closer. This book is the bridge between the 'big picture' numbers and the anecdotal individuals narrative.

    Students: Do you need to 'endure' a history class to get a credit? Read (or better yet - LISTEN) to this book. Visualize yourself in Belgium, or Paris or Poland... Look outside and think about how you'd react if your whole world was falling to pieces around you. Mr. Hastings book does just that for you, taking you back to WW1.

    History Dorks: (...and Yes, I proudly bear this title!) Listen to this one. It's good. REALLY good.

    I'd like to mention Mr. Vance's reading and I could go on-and-on but let me qualify my statement. I don't have time to sit and hold a book (not too mention driving laws and physics prevent me from doing so in the car), so almost all of my 'reading' is done from Audible.

    It's with this in mind I make the following statement about Mr. Vance's performance... I will listen to ANYTHING Mr. Vance reads, including stock quotes or variations of rose flower hybrids. :)

    Get this and enjoy people. It's is wonderful! I'm going to let this sit for about 30 days, then I'll look forward to hearing it all over again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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