Fascinating. Insightful. Thorough.
It's like being taken on a guided tour of 14th Century England. Exactly as advertised.
If I were to go, I'd want Jonathan Keeble telling me about what I was seeing. The perfect companion.
I was sad when it was over. I want more!
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.
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.
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