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Tex E.

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  • A Survey of the Middle Ages: A.D. 500 - 1270

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By John Pruskin
    • Narrated By John Pruskin
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    In this audiobook, John Pruskin takes us from the fall of the Roman Empire to the cusp of the Italian Renaissance. You have a ringside seat as the remnants of the Roman Empire emerge from the tangled chaos of the barbarian conquests.

    Tex E. says: "Mostly not great"
    "Mostly not great"
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    I've listened to most of the books Audible has to offer covering the Middle Ages. This particular book is unique. It is structured into almost 400 segments that resemble grandiose captions rather than chapters. Each chapter is preceded by a sound effect that would be more comfortable in a Dr Who episode, circa 1974. The author and narrator speaks in a rigid and clipped fashion. He has a penchant for strange and unique pronunciations of certain words that I would describe as bizarre. His description of certain figures stands in direct opposition to commonly held opinion without any substantiation.

    The net result is best described as uncomfortable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Dan Jones
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (232)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (210)

    The first Plantagenet king inherited a blood-soaked kingdom from the Normans and transformed it into an empire that stretched at its peak from Scotland to Jerusalem. In this epic history, Dan Jones vividly resurrects this fierce and seductive royal dynasty and its mythic world. We meet the captivating Eleanor of Aquitaine, twice queen and the most famous woman in Christendom; her son, Richard the Lionheart, who fought Saladin in the Third Crusade; and King John, a tyrant who was forced to sign Magna Carta, which formed the basis of our own Bill of Rights.

    Troy says: "Excellent Narrative History"
    "Exceptional Plantagenet Book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Just a good read. Great information. Well developed and presented.


    What did you like best about this story?

    He broke down different periods of Plantagenet rule that have been covered extensively before, with a perspective and clarity that is refreshing.The period with Stephen and Matilda was particularly good.


    Any additional comments?

    There were a few things that got glossed over, like Edward II but overall it was exceptional.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: A History of Ancient Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Frances B. Titchener
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    Of all the civilizations that have ever existed, none have inspired as much wonder and awe as Ancient Rome. No society has replicated the achievements nor enjoyed the longevity that the Roman Empire did. This course explores the world of Ancient Rome as students investigate important events and key figures of the epoch. At the end of this course, students will possess a thorough understanding of Ancient Rome's legacy to the modern world.

    Atticus says: "It is what it is..."
    "Not really for me."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The information was pretty good but the presentation was completely maddening. Some people really like her style but I'm not one of them.


    What other book might you compare The Modern Scholar to and why?

    This is the first book of the series that I have not thoroughly enjoyed.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her approach was over animated and terribly unnecessary.


    Do you think The Modern Scholar needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    There are other books in the series on the topic that I will likely get.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The System of the World: Book Eight of The Baroque Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Kevin Pariseau, Neal Stephenson
    Overall
    (378)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (241)

    In this concluding volume of Neal Stephenson’s epic work, “Half-Cocked Jack” Shaftoe must escape the noose of Jack Ketch; the rivalry between Newton and Leibniz comes to a head; and Daniel Waterhouse pursues his dream to build the Logic Mill

    Matthew A. Razzano says: "Great conclusion"
    "Exceptional Book"
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    Where does The System of the World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Best fiction book I've listened to. One of my very favorite books in general.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The System of the World?

    There are many. Jack and Gex getting reacquainted was good.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    He did a fantastic job with complex material. Often different voices can be distracting be he did an amazing job with some complex material.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This is the last part of an eight book epic. All of the books are broken into two or three parts. There is nothing about this that could be done in a single sitting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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