Portland, OR, United States | Member Since 2014
Yes, this series has been really enjoyable for both my 12 year old and me. If you like history, it is educational but truly a pleasure to listen to. I'm urging my high schooler to listen to it too.
Well, of course the other books in the Hakim series. If you had a child that liked The Story of the World by Susan Wise Bauer, or other children's history books, this would be a hit too.
Her narration is lively and keeps me interested -- at the same time, she has a pleasant, non-jarring voice.
This is one of the most interesting in the series, since it is such a fascinating time in US history.
Funny, episodic anecdotes about hair and wigs through history. A great idea for a theme!
I wonder if it seems more choppy without the book in front of the listener – I haven’t read the print version, but if it is available, it might be advisable to have it in front of your child while listening, especially if there are illustrations.
The narration was fine but not outstanding, although it grew on me as the book progressed. My 12 year old son enjoyed it and thought it was over too soon. I thought the book could have gone into more depth about some of the historical background.
This covers a difficult and interesting time in American history. It starts with Reconstruction which is tough to hear about. It moves around to different topics, some of which are less painful.
Although I am learning a lot from this, it is geared toward middle school readers. The only jarring aspect of this I find is the author’s tendency to editorialize. I’m not sure that the value judgments are needed or appropriate. Although I generally share the author’s politics, it might not be for someone not looking for a left-leaning historical summary.
My son continues to love this series, and at 12 he is in the target audience range. He actually requests to listen to this over fiction, which is unusual for him.
I didn't read the print version, but this series lends itself well to audio, and the narrator was excellent. I enjoyed listening with my 12 year old.
No, but he was very good. He was a different narrator than the other books in the series we have listened to, but he was equally good.
We could have done so, but we ended up splitting it up over a few nights. One thing that is great about this series is that they are all fairly short, if you are looking for something that can be finished in a few drives, or a single flight. Especially with younger kids, it can be difficult to spread a longer book over a length of time.
This is one of our favorite nonfiction series for kids -- as enjoyable as a fiction listen!
This was one of the worst Audible titles I’ve encountered, if not the worst. The narrator has what sounds like an artificial/robot voice and was impossible for me to listen to for any length of time. And the content was anecdotal and not very interesting. The topic had promise but it appeared to be a bunch of columns stitched together.
I was expecting to like it since I'm very interested in the topic and choose to watch or read items about flight and the aviation industry. But I was very disappointed in this one.
I love this series! I enjoy the characters and the mystery, but what sets it apart is the setting of historic San Francisco. SF has been one of my favorite places to visit, and I enjoy learning about what it was like in the late 1800’s. Although there is a lot of historical detail, it always seems appropriate to and integrated into the story.
The narrator has a pleasing voice and I find her relaxing to listen to -- a good listen for commuting or before bed. Although this installment in the series has some mildly creepy aspects. There were a few times I decided it would be better listened to in the light of day!
One of my favorite Heyers! Begins with a marvelous scene with the hero and his father – just classic Heyer. Both the hero and heroine are delightful, as were all the minor characters. I loved the hero’s mother and younger brother, and many of the other minor characters were hilarious. Lots of humor and an appealing, intelligent, and mature central couple – all of the best aspects of Heyer to me.Philpott is also my favorite Heyer narrator. He voices all the different characters so well, male and female, and has a wonderful voice to listen to.
The humor, the characters, and the marvelous narration.
Either the wonderful scene at the beginning with Desford and his father, or the madcap and touching end to the book.
One of the best Heyer audios on Audible.
I thought this was an excellent introduction to jazz and related genres. I felt it started slow, but fairly soon into the recording I was hooked. The lecturer is one of the better Great Courses professors; I enjoyed listening to him. Contrary to one of the other reviewers, I thought this one was perfect on audio. I never had any confusion because this wasn’t in video form. And I find I make much more progress on Great Courses that are in audio since I’m not tethered to the TV.
I’m surprised to see the negative reviews, because I really enjoyed this. I’m sure it is aimed at a listener like me who lacks a deep knowledge of jazz and jazz history. Given the length, it was more a sampler of topics in jazz history, including ragtime, blues, and swing. I think some of the negative reviewers may have been looking for a comprehensive survey.
This was one of my favorite Great Courses. I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did. My only real exposure to Voltaire before this was reading Candide in high school. The professor has such passion for the topic, and manages to pass it on to the listener. I felt I learned so much about not just Voltaire but the times he lived in, especially about the forces in French society that led to the revolution, and the figures of the Enlightenment that continue to impact us today.
I thought Prof. Kors was one of the best professors in the Great Courses series -- I always looked forward to listening to him.
I also thought this one was perfect on audio. I never had any confusion because this wasn’t in video form. And I find I make much more progress on Great Courses that are in audio since I’m not tethered to the TV. That said, anyone new to the Great Courses should realize that they sound like a professor lecturing (which is what it is) and not like a narrator reading an audiobook. I actually find that more engaging, but I realize some listeners prefer a smooth narration, rather than someone lecturing from a podium.
My 12 year old and I have really enjoyed this Hakim history series. He actually finds it his preferred listening before bed. Although I was a US history major decades ago, I enjoy re-learning about events in US history. I’ve been encouraging my older son to listen as a way to bone up on US history before he heads off to college.
This installment was especially good. The civil war is such an interesting and sad time in US history, filled with great and memorable stories. Both my son and I learned a lot from it.
In terms of perspective, I think it is fair to say that Hakim has a center left orientation, not dissimilar from the commentary you would see in a PBS documentary or a national park museum. Although I share her politics, it is sometimes a bit disconcerting to me that she digresses into judgments on the beliefs or behaviors encountered. I wonder if that is in part driven by the middle or high school audience and what she perceives as their need for guidance about the events she covers. I would have preferred not to have the commentary, but I think it is a minor flaw.
This might be my favorite Heyer. I adore both the hero and heroine, but also her adorable family. I have a real weakness for the little boys of Heyer’s books, and how in this one they bring out Alverstoke’s best side. Writing this review makes me want to reread this one!
Unlike some Heyers, the main couple are onstage for almost all of this book, and the book is written mostly from the hero’s perspective, both of which I enjoy.
The only negative for me was the narrator. He is an excellent narrator, but he sounded much older than the characters in the book, which for some reason is disconcerting to me. This book should be narrated by a man, since most of the characters are male, but I think it would be better to have one who could voice younger characters convincingly.
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