Bob Brier is a great orator a World class Egyptologist. Unfortunately this recording was ruined by some very annoying post production elements that detract greatly from the presentation of the material.
At the beginning of every segment a very, annoying musical score is added. I's a loud, trumpeting "fanfare" that serves no purpose but to annoy and is completely out of place.
If you like to listen to Audiobooks in a relaxed setting this post production music will set your teeth on edge and send you reaching for the volume to pot that awful music down every 20 minutes or so. No excuse for bad decisions like this.
I don't understand how anyone thought that adding this audio could possibly make the series more enjoyable.
Other than this the series was great, as a "primer" to Egyptian History. You might have heard most of the anecdotes, but Prof. Brier adds enough details that you will be sure to learn something.
I won't buy another audiobook lecture if it has these post production "score" added to it.
-which is why I'm mentioning it here.
If you are looking for a true to life, accurate, plausible, realistic story, this might not be your cup of tea. That's the one thing I would change, -if everything could have been just a little more 'plausible'. But hey, it's not a documentary, it's great Fantasy.
Yes, I think the writing style lends itself to audiobooks.
Firstly, Gildart Jackson is a fine presenter, narrator. I must add the Nota Bene that; When he does a Woman's voice, it sounds like a flamboyantly gay male. I actually laughed out loud a couple of times, I can't say why other audiobook narrators somehow manage to pull it off without sounding this way. But it's no big deal, -only noteworthy because the question was asked.
A follow up? I can't imagine how they would pull that off! But what the heck, I like and recognize Andy McDermott now and I'm all about loyalty so Yes!
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Bob Brier's got an affable manner and he really knows his stuff, he's a great tale teller, lecturer this is basic introductory material, and should be pretty much de rigueur for anyone who's interested in the Pharaonic timeline. This is a great place to start.
Great narration, one small complaint, the awful trumpeting fanfare they play at the beginning of every 35 minute lecture. Too loud and too raucous, overwrought. I'm laying in bed, not attending a Jousting match.
Otherwise this series is fine.
Because of the Professors skillful delivery I'll definitely be giving this title another listen. This lectures series will round out your timeline with useful details that make it easier to parse the bigger picture.
Highly recommend this title to anyone who loves History.
Classically, I would describe this a "King Arthur" Knight's of the Roundtable tome. But I love the way Martin built this Universe from scratch, free of constraints, he weaves and incredibly rich story with unique and pleasant "differentness" -It's not quite fantasy, not quite science fiction, it's just brilliant writing in a fresh, unique presentation that features the best of all genres.
I wondered if Roy Dotrice didn't see photos of the Characters that ended up playing the parts, it seems to me he must have, because he sure did nail each character. What an amazing job he did narrating this book, this was easily -the- most enjoyable Audiobook I have listened to. I could listen to him reading a phonebook.
Wanted too, but found myself going back and re-listening to each chapter.
This was an amazing book, doesn't matter to me if people watch the series 1st but if you are going to listen to the audio book, you might as well get he Kindle read along version while you are at it! Enjoy the Series!
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