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Joshua

MEDFORD, NJ, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Robert Garland
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Garland
    Overall
    (1048)
    Performance
    (945)
    Story
    (934)

    Look beyond the abstract dates and figures, kings and queens, and battles and wars that make up so many historical accounts. Over the course of 48 richly detailed lectures, Professor Garland covers the breadth and depth of human history from the perspective of the so-called ordinary people, from its earliest beginnings through the Middle Ages.

    Mark says: "Tantalizing time trip"
    "Enthralling experience through ancient history"
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    If you could sum up The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World in three words, what would they be?

    Personable, relate-able, fascinating


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    His recitation of Chaucer in Middle English, I enjoyed hearing what I would guess to be an authentic accent to how the language was spoken.


    What does Professor Robert Garland bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His quips about his personal feelings or how we would personally feel if we lived during those times.


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

    I laughed at his story when he was 6 and burst out singing the hymn for the holy crusade in the middle of a restaurant with his family.

    Maybe a theme that I've discussed with my friends about how he stresses how dangerous life was in ancient times, especially during Greek and Roman times, how easily it was to become sick or injured and how often those occurrences could leave you permanently disfigured or dead.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd enjoy meeting this professor.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hornblower and the "Atropos"

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Nicolas Coster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (193)

    In the wake of a humbling incident aboard a canal boat in the Cotswolds, young Captain Horatio Hornblower arrives in London to take command of the Atropos, a 22-gun sloop barely large enough to require a captain. Her first assignment under Hornblower's command is as flagship for the funeral procession of Lord Nelson. Soon Atropos is part of the Mediterranean Fleet's harassment of Napoleon, recovering treasure that lies deep in Turkish waters

    John says: "Great book. Poor narrator."
    "Dreadful reading performance - Story Ok"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who wishes to fall asleep in 15 minutes


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    There wasn't much adventure in this book until towards the end, things got a little interesting. Hornblower marrying Maria has been a disappointment through this series because i find her to be an annoying character. Wish I could hear more on Mr. Bush though.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Nicolas Coster’s performances?

    Absolutely not, in fact i was relieved to see that Christian Rodskar does all the other books, Nicolas Coster's voice and readings challenged me to get through this book. His voice mannerisms remind me of some sleepy nobleman. I only hope he hasn't permanently poisoned my mental image of Hornblower that I enjoyed and developed from Christian's readings.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom - Previous books had alot more action through main portions of the narrative, this book was dominated early on with the funeral and ongoings with his wife and children. Wasn't until towards the end when things seemed to get a little interesting.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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