SUMMERVILLE, SC, United States | Member Since 2013
There were more lectures in this long set of lectures (48) on the classic age than any other, twenty something rather than the ten for the other periods. I wasn't convinced that was necessary, obscure Greek and Roman poets get their own lecture while medieval and Renaissance literature are just scanned. There is exposure to French and Spanish authors that we rarely get in English Lit. Doing these works chronologically, you can see how one period builds on another, except for the classics. I can see the attention paid to the greats but I simply didn't enjoy the first part as much as the last.
the rarity of a volume about an average man who broke the rules of the Middle Ages to become a figure of myth and greatness. Thus the focus is on some people and incidents that do not get much attention. Such as the details between Henry the second and his battles with his sons rather than the killing of Thomas Becket. Worth the time.
This is about the grandson of Bad King John, it is a detailed history without a lot of battle history or law but social history of the late 13th century. Unlike most biographers, the writer does not make the man into a hero that he clearly was not. It's a glimpse into a far distant time that is entirely relevant today.
This trilogy should have been one good book instead of three rather self indulgent, wandering, and amateurish long books. It is just good or bad enough to keep you listening in the hopes the clues will come to life. They do not. The secondary characters are better than the main, and the romance seems to be based on nothing. The woman is weak, the man cruel, and not in a sexy bodice ripper way either or vampiric. It could have been good and that's the worst of it.
I do not have much to compare this book to, and I like that. It's not all magical, nor romance, nor fighting, but plenty of fairies and believable characters who do reasonable things.
These books, perhaps they get better, I do hope so, but they simply are not worth the time or the effort. I think MAYBE when i was in third grade they would have enthralled me, but I am not sure.
I have read numerous reviews on these books and they are all so good it makes me wonder if something is up. Yes, I get the juvenile bit, but such books need not be inane or shallow. The frustrating thing about this work was the basics for a wonderful story was there, and it just never ever got close to what it could be. I don't understand why i found this author ranked with the Gabaldon's and so on...there is no comparison. And the reading was like a Kindergarten teachers.
I couldn't get focused or interested in this book at all, perhaps it was because the narrator was so bad or I had different expectations. I couldn't even finish listening and that rarely happens to me.
I enjoy a biography of an author that doesn't take all observations about the writer from their work but their life and times, that is what this one does rather than decipher a personality from prose. You won't regret this one.....
The British bard had a lot of good reasons for the mistakes in the history plays. One was that he lived and worked in Tudor times--I don't understand how any so called historian could make the claims of this book in this day and time. There is no need to enumerate them all here, one should suffice--the statement goes something like this, "at the advent of the Tudor dynasty, England had its first century of peace an prosperity." What about Henry the Eighth? Bloody Mary? Oh dear, and the worst thing is this book says it will set the record straight---wow, I'd rather listen to the play.
This is the third time that I have listened to this social history of the 18th century. I like it just as much now, as the first. It is very much like the time traveler books by Ian Mortimer without the kitsch. For students and lovers of history alike.
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