I didn't find this book very interesting. I didn't bother downloading the second part as I could justify listening to another 8 plus hours of a story that seemed to be going nowhere. The narration was good, although I'm not sure about her Scottish accent!
the second half of the book, dealing with the twentieth century is a clear and interesting overview
Yes, this one book is likely not much of an indicator of what the others are like given they feature other speakers on other topics
listenable and engaging but not nuanced
the first half of the book was too superficial and remote. Insufficient context was established to give the brief key stories much meaningfulness and there was little to no reflection; no sooner have you started to care about the story he's telling than he's moved on from it. granted this is an overview but it's just too skirting in its approach. if time is such a restriction the lecturer really needs to let certain stories go in order to more fully flesh out others.
the second half doesn't employ a substantially different approach but there's a continuity and proximity of context that makes it substantially more satisfying.
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