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The Magna Charta | [James Daugherty]

The Magna Charta

In the rich turbulence of English history, one day stands magnificently apart: June 15, 1215, the day of the signing of the Magna Charta. On this day, the first blow for English freedom was struck and forever affected the Western world. Here is the story of three true men, Stephen Langton, Williams Marshall, and Hubert de Burgh, whose heroic deeds are set against those of the ever deceitful and crafty King John.
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In the rich turbulence of English history, one day stands magnificently apart: June 15, 1215, the day of the signing of the Magna Charta. On this day, the first blow for English freedom was struck and forever affected the Western world.

Here is the story of three true men, Stephen Langton, Williams Marshall, and Hubert de Burgh, whose heroic deeds are set against those of the ever deceitful and crafty King John.

James Daugherty's narrative is divided into four parts, the first three describing the intriguing development of the Magna Charta itself. The fourth part is titled "Children of the Magna Charta" and subtitled "Milestones that have marked the long road from Magna Charta". In it he describes the rise of other movements that harkened back to the Magna Charta in their claims for freedom and self rule, including the Mayflower Compact, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, the covenant of the League of Nations, the Atlantic Charter, the Charter of the Organization of the American States, and the United Nations Charter.

Newbery Award-winning author James Daugherty gives us the dramatic and sweeping account of this pageantry of history through his inimitable style. This audio edition is sure to thrill and enlighten a new generation of readers.

©1956 James Daugherty; (P)2002 Blackstone Audiobooks

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    Walter Asheville, NC, United States 05-14-12
    Walter Asheville, NC, United States 05-14-12
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    "Historically entertaining."
    What made the experience of listening to The Magna Charta the most enjoyable?

    Well written. It gave me a whole new perspective of how far reaching the Magna Charta actually was as a forunner of the UN charter. Geoffrey Howard's narration made listening quite enjoyable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Magna Charta?

    King John's intigues in wanting to hold onto power.


    What about Geoffrey Howard’s performance did you like?

    Geoffrey Howard's performance made the story come alive. I've always enjoyed hearing him read.


    If you could rename The Magna Charta, what would you call it?

    Would you rename the Mona Lisa? Thjis book may not be on the same level but why change a title that works? I certainly won't.


    Any additional comments?

    Audible certainly makes listening to books more enjoyable, especially on long drives.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Samara WASHOUGAL, WA, United States 05-05-12
    Samara WASHOUGAL, WA, United States 05-05-12

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    "GREAT listen! Funny, but informative."

    This was a really great book. I enjoyed listening to the excellent narration, and the author treated a subject that could have been dull with some good (sometimes sarcastic) humor. Very informative.

    Wish he had written more books about history!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rich United States 07-30-12
    Rich United States 07-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Two books in one - first great, second poor.."

    The story of the Magna Charta itself is engrossing and well done. That is the first part of the book and it is great. The latter part, in which the author attempts to show additional steps of the same type as a continuation of the trend begun by the Magna Charta, is a confused and ill-informed failure: a serious disappointment to any student of political history. The narration was excellent throughout.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dan London, ON, Canada 05-16-12
    Dan London, ON, Canada 05-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A Morality Tale"

    Not my cup of tea. More of a dramatically narrated propaganda piece, with excessive use of charged words, such as 'Evil' and 'Cowardly' than a thoughtful historical account. Not to fault the narrator for reflecting the tone of the author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Reademandweep LaLaLand 06-25-14
    Reademandweep LaLaLand 06-25-14 Member Since 2003

    and a penny for your thoughts

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    "Narration makes a dull book duller"
    What would have made The Magna Charta better?

    The facts were stated in a clearly biased manner


    What could James Daugherty have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Tell the facts as they were without bias toward the church and a lecture in morality.


    What didn’t you like about Geoffrey Howard’s performance?

    Absolutely painful to listen to. Singsong, emotionless delivery. He sounds like Leslie Howard in Gone with the wind, passionless and condescending to the reader.


    What character would you cut from The Magna Charta?

    There was no characterization but he could have given more credit to William Marshal's story and less to the manipulative Bishop


    Any additional comments?

    Horrible. I wish I had my money back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael J. Hudson Alexandria, VA United States 07-02-12
    Michael J. Hudson Alexandria, VA United States 07-02-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Narration is overly dramatic on dull material."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No


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

    Some of the story about King John's shenanigans before being forced to sign the Magna Carta was interesting.
    Most of the rest of the book has either gone overkill on the adjectives or one gets confused about the character's involved and their importance.


    What three words best describe Geoffrey Howard’s performance?

    Dull. Overly dramatic.


    Do you think The Magna Charta needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Language is way too flowery and the narration overly dramatic. And the last chapter linking the Magna Carta to every conceivably important document since is overkill.
    I guess that the story itself is informative, and its nice to see an attempt to make it interesting with histrionics... but it just doesn't work. I found myself bored and not caring.
    Not sure if its truly the narrator's fault since he is only reading what was given to him, but the narration didn't feel exciting either. I'm looking for a good book about the Middle Ages that keeps my attention... still looking.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Micheka London, ON, Canada 05-29-12
    Micheka London, ON, Canada 05-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good until Part 4"

    The early part of the book was interesting and generally accurate with little bias. We were really enjoying it. I love William Marshall and was excited that he was talked about in the book. Then we got to Part 4 and the American history. It had so much bias and was such a bunch of crap it was painful to listen to.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mike WATERFORD, CT, United States 05-01-12
    Mike WATERFORD, CT, United States 05-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Dull and Boring"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Maybe a pedantic scholar somewhere will enjoy it.


    Would you be willing to try another book from James Daugherty? Why or why not?

    Very unlikely. I listen to audiobooks in the car on my commute and this one kept putting me to sleep. It almost killed me.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He sounds like he's reading it to a 4 year old.


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

    I'm just glad it was a short introduction. I can hardly imagine what the author would do in a detailed account. Excruciating minutiae abounds in this introduction...


    Any additional comments?

    As an armchair archaeologist, I expected an at least an interesting story. Instead it sounded like one dull scholar writing for others of the same ilk. I'm not looking for Indiana Jones adventures but this certainly pegged the opposite end of the scale.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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