In this massive best seller in England, one of Britain's most popular and esteemed historians tells the epic story of the birth of the country.
Peter Ackroyd, whose work has always been underpinned by a profound interest in and understanding of England's history, now tells the epic story of England itself.
In Foundation the chronicler of London and of its river, the Thames, takes us from the primeval forests of England's prehistory to the death of the first Tudor king, Henry VII, in 1509. He guides us from the building of Stonehenge to the founding of the two great glories of medieval England: common law and the cathedrals. He shows us glimpses of the country's most distant past - a Neolithic stirrup found in a grave, a Roman fort, a Saxon tomb, a medieval manor house - and describes in rich prose the successive waves of invaders who made England English despite being themselves Roman, Viking, Saxon, or Norman French.
With his extraordinary skill for evoking time and place and his acute eye for the telling detail, Ackroyd recounts the story of warring kings, civil strife, and foreign wars. But he also gives us a vivid sense of how England's early people lived: the homes they built, the clothes they wore, the food they ate, even the jokes they told. All are brought vividly to life through the narrative mastery of one of Britain's finest writers.
©2011 Peter Ackroyd (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Love the story and the history which, of course, is why I bought it. But oh my! The narrator!
ANYONE but him. Most annoying. He has this odd cadence by which every 5th word is high pitched and he cannot make any phrase longer than 6 words. Hated it. But fascinated with the story. 19 hours of trying not to notice this narrator's jaw-clenching speech pattern. Aaaarrrrgggghhhh!
Would really like to buy The Tudors but that would mean 18 more hours of this dreadful narrator. Not sure I can willingly buy into that.
I enjoyed it but I have it in hardcover so if I want to refer to it, I'll use the physical book.
The author keeps things moving while still covering a lot of history.
When I first started listening, the narration was very annoying because it is so slow. I finally set the speed to 1.5 and that solved the problem for me. It was enough to sound normal and didn't distort the voice. I plan to do the same thing for the other books in the series.
No extreme reaction, but it definitely motivated me to read the other books.
Yes, if they are interested in history.
Ackroyd's writing brings the history of England to life. He makes the story interesting and informative without getting bogged down in the mundane.
Chafer's voice has a nice tone, but his inflection was awful. Every sentence is read in exactly the same way, much like reading a grocery list. It took me several hours of listening before I could get past the distracting repetition in his inflection. I would not choose to listen to another audiobook read by Chafer.
Yes, for it's very interesting information.
Interesting history thoroughly handled.
Anyone with more interest and vocal range. His vocal range is quite narrow and almost every phrase ends on the same pitch. It is very annoying and I only kept listening because Mr. Ackroyd's writing is so interesting.
Packed with interest.
I most certainly will! Just enough detail, without being dreary...and the narrator's delivery was pitch-perfect!
The narrator is so bad I am unable to finish this book. His cadence is exactly the same for every sentence and his delivery is exactly the same for each sentence. Completely destroys my ability to listen.
Literally any other narrator should have been used. Charlton Griffon is my favorite... I will never buy another book narrated by this guy.
The material covered is very good although it was interesting how the author spent a lot of time going over daily life of the people while only touching on important events in some eras. The narrator was ok but he put a lot of emphasis on the last syllable of the last work of each sentence which was annoying at first but after a while I got used to it.
I noted a couple of things that do not appear to be factual. it is my understand that the grain product called corn did not arrive until into the 1500's but it is mentioned many times as a crop prior to that date. also the mention that Richard III bones were disinterred and then scattered is obviously false as well since his body was discovered a few years ago. all other history books simple state that his body was lost to history.
Takes a bit getting used to the reader, but very good overview of British history. Especially interesting for pre invasion history.
The subject matter is informative and sprinkled with entertaining anecdotes; the narrator takes some getting used to though. Still it's well worth the listen.
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