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The Crusades Audiobook

The Crusades: The Authoritative History of the War for the Holy Land

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Publisher's Summary

The Crusades is an authoritative, accessible single-volume history of the brutal struggle for the Holy Land in the Middle Ages. Thomas Asbridge - a renowned historian who writes with "maximum vividness" (Joan Acocella, The New Yorker) - covers the years 1095 to 1291 in this big, ambitious, listenable account of one of the most fascinating periods in history. From Richard the Lionheart to the mighty Saladin, from the emperors of Byzantium to the Knights Templar, Asbridge's book is a magnificent epic of holy war between the Christian and Islamic worlds, full of adventure, intrigue, and sweeping grandeur.

©2010 Thomas Asbridged (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Rick 09-08-16
    Rick 09-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A Thorough Look"

    A very interesting listen. Nice job connecting the history of the Crusades with other events going on, both at the time of the Crusades as well as since.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Tad Davis 10-04-16
    Tad Davis 10-04-16
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    "Comprehensive"

    There are a few topics that get short shrift in Asbridge's account, like the Albigensien Crusade and the People's Crusade. But if you want a comprehensive history of the wars fought in the Middle East, he's your guy. Asbridge writes with great narrative pace without sacrificing detail; he clarifies both the complex political history of Outremer and the moment-by-moment action of the great battles and sieges. The story is filled with great personalities - Saladin, Richard Lionheart, the sad Louis King of France, the brutal Baybars. A final chapter reflects on how the crusades have been used as reference points in later history. Derek Perkins' reading is brisk and interesting.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    B. Altwal San Francisco 10-25-16
    B. Altwal San Francisco 10-25-16 Member Since 2014
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    "great book, not taking sides,"

    great book, loved it, good presentation, draws from both views, the Arabs and the Franks

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Anderson 09-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Learned more from this than in the past 60 years."

    This book taught me more than just about any other historical piece I have read. It manages to masterfully put the Crusades in a format that shows the personalities on both sides that created the political conditions that fueled the hundred years of violence between two competing religions, philosophies and political systems for dominance of Palestine and its religious sites, holy to both sides.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Vasiliy Pisarchuk 12-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing!"

    As a fan of Roman and medieval history, this was an amazing experience. Very detailed and informative.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "A long and excellent history of the Crusades"

    A very indepth history of the Crusades. The length and breadth of the title did make it difficult the finish, but well worth a listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Thaddeus L. 01-19-17
    Thaddeus L. 01-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Boring As Hell"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I have a degree in history and consider myself very interested in the topic. I found this book very dry and it didn't hold up to what other people said about it.


    Has The Crusades turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I hope not, but I'm going to be much more skeptical in the future.


    What about Derek Perkins’s performance did you like?

    The narrator was pretty good, but the content just droned on and on.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Grablowski Detroit, MI USA 12-27-16
    J. Grablowski Detroit, MI USA 12-27-16 Member Since 2016

    "Your criticism sounds as if you have read too many critical books and are too smart in an artificial, destructive, very limited way."

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    "Starts slow, then gets really good."

    I found this book fascinating. As bridge really makes quite the attempt to be as objective as possible, given the limited amount of time and detail inherent in a comprehensive overview. I found his recounting of the Third Crusade particularly engrossing. Well worth a listen.

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    Jace Miller 12-16-16
    Jace Miller 12-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "a must for anyone interested in the Crusades"

    I loved listening to this book a learned a ton I didn't know about the Crusades. I found the narrator to be engaging and easy to understand. It provided views on events from Christian and Islamic sides and doesn't seem to hold either in a higher esteem and viewed them fairly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bavo 01-24-17
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    "Intriguing and relaxing"

    Nice take on a historical topic with actual significance. Missed having a glossary for names though.

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