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The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England Audiobook

The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century

Imagine you could travel back to the 14th century. What would you see? What would you smell? More to the point, where are you going to stay? And what are you going to eat? Ian Mortimer shows us that the past is not just something to be studied; it is also something to be lived. He sets out to explain what life was like in the most immediate way, through taking you to the Middle Ages. The result is the most astonishing social history book you are ever likely to read: evolutionary in its concept, informative and entertaining in its detail.
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Publisher's Summary

Imagine you could travel back to the 14th century. What would you see? What would you smell? More to the point, where are you going to stay? And what are you going to eat?

Ian Mortimer shows us that the past is not just something to be studied; it is also something to be lived. He sets out to explain what life was like in the most immediate way, through taking you to the Middle Ages.

The result is the most astonishing social history book you are ever likely to read: evolutionary in its concept, informative and entertaining in its detail, and startling for its portrayal of humanity in an age of violence, exuberance and fear.

©2008 Ian Mortimer; (P)2009 Isis Publishing Ltd

What the Critics Say

"A jaunty journey through the 14th century, one that wriggles with the stuff of everyday life." (Guardian)

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    John 05-06-15
    John 05-06-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Full of anecdotes and stories"
    What did you love best about The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England?

    I have been a teacher of history of England and France for over 40 years and found the flow and anecdotal information to be interesting, enlightening, and even more fun to listen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England?

    EVERY Chapter


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    Andrew Madison, WI, United States 03-27-15
    Andrew Madison, WI, United States 03-27-15 Member Since 2004
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    "A nice introduction to Medieval England"

    I enjoyed the interesting details of the times that I got from the book and had a lot of my own myths corrected. The framing device of being a tour guide for time travelers was fine, however the author seemed to feel the need to justify the device repeatedly, as if he was an academic wary of being accused of engaging in 'popular' writing without the most noble of intentions. All that was boring and pointless, but only made up a small portion of the book. Occasionally the narrative lapsed into lists and dates that were not very useful in an audiobook.

    I listened to the whole thing in 2x time and didn't feel like I missed anything as the reader was very clear and easy on the ears.

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    tiffany olympia,wa 03-12-15
    tiffany olympia,wa 03-12-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Awesome if you love history"
    What made the experience of listening to The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England the most enjoyable?

    This book is incredibly easy to listen to. The narration is wonderful.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England?

    The author really gets into the sights sounds and smell of life, and just draws you in. While I was super enjoyong all the descriptions, I ended with a new appreciation for present-day.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of those books that you can put on in the background while you're busy and if you miss a part, it's not absolutely crucial for you to back it up. It's interesting enough that I've probably listened to it 3 or 4 times...and will likely listen again sometime :) Overall, this book was well worth my time.

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    David Allen Mawby 02-22-15
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    "Excellent"

    I loved the way that Ian Mortimer organized and presented his material. Jonathan Keebler's reading brought the material to life. I give this Audio book five stars all the way around.

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    Mommyplantsalot East TN 02-05-15
    Mommyplantsalot East TN 02-05-15 Member Since 2015

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    "was simply about how things were"

    I've listened to many audio books about medieval Europe and have enjoyed them all, but most of them were filled with specifics about the monarchy and battles, etc. which is great but makes me have to rewind a lot to keep putting things in order. This book was fun be a use it doesn't go into a lot of specifics in that way, it just tells how exactly how life was back then. It was neat the way it's all done from the readers perspective as a traveller, literally involving all your senses. I'd love to listen to one just like it about ancient Rome! I really liked it and went through it very quickly. Now I have to wait a long time for my next Audible book. Thank goodness for Overdrive!!

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    Amazon Customer 01-28-15
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    "Fascinating way of looking at the past"

    I've truly enjoyed this historical travel narrative. It was different from most history books because of how it was presented , and was incredibly fun to listen to. The narrator did an excellent job and I very much liked his voice. I found it a great way to get an idea of what the 14th century was like. It doesn't go into great detail if you're already familiar with the period, but for someone like me who is just starting to explore the history of medieval England, it was perfect!

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    Elizabeth Stevenson 01-11-15
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    "What a trip!"

    I throughly enjoyed this book. As an American, the history of England (and Europe) feels a little overwhelming with so much to take in. Learning from the perspective of "living it", at least for me, was a great way to explore a world that seemed so foreign and bring it to life. A definite must in your library for your studies of English history.

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    Cecilia 11-20-14
    Cecilia 11-20-14
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    "Immersive and massively educational"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Covering every aspect of the prime era of Medieval England, this completely immersive book is amazing. Ian Mortimer puts you on the streets, describing everything from castles to commoners. If you're an Anglophile or a history fan, this one's for you.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    As an informative book, there was no particular character. England herself was the character, and she's beautiful in any era.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I've listened to both Mortimer's "Time Traveler's" books, and I prefer this reader to the one who did the Guide to Elizabethan England (but it was also brilliant)


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Although everything is described in amazing detail, I still longed for a time machine so I could see it with my own eyes.


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    Dane County USA 11-01-14
    Dane County USA 11-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Cannot access part II"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England to be better than the print version?

    I am sure that both would be excellent if I could access Part II


    What did you like best about this story?

    I cannot say until Audible loads part II


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jonathan Keeble?

    I cannot say until I hear the whole book. This will not happen until Audible untangles the technical issues and gets part II to me.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I cannot have an opinion until Audible sends the rest of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Where is part II?

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    KRAMER New York, NY USA 06-27-14
    KRAMER New York, NY USA 06-27-14 Member Since 2014

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    "great"
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    I really enjoyed this...cool way to deliver historical information...if you're even remotely interested in this topic, I recommend you give it a listen

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  • Petra
    London, United Kingdom
    2/1/15
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    "Essential background for amateur historians"

    Thoroughly enjoyable and quite different from other history books that I have read. The author aims to immerse the reader in the 14th century and so he does.
    Beautifully read.
    I enjoyed most the chapter on contemporary literature.

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  • Harvey
    Bath, United Kingdom
    1/9/15
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    "Surprisingly engrossing"

    Very fascinating approach to an interesting subject. The narrator was engaging in style and really helped bring it to life.

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  • Kindle Customer
    Wolverhampton,UK
    9/26/14
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    "Fantastic!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England to be better than the print version?

    I don't know.


    What does Jonathan Keeble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    History jumping out at you. Amazing.


    Any additional comments?

    If History had been taught like this at my school we'd have all gone on to study it at Uni. The way this has been written makes it real. You can picture yourself back in time. I listen to audiobooks in bed and it is magical way to get off to sleep. I don't usually recommend books to people for fear of the 'let down' but this is different. Buy it and life a little. Roger.

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  • BeaHB
    6/18/14
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    "Enjoyable, relaxing & informative"
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    Very nice reading of an enjoyable and accessible history book, the time travel guides are great and the narrator presents this well. I would prefer shorter chapters as I often listen to audio books when I can't sleep then drop off part way through...

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  • Lesleyboyd
    scarborough, United Kingdom
    4/12/14
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    "Horrible history for adults"

    I wish these books had been part of my history lessons when I was at school. Fabulous insight into the realities of medieval life. Well constructed and very well read. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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  • janien
    hampshire, UK
    3/14/14
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    "Interesting then seems to repeat itself"
    What did you like best about The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England? What did you like least?

    It's an interesting concept and makes history more relevant to today. It felt somewhat repetitive towards the end though.


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  • Ann
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    12/8/13
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    "A fascinating tale, well told!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England the most enjoyable?

    It was very enjoyable to listen to the story because this had the advantage of hearing the old English spoken aloud which added to the sense of being in mediaeval England.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England?

    It was so interesting to hear in detail about the devestation on the population and economy caused by the plague Also hearing about how some things changed very little over the century and how some things were completely different.


    What about Jonathan Keeble’s performance did you like?

    Jonathan Keeble has a very easy voice to listen to, very pleasant.


    Any additional comments?

    An excellent book and very well read.

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  • Amazon Customer
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    8/13/13
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    "Take a copy when you travel"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A heartily recommend this book to anyone intending to travel back into the past. Informative and packed through with facts and stories to keep you interested.


    What does Jonathan Keeble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The narration is excellent, clear and with the tone just right.


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  • patrina
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    4/10/13
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    "time travellers guide to medieval england"

    A fascinating and enthralling journey through the ups and downs of life in medieval england. It looked at things from an unusual perspective and made you think more deeply about life then and now. It was enjoyable and light hearted at times and didn't condescend . Jonathan Keeble's voice was easy to listen to and enhanced the words.

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  • PM
    Dorset
    4/7/13
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    "Enjoyable and refreshing history book"

    I really enjoyed this book and its narrative history slant. There are a few choice words (entirely in context) so be careful if, like me, you decide to listen to the book in the car with children present!



    It is read very clearly and with great character too which added a lot to my enjoyment of this book.

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