This Sceptred Isle: The Twentieth Century continues the story, taking us through decades of whirlwind change and technological advancement in a diverse and colourful country on the brink of a new millennium. Volume 5, covering the years 1979-1999, looks at the Thatcher years, the Falklands War, and the greatest ever Royal wedding. Beyond Britain, Mikhail Gorbachev was influencing world affairs and, back in the nation's capital, a dome was being built to celebrate the approaching millennium.
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"Wonderful....This Sceptred Isle has provided one of the greatest treats for listeners in recent years." (Sunday Times)
I am patching up my knowledge of some history I lived through, but pretty blithely at the time. This knit the whole story of those 20 years together terrifically, connectilng dots between what I heard back then as mere fragments. Next stop: the late 1700s. I hope it is handled as deftly. The length is just right too, to give a brisk history refresher but not to bog down, as a few lengthy British histories I've read have done.
It was enjoyably narrated. There were frequent primary accounts included and a variety of voices. Additionally, the content was not too difficult to understand and the pacing was appropriate.
It's meant as a children's book, so it's a very brief overview of the history of the UK between 1979-1999. However, if you are unfamiliar with British history, it does an acceptable job of introducing you to the key points.
The occasional dry commentary on historical events. She also does an excellent job moderating her voice and pacing the concepts.
Yes! I listened to it in one afternoon. It was very worthwhile.
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