The first reviewers of this audio-book missed the point entirely. Clearly Carlyle is not a contemporary writer and he is not writing an expository tex..Show More »t. They should have known that if they had only bothered to consult the work ahead of time. But that's not the point of my post. The fact of the matter is I've been trying to make sense of the French Revolution, on and off, for the past twenty years and this book takes, as one of the reviewers noted, a poetic approach to the entire episode, if we may call it that. Surprisingly, I started Carlyle's book and couldn't stop reading. That's when I decided to order the audio edition primarily for help with French pronunciation of place names and persons. Once you get into the rhythm of the writing is carries itself, as poetic writing does. Yes, the diction and word order will be a challenge for today's reader, but the underlying unity of the work with it's historical sensibility is outstanding. I certainly recommend the audio edition as well, because it's a complement to the silent reader.
This book is a treat for the ears. It's like fine wine or anything else that needs intelligence, experience, and taste to be appreciated. I had to b..Show More »uy the hardbound copy so I would be able to read it over and over at leisure. The book is worth listening to for its rich range of expression and subtle humor even if you don't want to learn about the revolution, but having said that it is a first class description of those momentous events and renders them in a way that your dry dates-and-events histories could never rise to. A must for any student of history with a literary bent.