Scott Hooker

Albuquerque, NM United States
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  • Egypt, Greece, and Rome

  • Civilizations of the Ancient Mediterranean
  • By: Charles Freeman
  • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
  • Length: 32 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133

Long sources of mystery, imagination, and inspiration, the myths and history of the ancient Mediterranean have given rise to artistic, religious, cultural, and intellectual traditions that span the centuries. In this unique and comprehensive introduction to the region's three major civilizations, Egypt, Greece, and Rome draws a fascinating picture of the deep links between the cultures across the Mediterranean and explores the ways in which these civilizations continue to be influential to this day.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A well done academic intro done in audio

  • By Frank on 10-12-14

Great story, mediocre reading

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Reviewed: 03-10-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The panoramic subject is treated monumentally and was all I could wish.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite characters are those whose names we will never know but who did all the work of the societies that provide the book's subject matter.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jim Meskimen?

Several from the Library of Congress talking book program. Robert Blumenfeld, who has done some work for Audible, comes to mind. Meskimen would be better if he would pronounce foreign proper names, in which this book abounds, with greater consistency, i.e., any consistency at all. Audible needs to adopt and enforce more specific pronunciation guidelines, such as the Library of Congress program has.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

How fiction-skewed these questions are! If this were a movie, it would have to be longer than the longest boring school film you ever sat through.

Any additional comments?

Audible should devise separate questionnaires for its fiction and nonfiction offerings.

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