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From the end of the Middle Ages to the First World War, Europe was dominated by one family: the Habsburgs. Their unprecedented rule is the focus of Simon Winder's vivid third book, Danubia

Winder's approach is friendly, witty, personal; this is a narrative that, while erudite and well researched, prefers to be discursive and anecdotal. In his survey of the centuries of often incompetent Habsburg rule which have continued to shape the fate of Central Europe, Winder does not shy away from the horrors, railing against the effects of nationalism, recounting the violence that was often part of life. But this is a history dominated above all by Winder's energy and curiosity. Thrillingly informative, Danubia is a treat that listeners will be eager to dip into.

©2013 Simon Winder (P)2018 Tantor

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  • Concord, MA, United States
  • 09-20-18

Ruined by the Narrator

I was interested in this topic, and the fact that the author took extra effort to make it readable and funny was a real bonus. It seems, however, that the crusty, British narrator is dead set against history being enjoyable and decided to totally undermine the fun part by sounding as pained and boring as humanly possible. It's agonizing to listen to. I would rather hammer a wooden spoon handle into my ear, snap off the end and jam the jagged part into the other ear rather than finish listening to this book. Returning it right now... and good riddance.

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