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By Anonymous User on 11-05-17
outstanding, absolutely outstanding.
learned a great deal about something I thought I already understood. narration.was excellent and in.proper english
7 of 10 people found this review helpful
By Nicholas A Burton on 23-02-17
interesting but dry
I found my mind wondering often and then being totally lost. tough book to absorb through audiobook format. Interesting content though. I'd recommend reading it instead though.
6 of 9 people found this review helpful
By Anton Ivanov on 21-03-17
Obscure language, excellent otherwise
Would you try another book from Chris Wickham and/or Derek Perkins?
While the book is well-researched and neatly organized, its significant shortcoming is the overly complex language used for the sake of complexity itself. Sometimes the language makes it really hard to see "the forest behind the trees" and understand the original thought of the author. For example, instead of "corruption" it is "the culture of giving money in the hope of getting favors in return" and there are numerous other examples of such sophistry.In this regard the author is a bit similar to the famous Greek historian Polybius, whose histories were really one of a kind once you get past the elusive language of the author and start seeing the flawless logical analysis of the events. Unfortunately, back in the time not everybody would have enough patience to decipher the meaning hidden behind complex grammatical forms and most of his history works were eventually lost as a result.I think the point of using the language and professional terms is not to make books sound more sophisticated and academic, but rather to skillfully illuminate the ideas presented and put them into the right context. I am not sure that this book always succeeds in doing that.But if you manage to get past through the obscure language and get to the point then this book will not disappoint.
6 of 12 people found this review helpful
By Nick on 13-02-17
not for me.
I consider myself a novice history buff and can follow along most books, but this one was difficult.
10 of 20 people found this review helpful
By Can't Talk - Listening on 17-02-17
What would have made Medieval Europe better?
Less dates and places thrown at you at high speed, more linear story line. I know history isn't fiction, but still - one can make it more interesting than dates and places... Felt like I was back in a college history class where the prof just droned on ad on with nothing of import.
What was most disappointing about Chris Wickham’s story?
'Story'? There was no story. Just dates and places, sprinkled with an occasionally interesting bit. I wanted to know what life was like, what they wore, what they ate, how they obtained it, what their worries were, how they coped with them, gentry and religious issues, and so on. The author just glanced over that and went back to his dates and places. I couldn't take more than half of chapter two.
What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?
The reader was excellent- he had a fine tonal quality and speech pattern and read the droll, boring material as best he could.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Disappointment. I expected better than this droll regurgitation of the thousand other books written on this material.
Any additional comments?
Returning this one...
7 of 16 people found this review helpful
By Sarah on 12-04-18
Good history lesson
Any additional comments?
Learned this history in school, now learning it again. Much more interesting than in the school.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful