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This is an ambitious yet accessible and entertaining history of the classical worlds for the general reader. It will make you want to read and learn even more about the great civilisations of antiquity.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
It's a heavy subject and needs time, but the lecturer (yes I mean lecturer) has a droning voice making it harder to engage. It's a shame really
What was one of the most memorable moments of Egypt, Greece and Rome?
Not got far enough to comment - see above
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
Yes. He did not bring the history alive. He could have demonstrated enthusiasm when speaking
If this book were a film would you go see it?
0 of 2 people found this review helpful
This book was well written and performed. I'm a very slow reader and I'm a much more audio oriented person anyway as opposed to visual.
But, unfortunately, there aren't a ton of widely available academic audio books in the way of history, or that many academic texts in general in an audio format anyway.
So, when I find books like this that are available as an audiobook I'm always really excited!
This book was read and produced well and the author did a very, very good job covering and illustrating his subjects!
The scholarship was solid and open ended and approached the material from several angles. I also appreciated his bent towards leaning towards the populares.
Overall, I'm really glad I read this and that it was available!
11 of 13 people found this review helpful
Any additional comments?
This is a high quality recording of a textbook being read aloud. There were no ums, ahs or annoying & distracting noises, but neither was there any enthusiasm from a monotonous narrator. Both the data and presentation style are traditionally objective and the tone seems slightly removed from the subject matter. Facts about people and events are mentioned in passing without any indication from the author that they are links in a chain to future things. I felt it was organized as things just happen, one after another. It is 32 hours of who, what, where and how, but rarely any why. There was no indication that the author felt that any fact was more important than or related to any other, so it was difficult for me to place the facts into a comprehensive historical narrative. There wasn’t enough thematic structure for me and all the information ran together to become an unappealing and overwhelming fact blob.
If you want to learn more about Egypt, Greece and Rome, I recommend that you use your credits to purchase 32 hours of the many other excellent ancient history books or courses available on audible. Audible has so many better choices!
9 of 12 people found this review helpful