Here is the story of three true men, Stephen Langton, Williams Marshall, and Hubert de Burgh, whose heroic deeds are set against those of the ever deceitful and crafty King John.
James Daugherty's narrative is divided into four parts, the first three describing the intriguing development of the Magna Charta itself. The fourth part is titled "Children of the Magna Charta" and subtitled "Milestones that have marked the long road from Magna Charta". In it he describes the rise of other movements that harkened back to the Magna Charta in their claims for freedom and self rule, including the Mayflower Compact, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, the covenant of the League of Nations, the Atlantic Charter, the Charter of the Organization of the American States, and the United Nations Charter.
Newbery Award-winning author James Daugherty gives us the dramatic and sweeping account of this pageantry of history through his inimitable style. This audio edition is sure to thrill and enlighten a new generation of readers.
©1956 James Daugherty; (P)2002 Blackstone Audiobooks
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"A Morality Tale"
Not my cup of tea. More of a dramatically narrated propaganda piece, with excessive use of charged words, such as 'Evil' and 'Cowardly' than a thoughtful historical account. Not to fault the narrator for reflecting the tone of the author.
Well written. It gave me a whole new perspective of how far reaching the Magna Charta actually was as a forunner of the UN charter. Geoffrey Howard's narration made listening quite enjoyable.
King John's intigues in wanting to hold onto power.
Geoffrey Howard's performance made the story come alive. I've always enjoyed hearing him read.
Would you rename the Mona Lisa? Thjis book may not be on the same level but why change a title that works? I certainly won't.
Audible certainly makes listening to books more enjoyable, especially on long drives.
"GREAT listen! Funny, but informative."
This was a really great book. I enjoyed listening to the excellent narration, and the author treated a subject that could have been dull with some good (sometimes sarcastic) humor. Very informative.
Wish he had written more books about history!
"History and Legacy at Wiki Speed"
The narrator's a bit formal and stilted, but otherwise this is the hard and fast history -- and legacy -- of the Magna Carta (or Charta as they spell it) that needed to be. I listened to this one in honor of the upcoming 800th anniversary of its signing. This one's narrative is written almost like it's an adventure story, which I suppose in a way it is. It's all perspective. For something that packs so much history into a small package, this is a remarkably thorough telling of the story and its players. As with anything, I'd always recommend reading up more on the characters and their larger stories, but considering the focus here, this little audiobook did a remarkable job.
"Two books in one - first great, second poor.."
The story of the Magna Charta itself is engrossing and well done. That is the first part of the book and it is great. The latter part, in which the author attempts to show additional steps of the same type as a continuation of the trend begun by the Magna Charta, is a confused and ill-informed failure: a serious disappointment to any student of political history. The narration was excellent throughout.
"Narration makes a dull book duller"
The facts were stated in a clearly biased manner
Tell the facts as they were without bias toward the church and a lecture in morality.
Absolutely painful to listen to. Singsong, emotionless delivery. He sounds like Leslie Howard in Gone with the wind, passionless and condescending to the reader.
There was no characterization but he could have given more credit to William Marshal's story and less to the manipulative Bishop
Horrible. I wish I had my money back.
"Narration is overly dramatic on dull material."
Some of the story about King John's shenanigans before being forced to sign the Magna Carta was interesting.
Most of the rest of the book has either gone overkill on the adjectives or one gets confused about the character's involved and their importance.
Dull. Overly dramatic.
Language is way too flowery and the narration overly dramatic. And the last chapter linking the Magna Carta to every conceivably important document since is overkill.
I guess that the story itself is informative, and its nice to see an attempt to make it interesting with histrionics... but it just doesn't work. I found myself bored and not caring.
Not sure if its truly the narrator's fault since he is only reading what was given to him, but the narration didn't feel exciting either. I'm looking for a good book about the Middle Ages that keeps my attention... still looking.
"Good until Part 4"
The early part of the book was interesting and generally accurate with little bias. We were really enjoying it. I love William Marshall and was excited that he was talked about in the book. Then we got to Part 4 and the American history. It had so much bias and was such a bunch of crap it was painful to listen to.
"Dull and Boring"
Maybe a pedantic scholar somewhere will enjoy it.
Very unlikely. I listen to audiobooks in the car on my commute and this one kept putting me to sleep. It almost killed me.
He sounds like he's reading it to a 4 year old.
I'm just glad it was a short introduction. I can hardly imagine what the author would do in a detailed account. Excruciating minutiae abounds in this introduction...
As an armchair archaeologist, I expected an at least an interesting story. Instead it sounded like one dull scholar writing for others of the same ilk. I'm not looking for Indiana Jones adventures but this certainly pegged the opposite end of the scale.
I loved this. We'll written and read. very entertaining and informative. Highly recommended to all.
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