Is the Greek alphabet all Greek to you? Is geometry your Achilles heel and does your knowledge of Homer have more to do with The Simpsons than the Sirens?
From engineering and architecture to drama and democracy, the world around us is founded on the principles and discoveries of the Ancient World, yet our understanding of it is episodic at best.
So if you've ever struggled with Socrates, wished you could formulate a logical argument or wondered whether the Romans really dined at vomitoria, then carpe diem and listen to this audiobook it's never too late to learn.
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"Reader's Digest approach to the classics"
If you read a lot you probably don't need this book. If you don't read a lot you really don't need this book.
That said, it's a nice fluffy overview of some key figures of classical times. The author may be a touch condescending initially, but her love of the material shines through and her writing is witty and light. (Indeed, I don't know where else you'd get such an overview that wouldn't just put you to sleep).
My major problem with this version is that, though the narrator is quite skilled, he seems to be dropping his voice volume at times and it sometimes makes it hard to hear if you're listening in a car. (Haven't had this problem with other Audible books and I suspect it's the narrator, not the recording). If the volume were better, I'd rate this at least a 4 star performance.
"Light but not insubstantial"
An appreciation of the 'Classics' always seemed to be just out of reach. This book provides an instructive and accessible opportunity to dip a toe into this wonderful world.
I do not doubt that more learned scholars may scoff at the delivery but I found it very entertaining. There are so many fantastic stories, surprisingly relevant events and moments of recognition - dare I say enlightenment?
A gem for all ages and sensibilities.
"Content is great but not as audio"
There are some very interesting bits and pieces in this but it is definitely a book that is better as a book. I am not sure if this lends its self to the audio book format due to the complexity of some of the content.
"An amusing run through"
A little odd having the obvious female voice of the author read by a man, especially as some of the jokes about the place of women are written in a very personal style, but once you learn to treat Bill Wallis as a woman it's very worthwhile! Worth a listen as a fairly short title. Very enjoyable.
"I should just have read the book"
Couldn't go further than 20 minutes. The book seems to be nice, but the narrator sometimes drops his volume and breaths loudly. And also he doesn't use a neutral inflection, it appears to be his everyday voice...
I think that most people would like to forget that someone is narrating, but I just cannot do this.
"Not what I thought I bought but"
It was an interesting read regardless, I recommend this book to ancient greece buffs or casuals just into greek mythology.
The combination of written style and the way of narration made this book beyond perfect, at least for me.
His way of narrating exceeded my expectations. If I go back to this book in the future, it will be by a big part due to his performance.
It has been ages ago since I have purchased the book and I was delaying listening to it as, for me, it represents only a repetition of something I already know. Well, I did not expect such a vivid style of writing combined with a superb and far from boring narration. This is a topic that could be handled in a formal rather dry manner, however Caroline Taggart managed not only to add a humorous side to it all but also added quite a few facts I was not aware of. I really enjoyed her style. To choose Bill Wallis as an interpret was an excellent idea. I believe that some might not appreciate his way of speech, but for me he added even biger value to already well written book. I intend to purchase other books by the author and the narator, alas, they have not combined them in more audiobooks and they go separately since now on.
I would recommend this not only to people interested in the given period but also to students whose curriculum includes parts of classical education. Good way to start digging deeper in the topic.
"Enlightening, well worth the money"
Very easy to listen to and full of fascinating facts and stories. I found the narration particularly good and very captivating I wish that Bill Wallis would narrate more books!!
"short sweet and fun"
great fun, full of witty trivia and useful tidbits. I found it entertaining and it made me seem wiser than I thought
"GOOD KNOWLEDGE "
It was nice to finally know the origin of many words we use in our every day conversation.
"A Brief Greek Classical Education"
An excellent audio book which has allowed a reawakening of the little Greek mythology, philosophy and mathematical history once learnt a long time ago. This light hearted, respectable and informative read has rekindled an interest to read more of the Greek world and the philosophy which is as fresh now as it must have been 2000 years ago, pre a trip to Athens later in the year, an essential digest of Greek psyche.
From the first paragraph, start to finish the hook was set, entertainingly well read by Bill Wallis..
I am not sure if I have listened to Bill Wallis before, however he has one of those very familiar voices, with intonations one seems to be acquainted with...
A funny thing happened on the way to the Parthenon or Olympus has risen or The crucible of knowledge, The golden drachma, Of mortals and Gods, etc etc..as the ancients would say.
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