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  • Pompeii - The Life of a Roman Town

  • By: Mary Beard
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Pompeii explodes a number of myths - among them, the very date of the eruption, probably a few months later than usually thought; the hygiene of the baths which must have been hotbeds of germs; the legendary number of brothels, most likely only one; and the death count, which was probably less than ten per cent of the population. These are just a few of the strands that make up an extraordinary and involving portrait of an ancient town, its life and its continuing re-discovery, by Britain’s leading classicist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Eloise on 21-10-2015

Another great listen

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Reviewed: 10-01-2019

Really enjoy the combination of Mary's insightful and entertaining writing and Phyllida's measured and calm reading.

  • The Sleepwalkers

  • By: Christopher Clark
  • Narrated by: Peter Silverleaf
  • Length: 22 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

The moments that it took Gavrilo Princip to step forward to the stalled car and shoot dead Franz Ferdinand and his wife were perhaps the most fateful of the modern era. An act of terrorism of staggering efficiency, it fulfilled its every aim: it would liberate Bosnia from Habsburg rule, and it created a powerful new Serbia, but it also brought down four great empires, killed millions of men and destroyed a civilization. What made a seemingly prosperous and complacent Europe so vulnerable to the impact of this assassination?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Constant mispronunciations

  • By Julien on 13-02-2018

Constant mispronunciations

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-02-2018

Would you try another book written by Christopher Clark or narrated by Christopher Clark?

I rarely give poor reviews but in this case, I have to make an exception. The content was only o'kay but was completely overshadowed by the constant and surprising mispronunciations which made this almost unlistenable. I might purchase another Chris Clark book but not if he narrates. Did no one listen to this before it was published?

Has The Sleepwalkers put you off other books in this genre?

No

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Christopher Clark?

Someone competent. It's not like the mispronunciations were only on strange or unusual words, often it was very common and particularly, words crucial to the story.

  • The Storm Before the Storm

  • The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic
  • By: Mike Duncan
  • Narrated by: Mike Duncan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 177
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    5 out of 5 stars 167
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    5 out of 5 stars 166

The Roman Republic was one of the most remarkable achievements in the history of civilization. After its founding in 509 BCE, the Romans refused to allow a single leader to seize control of the state and grab absolute power. The Roman commitment to cooperative government and peaceful transfers of power was unmatched in the history of the ancient world. But by the year 133 BCE, the republican system was unable to cope with the vast empire Rome now ruled.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Mike Duncan book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • By Anonymous User on 27-02-2018

History for everyone

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Reviewed: 28-10-2017

Mike got me hooked on Podcasts with his wonderful History of Rome. This book continues his enjoyable and accessible sharing of the lessons history provides for us. It addresses a period of Rome that fascinates me as it underpins the causes that allow for Augustus and the Roman Empire in a detail I had been looking for but hadn't previously found. Thanks Mike for a great book.

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