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Robert Nichols

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Brilliant in every way.

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Reviewed: 23-09-2019

The most outstanding characteristics of this book are the strange plot twists, comical characters, fantastic wit and overall lightheartedness. Stephen Fry does a wonderful job as always, little needs to be said on this. Overall it is a fantastic book, well worth my recommendation.

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Generally solid

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Reviewed: 09-05-2019

I really enjoyed listening to this book. Having the author narrate his own work is always more personal of course. Generally speaking the history and recounting of western ideas is pretty solid. Perhaps the main place I saw this was when it came to his understanding of Christianity. This is not surprising given that he’s an Orthodox Jew. The impact of Christianity I think is much greater than he tells. Otherwise when it comes to his history of socialism and naturalism especially in modern history and current society, it’s a fascinating and insightful listen. I would easily recommend this book, with those small caveats that I’ve already mentioned. And it’s not a very long book to listen to. The author is concise in his thinking and open about his generalisations. He also references many other authors and thinkers which is helpful for a balanced account. And it’s also a demonstration of the very thing that he’s trying to promote, rational critical engagement with those outside our ‘echo chamber’.

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Loved it, except for some scenes

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Reviewed: 26-01-2019

For the most part, I loved it. but I'm not a fan of sexual content. and so I couldn't keep listening to this book. it was too much for me. there were only a few scenes in the 5 hours I listened to. But for me, that was too much for my conscience. otherwise, I wish I could keep listening. I did absolutely love it aside for that.

engaging and concise.

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Reviewed: 31-12-2018

a great listen. gives you a sweep of the history which is for the most part all the important bits. the last part of the book is about american history partculary which is fine cause they have alot to contribute, but it does feel like the final chapters are tailored to an american audience, which i am not. that woul dbe my only quibble. others its dope.

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Mediocre

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Reviewed: 31-12-2018

It is just that, mediocre. a very poetic book. but that's about all. there are moments of humour. there are some memorable characters. which is why its not a waste.

Pretty decent time

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Reviewed: 31-12-2018

a good book indeed. loved listening to it. the story is ok, but whats the highline for this book is its atmosphere. which i think matches the books theme of the circus.