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Kevin Magee

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A great find

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Reviewed: 19-05-2018

By focusing the ‘bad practises’ of leadership and strategy that contributed to some of the greatest and most world defining military defeats rather than the practise of the victors, Professor Aldrete’s brings a fresh take on known events that shows them in a completely new light. His insights and explanation of from this new angle of the historic events and their background, circumstances, causes and consequences is fascinating, educational and at uplifting. This is a audio series I highly recommend.

Love or hate how it’s told, it’s a Helluva good story

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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 08-05-2018

This audio book will generally fall into the love it or loath it category. I think only a few people will like me fall into the categories inbetween. Why you may love it... It shares over 40 rich tales of some of the most fascinating, inspiring, worth knowing yet often unknown feats of inspiring personal heroism and (uninspiring) villainy in history. The told in very rich in language that paints vivid pictures and make each story into a blockbuster action movie or superhero comic book. Exciting, engaging, FUN and educational all at the same time. Why you may loath it... “Some of the facts, historic detail and dare I say, empathy for the very real human beings killed or maimed by the protagonists in the stories (this last comment in particular goes against the whole theme of the authors narrative and using a pale version of the type of description you might find in the book he may call me something along the lines of a ‘soft, dough eyed, flaccid, fluffy bunny fearing, snot dripping snowflake) . Overall I liked but didn’t love this book. I suggest if your not easily triggered, offended, have a good sense of humour, can let go of your adult self, and political correctness and just want to enjoy fun like when you were a teenage - then you’ll probably love this book. Either way you’ll know after listing to the first 15 minutes of the first story (don’t judge it on the intro section only) .

Fact is more fascinating & enriching than fiction

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Reviewed: 26-04-2018

Professor Fears weaves measurable moments, words and emotions from 1750 BC to 2001 into thoughts, learnings and actions that affect each of us today in our daily lives in a fascinating, mind blowing and thoroughly engaging list of stories that are not just stories but our history’s. A master story teller telling our stories.

Epic real stories that are richer than fiction!

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Reviewed: 07-03-2018

A great collection of epic tales of past people and events that have shaped the world around us as we encounter it today and even to some surprising extent how we think. The history contains rich facts and references that make it educational and interesting BUT the author does well in the audio edition to bring these complex affairs together in a very human way so his retelling of feeds the mind, engages the imagination and stirs the soul. Very worthwhile for lovers of history, philosophy, action, adventure and thrillers!!!

Great story telling gives new life to legends

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Reviewed: 18-02-2018

Told as they should be, not by a scholar but by a story teller. Stephen Fry brings to life with enthusiasm, wit and emotion great stories that are all to often dulled down in their telling by are academics. He tells the legends of 3000 years ago in a way that again makes them exciting, shocking, funny, surprising, thoughtful and always enjoyable to hear. Thank you Mr Fry. I hope you will continue this series with more legends from the Greeks and others (Celts perhaps?)

Entertaining, Engaging, Enriching

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Reviewed: 31-01-2018

This was a delight to listen to. Inbetween appointments, driving to and from work and whenever I had a free moment I found myself turning to this book/audio and enjoying a meal of wonderful soul and brain food. So much better to listen to than the all to prevalent constant feed of bad news, everyday politics and negativity (I listened to this book age of Trump ). Mr Bryson delivers instead wonderful, fascinating, often amusing and constantly surprising insights into the everyday things around us. Thank you Mr Bryson, my life is richer for your work.

Extremely Enjoyable, Educational, Empowering & Uplifting

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Reviewed: 02-01-2018

I've read this book twice in 10 years and now listened to the extremely well narrated audiobook and each time found it "Enjoyable, Educational, Empowering & Uplifting." This book uniquely explains the Big Bang, the universe, innerverse, history, biology and everything inbetween in interesting, understandable and often funny ways that leaves everyday problems and grumbles palling in contrast to the infinite and wondrous things around us that we often fail to consider. Perhaps just as wondrous to these things is how the people who discovered them did so and their stories, and "yes" this book covers that too! I can not recommend this book enough. It truly opens the mind to the countless wonders and possibilities around us .