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Fascinating

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-10-2020

If psychology, criminal history, anthology, or any other study of the human condition or behaviorism is of any interest to you, have a go at this. My ADD took a few hours off to allow me to absorb this gripping story so expertly presented. 5/5

The Human Condition

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-09-2020

Masterpiece of English literature. A singular classic exposing the base instincts that lie at our core. This gripping story will hold you until it's over.

This work is essential reading, up there with the likes of Orwell, Swift, Twain, Tolkien and Voltaire!

Difficult to Listen to

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-06-2018

Something went wrong in the Translation of this classic. Or maybe it has to do with the reading of it. I don't know but it is hard to listen to and understand at the same time. I don't think you can translate Faust into English whilst maintaining the Germanic poetic meters with the meaning intended by Goethe. It does not flow, it it jarring and annoying.

I am disappointed enough to return this title and try again with another (pros) translation which hopefully represents the original story in a way I can enjoy listening. Perhaps if I was reading it myself it would be different. I don't know. All I know is that this production does not work for me.

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Succinctly Sharp & Penetrating Entertainment

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Reviewed: 26-05-2018

With the misanthropic absurdism of Swift, and a deep discernment all his own, Voltaire stirs honey into the bitter dregs of existence and cloaks in satirical humour the naked absurdity of human society.

Written by the icon and undisputed master of the French Enlightenment, these two adventures are essential reading for anyone who has not yet read them. You will not regret beginning this book.

Absolutely disjointed, pointless, mind-numbing

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Reviewed: 29-11-2017

Dull and mostly irrelevant jumpings from this to that with no congruence

Not even interesting. Droning narrator doesn't help much either.

I cannot go on I must return this title and get Durant or something instead.

Disappointing

An Eclectic Introduction to Ancient Greece

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 19-09-2017

Any additional comments?

This is a great book for anyone wanting some serious exposure to the ancient Greek world and the ascension and depths of that civilisation and its role as progenitor to occidental culture and society.

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Great Historical Narrative

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Reviewed: 11-08-2017

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I would recommend it to anyone seeking knowledge about early High Civilisation and Empire.

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A Succinct Account of Post Renaissance Europe

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Reviewed: 20-07-2017

Where does The Age of Reason Begins rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Europe and its periphery in the 16th and 17th centuries was a complex and varied world full of players, benefactors and custodians of the Renaissance and Reformations of the previous 3 centuries and one volume cannot hope to give a detailed account. Fortunately for us, this does not prevent Durant and co from having a well good go at it.

This book will give you a detailed, if not in-depth, understanding of key people, events and various influences in action during the age of 'enlightenment' in Western Europe.

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Comprehensive Volume on Asian Civilisation

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Reviewed: 25-06-2017

What made the experience of listening to Our Oriental Heritage the most enjoyable?

Robin Field narrated this book brilliantly. Chapters are all out of sync though so I was forced to bookmark every chapter for future reference.

What did you like best about this story?

This book is a masterpiece of succinct comprehensive brevity and chronicles almost 7 millennia of the history of Asian civilisation as Western scholars understood it in the 1930's. This book will leave the reader/listener with knowledge of the oldest known roots of ancient civilisation and a firm understanding of the timeline of all the notable events in civil human development in the Orient from pre-biblical Mesopotamia and Egypt, through to Mughal and British India, as well as Imperial Japan and industrialising China.

Entirely Entertaining & Enlightening

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Reviewed: 06-04-2017

An Exceptionally entertaining and educational introduction to Doyle and 'Sherlock-Holmes'. Stephen Fry introduces the "Sherlockian" Society, and his youthful experience with 'The-Game'. A masterful and brilliant production of the COMPLETE Works of 'Sherlock Holmes'!

Recommended for ALL Students of Literature.

Compulsory reading for ALL students of, The English Literature of the Great-Binge.