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Neville Stern

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Richer and better

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-11-2020

The series has grown in literary and human interest with each novel, and as its central character/s have aged. Above all, it accomplishes the author’s goal of showing that England and English history is worth understanding.

Some notable gaps and errors of judgment

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-12-2019

1. Erroneous description of the Ferguson Missouri shooting. Michael Brown attacked and resisted arrest, then moved threateningly towards police, with his hands down. The effect on the reader is to reduce trust in the authors’ account. 2. The 2008 was not only caused by deregulated banks and finance. Sub-prime mortgages guaranteed by Federal institutions offered to borrowers with limited abilities to pay were the principal drivers. Wall Street did what investors everywhere do: look for ways to make money and spread risk.

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Magisterial work of human and military history.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-02-2019

Andrew Roberts has a unique combination of gifts: clear, meticulously researched and lively historical details that are engagingly told by a master story teller. The most complex of military battles, especially those of 1812 and Waterloo, are presented piece by piece without detracting from the main flow as of a great European river. Occasional over-careful pronunciations of foreign names, by Stephen Thorne, the audiobook narrator, don’t get in the way of a good performance overall. Highly recommended alongside Roberts’ equally great Churchill, with the same narrator.

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