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The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England Audiobook

The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England

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Publisher's Summary

What was it actually like to live in Elizabethan England? If you could travel to the past and walk the streets of London in the 1590s, where would you stay? What would you eat? What would you wear? Would you really have a sense of it being a glorious age? And if so, how would that glory sit alongside the vagrants, diseases, violence, sexism and famine of the time? In this book Ian Mortimer answers the key questions that a visitor to late 16th-century England would ask.

©2012 Ian Mortimer (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd

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    Ellie 02/10/2016
    Ellie 02/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved the journey"

    I learned so much as I travelled from village to city, tavern to palace and meeting cesspit cleaners and a queen . Wonderful narrator/tour guide who brought the time and people to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Portia
    Lichfield, United Kingdom
    17/04/12
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    "Almost but not quite"

    I read the earlier Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England in good old fashioned paperback and enjoyed it . So it was an easy choice to pick this on the track record of the earlier book. I wish I'd stuck to paperback again.TTG to Elizabethan England is not a bad book, however it doesn't work as an audiobook as well as many other books. The narration is fine and clear but the book suffers from too many facts and figures, lists and statistics. In print these work, but as the spoken word they serve to bog down the book and break up flow and imagination. A pity . Perhaps this is a (to my preference) rare example of a book that would honestly be improved for audio by being abridged.

    25 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Lesleyboyd
    scarborough, United Kingdom
    28/03/14
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    "elizabethan wonderland"

    I loved this book. Although factual and historical it is thoroughly intriguing and I felt as if I knew some of the 'characters'. Superby written and narrated. Was ideal for listening to in stages as its well defined into specific areas such as food or politics or living conditions. These areas were also seemlessly interlinked. For me, perfection.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Christian
    thisted, Denmark
    13/04/13
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    "Time travelling to Elizabethan England"

    I enjoyed very much listening to the descriptions of England in the 16th. century and I will highly recommend this book to people who like history and furthermore have the imagination to "see" landscapes, towns, people and much more so extremely well described by Ian Mortimer and so excellently narrated by Mike Grady.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • mr j
    22/11/12
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    "Long...but illuminating"

    Lacking the relative brevity of the original title by Ian Mortimer tackling the fourteenth century, but still a refreshing approach to history.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • chris
    Barnstaple, United Kingdom
    16/06/12
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    "brilliant - Just close your eyes and you are there"

    I dont' know how you start to write a book like this, I guess you have to have an excellent knowlage of the period, and a gift that allows you to put the reader there, as if you had traveled back as a time travel tourist and had to get a grip on the siutuation you find youslef in. I particually love the way Ian Mortimer somtimes comes at a particular point from an odd angle that makes you wonder where he is going. There is just enough detail to satisfy the novice, not too much that any particular subject can become boring. This is very well read, easy to take in, sometimes a bit upseting, sometimes supprising. I also like the interview with the author at the end. If you like history in an easy to take in format, that makes it relevent, then you will enjoy this. Probaly should be 5 stars, but ill leave that for your next one Ian.....please...

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Jim
    London
    22/04/12
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    "If you liked the medieval guide, you'll love this"

    It's a great idea; immersive history delivered through a view of how life really was in a particular period of history. He did it incredibly well in the medieval time travellers guide. This holds up just as well.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Ian Smith
    7/04/13
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    "Informative and enlightening"

    I enjoyed this volume, but not quite as much as I did the "Time Traveller's Guide To Medieval England". There is plenty of illustrative detail about how our ancestors went about their lives, and the facts are delivered in a pleasantly chatty style, but the emphasis towards the end of the book on literary developments felt rather like it came from a different book. But I much preferred the narrator who recorded this book to that for the Medieval England. Well-worth downloading and listening to, I'm sure there's something interesting in here for everyone.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mr C D Ashley
    8/07/17
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    "Engages the senses & imagination"
    If you could sum up The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England in three words, what would they be?

    Smelly, frightening, exciting!


    What other book might you compare The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England to, and why?

    Mary Beard SPQR has a harder job with less contemporary written accounts or artefacts to guide the listener through daily life, so is less compelling than Mortimer's work.


    Have you listened to any of Mike Grady’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The smells, and the description of roads and travelling, made me very grateful to live in the age I do, and slightly envious of what the future may hold.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    6/05/17
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    "Great insight into the less documented parts of Elizabethan England."

    This is a great audiobook. It takes you through all sorts of areas of Elizabethan England and points out both world-changing events and everyday minutiae. From Elizabeth's fondness for bear-baiting to the difficulties of the poor to find sustenance, Mortimer's narrative takes you on a traveler's-eye journey through the country and the years.

    The reading of the text is also great: engaging, entertaining and insightful.

    I'd recommend this for anyone interested in finding out what life was really like in Elizabeth's 'golden age', but prepare to have your eyes widened at the contradictory nature of the times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nick
    13/10/16
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    "great book!"

    my favourite audible book.The time traveller books are a great series! well worth a listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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