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Great Tales from English History: Volume I Audiobook

Great Tales from English History: Volume I

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Publisher's Summary

From ancient times to the present day, the story of England has been laced with drama, intrigue, courage and passion - a rich and vibrant narrative of heroes and villains, kings and rebels, artists and highwaymen, bishops and scientists. In Great Tales from English History, historian Robert Lacey captures the most pivotal moments and the stories of the extraordinary characters who helped shape a nation.

©2003 Robert Lacey (P)2004 W F Howes Ltd

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    Mr United Kingdom 07/04/2013
    Mr United Kingdom 07/04/2013 Member Since 2012

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    "Some enjoyable tales here"

    This book is an easy listen - it takes you through tales from the early part of England's history. A few commonly believed myths are dispelled, and while this is no weighty historical tome I think most people will find some things to delight them and learn about in here. It is well narrated and if you are looking for a breezy canter through the period then this will do just fine. I certainly enjoyed it and have bought some of the others in the series, so a thumbs up from me.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    LadyShaftesbury Cheshire 17/07/2014
    LadyShaftesbury Cheshire 17/07/2014 Member Since 2016
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    "Really Interesting"
    Where does Great Tales from English History: Volume I rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really liked it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I found out lots of things about early British history that I did not know.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Boudica


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No bit heavy going for a full sitting with lots of information to absorb


    Any additional comments?

    Really enjoyed it, cant wait to start on the second book

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Narny Lincoln, United Kingdom 28/03/2012
    Narny Lincoln, United Kingdom 28/03/2012 Member Since 2016

    Comedy and history (or a combination of both) are my listening choices. Oh, and Bill Bryson.

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    "Informative but not complicated"

    Really enjoyed listening to this and found the content interesting. However my only complaint is that the author has attempted to stress fact over fiction where possible. This is all well and good but Eleanor of Castile died at Harby in Nottinghamshire and not Northamptonshire.

    It would have got five stars if it hadn't been for that.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. J. B. Whitehead Harrogate, UK 06/08/2016
    Mr. J. B. Whitehead Harrogate, UK 06/08/2016 Member Since 2011

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    "Interesting but not attention grabbing"
    What did you like best about Great Tales from English History: Volume I? What did you like least?

    Perhaps my expectations were misplaced but I was expecting a more 'joined up' narrative. Instead, the book jumps from one individual and usually interesting story to another. Having said that, I found most of the stories interesting but it left me wanting to know more - perhaps that was the objective.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Robert Lacey? Why or why not?

    I will probably buy the second volume in due course, but the first volume didn't make me want to rush out and buy it immediately.


    What does Robert Lacey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I find I can always tell when the author and narrator are the same person - either because many authors are not great performers, or because when the author narrates he or she does it with more confidence, knowing the work intimately. In this case, Lacey does a great job.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    Not really suitable for a film, though could be a good TV series.


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  • Sue
    Eustis, FL, United States
    05/12/11
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    "Entertaining snippets of history"
    What did you love best about Great Tales from English History: Volume I?

    Fascinating tales from English history , some new and some familiar. Enjoyed every bit of it and will move on to the next volume in the series.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Benoibe
    New Orleans, LA, United States
    02/08/13
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    "I LOVE this book!! Exceptional!! Charming!"

    I only wish this book were longer... Luckily there are two more volumes.

    This ingenious author has put together the important and fascinating bits of history, both legendary and scholarly, that make up England's glorious past. Even when the story is exaggerated, the author explains what the story can teach us about English history. It is incredibly well-done! Anyone with a passing interest in early English history will devour this gem of a book!
    Furthermore, I believe the author has a back-up calling if he gets tired of writing... Robert Lacey is a FANTASTIC narrator. Rarely can an author do justice to his own work as a narrator. Lacey is an audible super star!!

    I can't recommend this book enough!

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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