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  • The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England

  • A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century
  • By: Ian Mortimer
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,731
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,249

Imagine you could travel back to the 14th century. What would you see? What would you smell? More to the point, where are you going to stay? And what are you going to eat? Ian Mortimer shows us that the past is not just something to be studied; it is also something to be lived. He sets out to explain what life was like in the most immediate way, through taking you to the Middle Ages. The result is the most astonishing social history book you are ever likely to read: evolutionary in its concept, informative and entertaining in its detail.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very, very interesting - highly recommended

  • By anthonyunionjackson on 06-05-09

A vividly painted picture of the past.

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

Fantastically narrated by Jonathan Keeble, this book is an evocative journey through the 14th century. It touches on major events and references prominent historical figures of whom we all know at least a little, but what distinguishes this book is the fact that it also recounts the minutiae of medieval life. We hear about Edward III and well-known medieval noblemen, but we also peek into the lives of merchants, tradesmen, outlaws, peasants and the clergy. The perfect read for anyone interested in thoroughly exploring history.

  • World Without End

  • The Kingsbridge Novels, Book 2
  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 45 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,501
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,807
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,805

On the day after Halloween, in the year 1327, four children slip away from the cathedral city of Kingsbridge. They are a thief, a bully, a boy genius, and a girl who wants to be a doctor. In the forest they see two men killed. As adults, their lives will be braided together by ambition, love, greed and revenge. They will see prosperity and famine, plague and war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bereaved when it ended

  • By bex4ad on 15-03-11

Fantastic.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-10-18

I can't believe I'm saying it, but it is arguably even better than the first.

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  • Shantaram

  • By: Gregory David Roberts
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 43 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,644
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,448
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,446

A novel of high adventure, great storytelling and moral purpose, based on an extraordinary true story of eight years in the Bombay underworld. In the early 80s, Gregory David Roberts, an armed robber and heroin addict, escaped from an Australian prison to India, where he lived in a Bombay slum. There, he established a free health clinic and also joined the mafia, working as a money launderer, forger and street soldier. He found time to learn Hindi and Marathi, fall in love, and spend time being worked over in an Indian jail.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AN ABSOLUTELY, MAGNIFICENT , MASTERPIECE!!

  • By Bernice on 24-11-16

A Testament to the Power of Literature

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

Reviewed: 08-08-17

This book was recommended to me many years ago, and when I finally got around to listening to it on audible I had assumed it would be nothing more than just a good book.

I quickly came to realise that it was not simply "a good book". As I progressed through it I became more and more enthralled with the story and the author's ability to sculpt such wondrous images in my mind with the poetry of the written word.

For me, this novel began as something I thought would be interesting at the very least, it then slowly became something much more that will stay with me for a very long time.

I cannot recommend it highly enough.