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John Horncastle

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Delightful

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Reviewed: 27-07-19

This is a humane survey. Richard Holloway weaves a narrative from the lives of the leaders and communities that shaped religion, the interplay of beliefs between cultures and the impact they have had. It's short chapters keep it easy to absorb and James Bryce's warm Scottish voice perfectly gives rich expression to the conversational prose. This is an audiobook I return to over and over.

A treasure trove

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Reviewed: 06-06-19

Lewis' thoughts on literature, living, religion, culture, science and education (among other things) are a delight. He writes so well. There's so much goodstuff here. And the fiction pieces open up some of Lewis' lesser known works. It's like being able to keep company with him, and the nearest any of will get to being party to a conversation with the man. You can dip in and out at leisure - chapters headings would make this easier but you can find a contents page from the printed edition online if you look to help you find your way. Ralph Cosham's naaration is clear, warm and has timbre of how one would imagine Lewis to have spoken; my one reservation is that his performance is very straight and doesn't always pick up on Lewis' humour. This collection is amazing value - so many hours of content for the price of one Audible credit! I thoroughly recommend it.

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A warm, conversational telling of Alexander's life

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Reviewed: 17-01-19

Professor Lane Fox loves the life and times of Alexander the Great. He tells the whole story, end to end, giving his insightful and personal take. Comprehensive and delightful. I highly recommend.

Warm, tough, humorous and practical

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Reviewed: 28-06-18

Really enjoyed this. The narrator conveys Dan John's earthy wisdom and sardonic wit perfectly. I laughed aloud many times. His advice on training is very applicable too. I recommend it!

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Wonderful book

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Reviewed: 08-01-18

This is a fascinating book. The author's love shines through as he follows the threads of the Odyssey and the Iliad back to the pre-Classical world. The scholarship and insight brings context which will enrich the reading of Homer or indeed exploring the Bronze Age. The narrator reads with great verve.

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Good overview of the history of US comics industry

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Reviewed: 11-12-17

Great mix of social history, the lives of main creators and review of the landmark stories/characters. Perfect "what really happened" book for people who loved Chabon's Kavalier & Clay and a good primer for those planning to jump into Grant Morrison's Supergods or Gerard Jones's Men of Tomorrow both of which are fantastic books which delve a little deeper into the darker corners of the history of the comic business.

Enjoyable, entertaining and educational

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Reviewed: 06-11-16

Good translation well read. This is a fascinating encyclopaedic tour through the 13th century mindset, so keep that in mind. If you're looking for something a bit more fast paced the BBC dramatisation of the abridged whole Divine Comedy (also available on Audible) might be a better place to start.

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