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A well written account of a dynasty

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Reviewed: 15-07-20

An engaging and enjoyable narrative of the dynasty which ruled over much of Europe and the new world and became a byword for the dangers of inbreeding. From obscure origins in central Europe to their apogee under the rule of Emperor Charles V the Hapsburgs showed what could be achieved with cunning, endurance and a large slice of luck. Enjoyed the way in which the author balanced the personal qualities of the various rulers without losing track of the larger forces that were at work during the times in which they ruled.

A must listen...even for non Man City fans

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Reviewed: 11-07-20

I remember vaguely reading about the story of a Manchester City player retiring early when i was young. That was my knowledge of Paul Lake and not being a man city supporter it would likely not have changed had I not seen good reviews and decided to give it a listen. I cant speak highly enough about this audiobook and the how much respect I gained for Paul Lake and his courage to tell his story. This is a story that anyone who has ever loved football or even just wants to learn about how mental illness can affect people should listen too. Narrated by Paul Lake himself who does a brilliant job of it which is not always something authors can do. Overall this is a moving and at times heart breaking account of dashed dreams and finding a way back thru the darkness.

A book even this liverpool fan enjoyed

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Reviewed: 08-07-20

I had high expectations of this book given how much I liked Keane's first book and I am happy to say I was not disappointed. I am no Manchester United fan but I have always admired Keane because I am a football fan. He was the best central midfielder of his generation and I have always found his honesty about his own mistakes and shortcomings as a person and his views on football to be worth listening too. Manchester United fans will love the book and even for those of us who support other teams will find this to be an engaging and often funny audiobook.

the story of a rock and roll tragedy

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Reviewed: 20-06-20

I learned so much in this well written and enthralling account of the Rolling Stones free concert at the Altamont speedway. The author does an excellent job of making sense of how and why the concert became a shorthand for darkness and the end of an era. I really enjoyed this audiobook and learned far more than I thought I would

Stunning biography of a terrible King

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Reviewed: 13-04-20

This is a wonderful work about a decent well meaning man who led England to ruin both politically and militarily. The author does an excellent job of combining empathy for Henry as an individual and the circumstances he inherited with an unsparing evaluation of his utter failure to address any of the problems facing England. I have read/listened to many books on wars of York and Lancaster and this book ranks up there as one of the very best. Henry is placed squarely in the context of his times and all the leading protagonists are also. In the end you end up feeling sorry for most of the people who tried and tried to make a success of Henry's reign and to maintain the House of Lancaster in power. Even the Yorkist lords appear to have tried but Henry was just never going to be even a semi competent king. But it does provide the basis for a wonderful work of both scholarship and biography

Honest Account of A footballing career

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Reviewed: 08-02-20

I found this to be an interesting book and it did give me a few things to think about when it comes to judging professional footballers. Owen comes across as a decent person who is honest about the effect injuries had on his career and attitude towards football. Newcastle fans will not be pleased...although his problem seems to be with Alan Shearer rather than the club. Anyway I enjoyed it more than I expected while not being overwhelmed.

Magnificent

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Reviewed: 23-01-20

Not a fan of Shakespeare, hated it at school, but decided to give this a try and was amazed and delighted. The story is familiar to all but the way in which the action moves from the high politics of the court to the low places of London is brilliant. And of course there is Falstaff, who is rightly regarded as one of the great characters in all of English literature. Stunning performances by the actors made this a joy for me and I would highly recommend it

So much more than the catholic king carticature

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Reviewed: 23-01-20

This is a wonderful work of scholarship which gave me a new perspective on the most famous of Spanish monarchs. Showed the good and the bad of Philip ii both as a ruler and as an individual. This is a scholarly work and deals with the life of the king in academic way but also does a good job remaining listenable. I would recommend this audiobook to anyone interested in learning about this hugely important historical figure and his life and times

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Death of a dynasty

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Reviewed: 22-01-20

This is an excellent account of how the house of plantagenet destroyed itself and enabled the Tudors to claim the throne of England. Dan Jones narrates his own work with skill which is not always the case with authors and their own work. The implosion of royal authority and legitimacy is at the heart of this audiobook and makes for a gripping and thought provoking work of history. All the characters of the period are here from the warrior kings Henry V and Edward IV to the formidable Margaret of Anjou and the fascinating Margaret Beaufort. I would highly recommend this audiobook to anyone with an interest not only in English history but in seeing how our own politics has echoes of the past.

Gripping story of the House of York

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Reviewed: 08-01-20

This is a magnificently written (and narrated) work of history. I was really looking forward to listening to this newest work by Thomas Penn, having loved The Winter King, and I am happy to say I was not disappointed. I have always felt that too little attention has been paid to the House of York and the reasons for its successes and ultimate failure and I feel that oversight has been rectified by this wonderful book. I came away with a new understanding of some historical figures particularly King Edward IV. I would highly recommend this audiobook