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Juli C. Schuttger

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The perfect follow-up for the original

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Reviewed: 23-03-19

I listened to this after listening to the original. It would be quite educational on its own, but the combination has enhanced my understanding of the setting and history of Gibbon's book.

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No light read, but very rewarding

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Reviewed: 23-03-19

Melville was better known for racy books like Typee when he was alive - this sort of book didn't make him nearly as much money. But the combination of whaling knowledge with philosophical meanderings with actual plotline is quite rewarding for anyone persistent enough to keep at the book. In one sense an audiobook makes it easier, since one can do other things while listening and not get antsy about sitting and reading when there are other things to be done. And occasionally there are flashes of brilliant humor to reward you!

Historic book, worth it for historians and others

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Reviewed: 28-06-18

Gibbon's work is something that has intrigued me for years, and the audiobook format made it possible for me to know what is inside. Though Gibbon's story is sometimes biased and sometimes superseded by later research, his huge cast of characters each take their turns being described as humans and acting in the big story Gibbon is telling. Something I particularly enjoyed was Gibbon's discussion of the sources he uses, and his analysis of whether they are reliable. That isn't often discussed in histories of more recent times, since the sources are so much more numerous. Charlton Griffin has just the right voice to read this work as well - a deep, cultured English male voice seems fitting for the work of a British author.

Overall, I very much enjoyed this book. It is not for the impatient, but worth the time if you want to understand both Roman history and Enlightenment history. Next I'll be listening to the Great Courses lecture series on this book to get an even better grasp of its content and setting.

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