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Don't Shoot the Narrator!

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Reviewed: 07-10-15

What did you like most about Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945?

I purchased this book only because I didn't know what to do with my credit. Although a big fan of the history of the 20th Century, the Cold War period left me with a Siberian chill. However this book was an absolute delight, and brought to life what I had always seen as a turgid, unfathomable, and uninteresting part of our history.

The depth of knowledge Mr Judt exhibits astounded me, and the statistical evidence he presents make this my favourite work of all time.

What did you like best about this story?

I always love a happy ending.

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

I see some of the punters are having a go at poor old Ralph. Well let me come to his defence. I thought he was pretty good. His even tones regularly put me to sleep each night, which means that every time I play the audiobook, it's like I'm hearing it for the first time. The man's a genius.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No really coz I kinda knew the plot already.

Any additional comments?

Joking aside, this is fantastic work, and is probably the definitive work post 1945. This is a must for all history fans

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Wrongs in the Key of Zeth

1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-04-09

As a big fan of this album, I was very much looking forward to listening the inside story of how it was made. Instead, I was presented with an album review that purports to be an academic criticism, but is really the worse kind of verbal effluence, the sort that I thought had died-out in the drug-fuelled sixties. Unless you are into the type of pseudo-intellectual, over-analytical clap-trap that seeks more to demonstrate the writers extensive vocabulary than to serve the needs of the reader, avoid this audiobook like the plague. I really wish I could have my money back, and be compensated for the assault on my ears from "...indiscernible oblivion," the "maliable identity re-alignment," and the something or other "...evaporated on the wings of bled dried dominance." This book is so bad, it doesn't deserve more than a fraction of one star, and that's being generous.

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