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History of Scotland: A Captivating Guide to Scottish History, the Wars of Scottish Independence and William Wallace

Narrated by: Duke Holm, David Patton
Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
Categories: History, European
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Summary

Three captivating manuscripts in one audiobook:
 

  • Scottish History: A Captivating Guide to the History of Scotland
  • Wars of Scottish Independence: A Captivating Guide to the Battles Between the Kingdom of Scotland and the Kingdom of England, Including the Impact Made by King Robert the Bruce
  • William Wallace: A Captivating Guide to a Freedom Fighter and Martyr Who Impacted Scottish History and Scotland’s Independence from England

In part one of this audiobook, you will discover topics such as
 

  • Medieval strife
  • The emergence of the Scottish Nation-State
  • The Golden Age
  • The Wars of Independence
  • The Black Death
  • Mary, Queen of Scots: “The Daughter of Debate”
  • The King of Great Britain
  • The union and the Scottish Enlightenment
  • The Industrial Revolution
  • Scottish feminism
  • The Loch Ness Monster
  • And much, much more

In part two of this audiobook, you will discover:
 

  • Good fences; Good neighbors
  • Crisis
  • Defiance
  • The martyr
  • Power struggles
  • Inner strife
  • The Battle of Bannockburn
  • A worthy King
  • The Son of the Bruce & the Second War for Independence
  • And much, much more

Some of the topics covered in part three of this audiobook include:
 

  • Mysterious origins
  • Coming of age in crisis
  • Defiance and compliance
  • The prophecy
  • Uprising
  • Love in a time of war
  • The Battle of Stirling Bridge
  • Invading England
  • The Guardian of Scotland
  • Defeat at Falkirk
  • An outlaw once more
  • The execution
  • And much more

So if you want to learn more about the history of Scotland, buy this audiobook now!

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Exceptional content marred by incompetent delivery

This taught me a tonne about Scotland, and was factually interesting, and engaging, but the narration was just awful. It was as if the producers didn't bother to look up even the most basics of how to pronounce place names, or surnames in English. The only way to get through this book is to find the narrator's pronunciation funny, and shrug it off, but I must warn future would-be readers - It's relentless. Not a single Scottish word is pronounced correctly. Such a disappointment.

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Awful. Cant even pronounce Edinburgh correctly

This is just awful. Thomas Cromwell? It was Oliver. Nicola Sturgeon is not the Head of State in Scotland, the Queen is. The book is chalk full of mistakes, not least the fact that Edinburgh is pronounced "Edinburg" as in rhyming with iceberg. Terrible. The mispronounced words are often just awful, even the English spoken is atrocious.

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Repetitive

The book started off well but as it develops there are huge overlaps with previous chapters and constant repetition. Sadly the pronunciation of the Scottish place names is quite off.

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Terrible pronunciation of place names.

The narrator should really have the professionalism to learn how to pronounce local place names. Especially when one of them is the capital city of the country about which you read a history. Edinburgh does not share a syllable with ice berg. It just doesnt. Berwick is not buurr Wick. There were more than five repeated mispronunciations. I stopped counting. The job of the narrator is to convey the expertise of the author. This narration breaks that link and devalues the product.

Oh and to refer to Alan Turing as Alice Turing, is just not acceptable.

Apart from the mispronunciations, the style of the narrator is fine. Books about other topics might be ok.

The content was quite good. It was three smaller audiobooks put toegether and did the job as advertised. It is not an in depth history but the kind of history that you might listen to before a first visit to Scotland.

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Terrible performance

If you live in the UK this is impossible to listen to. The reader's pronunciation of place names is infuriating. Edinberg. Dunfermleen. Berwick (with the W). I mean come on. If you're getting someone to read a history of Scotland, get a Scottish person, or someone who has been there, or at very least someone who is willing to Google the pronunciations. This takes away any sense of professionalism and authenticity. It would be funny if I hadn't paid for it. My favourite one was when he could pronounce Sturgeon right but not Nicola. Embarrassing to the point of being offensive. Oh and he puts on a terrible Scottish accent regularly. I once worked with a guy who put on a Chinese accent of a similar quality, as a result he's now unemployed. All of the above makes a book that would otherwise be captivating, nothing short of diabolical.

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Ok but far from great

As a Scot I can only say that some of the pronunciation of place names etc was terrible and far from accurate. There also seemed to be the same sections of audio repeated in various chapters. It’s ok to learn a bit more about Scotland’s history and I assume designed for American audiences. A few of the views on the SNP and Independence are somewhat skewed to sounding supportive even though Scotland actually rejected independence in a 2014 Referendum.

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Pro-NONE-ciation

I downloaded this as I wanted to know all about the history of Scotland. The story is really good but I just cannot stand the way the two American narrators pronounce the majority of the names of the city's, towns and villages. It's frankly awful and becomes incredibly painful almost to the point of stopping completely. If they'd taken a bit of time to learn that you don't pronounce the W in Glasgow and Berwick and the Burgh's are not Burgs then this would have been a great success. I think they should go back and make these amends.

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Unique Information

The author has written a riveting history of Scotland which enables the reader to understand the motivation compelling the chief characters and the reasons for events unfolding as they did.

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Super Audiobook

This book is like a thriller and having just been to Stirling Castle the sounds of battle are still in the glen. A very palatable way of understanding who the Scots are and why they love their independence.

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What an informative work


Quite a bit of info, from the creation and development of the land itself to the peoples and traditions

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  • Holly
  • 27-03-19

A broken record

Struggled to finish due to it telling of the same events repeatedly over and over. Every time you think it is finally going to continue with the time line of events it goes back to the same time frame and same story making it hard to follow at times.

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  • Richard A. Starr
  • 30-03-19

Three drafts of the same words...

The length of this audio book is achieved by the fact that it keeps repeating the same narratives three and more times. Imagine listening to many different drafts of the author's much shorter work. Gives an unfortunate new meaning to history repeating itself.

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  • Ori Lutski
  • 10-01-19

first two books are the worst performance ever.

all 3 books repeat themselves, even with the same sentences. it became boring and repetative.

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  • Jan
  • 05-10-19

Edinburg, glas-cow, skaland - really?

the reader should have at least made an effort to know how to pronounce city names like Edinburgh and Glasgow. Even Scotland sounded like Skaland. made me cringe each time I heard it, being the offspring if Glasgow parents. should have been narrated by a Scot But the history presentation was wonderful.

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  • AJG
  • 04-07-19

Good Content But Terrible Narrator

I'm not one to write negative reviews, but this is quite simply the worst narrator of an audiobook I've ever heard. It's not that the reading is unclear; it's that there are so many mispronunciations of words and Scottish place names that it's frankly distracting and mildly insulting (and I'm not even Scottish). A simple google search would teach this narrator how to pronounce Glasgow, Edinburgh, Hebrides, and even words like primogeniture, exorbitant, and adjudicate. The last word forced me to rewind the audiobook a few times so I could understand what word he was trying to say with the context clues. Moreover, there was the botching of dates, like saying 1920 when he absolutely had to have meant 1290. I'm not sure if the narrator read the copy ahead of time, but simple research would help this narrator do his homework. Embarrassingly bad for a profession where thousands of trained actors and readers could have done this better.

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  • Carolyn B. Hodges`
  • 16-03-19

Oh my!!

Although the history is good, the book if absolutely full of mispronunciations and not of Scottish names... I was so disappointed in this book. Also, the reading was so slow I had to move the speed up to 1.25 just to make it seem normal. At least that made it go faster...terrible performance by the first reader.

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  • M. Wyatt
  • 07-02-19

Poor

From Value projection: revisionist history, to porr narration, mispronounced words, poor editing(sentences repeated) this was a hard listen. Hard to recommend.

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  • Gary D.
  • 10-01-19

Impossible to listen to

A great deal of interesting history but very disjointed. The story jumped all over the place in it's timeline and the quality of the writing was a bit amateurish. The reader was not the worst I've heard but close. I would suggest that before someone records a thing like this they should learn how to pronounce correctly. I spent the whole thing correcting pronunciation. The high lite was when the one time the word Edinburgh was pronounced correctly. Does anybody pay attention the these things? This was hard to listen to.

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  • Amie Michael
  • 08-01-19

Good, but

I really liked this history of Scotland. My only complaint is that I would have liked to hear more about the Jacobite rebellions and the Highland Clearances.

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  • Adam Pierson
  • 31-12-18

Monotone narrator ruins this

Although titled "A Captivating Guide" this audio book was anything but captivating. It's a general history of Scotland that might provide a good overview to someone new to Scottish history. However, the narrator speaks very slowly and in a monotone, which cured my insomnia, but made listening to the book impossible.