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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!

©2018 Captivating History (P)2018 Captivating History

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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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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.

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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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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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Nice Book

In the process of enjoying it now that I have a little down time. So far, it's an excellent audiobook!!

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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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Scotland History

Great book if you plan to visit Scotland or just want to know what the fuss of independence is all about.

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Pretty Much Interesting

Being an expat Scot I love Scottish history and always find out something I didn't know. This author is a brilliant historian.

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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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  • 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.

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  • Wsil Ali
  • 13-12-18

Enjoyed It


The author is clearly passionate about this topic. This is an excellent companion to the television series of the same name.

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  • Jasmine N
  • 13-12-18

Great Compliment

I bought this book for my son-in-law who has been to Scotland. He feels the book is interesting and written very well.

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  • Silvester
  • 13-12-18

Interesting


I'm going to Scotland in a few weeks and wanted to get some pop-history to help me enjoy the trip more. I haven't finished this book yet, and I am enjoying it, but sometimes it's a little dense.

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  • Sierra Brandon
  • 13-12-18

Lovely

About half way through and love it the style the intrigue the murder the treachery my country my Scotland brilliant

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  • Johny
  • 13-12-18

Well done

All this goes pretty well until the industrial revolution, where things get more complicated. In the end the conclusion which can be drawn from Scotland's history is as the earth on which it is built, it is in a constant, continuous state of flux.

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  • Ranjeet
  • 12-12-18

Highly Recommended


This is a well-written and fascinating history of Scotland. I read it while visiting Scotland and gained a real appreciation for the richness of the country's history.