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lovely bio of an amazing woman
My son and I enjoyed this biography. Although I thought I knew her life story, I learned a lot. This series is wonderful and this title would appeal to young people who think they are more interested in animals than history. What I like so much about this series is that it is interesting to listeners of all ages. Even older kids can enjoy these, and parents can too.
Fascinating narrative history
This is an excellent narrative history and helped me tie together stories I knew anecdotally into a whole. I appreciated the level, where it moved fairly quickly and yet I learned much more than I had before. There were quotes from original sources but overall kept it at a high level. For good or bad, there wasn't much delving into the historiography, especially for a time that we naturally must interpret to understand. But that helped with the cohesive narrative.
As others have noted, the narrator is distinctive. You do have to be able to tolerate his cadence, since it repeats throughout. I found I enjoyed it once I adjusted. I did find it harder to warm up to than, for example, a Great Courses, lecture style.
excellent course from a favorite lecturer
Prof. Daileader is one of my favorite Great Courses lecturers, and I was sad to see this series end! It was informative, funny, and always interesting. For me, this is a great pace and depth - enough to learn something new, but moves fairly quickly. I only wish he did more Great Courses.
If you can, listen to this after his other two middle ages courses. He does a good job making the case that the Middle Ages didn't end at 1500, and indeed made me see the ongoing relevance of the period in a way that I didn't before. I learned a lot as an adult with an ongoing history interest, but I think this would also be great for someone using it for homeschooling or to fill in gaps of knowledge.
Older book of Norse mythology
My teenage son and I enjoyed listening to this, despite a slow start. At first, he was put off by the obviously dated introduction, which clued him in to the fact that this was written a hundred years ago. But once we got into it, we really enjoyed the short stories and they were a good listen before bedtime. And of course, mythology isn't something that needs the latest writing. If you are coming here looking to fill in some gaps from the Riordan books, this will fit the bill.
Fun intro (or recap) of the opera
I love this series for listening before I go to an opera, or after while the experience is fresh. This was informative and educational, funny in parts. Rigoletto is of course a staple opera. The story in the opera, and the circumstances surrounding its creation, are as fascinating as the music. While short, this audio is highly recommended.
Fun history of pirates
My son and I greatly enjoyed this history of pirates. It was fun and well-narrated (wonderful voice and lots of humor) but mixed in a lot of history. I appreciated that much of it was about women pirates. If you like these Naxos histories for kids, you will also like the ones on Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome.
delightful and fun audio for middle grades
My son and I enjoyed listening to this immensely. Although he was slightly above what I would guess was the target audience age, he found it very enjoyable. If you have an elementary or middle school listener, especially one who likes books like the Rick Riordan series or Sisters Grimm, I would highly recommend this one.
I also found it enjoyable as an adult. Part of that is having such an excellent narrator. We had enjoyed him on other books and that helped hook us right away.
This could be a good book either for the car or before bed. Engaging and exciting, but nothing that would give you nightmares!
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excellent course on the Crusades
Prof. Madden is one of my favorites. This lecture series compares well with the best of the Great Courses for history.
I found this an interesting and fast paced history of the Crusades. I looked forward to every time I could sneak a listen. This is a time and place that feels very foreign to me and Prof. Madden brought it alive.
I appreciated that it was an overview of the Crusades, broadly construed, and for the first time I understood how different some of the events under the heading of "Crusades" really are. Prof Madden is an engaging lecturer and he tied his lectures well into the medieval history of Christendom and the Islamic world.
excellent course for the non-expert
I enjoyed this course much more than I expected. The professor has a calm and engaging style; I enjoyed listening to her speaking voice and she organized her thoughts clearly.
I usually listen to the Great Courses on history and literature, but this one would be one of my favorites despite not being my usual subject matter. I learned a lot but the information was always presented in an accessible style.
I think middle and high schoolers would be able to appreciate it if used for homeschooling. There is some frank talk about sexual behaviors which wouldn't bother me, but YMMV.
The last lecture was a difficult/sad one since it concerned threats to the primates in the wild. Hard to hear how we treat our relatives.
Egyptian mythology fun for kids
My son and I enjoyed this audio a lot, suitable for younger children but interesting to me and to an older child. This was gentle enough it served as a bedtime listen. The stories were well-narrated and interspersed with music. If I could only pick one, I would slightly prefer Ancient Egypt: Glory of the Pharaohs, by David Angus, over this.