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Jonathan Clements book on the Vikings is well research and covers not only the history but gives us an introduction to the mythology of the Vikings. This is not a dry history book as he writes in a conversational tone and includes the stories of people almost like a historical novel. Mark Meadows does a fantastic job narrating the book with all the names and places. I would never have come close to the pronunciation of these words if I was reading the book to myself. Makes the audio format the best method for me to read this book. The title says a brief history but Clements sure did a good job of covering the earliest recorded dates to the current modern information including DNA to prove the data. I enjoyed the information on the British Isles as it tied into the information provided by Bernard Cornwell in his Saxon Series. Cornwell had also included some of the mythology in his book about the Vikings as well as the history of conquest and raids. Over all a great way to learn a bit about the history of the Vikings. I heard there is going to be a show about Vikings on T.V. also.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
poorly constructed and untrue two Scandinavian and Icelandic people. I wouldn't waste your money. there are far more knowledgeable books to read and not only knowledgeable but accurate unlike this book.
Would you try another book written by Jonathan Clements or narrated by Mark Meadows?
Bought this partially because I like history, but overwhelmingly because I thoroughly enjoyed Mark Meadows reading another 'A Brief History ...' book on Victorian Britain. Very disappointed when the narrator announced a different name.
Not good, audible.
The narration is fine however - but not as good as I expected. If you are expecting the excellent Mr Meadows, be prepared.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Better than fiction! The fantastic history of the Vikings and their heroes and kings should be taught in schools all over the globe. This audiobook is properly gripping and on top of a great listening experience, I learned a lot about Europe. I totally recommend the audiobook narrated by Mark Meadows.