• A Classical Education

  • The Stuff You Wish You'd been Taught at School
  • By: Caroline Taggart
  • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
  • Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 01-08-10
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (20 ratings)

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Editorial Reviews

The complete guide to a classical education is heard in A Classical Education: The Stuff You Wish You’d Been Taught At School written by freelance editor Caroline Taggart and narrated in this audiobook by British actor and voice artist Bill Wallis. The scope and depth of research in this book is staggering. It covers innumerable topics of educational and historical significance. Listeners are taken to the roots of ancient civilisations, learning how the first pioneers in these subjects made advancements that paved the way for the world we live in today. Available now from Audible.
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Publisher's Summary

Is the Greek alphabet all Greek to you? Is geometry your Achilles heel and does your knowledge of Homer have more to do with The Simpsons than the Sirens?
From engineering and architecture to drama and democracy, the world around us is founded on the principles and discoveries of the Ancient World, yet our understanding of it is episodic at best.
So if you've ever struggled with Socrates, wished you could formulate a logical argument or wondered whether the Romans really dined at vomitoria, then carpe diem and listen to this audiobook it's never too late to learn.
©2009 Michael O'Mara Books Ltd (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By William on 02-13-12

Reader's Digest approach to the classics

If you read a lot you probably don't need this book. If you don't read a lot you really don't need this book.

That said, it's a nice fluffy overview of some key figures of classical times. The author may be a touch condescending initially, but her love of the material shines through and her writing is witty and light. (Indeed, I don't know where else you'd get such an overview that wouldn't just put you to sleep).

My major problem with this version is that, though the narrator is quite skilled, he seems to be dropping his voice volume at times and it sometimes makes it hard to hear if you're listening in a car. (Haven't had this problem with other Audible books and I suspect it's the narrator, not the recording). If the volume were better, I'd rate this at least a 4 star performance.

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4 out of 5 stars
By catherine on 12-01-10

Light but not insubstantial

An appreciation of the 'Classics' always seemed to be just out of reach. This book provides an instructive and accessible opportunity to dip a toe into this wonderful world.
I do not doubt that more learned scholars may scoff at the delivery but I found it very entertaining. There are so many fantastic stories, surprisingly relevant events and moments of recognition - dare I say enlightenment?
A gem for all ages and sensibilities.

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24 of 24 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 08-28-10

Content is great but not as audio

There are some very interesting bits and pieces in this but it is definitely a book that is better as a book. I am not sure if this lends its self to the audio book format due to the complexity of some of the content.

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4 out of 5 stars
By JOHN W on 10-01-17

Fun, Fast, Interesting and Intriguing.

You may think this book is an academic exercise in classical literature, however the author has done a great job of bringing a classical education into a fun forum and given us a contemporary edge to the topic. I totally enjoyed this book and would recommend to anyone that has even a passing interest in the subject.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Victor on 08-01-17

Return visits will happen

I enjoyed this - the reader, channeling Derek Jacobi, was spot on for the job, if a little stagey here and there. The material is fascinating. The book well written. I'll be returning to this one.

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