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Fascinating weave through history. The professor delivers depth and details that keep the telling intriguing, it helps to be up on your Roman, European, Judeo-Christian history and some situational subtleties of the Catholic Church and Luther .... or at least I used my tourist level knowledge to fill in a bit and give a picture filled backdrop to the telling.
The takeaway: The power of the pen is shadowed when compared to the liberal interpretation to support ideological narrative.
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I had great expectations about this book. This book provides the platform upon which a Nazi Germany constructed. I did find some of the Germanic history interesting -- for example there wasn't really a Germany until the late 1800's. I love history books and have read a great many. This author lacks the flair of a McCullough by an order of magnitude. Only the diehards of historians should brave the seven hour trek -- it is just soo boring and not work the misery.
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What did you like most about A Most Dangerous Book?
The revelation of the afterlife of a seemingly harmless classical source.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Tacitus, obviously. Least favourite the Nazis: I hate those guys.
What does Mark Ashby bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
Some odd pronunciation!
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
Again there were production issues in not briefing the narrator adequately on pronunciation. Whilst his German was faultless, his Latin was at times execrable. This is not his fault, but down to the producer/director. Limes is pronounced 'Lee Mays' not 'Lie Meez' as we kept getting (making this listener think of Limeys, the American nickname for British troops during WW1!). A quick check with the author should have verified that.