A Survey of the Middle Ages: A.D. 500 - 1270

  • by John Pruskin
  • Narrated by John Pruskin
  • 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this audiobook, John Pruskin takes us from the fall of the Roman Empire to the cusp of the Italian Renaissance. You have a ringside seat as the remnants of the Roman Empire emerge from the tangled chaos of the barbarian conquests.
The Eastern Empire becomes Byzantine, Mohammedanism transforms culture in large parts of the West; Europe expands through the Crusades; marauding Vikings settle down in their permanent dwelling places; and feudal society takes definite shape. Meet the popes, peasants, lords, and ladies of the Middle Ages.
This book also includes a special one-hour lecture, "Music of the Middle Ages".

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a tough call.

this is a really tough one to review. very informative on the one hand, yet bad quality of recording and it isn't very appealing to the ear or the interest buds. i think i only survived through the listen because i really like the subject. if you're just starting to look into the middle ages, i wouldn't start with this one. it is basically a university course that someone recorded, and didn't even bother to digitally remaster or take off the white noise.
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- yael

Mostly not great

I've listened to most of the books Audible has to offer covering the Middle Ages. This particular book is unique. It is structured into almost 400 segments that resemble grandiose captions rather than chapters. Each chapter is preceded by a sound effect that would be more comfortable in a Dr Who episode, circa 1974. The author and narrator speaks in a rigid and clipped fashion. He has a penchant for strange and unique pronunciations of certain words that I would describe as bizarre. His description of certain figures stands in direct opposition to commonly held opinion without any substantiation.

The net result is best described as uncomfortable.
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- Tex E.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-20-2011
  • Publisher: Trout Lake Media