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OK this is complicated, I'm a history lover, and when usually people yawn or call asleep in history lectures I find myself most intrigued. until this audio book. I don't know the exact problem, the lecturer's tone was quite monotonous, as if reading from a paper.
also the progression wasn't chronological as I hoped it would be, one moment we're talking about Sargon of Akkad the next she's discussing late Assyrian kings and their kingly roles.
all in all I learned TONS and for that I'm grateful, but the layout of the lectures leaves big room for improvement.
16 of 16 people found this review helpful
Mesopotamian history is integral to an understanding of ancient history. It often gets overshadowed, though, by Egypt, Greece and Rome. I have had many courses where Mesopotamia was at least somewhat discussed—Ur, Babylon, the Assyrians, etc…. However, before this course I had not taken a course that focused exclusively on Mesopotamia. I am grateful that I took this course because it gave me a much greater appreciation of the role Mesopotamia served as the bridge between the East and the West. As explained in the course, Mesopotamian culture and politics profoundly influenced many aspects of the ancient world. This influence is made apparent through the professor's excellent instruction.
The professor, who is both humorous and knowledgeable, covers the history of this region from pre-history through the conquest of Alexander the Great. She generally follows the chronological political history of the region but takes frequent detours to cover topics such as religion, family life, architecture and food. The professor makes each lesson informative and enjoyable. I now have a better understanding of Mesopotamian history and a greater interest in visiting museums featuring exhibits from this region.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Would you consider the audio edition of Between the Rivers: The History of Ancient Mesopotamia to be better than the print version?
The needlessly flamboyant music and obviously fake applause are clearly aimed at a more childish audience, hard to think why they'd do that.
The audio version was very well read apart from that and the author clearly knows her subject.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Between the Rivers: The History of Ancient Mesopotamia?
The subject was well set out and delivered as a whole.
A map or maps would have been extremely helpful though.
Have you listened to any of Professor Alexis Q. Castor’s other performances? How does this one compare?
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I would want to but it's too long to do that practically.
Any additional comments?
Supplementary learning material, critical to make cohesive sense and memory of this great course is widtheld from customers. A mistake that undermines the value of the book immensely.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
This course is absolutely packed with information in a comprehensive account of this area. It is aimed at an audience seeking a real depth of knowledge rather than having a passing interest and I found it really fascinating.
The lecturer presents the information well and varies her delivery and approach to the subject matter. However, a word of warning here - I found her voice had a strangely hypnotic quality. This was particularly apparent while I was driving leading to drooping eyelids and necessitating frequent caffeine stops ! Im very happy to recommend this course but take care !
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Very interesting series. Good sense of broader Ancient History.
Having been doing my listening for more modern periods I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of the archaeological discussion.