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Effortlessly combining the epic with the quotidian, Beard forces us along the way to reexamine so many of the assumptions we held as gospel - not the least of them the perception that the Emperor Caligula was bonkers or Nero a monster. With capacious wit and verve, Beard demonstrates that, far from being carved in marble, the classical world is still very much alive.
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By Chris E on 02-27-15
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
Yes, in terms of content, even though it's repurposed book reviews. No, when the narrator is factored in. Her ersatz English accent and abundant mispronunciations make this very hard to listen to.
If you’ve listened to books by Mary Beard before, how does this one compare?
I haven't listened to other Mary Beard books, but her own videos on YouTube are considerably more engaging.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
Her pseudo English accent is over the top, with annoying and meaningless little flutters of delight. She can't handle words in Greek, Latin, French, Italian, German, or indeed often English.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
By G. Edward Gaffney on 01-02-16
The body of this book is outstanding. Unfortunately, the narrator was not up to the task of correctly or consistently pronouncing Latin and Greek terms or names. This makes for unpleasant listening, and I'm surprised if the author approved the finished product. There are, of course, variations in how one chooses to pronounce Latin and Greek, but the narrator was all over the place.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful