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Publisher's Summary

In this massive best seller in England, one of Britain's most popular and esteemed historians tells the epic story of the birth of the country.
Peter Ackroyd, whose work has always been underpinned by a profound interest in and understanding of England's history, now tells the epic story of England itself.
In Foundation the chronicler of London and of its river, the Thames, takes us from the primeval forests of England's prehistory to the death of the first Tudor king, Henry VII, in 1509. He guides us from the building of Stonehenge to the founding of the two great glories of medieval England: common law and the cathedrals. He shows us glimpses of the country's most distant past - a Neolithic stirrup found in a grave, a Roman fort, a Saxon tomb, a medieval manor house - and describes in rich prose the successive waves of invaders who made England English despite being themselves Roman, Viking, Saxon, or Norman French.
With his extraordinary skill for evoking time and place and his acute eye for the telling detail, Ackroyd recounts the story of warring kings, civil strife, and foreign wars. But he also gives us a vivid sense of how England's early people lived: the homes they built, the clothes they wore, the food they ate, even the jokes they told. All are brought vividly to life through the narrative mastery of one of Britain's finest writers.
©2011 Peter Ackroyd (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By JudieBee on 12-25-15

The Most Annoying Narrator EVER

What did you like best about this story?

Love the story and the history which, of course, is why I bought it. But oh my! The narrator!

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Clive Chafer?

ANYONE but him. Most annoying. He has this odd cadence by which every 5th word is high pitched and he cannot make any phrase longer than 6 words. Hated it. But fascinated with the story. 19 hours of trying not to notice this narrator's jaw-clenching speech pattern. Aaaarrrrgggghhhh!

Any additional comments?

Would really like to buy The Tudors but that would mean 18 more hours of this dreadful narrator. Not sure I can willingly buy into that.

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29 of 30 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By MacKenzie on 05-31-15

Fascinating read, poor performance

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, if they are interested in history.

What did you like best about this story?

Ackroyd's writing brings the history of England to life. He makes the story interesting and informative without getting bogged down in the mundane.

Would you be willing to try another one of Clive Chafer’s performances?

Chafer's voice has a nice tone, but his inflection was awful. Every sentence is read in exactly the same way, much like reading a grocery list. It took me several hours of listening before I could get past the distracting repetition in his inflection. I would not choose to listen to another audiobook read by Chafer.

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13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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