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There is so much speculation and hyperbole about the Celts and Celtic culture that it's difficult to separate fact from fantasy. Susan Johnston does away with the nonsense and delivers lectures that are at once scholarly and approachable.
The professor does not present anything as fact that isn't well-researched and documented, and she regularly cautions her listeners not to make assumptions based on limited information. In that regard, she serves her students well.
I admit that I was thrown by the good doctor's frequent "uhs" and "ums" for a while, but by the third lecture I found myself looking forward to them. Her sense of humor, deep knowledge and unpretentious style brings to mind some of my favorite professors.
Thank you, Dr. Johnston, for an enlightening and enjoyable lecture series. I look forward to many more.
19 of 19 people found this review helpful
This was a good listen - very interesting. The narration is presented in lecture style - in fact parts of it may well be recorded while the professor is in class.
Prof Johnston is obviously well educated on the subject and presents a lot of information well. The only negative I have is that her speaking could be a little smoother. There are a lot of 'ums' which probably go mostly unnoticed in a class lecture but somehow stand out a lot in an audiobook. And toward the end of the book it seemed like she realized she had a lot more material to cover and was running out of time.
But over all if you're interested in Celtic history this was a very good listen, not dry or boring, with many insights from someone who's spent a lot of time analyzing the facts.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
I was pleasantly surprised at the straight-forward and conversational style of this audio book 'Icons of the Iron Age'. Professor Susan A. Johnston delivers her lecture in a relaxed and accessible way, which is easy to listen to and provides an excellent introduction to the subject. Those new to this era in history will receive a superb overview, whilst those familiar with this topic will be intrigued by the historical developments highlighted by Prof. Johnston. I would recommend this audio book highly for its dispelling of some of the myths surrounding ancient Celtic peoples, plus its dialogue on the historical sources that have informed our views of these cultures.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
What a pity! As a keen and easygoing listener, I have been looking forward to discovering more about the Celts in this series. While I am sure the content is interesting, I'm afraid I have found it impossible to focus on the subject because of the intrusive verbal tic 'om' which is repeated up to 56 times in five minutes!
2 of 4 people found this review helpful
These lectures were not only enlightening as to who the celts were, but also how to interpret history.
No exaggerations or glorified myths.