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Where does Our Tempestuous Day rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
In the top third.
What did you like best about this story?
Very well-written without being the least bit dry.
Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Prebble is an otherwise excellent narrator, but I do wish he would learn to pronouce "cavalry" (he says "caverry") and "chivalry" (he says "shiverry").
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The death of Princess Charlotte in childbirth is a sad event.
Any additional comments?
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This is not a scholarly historical piece. The author spends too much time telling us how the regent "feels" and writes as though she was a witness to King George's mental deterioration. But it presents a great snapshot of history during a very specific decade in a way that is easy to follow, yet still has enough fact and detail that most readers can walk away learning something new about the time period. And while the book spends a great deal of time on the celebrities and main events of the decade, Waterloo, Napoleon, Byron and the Prince Regent, it also provides detail on "celebrities" of the time that are not household names today and also talks about events that occurred beyond those that are covered in a English history textbook. And through the writings of actual eyewitnesses of the period - regular people - we get a better idea of the day-to-day lives of those who lived through the period that were not poets, generals or royals.
If you are looking for a broad overview of this time, a book that is understandable to a reader without a degree in English history, this is a good book for you. And as usual, Simon Prebble's narration makes it fun to listen to.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
This book is a good and informative read, although within limits. Instead of a coherent history of the Regency period, it is a series of cameos on different characters, issues or areas, some of which naturally get repeated to a certain extent. They tend to deal with politics, literature, Royalty and high society rather than the common people.
I did notice a few historical errors in some of the bits I already knew about (i.e. there were a few in the description of the Battle of Waterloo). While this dents the author's credibility a bit, they were fairly minor, and perhaps to be expected in such a sweeping study.
Overall, a good general introduction.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful