• by Robert Goodwin
  • Narrated by Jeremy Clyde
  • 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Golden Age of the Spanish Empire would establish five centuries of Western supremacy across the globe and usher in an era of transatlantic exploration that eventually gave rise to the modern world. It was a time of discovery and adventure, of great political and social change - it was a time when Spain learned to rule the world.
Assembling a spectacular cast of legendary characters like the Duke of Alba, El Greco, Miguel de Cervantes, and Diego Velázquez, Robert Goodwin brings the Spanish Golden Age to life with the vivid clarity and gripping narrative of an epic novel. From scholars and playwrights, to poets and soldiers, Goodwin is in complete command of the history of this tumultuous and exciting period. But the superstars alone will not tell the whole tale - Goodwin delves deep to find previously unrecorded sources and accounts of how Spain's Golden Age would unfold, and ultimately, unravel.
Spain is a sweeping and revealing portrait of Spain at the height of its power and a world at the dawn of the modern age.


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Rosy Glasses

Goodwin really likes Spain. I mean, he really, really likes Spain! I know nearly all histories are biased to one degree or another, but this is really very biased. Early in the work we hear of the humanists in North America at length and in comparison to one another, yet he doesn't seem to get into why the need for humanism, or why there were only 3 or 4. The passing view of the conquistadors given this book is far more honorable swashbuckling adventurer than perhaps they deserved. Let's just say Howard Zinn would disagree with the telling, as did I. We get to hear about a handful of people bemoaning the practice of slavery, without Goodwin getting into the fact that the Spanish held the slaves, exterminated whole peoples, etc., all in the studied time period. It really was as if that part didn't happen. Anyway, I don't mind the artistic history, as the art and culture of an era is important, especially so when the culture birthed Cervantes, but the absurd amount of pro-Spain rah-rah-rah in this book makes it a difficult read, in my humble opinion.
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- William

Colorful book but poor performer

Would you try another book from Robert Goodwin and/or Jeremy Clyde?

Depends on the book.

How could the performance have been better?

The performer mispronounced many Spanish names, making it obvious that he knows nothing about Spanish history. That only made it harder to follow the complex narrative.

Any additional comments?

"Spain" highlights the fundamental limitations of this medium. The narrative was too complex, and too filled with unfamiliar names -- including many that were mangled by the narrator -- to follow in this format. This book looks a lot better in print, and is far more comprehensible. Audible format works well only when there are relatively few characters, and the names are not butchered by the narrator.

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- PennWriter "Alan Field"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-07-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury