Spain

  • 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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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

Rubbish Historical Work, Rubbish

The author does not cover economics, mercantilism, colonial administration, lepanto, piracy, Asia trade, or 30-years-war with any detail.

However, you get excruciating detail on Don Quixote and various paintings. Ultimately, you have a book that is not that interesting, covers too much trivia, and has no structure.

Literally, it would be like writing a history of the 20th century USA and dedicating 1/4 the book to Andy Warhol, 1/4 to Hollywood, 1/4 to Kennedy's sex life, and (oh yeah) the USA fought a couple of World Wars.

The narrator is good, book is rubbish
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- jose

Book Details

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