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This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
The book and the information it contains is fairly good. Very good detail and interesting retelling of the events leading up to Hastings. But the sound quality is very poor. The sound keeps fading out. The narrator is okay but a bit monotone, making it hard to keep the details straight. Mostly though the fading sound is what has made this hard to listen to. Pronunciation is also a bit off. Bruges is not pronounced with an s.
Would you be willing to try another book from Harriet Harvey Wood? Why or why not?
Maybe, depends on the subject
What didn’t you like about Robin Rowan’s performance?
Mispronunciation of some words such as Bruges, a monotone and seeming boredom with the text. The sound quality was VERY poor. It keeps fading out and in.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
Detail was good and I would probably by the print to try again
I found Robin Rowan's narration difficult to listen to. Part of this is due to my hearing, but the annoying aspect was the rhythm of her speech, which sounded staged and artificial, making it difficult to take the book in. In terms of content, Wood' book is a good, albeit biased in sympathy of the Anglo-Saxons, overview of the history surrounding the Battle of Hastings. I particularly liked the context she sketches in for 1066. Her handling of sources, however, became very odd near the end, where she began relying on sources that earlier she had criticized as being unreliable--and doing so without offering a justification or her reasoning for why those sources could be relied on that instance. Overall, it left me doubting her handling of the rest of her source material.
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