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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
This is 50 hours of history on the years 1815-1830. The only reason I wouldn't recommend this book is that you have to be a pretty hardcore history buff to want to listen to it. That said, it is written with Paul Johnson's usual sweeping and articulate panache, chock full of things you didn't know, and short biographies of dozens of important figures of the era, from Napoleon to Andrew Jackson.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Birth of the Modern?
The description of the deaf and off-the-charts eccentric Beethoven, composing while walking though the countryside, scaring the cows and inciting small boys to throw stones at him.
Have you listened to any of Wanda McCaddon’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I have heard her as Nadia May, and she is a great talent. Her voice wears very well through 50 hours of hard slogging and you have the sense she is quite literate, knowledgable, and fully up to a very rich text.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
Paul Johnson fills in for all those history classes we skipped in college. He is absolutely brilliant.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
Heavy stuff, but brilliant analysis. Leads one to wish to hear more and more history by Johnson.
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