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This presents a good overview of the revolution. However, I was really expecting some more details as to what type of men were running the revolution. This seamed more like a summary of all the events in chronological order. Yes it was informative in a way, but I finished the book feeling like I really wanted to know more about the men behind the revolution instead of the typical events that surrounded it.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
I should have known that an "unabridged" study of the French Revolution that was only 3+ hours wouldn't be worth the time it took to download and listen to. Can I request Simon Schama's "Citizens" (unabridged, of course)?
6 of 9 people found this review helpful
If I remember correctly, the hard copy version of this book was pubished in the 1970s. Not to sound too condescending or prejudiced towards past eras, but this book is turgid. It feels like a university undergraduate's key resource.
That may be no bad thing. It is accurate and throws facts and events at you at a steady rate.
However, it doesn't bring a tumultuous era to life!
Modern history retelling is now communicated more like a soap-opera, it may be overdone but, in many ways, it is no bad thing. This book moves from event to event, fact to fact, person to person, without anything feeling more significant than the last. Huge events are often over very quickly. This might be historically accurate, but it misses the opportunity to hook into the aspects that people connect with - events that are culturally significant, the bigger picture, interesting characters and interpersonal drama.
Having become used to a more modern and engaging retelling of history this audiobook falls flat. It is a textbook, not a journey,
3 of 3 people found this review helpful