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Where does The Gentry rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
It sits in the middle, it was a highly informative and complicated read. However, the narrator has a voice that could lull one to sleep which made concentrating rather tricky. Multigenerational story lines meant keeping track of characters and relating to them hard work
If you could sum up The Gentry in three words, what would they be?
informed, intimate history
Who was your favorite character and why?
The earlier families - as I personally am more drawn to that period of history
What does David Fleeshman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
Well tbh if I had the time I would read the book as preference - but have little time to just sit and read so use audible so I can listen and drive
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
When some of the families finally died out
Any additional comments?
The questions in the review seem to assume this is fiction - its actually well researched fact - though I suspect Nicolson has leaned on the work of other researchers.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
This book, the result of the author's meticulous research and excellent writing style gives a linear history of that unique group, the Gentry. The differing perspectives through the centuries with some families continuing in their manors and estates to this day, others having been submerged by historical circumstance has given us a fascinating glimpse into this segment of English society.
The reader's style enhanced my enjoyment of the work.
All in all this was a thoroughly satisfying book to listen to.