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Dan Jones has narrated this enthralling history of the Templars, I thoroughly enjoyed the narrative and strained to stop listening...He has proven that the historical fact of the Templars is much more interesting than the fictional histories and conspiracies of recent times. I cannot recommend it highly enough!
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I like Dan Jones and am interested the Templars but I found this unengaging and a bit dull. While there are a few moments when it does come alive, Dan Jones - despite being a TV persona - does not sit well as an audio narrator and I think the decision to narrate himself rather than use a professional narrator was a mistake. He is softly spoken and almost meek-sounding at times and the book needed more of a 'performance' to bring it to life, from someone with a bit more charisma in their voice. In addition the style in which he's written the book is a bit dull for my tastes. It comes across as a chronological list of anecdotes he's gleaned from the sources, rather than a proper story or narrative. While it's all factually sound he doesn't do enough to make it interesting, fill in the gaps or weave the pieces together, and he really fails to make any of the characters, relationships or battles come to life in the way that really good history does. Other historians of the period, like Marc Morris and John Julius Norwich, do a much better job of this and I would have liked to see them deal with this subject matter. Despite the dramatic times the Templars lived through, the deeds they did, and their horrible demise, this book therefore makes the subject come across as rather boring and I had hoped for more.
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