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What made the experience of listening to The Modern Scholar: Celts and Germans the most enjoyable?
The lecturer is both incredibly knowledgeable, passionate about the subject and an entertaining storyteller! He integrates archaeological findings with historical and textual material to give a robust, well supported perspective of the origins and evolution of the Celtic and Germanic cultures in Europe.
What other book might you compare The Modern Scholar: Celts and Germans to and why?
This compares well to Europe: A History by Norman Davies in that it's enjoyable while being informative, but doesn't make unsupported or reaching interpretations of its subject.
What does uncredited bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Again, the storytelling done by the lecturer is engaging and entertaining. He brings to life and gives great personality to the Eddas that would be impossible to recreate in text form.
What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?
The role of the underlying belief systems - Germanic being a grim reality and Celtic being one of transformation and reincarnation - in the tenor and character of their cultures.
Any additional comments?
I love that the lecturer presents his view, the evidence supporting his view and then makes qualifying statements that make it clear to the listener any limitations to the view. I respect the lecturer immensely for this!
Is there anything you would change about this book?
Definitely the narrator, change chapter 7.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
Voice was not conducive to listening even irritating at times
Do you think The Modern Scholar: Celts and Germans needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
Yes. Change narrators, the presentation,
Any additional comments?
It appeared to me whoever prepared the lectures knew the subject matter for the most part. However there were times it was simply disjointed or the narrator would drone on with lists of names as if reading from a shopping list. Chapter 7 was an absolute bore by comparison to the Great Courses lecture " King Arthur: History and Legend" by Prof Dorsey Armstrong.This lecture and presentation may be ok for high school students but it lacks a bit for adult or college students and learners.My overall rating of 3 stars was because the course has interesting parts but it just as easily could have been 2 stars. It was a flip of the coin and 3 stars won.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful
This was a decent listen and is very accessible. Apart from from the first couple of chapters however, it is not a history of the Celts and Germans. At least two thirds of the book is an overview an analysis of various sagas such Sir Gawain.
Interesting enough but it left a bad taste in my mouth because I felt it was a deceptive title.