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By Kellie on 04-25-11
Repeats himself A LOT...
Ackroyd does present some interesting information in this book, but he just kept on giving those same facts out again and again throughout. Also... the descriptions are a bit overwrought--I think his editor needed to employ the red pen more liberally in places. The book is reasonably informative and entertaining, but I had heard so much praise for this author that I was expecting a MUCH better book than "Venice" is. If it was a printed book, rather than an audiobook, I think I would have started skimming pages after the first few chapters.
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By jack on 03-15-11
An endless droning list.....
All the magic and mystery of Venice is sucked out and left for a dying corpse by this endless and pointless book. Ackroyd merely lists and lists and lists subjects, dates, events; and exclusively by quoting other writers and authorities. Has he ever stepped foot in Venice himself? Reminiscent of a poorly documented and disorganized term paper. Back and forth through the centuries; skipping from subject to locale, with no central theme or subject to hold together.
Altogether, and huge bore, and a serious disappointment for anyone who has visited Venice and was looking for some history or story to contain the perspective of this amazing place. If you're thinking of reading/listening to this as a preparation to visiting Venice-- don't. It will only be an endless annoyance.
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