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Wonderful

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Histoire
5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-03-06

Jennifer Paxton does a wonderful job of taking the listener through the complexities of the history of England from the Roman time to the Tudors. It is clear enough for non academics, but Paxton maintains an academic (although accessible) tone. She covers an incredible breath of material in clear narrative fashion. She references her sources and is clearly and authority on her subject. I learned a lot and I enjoyed it a great deal!

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Lack of structure

Au global
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Histoire
2 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-03-06

Rambling. The narrator’s tone of voice was, I felt, quite patronizing to the listener and rather breathless in its disclosure of “incredible facts” which seemed not particular incredible to a person with a very basic understanding of the key events in European history.
Other professors doing these courses use tones of voice that suggest they give their readers more credit. They also seem to understand that we are looking for new knowledge from learned sources. We are not looking for an entertainer. The problem may have been the description of the course. I understood that the course would be an app overview of significant moments in European and possibly American music as those moments were informed by and themselves impacted or documented historical events. I feel that I got more a collection of the authors’ musings on wide range of topics loosely connected to the themes of music and history, bouncing from one to another with no discernible structure. It was pitched to about a middle grade student. Maybe the course would be wonderful for some who expected a loose collection of ramblings and didn’t mind a tone of voice reminiscent of Jack Palance doing his trademark breathy “believe it or not!” It was not advertised clearly and I was disappointed.