Durant's monumental history of Europe from 1300 to 1564 presents a narrator with great challenges, but Stefan Rudnicki lives up to them. His strong, endlessly listenable voice helps keep one's interest over the long haul, and his care with and understanding of the text help lead one through dense passages that are often laden with foreign words or strings of difficult names in French, Russian, or Arabic. Given the difficulty and complexity of the material, Rudnicki does a remarkable job. His pacing, energy, and expression of sense and feeling help bring the book alive. That it doesn't grow tiresome is due to his rich, intelligent reading as much as to Durant's erudition and style. W.M. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine [Published: MAY 2015]
Trade Ed. Blackstone Audio 2014
CD ISBN 9781483024479 $64.95 Forty CDs
DD ISBN 978-1-4830-2444-8 $29.95
Library Ed. Blackstone Audio 2014
CD ISBN 9781483024455 $160.00 Forty CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 9781483024462 $69.95 Three MP3-CDs
DD ISBN 9781483024424 multiple sources
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