• The Time Traveler's Guide to Regency Britain

  • By: Ian Mortimer
  • Narrated by: Ian Mortimer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (61 ratings)

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By: Ian Mortimer
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Publisher's Summary

This is the age of Jane Austen and the Romantic poets; the sartorial elegance of Beau Brummell and the poetic license of Lord Byron; Britain's military triumphs at Trafalgar and Waterloo; the threat of revolution and the Peterloo massacre. In the latest volume of his celebrated series of Time Traveler's Guides, Ian Mortimer turns to what is arguably the most-loved period in British history—the Regency, or Georgian England.

A time of exuberance, thrills, frills, and unchecked bad behavior, it was perhaps the last age of true freedom before the arrival of the stifling world of Victorian morality. At the same time, it was a period of transition that reflected unprecedented social, economic, and political change. And like all periods in history, it was an age of many contradictions—where Beethoven's thundering Fifth Symphony could premier in the same year that saw Jane Austen craft the delicate sensitivities of Persuasion.

Once more, Ian Mortimer takes us on a thrilling journey to the past, revealing what people ate, drank, and wore; where they shopped and how they amused themselves; what they believed in and what they were afraid of. Conveying the sights, sounds, and smells of the Regency period, this is history at its most exciting, physical, visceral—the past not as something to be studied, but as lived experience.

©2022 Ian Mortimer (P)2022 Tantor
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SKIP THIS BOOK

Alas, Mr. Mortimer has become infected by the 21st century need to signal his self-perceived virtue, no matter the venue.

He is incapable of writing about the Regency period without interjecting himself, and his righteous views (also what he assures us he knows to be OUR views).

The result is an insistent belief readers probably need (or surely would want to hear?)
the author’s strong, repetitive opinions about the comparative (if obvious) merits
of life in the 21st century.

The author knows he’s doing this. He offers a lengthy defense (or demand for applause?)
for his new-style Time Traveler Tour / unexpected, unrequested lecture on current events.

Unfortunately this comes at the end of the book,

This announcement at the finale is a small taste of the experience of the entire book.
Wobbling between explaining (unpersuasive) why his current superior ideas HAD to be included,
along with claiming (very true) how becoming immersed in these different times is so valuable.

Turns out, what is NOT valuable or enjoyable is to be ripped out
of that time you’re visiting,
to hear your Guide scold and berate people who (being dead) cannot respond.

Or to listen to the author purporting to “compensate”
for people who (being readers) can’t respond either.
About 15 male authors were appropriately referenced.
Jane Austen was referred to 15 times! Oh my, in confusion
I felt SO equal!
(Joke)

Every opportunity to judge, mock and read-in meaning to what people on the Tour said and did seemed to be discovered and accomplished. Check.

It was tedious. There is so much more space for details about the Time in the books written in his pre-woke incarnation, unburdened by this impulse
to aggrandize himself by piping up to offer HIS,
more commendable, stands.

Perhaps worth reading the older Time Traveler books?

ONLY IF you can manage not
to become upset by oddly presuming the author endorses everything mentioned
about Restoration or Elizabethan or Medieval Times!

That is how those books were initially received, of course.
It is why they were good.
This one is not.

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Enlightening

Much of this is not an easy listen because the scale of human suffering the past was even greater than for most of us in the present, but learned a lot of context.

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Ian Mortimer does it again

He’s done it again folks, Ian Mortimer has written a book that not only grabs you, but holds you for the entire 15 or so hours it takes to finish this audiobook.

I’ve listened to it driving ten minutes to run errands, just to grab the next part of the chapter on actresses. I’ve listened at my desk at work, hitting ignore on calls. I’ve even listened in the shower.

Just goes to show, if Ian Mortimer writes a book, I’ll buy it and my goodness, it’ll be well-worth the money spent.

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Great story and narration!

Best of the for Time-traveller books so far! Although I have liked them all, this one has the most depth. I don't know where in time I will travel next with Ian Mortimer, but I hope it is soon! I can't wait to go there!

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Excellent

This was a very comprehensive look at regency Britain and I found ìt fascinating.

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Always enjoyable

Ian's books are always a pleasure. I hope he does ancient Rome one day.

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Immersive

Another great book! Thank you for another wonderful voyage into the past. I can't wait to see what is next.