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    In this boldly drawn portrait of 18th-century England, Roy Porter defines a nation from its princes to its paupers, from its metropolis to its smallest hamlet. The topics covered run the gamut, covering diet, housing, prisons, rural festivals, bordellos, plays, paintings, and work and wages.

    Roy Porter's new edition of his celebrated book of English cultural history was revised in light of changes in the climate of debate that occurred in the seven years after its first publication.

    ©1990 Roy Porter (P)2005 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    "Vivid, witty, and entertaining...easily the best general account of eighteenth-century society that we have." ( New York Review of Books)

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    • Global
      2 out of 5 stars
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    • Kindle Customer
    • 16/10/2009

    A ton of information

    The listener has to be prepared to create their own "total picture" out of an enormous amount of information and statistics that the author provides for you. There is very little story telling to this, but if you are willing to create your own understanding of the period out of a lot of information this will do the trick. The information is certainly provided clearly enough--just not as much help in interpreting it all as I might have liked.

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    • susan
    • 31/05/2011

    A Critique of a Period

    I found this book narrow in scope--a critique of the period, rather than an attempt to put the period in context. For example, the section on women had one main point: women had little power in England in the eighteenth century. Hardly a surprise. The author returns again and again to the point that the government was corrupt, and that the class system was dominant. I accept the premise--but was hoping for a broader discussion of art, music, philosophy, literature, architecture---all windows into a deeper understanding of history.

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    • Mary Elizabeth Reynolds
    • 12/05/2014

    Worth multiple listens

    This is the third time that I have listened to this social history of the 18th century. I like it just as much now, as the first. It is very much like the time traveler books by Ian Mortimer without the kitsch. For students and lovers of history alike.

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    • Karina
    • 04/05/2011

    Fantastic and Interesting

    This is a very immersive introduction to the period and while there is a lot of information presented, you do, by the end of it have a great understanding of the extravagance, pride and poverty of this time in English history. It is not for those that would rather a narrative experience and are looking for one cohesive point of view (however any historian will tell you there is no such thing). I found it eye opening and interesting, from the revelation that hanging 7 year olds was seen as just (the case of a little girl who stole a petticoat) to the extravagance of English politics. A worthwhile experience, I came away with a well rounded view of the time.

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    • Robert Amis
    • 19/10/2009

    Excellent

    Porter's books were always good and this is no exception. Themes are examined across a number of aspects of eighteenth century English History and Porter manages to mix entertainment and education. This was a set text when I was covering this period at University last year

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    • joan
    • 27/09/2012

    love english society novels

    Would you listen to English Society in the Eighteenth Century again? Why?

    yes - very curious about this era in English society

    What was one of the most memorable moments of English Society in the Eighteenth Century?

    the monarchy

    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I always try to find books read by Simon Vance because he is such a perfectionist

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    it was almost all very interesting

    Any additional comments?

    I would like to find other novels of similar subject

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    • Lindsay nilles
    • 13/09/2021

    Academic as heck

    This is a wonderful source for academics studying the 18th century. By no means light reading, it is incredibly dense historical information compiled into one source. wonderful for further discussion on social hierarchy and the increasing wealth gap of the times!

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    • MidwestLady
    • 06/07/2015

    Excellent entertaining and thorough.

    Covered all aspects. Well researched. Was actually fun to listen to. Learned a great deal. Fast paced and not boring history. Recommend it.

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    • horoscopy
    • 26/01/2015

    Great in depth study of English SOCIETY in 1700s

    Where does English Society in the Eighteenth Century rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    it is definitely in the top 10 percentile

    What did you like best about this story?

    very well written and well narrated. I disagree that that there is too much detail as others have said. I think it is very well written and gives quite a lot of depth of understanding and information as well

    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    very good. I enjoyed his narration and definitely will like him to narrate more audio books that I might be interested in.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    it is a book that would want to come back to again and again to get more information and ideas "downloaded" on this very important century .

    Any additional comments?

    highly recommend it

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    • Bob S
    • 13/08/2011

    Too much detail

    Although I'm interested in the subject, it went into too much detail for me as a layman historian. It might be good for the scholars who thrive on the details that most of us aren't interested in.

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