I've listened to the 8-CD audio of this twice in the car, as I have a young son who enjoyed it. I see many reviews that talk about how disappointed readers were that this seemed like it was for kids. It was. It was meant for children, so you have to look at it through that lens. I like the author's humor and his asides that contain his own opinions of historical figures and events. This is a history with personality. It's not a boring, dry, date-filled text book. It's meant to make history come alive and kindle in interest in kids. To that end, I think it does a great job. We will be listening to it again soon, as it's been about a year and the boy wants to hear it again. I won't mind. And that's saying a lot.