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Thought provoking. Best known for The Story of Civilization, 11 volumes written in collaboration with his wife Ariel Durant and published between 1935 and 1975. In this book, thru a series of interviews and extracts from The Story of Civilization, the focus is on finding the meaning and Key messages of history.
Eclectic bookworm...I listen to a little bit of everything. Give up after listening to something for 20 minutes and don't like it.
Will and Ariel Durant offer an abridged history of mankind in this short book, with reflections on
modern day trends as they relate to our collective past.
I'm not personally a fan of the narrator, Grover Gardner as I find his voice to be grating and a bit boring. However, the writing was very clear and interesting so I was able to put aside my dislike of his voice for most of the audiobook. The best parts were the actual interviews with Will and Ariel Durant, where they discuss themes from the different chapters of the book in a lively, conversational tone.
I loved how the book summarized the main lessons that the author thought important as a result of his 50 years of research and contemplation on the nature of man through the study of history. Some very important insights in this book.
I haven't found similar books to this, unfortunately. All of the other history books that I've come across (except for the author's other writings) focus too much on dates and facts and omit the significance and applicability of the facts. This book is a great compilation of the lessons of history, as the title explicitly states.
He has a pleasant voice, and a good pace and rhythm. The pronunciation of some of the terms is helpful if one has not previously heard these verbalized.
Pretty much every chapter had something in it that moved me.
I really liked the amount of detail in Tia, and the recordings of the authors reinforced their themes. Their error, in the success of Communism, is understandable, given when this was written, but so many other accurate observations make this a very good 'read.'
I found so much value in this audio book that I will be buying the book and listening to the audio version again! Everything that has occurred before is occurring again and will occur again unless we reach a synthesis.
The music in the background was little too loud especially when Mr Durant was talking. It was little hard to understand what he saying and the music made it harder to listen to him.
Otherwise a great book!!!