This was a fine introduction to World history. It was, by necessity, very long. Also, as someone with a strong background in history already, I felt that I learned little that I did not already know from high school and college history courses. If you are looking for a detailed history or a highly engaging overview (if there is such a thing for World history!), you should probably look elsewhere, otherwise it is a good book to listen to.
Just inform on history, probably would have decreased length by 50%.
Too much author opinion
I tried to listen to this book in normal speed and repeatedly gave up. Fortunately Audible's app provides the option to listen at different speeds. 2x works well for the narrator's cadence.
A different narrator. Period. The story, layout and overall structure is good. The narrator is boring. I could not finish listing.
The narrator's pronunciation of English words.
That the rest of Europe felt bad for England when they executed King Charles but then later tried to oblitherate their Kings' entire families.
The English language.
The Monroe Doctrine made me laugh.
This book isn't for anyone with ears. I am totally amazed that this was published, never mind the expense of making it audible.
I will be looking for something else that is history related, perhaps Winston Churchill.
I don't think anyone could save this book but Tom Parker, Dick Hill or Grover Gardner.
The book is so poorly written but I feel the narrator sounds pompous.
Save your money, this is in my Top Five "Do not buy" list.
Non-fiction, especially history.
I spread this audiobook out over many months listening to it in small pieces. It was much better than any comparable history textbooks you will find and if you want a great overview of the major historical characters and events this is a great source. I'd like to get a hardcopy just for reference and to see what charts, lists and maps I missed out on.
I tried listening to this though earmuff type headset. Sound was too muffled. I then used a loose fitting pair of earbuds and this worked fine. There was a comment from another user saying the narrarator's voice was difficult to listen too. On my second listening I've turned down the playback speed to slow. This is an improvement in my opinion.
The book starts from the early day's of earth's life and man's evolution. There is much detail covering the different earlier epochs.
I will just say that I'm looking forward to continuing with the second listen.
I have listened to probably 100 books over the past 2 years. Many were dissapointing. I would not rate this book as dissapointing. I feel a greater understanding of history. I believe the presentation was above average.
So many people gave the audio such a good review that I cannot bear to slander the book. I just found it so general that it could not grab my interest. I believe history buff's who are familiar with details will enjoy it more, and appreciate how he threads the epocs together. I made it through 3 downloads by shere determination, but am giving up.
This is a good history of the world. My only complaint is that Davidson's accent is so thick that I missed too much of the text to be able to follow the flow of the book. I had to listen to it several times to understand what he is saying. I hesitate to give it a three rating because so much is lost in the narration. With another narrator, I would give the book a five rating. Maybe it is just me.