This is a great book. The reader sounds so vise and kind. I would say that this is the perfect book to listen to when in bed on a cold winter evening. It is a gem.
Professional librarian type, amateur historian.
This was a very enjoyable book to listen to as I worked in an archive surrounded by "history". I loved the approach to how the author thought about history and the relationship between tribes and larger tribes and nations.
For the most part this covers the history of Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and China. Towards the end the Americas and Japan come into play (with a pinch of India) when European seapower improves.It covers the major players who impact other major players in the world, so there is a lot of other places that do not get covered. Yes, it is a bit euro-centric, but as the focus turns to themes of industrialization, exploration, the rise of Communism, modern advances in science and technology on all of mankind it naturally would do so.
This is one of those books that I will continue to listen to and enjoy every time. Imagine the impossible task of wanting to know about the history of the world, but needing it to be concise and interesting - I thought it was impossible but was surprised to find such a book existed. I could not stop listening! It was supposedly written for fifth graders but I think that people of all ages can enjoy this book. It is interesting and the perfect length. Would recommend to everyone who is not a history buff.
This book gives the big picture in an intelligent but still entertaining and accessible way. I wish I had read this as a child; the miscellaneous details I learned in history lessons would have had more context and been more memorable. I didn't find it too childish though to benefit from now.
Editor of the coffee table book for 25 years, from Disney Song Book to history of America as seen in on-the-spot drawings--before Ken Burns.
Brilliant, accessible world history in an elegant nutshell. Perfectly done. From the beginning of the universe to modern day. Here are the people, the cultures, the philosophy
of 3000+ years of history. Erudite, humane, no judgments made -- history pure and simple.
Was written for his grandson but it's an adult read. A must read for those who like history and for those wondering what's it all about.
Throughout the years I have red many parts of the world history. But after reading this book I was able to put all the pieces of the puzzle together. Now I have a pretty clear picture of the flow of History. And I begin to wonder how History will characterize our century……
A must read.
Really good overview over the general history of the world. Think I will go back and listen to bits again now and then, just to refresh about different periods. Great narrator!
This book is amazing! It brings together all the major events in history and weaves them in a seamless, beautiful story. Say goodbye to all those historical fragments in your head and welcome a cohesive, entertaining history of the world in only a few hours of listening. The narrator is also outstanding! I was very sad when the book ended. Well done!!!!
YES. This is a book I could listen to over and over again because it's like watching dozens of movies all wrapped up into one. This could never get boring to me. Ralph Cosham's voice is so wonderful and his narration fantastic.
I did not know history could wow me this much. Each recounting of these historical events gave me at least one "WOW!". One of the coolest "reads" ever.
The reading could have been improved by eliminating sudden intakes of breath which happen so often that they interfere with my concentrating on the story.
Very much disappointed due to the reading.
The narrater does not seem to be very interested in the first dozen chapters, narrating with a monotonous voice, hence the headline - sleep-inducing.