This is the first audiobook that I will certainly listen to again. It reads like an epic poem, but it is all historical fact. I definitely am more informed after listening to this book.
What a nicely written and read book. Given the scope of the subject and rather modest ambitions of the author there will inevitably be many topics missed or given limited depth. But a fine balance was struck. It is perhaps the only audio book for which I never had a desire to listen to at a faster rate, rather choosing to linger on the words and savior the narrative.
Ralph H COSHAM brings this little gem of a book to life in a way that makes it a pleasure to listen to over and over again-which I continue to do.
I enjoyed the book so much on CD years back, that I downloaded it on Audible and listened again. Great for teenagers to put historical events into perspective with what was going on at the same time in other parts of the world.
This is a truly beautiful book. Written for children but also wonderful for adults who want an uncomplicated overview of history.
It's not all encompassing by any means but it offers a nice introduction and overview of many of the major civilizations and events through history.
It's also perfect for audio as it is conversational in tone, light and doesn't give you an opportunity to lose your place or get distracted.
Fabulously narrated. I wish I had been given this book as a child- I may not have been so overwhelmed by history- especially ancient history.
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.
It is amazing how interesting Mr Gombrich makes history to be! For those, like me, who have not paid attention to history 101, he makes it as painless as possible even makes it enjoyable!