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!
I'm sure this book is wonderful but I could not get past the first page. (The introduction is excellent and interesting). I felt that the following statement in the publisher's summary was misleading, "...for the curious of all ages, but especially children." The tone of the author and narrator are so patronizing that "Little History" would not be tolerated by many children that I know above age five, let alone adults.
“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” - Albert Einstein
In the first part, the ancient history, the author was talking only about "some" of the civilizations were there: Can you read (or listen to) a book about world history that did not mention Inca? didn't talk about anything going on in Africa? didn't discuss the story of Moses??!!!
When the author then went to the part of history about Islam, that was the last strew!! Read ANYTHING about Islam in any reference and you will find out that what he describes couldn't be more far from true: Muslims didn't fight countries to " either convert them or kill them "! You will find out that Muhammad was not a military leader who charged his followers with rage and anger! You will find out that after the Khalifah Umar the Muslims didn't split and fight each others as tribes ( Mr. Author, never heard of Umayyads?). Muslims had a big glorious impact on the human history and it shouldn't be mentioned like this!
I also read reviews saying that the book is not covering the American history in details (not even the America revolution), but I am not going to try to find out, the book does not simply worth the time anymore.
In a nutshell, keep away!
While this book was well done, it was not at all what I expected. Let's be clear on what this book is and is not. It is NOT a history of the world. It is a history of Europe with emphasis on Germany. There were very few details on Asia, Russia and the Americas. The American Revolution was discussed in one sentence. Same with the Civil War. I would have rated it higher if the title were more accurate and the promotional write-up wasn't full of Bulls**t. But then, I wasn't looking for a history of Europe but one of the world.
On the other hand the narration was good, the story moved along and if you have children, especially if they are German, they will probably enjoy it. As an adult you may find the writing somewhat paternalistic, but remember it is written for an audience of school-age children.