Well written, grand panoramic sweep of world history during the Medieval period.
Too narrow a focus on the military exploits and schemings of kings and wannabe kings.
This is the second volume of a terrific comprehensive history of the world. Chinese, Western, and Indian history are all covered in depth from the later Roman period to the end of the First Crusade. There is some limited history of America, but as the text itself notes, source are scarce to the point it's difficult to do discuss personalities and movements.
Ms. Bauer has created a masterpiece with fascinating detail of the first thousand years AD. Europe, Middle East, China and India are covered. John Lee narration was excellent. I put it at speed of 1.35 to expedite it, and still his voice was clear. Highly recommended Audible book, particularly for those who love history.
Great storytelling! Alternating between regions of the world is a very nice way to contrast the progress and demise of different civilizations.
A PDF with some maps would be a great addition to this book.
This book fits very well in audio.
The history of the world from the beginning of known human history during Medieval Times. It covers the whole known world including Africa, India, China, Japan, Korea, Russia, British Islands, Scotland, Ireland, Scandinavian Countries, European Countries, Byzantium Countries, Middle Earth Countries, Greek, Slavic Nations, South American Societies, Mexican Societies, and others.
All the rulers and dates of reign and who took power and how they died. The struggle for power between the religion of the time and the rulers were entwined throughout the time with rulers becoming head of the religion sometimes. The struggle for power generated most often ended in death of people who might inherit the throne or wars to expand the kingdom.
Want to know who was ruling from 300-1150 CE, from England to Japan? Then this book is for you. Lots of dates, names, and places, with some intrigue thrown in when that info is available. Yet, it was fairly enjoyable to listen to and learn of the various events that helped shape the old world as we know it.
Each chapter covers a period of time in a certain geographic location. For example, there will be a chapter on European history, the next is Indian, then Far East Asia, then Middle Eastern and each chapter has a brief synopsis of what will be covered. It would be interesting to have listened to only one geographic area the whole way through instead of jumping from area to area in a linear time line.
Overall, I feel like I've learned, the performance keeps the narrative moving and it is a good overview of this time period. But it probably makes a better reference book on your shelf than an audio book.
I loved this book as much as the one Ms. Bauer wrote on ancient civilizations. thus one was far more confusing, of course, because there are sooo many more different rulers and people's to learn about. definitely going to listen to this one again.