I would have liked to see it address the issues and movements that were changing history rather than enumerating the kings, the warriors, the clans, their battles and conquests.
The seemed to be a history of the wars during this period of time rather than the broader historical narrative I was hoping for.
None really. Scenes were generally too short to fully comprehend what was happening in that location and the method that the author used to jump back and forth across the world chapter after chapter in order to maintain some semblance of chronology tended to be rather confusing.
It is a sad tale of war, after war, after war, after war, after war with little sense of human progress.
Trying to cover the history of the whole world was a difficult task during this book. I think it would have been better to limit the geographical area. It is difficult to switch between Europe, then Middle East, then Korea, then China, then Europe, then Japan, the India. It is a bit of a mess, I afraid.
Small business owner, avid reader and listener, occasional writer.
An excellent walk through a specific slice of historical time. Although dense and rich in detail this book is still highly approachable
A very broad synopsis of everything during the time period across Europe, Asia, & Middle East with a solid narrator. Well worth a listen.
That being said, the scope of this book is impressive, and includes "author's notes," which I don't recall from the Ancient History book. Great listening if you're doing a home remodel and have hour upon hour of grinding solitude :)
By definition an audiobook has no visual accompaniment, but this particular history had me jumping back and forth between portions of this book and Wikipedia to look up maps and biographic details that probably were part of the print media.
The parts detailing Chinese and Indian potions probably would benefit from print media as well. The names of actors and geography would also be easier to follow with a hard copy to page back in to clarify a lineage, for instance or route of traders and armies and changing of hands of geographical spots over time. I'll
Probably get a relevant library book with maps and thumbnail historical timelines.
I have come to understand the talent of Ms Bauer in being able to grasp history and it's effects on today's society. She is a wealth of information regarding history. Though a not in depth study it allows you to more than dip a toe into the history that has shaped civilization to its current situation. I am a believer that we must look backwards to help see the future. Susan helps clear that vision for me and for that I greatly appreciate her works. I highly recommend it for historians and casual laypeople that want to get a cursory understanding of this topic.
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.