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.
Took me about 3 months because as fascinating as each segment was, history is a long succession of same thing different name, and I listened to many books while coming back to this for a few hours at a time. Each time I couldn't believe I'd stopped. So many hilarious things happened (in hindsight and with the benefit of an appreciation of irony in some cases) throughout those centuries that at times you almost can't believe this stuff really happened the way it did! It's not written with much humor although the author, a woman, occasionally slips in funny jabs about the occasionally insane wtf sort of problems that a bunch of all male warlord types manage to create for themselves. I found myself laughing out loud several times just over things I never realized we're behind the way people and religion are today. On some reflection realizing that ghengis khan basically founded the Christian church as we know it today was a good one. Then there were bizarre things like learning it's not so strange that there are really two popes in 2016. One time there were THEE! This is a good one and well narrated. Lots of interesting stuff about Asia. You never seem to hear about this crazy stuff those Asians got up to during the Middle Ages. Oh they kept busy.
I listen to history and other non-fiction audiobooks quite a lot, but this one just did not work out for me. I found the reading extremely inexpressive and tedious, to the extent that I had a very hard time following what was being said. I listened to the first two hours, but absorbed almost nothing. My mind kept wandering. And this is a very information-dense book that does not forgive a wandering mind! So I gave up on it. It was just not worth my time. I wasn't getting anything out of the experience except frustration with the inexpressive reader.
Please note that it's only the narration that I had a problem with, not the book itself.
I have been a history fan for many years.Medieval World linked together much as of what I've learned making a great framework on which to hang earlier studies. For the newer history buff, MW is a good starting point. A guide to further topic selection.