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A History of Britain, Volume 1: At the Edge of the World, 3000 BC - AD 1603 | [Simon Schama]

A History of Britain, Volume 1: At the Edge of the World, 3000 BC - AD 1603

To look back at the past is to understand the present. In this vivid account of over 4,000 years of British history, Simon Schama takes us on an epic journey which encompasses the very beginnings of the nation's identity, when the first settlers landed on Orkney.
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Publisher's Summary

To look back at the past is to understand the present. In this vivid account of over 4,000 years of British history, Simon Schama takes us on an epic journey which encompasses the very beginnings of the nation's identity, when the first settlers landed on Orkney.

From the successes and failures of the monarchy to the daily life of a Roman soldier stationed on Hadrian's Wall, Schama gives a vivid, fascinating account of the many different stories and struggles that lie behind the growth of our island nation.

Simon Schama's hugely successful BBC2 series has shown him to be one of the most original and exciting historians. Timothy West's abridged reading of the book bears further testimony to Schama's extraordinary gift for story-telling.

This is Volume 1 of A History of Britain. Don't miss Volume 2 and Volume 3.

© and (P)2000, 2003 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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    Patrick EdinburghUnited Kingdom 06-13-05
    Patrick EdinburghUnited Kingdom 06-13-05
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    "The Best History of Britain Ever Written"

    No Contest. Pithy and full of original insight. I learnt more from this than my entire history degree.

    Timothy West is a gorgeous narrator.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ian Oxford Mills, ON, Canada 04-14-12
    Ian Oxford Mills, ON, Canada 04-14-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Good brief history of Britain"

    British history is vast and it's rare to find a book like this. It covers the main events in enough detail to see into the factors at play behind the events. Example: The author presents the idea that the plague was in part the cause of the Reformation. During the plague, priests became so rare, that the church allowed anyone (even women) to give last rites. This planted the notion that priests were perhaps optional; maybe one could even read the Bible oneself!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Australia 03-15-11
    Andrew Australia 03-15-11 Member Since 2010

    I love listening in the car on the way to work. I like history and stuff.

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    "Great"

    A little hard going in the car, but a very good listen. You may have to back it up with the book, but its abridged.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Kingston, ON, Canada 02-07-07
    Nancy Kingston, ON, Canada 02-07-07
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    "too abridged"

    Nicely read but way too abridged. It would be better to read this book in print.

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    heather ottawa, ON, Canada 10-29-06
    heather ottawa, ON, Canada 10-29-06 Member Since 2005
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    "rule britannia"

    Superb. Don't let the intro throw you...the book is absolutely great. It made my garden chores fly by !

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    Paul 01-17-06
    Paul 01-17-06 Listener Since 2000
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    "Excellent!"

    Outstanding! I learnt more listening to this book that I had learnt in years of history lessons at all level's! Not just for history buff's but for anyone English, Scottish, Welsh or Irish!

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  • Philip2894
    PRESTON, United Kingdom
    4/8/13
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    "Our History in words"

    Having seen the BBC TV programme and having bought the book, I was delighted to see this volume as audio. I absolutely love this era of our history, particularly the dying embers of Anglo Saxon Britain but also the Tudor age. Written by Simon Schama with such dexterity, keeping the reader interesting at all points and superbly read by Timothy West, an actor of distinction. A super 'listen'.

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  • Samuel
    Brighton, United Kingdom
    5/3/12
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    "Not good for a casual listen"

    This would perhaps be a good history text book, it is not however good for the casual listener. I listen to audiobooks to broaden my knowledge, and to relax. In that capacity this book was impossible to follow and went through a lot of history at light speed.

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  • Dickie Lad
    England
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    "Where are the Battles?"


    Good, but I was disappointed that there was no coverage of the battles of Bosworth and Agincourt.

    Mebbe the unabridged CD version (also narrated by Timothy West) covers them?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ricky
    Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom
    4/26/11
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    "Amazing"

    I am so pleased I bought this, I enjoyed it so much I actually listened to it twice in quick succession.

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  • Peter
    Poole, Dorset, United Kingdom
    11/27/08
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    "A History of Britain 4000 BC - 1603"

    This 8-hour long audiobook is one of the best I have ever listened to. I love history, and know quite a lot about it, but this book informed me on huge amounts that I did not know. The only little niggle that I would have is that Simon Schama expects some level of history knowledge - which I have - so, if you haven't any idea about the History of Britain don't get this.

    However, if you have any idea of history, and are interested in history BUY THIS NOW!

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Philip
    BelfastUnited Kingdom
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    "England, his England!"

    A previous reviewer made the point that this is a history of England rather that Britain, and that is spot on.

    Don't get me wrong, Scotland and Wales get a look in (as does Ireland, but as Ireland isn't Britain why should it?) but only as supporting characters - they play Clancy Wiggum and Ned Flanders to England's Homer.

    But get your head round that and this is brilliant. Mr Schama is a wonderful writer and Timothy West is magnificent - but I did have one problem, and it is my problem - Mr West's voice just sounds comic and this sounds like a wonderfully erudite yarn in a pub. And for that I thank all involved, its brilliant.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Steven
    EdinburghUnited Kingdom
    1/25/08
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    "Hisory of England?"

    Simon Schama makes the mistake most English make which is to mistake England for Britain. This book is described as a History of Britain 3000-1603AD; it is however a History of England with the histories of the other countries of Britain only mentioned when their history impacts on that of England. Or in an effort to extend the period dealt with by including Skara Brae in the Orknies. I may have rated it with four stars had it been more accurately described. Honestly, I would have expcted more from this historian.

    6 of 29 people found this review helpful
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