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A History of Modern Britain Audiobook

A History of Modern Britain

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A History of Modern Britain confronts head-on the victory of shopping over politics. It tells the story of how the great political visions of New Jerusalem or a second Elizabethan Age - rival idealisms - came to be defeated by a culture of consumerism, celebrity, and self-gratification. In each decade, political leaders have thought they knew what they were doing, but found themselves confounded. Every time, the British people turn out to be stroppier and harder to herd than predicted.

Throughout this audiobook, Britain is a country on the edge: first of invasion, then of bankruptcy, then on the vulnerable front line of the Cold War, and later in the forefront of the great opening up of capital and migration now reshaping the world. This history follows all the political and economic stories, but deals too with comedy, cars, the war against homosexuals, '60s anarchists, oil-men and punks, Margaret Thatcher's wonderful good luck, political lies, and the true heroes of British theatre.

©2007 Andrew Marr; (P)2007 Macmillan Publishers Ltd

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  • Andy
    Leatherhead, United Kingdom
    7/22/15
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    "A trip down memory lane"
    What did you like most about A History of Modern Britain?

    Very relevant to the general public


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A History of Modern Britain?

    Remembering what I was doing at the time of some of those key events


    Have you listened to any of Andrew Marr’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    First time listening to Andrew Marr, but VERY impressed!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not particularly


    Any additional comments?

    A book you could listen to a few times over as there is so much to take in.
    As someone growing up in the UK in the 60's, I found this a great trip back down memory lane, now understanding better some of the key events which whilst I remember, I did not really understand their impact at the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • darren
    London, United Kingdom
    7/12/15
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    "Excellent"
    Any additional comments?

    Although not quite as good as his other book - looking at Britain from the end of The Second World War up until the present day - this audio book is brilliant and insightful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sophie
    6/20/15
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    "Amazing!"

    Listened whilst travelling South America as a little reminder of home, it's fantastic. Makes you laugh in parts and think about things you'd never considered in others. Worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ann
    Newcastle, England
    12/20/13
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    "Very good, but I would have liked more!"
    What made the experience of listening to A History of Modern Britain the most enjoyable?

    The history of modern Britain was told through the history of modern politics. That may not be everyones 'cup of tea', but it really worked for me.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    NA


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Possibly.


    Any additional comments?

    I learned a great deal from this book. However, I would have liked just a little more depth which is why I have given 4*, not 5*. Andrew Marr read it beautifully.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ian
    Banbury, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Fresh read"



    Andrew Marr tells the History of Britain in a fresh way that makes boring British History interesting, even at times humourous. Trivia and unforgetable facts like Italian welsh rarebit being the former name of Pizza, makes for interesting conversation at dinners .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    Aylesbury, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Idiots guide"

    I downloaded this book after watching the excellent TV series 'Andrew Marr's History of the World' and was not disappointed. I would definitely recommend it for anyone who enjoyed the TV show. The narration is great - keeps you interested. I feel like i've learnt a lot about politics in Britain since the war - a very interesting listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    United Kingdom
    4/5/12
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    "Easy listening and informative"

    Being an avid history fan I found my post-war knowledge of Britain quite lacking, so I thought I'd give this one a try as I liked Andrew Marr from The Andrew Marr Show. I was not dissapointed.

    With his usual elegance and creativity he manages to give a broad brush of mainly British politics, but also sidestepping himself and looking at the cultural development of the isles. And with his humour he manages to keep the book from suffocating the listener with a barrage of names and places as is often a shortfall in history tomes.

    Thoroughly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    Banbury, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
    1/16/11
    Overall
    "Outstanding"

    Subtley different from the book but still excellent. Very well delivered and packed with fascinating insights. The Suez Crisis section is particularly enlightening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ybunny
    1/13/09
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    "a fantastic book"

    I've only really had a passing intrest in pollotics, so it's quite an achivment for this book to gave me a good grasp of major events which has shaped Britian to what it is today, and to do it in a way that was easy to follow and keep it enjoyable.
    A superb book, well writen and informative. Easy to follow and listen to.
    I would recommend this book to anyone that has even a passing intrest in pollotics of Britian.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nigel
    Presteigne, Powys, United Kingdom
    9/2/08
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    "how we got here!"

    Far from being a dry chronological history, the book is delivered in Andrews normal lively and enthusiastic style. I now undrstand the complexaties which make today, today. It also shakes your belief in those you think know better. On the whole a wonderfully entertaining and skillfully told history. If you like Andrew, you'll love this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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