From the earliest civilizations to the 21st century: a global journey through human history, published alongside a landmark BBC One television series.
Our understanding of world history is changing, as new discoveries are made on all the continents and old prejudices are being challenged. In this truly global journey, Andrew Marr revisits some of the traditional epic stories, from classical Greece and Rome to the rise of Napoleon, but surrounds them with less familiar material, from Peru to the Ukraine, China to the Caribbean. He looks at cultures that have failed and vanished, as well as the origins of today’s superpowers, and finds surprising echoes and parallels across vast distances and epochs. This is a book about the great change-makers of history and their times, people such as Cleopatra, Genghis Khan, Galileo, and Mao, but it is also a book about us. For 'The better we understand how rulers lose touch with reality, or why revolutions produce dictators more often than they produce happiness, or why some parts of the world are richer than others, the easier it is to understand our own times.'
Fresh, exciting and vividly listenable, this is popular history at its very best.
©2012 Andrew Marr (P)2012 Macmillan Digital Audio
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"History of everything"
Vital. Engrossing. Epic.
History has too many to choose from. the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) is obviously always my favourite.
Not applicable, all performances were great though.
The Opium Wars.
Really comprehensive, engaging history book. Marr makes it personal, and despite the scope, you never feel overwhelmed or completely lost.
I cannot comment because I haven't read the print version.
The part about Alexander the Great.
History but not as you know it!
An excellent, informative and fascinating book. It covers so much of the world's history! A triumph of patience and research.
"Excellent sweep across the world as well as time."
The grand sweep, the "big picture" perspective. The coverage of histories of other regions (especially Asia) in parallel with the usual Greek, Roman, and European histories covered in school. Coverage of periods not normally covered, for example America BEFORE imperial invasion and independence, Europe BETWEEN the Roman Empire and the enlightenment, and so on. You really feel like you've read a history of the WORLD.
"Everyone should know a little bit of history"
Like the way the storylines were managed in the book. It talked about what has happened in different regions in the same period. This has provide an interesting perspective.
"A wonderful history, beautifully read."
Interesting, compelling, entertaining
Encompasses the whole of human history while never becoming bogged down.
They made what could have been a dry story entertaining and enthralling
Neither, though there are moments of both humour and sadness in the history.
I cannot recommend this audiobook highly enough for anyone looking for an entertaining overview of world history
"Andrew's Insight of our evolution"
Yes, of course. Giving a more entertaining description of the history of the world than you expect from any school teacher makes me listening to the book again.
"One of the best non fiction ever!"
Feast for mind!
Most of them
Briliant, non fiction that you listen like the best adventure thriller!
"Oscillates between trite soundbites and dull facts"
I waded through the first half of this and then decided to return it. In the introduction Andrew Marr boasts that he read at least 2,000 books in researching it. It does contain a few references to up to date research but it is neither a scholarly work nor an interesting read. I am sure there exists an overlap between the informative and the enjoyable to read (if you doubt it try the fascinating and erudite Etymologicon) but Andrew Marr consistently fails to find it, oscillating instead between trite soudbites and dull facts. The utterly lifeless narration only makes it worse.
"Super! Just finished and I'm gonna start again"
Yes, I have! This is an excellent summery of some of the worlds history. Obviously in some bits there isn't enough detail, but the history of the world is pretty big.
"Fascinating, wide-ranging and well told"
It was good to hear history from all parts of the world - China, India, Africa, the Americas, as well as Europe, and from pre-history to near the present day. Something we never normally hear with our concentration on British history.
Well done Andrew Marr.
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