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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"A long listen but very much worth it"
Having heard about Andrew Marr's magnum opus only after it finished its run on the BBC, and somewhat intimidated by the sheer size of the accompanying audiobook, I nevertheless decided to brave this listening marathon. Many works on world history can be boring, dry and one-sided in their emphasis. Not so this book. Andrew Marr has done a great job making this book both entertaining and insightful. Well worth the time spent listening to it.
"A Marr Classic"
Andrew Marr has a talent for making his unique voice shine through whether in print or even when being narrated. His dry wit and keen intellect make history engaging and I found I wanted to hear more and more of this trot through time. It's not the most in depth history ever, but it's enough to give you a great starting point and you can always deep dive inividual events later.
I'd recommend this for anyone who has a commute to work - makes the time fly.
"Perfect for making sense of world history!"
Very entertaining for such a huge subject. Nice and logical arrangement of events, and the narrator does a great job. It helped me tie up a lot of loose ends I had when it came to key historical events. Would definitely recommend.
always a difficult challenge to achieve as such a huge expanse of time and events to cover. The introduction is very interesting and provides a good grounding for the book. it is good to read about world hisdtory and not just history of britain
I found this to be the perfect subject matter for an audiobook. The book is full of interesting information and read in an engaging way. The spoken word really lifts the information in a way that I doubt a physical book could.
A must for anyone with even a passing an interest in history and probably a good starting point for anyone who has never delved into history at all.
"A Stunning Epic and Opus"
Marr sets himself as the journalist and chronicler off our times with this supremely reseached and accessible work. His style presents enormous content in a very digestible form.
The narration by Timpson is simply top class too. Everyone should know this story -
"Easy to follow, very interesting"
This is a great "read" and I went through the audiobook in less than a week.
It's probably more accurately described as a "History of the Human Race" as it starts and concentrates on the beginning of Man, with little about the world itself.
It's also back-loaded with much more about the last 300 years, but I guess that's because we have more recorded material from that time!
"Everything you always wanted to know"
... about the history of the world. Andrew Marr's excellent book is not read by him (only the introduction) but that doesn't matter at all. Many of the subjects he touches upon will be vaguely familiar, but the two major selling points for this book are:
- you'll find out more about things you knew a bit about, and
- mr. Marr puts things in perspective by connecting world events to other world events happing on or around the same time, providing a much more complete picture of what was going on in the world and how events relate to each other.
You would never read a book of this length, bread and diversity but listening to it is very enjoyable. Rather than a dense collection of facts, Andrew Marr presents his world history in interesting and accessible short stories. I felt I could jump for chapter to chapter, or return to certain parts, and still enjoy the narrative. I recommend trying to listen to a complete chapter at a time. With a work this extensive (3 parts) its is difficult to think of taking in the 'big picture' but I finish the book will a feeling of experiencing the best and worst of human society. 200% recommended.
"A thrill to read"
I looked forward to every next listen while going through this book. I love these big picture overviews of huge bodies of knowledge and in this one I think there is a lot of valuable information that is not only interesting, but also gives insight on our current world and historic origins of the ideas that influence how we live today. Well read too if you don't mind a bit of English plum.
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