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A History of the World Audiobook
A History of the World
Written by: 
Andrew Marr
Narrated by: 
Andrew Marr, David Timson
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A History of the World Audiobook

A History of the World

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Publisher's Summary

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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  • Amazon Customer
    London, England
    4/9/14
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    "History of everything"
    If you could sum up A History of the World in three words, what would they be?

    Vital. Engrossing. Epic.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    History has too many to choose from. the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) is obviously always my favourite.


    Which character – as performed by Andrew Marr and David Timson – was your favourite?

    Not applicable, all performances were great though.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The Opium Wars.


    Any additional comments?

    Really comprehensive, engaging history book. Marr makes it personal, and despite the scope, you never feel overwhelmed or completely lost.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gary
    Tarbolton, United Kingdom
    1/27/14
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    "Fascinating!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A History of the World to be better than the print version?

    I cannot comment because I haven't read the print version.


    What other book might you compare A History of the World to, and why?

    None.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The part about Alexander the Great.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    History but not as you know it!


    Any additional comments?

    An excellent, informative and fascinating book. It covers so much of the world's history! A triumph of patience and research.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom
    12/17/13
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    "Excellent sweep across the world as well as time."
    What made the experience of listening to A History of the World the most enjoyable?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yue
    United Kingdom
    12/13/13
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    "Everyone should know a little bit of history"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes.
    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Castlebar, Ireland
    12/2/13
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    "A wonderful history, beautifully read."
    If you could sum up A History of the World in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, compelling, entertaining


    What did you like best about this story?

    Encompasses the whole of human history while never becoming bogged down.


    What about Andrew Marr and David Timson ’s performance did you like?

    They made what could have been a dry story entertaining and enthralling


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Neither, though there are moments of both humour and sadness in the history.


    Any additional comments?

    I cannot recommend this audiobook highly enough for anyone looking for an entertaining overview of world history

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andor.Kovacs
    NEWTOWNABBEY, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "Andrew's Insight of our evolution"
    Would you listen to A History of the World again? Why?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Radoslaw
    MORECAMBE, United Kingdom
    11/28/13
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    "One of the best non fiction ever!"
    If you could sum up A History of the World in three words, what would they be?

    Feast for mind!


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Most of them


    Any additional comments?

    Briliant, non fiction that you listen like the best adventure thriller!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • hfffoman
    Kent
    11/18/13
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    "Oscillates between trite soundbites and dull facts"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel
    London, United Kingdom
    11/10/13
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    "Super! Just finished and I'm gonna start again"
    Would you listen to A History of the World again? Why?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Francis
    Horsham, United Kingdom
    11/6/13
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    "Fascinating, wide-ranging and well told"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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