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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"Excellent and entertaining"
I read a lot of popular history books, and prefer the non-fiction, but also ennjoy some historic novels every now and then. This book is a very good way to get the full picture, to know where the bits and pieces fall in to places and what happened all over the world. A very well-balanced, well-written, well-told and entertaining world history, to highly recommend!
Thoroughly enjoyable, interesting, and informative, taking you from hunter gatherers right through to modern times. Highly recommended.
"Gravity and levity at the same time?"
I play this in the car as I take my teenage son to school. Fortunately the traffic is so bad he is able to really get into it. For a 'dry' subject this makes history exciting. The style is easy to listen to and filled with droll insights which make him laugh but also want to ask questions and find out more. Andrew Marr is to be congratulated on making such a huge subject so accessible whilst the narrator deserves special mention for his skill at pacing the story with just the right amount of gravity and levity. The combination of sex, violence and comedy keeps us interested together with a serious discussion as to why world events have ebbed and flowed so dramatically over the years. As a result each era makes sense and any book which makes a modern teenager want to hear more and stimulates discussion has my strongest recommendation.
"Excellent value and quality learning"
This is an extremely informative and educational tool. If like me you didn't pay much attention to history and school and feel there's a gap in your knowledge you will really enjoy listening to these. My work allows that I listen whilst I'm working and I found them clear, concise and easy to follow. I have learned more from a few hours listening to this than I learned the whole time in school. Would highly recommend. What really stood out to me is history consists mainly of battles to gain power and conquer other civilisations and with it brought development and change. It puts modern day living into perspective and clears the fog. It's really opened my mind. Thank you.
"Understanding how the modern world was formed."
I have always enjoyed hearing about history to try and understand why the world is the way it is today but never enjoyed studying it at school. Other books are too detailed on specific eras or empires. This series provides a concise summary of all the eras and leaders of change. As history is normally written from the perspective of one side and taught that way in schools around the world it is never easy to know whose side of the story you are getting.
It appears that in this book the listener gets views that are not normally taught from the British perspective and therefore it is enlightening to hear the story from the perspective of others. I have been listening to this excellent summary whilst commuting to work. Occasionally I miss a few years when the traffic gets too intense so I have to rewind to listen again to make sure I understand what happened that lead to the next change.
Well worth listening too.
"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.
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