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 must read!"
Full of amazing facts! A fantastic book to become an expert in the history of the world! You can impress your friends and family during gossip time!
"A Great Romp Through Time"
Really enjoyed this. You need to appreciate each discrete section that takes you through particular passages of history in different countries and empires. I thought that this was well done and each section dovetailed pretty well into the next.
"Excellent story, brilliantly told"
My first introduction to Audible. Andrew Marr's History is well read, and an amazing boiling down of key stories of our history. The scope and scale is phenomenal and I am very much looking forward to parts 2 and 3.
A really wonderful book. Well written and easy to follow dispite it's incredibly vast subject matter. The audio is excellent as well.
"A huge subject, covered well."
I was pleased to find that Andrew Marr had managed to cover a massive subject in easy to digest sections. I thoroughly enjoyed his writing style and it was clear that he has read widely to draw the conclusions that he does.
The narrator is also easy to listen to and makes the audiobook an enjoyable piece to hear.
Overall an excellent audiobook that also prompts you to go and do further research on the areas that prompts your interest.
Well written and narrated. Definitely one to add to your library, easy to go back to and listen to sections again and again.
I love this, having never listened during History I have hit my thirties feeling particularly unschooled in massive chunks of what came before. Really enjoying the authorly tone of the book, which zooms in on fascinating elements of each historical era and is read with enthusiasm and wit. It is also nearly thirty hours long which is great value!
"So rich and read (listen) able."
To be honest I doubt I have the discipline to read a book like this through, but I have a fascination with history, and the 'big picture' of our story as human beings. This audio format, as well as the accessible language, intriguing stories, and solid narration meant I smashed this audio book in under two weeks. I feel enriched for having listened. Can't recommend it enough if you have an interest in history. Hope to be able to find more like it.
"A wide ranging and excellent intro"
The book takes you almost seamlessly from the first humans to modern days. Giving enough information to inform but not too much as to get bogged down. A good introduction to a huge variety of historical periods. Not just European and western history either, the African and far eastern (The Chinese sections particularly) are remarkably informative and will be new to many western amateur historians.
David Timson provides a clear and emotive narration from start to finish. Top class.
I really enjoyed the first two books in the series but I found the third book weak in places with some tenuous links and subjects chosen to describe the more modern events.
"It needed Bill Bryson's touch"
I was drawn to this as I really enjoyed the superb BBC series that arose from this book and I was looking for more of the details. I enjoy really long audio books as I do a lot of driving in my job and its great to get lost in them, but for some reason this one was a bit of a slog. It shouldn't have been because Andrew Marr does a fine job of charting the history of the world and the narration is excellent. With such a topic the scope of the task reminded me of Bill Bryson's book 'A short History of Nearly Everything', and this I think is where I found the problem. The book is informative, and there are real moments of interest but because of the nature of the subject we never hang around long enough before moving on. Bill Bryson has a wonderful way of making the mundane fascinating and I wished for a some of his style and humour to apply here, The bottom line is I found it informative but just not entertaining enough for my liking, though I see I'm in the minority here. .
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