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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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  • S Bruce
    LancsUK
    2/18/15
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    "Great history book."

    Really enjoyed this. A rattling journey through history with the added pleasure of Andrew Marr's wry look at the way we have lived and how we are now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Benjamin
    2/18/15
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    "A vague title but fairly compensating"

    It was a good brisk walk through eastern (mildly) but mostly western history. Talking mostly of the many wars, monarchs, emperors, empires and the rise and falls of civilisation. I liked it as I have a very limited knowledge of history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mary
    2/15/15
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    "great introduction to world history"

    Gives a great insight into topics I haven't read about before, so its a great introduction to world history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    2/3/15
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    "Essential overview of human story"

    From a point of view of the major changes in the way humans live and interact, and some of the flash points that have lead to them, this is probably my favourite book ever. For a scientific companion, look for bill brysons short history of nearly everything. These two will sort you out fantastically well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David B
    Towcester UK
    12/3/14
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable, a great read/listen"
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    Very well written and very well read. I was thoroughly engaged start to finish, well paced, totally fascinating and entertaining. I would recommend this to absolutely anyone. It is the best audio book I have tried so far. The fact that Andrew Marr has wrote it impartially, the narrator was able pitch it perfectly in a non-judgmental manner. I will defiantly be listening to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Schinken
    UK
    12/1/14
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    "so so so well done"
    If you could sum up A History of the World in three words, what would they be?

    comprehensive without being overwhelming and incredibly well researched. Gripping, thoughful


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Andrew Marr - intelligent, honest and open


    Have you listened to any of Andrew Marr and David Timson ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I gave the performance 4 starts simply because compared to Andew's reading, David's feels a little more subdued and loses out. however, it is a very well read book


    Any additional comments?

    the book starts by a very honest and open preface by Andrew Marr read by himself. He is unpretentious and is anything but a stuffy historian. Despite that, the book is very well researched, up-to-date with the modern understanding and archeological finds. In addition to interesting facts, it gives the feeling of coherence to the story and presents a rounded view of the history of us as people that closely resonated with mine. I have been wanted to broaden my historical knowledge but whatever book I read reviews for was either comprehensive and dull or too supercilious. this book is neither so I highly recommend. Shame that is was not Andew reading out all of it but David is very very good

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M
    Wakefield, United Kingdom
    5/28/14
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    "Big History!"

    I love Big History, and this 26 hour long blitz through the rise and rise of humanity - in all its multifarious and nefarious cultural forms - is pure bliss. Andrew Marr has basically taken the best bits from the best history books and strung them together into one very readable narrative. I don't think there's anything particularly ground-breaking here, but it successfully and entertainingly contextualises and compares the empires, technologies and memes that have shaped the society we find ourselves in now. An excellent story, well narrated - read it and feel glad you don't live back then.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tim Bamford
    4/23/14
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    "Brilliant history"
    What made the experience of listening to A History of the World the most enjoyable?

    The completeness of the book was fantastic and very well written


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A History of the World?

    Finding out that Morris dancing came from Moorish dancing


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

    Ghengis Kahn


    Any additional comments?

    Sheer brilliance from start to finish

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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

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