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History of the World, Updated Audiobook

History of the World, Updated

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Publisher's Summary

In the History of the World, Updated, J. M. Roberts has revised his monumental previous work, History of the World, taking into account the great range of discoveries that have altered our views on everything from early civilizations to post-Cold War globalism. Large portions of text have been rewritten, addressing events as recent as the relationship between the Arab and Western worlds in the wake of the September 11 attacks.

As in his previous work, this is also a book of extraordinary ambition, clarity, and style that follows the central notion that human history is the story of change, a deliberate shaping of experience and environment. Among the elements that have made the book uniquely appealing are its powerful vision and voice.

Roberts's book is exceptional in its genuinely global and comprehensive nature, showing the development of different civilizations through the ages, from our origins on the African savannah to A.D. 2002. Like no other book, it succeeds in conveying the staggering diversity of the human experience across a vast range of circumstances and habitats.

If there is one book anyone truly interested in history should hear, this is it.

©2002 J.M. Roberts; (P)2003 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"Davidson's reading of this behemoth is actually a nice match of text and reader. His voice is clear and easily understood." (AudioFile)

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    "unknown" 09-02-11
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    "listening a second time"

    I tried listening to this though earmuff type headset. Sound was too muffled. I then used a loose fitting pair of earbuds and this worked fine. There was a comment from another user saying the narrarator's voice was difficult to listen too. On my second listening I've turned down the playback speed to slow. This is an improvement in my opinion.
    The book starts from the early day's of earth's life and man's evolution. There is much detail covering the different earlier epochs.
    I will just say that I'm looking forward to continuing with the second listen.
    I have listened to probably 100 books over the past 2 years. Many were dissapointing. I would not rate this book as dissapointing. I feel a greater understanding of history. I believe the presentation was above average.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Harold Paradise, TX, United States 12-06-10
    Harold Paradise, TX, United States 12-06-10
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    "too general for me"

    So many people gave the audio such a good review that I cannot bear to slander the book. I just found it so general that it could not grab my interest. I believe history buff's who are familiar with details will enjoy it more, and appreciate how he threads the epocs together. I made it through 3 downloads by shere determination, but am giving up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Debra Jackson, MI, USA 09-01-09
    Debra Jackson, MI, USA 09-01-09
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    "Nice, if your British"

    This is a good history of the world. My only complaint is that Davidson's accent is so thick that I missed too much of the text to be able to follow the flow of the book. I had to listen to it several times to understand what he is saying. I hesitate to give it a three rating because so much is lost in the narration. With another narrator, I would give the book a five rating. Maybe it is just me.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Blashy Québec, Canada 05-05-09
    Blashy Québec, Canada 05-05-09 Member Since 2015

    Membre since March 2008.

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    "Do not listen in ONE strecht, split it up."

    This book HAS to be listened too in parts.

    Listen to the first one, take a 3-4 week break, listen to the next and repeat the process.

    I did not do that at first and got bored after 18 hours. So I took 3 week breaks between 6-8 hour reads. It keeps it fresh and it is a well written book.

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    D. L. F. 03-03-10
    D. L. F. 03-03-10
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    "Monotone reading"

    The book is well written, but the audio version features the author droning on in a painful monotone.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    MVP 11-20-06
    MVP 11-20-06
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    "Great Audio Program"

    Excellent review of the history of the world.

    3 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    James SEATTLE, WA, USA 08-14-07
    James SEATTLE, WA, USA 08-14-07 Member Since 2012
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    "Insufferable narration"

    Plodding and insufferably pompous. I will probably try again some day to get through it but for now, it is way too tedious to contemplate.

    3 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Travis Provo, UT, USA 10-12-09
    Travis Provo, UT, USA 10-12-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Where is the book?"

    This book is only an excerpt which starts in the 19th century. Rip off.

    0 of 9 people found this review helpful

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