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
"Davidson's reading of this behemoth is actually a nice match of text and reader. His voice is clear and easily understood." (AudioFile)
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.
Membre since March 2008.
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.
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.
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