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The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume 1 Audiobook

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume 1

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Publisher's Summary

Considered one of the finest historical works in the English language, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is lauded for its graceful, elegant prose style as much as for its epic scope. Remarkably accurate for its day, Gibbon's treatise holds a high place in the history of literature and remains an enduring subject of study.

Gibbon's monumental work traces the history of more than 13 centuries, covering the great events as well as the general historical progression. This first volume covers A.D. 180 to A.D. 395, which includes the establishment of Christianity and the Crusades.

(P)1992 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[Gibbon] stood on the summit of the Renaissance achievement and looked back over the waste of history to ancient Rome, as from one mountain top to another." (Christopher Dawson)

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    Joshua Shakopee, MN, USA 09-16-08
    Joshua Shakopee, MN, USA 09-16-08 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Text, Tedius Listen"

    The narrator is droning, but the text is still great. It took a long time to listen to this, because I continually lost track.

    One caveat: part of the beauty of the written texts are Gibbon's colorful footnotes. You miss these colorful splashes when you listen to the narration.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Minnetonka, MN, USA 02-28-08
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    "How did I ever order this"

    When I realized Audible had Decline and Fall on file I was thrilled - I have always wanted to read it. However, either Edward Gibbon or the narrator makes this history so tedious to listen to that I simply quit after the first part.

    6 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Chi-Hung Riverside, CA, USA 01-04-08
    Chi-Hung Riverside, CA, USA 01-04-08 Member Since 2010
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    "Some books are meant to..."

    Some books are more suitable for the medium of audiobooks than others, just as some books are meant to be read while others are meant to stand on the shelf testifying the learned sophistication of the owner. In printed form, Edward Gibbon's masterpiece makes fabulous sleeping aid, in audiobook form, it has lost even that, the recording sounds like it comes from outdated dictaphone, and the content, well, it's "decline and fall of the roman empire..."

    7 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Alexis Montreal, QC, Canada 01-06-15
    Alexis Montreal, QC, Canada 01-06-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Dry"

    It is very well written but dry and a bit disorganized. The reader is also just ok.

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    Ethosian Earthquake Zone, California 07-26-14
    Ethosian Earthquake Zone, California 07-26-14 Member Since 2013

    You never have to wait for anything if you bring a good book.

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    "Too much detail for an audiobook"

    I did give it a good try, but:

    1) this book assumes you know a lot about European history and geography, including Roman names for all the places mentioned

    2) when you are reading a paper book and you get to a section you don't follow, you can underline and look things up in ways you cannot do with an audiobook.

    3) there must be maps and reference materials in the printed version that you don't get with the audiobook

    I will be getting a refund on this one.

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    Would you listen to The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume 1 again? Why?

    I just want to give a star rating. If you force me to say more, I will give you this tripe.


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    0 of 7 people found this review helpful

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