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The Lessons of History Audiobook
The Lessons of History
Written by: 
Will, Ariel Durant
Narrated by: 
Grover Gardner
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The Lessons of History Audiobook

The Lessons of History

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Publisher's Summary

The authors devoted five decades to the study of world history and philosophy, culminating in the masterful 11-volume Story of Civilization. In this compact summation of their work, Will and Ariel Durant share the vital and profound lessons of our collective past. Their perspective, gained after a lifetime of thinking and writing about the history of humankind, is an invaluable resource for us today. The rare archival recordings of the Durants in conversation, made from 1957-1977, illuminate our present condition and offer insightful guidance for the future.

©2004 John Little, Monica Ariel Mihell, and William James Durant Easton; (P)2004 Durant archival recordings 1957-1977 used with permission of John Little, Monica Ariel Mihell, and William James Durant Easton

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    Doh 04-17-15
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    this is a damn good book. I will be listening to this several more times

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    Ryan 04-02-15
    Ryan 04-02-15
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    "Fantastic work!"

    A true philosophical take on our human history. Information in which the human race just read and understand. Thank you.

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    Julianna Dawson 04-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent history lesson"

    Loved it! Experienced many emotions while listening to this audiobook. What I love most and will treasure is the author's perspective on history. Schools I attended might have engaged my interest more with that perspective.

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    IronSerpent 03-21-15
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    "Worth your time"

    great points of view and very very informative. the interviews in between chapters are a nice touch as well.

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    Eric 03-11-15
    Eric 03-11-15
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    "More than just an audiobook, unfortunately"

    Grover Gardner is great, the book's contents are nice, too. However the professional narrative is interspersed with interviews had with the author at an exceedingly advanced age. The interviewer asks poor questions and the author is hardly understandable. At times the author speaks contrary not only to his own responses but also to the material from the actual work.

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    DaveG 03-10-15
    DaveG 03-10-15
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    "A fast and to the point summary of history."

    If you have ever complained about a book dragging on or taking ten pages to cover what could have been presented in just one then this book is not it. It is a quick review of Durant's conclusions about the success and failure of civilizations. I thought the book was well done and it included recorded discussions with Durant between each chapter which were very interesting. We have all heard it; a civilization that does not know the history of the success and failures of other civilizations is doomed to relive the mistakes of the past. This is your chance to hear a summary of all the major civilizations and their eventual demise and the reason they failed according to Durant. From the information presented in this book you can extend your reading to a more detailed look at a civilization that interests you.

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    AvatarJody 03-06-15
    AvatarJody 03-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Chucked full of info"

    Funny how the wife rides the husband and co-author. not everything is consistent messages but how could you with history. yet the author trys to.

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    James Doyle 02-11-15
    James Doyle 02-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Ok good insights"

    A good piece of work although some elements now sound outdated. Broad overview of historical movement and reflections is a positive contribution

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    Patrick 01-14-15
    Patrick 01-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic"

    Amazing overview of the lessons of history! Tons of insight and incredibly engaging. Loved the suggestions at the end! Loved it!

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    Jason 07-27-13
    Jason 07-27-13
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    "History in a nutshell"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The content in this book is critical to read. It distils the knowledge learned from decades of work - and that shouldn't be taken lightly - the couple who wrote this book won a Congressional Medal of Honour for their prolific series. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone, we might even get smarter voters that aren't whipsawed around by lies if everyone read this. I found this book through Ray Dalio's recommendation as one of the most important/influential books to read. I definitely was not disappointed in the content but perhaps by the delivery, the music is irritating (and frequent) and Will Durant is incomprehensible when he speaks himself - this may be due to advanced age and bad audio quality from the 70's/80's. It's still not bad enough to detract from the audiobook.


    What other book might you compare The Lessons of History to and why?

    Hard to say, this is sort of a Cole's Note or Cliff's Notes on history. It goes into more of the human condition with some historical context to support its arguments but its fundamentally a book about unchanging human nature. It's organized very well.


    What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Decent narrator for the prose sections. I have no complaints other than the cheesy music and the 'audio-legibility' of Will Durant in the live skits sections.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was irritated at the terrible music they would play between chapters or when they bring in Will Durant himself.


    Any additional comments?

    Ditch the music!!!

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