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The Middle Sea: A History of the Mediterranean | [John Julius Norwich]

The Middle Sea: A History of the Mediterranean

A colorful account of the civilizations that rose and fell on the lands bordering the Mediterranean, The Middle Sea represents the culmination of a great historian’s unparalleled art and scholarship. John Julius Norwich provides brilliant portraits of the Phoenicians, the Egyptians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Arabs, the French, the Venetians, the Popes, and the pirates of the Gulf. Above all, he deftly traces the intermingling of ancient conflicts and modern sensibilities that shapes life today on the shores of the Middle Sea.
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Publisher's Summary

This lively and dramatic book brings roaring to life the grand sweep of 5,000 years of history in the cradle of civilization.

A colorful account of the civilizations that rose and fell on the lands bordering the Mediterranean, The Middle Sea represents the culmination of a great historian’s unparalleled art and scholarship. John Julius Norwich provides brilliant portraits of the Phoenicians, the Egyptians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Arabs, the French, the Venetians, the Popes, and the pirates of the Gulf. Above all, he deftly traces the intermingling of ancient conflicts and modern sensibilities that shapes life today on the shores of the Middle Sea.

©2006 John Julius Norwich (P)2014 Audible Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Norwich’s focus plays to his strengths as a military historian, and he produces, over six hundred pages, a highly readable chronicle." (The New Yorker)

"Norwich is irresistibly readable...superbly erudite yet having a sense of popular taste...A fine single-volume history suited to any collection." (Booklist)

“Norwich's history of the Mediterranean is a cause for celebration...A demonstration of his unrivaled narrative skills...No one planning a simple vacation by the wine-dark sea can afford to leave this book at home." (The Washington Post)

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    Brian Abel Ragen St. Louis, MO USA 09-09-14
    Brian Abel Ragen St. Louis, MO USA 09-09-14 Member Since 2008
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    "A Poor Reading of Review of Quick of Western Civ."

    Lord Norwich's account of the Mediterranean will disappoint readers of his histories of Venice, Byzantium, and Norman Italy, since it is a much more superficial run through of much the same territory, but one too spotty to do any part of the subject justice. As a quick review of the outlines of history once taught in "Western Civ." courses, however, it is not bad. The reading, however, will not serve those new to the subject well at all, since it may leave them thinking that many words, especially names, are pronounced in the eccentric ways in which Trivette renders them. Readers more familiar with the subject will simply find those blunders grating and distracting.

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    June Ventura, CA, United States 08-26-14
    June Ventura, CA, United States 08-26-14 Member Since 2009
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    "A fascinating review of the Med"
    If you could sum up The Middle Sea in three words, what would they be?

    compelling, instructive, alluring


    What did you like best about this story?

    provided enough origin story on which to base the development of civilization in the Mediterranean. the history of the countries of the Med and the cultures moving through are fascinating because many of us trace our own origins to the area and most of us appreciate the contributions made to humankind evolving out of the Middle Sea.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    either my French and Italian teachers were all wrong, or this man does not have a good handle on phrases or place names.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    the longest movie ever filmed


    Any additional comments?

    please provide more audio books of John Julius Norwich' work

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    Phyllis 04-27-14
    Phyllis 04-27-14 Member Since 2009
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    "A huge disappointment in every way"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    There is no sense of purpose or direction. The reader was terrible. I think it would require a complete re-do. it is the first and only Audible Book I truly disliked and could not finish.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Alpha Trivette’s performances?

    Never, if that is the name of the reader


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