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Centuries of Change Audiobook

Centuries of Change

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Publisher's Summary

In a contest of change, which century from the past millennium would come up trumps? Imagine the Black Death took on the female vote in a pub brawl, or the Industrial Revolution faced the Internet in a medieval joust - whose side would you be on?

In this hugely entertaining book, celebrated historian Ian Mortimer takes us on a whirlwind tour of Western history, pitting one century against another in his quest to measure change.

©2014 Ian Mortimer (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

What the Critics Say

"His curiosity is boundless and his profound scholarship is leavened by a sense of fun." (Daily Express)

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  • s
    Chiswick, United Kingdom
    12/7/16
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    "Overall the best book so far"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Centuries of Change to be better than the print version?

    Not read the print version but I love the narrators interpretation. I've bought previous
    books just to hear him.


    What about Ian Mortimer and Mike Grady ’s performance did you like?

    The matter of fact tone, the inquisitiveness of the reading. Calm. Natural.


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

    Some of the chapters bring about profound thought. Off the top of my head, when talking about the impact of the Black Death "death as such does not exist, it has no substance, therefor it only exists in the mind of the living and as such demonstrates that death is not a constant but subject to a vast range of changes. (Or something like that)


    Any additional comments?

    The True Adventure of the Rolling Stones (now unavailable) was my favourite talking book. This tops it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Craig
    Worsley, United Kingdom
    7/4/16
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    "Exellent narrative"

    Whilst I don't share the gloomy conclusion to the book (I simply don't accept that mankind will develop himself into a negative future. Fossil fuels will be replaced. I can't see anything other than social improvement across the scale.) really enjoyed the process and stepwise objective assessments of each century.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    4/12/16
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    "very interesting look at the last 1000 years. "

    non fiction. good narrator. author speaks in last few interesting chapters about the future.
    well worth a listen and isn't too facts and figures.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Craig Senior
    UK
    3/1/16
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    "I don't 'read' enough non fiction: this was great!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I learned a lot and feel I have missed out: I wish I had known some of this stuff years ago.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Centuries of Change?

    Most of it.


    Which character – as performed by Ian Mortimer and Mike Grady – was your favourite?

    No characters as such, but both narrators were good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ms
    Tatsfield, United Kingdom
    7/21/15
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    "Thought provoking"
    Would you listen to Centuries of Change again? Why?

    It would be easy to listen to this more than once, there are so many concepts to thnk about and analyse.


    What did you like best about this story?

    A mental challenge


    Which character – as performed by Ian Mortimer and Mike Grady – was your favourite?

    Each century's nomination for basis of change as interesting as the last


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No - too much to think about


    Any additional comments?

    I did listen to a century more than once

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eoin
    5/6/15
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    "perspective writ large. Brilliant."

    Really useful way of putting history and what we think we know about it in perspective.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Teresa Cooper
    6/21/15
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    "Oh dear what a shame."

    The narration seemed very monotoned, in some parts enough to send you to sleep. I. M usually has more to his books. The book can't be faulted about its facts and dates, I'm inclined to to think that there were too many facts and not enough fun. I don't think I would suggest that my friends should read it and it may well be in a corner of my library gathering dust.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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