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  • Farewell the Trumpets: An Imperial Retreat: Pax Britannica, Book 3 | Jan Morris

    Farewell the Trumpets: An Imperial Retreat: Pax Britannica, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jan Morris
    • Narrated By Roy McMillan
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (65)

    The Pax Britannica trilogy is Jan Morris’ magnificent history of the British Empire from 1837 to 1965. This final volume charts the decline and dissolution of what was once the largest empire the world had known. From the first signs of decay in the imperial ambition in the Boer Wars, through the global shifts in power evident in the two World Wars, it offers a perspective that is honest, evocative, and occasionally elegiac.

    Bryan says: "The British Empire Declines and Fades Away"
  • Pax Britannica: The Climax of an Empire - Pax Britannica, Volume 2 | Jan Morris

    Pax Britannica: The Climax of an Empire - Pax Britannica, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jan Morris
    • Narrated By Roy McMillan
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (85)

    The Pax Britannica trilogy is Jan Morris’s magnificent history of the British Empire from 1837 to 1965. Huge in scope and ambition, it is always personal and immediate, bringing the story vividly to life. Pax Britannica, the second volume, is a snapshot of the Empire at the Diamond Jubilee of 1897. It looks at what made up the Empire —from adventurers and politicians to communications and infrastructure, as well as anomalies and eccentricities.

    Bryan says: "The British Empire at it's Peak"
  • Heaven's Command: An Imperial Progress - Pax Britannica, Volume 1 | Jan Morris

    Heaven's Command: An Imperial Progress - Pax Britannica, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jan Morris
    • Narrated By Roy McMillan
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (174)

    The Pax Britannica trilogy is Jan Morris’s epic story of the British Empire from the accession of Queen Victoria to the death of Winston Churchill. It is a towering achievement: informative, accessible, entertaining and written with all her usual bravura. Heaven’s Command, the first volume, takes us from the crowning of Queen Victoria in 1837 to the Diamond Jubilee in 1897. The story moves effortlessly across the world, from the English shores to Fiji, Zululand, the Canadian prairies and beyond.

    Wolfpacker says: "Great Vignettes, Good Overall Story"
  • Venice | Jan Morris

    Venice

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jan Morris
    • Narrated By Sebastian Comberti
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Venice stands, as she loves to tell you, on the frontiers of the east and west, half-way between the setting and the rising sun. Goethe calls her "the market-place of the Morning and the Evening lands". Certainly no city on earth gives a more immediate impression of symmetry and unity, or seems more patently born to greatness.

  • Hong Kong | Jan Morris

    Hong Kong

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jan Morris
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Hong Kong is the world’s most exciting city, at once fascinating and exasperating, a tangle of contradictions. It is a dazzling amalgam of conspicuous consumption and primitive poverty, the most architecturally incongruous yet undeniably beautiful urban panorama of all. Through firsthand reportage, world-renowned travel writer Jan Morris takes us through the crowded streets of this enigmatic city, offering the most insightful and comprehensive study of Hong Kong thus far. She reviews Hong Kong’s early days as a British opium port controlled by pirates, cutthroats, and scoundrel tycoons, and looks ahead to the city’s future.

    Jeanette Finan says: "An interesting but mild disappointment"
  • Venice | Jan Morris

    Venice

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jan Morris
    • Narrated By Sebastian Comberti
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    Venice stands, as she loves to tell you, on the frontiers of the east and west, half-way between the setting and the rising sun. Goethe calls her "the market-place of the Morning and the Evening lands". Certainly no city on earth gives a more immediate impression of symmetry and unity, or seems more patently born to greatness.

    Neil Chisholm says: "A bit soggy around the edges"
  • Heaven's Command: An Imperial Progress - Pax Britannica, Volume 1 | Jan Morris

    Heaven's Command: An Imperial Progress - Pax Britannica, Volume 1

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Jan Morris
    • Narrated By Roy McMillan
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    The Pax Britannica trilogy is Jan Morris’s epic story of the British Empire from the accession of Queen Victoria to the death of Winston Churchill. It is a towering achievement: informative, accessible, entertaining and written with all her usual bravura. Heaven’s Command, the first volume, takes us from the crowning of Queen Victoria in 1837 to the Diamond Jubilee in 1897. The story moves effortlessly across the world, from the English shores to Fiji, Zululand, the Canadian prairies, and beyond. Totally gripping history!

    William says: "Get the Unabridged!"
  • Farewell the Trumpets: An Imperial Retreat: Pax Britannica, Vol. 3 | Jan Morris

    Farewell the Trumpets: An Imperial Retreat: Pax Britannica, Vol. 3

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jan Morris
    • Narrated By Roy McMillan
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    The Pax Britannica trilogy is Jan Morris’ magnificent history of the British Empire from 1837 to 1965. This final volume charts the decline and dissolution of what was once the largest empire the world had known. From the first signs of decay in the imperial ambition in the Boer Wars, through the global shifts in power evident in the two World Wars, it offers a perspective that is honest, evocative, and occasionally elegiac.

  • Pax Britannica: The Climax of an Empire - Pax Britannica Vol. 2 | Jan Morris

    Pax Britannica: The Climax of an Empire - Pax Britannica Vol. 2

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Jan Morris
    • Narrated By Roy McMillan
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    The Pax Britannica trilogy is Jan Morris’s magnificent history of the British Empire from 1837 to 1965. Huge in scope and ambition, it is always personal and immediate, bringing the story vividly to life. Pax Britannica, the second volume, is a snapshot of the Empire at the Diamond Jubilee of 1897. It looks at what made up the Empire —from adventurers and politicians to communications and infrastructure, as well as anomalies and eccentricities.

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