The Story of Civilization
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  • 1
    Our Oriental Heritage: The Story of Civilization, Volume 1 | Will Durant

    Our Oriental Heritage: The Story of Civilization, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (50 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Will Durant
    • Narrated By Robin Field
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    The first volume of Will Durant's Pulitzer Prize-winning series, Our Oriental Heritage: The Story of Civilization, Volume I chronicles the early history of Egypt, the Middle East, and Asia.

    Wonderful

    I read this series years ago, then listened to them on cassette tape, and have begged for them on Audible for many years. Finally, the first two have..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 30 2013 by Michael (Walnut Creek, CA, United States)
  • 2
    The Life of Greece: The Story of Civilization, Volume 2 | Will Durant

    The Life of Greece: The Story of Civilization, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Will Durant
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
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    Here Durant tells the whole story of Greece from the days of Crete's vast Aegean empire to the final extirpation of the last remnants of Greek liberty, crushed under the heel of an implacably forward-marching Rome. The dry minutiae of battles and sieges, of tortuous statecraft of tyrant and king, get minor emphasis in what is preeminently a vivid recreation of Greek culture, brought to the listener through the medium of supple, vigorous prose.

    Great Series Don’t be Intimidated by 500 hours

    I hope many people listen to these first two in the series to encourage Audible to get the rest. This is the second of The Story of Civilization seri..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 25 2014 by Michael (Walnut Creek, CA, United States)
  • 3
    Caesar and Christ: The Story of Civilization, Volume 3 | Will Durant

    Caesar and Christ: The Story of Civilization, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Will Durant
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The third volume of Will Durant's Pulitzer Prize-winning series, Caesar and Christ chronicles the history of Roman civilization and of Christianity from their beginnings to A.D. 325.

    Superb.

    Will (and Ariel) Durant’s 11 volume History of Civilization is an attempt to understand our current political, economic and social system in light of ..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 29 2014 by Mike From Mesa (Mesa, AZ)
  • 4
    The Age of Faith, Volume 4 | Will Durant

    The Age of Faith, Volume 4

    • UNABRIDGED (61 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Will Durant
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
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    The fourth volume in Will Durant's Pulitzer Prize-winning series, The Age of Faith surveys the medieval achievements and modern significance of Christian, Islamic, and Judaic life and culture. Like the other volumes in the Story of Civilization series, this is a self-contained work, which at the same time fits into a comprehensive history of mankind. It includes the dramatic stories of St. Augustine, Hypatia, Justinian, Mohammed, Harun al-Rashid, Charlemagne, William the Conqueror, and many more.

    Medieval History is Fun and Relevant!

    This book is my favorite book I've listened to all year. Most books I listen to are because I want to find our place in the universe and how we got w..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 20 2014 by Gary (Las Cruces, NM, United States)
  • 5
    The Renaissance: A History of Civilization in Italy from 1304 - 1576 AD, The Story of Civilization, Volume 5 | Will Durant

    The Renaissance: A History of Civilization in Italy from 1304 - 1576 AD, The Story of Civilization, Volume 5

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Will Durant
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    In this masterful work, listeners will encounter: the poets Petrarch and Boccaccio, the fathers of the Renaissance; the paintings, sculptures, and architecture of Milan, Florence, and Venice; the life and accomplishments of Leonardo DaVinci; the Catholic church and the popes of Avignon and Rome; the politicians and philosophers of Italy, including the Borgia family, Julius II, and Machiavelli; the Italian Wars, the conflicts with France, and the country's decline.

    Wonderful Review of Renaissance Italy

    This is the fifth book of Durant’s excellent History of Civilization series.
    See my review of the first volume for comments on the series as a who..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 05 2015 by Michael (Walnut Creek, CA, United States)
  • 6
    The Reformation: A History of European Civilization from Wycliffe to Calvin, 1300 - 1564 (The Story of Civilization, Book 6) | Will Durant

    The Reformation: A History of European Civilization from Wycliffe to Calvin, 1300 - 1564 (The Story of Civilization, Book 6)

    • UNABRIDGED (50 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Will Durant
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    An engrossing volume on the European Reformation by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Will Durant. The sixth volume of Durant's acclaimed Story of Civilization, The Reformationchronicles the history of European civilization from 1300 to 1564.

    Fantastic!

    The entire series, including this volume, rank as my favourite books of all-time.

    Reviewed on November 07 2014 by Arthur Pendragon ()
  • 7
    The Age of Reason Begins: A History of European Civilization in the Period of Shakespeare, Bacon, Montaigne, Rembrandt, Galileo, and Descartes: 1558 - 1648: The Story of Civilization, Book 7 | Will Durant, Ariel Durant

    The Age of Reason Begins: A History of European Civilization in the Period of Shakespeare, Bacon, Montaigne, Rembrandt, Galileo, and Descartes: 1558 - 1648: The Story of Civilization, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Will Durant, Ariel Durant
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    The Age of Reason Begins brings together a fascinating network of stories in the discussion of the bumpy road toward the Enlightenment. This is the age of great monarchs and greater artists - on the one hand, Elizabeth I of England, Philip II of Spain, and Henry IV of France; on the other, Shakespeare, Cervantes, Montaigne, and Rembrandt. It also encompasses the heyday of Francis Bacon, Galileo, Giordano Bruno, and Descartes, the fathers of modern science and philosophy.

    Mostly 30 Years of War, but Reason bests War

    See my review of Volume I for comments of the series.
    This is book seven of Durant’s The Story of Civilization.
    This, like the other volumes..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 01 2015 by Michael (Walnut Creek, CA, United States)
  • 8
    The Age of Louis XIV: The Story of Civilization, Book 8 | Will Durant, Ariel Durant

    The Age of Louis XIV: The Story of Civilization, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Will Durant, Ariel Durant
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The Age of Louis XIV is the biography of a period (1648 - 1715) that Spengler considered the apex of modern European civilization. "Some centuries hence," Frederick the Great correctly predicted to Voltaire, "they will translate the good authors of the age of Pericles and Augustus." Those authors are lovingly treated here.

    One of the Best of a Great Series


    This is the 8th book of the 11 book excellent, integrated history, Story of Civilization series. For my review of the series as a whole see my r..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 15 2015 by Michael (Walnut Creek, CA, United States)
  • 9
    The Age of Voltaire: A History of Civlization in Western Europe from 1715 to 1756, with Special Emphasis on the Conflict between Religion and Philosophy | Will Durant, Ariel Durant

    The Age of Voltaire: A History of Civlization in Western Europe from 1715 to 1756, with Special Emphasis on the Conflict between Religion and Philosophy

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Will Durant, Ariel Durant
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    The Age of Voltaire, the ninth volume of The Story of Civilization, is an in-depth examination of France and England in the first half of the 18th century.

    The Most Exquisite History Series

    Definitely. I have read dozens of books on world history, and none compare to the thoroughness, insight into the nature of man via history, and philos..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 09 2015 by Arthur Pendragon ()
  • 10
    Rousseau and Revolution: The Story of Civilization, Book 10 | Will Durant, Ariel Durant

    Rousseau and Revolution: The Story of Civilization, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Will Durant, Ariel Durant
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
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    Rousseau and Revolution, the 10th volume of the Story of Civilization, ranges over a Europe in ferment, but centers on the passionate rebel-philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, the great exponent of the romantic impulse toward self-exploration and social revolt, who contended with the great rationalist Voltaire for the mind of Europe.

    Long Lead Up to Revolution

    This is the 10th book of the 11 book excellent, integrated history, Story of Civilization series. For my review of the series as a whole see my review..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 05 2016 by Michael (Walnut Creek, CA, United States)
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    The Age of Napoleon: A History of European Civilization from 1789 to 1815: The Story of Civilization, Book 11 | Will Durant, Ariel Durant

    The Age of Napoleon: A History of European Civilization from 1789 to 1815: The Story of Civilization, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Will Durant, Ariel Durant
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
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    The Age of Napoleon, the 11th and final volume of the Story of Civilization, surveys the amazing chain of events that wrenched Europe out of the Enlightenment and into the age of democracy. In this masterful work, listeners will encounter the French Revolution from the storming of the Bastille to the guillotining of the king; and the revolution's leaders - Danton, Desmoulins, Robespierre, and Saint-Just - all cut down by the reign of terror they inaugurated.

    A gift to humanity

    I've just spent 20 months absorbing the entire 11 volume series during my commute to work. Every day, I could not wait to listen. When I heard the las..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 28 2016 by Eric (Chico, CA, United States)