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  • The Pursuit of Power

  • Europe: 1815-1914
  • By: Richard J. Evans
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 41 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 405
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 375
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370

Richard J. Evans's gripping narrative ranges across a century of social and national conflicts, from the revolutions of 1830 and 1848 to the unification of both Germany and Italy, from the Russo-Turkish wars to the Balkan upheavals that brought this era of relative peace and growing prosperity to an end. The first single-volume history of the century, this comprehensive and sweeping account gives the listener a magnificently human picture of Europe in the age when it dominated the rest of the globe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific comprehensive history

  • By Awake Tex on 02-02-17

Amazing book, fairly terrible narration.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-29-17

The narrator really got on my nerves. Whenever a female was speaking in the book, he used a high, breathy falsetto voice that was, frankly, insulting. That's not how women speak.

Also, it's a nonfiction book, they're historical figures, and I want to know what they said--I don't want to hear a dramatic interpretation.

When he had to pronounce foreign words, he increased the volume of his voice in an overly theatrical way. It's just a word.

Things like this really detracted from my enjoyment of this otherwise fantastic book.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful