Neera Gupta

Edison NJ
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  • The Outline of History

  • Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind
  • By: H. G. Wells
  • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
  • Length: 44 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

Having coined the phrase "the war that will end war," H. G. Wells was disillusioned by the World War I peace settlement. Convinced that humanity needed to awaken to the instability of the world order and remember lessons from the past, the author of science-fiction classics set out to write about history. Wells hoped to remind mankind of its common past, provide it with a basis for international patriotism, and guide it to renounce war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book

  • By Adam on 03-07-12

Comprehensive, the very important non fiction book

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Reviewed: 12-19-14

Where does The Outline of History rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book should be mandatory for every educated mind. Even if you hate history, you may tend to grasp that everything has some basis and this book provides the curious mind the why to many of those aspects. From the rise of religion to their prophets to wars, to great conquests and the vain glory, it covers all. You may find the answer to a question you had when you were 15 years old and which has been twirling in your brain ever since.

Who was your favorite character and why?


Have you listened to any of Bernard Mayes’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Excellent narrative - I read another review about the narrator being slow and there is nothing I heard which was not appropriate to this book. In fact for a historical narrative, the clearer the narrative the better it is and that was the case.

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

At many times, it made me reconceptualize when I realized what I had been missing in the understanding of the event.

Any additional comments?

The book provides a narrative across ages and across nation states- that helps compare and come to an understanding why things are, even if they are incongruous till today

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