• Ancient China

  • A Captivating Guide to the Ancient History of China and the Chinese Civilization Starting from the Shang Dynasty to the Fall of the Han Dynasty
  • By: Captivating History
  • Narrated by: Desmond Manny
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (58 ratings)
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Narrated by: Desmond Manny
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Publisher's summary

If you want to discover the captivating history of ancient China, then pay attention....

In this audiobook, you will be led on a journey through almost 2,000 years of Chinese history, showing you all the ups and downs of those ancient times, the sufferings and joys of the Chinese people, along with their greatest achievements and failures. 

Dynasties will change, people will be killed and born, art made and destroyed, but the Chinese civilization will prevail, rising from humble beginnings to an empire that at some points outshined any other in the world at that time. And yet it won’t be only a tale of kings and queens, emperors and rulers. Of palaces and forts, of swords and shields. 

It will also tell a story of farmers and merchants, artisans and artists, philosophers and scientists. And hopefully by the end of this introductory guide, you will gain a sense of what, who, and how the Chinese civilization was made as great as it was and still is. 

From that, a better understanding of this amazing Far Eastern culture and its history should arise as well as a greater appreciation of its achievements and contributions to the world. And with a better knowledge of history, a clearer understanding of the world will come as well. 

In Ancient China: A Captivating Guide to the Ancient History of China and the Chinese Civilization Starting from the Shang Dynasty to the Fall of the Han Dynasty, you will discover topics such as
 

  • Chinese lands and birth of China
  • Shang and Zhou Dynasties and the rise of royal power
  • Disintegration of royal power
  • Birth of Imperial China
  • Rise and fall of the Han Dynasty
  • Society of ancient China
  • The ancient Chinese culture
  • Inventions and innovations of the ancient Chinese
  • And much, much more!

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Ancient China

A very good summary and thorough explanation of ancient China. Sometimes it was hard to understand, but it's not because of the author or reader. Rather, like Ancient India and Ancient Japan, the rulers and times are complex. There are also highlights and insights into why some emperors were more effective rulers than others.

The subject matter was very well organized. I also have ancient Japan and India audiobooks too. All three including this book give a fascinating account of Aisan History. I recommend this and other two bodies of work since they compliment each other. These countries did interact with each other throughout various times in history.

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Worth A Listen

This is a cheap, short, but well done overview of the history or China. Very informative for what it is.

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For stories I would rather recommend

The people who shaped China
I just found it much more entertaining and fun to listen to

This book here is more like an essay
While people who shaped China throws you into their lives

Anyway just my personal feeling
Different people have different tastes

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Hello Ancient China.

The authors of Captivating History are famous for his reflection, I am sure my opinion is perfect, that "The Chinese are smarter than us", and that insolence of admiration shows through.

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Frustratingly Poor Pronunciation

I'm only one hour in and will likely stop listening. The information seems good, but am I actually learning much from a book about ancient China where key names of people and places are so badly mispronounced? I wish the studios that produce these academic titles would require the narrators to take at least a weeklong course in how to pronounce romanized Chinese, and then standardize the scripts with Hanyu Pinyin or Wade-Giles (preferably Pinyin) for consistency.

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Solid Overview/Guide

This book accomplishes what it sets out to do, which is just list out all of the major comings and goings of Chinese dynasties from the ancient past.

It is not a super comprehensive guide of all aspects of Chinese civilization (it's not trying to be) and does not dive super deep into all of the precise chain of events that lead to different political/cultural ebbs and flows. However, if you're looking to get into Chinese history, this is a solid starting point because with this Guide in hand, you have a decent foundation of the general timeline of Chinese civilization, and can deep dive into particular points in Chinese history with some context.

There is not much of a story format here (again, probably not trying to be). First half of the book feels very much like the "geopolitics" section, where it's just a run down of ancient dynasties through Spring and Autumn period and Warring States period into Han Dynasty and whatnot. AFTER that, the second half dives a bit more into the history of Chinese culture, philosophy, technology, etc. Realistically, the philosophy & technology played a pivotal role in the geopolitics of the ancient dynasties, but this book doesn't realy intermix the different sections that it has laid out.

This is very much a formal "Let's run through geopolitics, then culture with philosophy and technology." listing of things that happened. But again, a solid guide to start with to give you context on Chinese history before diving into more specific time periods/aspects of Chinese Civilization.

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Good very well made also spam good lol

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Quite subjective

A lot of comments, such as 'China is truly a communist state' or 'modern humans have been living in China for 200,000 years' are not actually supported by fact and are at best conjecture or sloppy research, or at worst expressing some hidden agenda i have yet to pick out. Probably it's just oversimplification to make things sound 'exciting '.
It's treatment of the warring kingdoms period, a notably complicated period, has failed where every other attempt at describing it has also failed, too many shifting new names and places too quickly to actually follow. Although it appears to be a near impossible task to make that period easy to follow, so I don't judge it too harshly for failing where everyone else i have encountered, also has

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Massive history... 3hrs. Incorrect pronunciation

Started off okay as far as content. Couldn't continue due to the incorrect pronunciation. I'm not listening to this just to hear a story - I want to be able to discuss it with actual Chinese people and reconcile it with the bits of Chinese history I already have in my head.

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easy listening

I have listened to many other historical books and this rates very high.... Recommended. Renewed interest in China

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