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
Narrated by: Desmond Manny
Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
Categories: History, Asia
4.5 out of 5 stars (45 ratings)

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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.

Thank you for taking the time to compose these works.

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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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easy listening

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

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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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Good one but too much details.

The author provides a good overview of the Ancient China, I did enjoy listening to this book and came away understanding a little bit more of all the Backstage. However, the author's explaining too much details.

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It is very well and clearly organized

It is very well and evidently systematized. The author writes in a language that anyone can easily recognize. As your will listen through the audiobook, you feel you are part of Chinese history and are living the events as they explain. Brilliant audio-book for the history of China and its relation with its close neighbors.

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Admirable Research

Captivating History’s writing team is excellent at its work but nothing likens to his research. In this book one can find in sights into people and issues that you could never find anywhere else.

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Fascinating insights, from fascinating author.


Dazzling indeed from captivating history about China. This book certainly augmented my understanding of the culture, people, and goals of the country. I found it frightening at some points, but also reassuring in others. But would urge you to listen to it.

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Good one, not the best.

The book describes great background for understanding the current state-of-play, kindred and offers confidence that the positive curve set in motion. All in all, good book but not the best one in my view.

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  • Faichen Lamba
  • 03-20-19

If you love history, this is a must book.

I found this audiobook (my first experience at acx) is a very good one . Very accurate and complete. I will definitely recommend it to everyone interested in history, Asia and China.

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  • Keltovignel
  • 07-22-20

Read the book instead

I found the narrator’s pronunciation of Chinese words grating and highly inaccurate. It is clear he never bothered to learn how the Chinese words are meant to be spoken which led to much confusion when listening to it. Save yourself time and read the book instead which I believe is available as a free book if you have kindle unlimited.

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  • Courtney Phillips
  • 03-26-19

Worth the 3 hrs and 31 mins spent.

My world of political outlook has rehabilitated while listening to this book. This book is so informative, from old Chinese history and thinking, concluded it, with thoughtful emphasis. That section of the book is extended and boring a bit, but value it.

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  • Imogen Poole
  • 03-26-19

Detailed and fact oriented.

I found the book very thorough, fact concerned with and impartial. I wish I had more knowledge on the area to enjoy it more. I am trying to read some books on china to comprehend them more, I might want to start with easier book on the subject. One of the greatest book if you have some base knowledge.

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  • Jasmine Norton
  • 03-26-19

Excellent summary.

This audio-book has provided an exceptional outlines of Chinese history for the China of the 21st Century.

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  • Alisha Ward
  • 03-26-19

The perfect book about China

Captivating History writes as an expert, not as a story teller. However, it is well worth listening. I give it 5 stars because of the unique character of this work.

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  • Marie Antoinette
  • 03-26-19

The author is a protagonist who must be read.

Crucial listening for someone who interested in empathetic China and geopolitics. Don't expect good-looking style or a very pleasurable description. Still somewhat attractive to listen.

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  • Enzokuhle Aino
  • 03-26-19

Good one but it's not an enjoyable read.

The writing is a bit finicky also listen some repetitive things. But still So good book to have, well worth reading.

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  • Joshua Shepherd
  • 03-26-19

Captivating History at his best

The information provided here is categorically fascinating. And The author (Captivating History) does a decent job of trying to get the Chinese point of view across.

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  • Dominic Harding
  • 03-26-19

Absolutely brilliant

It is like an introduction to Chinese rational and to current Chinese history this is a unusual work by a great scholar (Captivating History) who has been familiarly elaborate with Chinese leaders for a half century.