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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
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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!

So if you want to learn more about Ancient China, scroll up and click the "add to cart" button!

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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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An eye-opening insights into Chinese history

This book is a captivating, Thank you Captivating History for sharing your understanding and knowledge about china. And thank you for your periods of determination devoted to marshaling the growth of diplomatic relations between the Ancient China and the world. clearly written survey of the history.

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I would recommend it over this one.

Excellent Material from an Excellent Source (Captivating History). Excellent coverage by the author as I hear about Captivating History and astonishing understanding into China viewpoint, policy and association with the whole world. Well worth reading. Thanks to the friend who recommend this audible to me.

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Learn how modern China came into being.

All over the book the author explains on the Chinese strategic supposed that contains delicacy, indirection and endurance over sword rattling. The developed western world must comprehend these tactics.. It importantly anxieties me that we will not take it.

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Recommended for everyone.

Captivating History is fluent in his reminiscence of Chinese history and Chinese recurrence in the international world order. A must listen for any Chinese history fan, recommended for everyone.

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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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  • 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.

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  • Ethan Wilkinson
  • 03-25-19

China by Captivating History


If you are not accustomed with China and its history and their system of thought, then you must try Captivating History book.