• Ancient India

  • A Captivating Guide to Ancient Indian History, Starting from the Beginning of the Indus Valley Civilization Through the Invasion of Alexander the Great to the Mauryan Empire
  • By: Captivating History
  • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Ancient History
  • 3.6 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

From the first agricultural settlement more than 7,000 years ago to the Indian campaign of Alexander the Great and the vast Maurya Empire, ancient India tells a story interweaved with captivating legends and cultural legacy.

Find out how the Indus Valley civilization became one of the oldest societies in the history of humankind, and how small agricultural settlements transformed into the urban centers of Harappa and Mohenjo-daro. Dive into the origin story of Buddhism, and follow the path of a privileged young prince who became one of the most famous religious figures.

Learn everything about Ashoka the Great, his grandfather Chandragupta of Maurya, and the greatest empire in the history of India: the Maurya Empire. Our captivating guide about ancient India will take you on a journey through the rich past of the Indian subcontinent, from the beginning of civilization to the fall of the Maurya Empire.

In this audiobook, you'll discover the answers to the following questions:

  • How did the people of the Indus Valley and Indo-Gangetic Plain live?
  • What was a day like in the life of a Mauryan?
  • What kind of food did they eat, what did they do for a living, and what was their favorite form of entertainment?
  • Who was the first king in ancient India, and who was the greatest king of all time?
  • How did the Kuru Kingdom come to be?
  • Why couldn’t Alexander conquer the Nanda Empire?
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ancient india

this book was fascinating. I would never have imagined the history of India to be so interesting. this book is definitely worth the read.

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felt a bit lacking...

while some parts seemed to drag a little, overall I felt like something was missing. can't really figure out what, though. like I said, just a feeling. probably just me...projecting or something. lol

1 heads up: I believe it's in chapter 3. there's some glitching, where either full or partial sentences are repeated.

overall, I enjoyed this, but perhaps crave a bit more.

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Well constructed story with some performance editing issues

I enjoy led this historical journey through ancient India. There is a little too much granular detail about some battles that could be omitted in favor of other aspects of the ancient history. Also, the digression into the life and campaigns of Alexander takes away from the flow of the narrative. Nevertheless, there was plenty of interesting stories and details of the regions history.

I do like the performance of the narrator in this work and others. However, as noted by other reviewers, there are some glaring editing problems in chapter 3 which are a bit distracting (clearing his throat, repeating fragments that were misspoken in the first attempt). I see these as lack of editing quality control and encourage the publisher to fix these and rerelease this audio book.

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Chapter 3

Love the story and insight but in chapter 3 the narrator cleared his voice a few times and when he was not sure about pronounciations he repeated the word or the entire sentence a few times. This part needs a good review and editing. Good story but the editing fails are pretty glaring