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Publisher's Summary

Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour. During the year 1066, England had three different kings and fought three huge battles in defence of the realm, including the bloody Battle of Hastings. The result was the Norman Conquest which defined England during the Middle Ages.

1066 in an Hour will guide you through the politics and personalities of the Norman invasion. It will help you understand why William the Conqueror was victorious and introduce you to the new king and subsequent ancestor to the Plantagenets and Tudors.

©2013 Kaye Jones (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"If the past is a foreign country, History in an Hour is like a high-class tour operator, offering delightfully enjoyable short breaks in the rich and diverse continent of our shared past." (Dominic Sandbrook)
"The practice of History is ever-evolving, and the History in an Hour idea brings it back up to date for the digital age." (Andrew Roberts, Bookseller)
"This is genius." (MacWorld.com)

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New Narrator Needed

I purchased this hoping to understand the significance and back story of 1066 and the battle of Hastings. Unfortunately I found the reader's voice so grating and irritating i didn't make it through forty five minutes. Purchase at your peril.

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don't bother

Usually this series, history in an Hour, is very good. This time, however, the content was a
disappointment.
The narrator, Jonathan Keeble, is (as usual) excellent.
May I make a suggestion? Get the "1066: The Year That Changed Everything" instead. Much, much better.

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Exquisite

I love this series of books, while short, they are substantial. They get down to the nitty gritty and are read superbly by Johnathan Keeble, one of my favorite narrators. The combination makes it perfect for listening to each multiple times and to go through the series.

This book in particular was of interest to me as I missed this section of history while in school. It was amazing. Highly recommend!

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loved it! short and to the point.

an excellent listen for a short trip or long commute. will interest any English history buff.

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love this series

Where does 1066: History in an Hour rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I love these "History in an Hour" over-views of historical topics that I have either forgotten or never learned (did not go to a very good public school...). I will defer against comparing this against other audiobooks I have listened to, as it would be like comparing apples to oranges. However, in comparison to others in the same series, and I think this is one of the better "History in an Hour".The narration is good, easy to follow. I like Jonathan Keeble, his delivery is that of an avuncular professor who knows his subject well, so it flows naturally.

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  • Salter
  • 05-04-17

Excellent overview

A fantastic overview of the events leading up to the Battle of Hastings, and what transpired as a result.
Fascinating insight into the relationship between Harold and William, and the historic pact between them.
Thoroughly recommend the History in an Hour series.

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  • BillSipher
  • 11-21-15

1066, the year of three kings...

1066: History in an Hour has really summed up one of Britain's most historic years.
In a Hour you could learn anything you may be asked about this year.

Events Learned:

5th January: King Edward the Confessor dies, without children.
6th January: Harold Godwinson becomes King of England.

And that was only the start, but instead of going to the shops and getting a book that may take you the rest of the day to read, just get this book, turn the sound up and sit down with a cup of tea in the comfort of your own home, and in a hour time you will know 1066 like the back of your hand.

I recommend this book to everyone who is interested in history and conquest.

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  • D. J. Evans
  • 11-20-17

Really interesting, loved it

This book gives you the lowdown on 1066 in a concise, non waffling way. It might not suit everyone but it is an hour well spent. As a person who loves listening to documentaries I now feel I can put the events of this eventful year into chronological order, which may not have happened if I'd read a more detailed analysis. It has paved the way for me to delve into further reading of this period.

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  • JB
  • 07-22-16

Ok but....

The way this is read is very off-putting, its fast and not easy to follow. There is little interest shown by the narrator and i found this made it harder to concentrate. Just my two pence worth though...

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  • phantom lover
  • 04-27-16

Ok if you like things brief

Would you try another book written by Kaye Jones or narrated by Jonathan Keeble?

I have bought another.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

No suprises as it's non-fiction

What aspect of Jonathan Keeble’s performance might you have changed?

He's a bit of a stilted reader.Sometimes you think he's going to say something else only to find he's finished the sentence.

Was 1066: History in an Hour worth the listening time?

Yes if you just like an outline of the subject

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  • Lea Davenport
  • 01-29-16

England,our England!

My first audible history in an hour and thoroughly enjoyable too!A perfect summation of our lands final years before Norman occupation.Thank you audible!!

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  • Mr. L. R. D
  • 12-16-15

Really Interesting

Would you consider the audio edition of 1066: History in an Hour to be better than the print version?

I've never read the printed version

What was one of the most memorable moments of 1066: History in an Hour?

I guess the battles

Which character – as performed by Jonathan Keeble – was your favourite?

Too many to tell

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

Yes - we lost

Any additional comments?

It's give enough detail to be educational and not dull, its a lot easier to remember key figures and events in this presentation. The narrator gives an excellent performance, I've already listened to it 3 times while working.