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A History of the World Audiobook

A History of the World

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Publisher's Summary

From the earliest civilizations to the 21st century: a global journey through human history, published alongside a landmark BBC One television series.

Our understanding of world history is changing, as new discoveries are made on all the continents and old prejudices are being challenged. In this truly global journey, Andrew Marr revisits some of the traditional epic stories, from classical Greece and Rome to the rise of Napoleon, but surrounds them with less familiar material, from Peru to the Ukraine, China to the Caribbean. He looks at cultures that have failed and vanished, as well as the origins of today’s superpowers, and finds surprising echoes and parallels across vast distances and epochs. This is a book about the great change-makers of history and their times, people such as Cleopatra, Genghis Khan, Galileo, and Mao, but it is also a book about us. For 'The better we understand how rulers lose touch with reality, or why revolutions produce dictators more often than they produce happiness, or why some parts of the world are richer than others, the easier it is to understand our own times.'

Fresh, exciting and vividly listenable, this is popular history at its very best.

©2012 Andrew Marr (P)2012 Macmillan Digital Audio

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  • Vanessa Bradford
    11/13/15
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    "Excellent overview of Civilisation!!"

    David Timson reads Andrew Marr's work beautifully. What a pair! I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting a dip thru our most interesting bursts in the growth of Civilisation.

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  • Gary
    11/1/15
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    "Good overview of the history of civilisation."

    Well read and a good overview of human history. If you want to know more about history this book would be a great start and gives a good sense of the general timeline of the formative events of world history and main sweep of human cultural evolution.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Victor
    10/12/15
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    "Very informative"

    I really enjoyed this book, and look forward to listening to it again

    The narrator was really good too

    I don't think I experienced any dull moment throughout the entire book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dell
    9/1/15
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    "A very good interesting listen"
    Would you listen to A History of the World again? Why?

    i think i may listen to certain parts again but not all of it


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A History of the World?

    i very much enjoyed and learned a lot about constatinople


    Which character – as performed by Andrew Marr and David Timson – was your favourite?

    there were no characters it was reading about history


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

    it made me more interested in history of the world and i learned lots


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yasmine
    8/18/15
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    "Interesting potted history of last few thousand years of the human world"

    It was nice to hear about history around the world at similar times and to get a general picture, having been brought up on specific and very western history. Although there is probably still an emphasis on the West in this book, it does give much more of an idea of what was happening in the rest of the world as well.
    I think this is more the way history should be taught, with far less focus on nationalism and more on trends and lessons that could and should be learnt.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MR
    8/15/15
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    "Good overall history"

    A good view of history from the start of civilisation to modern times. Giving good views to how things could be different if certain people didn't do what they did.

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  • George Kerr
    8/14/15
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    "Exceptional"

    Hugely difficult to cover a vast topic in a concise and engaging way but somehow Andrew Marr has managed. Never a dull moment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darkly
    London
    8/11/15
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    "Really engaging and interesting. Will Read."

    Loved it. Was disappointed when it finished as I could have happily gone on with it had the been more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Basingstoke, United Kingdom
    7/26/15
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    "Popular history"

    As you would expect this book is well written and presented but as acknowledged the book picks out episodes in a very long history. You probably won't regret listening to the book but will be left wishing for more substance and detail. A useful guide to some points in history that merit follow up reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Harris
    7/25/15
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    "Brilliant - I now feel educated!"
    What made the experience of listening to A History of the World the most enjoyable?

    A well paced and fascinating journey through time. Witty but not whimsical, Andrew Marr has a gift for writing.


    Have you listened to any of Andrew Marr and David Timson ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Superb narration.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it so much - I'm buying his other books!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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