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Considered one of the finest historical works in the English language, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is lauded for its graceful, elegant prose style as much as for its epic scope. Remarkably accurate for its day, Gibbon's treatise holds a high place in the history of literature and remains an enduring subject of study.

Gibbon's monumental work traces the history of more than 13 centuries, covering the great events as well as the general historical progression. This first volume covers A.D. 180 to A.D. 395, which includes the establishment of Christianity and the Crusades.

(P)1992 Blackstone Audio Inc.

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"[Gibbon] stood on the summit of the Renaissance achievement and looked back over the waste of history to ancient Rome, as from one mountain top to another." (Christopher Dawson)

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  • Joe
  • Scranton, PA, USA
  • 05-28-10

Bad

I'm sure the book is very good as I like ancient history, but the audio quality is pathetic. I don't use this word lightly; I can and have gotten past alot and will do so again. I don't know if I can listen to it, much less burn it to disc. As for two stars I gave. The book is much better than that but the audio quality is just that bad.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Joshua
  • Shakopee, MN, USA
  • 09-16-08

Great Text, Tedius Listen

The narrator is droning, but the text is still great. It took a long time to listen to this, because I continually lost track.

One caveat: part of the beauty of the written texts are Gibbon's colorful footnotes. You miss these colorful splashes when you listen to the narration.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Bruce
  • Minnetonka, MN, USA
  • 02-28-08

How did I ever order this

When I realized Audible had Decline and Fall on file I was thrilled - I have always wanted to read it. However, either Edward Gibbon or the narrator makes this history so tedious to listen to that I simply quit after the first part.

6 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Some books are meant to...

Some books are more suitable for the medium of audiobooks than others, just as some books are meant to be read while others are meant to stand on the shelf testifying the learned sophistication of the owner. In printed form, Edward Gibbon's masterpiece makes fabulous sleeping aid, in audiobook form, it has lost even that, the recording sounds like it comes from outdated dictaphone, and the content, well, it's "decline and fall of the roman empire..."

7 of 20 people found this review helpful

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  • Alexis
  • Montreal, QC, Canada
  • 01-06-15

Dry

It is very well written but dry and a bit disorganized. The reader is also just ok.

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  • Ethosian
  • Earthquake Zone, California
  • 07-26-14

Too much detail for an audiobook

I did give it a good try, but:

1) this book assumes you know a lot about European history and geography, including Roman names for all the places mentioned

2) when you are reading a paper book and you get to a section you don't follow, you can underline and look things up in ways you cannot do with an audiobook.

3) there must be maps and reference materials in the printed version that you don't get with the audiobook

I will be getting a refund on this one.

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