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Publisher's Summary

How did a fertile region turn humankind from small tribes of hunter-gatherers into the civilizations we know today?

Where did writing, culture, and agriculture begin?

How did the belief in a single, all-powerful God sprout and thrive in a world where people worshiped many different gods?

These are just some of the questions you’ll find answers to in History of the Middle East: Melting Pot - Holy Wars & Holy Cities - From the Sumerians to the Ottoman Empire and Today’s Nation States: Israel, Iran, Iraq, and Egypt - Shaping the Near East History

The Middle East is the cradle of civilization - where humankind once roamed in small groups of hunter-gatherers and foraged for food and shelter, then learned to plant crops and build structures. Today, we are an advanced civilization that has conquered the skies, oceans, and even the moon. To understand how this transformation occurred, take a brief trip back into the history of the Middle East, where it all began.

Go back to the origins of humankind, where two rivers formed the Fertile Crescent and civilization sprouted.

Hear the Abrahamic Religions bud in the Levant along the Eastern Mediterranean Sea and develop into Judaism and Christianity.

Listen as the steady march of empires hold sway over Middle Eastern trade, resources, religion and culture for millennia.

Visit the sacred cities whose connections to holy people and events sparked bitter conflict.

©2017 Lean Stone Publishing (P)2017 Lean Stone Publishing

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I recommend

Narrator was not good. Sounded like a robot reading program. I was very disappointed. This topic is so important for us all to understand. I did like the review questions at the end of each chapter; but they were read through to fast.

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Far too short and the reader was horrendous

I rather enjoy the history of the Middle East which is why it is sad that I did not enjoy this book. First off, I love learning about the history of the region but this book doesn't cover nearly enough about anything. It is too brief and the voice was at times so monotonous I found myself falling asleep while trying to listen to one of my favorite subjects. Not a good sign in my opinion. Not only was the reader not very appealing to listen to but was full of pronunciation errors. Sorry to say I wouldn't recommend.

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Automata reader

Very annoying to hear. The reader sounds like a machine. I thought this would end in the preface. However the whole book is narrated like an impersonal computer.

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It’s a robot like reading!

So unfortunate that the performance is extremely annoying. I think it has been read by a machine. I didn’t last long :(

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bad

not worth listening to. Very bad, superficial, and silly. I don't know why I bought it.

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buy another book read by someone else

the dude that reads it needs some personality. the vocals are garbage.. I want a refund!

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Awesome history lesson!

Many people don't know the history of the Middle East. This audiobook did a great job at summing up the history of the Middle East, and I can now understand Middle Eastern culture a whole lot better than I did before.

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Score 100% and you will really know something

Middle Eastern History
By Raymond Nelson
Narrated by Trevor Clinger
As brief a history as you can have and still cover all the major points of the land the people there religion and advancements
The narration seems very deliberate until you consider the abundance of information and it’s potentially global audiance


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Such a unique history audiobook!

Middle eastern history is so unique! There's not really any audiobook on the market that goes over middle eastern history as well as this audiobook. I highly recommend this audiobook to all history buffs!

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Middle Eastern Overview with Atrocious Narration

Another Nelson book that provides a basic overview of Middle Eastern history from Sumer and Mesopotamia to more or less the modern day - not huge amounts of detail but enough to find details of what you're interested in. The narration however is simply a disaster. I swear this was a text to voice reading... apparently Constantinople is Constanople as well... I cannot overstate how bad this reading is. please audible - hire me, I'll do better than this.

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Really poor audio - electronic audio

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Proper reading - not electronic audio

Has Middle Eastern History put you off other books in this genre?

Yes - awful to listen to electronic audio - no intonation

How could the performance have been better?

Proper transposition

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

no

Any additional comments?

if you are selling audio books - ensure that they are properly audible