• The Byzantine Empire

  • A Captivating Guide to Byzantium and How the Eastern Roman Empire Was Ruled by Emperors Such as Constantine the Great and Justinian
  • By: Captivating History
  • Narrated by: Duke Holm
  • Length: 2 hrs and 25 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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The Byzantine Empire

By: Captivating History
Narrated by: Duke Holm
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If you want to discover captivating stories of people and events of the Byzantine Empire then keep reading....

The Byzantine Empire was founded during the chaotic third century. It was the time when revolts and civil wars were common, and Roman emperors merely lasted for a year. Despite being one of the most captivating historical periods of all time, the Byzantine Empire is a lesser known one, and it's rare to find an exciting resource on the topic. 

But that is about to change. In this new captivating history audiobook, you will:  

  • Explore a story of power and glory, anarchy and order, paganism and Christianity, war and peace, the West and the East
  • Get familiar with the roots of the greatest controversies that defined the history of Europe and the entirety of Western civilization - the conflict between the Catholic and Orthodox churches, and the one between Christianity and Islam 
  • Discover stories of remarkable emperors you’ve never heard of and about the astonishing bravery of Graeco-Roman heroes such as Constantine Dragases, who resisted the Ottomans until the end, and Belisarius, who fought the Persians to reconquer what used to be the Western Empire
  • Learn more about the entire era called the Byzantine Empire in less time compared to studying boring textbooks

All this and much more awaits you, so get instant access now by downloading now!

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Written like a highschool student phoning it in.

This book is not about the Byzantine Empire, it's only a list of emperors and their accomplishments and failures. It sounds as if it was writhen at the 5th grad reading level and it is not even a good summary of the emperors. The author also bizarrely veers off the path to condemn icon veneration and praise iconoclasm halfway through the book. I would recommend a Wikipedia article over this.

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Written at the level of an undergraduate research paper

The narrator mispronounced so many names and even simple words like “simultaneously”.

Do not recommend

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Narrator can't pronounce basic words like Croatia

Narrator seems to read like a robot, pausing too long on commas, not pausing on natural breaks in the paragraphs, and leaving gaps where you are confused which sentence starts where. One of the worst "audiobooks" I've ever listened to. It's barely 2 hours long, and is more like some person who knows nothing about history or the world, reading snippets of Wikipedia to you. I am rating a 1-2 star and returning this "book" to get my money back. Not ordering any Captivating History books ever again. Super scammy, and I should have listened to the sample! But the reviews were so good, which makes me wonder who would actually give this a good review? Literally every single sentence that he reads, with commas making a list, cause him to read in the strangest inflections and distracting pauses.

Some words that the narrator seems to have never seen before reading this: Croatia, sepulcher, etc.

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Good history, five stars.

I am 41years old and I love this series from Captivating History team. I've learned so much from these books. They're extremely informative and certainly most fascinating. I've learned more from this series than I did from history class in school.

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Decent Introduction with good details.

Like most of the Captivating History Books, this one is a well written short read. It covers the basics, contains details and sparks your interest to continuing one's research on the subject. Highly recommended.

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I enjoyed listening to this book.

A is a decent book but I touched it could not decide if it was going to be a technical book on weapons and armies or a vivid account of those last months of Constantinople .It tried to do both in great detail and became hard reading in the telling.

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A good book, a good addition.

Audible format of this historical book has merit for providing a quick summary of the key elements of historical scenarios and is an excellent precursor to a subsequent more detailed analysis of points of interest that may emerge from the overview.

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