• The Gilded Age

  • A Captivating Guide to an Era in American History That Overlaps the Reconstruction Era and Coincides with Parts of the Victorian Era in Britain Along with the Belle Époque in France
  • By: Captivating History
  • Narrated by: Jason Zenobia
  • Length: 4 hrs
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

If you want to discover the captivating history of the Gilded Age, then pay attention...

From a modern perspective, it may seem that the United States was a major powerhouse since its early days. Its present-day economic, military, and cultural strength gives out an aura of everlasting magnificence, possibly even that it was God-given. That’s how some may see it, at least. However, the truth is far from it. The American story started hundreds of years ago when it was a lowly European colony, far from the grandeur and magnificence the world associates with it today. Generations worked hard to gradually transform the humble, dependent colonies into bustling independent states, which were united under a single flag.

This transformation from a weak and relatively poor dominion into a world-class international power was undoubtedly a long process, yet it achieved its peak in the late 19th century. At that time, the US managed to achieve change in many aspects, from economic and social to political and military. This period of growth has become known as the Gilded Age.

In The Gilded Age: A Captivating Guide to an Era in American History That Overlaps the Reconstruction Era and Coincides with Parts of the Victorian Era in Britain Along with the Belle Époque in France, you will discover topics such as:

  • Building the Foundation
  • From Chaos to the Gilded Age
  • Economic Boom and Bust
  • Ups and Downs of Politics and the Government
  • Turbulent Winds of Change in the US
  • The Transformation of Life
  • And much, much, more!

So if you want to learn more about the Gilded Age, buy this audiobook now!

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Featured Article: The Gilded Age in History and Fiction


While fans of Julian Fellowes’s Gilded Age may be gagging on the luxurious costumes and sumptuous sets, part of the fun is sorting out fact from fiction in the HBO period drama. With a mix of invented characters and actual historical figures—such as society queen Caroline Astor and African American newspaper editor and civil rights leader T. Thomas Fortune—enthusiasts have plenty of resources available so they can learn the truth about the extravagant era when wealthy railroad magnates and other arrivistes were upending late 19th-century New York City society and culture.

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Excellent concise history

Covers many inventions and cultural shifts that formed the foundation of todays modern world. I was amazed at just how much was accomplished in the late 19th Century. Impressive!

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A good find

Loved it. Learned so much. There was so much information put into this book.

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ugh.

fake accent. boring. I can't think of another 15 words to finish this review. a really good example of how to make history boring

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short history of what would become the modern US

while I knew a lot of what occurred during this time period, this reading gave me a better understanding of all that info.

most of this focused on US history, n only briefly mentioned other parts of the world, due to being known under different titles/descriptions.

only slight gripe with the narrator, had to do with him sometimes making it sound as though he had more to say, but just abruptly ending things (that was the reason I scored him slightly less than perfect in a previous review). otherwise, he's still my favorite, of the 2 I've listened to, so far

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Wow!

So much for thinking I understood US History. This story tells you what the Brits know.

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What an awesome read!

I am always amazed at the greatness of captivating history books and learn so much. I must say though in this book about The Gilded Age, I learned so much! I read this book on Kindle and for the life of me I do not remember reading that Mark twain was the one who named that our the Gilded Age and when reading about the Jim Crow laws the industrial revolution and on and on I went from being angry to being baffled, but all in all it was in an interesting listen. I thought the narrator did a great job. Although I was surprised that a British gentleman was reading the book about America’s history, But then I thought this country is made up of many different people from many different countries so why wouldn’t a British man read about our history. Either way this book was a great awesome read and captivating history has a way of making boring facts into a fun endeavor. I highly recommend this book and can’t wait to read more by captivating history!

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The Gilded Age

A lot of things happened in the short time of the Gilded age. A lot of history I wish we would have learned from but it seems we are still making the some of the same mistakes. Very interesting. A lot of information. Good read!

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Good Overview

the nuts and bolts of this era in history. enjoyed it very much. not boring and the performance was very good