The Story of Civilization, Volume I: The Ancient World

Narrated by: Kevin Gallagher
Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (95 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Children should not just hear about history, they should live it. In The Story of Civilization, the ancient stories that have shaped humanity come alive like never before. Author Phillip Campbell uses his historical expertise and story-telling ability together in tandem to present the content in a fresh and thrilling way. 

The Story of Civilization reflects a new emphasis in presenting the history of the world as a thrilling and compelling narrative. Within each chapter, children will encounter short stories that place them directly in the shoes of historical figures, both famous and ordinary, as they live through legendary battles and invasions, philosophical debates, the construction of architectural wonders, the discovery of new inventions and sciences, and the exploration of the world. 

Volume I, The Ancient World, begins the journey, covering the time periods from the dawn of history and the early nomads, to the conversion of Emperor Constantine. Children will learn what life was like in the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Persia, Greece, Rome, and more, as well as learn the Old Testament stories of the Israelites and the coming of Christ. 

The strength of the content lies not only in the storybook delivery of it, but also in the way it presents history through the faithful prism of the Church. Have you always wanted your children to learn about world history from a Catholic perspective? Here, you'll have the trusted resource you've always wanted. 

©2016 Phillip Campbell (P)2016 TAN Books

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Phenomenal

We have enjoyed this audio so much and use it for our history for homeschool. We have listened to it about 10 times by now. It is the Catholic version of “Story of the World”.

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A brilliant panorama of the ancient world

This book is not just for children - adults will learn much from it too. It will turn even a history novice into a very knowledgeable person in just a few hours! The breadth and scope of content is impressive spanning the first civilisations of Mesopotamia right through to the conversion of Constantine. It has sufficient depth and pace to keep interest and I loved the vignettes where the reader takes you into great historical moments and the lives of prominent characters of yesteryear. Unlike most secular books, this one also provides due treatment of the Biblical narrative and its importance in world history. For parents or listeners with sensibilities, It does not delve needlessly into the details of debauchery and depravity which characterised many of these passages of time. I loved this volume so much and found it so fascinating that I just purchased the next instalment.

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makes learning interesting!

I used this as a part of my sons history curriculum. He loved it, and so did I! I've never liked history, but when you listen to it in story format it becomes not only more interesting but stays with you more easily.

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wow!

Thank you Philip Campbell for the excellent work! It's a very well-told story with plenty of background information as well as sound effects and music. My kids aged 10, 8 and 6 well loving it! My three year old tolerated it for parts, but it is definitely aimed at school aged children. My husband and I learned a lot and found it really enjoyable. Absolutely worth your time!

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Captivating!

Fantastic addition to our homeschooling curriculum! we thoroughly enjoyed Campbell's historical information and storytelling throughout.

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Very good.

Excellent book for educational purposes. Definitely would recommend this book to friends and others for education.

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Perfect...No...Enjoyable...YES

Enjoyable production of the history of ancient civilizations with great music, sound design and 'flashback' scenes that help bring these stories to life.

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Great if you're a Christian

The beginning was very good but the longer I listened to it, the more religious it got. Instead of hearing famous historic stories of the past, I now felt like I was in Sunday youth school and hearing the Christian stories of the bible.. So if you're into that type of genre, then you'll love this book. If you're seeking a more non-fiction type of read then there are better options for you.

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religious propaganda

didn't get more than 10 minutes in and he's telling us about Jesus is the savior and that's the most important part of history. barf. I'll find an objective source of history TYVM. returned.

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Great Homeschool Resource

We really enjoyed using this audiobook in our history homeschool lessons. Parts of it is from a catholic perspective but this can be adjusted to explain your own family beliefs.

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  • 11-03-18

The best so far !!

This book kept me interested all the way through, it was really well presented and narrator wasn't a boring monotone voice like most history audio books, definitely will purchase the rest of the volumes that are available.