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    • The Lessons of History

    • By: Will, Ariel Durant
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,377
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      4 out of 5 stars 1,095
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,086

    The authors devoted five decades to the study of world history and philosophy, culminating in the masterful 11-volume Story of Civilization. In this compact summation of their work, Will and Ariel Durant share the vital and profound lessons of our collective past. Their perspective, gained after a lifetime of thinking and writing about the history of humankind, is an invaluable resource for us today.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This is a must for every Educated Person

    • By BradleyBurr on 10-29-07

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Age of Louis XIV

    • The Story of Civilization, Book 8
    • By: Will Durant, Ariel Durant
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 36 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 186
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 162
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 161

    The Age of Louis XIV is the biography of a period (1648 - 1715) that Spengler considered the apex of modern European civilization. "Some centuries hence," Frederick the Great correctly predicted to Voltaire, "they will translate the good authors of the age of Pericles and Augustus." Those authors are lovingly treated here.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of the Best of a Great Series

    • By Michael on 07-15-15

    Regular price: $38.46

    • Rousseau and Revolution

    • The Story of Civilization, Book 10
    • By: Will Durant, Ariel Durant
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 57 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 120
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      5 out of 5 stars 103
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 104

    Rousseau and Revolution, the 10th volume of the Story of Civilization, ranges over a Europe in ferment, but centers on the passionate rebel-philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, the great exponent of the romantic impulse toward self-exploration and social revolt, who contended with the great rationalist Voltaire for the mind of Europe.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Story of Civilization series is a graduate school education all by itself.

    • By Karen L. on 02-20-16

    Regular price: $52.47

    • The Age of Voltaire

    • A History of Civlization in Western Europe from 1715 to 1756, with Special Emphasis on the Conflict between Religion and Philosophy
    • By: Will Durant, Ariel Durant
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 42 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 184
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      5 out of 5 stars 167
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 167

    The Age of Voltaire, the ninth volume of The Story of Civilization, is an in-depth examination of France and England in the first half of the 18th century.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • REAL TREASURE

    • By Jeff on 10-21-15

    Regular price: $52.47

    • The Age of Reason Begins

    • A History of European Civilization in the Period of Shakespeare, Bacon, Montaigne, Rembrandt, Galileo, and Descartes: 1558 - 1648: The Story of Civilization, Book 7
    • By: Will Durant, Ariel Durant
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 34 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 240
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 212
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 209

    The Age of Reason Begins brings together a fascinating network of stories in the discussion of the bumpy road toward the Enlightenment. This is the age of great monarchs and greater artists - on the one hand, Elizabeth I of England, Philip II of Spain, and Henry IV of France; on the other, Shakespeare, Cervantes, Montaigne, and Rembrandt. It also encompasses the heyday of Francis Bacon, Galileo, Giordano Bruno, and Descartes, the fathers of modern science and philosophy.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Mostly 30 Years of War, but Reason bests War

    • By Michael on 05-01-15

    Regular price: $38.46

    • The Age of Napoleon

    • A History of European Civilization from 1789 to 1815: The Story of Civilization, Book 11
    • By: Will Durant, Ariel Durant
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 43 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 178
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 158
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 158

    The Age of Napoleon, the 11th and final volume of the Story of Civilization, surveys the amazing chain of events that wrenched Europe out of the Enlightenment and into the age of democracy. In this masterful work, listeners will encounter the French Revolution from the storming of the Bastille to the guillotining of the king; and the revolution's leaders - Danton, Desmoulins, Robespierre, and Saint-Just - all cut down by the reign of terror they inaugurated.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A gift to humanity

    • By Eric on 01-28-16

    Regular price: $38.46