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    • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

    • By: Edward Gibbon
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 126 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 317
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 290
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 286

    Here in a single volume is the entire, unabridged recording of Gibbon's masterpiece. Beginning in the second century A.D. at the apex of the Pax Romana, Gibbon traces the arc of decline and complete destruction through the centuries across Europe and the Mediterranean. It is a thrilling and cautionary tale of splendor and ruin, of faith and hubris, and of civilization and barbarism. Follow along as Christianity overcomes paganism... before itself coming under intense pressure from Islam.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The European Civilization

    • By Marcus on 03-03-16

    Regular price: $60.00

    • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume I

    • By: Edward Gibbon
    • Narrated by: David Timson
    • Length: 22 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 171
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 161
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 159

    Some 250 years after its first publication, Gibbon's Decline and Fall is still regarded as one of the greatest histories in Western literature. He reports on more than 1,000 years of an empire which extended from the most northern and western parts of Europe to deep into Asia and Africa and covers not only events but also the cultural and religious developments that effected change during that time.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Expand Your Vocabulary in Just 146 hours

    • By Doug D. Eigsti on 02-11-15

    Regular price: $41.99

    • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume II

    • By: Edward Gibbon
    • Narrated by: David Timson
    • Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49

    Some 250 years after its first publication, Gibbon's Decline and Fall is still regarded as one of the greatest histories in Western literature. He reports on more than 1,000 years of an empire which extended from the most northern and western parts of Europe to deep into Asia and Africa and covers not only events but also the cultural and religious developments that effected change during that time.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Footnotes included

    • By D on 02-02-14

    Regular price: $41.99

    • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume VI

    • By: Edward Gibbon
    • Narrated by: David Timson
    • Length: 28 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    In Volume VI (Chapters LVII - LXXI), Gibbon ends his masterful history by charting the rise of the Turkish nation and the birth of the Ottoman Empire, which becomes an unstoppable force as it eventually captures the remains of the Eastern Empire. Weakened under the continuing schism of the Greek and Latin Christians, the strategically important site of Constantinople becomes an easy target for Sultan Mohammed II much to the consternation and apathy of the West.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Expand Your Vocabulary in Just 146 hours

    • By Doug D. Eigsti on 02-11-15

    Regular price: $38.49

    • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume IV

    • By: Edward Gibbon
    • Narrated by: David Timson
    • Length: 24 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire has always maintained its initial appeal to both the general public and scholars alike. Its sheer scale is daunting, covering not merely the Western Empire from the days of the early emperors to its extinction in AD 476, but also the Eastern Empire, which lasted for another thousand years until the Turks vanquished it in 1453. But Gibbon’s style, part historical fact and part literature, is enticing, and the sheer honesty of the man endears him to the listener.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Expand Your Vocabulary in Just 146 hours

    • By Doug D. Eigsti on 02-11-15

    Regular price: $41.99

    • Memoirs of My Life and Writings

    • By: Edward Gibbon
    • Narrated by: David Timson
    • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    Memoirs of My Life, published posthumously in 1796, wholly unveils the character of the world’s greatest historian in full candor and openness. We follow him from birth, through to his education at Oxford, to his time in Switzerland where he met Voltaire and fell in love with a Swiss girl. We accompany him on his travels through France and Lausanne, leading on to his eventual arrival in Rome, where he conceived of his epic Decline and Fall.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Gets Good after Chapter Five

    • By Todd Albert on 03-10-15

    Regular price: $24.49

    • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume III

    • By: Edward Gibbon
    • Narrated by: David Timson
    • Length: 21 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32

    Some 250 years after its first publication, Gibbon's Decline and Fall is still regarded as one of the greatest histories in Western literature. In Volume III (XXVII-XXXVI), Gibbon charts the fall of the Western empire. Starting with the reign of Emperor Gratian (d. 383) his survey moves to political and religious issues in the East and West before covering the increasing military power of the Barbarians.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Expand Your Vocabulary in Just 146 hours

    • By Doug D. Eigsti on 02-11-15

    Regular price: $38.49

    • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume 1

    • By: Edward Gibbon
    • Narrated by: Philip Madoc, Neville Jason
    • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 95
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38

    Gibbon's The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is one of the greatest texts in the English language. In magisterial prose, Gibbon charts the gradual collapse of the Roman rule form Augustus (23 BC - AD 14) to the first of the barbarian kings, Odoacer (476- 490 AD). It is a remarkable account, with the extravagant corruption and depravity of emperors such as Commodus, Caracalla, and Elagabalus contrasted by the towering work of Constantine, Julian, and other remarkable men.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Triumph

    • By Jesse on 09-06-07

    Regular price: $25.52

    • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume 2

    • By: Edward Gibbon
    • Narrated by: Philip Madoc, Neville Jason
    • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 15

    Edward Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire occupies an immortal place in the pantheon of historical masterpieces. This recording covers the final three volumes of Gibbon's work, tracing ten centuries in the life of the eastern half of the empire, whose capital city was Constantinople.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Gibbon

    • By George on 09-15-03

    Regular price: $24.04

    • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume V

    • By: Edward Gibbon
    • Narrated by: David Timson
    • Length: 27 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire has always maintained its initial appeal to both the general public and scholars alike. Its sheer scale is daunting, encompassing over a millennium of history, covering not merely the Western Empire from the days of the early emperors to its extinction in AD 476, but also the Eastern Empire, which lasted for another thousand years until the Turks vanquished it in 1453. But Gibbon’s style is enticing, and the sheer honesty of the man endears him to the listener.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Expand Your Vocabulary in Just 146 hours

    • By Doug D. Eigsti on 02-11-15

    Regular price: $38.49

    • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume 1

    • By: Edward Gibbon
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 41 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 450
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 283
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 283

    Considered one of the finest historical works in the English language, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is lauded for its graceful, elegant prose style as much as for its epic scope. Remarkably accurate for its day, Gibbon's treatise holds a high place in the history of literature and remains an enduring subject of study.

    Gibbon's monumental work traces the history of more than 13 centuries, covering the great events as well as the general historical progression. This first volume covers A.D. 180 to A.D. 395, which includes the establishment of Christianity and the Crusades.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What an age we live in

    • By William Penny on 08-20-08

    Regular price: $34.96

    • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume 3

    • By: Edward Gibbon
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 39 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 120
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 84
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81

    This third volume of Gibbon's masterpiece covers the years A.D. 1185 to A.D. 1453 and explores the rise of Islam, the Crusades, the invention of gunpowder, Genghis Khan and the Mongol invasions, the Turkish conquests, and the beginning of the Renaissance.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An Amazing Piece of History

    • By Darwin8u on 04-15-12

    Regular price: $34.96

    • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume 2

    • By: Edward Gibbon
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 40 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 147
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 100
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99

    Famous for its unflagging narrative power, fine organization, and irresistibly persuasive arguments, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire has earned a permanent place of honor in historical literature. Gibbon's elegantly detached erudition is seasoned with an ironic wit, and remarkably little of his work is outdated.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant in parts, excellent in Most.

    • By Darwin8u on 04-15-12

    Regular price: $34.96

    • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume Three

    • By: Edward Gibbon
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 47 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    In Volume Three, Gibbon picks up his story with the chaotic events following the retreat of the Eastern Roman Empire from the Italian peninsula in the seventh century. As the German conquerors settle into the new territories they took from the old Roman Empire, Islam suddenly emerges on the Arabian peninsula and sweeps across North Africa and into Spain. Muslim forces move north and threaten Constantinople itself.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Outstanding Narrative of Roman Empire's Decline

    • By David J. Rosenbrock on 05-26-15

    Regular price: $44.80

    • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume Two (A.D. 395 to A.D. 641)

    • By: Edward Gibbon
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 39 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    Volume Two begins with the accession of the Roman Emperor Valens in the year 364, a period which heralded vast movements of barbarian tribes from the north and east. The Huns move from the confines of Mongolia westward into Europe, pushing the German tribes in terror before them, who in turn move across the Rhine and Danube into Roman territory. The names of Goths, Franks, Lombards and Vandals will become part of the daily vocabulary. Gibbon describes in matchless style the dramatic events as the Western Roman Empire disintegrates under the pressure of Germanic invasion and internal corruption.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved it.

    • By David J. Rosenbrock on 04-18-15

    Regular price: $44.80

    • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume One

    • By: Edward Gibbon
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 40 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36

    Gibbon's masterpiece on Rome is a monument of literature and a model of modern historical research. There has never been anything quite like it since its publication between 1776 and 1788. Although some of Gibbon's views are considered controversial today, there is no doubt that his research and patient devotion to scholarship produced one of the most valuable and renowned histories of all time.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • the standard

    • By Mark on 11-22-13

    Regular price: $44.80