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    • A History of France

    • By: John Julius Norwich
    • Narrated by: John Julius Norwich
    • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
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    John Julius Norwich - called a "true master of narrative history" by Simon Sebag Montefiore - returns with the book he has spent his distinguished career wanting to write, A History of France, a portrait of the past two centuries of the country he loves best. Beginning with Julius Caesar's conquest of Gaul in the first century BC, this study of French history comprises a cast of legendary characters - Charlemagne, Louis XIV, Napoleon, Joan of Arc, and Marie Antionette, to name a few - as Norwich chronicles France's often violent, always fascinating history.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Mumbling Narrative

    • By John on 11-05-18

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Absolute Monarchs

    • A History of the Papacy
    • By: John Julius Norwich
    • Narrated by: Michael Page
    • Length: 18 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 223
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      4 out of 5 stars 204

    With the papacy embattled in recent years, it is essential to have the perspective of one of the world's most accomplished historians. In Absolute Monarchs, John Julius Norwich captures nearly 2,000 years of inspiration and devotion, intrigue and scandal. The men (and maybe one woman) who have held this position of infallible power over millions have ranged from heroes to rogues, admirably wise to utterly decadent.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A relentless succession of very old men

    • By Nassir on 11-01-11

    Regular price: $41.99

    • Four Princes

    • Henry VIII, Francis I, Charles V, Suleiman the Magnificent and the Obsessions that Forged Modern Europe
    • By: John Julius Norwich
    • Narrated by: Julian Elfer
    • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76
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    John Julius Norwich - whom the Wall Street Journal called "the very model of a popular historian" - has crafted a big, bold tapestry of the early 16th century, when Europe and the Middle East were overshadowed by a quartet of legendary rulers, all born within a 10-year period. Against the vibrant background of the Renaissance, these four men laid the foundations for modern Europe and the Middle East, as they collectively impacted the culture, religion, and politics of their respective domains.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • For the most part, very informative.

    • By Paula on 02-05-18
    • Henry VIII, Francis I, Charles V, Suleiman the Magnificent and the Obsessions that Forged Modern Europe
    • By: John Julius Norwich
    • Narrated by: Julian Elfer
    • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
    • Release date: 04-04-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 76 ratings

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Sicily

    • An Island at the Crossroads of History
    • By: John Julius Norwich
    • Narrated by: Michael Healy
    • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 103
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      4 out of 5 stars 92

    "Sicily," said Goethe, "is the key to everything." It is the largest island in the Mediterranean, the stepping-stone between Europe and Africa, the link between the Latin West and the Greek East. Sicily's strategic location has tempted Roman emperors, French princes, and Spanish kings. The subsequent struggles to conquer and keep it have played crucial roles in the rise and fall of the world's most powerful dynasties.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • DISAPPOINTING

    • By SRdto on 11-22-16

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The Middle Sea

    • A History of the Mediterranean
    • By: John Julius Norwich
    • Narrated by: Alpha Trivette
    • Length: 29 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 29
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      4 out of 5 stars 28

    A colorful account of the civilizations that rose and fell on the lands bordering the Mediterranean, The Middle Sea represents the culmination of a great historian’s unparalleled art and scholarship. John Julius Norwich provides brilliant portraits of the Phoenicians, the Egyptians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Arabs, the French, the Venetians, the Popes, and the pirates of the Gulf. Above all, he deftly traces the intermingling of ancient conflicts and modern sensibilities that shapes life today on the shores of the Middle Sea.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • A Poor Reading of Review of Quick of Western Civ.

    • By Brian Abel Ragen on 09-09-14

    Regular price: $39.95

    • Sicily

    • By: John Julius Norwich
    • Narrated by: Michael Healy
    • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
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    The stepping stone between Europe and Africa, the gateway between the East and the West, at once a stronghold, clearinghouse and observation post, Sicily has been invaded and fought over by Phoenicians and Greeks, Carthaginians and Romans, Goths and Byzantines, Arabs and Normans, Germans, Spaniards and the French for thousands of years. It has belonged to them all - and yet has properly been part of none. 

    Regular price: $27.27

    • Shakespeare's Kings

    • The Great Plays and the History of England in the Middle Ages: 1337-1485
    • By: John Julius Norwich
    • Narrated by: John Curran
    • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 29
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 26
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      4 out of 5 stars 25

    William Shakespeare may have been the greatest playwright in the English language, but how does he measure up as a historian? In this brilliant comparison between the events and characters in Shakespeare's history plays and the actual events that inspired them, acclaimed historian John Julius Norwich examines the nine works that together amount to an epic masterpiece on England's most fascinating period.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • The program demands an optional headline

    • By Jessica on 04-04-15

    Regular price: $24.95

    • An English Christmas

    • By: John Julius Norwich
    • Narrated by: John Julius Norwich, Luke Thompson, Nicky Diss, and others
    • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2.5 out of 5 stars 3
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    A Christmas anthology from legendary historian and Christmas Cracker compiler John Julius Norwich. This year go carol singing in the Cotswolds with Laurie Lee or attend church with a grumpy Samuel Pepys. Make plum puddings for bemused French villagers with Elizabeth David; go present shopping with Virginia Woolf, or eat far too much with Agatha Christie. Celebrate Christmas at Chatsworth, in the workhouse or marooned in the ice with Shackleton....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Where is the Christmas spirit?

    • By Charlene on 12-27-17

    Regular price: $20.65

    • France

    • A Short History: From Gaul to de Gaulle
    • By: John Julius Norwich
    • Narrated by: John Julius Norwich
    • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 6
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    John Julius Norwich (at 88) has finally written the book he always wanted to write, the extremely colourful story of the country he loves best. From frowning Roman generals and belligerent Gallic chieftains to Charlemagne through Marie Antoinette and the storming of the Bastille to Vichy, the Resistance and beyond, France is packed with heroes and villains, adventures and battles, romance and revolution. Full of memorable stories and racy anecdotes, this is the country that has inspired the rest of the world to live, dress, eat - and love better.

    Regular price: $26.64

    • The Popes

    • A History
    • By: John Julius Norwich
    • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
    • Length: 21 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 23
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    Well known for his histories of Norman Sicily, Venice, the Byzantine Empire and the Mediterranean, John Julius Norwich has now turned his attention to the oldest continuing institution in the world, tracing the papal line down the centuries from St Peter himself – traditionally (though by no means historically) the first pope – to the present Benedict XVI.Of the 280-odd holders of the supreme office, some have unques­tionably been saints; others have wallowed in unspeakable iniquity.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good overall

    • By Clare on 09-22-12

    Regular price: $27.81

    • Four Princes

    • By: John Julius Norwich
    • Narrated by: Julian Elfer
    • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
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    'Never before had the world seen four such giants coexisting. Sometimes friends, more often enemies, always rivals, these four men together held Europe in the hollow of their hands.' The colourful story of the four very different men who created our modern world: Henry VIII, Francis I of France, Charles V of Spain and Suleiman the Magnificent: popular history at its best from John Julius Norwich.

    Regular price: $21.81

    • A Christmas Cracker

    • By: John Julius Norwich
    • Narrated by: John Julius Norwich
    • Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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    In September 2007 an invited audience enjoyed a special performance by John Julius Norwich of a selection from his Christmas Crackers at the Jermyn Street Theatre in London to benefit the Venice in Peril Fund. Listeners to this audiobook can share the delight of the live audience as John Julius entertains us with a compilation of anecdote, prose, poetry and even song that is as charmingly conceived as it is delightfully performed.

    Regular price: $15.48