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    • The Forge of Christendom

    • The End of Days and the Epic Rise of the West
    • By: Tom Holland
    • Narrated by: James A. Gillies
    • Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
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    At the approach of the first millennium, the Christians of Europe did not seem likely candidates for future greatness. They saw no future beyond the widely anticipated Second Coming of Christ. But when the world did not end, the peoples of Western Europe suddenly found themselves with no choice but to begin the heroic task of building a Jerusalem on Earth. In The Forge of Christendom, Tom Holland masterfully describes this remarkable new age, a time of caliphs and Viking sea kings, the spread of castles, and the invention of knighthood.

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Rubicon

    • The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic
    • By: Tom Holland
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 989
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 911
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 908

    The Roman Republic was the most remarkable state in history. What began as a small community of peasants camped among marshes and hills ended up ruling the known world. Rubicon paints a vivid portrait of the Republic at the climax of its greatness - the same greatness which would herald the catastrophe of its fall. It is a story of incomparable drama.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Connects the Dots and Fills In the Gaps

    • By Emily on 01-28-12
    • The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic
    • By: Tom Holland
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
    • Release date: 11-22-11
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 989 ratings

    Regular price: $23.17

    • Persian Fire

    • The First World Empire and the Battle for the West
    • By: Tom Holland
    • Narrated by: Michael Page
    • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 461
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 416
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 416

    In the fifth century BC, a global superpower was determined to bring truth and order to what it regarded as two terrorist states. The superpower was Persia, incomparably rich in ambition, gold, and men. The terrorist states were Athens and Sparta, eccentric cities in a poor and mountainous backwater: Greece. The story of how their citizens took on the Great King of Persia, and thereby saved not only themselves, but Western civilization as well, is as heart-stopping and fateful as any episode in history.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Hard on a novice.

    • By Jack Cone on 01-04-17
    • The First World Empire and the Battle for the West
    • By: Tom Holland
    • Narrated by: Michael Page
    • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
    • Release date: 06-28-16
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 461 ratings

    Regular price: $31.49

    • Dynasty

    • The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar
    • By: Tom Holland
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 16 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 850
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 775
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 768

    Author and historian Tom Holland returns to his roots in Roman history and the audience he cultivated with Rubicon - his masterful, witty, brilliantly researched popular history of the fall of the Roman republic - with Dynasty, a luridly fascinating history of the reign of the first five Roman emperors.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Accessible, enjoyable history

    • By Mary on 01-28-16
    • The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar
    • By: Tom Holland
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 16 hrs and 4 mins
    • Release date: 10-20-15
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 850 ratings

    Regular price: $27.97

    • In the Shadow of the Sword

    • The Birth of Islam and the Rise of the Global Arab Empire
    • By: Tom Holland
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 18 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 325
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 298
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      4 out of 5 stars 295

    The evolution of the Arab empire is one of the supreme narratives of ancient history, a story dazzlingly rich in drama, character, and achievement. In this exciting and sweeping history - the third in his trilogy of books on the ancient world - Tom Holland describes how the Arabs emerged to carve out a stupefyingly vast dominion in a matter of decades, overcoming seemingly insuperable odds to create an imperial civilization.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great Book with a Misleading Title

    • By Charles Grey on 09-30-15

    Regular price: $38.49

    • In the Shadow of the Sword

    • The Battle for Global Empire and the End of the Ancient World
    • By: Tom Holland
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 17 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 82
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 75
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 74

    In the 6th century AD, the Near East was divided between two venerable empires: the Persian and the Roman. A hundred years on and one had vanished forever, while the other seemed almost finished. Ruling in their place were the Arabs: an upheaval so profound that it spelt, in effect, the end of the ancient world. In The Shadow of the Sword, Tom Holland explores how this came about.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another great book from Tom Holland

    • By Barry on 09-22-12

    Regular price: $18.11

    • Lord of the Dead the Secret History of Byron

    • By: Tom Holland
    • Narrated by: Richard E. Grant
    • Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
    • Abridged
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 20
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      4 out of 5 stars 19
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 18

    From the Levant to London's society salons to the canals of Venice, famed poet Lord Byron embarks on a life of adventure as the world's most notable vampire, following a dark trail of long-hidden secrets, ancient black arts, and the depths of evil.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • abridged version

    • By MEESHA on 10-11-15

    Regular price: $13.27

    • Millennium

    • The End of the World and the Forging of Christendom
    • By: Tom Holland
    • Narrated by: Andrew Sachs
    • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
    • Abridged
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 15
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      4 out of 5 stars 12
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      4 out of 5 stars 12

    Of all the civilisations existing in the year 1000, that of Western Europe seemed the unlikeliest candidate for future greatness. Compared to the glittering empires of Byzantium or Islam, the splintered kingdoms on the edge of the Atlantic appeared impoverished, fearful and backward. But the anarchy of these years proved to be, not the portents of the end of the world, as many Christians had dreaded, but rather the birthpangs of a radically new order.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book about the millennium

    • By Erik on 01-17-15
    • The End of the World and the Forging of Christendom
    • By: Tom Holland
    • Narrated by: Andrew Sachs
    • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
    • Release date: 12-18-08
    • 3.5 out of 5 stars 15 ratings

    Regular price: $15.88

    • Dynasty

    • By: Tom Holland
    • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
    • Length: 17 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
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      4 out of 5 stars 17
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    Dynasty tells the story of Rome's first dynasty of emperors, from its establishment by Augustus Caesar in the last decades of the first century BC to its final, florid extinction less than a century later. The line of autocrats known to historians as the 'Julio-Claudians' remains to this day a byword for depravity. The brilliance of its allure and the blood-steeped shadows cast by its crimes still haunt the public imagination.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Storytelling

    • By Canuck2016 on 03-30-18

    Regular price: $20.24

    • Rubicon

    • By: Tom Holland
    • Narrated by: Andrew Sachs
    • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    The Roman Republic was the most remarkable state in history. What began as a small community of peasants camped among marshes and hills ended up ruling the known world. Rubicon paints a vivid portrait of the Republic at the climax of its greatness: the same greatness which would herald the catastrophe of its fall.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good story, too fast

    • By Anonymous User on 03-19-18

    Regular price: $15.88

    • Persian Fire

    • The First World Empire and the Battle for the West
    • By: Tom Holland
    • Narrated by: Andrew Sachs
    • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
    • Abridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 36
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
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    Tom Holland's brilliant new book describes the very first "clash of Empires" between East and West. Once again he has found extraordinary parallels between the ancient world and our own. There is no competing popular book describing these events.

    • The First World Empire and the Battle for the West
    • By: Tom Holland
    • Narrated by: Andrew Sachs
    • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
    • Release date: 03-15-06
    • 4 out of 5 stars 36 ratings

    Regular price: $15.61