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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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      4 out of 5 stars 16
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      4 out of 5 stars 16
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      4 out of 5 stars 16

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • From Charlemange to Cannosa

    • By Amazon Customer on 05-08-18

    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 1,015
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 935
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 932

    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 1,015 ratings

    Regular price: $23.17

    • 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 333
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 304
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      4 out of 5 stars 301

    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

    • Dynasty

    • The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar
    • By: Tom Holland
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 16 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 860
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 785
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 777

    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 860 ratings

    Regular price: $27.97

    • 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
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 471
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 425
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 425

    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 471 ratings

    Regular price: $31.49

    • 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 88
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 80
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 79

    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

    • Dynasty

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

    • Athelstan: The Making of England

    • Penguin Monarchs
    • By: Tom Holland
    • Narrated by: Roy McMillan
    • Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Athelstan: The Making of England by Tom Holland, read by Roy McMillan. The formation of England happened against the odds - the division of the country into rival kingdoms, the assaults of the Vikings, the precarious position of the island on the edge of the known world. But King Alfred ensured the survival of Wessex, his son Eadweard expanded it, and his grandson Æthelstan finally united Mercia and Wessex, conquered Northumbria and became Rex totius Britanniae.

    Regular price: $19.62

    • 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
    • Overall
      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

    • Lord of the Dead the Secret History of Byron

    • By: Tom Holland
    • Narrated by: Richard E. Grant
    • Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      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

    • 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
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 36
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    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

    • 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