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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 Story of Philosophy

    • The Lives and Opinions of the Greater Philosophers
    • By: Will Durant
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 19 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,218
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 988
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 974

    Durant lucidly describes the philosophical systems of such world-famous “monarchs of the mind” as Plato, Aristotle, Francis Bacon, Spinoza, Kant, Voltaire, and Nietzsche. Along with their ideas, he offers their flesh-and-blood biographies, placing their thoughts within their own time and place and elucidating their influence on our modern intellectual heritage. This book is packed with wisdom and wit.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • AN ALL TIME FAVORITE

    • By Jeff on 04-14-12

    Regular price: $31.47

    • Our Oriental Heritage

    • The Story of Civilization, Volume 1
    • By: Will Durant
    • Narrated by: Robin Field
    • Length: 50 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 716
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 645
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 638

    The first volume of Will Durant's Pulitzer Prize-winning series, Our Oriental Heritage: The Story of Civilization, Volume I chronicles the early history of Egypt, the Middle East, and Asia.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful

    • By Michael on 11-30-13

    Regular price: $41.97

    • The Life of Greece

    • The Story of Civilization, Volume 2
    • By: Will Durant
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 32 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 560
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 502
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 498

    Here Durant tells the whole story of Greece from the days of Crete's vast Aegean empire to the final extirpation of the last remnants of Greek liberty, crushed under the heel of an implacably forward-marching Rome. The dry minutiae of battles and sieges, of tortuous statecraft of tyrant and king, get minor emphasis in what is preeminently a vivid recreation of Greek culture, brought to the listener through the medium of supple, vigorous prose.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Series Don’t be Intimidated by 500 hours

    • By Michael on 01-25-14

    Regular price: $31.47

    • The Renaissance

    • A History of Civilization in Italy from 1304 - 1576 AD, The Story of Civilization, Volume 5
    • By: Will Durant
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 37 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 282
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 248
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 248

    In this masterful work, listeners will encounter: the poets Petrarch and Boccaccio, the fathers of the Renaissance; the paintings, sculptures, and architecture of Milan, Florence, and Venice; the life and accomplishments of Leonardo DaVinci; the Catholic church and the popes of Avignon and Rome; the politicians and philosophers of Italy, including the Borgia family, Julius II, and Machiavelli; the Italian Wars, the conflicts with France, and the country's decline.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Panoramic View of the Italian Renaissance

    • By Richard on 04-25-15

    Regular price: $38.46

    • The Reformation

    • A History of European Civilization from Wycliffe to Calvin, 1300 - 1564 (The Story of Civilization, Book 6)
    • By: Will Durant
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 50 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 274
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 248
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 243

    An engrossing volume on the European Reformation by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Will Durant. The sixth volume of Durant's acclaimed Story of Civilization, The Reformationchronicles the history of European civilization from 1300 to 1564.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic!

    • By Arthur Pendragon on 11-07-14

    Regular price: $45.47

    • 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
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      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

    • Caesar and Christ

    • The Story of Civilization, Volume 3
    • By: Will Durant
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 36 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 494
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 435
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 436

    The third volume of Will Durant's Pulitzer Prize-winning series, Caesar and Christ chronicles the history of Roman civilization and of Christianity from their beginnings to A.D. 325.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superb.

    • By Mike From Mesa on 04-29-14

    Regular price: $28.00

    • The Greatest Minds and Ideas of All Time

    • By: Will Durant
    • Narrated by: John Little
    • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 433
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 270
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 264

    Best-selling historian and philosopher Will Durant devoted his entire life to studying the most significant eras, individuals, and achievements of human history. Here is a summation of Durant's work, as he presents the best of world history. Filled with Durant's renowned wit, knowledge, and unique ability to explain events in simple and exciting terms, it is a concise liberal arts education.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Summary

    • By Arthur Pendragon on 02-07-16

    Regular price: $13.27

    • The Age of Faith, Volume 4

    • By: Will Durant
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 61 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 324
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 283
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 282

    The fourth volume in Will Durant's Pulitzer Prize-winning series, The Age of Faith surveys the medieval achievements and modern significance of Christian, Islamic, and Judaic life and culture. Like the other volumes in the Story of Civilization series, this is a self-contained work, which at the same time fits into a comprehensive history of mankind. It includes the dramatic stories of St. Augustine, Hypatia, Justinian, Mohammed, Harun al-Rashid, Charlemagne, William the Conqueror, and many more.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Illumination on the dark ages

    • By Mike From Mesa on 08-24-14

    Regular price: $52.47

    • 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 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

    • 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
    • Performance
      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

    • Heroes of History

    • By: Will Durant
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 231
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 132
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 130

    At Will Durant's death at 96, in 1981, his personal papers were dispersed among relatives, collectors, and archive houses. Twenty years later, scholar John Little discovered the previously unknown manuscript of Heroes of History in Durant's granddaughter's garage. Written shortly before he died, these 21 essays serve as an abbreviated version of Durant's best-selling, 11-volume series, The Story of Civilization.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A celebration of history

    • By John on 07-06-05

    Regular price: $27.95

    • Fallen Leaves

    • Last Words on Life, Love, War & God
    • By: Will Durant
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 113
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 103
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 102

    The final and most personal work from Pulitzer Prize - winning author and historian Will Durant - discovered 32 years after his death - is a message of insight for everyone who has sought meaning in life or the council of a wise friend in navigating life's journey. From 1968 to 1978, Will Durant made four public allusions to the existence of Fallen Leaves. One, in 1975, hinted at its contents: "a not very serious book that answers the questions of what I think about government, life, death, and God."

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating and humorous look at life

    • By CowgirlInTheSand on 11-16-15

    Regular price: $20.97