The Story of Civilization

11 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 3,571 ratings

Our Oriental Heritage Publisher's Summary

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. In this masterful work, readers will encounter:

  • Sumeria, birthplace of the first cities and written laws
  • the Egyptians, who perfected monumental architecture, medicine, and mummification more than 3,500 years ago
  • the Babylonians, who developed astronomy and physics, and planted the seeds of Western mythology
  • the Judeans, who preserved their culture forever in the immortal books of the Old Testament
  • the Persians, who ruled the largest empire in recorded history before Rome
  • Indian philosophy, Chinese philosophers, and Japanese Samurais
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  • Book 1

    • 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 718
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    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

  • Book 2

    • 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 562
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 504
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 500

    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

  • Book 3

    • 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 497
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 438
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 439

    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

  • Book 4

    • 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 326
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 285
    • Story
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    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

  • Book 5

    • 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
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    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
    • 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
    • Release date: 09-22-14
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 282 ratings

    Regular price: $38.46

  • Book 6

    • 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 275
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 249
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    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
    • 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
    • Release date: 10-30-14
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 275 ratings

    Regular price: $45.47

  • Book 7

    • 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 241
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 213
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 210

    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
    • 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
    • Release date: 01-23-15
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 241 ratings

    Regular price: $38.46

  • Book 8

    • 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 187
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    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

  • Book 9

    • 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 185
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    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
    • 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
    • Release date: 05-26-15
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 185 ratings

    Regular price: $52.47

  • Book 10

    • 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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      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

  • Book 11

    • 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