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A History of the World Audiobook (Unabridged)


A History of the World (Unabridged)

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Download Price: 99p  £29.99
Listener Rating: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Author: Andrew Marr
Audio Length: 26 hours and 34 min.
Release Date: 01/10/2012
Narrator: Andrew Marr, David Timson
Format: Unabridged




Audio Book Summary

From the earliest civilizations to the 21st century: a global journey through human history, published alongside a landmark BBC One television series.

Our understanding of world history is changing, as new discoveries are made on all the continents and old prejudices are being challenged. In this truly global journey, Andrew Marr revisits some of the traditional epic stories, from classical Greece and Rome to the rise of Napoleon, but surrounds them with less familiar material, from Peru to the Ukraine, China to the Caribbean. He looks at cultures that have failed and vanished, as well as the origins of today's superpowers, and finds surprising echoes and parallels across vast distances and epochs. This is a book about the great change-makers of history and their times, people such as Cleopatra, Genghis Khan, Galileo, and Mao, but it is also a book about us. For 'The better we understand how rulers lose touch with reality, or why revolutions produce dictators more often than they produce happiness, or why some parts of the world are richer than others, the easier it is to understand our own times.'

Fresh, exciting and vividly listenable, this is popular history at its very best.


About the Author: Andrew Marr
 

Andrew Marr, best known for their work in the Historical genre, first debuted on our website in 2007 with the audiobook My Trade: A Short History of British Journalism, narrated by Andrew Marr. Additional titles -- including the latest, Head of State, available in Unabridged format -- were subsequently added to our catalogue, and today make up a collection of 6 audiobooks -- or 64 hours of delectable storytelling from Marr for your listening pleasure! Their top selling work, A History of the World, masterfully narrated by Andrew Marr, is also available for download, alongside other popular favorites such as A History of the World, A History of Modern Britain and The Making of Modern Britain, narrated by the likes of Andrew Marr and Andrew Marr. To view our entire collection of 6 audiobooks from Andrew Marr, and to listen to samples, please visit the Andrew Marr audiobooks author page on DigitalAudiobooks.co.uk.

Reader Reviews for: A History of the World
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5  4 out of 5
Review by E.J. from Liverpool | 06/01/2013

Now this is how history should be told. I had a wonderful time listening to this narrative of world events I lost track of time on several occasions. It’s just such a beautiful and entertaining delivery, no-one can ever be bored of history. I loved it through and through. Kudos A. Marr.
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5  3 out of 5
Review by Sarah E. from Derby | 02/01/2013

The way the facts on the Cold war were laid out, one can see he rushed through them which can be very misleading. It’s yes a very entertaining book that anyone would appreciate but the fact remains its history and the facts are still the most vital bit that must be communicated with precision and care.
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5  5 out of 5
Review by F.D.22 from London | 27/12/2012

Immediately after I finished listening to this audiobook, I was literally calling and texting my friends recommending it. I loved it I loved it I loved it. I love history and this book is simply well told out and narrated. Andrew is a very talented story teller. Please give it a try, beyond the fact that everyone should have a general grasp and understanding as to what happened in the past, this is just a good way to find out.
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5  4 out of 5
Review by Phillip W. from Bolton | 22/12/2012

Nice and brief, perfect. History in a nutshell. I had a great time walking through the wakes of history in a nice, simple way. It is well quite summarized but hey it has taken all those world history events and made them neatly condensed into something anyone would love to listen to. I feel especially for the young generation this is a book everyone should share with them. It will give them the interest they need to get to know more.
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5  2 out of 5
Review by David R. from Southampton | 20/12/2012

He is not a historian and as a result has completely watered down valuable facts in history and not painted as accurate a picture as need be. Yes the book is well scripted, and anyone would enjoy listening to this narrative but the fact remains it just isn’t a good historical outlay of facts. Look at great historians like H G Wells, now that was rich factual writing. This is more so entertaining which as far as I’m concerned isn’t how history should be laid out as it steals bits of the story that are vital to communicate.
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5  5 out of 5
Review by Anne F. from Durham | 11/12/2012

Well written and nicely narrated. A must listen for anyone looking to know historical events and enjoy the process of knowing them. He has covered the major world affairs in history in one beautiful flow. It is a very good summary of world history, and has been very well narrated.
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5  1 out of 5
Review by A.T. from Plymouth | 08/12/2012

This book is just not objective. It has overlooked too many important historical facts for it to be something I would recommend to anyone. What’s the point of learning history that’s superficial, it’s simple a waste of time. He literally glosses over military issues and goes knee deep into less important stuff such as politicians. He highlights some things, almost overglorifying them then downplays others…who writes only a one and a half page on the Russian Revolution. I have no words, this is history it’s not a fictional storytelling session. The details are important, they happened and played a huge role on the bigger picture and need to be reflected when teaching others on world events. I wasn’t at all impressed by this but I guess to each their own.
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5  4 out of 5
Review by Stephen M. from Glasgow | 08/11/2012

I can only imagine how many critics are clawing at this book. Lol. It’s such an automatic thing for people to look to tear down a book especially when it comes to facts and such. But I stand behind Andrew Marr and his writing. He gave a brilliant outline of history, was just the right story teller history needs and if anyone now wants to get more in-depth knowledge they are more inspired to do so. I know I am.
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5  5 out of 5
Review by D.H. from Leeds | 26/10/2012

A big round of applause to Andrew Marr. That was an amazing job. Capturing the world history into a succinct 600 pages and in such an easy to follow, insightful manner... I’m very much satisfied. For anyone who loves history, this is a must read. It’s a very intelligently written book, I loved the whole transition of us as people through history. This made my evenings quite a treat, simply lay back and listen it out.
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