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A History of Britain, Volume 2 Audiobook

A History of Britain, Volume 2: The British Wars, 1603 - 1776

Simon Schama's sweeping history of Britain breathes life into our past centuries, vividly depicting exactly what life was like for our ancestors and how their experiences have shaped modern British culture and identity. An informative and entertaining mixture of anecdote and analysis, Schama's work offers a real insight into what it is to be British.
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Simon Schama's sweeping history of Britain breathes life into our past centuries, vividly depicting exactly what life was like for our ancestors and how their experiences have shaped modern British culture and identity. An informative and entertaining mixture of anecdote and analysis, Schama's work offers a real insight into what it is to be British.

This is Volume 2 of A History of Britain. Don't miss Volume 1 and Volume 3.

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    steven cawston, United Kingdom 23/12/2012
    steven cawston, United Kingdom 23/12/2012
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    "A History of Britain, Volume 2: The British Wars,"

    I adore this series of history books and particularly this narrator (Timothy West). If you need a comprehensive overview of British history then look no further,Schama has done a cracking job which contains different aspects to his TV adaptation. Start with Volume 1 and sit back and learn as much as any college degree

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    Craig Worsley, United Kingdom 01/05/2016
    Craig Worsley, United Kingdom 01/05/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Fabulous narrative from Timothy West but poor writing."

    Schamas apologist stance for all wrongs done in Britains name moves from the tiresome to the annoying by the end. Not sure how this character is considered an English historian.

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    Greg 05/02/2016
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    "Excellent book on British constitutional history"

    Perhaps the most comprehensive reference to British constitutional history between the Tudar period until the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution. A fascinating period in history, written with wit and great knowledge by Scharma and delivered with class by West.

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    SAC 20/11/2015
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    "Factual but dry"

    A rather starchy account of a very interesting period of British history. Good if you're an enthusiast.

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  • peter
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    24/11/10
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    "History as art and entertainment"

    Timothy West is one of the best narrators I have heard, and here makes a good book into a great and riveting one. He brings the book to life. This is a brilliant buy if you want to find out whether you like listening to books, although you may be disappointed later on if you expect other narrators to be as good as this.

    The TV series were good but West makes a better job of reading the work than Schama made of presenting it in pictures. Schama's genius is to vary the pace of the narrative and move the story along by switching from big themes to personal details and reminiscences. He has an instinctive feel for the linkages between different places and times. His judgments about the main characters are balanced and sympathetic, without letting the villains or fools off the hook. If you want a good introduction to Stuart Britain, this is the book to buy. England, Scotland and Ireland get a fair share of the tale, which is sometimes missing in the work of other writers. The next volume, through to the present, is just as good, but more contemplative.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • timelady
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    "Masterful, vivid storytelling of history"

    History come vividly alive, with people and events throughly analysed and colourfully, masterfully explained. The narration is excellent too. Not to be missed. Brilliant work by one of Britain's finest historians.

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