The Story of Civilization
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  • 1
    Our Oriental Heritage: The Story of Civilization, Volume 1 | Will Durant

    Our Oriental Heritage: The Story of Civilization, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (50 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Will Durant
    • Narrated By Robin Field
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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.

    Meandering work with a difficult narration

    To fully appreciate Durant's encyclopedic work on the story of our our world, several things need to be understood.

    Firstly, his approach to ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 19 July 2016 by Anfisa (Cambridge, UK)
  • 2
    The Life of Greece: The Story of Civilization, Volume 2 | Will Durant

    The Life of Greece: The Story of Civilization, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Will Durant
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
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    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.

    Excellent introduction to Greek civilisation

    Following on from volume 1 of the series where Durant gave an overview of the earliest days of mankind, here we finally makes it to the first "Gre..Show More »

    Reviewed on 06 October 2016 by Anfisa (Cambridge, UK)
  • 3
    Caesar and Christ: The Story of Civilization, Volume 3 | Will Durant

    Caesar and Christ: The Story of Civilization, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Will Durant
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    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.

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    The Age of Faith, Volume 4 | Will Durant

    The Age of Faith, Volume 4

    • UNABRIDGED (61 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Will Durant
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
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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.

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    The Renaissance: A History of Civilization in Italy from 1304 - 1576 AD, The Story of Civilization, Volume 5 | Will Durant

    The Renaissance: A History of Civilization in Italy from 1304 - 1576 AD, The Story of Civilization, Volume 5

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Will Durant
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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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.

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    The Reformation: A History of European Civilization from Wycliffe to Calvin, 1300 - 1564 (The Story of Civilization, Book 6) | Will Durant

    The Reformation: A History of European Civilization from Wycliffe to Calvin, 1300 - 1564 (The Story of Civilization, Book 6)

    • UNABRIDGED (50 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Will Durant
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
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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.

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    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 | Will Durant, Ariel Durant

    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

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Will Durant, Ariel Durant
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    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.

    34 hours of pleasure
    Reviewed on 19 February 2015 by Tiffany (denbigh, United Kingdom)
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    The Age of Louis XIV: The Story of Civilization, Book 8 | Will Durant, Ariel Durant

    The Age of Louis XIV: The Story of Civilization, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Will Durant, Ariel Durant
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
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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.

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    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 | Will Durant, Ariel Durant

    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

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Will Durant, Ariel Durant
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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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.

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    Rousseau and Revolution: The Story of Civilization, Book 10 | Will Durant, Ariel Durant

    Rousseau and Revolution: The Story of Civilization, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Will Durant, Ariel Durant
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
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    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.

    Amazing

    Epically epic majestic sweep of pure history- ness. Great narrator too. Thanks. I recommend this

    Reviewed on 04 November 2016 by D. Kelly (London)
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    The Age of Napoleon: A History of European Civilization from 1789 to 1815: The Story of Civilization, Book 11 | Will Durant, Ariel Durant

    The Age of Napoleon: A History of European Civilization from 1789 to 1815: The Story of Civilization, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Will Durant, Ariel Durant
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
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    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.

    Detailed account of a unique complex genius

    I am a big fan of the Durants approach to synthetic history and have now listened to all of their massive works. Its a great shame they couldn't cover..Show More »

    Reviewed on 17 January 2016 by N E Body (N E Weir)