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D. N. Frew

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  • The History of the Ancient World

  • From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome
  • By: Susan Wise Bauer
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 26 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 224

This is the first volume in a bold new series that tells the stories of all peoples, connecting historical events from Europe to the Middle East to the far coast of China, while still giving weight to the characteristics of each country. Susan Wise Bauer provides both sweeping scope and vivid attention to the individual lives that give flesh to abstract assertions about human history. This narrative history employs the methods of "history from beneath" - literature, epic traditions, private letters, and accounts - to connect kings and leaders with the lives of those they ruled.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • More fairy tale than history...

  • By Clementi on 26-12-15

a very impressive tour of ancient civilizations.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-08-18

Covers the earliest civilizations which had written records: flitting between mesopotamia, China and the early Mediterranean kingdoms, roughly in parallel timeframes.
if you get the audio book, you'll find it really helpful to download and review the PDF maps before you listen to each chapter.

  • China: A History by Keay, John (2009)

  • By: John Keay
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 25 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Despite the recent rise of China to a position of dominance on the world economic stage, Chinese history remains an elusive subject. Yet it is this vast narrative of appalling loss, superhuman endeavor, and incredible invention that has made China the superpower it is today.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Really bad narration, computer generated?

  • By Anonymous User on 29-10-18

An excellent history of China.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-18

A complete history of China from ancient times to the end of the 20th Century. I have to actual book, but struggled to find time to read it. this is perfect for walking my dog so managed to complete the whole book in about 2 weeks.

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