Matthew J. Finkle
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A History of Britain: Volume 1
- By: Simon Schama
- Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
- Length: 15 hrs and 43 mins
The story of Britain from the earliest settlements in 3000BC to the death of Elizabeth I in 1603. To look back at the past is to understand the present. In this vivid account of over 4,000 years of British history, Simon Schama takes us on an epic journey which encompasses the very beginnings of the nation's identity, when the first settlers landed on Orkney. From the successes and failures of the monarchy to the daily life of a Roman soldier stationed on Hadrian's Wall, Schama gives a vivid, fascinating account of the many different stories and struggles that lie behind the growth of our island nation.
Well written but hard to manage as an audiobook
- By Roderic on 23-01-14
Comprehensive, Informative, and Entertaining
Where does A History of Britain: Volume 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Loved the whole of this book and can't wait to listen to Volume 2, as this book stands up against my favourites, which are usually within the Sci-Fi genre. It is informative, in the level of information it gives, whilst being entertaining in itself, history in every bloody detail.
What was one of the most memorable moments of A History of Britain: Volume 1?
Roman history is one of my favourites and the way it is brought to life with individuals lives of the conscripts from across the Empire.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
this book made me think in terms of what I knew of this countries history, which it turns out was poor, and how the four countries of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland were inextricably joined throughout the ages. makes me want to look at British history more.
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