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"My kind of history!" says Terry Jones (Monty Python) of British History for Dummies.

Putting history into a perspective, this is an engaging, entertaining and educational trip through time, packing in equal parts fun and facts. Recently updated, British History For Dummies introduces listeners to recent events, including British actions in Afghanistan, and David Cameron's formation of Britain's first coalition Cabinet since World War II.

But don't worry - British History For Dummies doesn't skimp on the old stuff! It's a riotous, irreverent account of the people and events that have shaped Britain. Always got those kings and queens confused? Never sure what happened when? You need this audiobook. You'll hear rip-roaring stories of power-mad kings, executions, invasions, high treason, global empire-building, and forbidden love - not bad for a nation of stiff upper lips.

With more than 250 million books in print and more than 1,800 titles, For Dummies is the most widely recognized and highly regarded reference series in the world. Since 1991, For Dummies has helped millions make everything easier. For Dummies audiobooks offer listeners proven experts presenting even the most complex subjects in plain English.

©2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. (P)2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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Fantastic. Reminds you to be proud to be British.

Simple and well read. Very informative and clearly well researched.

Would recommend to anyone trying to brush up on history and even to those that aren't.

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easy listening

Entertaining and full of facts, loved every minute., covers alot of British history that should be taught in school!

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Spearheads you thru British History

Where does British History for Dummies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Those few I have listened to are of good quality and British History for Dummies is in the top.

What other book might you compare British History for Dummies to, and why?

I have been listening to The Great Turning Points in British history. This one is better to start with, will probably enjoy the other one more after listening to this one.

Which character – as performed by Jonathan Keeble – was your favourite?

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Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Duh - n/a -The book takes many hours :)

Any additional comments?

Those interested in learning about British History - This is a great start!

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really enjoyed it

ive read the hard copy it was fun listening to the narration is well. I'll definitely listen to it at least once more this year.

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Not quite much for dummies

As a non-british reader, I found this book a bit overwhelming. I was expecting it to be more in the line of telling the very essential events and omitting the rest. But it's actually more like a very brief summary of a great number of events. So I got lost pretty often.
Performance is good though, and for a reader who's less of a dummy than I am, ands wants to connect dots and fill gaps, it might be very interesting.

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Funny and informative

I really enjoyed this audiobook, detailed without being boring or patronising. Mr Keeble's performance made the existence even better.

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Great

Moves so quickly that it's hard to absorb the details, and often jumps about the timeline. one to listen to a few times I think.

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Actually makes sense!

Does a great job of explaining the royal family tree!
Could have been a lot longer!

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Easy Listening History Lesson.

Very well narrated. Clear and concise.Easy Listening history lesson with a little humour......Well worth a listen.

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Amazing!

Best audible book I’ve listened to in quite some time. Highly recommend for everyone interested in history

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  • Michellerose
  • 18-06-16

historical and punnie

If you like British hummer this book is for you. Full of facts, puns and has the feeling like your at the pub hanging with the professor. It's a book that is not in order but rather more like a conversation. Make sure to read though a few times.

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  • 06-08-18

I enjoyed it

I'm a keen history reader, and would like to think (it's possible i'm wrong haha) that I'm one step above a dummy. However, I had credits to burn and this caught my eye. It was an enjoyable listen, I certainly learned a number of things. The narrator's delivery was excellent and I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to tackle British history and enjoy it as they journey through time.

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  • Stacey
  • 04-02-16

Fantastic!

What a fun, thorough romp through British history! Great narrator as well. Just the right amount of solemnity and humor!

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  • Sharon Addison
  • 22-07-15

Well done

Complete and extensive!!! Britain has a long and wide history and it is where everything contemporary began!!!

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  • DOB
  • 24-12-19

Excellent summary of British History

I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book. Covers the main story of over 2000 years of British history in a captivating way and with an engaging audio narration .

I wish the British history I studied at school had been as interesting and as comprehensive as this.

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  • B Rose
  • 16-01-18

Great overview of British History!

A great place to start if you’re looking for the history of Britain and the beginning of the Monarchy. It is superbly narrated and a terrific listen. I just finished listening for the second time. It has lead me to other books on British History and now I’m hooked.