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Give your student a time-travelling tour of world history with these 30 brilliant lectures that cover the full story of human civilization, analyzing geography, technology, economies, social institutions, and cultural achievements. 

Every lecture is delivered in special period characters often invented to illustrate the life of their times. Professor Thompson speaks and acts like them. He actually becomes them! He's such an entertaining presenter that you’ll learn without knowing it. 

Throughout these lectures, students will discover how the Nile River and its surrounding deserts shaped the history of ancient Egypt; the importance of myths and literature, such as Homer’s Iliad, to the people of ancient Greece; how ancient, isolated, imperial China developed its unique culture; the birth of Athenian democracy; the resurrection of the humanities during the Renaissance; early America’s break from the British Empire; and more. 

These lectures are too good to restrict to high school students. Adults will enjoy these performances too. And history, in the hands of these many characters, has far more "sticking power" than any chronological narrative you've ever heard. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

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Simple stories for kids only

I`m 70 years old and hade make the mistake, to buy this book.
After one extremely boring session, I couldn`t bear to hear more about it.
The author let the people of their time speak about their life.
It`s not much more than a bad trying to look back to our history.
The narrator is also annying. He wants to make every talkinh person speaking in his own strange accent. This makes the stories a lot more irritating

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Great for middleschooler, basic for others

It's pretty basic, oversimplified, and biased towards the US. It won't give a comprehensive understanding of the world history and contains a few inaccuracies.

However, the narrator, Linwood Thompson, is absolutely fantastic. He does multiple accents and lectures with passion.

For a teen in middle or high school this is perfect.

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  • Kimberly Domeny
  • 30-03-21

Horrible voices!!

I listened to the sample of this and thought it would be great. Unfortunately, this guys does a bunch of characters to give his lectures and they are horrible!! He does accents and takes on absurd inflection. The material is good but the presentation is so annoying I can’t hardly listen. Terribly disappointed!!