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History Revealed (Series 1)

Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
4 out of 5 stars (112 ratings)

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Summary

Crusading knights, Tudor monarchs, the D-Day landings and more. Travel back in time with some of the world's most notable historians. Meet the unsung heroes of the past and hear their untold stories. Discover what really happened, despite what the history books tell us. 

While the show's experts rarely rewrite the pages of history, they often read between the lines. 

This is history revealed. 

©2017 Immediate Media Company Bristol Limited (P)2017 Immediate Media Company Bristol Limited

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Famous men of history, mostly

If you like your history pre-chewed, this one's for you. No surprises, non-controversial and easy-listening stories from the past. Personally, I listed these before bed as they're not too long. Quite a few of these are incredibly repetative, but that could be a useful learning tool for some. I have studied and read history enough to wish they would dig a bit deeper on the subjects discussed, but hey I can't really complain as I'm happily listening on regardless. And I do wish they would have included at least some women in here. Cliché, I know, but it's what I was left missing.

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Nah

This could have been wonderful but I gave up before I got halfway. The problem is that it is so awfully disjointed. The episode about Cook was the one I was really interested in but they went through it like a history book. Date ... this happens, next date, this happened. Tell me a story, for goodness sake - don't read headings when it is an Audible book. I am disappointed. Even more so because I've loved these kind of Audible specials so far. This one is under par.

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Interesting topics

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes, if you wanted a brief interpretation of historic events. If you are after a more substantial, in depth program, look elsewhere.

Which character – as performed by the narrator – was your favourite?

good narration

Any additional comments?

I wish the episodes where longer & more in-depth.

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Something New

Anyone that is interested in History is usually interested in a specific time, place, event, character(s) and subject(s). I personally study the Napoleonic Wars, The age of Sail 1400 to 1890 and Science 1500 to 1960. It is refreshing that something like History Revealed is presented to us all in a short,concise and to the point format. It is a taster for all listeners,covering a diverse subject matter that may light a new spark of interest in a moment in History or a Character that was important in it, that the listener may never have had considered before. It does not pretend to be anything else. It is very well done, short and sweet a bit like the QI books, if you find the facts interesting then you are free to delve into the subject further, if not you are free to move on.

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Very informative

A wide range of periods and characters explained and latest ideas discussed. Loved the format of each episode. And I loved them all.

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well read

Sadly not as interesting as one had hoped. The narrator was lovely and clear to listen to though.

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Very general stories instead of revealing historie

Poor stories... I expected some insights but got none. These are for people who know nothing at all about history.

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If you enjoy history this is worth a read

The backstory to historical events many of us are aware of throws light on to aspects we may never have considered.

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Nice bitesized information.

Non-linear timeline.

Lots of information. Sometimes repetitive. Why say his third voyage, then that he had already done two voyages though? My tutor would have ripped me to shreds for that.

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bland narration

I thought this lacked a real zing for the mini stories.
the narration was so robotic and bland I felt like turning it off.
I only stuck with it because the actual content was quiet good.