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Mesopotamia: A Captivating Guide to Ancient Mesopotamian History and Civilizations, Including the Sumerians and Sumerian Mythology, Gilgamesh, Ur, Assyrians, Babylon, Hammurabi and the Persian Empire

Length: 21 hrs and 33 mins
Categories: History, Ancient History
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Summary

If you want to discover the remarkable history of Mesopotamia, then pay attention... 

Seven captivating manuscripts in one audiobook: 

  • Sumerians: A Captivating Guide to Ancient Sumerian History, Sumerian Mythology and the Mesopotamian Empire of the Sumer Civilization
  • Gilgamesh: A Captivating Guide to Gilgamesh the King and the Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Ur: A Captivating Guide to One of the Most Important Sumerian City-States in Ancient Mesopotamia
  • Assyrian History: A Captivating Guide to the Assyrians and Their Powerful Empire in Ancient Mesopotamia
  • Babylon: A Captivating Guide to the Kingdom in Ancient Mesopotamia, Starting from the Akkadian Empire to the Battle of Opis Against Persia, Including Babylonian Mythology and the Legacy of Babylonia
  • Hammurabi: A Captivating Guide to the Sixth King of the First Babylonian Dynasty, Including the Code of Hammurabi
  • The Persian Empire: A Captivating Guide to the History of Persia, Starting from the Ancient Achaemenid, Parthian, and Sassanian Empires to the Safavid, Afsharid, and Qajar Dynasties

Taken together, the civilizations of Sumer, Assyria, and Persia have helped form the modern makeup of Mesopotamia, western Asia, and the world. However, to really understand why things are the way they are, it’s important to break up this historical timeline and spend some time learning about each society. Only by doing this will you be able to fully appreciate the powerful impact these ancient peoples had on our modern world.  

So if you want to learn more about Mesopotamia, scroll up and click the "add to cart" button! 

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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Little context, endless lists of names rulers.

Poorly written though not so badly read. It's as if somebody who had no knowledge or experience with history was tasked with consulting some standards such as the Cambridge Ancient History, or possibly even Wikipedia and summarising the history of Mesopotamia, which they do with by simply listing the Cities and States and the Rulers who governed them, throwing in a few details of what we know. But completely lacking an overarching narrative structure or explanation of why Mesopotamia was the cradle of civilisation and how it evolved. It's more like a dictionary of Ancient Mesopotamia and a completely inappropriate treatment for an audio work. It basically amounts to a waste of time and money.

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exellent

only bad thing was reader didnt know correct pronunciation for many place names and historical figures

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  • JM
  • 08-05-19

a mix of books a mix of quality

the intro starts with a number of errors. the quality of the blend of books is mixed.

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Informative book about the Persian Empire

This is a gift and I did not expect that with the huge volume it contains so much interest and information given in an interesting way. I recommend it for everyone interested in the history of the Hammurabi and the Persian Empire.

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A Good Guide to Ancient Mesopotamian

Very very informative over 21 hours and well written book about a phase of history that is so often overlooked.

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I was very much interested

I see there is always new material coming out,I believe upon these subject one can lose one self,be Ouse there is no end

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An Ancient Mesopotamian History

It is very interesting, and Captivating History authors definitely have there own research pattern, which I found increasingly interesting in their all history books.

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Polytheism to monotheism.

There from the first time that humans lived in villages to the clear absorption of Mesopotamia by the Persian Empire, and thus dilution of its identity, the story is presented. Real meaning is given to the names of various peoples long gone, as well as people who appear still in the news today, i.e, Assyrians. Minor repetitions of ideas and themes throughout the course help to reinforce the lessons from previous lectures and how they set up the world that was carried with the Hebrews and which transitioned from polytheism to monotheism.

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Best job by the author.

The author gives a nod to events and activities that would never be approved of today, such as tomb sacrifices akin to those in Egypt, and cleverly points that that this literal practice faded quickly.

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Greate story telling.

The authors presents story on how the modern world found out about Mesopotamia, learned to translate their writings and above all, what we still don't know or understand. The creation myths of the Sumerians and Akkadians is presented, but not with a conspiracy twist, but with a solid slam for provable facts. Also, unlike many authors, Podany tries to help the listener understand these various people from their start to their end, and makes it clear that while they have the same problems we have today, our way of approaching them and seeing the world would be thoroughly alien.

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  • D. G. Florida
  • 05-03-19

Great material, terrible performance

Why everyone gives the performance 5 stars is beyond me. In sections 1-3, the reader takes long pauses at every comma. I hear a sentence, think its over, and then the reader finishes the sentence. Its extremely annoying.

In section 4, there is a different reader but he reads as if his audience is children. He is a little too slow, and his attempts at reading with "emotion" and emphasis fail. That is extremely annoying.

I am about ready to return this audio book and buy the printed book. The material is great, the reading of the material ruins it.

Update: I returned it, can't stand the presentation.

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  • SBrown
  • 20-03-19

“Divulian”?

One of the narrators was a distracting amateur. Would pause as though end of sentence when it was just a comma, breaking up the thought. But the worst was that he consistently said “divulian” or “antidivulian” when the actual word is DILUVIAN or ANTIDILUVIAN. In a nonfiction historical work, this does serious damage to credibility.

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  • Glenda Nichols
  • 05-06-19

Don’t Waste Your Money

I tried to listen to part one, but the narrator did an exceptionally poor job. Multiple mispronunciations and halting speech set my teeth on edge. In his fractured and disjointed words he made my favorite subject atrocious. This book is really simplistic and offers no new information. It’s not even enjoyable.

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  • Old Fogey
  • 06-08-19

Don't bother with this one!

This was the most boring book among the hundreds I've listened to. Only the terrible mispronunciations of the narrators roused me from my near stupor. Imagine someone reading seven Cliff's Notes in monotone and you will come close to this 21+ hour listening experience. The final book (the Persian Empire) was a bit better, but it, too, included endless lists of kings, satraps and miscellaneous rulers and of warfare in long-gone countries whose locations could not be guessed without using an atlas of ancient lands of the Middle East.

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  • Justin
  • 05-07-19

Dont buy this!

A lot of questionable claims such as humans at the same time as Lucy??? The narration is not the best. Lastly a lot of the good reviews appear fake as they are written by accounts who review the same books. It would be an awesome book if it were based on science fact, however the author disregards known evidence and says things like, democracy was invented in ancient Mesopotamia. These constant unfounded outrageous claims made me return this. If your looking for knowledge based on evidence then look elsewhere. I have never written a review before but this book is that uninspiring.

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  • Colorado
  • 06-05-19

Who hired these narrators?

I listen to a lot of audiobooks, and really, this is the absolute worst narrated one I've EVER heard. First narrator can't pronounce basic English words, never mind historical terms. It is incredibly distracting. Second narrator seems to think he is reading a fairy tale to a four year old, with all his ACTING skills on full display. Sadly, the material is interesting but it is only tolerable for very short periods of time. Feels like there is zero direction or oversight, and these guys are trying out a new job which really isn't for them. The history may be captivating but this audiobook is not....

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  • Seamus donovan
  • 27-03-19

Bare bones and strange.

This book is needlessly pompous spending a couple paragraphs to explain why various types of people could be interested the book's subject. The authors provide some very basic information in sweeping generalizations without explaining or identifying the archeological underpinnings of the information they are providing. They also make some very strange side notes, for instance, they explain that while it may seem like Gilgamesh was a pan sexual who regularly slept with his male best friend we can rest assured that he is as hetero as they come and the Sumerians just like to exaggerate about the gay stuff. Also, they suggest the Out of Africa theory is in question because of findings in Europe but leave it for another day.

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  • Cayce
  • 03-06-20

bad reading, bad editing, frequent random pausing

the substance of these books was good information, but the reading is badly pronounced with little effort put into stating names with their proper inflections. sometimes the same name or word is pronounced wrong within one or two sentences of eachother, making it confusing to follow what or who they are talking about. common english word also suffer in the reading depending upon the reader.
overall, the story is informative, but to someone who is unfamiliar with Mesopotamia and its history, these books may contribute to a fair bit of pronunciation mishaps when attempting to converse with an individual who knows the proper ways of saying Hammurabi or Senacharib.

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  • kboy2008
  • 14-02-20

God is real

I pity people like you that say religion is created from ancient Sumerians. Also, you know nothing about the jews, they don't worship Moses, nor do they think he is God. Anything useful you said, was overshadowed by the fact that you think my religion is ancient stories from a dead civilization. And I am sure if I dropped a mountain of evidence on your desk to say otherwise you'd shake your head at me, and say "oh no, that is settled science" We "historians" agreed in the 90's that the bible is fiction, so that is it. Very sad, very sad. I truly pity you. I pray you discover the truth one day, you need it.

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  • Chay Tower
  • 03-12-19

Poor production, poor history.

I’m only a few minutes in and I’ve already heard multiple errors, misinterpretations, and generalizations. A waste of a credit.