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The British Empire

Narrated by: Corrie James
Length: 30 hrs and 45 mins
Categories: History, European
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Here is the story of how the English acquired their vast domain; how they ruled, maintained, and exploited it; and how, within decades, they presided over its dissolution. Here are Britain's triumphs and also her stinging defeats, her heroes and her scoundrels. It is a full and fascinating chronicle of the growth of the British Empire and its people and of the impact that empire had on the rest of the world.

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Pro-British Empire

This is an overview of the British Empire spanning over 500 years with different authors for each chapter. However the narration makes this seamless. However it is very pro-British with very little analysis. Entire books have been written on each chapter. Overall it is a good entry level story but for greater depth and analysis Jan Morris' trilogy is better

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  • MiamiMe
  • 27-03-18

Great presentation of a broad historical narrative

I think it's a credit to narrator Corrie James, that she was able to bring a consistent voice to what is a collection of essays from different authors edited by Stephen W. Sears. That's no small feat. I learned a lot about Britain and how the empire got its start and was maintained throughout WWII. I think the book falls apart a little in its explanations of how the empire itself disintegrated. But overall it's a good read. And I appreciate James' narration enough to seek out other audio books she narrates.

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  • Ian
  • 31-12-17

British Empire

extremely well researched & insightful; one learns much about the course & impact of the British Empire; the narrator was pleasant

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  • Cowboy Up!!
  • 29-01-18

Magnificent

My first audible book! Definitely worth it! Long book yet this is really interesting to read! Lots of interesting History to learn from this wonderful Book! The author and Narrator did amazing job!! Thanks for a great book! I would definitely recommend this book!

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