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Titans of History

The Giants Who Made Our World
Narrated by: Steve West
Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
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New edition - featuring updated introduction and new chapters.

The giant characters of history - from Mozart to Michelangelo, Shakespeare to Einstein, Henry VIII to Hitler, Catherine the Great to Margaret Thatcher, Jesus Christ to Genghis Khan - lived lives of astonishing drama and adventure, debauchery and slaughter, but they also formed our world and will shape our future.  

In this eclectic and surprising collection of short and entertaining life stories, Simon Sebag Montefiore introduces his choice of kings, empresses, sultans and conquerors as well as prophets, explorers, artists, actresses, courtesans and psychopaths. From the ancient times, via crusades and world wars, up to the 21st century, this accessible history introduces listeners to the titans who changed the world: the characters we should all know and the stories we should never forget. 

©2017 Simon Sebag Montefiore (P)2017 Penguin Random House US

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Like listening to wikipedia

I was so looking forward to hearing this book but the narration is so flat it put me off buying the Romanovs, also narrated by the author. It's like listening to someone reading from Wikipedia whist they are very tired; some of the characters are that brief; it's a chore not a pleasure. As a physical book it is probably much better.

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Disappointed. too general.

Disappointed. Too general a history from a eminent author and no overall analysis of the 'great man theory ' of history. Not seen together. I would recommend to a teenager as a primer though.

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Disappointed towards the end.

While his knowledge of early history is very concise Simon Montefiore shows a remarkable inability to transfer those skills to more modern subjects. He totally misunderstood George Orwell’s feeling towards socialism and repeats the right wing misunderstanding about his most famous novel 1984 (I suggest Lynskey’s: Ministry if Truth which who would do well to have read). He also has a chapter on a character from fiction falling for the propaganda about his actions. It is an interesting book but you need to be aware of Montefiore’s right wing views.

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Awful narration!

Fabulous concept from a marvellous author, let down by probably the most awful narration i have yet heard on Audible.

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Superficial

Not for anyone with any knowledge of history! Love the authors books this is rubbish

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  • 07-01-19

Great book.

Worth listening. I wonder if somebody has noticed (not from the book), that most of the "Titans" (positive & negative ones as well), have something in common.