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  • The Dark Ages: 476-918

  • Written by: Charles Oman
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 19 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

The Dark Ages is the story of the birth of Western civilization. It was a harrowing crucible of war, destruction, and faith. For over 100 years, Charles Oman's famous history has remained one of the finest sources for the study of this period. Covering a period of 500 years and an area stretching from Northern Germany to Egypt, this is the definitive history that will alter your conceptions of a period of history that gave birth to the civilization we live in today.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • archaic

  • By Lucas Karperien on 2019-01-29

archaic

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-01-29

The reading was beautiful, and the writing was artistic and enjoyable, overall a beautiful read and a great experience.

However, the text is markedly dated, inserting value judgements all over the place, disdaining "barbarians" as primitive, even occasionally straying into light racism.

Overall a great book to read for enjoyment, but not necessarily for good unbiased education.

  • The History of the Ancient World

  • From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome
  • Written by: Susan Wise Bauer
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 26 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

This is the first volume in a bold new series that tells the stories of all peoples, connecting historical events from Europe to the Middle East to the far coast of China, while still giving weight to the characteristics of each country. Susan Wise Bauer provides both sweeping scope and vivid attention to the individual lives that give flesh to abstract assertions about human history. This narrative history employs the methods of "history from beneath" - literature, epic traditions, private letters, and accounts - to connect kings and leaders with the lives of those they ruled.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • entertaining history

  • By Lucas Karperien on 2018-07-29

entertaining history

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-07-29

This is one of the most accessible, comfortable history books I've ever read. I've read the book multiple times, and the audiobook is my go to when I've run out of other material. history told as a story, with a focus in the individuals involved rather than dull, sweeping strokes.