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  • 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
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (179 ratings)

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The History of the Ancient World

Written by: Susan Wise Bauer
Narrated by: John Lee
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Publisher's Summary

A lively and engaging narrative history showing the common threads in the cultures that gave birth to our own.

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. The result is an engrossing tapestry of human behavior from which we may draw conclusions about the direction of world events and the causes behind them.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2007 Susan Wise Bauer (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Iffy narration, abrupt ending

This is old school history - names, dates, places. Not a lot of synthesis and so what, absolutely no cultural or material history if that's what you're looking for. Major blindspots (Aristotle isn't even mentioned I don't think), and the narration feels rather forced. Nice that it includes eastern history, but very hard to follow it.

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Interesting listen

Was nice to listen to this history in chronological order. In histories own word's. enjoy

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Great primer for those new to the topics.

Thoroughly enjoyed. Well paced and concise given the massive timeframe covered in the book. I found the pacing and detail level to be solid. Very great format for covering large periods of time where there isn't much evidence other than an odd artifact or conjecture.

As the book progressed and the complexity of the ancient world evolved it became more difficult to keep up the pace the book had while still covering each event thoroughly.

I also felt it may have been better to just exclude the content related to the rise of China. It felt like an afterthought much of the time and the lack of intermingling between the world's meant it didn't add much context to the other chapters of the book. if the author had spent equal time on both histories it could have been a fascinating exploration of development across time in two locales but the dots just didn't connect in my head.

This was also a fantastic way to identify people or time periods I would like to explore further. I will be getting her book on the Medieval World with my credit next month.

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listening to it on repeat

Like how unbiased the author tries to be. And how everything is usually accompanied with dates and context when being explained. I enjoy it greatly

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weirdly religious

Although it used the historical method to analyze most societies, it has a strong Judeo-Christian bias that takes away its credibility.

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Good

In comparison to some of the other history books, this one has a bit more of an interesting in story telling/reading then some other I've listened to of the same topic.

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Ancient History

Anyone wanting to learn about history through the ages should listen to this book. I am struck by the violence that litters our past as countries rose up to become their own. The privilege of hindsight is something that we could all learn from. History continues to repeat itself as violence over power, land, and religion still dominate our existence.

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Religious bias of history.

The reading is done well. Author is giving you a religiously biased ancient history perspective.

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There is so much more to history than war.

According to this author there is nothing in our collective past other than rulers, killing and conquering every city on the planet. This is exactly what is wrong with”history” that we teach our children and were “taught “ at school. Pathetic and sad piece of work.

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Very pleased

I enjoyed every single chapter. The presentation of the history was most exhilarating. Looking forward to the Middle Ages book!

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