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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes.For someone like myself who can be deemed as a nascent reader/listener of world's history, it gives a good understanding of the all the important historical milestones. Knowing when and how things played out in this world and learning about your own heritage certainly makes you feel good.
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Any additional comments?
I should say this book details at large about the social, religious, imperial, political events of history. This book does not go into details of scientific inventions/discoveries that changed the understanding of the world. It is very brief on scientific and philosophical and literary milestones of the history.
I enjoyed the prehistoric period a lot and honestly was left wishing for more information about this period. I was hooked on to it but all good things come to an end. I felt that the book delves into a lot of unwanted details of the post renaissance period and it got quite dry and boring for a while there.
Christopher Lascelles, the author writes the western/European events in a extraneous details compared to the eastern and south east Asian historical events. I got lost in keeping track of the 20 different Charleses and Jameses of Europe and the different popes. While there was very less information about eastern empires and emperors of subcontinent of India and other southeast Asian countries. I have reduced one star only because of this.
Don’t get me wrong though, he does a good job in tying together the western and eastern historical events together under one timeline, even the ones that occurred independently. At times I did feel the author jumping forward and back on the timeline making it a tad difficult to keep up with the progress, but it is not a big deal a second listen/read of those chapters will make that problem go away I feel.
Guy Bethell, the narrator does a great job. Keeps you interested in the subject all along and his mildly coarse but definitive voice keeps you involved. He narrates at a very good and comfortable pace. Even though English is my second language I did not have to rewind and replay as much as I do on certain books narrated by others.
I must say I enjoyed listening to the book. It gives great understanding of how things played out in the past and made sense of our current state of living. This sort of knowledge itself is kind of uplifting.
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When wars are highlighted, the book becomes depressing. Some will say that this is reality, but there was also an under emphasizing of thought movements that shaped the issues. What of cultural forces, revolutionizing technologies and the advancements in trade. This is a good book for a historical overview, but its subjects are unbalanced.