• History of the Conquest of Mexico

  • By: W.H. Prescott
  • Narrated by: Kerry Shale
  • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 09-24-04
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.1 (108 ratings)

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Editorial Reviews

In his 1843 work History of the Conquest of Mexico, W. H. Prescott crafts a scholarly but absorbing tale of Hernando Cortés’ takeover of Mexico.
A Spanish conquistador, Cortés arrived in Mexico in 1519 with only 500 men. Through strategic alliances with native people and savage violence, Cortés began to conquer Mayan territory. His biggest plunders came when he arrived in the city of Tenochtitlan (described by Prescott as the "Venice of the Western World"). Once there, the Aztec ruler Montezuma tried to placate Cortés with gifts to no avail.
Kerry Shale, who has the rich vocal presence of a newscaster but the delivery of a storyteller, offers a riveting performance of Prescott’s work.
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Publisher's Summary

In 1519, Hernando Cortés arrived in Mexico to investigate stories of a wealthy empire. What he encountered was beyond his wildest dreams; an advanced civilization with complex artistic, political, and religious systems (involving extensive human sacrifice) and replete with gold. This was the Aztec empire, headed by the aloof emperor, Montezuma.
With just a handful of men, Cortés achieved the impossible, crushing the Aztecs and their allies, and effectively annexing the whole territory for Spain.
One of the most extraordinary stories of conquest in mankind's history, it is told here in the classic account by the American historian W.H. Prescott.
Public Domain © and (P)2002 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Roger Conner on 11-05-04

Gripping story

This is pre-PC history (the graphic descriptions of human sacrifice among the Aztecs are labeled "barbaric," for example--but the history is accurate and not Euro-centric. The narrative is detailed, but never anything but exciting.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Noe Salazar on 06-01-11

A book that every Mexican should read

I am Mexican and after reading this book I can only say that I wish my history teachers would have been able to explain & teach the History of the Conquest of Mexico in such an objective & engaging manner. It developed in me deep curiosity and interest for a subject that I have never been interested in before. Definitely I think it is a book that every Mexican should read. I recommend it very much. Great book!

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1 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 06-21-18

Not the same book

This audiobook I purchased from audible is not the same book as published. The audiobook shortened the length and cut big chunks of text off the original book. And you can’t play this audiobook along with its text on Kindle, they’re separate. Very disappointed about this audiobook.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 06-28-18

Greatly narrated, published in 1843.

An epic conquest of the Castilian Spaniards led by Cortes, driven by a lust for riches and adventure, and a tragedy for the great but barbarous Aztec kingdom and there emporer Montezuma unprepared for such warfare as brought down on them by the guns and impenatrable armour of the modern world, when initial goodwill to one another turned to hostilities and bloodshed, it tells the story of how the most powerful empire in the new world came crashing down within a matter of months as the besieged capital fell into disarray and its inhabitants likewise.

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