The Magna Charta

  • by James Daugherty
  • Narrated by Geoffrey Howard
  • 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the rich turbulence of English history, one day stands magnificently apart: June 15, 1215, the day of the signing of the Magna Charta. On this day, the first blow for English freedom was struck and forever affected the Western world. Here is the story of three true men, Stephen Langton, Williams Marshall, and Hubert de Burgh, whose heroic deeds are set against those of the ever deceitful and crafty King John.
James Daugherty's narrative is divided into four parts, the first three describing the intriguing development of the Magna Charta itself. The fourth part is titled "Children of the Magna Charta" and subtitled "Milestones that have marked the long road from Magna Charta". In it he describes the rise of other movements that harkened back to the Magna Charta in their claims for freedom and self rule, including the Mayflower Compact, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, the covenant of the League of Nations, the Atlantic Charter, the Charter of the Organization of the American States, and the United Nations Charter.
Newbery Award-winning author James Daugherty gives us the dramatic and sweeping account of this pageantry of history through his inimitable style. This audio edition is sure to thrill and enlighten a new generation of readers.


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A Morality Tale

Not my cup of tea. More of a dramatically narrated propaganda piece, with excessive use of charged words, such as 'Evil' and 'Cowardly' than a thoughtful historical account. Not to fault the narrator for reflecting the tone of the author.
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- Dan

Historically entertaining.

What made the experience of listening to The Magna Charta the most enjoyable?

Well written. It gave me a whole new perspective of how far reaching the Magna Charta actually was as a forunner of the UN charter. Geoffrey Howard's narration made listening quite enjoyable.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Magna Charta?

King John's intigues in wanting to hold onto power.

What about Geoffrey Howard’s performance did you like?

Geoffrey Howard's performance made the story come alive. I've always enjoyed hearing him read.

If you could rename The Magna Charta, what would you call it?

Would you rename the Mona Lisa? Thjis book may not be on the same level but why change a title that works? I certainly won't.

Any additional comments?

Audible certainly makes listening to books more enjoyable, especially on long drives.

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- Walter

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-27-2005
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.