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Timothy West reads the second volume of Simon Schama's compelling chronicle of the British Isles.
The British wars began on the morning of 23 July 1637, heralding 200 years of battles. Most were driven by religious or political conviction, as Republicans and Royalists, Catholics and Protestants, Tories and Whigs, and colonialists and natives vied for supremacy. Of the battles not fought on home territory, many took place across Europe, America, India, and also at sea.
Schama's examination of this turbulent period reveals how the British people eventually united in imperial enterprise, forming 'Britannia Incorporated'. The story of that change evokes the memory of such enduringly influential people as Oliver Cromwell, as well as lesser known but equally extraordinary individuals. A story of revolution and reaction, progress and catastrophe, this is a vivid account of two centuries which changed Britain.
©2012 Simon Schama (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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By Douglas on 02-17-14

A solid second volume

This 2nd volume was interesting and entertaining just as the 1st volume was. After having read all 3 volumes in the series, this is the edition that I'll remember the least. Certainly the end of the first volume blends together with this volume. The subtitle for this volume is "The British Wars" but that seems inapt. It's not as though the 2nd volume is entirely or even mostly a war history. The most interesting part of this volume was the retelling of the Great Fire of London. As I mentioned in my review of the first volume, it helps to be well acquainted with British history and even European history when reading this book. For example, if you aren't familiar with things like the Holy Roman Empire and the Habsburgs it's going to get confusing.

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By Brandon Click on 02-06-15

Amazing!!!

This is the best book of the three, even though it only encompasses less than two hundred years.

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By Roderic on 11-12-14

Excellent, engaging but lots to remember

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. It gives an excellent analysis of British history. It is, however, a lot to take in.

Any additional comments?

When I stopped listening for a few days or weeks it was hard to regain the context, but it was worth the effort.

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By Peter Evans on 04-13-13

Good history lesson

Like all history it depends on who's side you are on. This does quite well at sticking to facts (I do not now how you can confirm this) and keeping all roud perspective.

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