A History of Europe
- Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
- Length: 38 hrs and 8 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 04-13-09
- Language: English
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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"The appearance of A History of Europe by J.M. Roberts is...timely and welcome." ( New York Times Book Review)
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By Gillette on 08-27-10
An example of why so many find History boring.
As a lifelong academic and lover of history, I cringe inside when someone says that history is boring because all it is is names and dates and "this happened then that happened in this year and that year, test on Monday." History is about the uncovering of the past, and finding the truth and what it means for us. Real history is about interpreting and collecting evidence, and telling a compelling and useful story. Real history is so much more than names and dates, it is supposed to inform us of truths about the human condition by examining people in different times and places.
This book, however, is "history" in the boring sense that so many think history is. No interpretive work is done, no attempt is made to form a more personal narrative, and if you payed attention in your high school World History course, this book is not likely to tell you anything new. My fear is that people more open-minded about history will be turned off by this book if it is the first one that they listen to. There are many great histories out there. This is not one of them.
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