• A Less Boring History of the World

  • By: Dave Rear
  • Narrated by: Miles Jupp
  • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 10-04-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
  • 3.8 (42 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Refreshes the parts other history books can’t reach.... A bit ropy on the Renaissance? In the dark about the Enlightenment? Or, in fact, do you need a revision course on the entire history of the world and want to read a witty, irreverent, definitely not boring romp through everything that has ever happened on planet earth – from 15 billion years BC to the present day? Good. A Less Boring History of the World tells you everything you need to know from the Big Bang to Barack Obama, taking in the Byzantines, the Black Death, the Boston Tea Party, Bonaparte, and Bin Laden along the way. Each historical episode is boiled down to edible, bite size chunks so that you can finally piece together all the different bits of history - and see how on earth we ended up in the mess we are today.
Whipping through the chaotic journey of man, past ancient civilisations, the rise of empires, and the fall of bankers, A Less Boring History refreshes your memory and broadens your mind. And, if that’s not enough, it will also make you laugh. A lot.
©2012 Dave Rear (P)2012 Random House AudioGo
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By Mauro on 11-13-12

A Less Boring Audiobook

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

the author

What was most disappointing about Dave Rear’s story?

Extremely boring and a tasteless sense of humour

What didn’t you like about Miles Jupp’s performance?

The performance was just OK. The history of the book didn't help at all

What character would you cut from A Less Boring History of the World?

The author

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By Greg on 11-12-12

silly

Would you try another book from Dave Rear and/or Miles Jupp?

no..

Would you ever listen to anything by Dave Rear again?

no

What didn’t you like about Miles Jupp’s performance?

just too silly for anyone older than 7

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Less Boring History of the World?

the whole book

Any additional comments?

win a few lose a few

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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By Jess on 05-19-13

Patronising & Flippant

The idea of this book was so appealing - to fill in gaps in my history knowledge without being too dry. Instead David Rear is astonishingly patronising and flippant. To say Bangladesh was created "for some reason" as an end note to a vague chapter on India and Pakistan is breath-takingly rude, ignorant and just not funny. The over-riding feeling I had was that Miles Jupp gamely read out this desperately unfunny book as best he could. I'm sure I could feel him cringing though.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful


By Miss on 04-13-13

Far from a boring listen

The history began with a homage to Briget Jones, a nod to Genesis and a wink to science and continued to hold my attention throughout. Miles Jupp's narration is excellent. Perfect for a long car journey, or in my case making a day spent cleaning and ironing far less dreary.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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