Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order

  • by Niall Ferguson
  • Narrated by Niall Ferguson
  • 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Ferguson's most revolutionary and popular work, this is a major reinterpretation of the British Empire as one of the world's greatest modernising forces.
Based on the Channel Four series that will be aired simultaneously with the book, it shows on a vast canvas how the British Empire in the 19th century spearheaded real globalisation with steam power, telegraphs, guns, engineers, missionaries, and millions of settlers.


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Fantastic introduction to the British empire

This is an ideal book for anybody interested in understanding the rise and fall of the British empire. Although it covers centuries of history, it transitions from eras and countries very well and leaves us wanting to know more (but in a good way).

The author gives a great performance with gives it a sincere angle as we detect passion and even sarcasm in some sections.

I'm looking forward to reading other books from Niall Ferguson.
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- Jean-sebastien Goyette

Ferguson should narrate all his books.

What made the experience of listening to Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order the most enjoyable?

I have seen the TV series and this is a nice recap. Although abridged from the book (was based on the series), it does provide some perspective for comparison of e British Empire with the alternatives, pointing out that

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The author-narrator's enthusiasm.

What about Niall Ferguson’s performance did you like?

His confidence in his work.

If you could give Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order a new subtitle, what would it be?

The original from the book: How Britain made the Modern World.

Any additional comments?


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Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-02-2010
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd