The Age of Voltaire : The Story of Civilization

  • by Will Durant, Ariel Durant
  • Narrated by Grover Gardner
  • Series: The Story of Civilization
  • 42 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Age of Voltaire, the ninth volume of The Story of Civilization, is an in-depth examination of France and England in the first half of the 18th century. In this masterful work, listeners will encounter:


The English ideas that inspired the Enlightenment in France - skepticism, scientific experiment, constitutional government, "natural rights", and individual liberty
The salons of Paris, where the wits and thinkers of all Europe gathered to exchange ideas
The philosophers - intellectuals, playwrights, and poets who consulted and consorted with kings and queens
Voltaire himself - the incarnation of the Enlightenment and a devotee of reason who still defended religious faith
Mme. Pompadour, patron of the philosophers, who seduced King Louis XV and through him influenced French policy
The Augustan Age in English literature - Alexander Pope's poetry, Jonathan Swift's satires, and the novels of Samuel Richardson and Henry Fielding

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REAL TREASURE

There are plenty of good books, great books even, then there are books that are so remarkable that they transcend there intended purpose. completing this series has to change your life-why? because it puts everything you know into context which enables you to understand yourself,your community, your government your world and its times. beyond that its just all so fascinating and well written that its hard to imagine anything better. It makes me want to teach history but not the kind of boring trash I was exposed to in school. I try to tell my kids stories from history. At first they dont even want to hear it because history as they have experienced it and as I did is brutally boring- but if i can get them to listen they are fascinated but confused, they always say well why dont we learn cool stuff like that in school??. Good question. It not only saddens me it pisses me off. Anyway this is an outstanding book that could make a history lover out of anyone.
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- Jeff

The Most Exquisite History Series

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

Definitely. I have read dozens of books on world history, and none compare to the thoroughness, insight into the nature of man via history, and philosophical perspectives and penmanship of Will Durant.


Who was your favorite character and why?

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What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

Excellent narrator. His pace, tone, and inflections seem to communicate the meaning of the author's words in an enthusiastic, effective, and effortless manner.


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- Arthur Pendragon

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-26-2015
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.