The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume 2

  • by Edward Gibbon
  • Narrated by Bernard Mayes
  • 40 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Famous for its unflagging narrative power, fine organization, and irresistibly persuasive arguments, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire has earned a permanent place of honor in historical literature. Gibbon's elegantly detached erudition is seasoned with an ironic wit, and remarkably little of his work is outdated.This second volume covers A.D. 395 to A.D. 1185, from the reign of Justinian in the East to the establishment of the German Empire of the West. It recounts the desperate attempts to hold off the barbarians, palace revolutions and assassinations, theological controversy, and lecheries and betrayals, all in a setting of phenomenal magnificence.

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What the Critics Say

"[Gibbon] stood on the summit of the Renaissance achievement and looked back over the waste of history to ancient Rome, as from one mountain top to another." (Christopher Dawson)

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Customer Reviews

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Brilliant in parts, excellent in Most.

There was some drudgery with the minor, post Constantine emperors. I was also not as excited by the HRE sections as I was by the sections on the Rise of Islam, the Mongols, the Ottoman Empire, and the Crusades. Those sections alone are why I rated the second half 5 stars and not 4. Anyway, a fantastic read. Ironic to finish it right after S&P lowers our national credit rating and our senators again fail to do anything productive.
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- Darwin8u "I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^"

Mostly Dry

Would you try another book from Edward Gibbon and/or Bernard Mayes?

probably not unless I read it as opposed to listening to it.


Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Bernard Mayes?

Any narrator aside from him would have made this better. Very boring


Could you see The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume 2 being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Yes it's a great story that already has been made into movies and series and they're all great.


Any additional comments?

This book was very informational but it was boring and dry and was just an overall hard book to listen to and get through.

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- steve "Addicted to Audible since 2009"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-03-2007
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.