The Pursuit of Power

  • by Richard J. Evans
  • Narrated by Napoleon Ryan
  • 41 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Richard J. Evans's gripping narrative ranges across a century of social and national conflicts, from the revolutions of 1830 and 1848 to the unification of both Germany and Italy, from the Russo-Turkish wars to the Balkan upheavals that brought this era of relative peace and growing prosperity to an end. Among the great themes it discusses are the decline of religious belief and the rise of secular science and medicine, the journey of art, music, and literature from Romanticism to Modernism, the replacement of old-regime punishments by the modern prison, and the dramatic struggle of feminists for women's equality and emancipation. Uniting the era's broad-ranging transformations was the pursuit of power in all segments of life, from the banker striving for economic power to the serf seeking to escape the power of his landlord, from the engineer asserting society's power over the environment to the psychiatrist attempting to exert science's power over human nature itself.
The first single-volume history of the century, this comprehensive and sweeping account gives the listener a magnificently human picture of Europe in the age when it dominated the rest of the globe.

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Narrated by Napoleon How could you go wrong????

Would you consider the audio edition of The Pursuit of Power to be better than the print version?

yes


What other book might you compare The Pursuit of Power to and why?

guns of august


Which scene was your favorite?

bismark and the reunification of germany


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Napoleon's narration


Any additional comments?

Had no idea he was still alive.

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- dd "dom il Sung"

Wonderful book. Excruciating narration

The book is very comprehensive,rich in detail,and very informative-history at its best-first rate.

The narration is awkward and painful to listen to. When he pronounces German names he truly sounds like he is trying to clear a gnat out of his throat.

His inflection is also horrible. For example when he says "Bismark" delivered with a way overdone guttural,gnat removing,affectation, he then paused as if to say to the listener,"isn't that delivery wonderful!". The second example of stilted inflection is much like the way Dr. Evil in Austin Powers would say the word "Laser". That is the word is so fascinating that it has the heaviest emphasis in the sentence.

Though I just finished it,I'd gladly start it over and listen to it again but I can't bear to hear his inept delivery again
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- howard bascom

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-29-2016
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books