A History of Britain, Volume 1

  • by Simon Schama
  • Narrated by Timothy West
  • 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

To look back at the past is to understand the present. In this vivid account of over 4,000 years of British history, Simon Schama takes us on an epic journey which encompasses the very beginnings of the nation's identity, when the first settlers landed on Orkney. From the successes and failures of the monarchy to the daily life of a Roman soldier stationed on Hadrian's Wall, Schama gives a vivid, fascinating account of the many different stories and struggles that lie behind the growth of our island nation. Simon Schama's hugely successful BBC2 series has shown him to be one of the most original and exciting historians. Timothy West's abridged reading of the book bears further testimony to Schama's extraordinary gift for story-telling.

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Not good for a casual listen

This would perhaps be a good history text book, it is not however good for the casual listener. I listen to audiobooks to broaden my knowledge, and to relax. In that capacity this book was impossible to follow and went through a lot of history at light speed.
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- Samuel

Very informative

Enjoyable listen and clearly fantastically researched. Would definitely recommend to anyone wanting to learn more about British history.
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- Andrew

Book Details

  • Release Date: 27-04-2005
  • Publisher: Audible Studios