A History of Britain: Volume 1

  • by Simon Schama
  • Narrated by Stephen Thorne
  • 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The story of Britain from the earliest settlements in 3000 BC to the death of Elizabeth I in 1603. 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 major BBC2 series has shown him to be one of our most original and exciting historians.

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Well written but hard to manage as an audiobook

Would you listen to A History of Britain: Volume 1 again? Why?

I may return to parts of this if I have a particular interest in a particular period and want to refresh my understanding.


Any additional comments?

This is to some degree a reference book and the lack of a table of contents and index and an inability to flick back and forth through the pages made it a less than perfect experience.

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- Roderic

great listen

this is a well read book. i have enjoyed it allot and often go back to it. i was never particularly alert at school and history class mostly went in one ear and out the other. So i decided that i would like to get a better grasp of the events that preceded me and this was great way to start. it is easy going and has just the right level of depth never tacking you to far down a rabbit hole as to make you confused when you reemerge.
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- MR

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-09-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios