A History of Britain: Volume 2

  • by Simon Schama
  • Narrated by Stephen Thorne
  • 20 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Timothy West reads the second volume of Simon Schama's compelling chronicle of the British Isles.
The British wars began on the morning of 23 July 1637, heralding 200 years of battles. Most were driven by religious or political conviction, as Republicans and Royalists, Catholics and Protestants, Tories and Whigs, and colonialists and natives vied for supremacy. Of the battles not fought on home territory, many took place across Europe, America, India, and also at sea.
Schama's examination of this turbulent period reveals how the British people eventually united in imperial enterprise, forming 'Britannia Incorporated'. The story of that change evokes the memory of such enduringly influential people as Oliver Cromwell, as well as lesser known but equally extraordinary individuals. A story of revolution and reaction, progress and catastrophe, this is a vivid account of two centuries which changed Britain.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Excellent, engaging but lots to remember

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

Yes. It gives an excellent analysis of British history. It is, however, a lot to take in.


Any additional comments?

When I stopped listening for a few days or weeks it was hard to regain the context, but it was worth the effort.

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- Roderic

Good history lesson

Like all history it depends on who's side you are on. This does quite well at sticking to facts (I do not now how you can confirm this) and keeping all roud perspective.
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- Peter Evans

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-09-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios