A Less Boring History of the World

  • by Dave Rear
  • Narrated by Miles Jupp
  • 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Refreshes the parts other history books can’t reach.... A bit ropy on the Renaissance? In the dark about the Enlightenment? Or, in fact, do you need a revision course on the entire history of the world and want to read a witty, irreverent, definitely not boring romp through everything that has ever happened on planet earth – from 15 billion years BC to the present day? Good. A Less Boring History of the World tells you everything you need to know from the Big Bang to Barack Obama, taking in the Byzantines, the Black Death, the Boston Tea Party, Bonaparte, and Bin Laden along the way. Each historical episode is boiled down to edible, bite size chunks so that you can finally piece together all the different bits of history - and see how on earth we ended up in the mess we are today.
Whipping through the chaotic journey of man, past ancient civilisations, the rise of empires, and the fall of bankers, A Less Boring History refreshes your memory and broadens your mind. And, if that’s not enough, it will also make you laugh. A lot.

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Patronising & Flippant

The idea of this book was so appealing - to fill in gaps in my history knowledge without being too dry. Instead David Rear is astonishingly patronising and flippant. To say Bangladesh was created "for some reason" as an end note to a vague chapter on India and Pakistan is breath-takingly rude, ignorant and just not funny. The over-riding feeling I had was that Miles Jupp gamely read out this desperately unfunny book as best he could. I'm sure I could feel him cringing though.
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- Jess

Far from a boring listen

The history began with a homage to Briget Jones, a nod to Genesis and a wink to science and continued to hold my attention throughout. Miles Jupp's narration is excellent. Perfect for a long car journey, or in my case making a day spent cleaning and ironing far less dreary.
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- Miss

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-10-2012
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks