The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • by Edward Gibbon
  • Narrated by Charlton Griffin
  • 126 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Here in a single volume is the entire, unabridged recording of Gibbon's masterpiece. Beginning in the second century at the apex of the Pax Romana, Gibbon traces the arc of decline and complete destruction through the centuries across Europe and the Mediterranean. It is a thrilling and cautionary tale of splendor and ruin, of faith and hubris, and of civilization and barbarism. Follow along as Christianity overcomes paganism... before itself coming under intense pressure from Islam. It is a story that begins in Rome and ends in the capture of Constantinople by the Turks almost 1,500 years later. To aid in navigating this massive work, please refer to the accompanying PDF, which contains a table of contents and starting times for each chapter.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

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Immense book & audiobook

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

I would to anyone who like Roman history this much (120 + hours). It is not for the faint-hearted.


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire?

All the characters (and we are talking hundreds) are depicted in such depth, with this acute, sharp self-assured moral judgement of the 18th century. Gibbons made us feel he had the chance to observe them for long hours and days before he formed his opinion. Theses characters' depiction were my favourite parts by far.


Have you listened to any of Charlton Griffin’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Never heared any other performance but the narrator is truly fantastic. He has the perfect voice and tone to transfigure the complexity and sophistication of 18th century writing style to restitute with strength and clarity the meaning of the text and the personality of the author. You feel like Gibbons is talking to you, that after years and years of studies and reading, he finally delivers to you the pared down, quintessential truth of many years of reflexion about centuries of history. The long sentences, complex structures, the narrator always turns them to his advantage to make them easily understood by the listener, carrying their gravitas without falling into mannierism. This audiobook made me realize that 18th century writing lends itself beautifully to orality (while we could actually find the reading quite arduous and complext)Truly, I have never been more impressed by a narrator. Charlton Griffin truly adds a lot to this audiobook and to Gibbons' work.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

120+ hours, even with the best of enthusiasm ... It took me 2 months.


Any additional comments?

It is a superproduction of very high quality. A massive piece of literature, a very well-produced audiobook and the best narrator possible.

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- El

Sweeping Story - narration takes some getting used

Where does The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Definitely the longest, by some significant margin.


What other book might you compare The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire to, and why?

Nothing to compare this to. Magnificent in scope and ambition - much like the empire itself.


What do you think the narrator could have done better?

American pronunciations from a very British speaker was a bit odd. Narration was a bit slow for me and was actually much more listenable when played at twice normal speed.


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- missfrizzy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 21-04-2015
  • Publisher: Audio Connoisseur