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3.94 out of 53.94 out of 53.94 out of 53.94 out of 53.94 out of 5 3.94 (18 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Simon Schama Narrator: Stephen Thorne Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2012 ISBN:
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 2/14/2014

    " Very easy to read. After wading through numerous academic tomes, this came as a breath of fresh air. Recommended for anyone who wants an introduction to British history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bettie | 2/12/2014

    " I like my history served up Schama style "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 2/3/2014

    " Great book for a crash course in early British history up through the end of the Tudor reign. Schama is an engaging writer and I loved the photography throughout the book. Very nice overview - not recommended for anyone interested in delving deeper into specific time periods or exploring sub-dramas NOT specifically related to the monarchy. He only touches a bit on the Black Death, or on Peasant's Revolts, etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evan Leach | 1/6/2014

    " This covers 5,000 years of history in under 500 pages, so it's not exactly comprehensive. But if you're looking for a single-volume history covering pre-modern England, you could do a lot worse. Schama is a good storyteller and this is a very engaging and informative (if not exhaustive) summary of early English history. 4 stars, recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bruce | 1/4/2014

    " excellent piece of work. maybe not as well written as Churchill but does not suffer the fault of monarch fawning. at times the collapse of scope is a bit frustrating as obvious things that need to be considered get lost. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia | 1/1/2014

    " I'm still not ever going to be able to keep all of the names and dates straight, but the writing was eloquent and the stories were compelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jared | 12/14/2013

    " I wanted a good overview of early British history and this book does a great job. It takes the reader from primitive Britain all the way through Queen Elizabeth I. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Graham | 11/30/2013

    " Wonderful clear history of the isles - wish history at school had been this interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 11/27/2013

    " It's a Simon Shama book - well written, a touch conservative, a touch nationalistic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dave | 11/26/2013

    " Alas, gone is the wonderful analysis and mining of detail that was so prevalent in 'Citizens.' Of course he has to cover a huge chunk of time, so it is in part understandable. Still, I wonder if Schama was not really meant for the long view. He seems at his best when his focus is more narrow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 umberto | 11/26/2013

    " I love this BBC book, it is readable with some colour photos. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 10/14/2013

    " Was very easy to read and follow the outline of events in the history of Britain. More a general history and help in clarifying what part of British history I may be interested in reading next after these 3 volumes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Manda | 9/13/2013

    " Slightly confusing with all the Queens named Mary! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard Hardie | 9/6/2013

    " This is the second time I've read Simon Schama's trilogy of Britain's history. That in itself is testimony to the fact it's so readable as well as being incredibly informative. I'm now reading the second in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Newtqueen | 8/19/2013

    " I'm into pre-19th century UK history, and Schama is a scholarly but very witty interpreter. I have the DVD series he did in 2000, A History of Britain, but I wanted more detail so am reading the first two volumes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Simon Mendoza | 8/7/2013

    " Wonderfully accessible book. Does take some time to get through but well worth it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug | 7/14/2013

    " So fresh and shifty (in a good way) I couldn't stop once rolling. Must view the BBC series now. Is there a second volume? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ultra Violet | 9/26/2012

    " i learnt all about how our monarchy came into being in a clear well informed way. simon schama writes his book as though he is having a converstaion with you and his passion for his subject clearly shines through. "

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About the Author
Author Simon Schama

Simon Schama is University Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University in New York. His award-winning books include Scribble, Scribble, Scribble; The American Future: A History; National Book Critics Circle Award winner Rough Crossings; The Power of Art; The Embarrassment of Riches: An Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age; Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution; Dead Certainties (Unwarranted Speculations); Landscape and Memory; Rembrandt's Eyes; and the History of Britain trilogy. He has written and presented forty television documentary films for the BBC, PBS, and The History Channel, including the Emmy-winning Power of Art, on subjects that range from John Donne to Tolstoy.

About the Narrator

Stephen Thorne trained at RADA and played several seasons with the Old Vic Company and the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford and London. He has worked extensively in radio, with over two thousand broadcasts for the BBC, including Uncle Mort in the Radio 4 comedy series and the part of Treebeard in The Lord of the Rings. His television work includes EastEnders, Boys from the Bush, Death of an Expert Witness, and David Copperfield.