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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (959 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Simon Schama Narrator: Stephen Thorn Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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About the Author
Author Simon Schama

Simon Schama is a professor of art history and history at Columbia University and is the author of numerous award-winning books; his history Rough Crossings won the National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction. He has been a cultural essayist for the New Yorker and has written and presented more than thirty documentaries for the BBC, PBS, and the History Channel, including The Power of Art, which won the 2007 International Emmy for Best Arts Programming.