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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (331 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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Timothy West reads the third and concluding volume of award-winning historian Simon Schama's compelling chronicle of the British Isles.

Here he illuminates the period from 1776 to 2000 through a variety of historical themes, including Victorian advances in technology and industry, women's increasing role in society, and the burgeoning British Empire which promised civilisation and material betterment for all. This volume also looks at key characters from the period, including Wordsworth, Burke, Queen Victoria, Churchill, and Orwell, whilst examining some lesser-known lives, such as Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, the first woman doctor, and Mary Seacole, a Jamaican nurse in the Crimea. Finally, Schama reflects on the overwhelming presence of the past in the 20th century, and the struggle of our leaders to find a way of making a different national future.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mary | 12/29/2013

    " I need to read this again, but I know I enjoyed it first time round. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Martha | 12/26/2013

    " Whew. A lofty endeavor but interesting. Think I will just watch the bbc presentations for the next 12 volumes! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by James | 12/6/2013

    " Dull compared to the first two volumes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Robin | 12/6/2013

    " A decent (if conservative) history of the Isles. "

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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.