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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 Thorne Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2012 ISBN:
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 Robin | 12/6/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 12/4/2013

    " Probably the most compelling of the series. The end of the Victorian era through to the end WWII in particular is covered brilliantly, primarily from the perspective of Churchill, who is portrayed sympathetically, although not hagiographically thankfully. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen Dawson | 10/13/2013

    " The account of Britain's history concludes, as the subtitle says, with a focus on the fate of the Empire. But there is a good deal of focus on the peoples and social history of Britain too, which makes for quite a balanced and varied account. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 7/24/2013

    " I first saw the series on dvd. The books are way more detailed (of course). He is a dramatic historian. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Huw Evans | 6/21/2013

    " please see Schama, the Wars of the British. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ginger Jane | 3/6/2013

    " I heart Simon Schama forever. Of course, if I was to be hell picky about my history I would probably have something more critical to say. As it is - I just - I just - I lurve him. I want to have his history babies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kellie | 1/24/2013

    " Great set of books. This series of books is also great on dvd "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marks54 | 10/17/2012

    " This concluding volume covers the history of Britain from the US revolution to the present. As you might expect, it is a broad survey of themes but that is OK. I have read more detailed accounts. The section on the establishment of the Raj in India was the most interesting part of this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 9/9/2012

    " great series; not sure but the illustrations and photos may be the best part "

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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.

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.