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4.21 out of 54.21 out of 54.21 out of 54.21 out of 54.21 out of 5 4.21 (19 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edward Gibbon Narrator: Philip Madoc, Neville Jason Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2000 ISBN:
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Gibbon's The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is one of the greatest texts in the English language. In magisterial prose, Gibbon charts the gradual collapse of the Roman rule form Augustus (23 BC - AD 14) to the first of the barbarian kings, Odoacer (476- 490 AD). It is a remarkable account, with the extravagant corruption and depravity of emperors such as Commodus, Caracalla, and Elagabalus contrasted by the towering work of Constantine, Julian, and other remarkable men. It remains the standard work of scholarship on the subject two hundred years after it is written; yet equally important, in its sheer accessibility, it is an unforgettable story. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki Cline | 2/15/2014

    " I only made it through volume 3, because I'm not really interested in what happened after Rome fell in 476, but I did enjoy what I read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Bird | 1/14/2014

    " Not only one of the great histories, but perhaps the greatest collection of footnotes ever written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron | 12/26/2013

    " Loved the book from start to finish, even though it took well over a year of starts and stops to complete. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles Spitzig | 12/20/2013

    " Heavy. I've only read the first volume. There's enough in it, that I already expect to need to read it again to get an overview. I think I want to read the other three volumes first. Each is LONG, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Louis Bouchard | 11/21/2013

    " The religious history came across as somewhat biased, but it was otherwise good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 وسام الدين محمد | 10/27/2013

    " Barbarian and economic crisis lead the Roman Empire to the doom. Very hard book and very hard philosophy. Book should be read by every politician and decision manker. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thom Dunn | 10/8/2013

    " A HUGE unabridged set of tapes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 melissa seley | 4/6/2013

    " ok, so i've only read selected chapters and it would take a lifetime to really do it rightly, but - brilliant. a good thing to have on the bookshelf for digging into when you want to escape your own lil life and mull over the oddballs, meanies, heroes, perverts and heartbreaks of an empire vanished. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Brimmer | 4/2/2013

    " not as boring as you might think "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob Mask | 12/5/2012

    " A tough read, but worth the effort for perspective gleaned. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aran | 8/15/2012

    " Well, Gibbon, we had a great run of it. But I have to admit I totally lost the thread of the narrative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sunil | 7/7/2012

    " Always scribble, scribble, scribble, eh, Mr. Gibbon? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Lorf | 7/31/2011

    " This is a road map or instruction manual used by the United States Government today! If you want to see where the United States is headed... Read This Book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Cerruti | 2/23/2009

    " Only finished the first volume. Wonderful writing. Glad I didn't live then. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Malette Poole | 9/28/2006

    " Reading the Kindle Edition, all six volumes, so I only know I am 14% finished. It is wonderful and the FIRST example of a thematic rather than a chronological history. Had I read this as an undergraduate, my graduate career would have been less difficult. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jack | 4/19/2006

    " What wretched creatures we are; although from time to time, as Gibbon says, there is "The welcome discovery of a great and heroic character, such as sometimes arise, in a degenerate age, to vindicate the honor of the human species." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hans Dickes | 5/28/2005

    " I have to read this book in spurts. Its so dam big. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Kubat | 10/15/2002

    " I have the 5-volume, 1879 edition that was edited by H. H. Milman. Great reading, tremendous detail. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 D.R. Pitcock | 10/20/2001

    " shocking in its scope and broad in detail.this is an amazing classic to read and reread. "

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Author Edward Gibbon

Edward Gibbon (1737–1794), an English historian and member of Parliament, had little formal education. He went to Oxford, but was forced to leave when he converted to Roman Catholicism. His family then sent him to Lausanne, where he was reconverted to Protestantism. His most important work, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, was published in six volumes between 1776 and 1788.