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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (464 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: H. G. Wells Narrator: Bernard Mayes Publisher: Craig Black Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2010 ISBN: 9781455170517
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Having coined the phrase “the war that will end war,” H. G. Wells was disillusioned by the World War I peace settlement. Convinced that humanity needed to awaken to the instability of the world order and remember lessons from the past, the author of numerous science fiction classics set out to write about history. Wells hoped to remind mankind of its common past, provide it with a basis for international patriotism, and guide it to renounce war. The work became immensely popular, earning him world renown and solidifying his reputation as one of the most influential voices of his time.

Topics range from the world before man and the first living things to civilizations, religions, wars, and everything in between. Wells truly covers the whole of human history.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Loren | 1/19/2014

    " Even though the history is technically out of date; I enjoy reading what H.G. Wells had set out to do with his history and how it tries very had not to be euro-centric. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 10/28/2013

    " Will read more of when I get a good copy to own. Wells would write that sentence better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris K | 9/13/2013

    " The best historial narrative I've ever read. Ever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Harry | 7/14/2013

    " An interesting survey of world history with Wells' biases. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kara | 7/9/2013

    " Maybe I'm just a big history geek but I couldn't put this down. I found the ancient history the most interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Montagne | 3/23/2013

    " I like Wells' perspective on history, one even finds a subtle humor in here. Though large portions of it is now outdated, it is a great piece if you wish to get the zeitgeist of what folks in this age thought of history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alan | 9/23/2012

    " I bought an edition for 25 cents in some old barn of a place. Was pleased to see it in Scott Fitzgerald's education of Sheila. Now it's dated, a bit creaky. But it was fun then, when school seemed all about American history and Rousseau/Marx sort of world history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sadie Jenkinson | 3/19/2012

    " Intensely valuable from a historiographical perspective. Great read in general "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremy | 12/30/2011

    " Wells was not only a gifted storyteller, but also an astute student of history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zelly | 10/18/2011

    " I've finished the first volume and am planning to start on the second. It's very good so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Vaubel | 10/6/2011

    " My favorite thing about these books is finding other subjects throughout history for further reading. The Crusades, French Revolution, WWI & II. Wells inserts his opinions at times which lessens the text book factor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 10/5/2011

    " A great history book if you camember that it was written in 1920 and much history and science has been revised. I read this 30 years ago but my recollections are favorable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Txgriffith | 8/16/2011

    " I feel a little smarter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Howard | 6/6/2011

    " Pretty much out of date, but still, as a Boy's First History, it's okay. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Txgriffith | 5/16/2011

    " I feel a little smarter.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 8/30/2010

    " A great history book if you camember that it was written in 1920 and much history and science has been revised. I read this 30 years ago but my recollections are favorable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Harry | 7/3/2010

    " An interesting survey of world history with Wells' biases. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zelly | 8/4/2008

    " I've finished the first volume and am planning to start on the second. It's very good so far. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terence | 7/11/2008

    " To show how much of a geek I was, I remember reading a copy of this in elementary school!

    Sadly, I'm not sure any elementary school today would have any copies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Loren | 5/17/2008

    " Even though the history is technically out of date; I enjoy reading what H.G. Wells had set out to do with his history and how it tries very had not to be euro-centric. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremy | 5/2/2008

    " Wells was not only a gifted storyteller, but also an astute student of history. "

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About the Author

H. G. Wells (1866–1946), born in Bromley, Kent, England, was apprenticed to a drygoodsman and a druggist before he made his way to the Royal College of Science where he studied biology. Known as the father of science fiction, he was also a prolific writer in other genres, including contemporary novels, history, and social commentary. As a spokesman for progress and peace, his middle period novels (1900–1920) were more realistic and covered lower-middle-class life, suffrage, and the emergence of feminist ideals that pushed against the limits set by male-dominated society.

About the Narrator

Bernard Mayes is a teacher, administrator, corporate executive, broadcaster, actor, dramatist, and former international commentator on US culture. He is best known for his readings of historical classics.