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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (341 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Henry Hudson Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2006 ISBN: 9781455173679
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In this comprehensive survey, William Hudson explores the forces responsible for bringing about the Renaissance, which he describes as the West’s “transition from the medieval to the modern world.”

Voyages of discovery, inventions, the revival of classical learning, and the advent of science contribute to the intellectual upheavals of this creative period, which are reflected in its literature and art. Hudson focuses on the one thread of continuity which he sees as both the seed and the fruit of this exciting era: the awakening of secular humanism and the emergence of the individual. This history gives the listener a lucid, perceptive analysis of the splendid Renaissance.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abigail Rasmussen | 10/10/2013

    " My Mom did not have "The Story of the World" books when I was in school. However I read all four of them a few years ago and still really enjoyed them. I will definitely be using these books when I am homeschooling my own children someday. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen Cruver | 3/20/2013

    " I read this series to my children and they gave them two enthusiastic thumbs up! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 1/27/2013

    " My favorite history curriculum for children in grade school. I LOVE the activity book that can be purchased. Fun activities! The stories are interesting and perfect to introduce children to the world that came before them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shirley | 12/30/2012

    " I don't remember really learning any history in school. I've always wanted to read a history book that was simple and easy to understand. This fit the bill, maybe because it's written for "the classical child." I learned a lot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gabriella | 9/21/2012

    " I love all of these books they are a great way learn history with stories "

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    " my kids love it and I learn something new every day.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen Barker | 3/23/2012

    " I like the way this is told in understandable language and story form. Covers a great deal of history in manageable amounts. A good starting off point. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lois | 3/1/2012

    " Not bad - good for a quick review as well as going into depth in some non traditional subject areas "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A.K. | 12/26/2011

    " Narrative style very useful for teaching children history, and a great refresher for adults. Easy listening and read by an excellent speaker. Well structured to be supplemented by other materials and methods for learning/teaching history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 4/6/2010

    " My children and I enjoy these CDs on a regular basis. The narrator has an excellent voice and the accompanying music really evokes a feeling for the time period. My children have effortlessly absorbed so much from these CDs. They have been a real asset to our homeschool "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 2/7/2010

    " We enjoy this series, both in written and audiobook form. This one does seem to focus more on wars than volumes 1 and 2. I would like to read more about art, medicine, fashion - those other things happening besides the wars and power struggles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca | 2/4/2009

    " My kids beg for more every day when we finish our lesson from Bauer's The Story of the World series. Well-written, engaging, and full of information, I have not found a better overview of history for elementary students. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Analee | 6/12/2008

    " We're reading this as part of our History this year. I am learning sooo much. I like that it's the story of the world and not just Europe and America. I love the histories you don't hear about as often from the orient and India etc. . . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 10/8/2007

    " My kids love this book. We are reading it, one chapter each morning and they always ask for more. A great way to learn about world history in story form. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chelsea A | 8/15/2007

    " i read this book because i chose it off a shelf in english class "

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About the Author
Author William Henry Hudson

W. H. Hudson (1841–1922) was an author, naturalist, and ornithologist. He is best known for his stories, which give a vivid picture of South American life, especially Green Mansions. He was a gifted naturalist and keen observer of wildlife and landscapes, as well as an acute and astute judge of humans and their characters.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with fifty-eight Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.