Vanished Kingdoms: The Rise and Fall of States and Nations Audiobook, by Norman Davies Play Audiobook Sample

Vanished Kingdoms: The Rise and Fall of States and Nations Audiobook

Vanished Kingdoms: The Rise and Fall of States and Nations Audiobook, by Norman Davies Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Derek Perkins Publisher: Tantor Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 20.17 hours at 1.5x Speed 15.13 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: May 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781705269923

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Longest Chapter Length:

59:48 minutes

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26:35 minutes

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46:42 minutes

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An evocative account of fourteen European kingdoms-their rise, maturity, and eventual disappearance.

There is something profoundly romantic about lost civilizations. Europe's past is littered with states and kingdoms, large and small, that are scarcely remembered today, and while their names may be unfamiliar-Aragon, Etruria, the Kingdom of the Two Burgundies—their stories should change our mental map of the past. We come across forgotten characters and famous ones-King Arthur and Macbeth, Napoleon and Queen Victoria, right up to Stalin and Gorbachev—and discover how faulty memory can be, and how much we can glean from these lost empires. Davies peers through the cracks in the mainstream accounts of modern-day states to dazzle us with extraordinary stories of barely remembered pasts, and of the traces they left behind.

This is Norman Davies at his best: sweeping narrative history packed with unexpected insights. Vanished Kingdoms will appeal to all fans of unconventional and thought-provoking history, from listeners of Niall Ferguson to Jared Diamond.

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About Norman Davies

Norman Davies is a professor emeritus of the University of London and a fellow of Wolfson College in Oxford. He is the author of several books on Polish and European history, including God’s Playground, The Isles, and White Eagle, Red Star.

About Derek Perkins

Derek Perkins is a professional narrator and voice actor. He has earned numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration, as well as numerous Society of Voice Arts nominations. AudioFile magazine named him a Best Voice consecutively in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Augmented by a knowledge of three foreign languages and a facility with accents, he has narrated numerous titles in a wide range of fiction and nonfiction genres.