The World’s Story Volume I: China, Japan and the Islands of the Pacific

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(4.2 stars; 9 reviews)

This is the first volume of the 15-volume series of The World’s Story: a history of the World in story, song and art, edited by Eva March Tappan. Each book is a compilation of selections from prose literature, poetry and pictures and offers a comprehensive presentation of the world's history, art and culture, from the early times till the beginning of the 20th century.
Topics in Part I include China, Korea, Japan and the Islands of the Pacific. - Summary by Sonia

Cast list for The Sorrows of Han:
Emperor: Nemo
Lady/Princess: Eva Davis
Attendant: ToddHW
Envoy: SaraHale
President of the Council: Tomas Peter
Narrator: Sonia

Cast list for Ribs and Skin:
Rector: Nemo
Curate: Eva Davis
First Parishioner: Tomas Peter
Second Parishioner: ToddHW
Third Parishioner: SaraHale
Narrator: Sonia
(18 hr 32 min)


Palace of the Dalai Lama at Lhasa, Thibet, Photograph, Frontispice 3:14 Read by Sonia
Publisher's note 3:40 Read by Sonia
Introduction, by Eva March Tappan 19:40 Read by Sonia
China Part I: In the earliest days: historical note 2:30 Read by Sonia
Shun of Yu who controlled the floods, by Confucius 13:15 Read by Sonia
China Part II: Confucius and his age: historical note 1:18 Read by Jim Locke
The story of Confucius, by Rev. A. W. Loomis 12:36 Read by Jim Locke
A visit to a temple of Confucius, by Rev. A. W. Loomis 8:49 Read by Jim Locke
Some of the proverbs of Confucius 2:44 Read by Jim Locke
Manners and customs of Confucius's day, by Rev. William Speer 17:21 Read by Jim Locke
Mencius, by S. Wells Williams 4:24 Read by Jim Locke
A story of Mencius, by Unknown 1:44 Read by Jim Locke
Proverbs of Mencius 1:12 Read by Jim Locke
China Part III: Times of change and confusion: historical note 1:40 Read by Jim Locke
The strenuous reign of Hoang-Ti, by Rev. Charles Gützlaff 16:42 Read by Jim Locke
The rule of the Hans, by Rev. William Speer 9:30 Read by Jim Locke
Rakan feeding the hungry spirit, Chinese painting, p. 52 3:09 Read by Jim Locke
The three religions, by W. A. P. Martin 6:14 Read by Jim Locke
Dream and reality, a Buddhist story, by Chuang Tzu 1:19 Read by Jim Locke
Mulan, the maiden chief, by Unknown 5:52 Read by Jim Locke
The prodigal emperor Wang-Ti, by Rounsevelle Wildman 5:57 Read by Sonia
China Part IV: The Augustan age: historical note 1:26 Read by Mona Jaheen
Tai-Tsung the Good, by Rev. William Speer 6:24 Read by Sonia
The rule of the empress Wu, by S. Wells Williams 3:25 Read by brianna
The founding of Han-Lin College, by Rev. William Speer 5:25 Read by Sonia
The binding of feet, by Rev. William Speer 2:31 Read by andreearux
Printing, by Rev. William Speer 1:54 Read by wubwave
China Part V: The coming of the Tartars: historical note 2:49 Read by Jim Locke
The Tartars and their customs, by Marco Polo 11:25 Read by Sandra Schmit
The Chinese theater, by Archibald Little 6:55 Read by andreearux
The sorrows of Han, by Unknown 8:37 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Jenghiz Khan, the 'perfect warrior', by D. Petis de la Croix 5:52 Read by Sandra Schmit
Jenghiz Khan captures Peking, by D. Petis de la Croix 2:55 Read by Sandra Schmit
The dirge of Jenghiz Khan, by Unknown 1:37 Read by Tomas Peter
China Part VI: Stories of the great Khan: historical note 2:02 Read by brianna
The palace of the great Khan in Cambaluc (Peking), by Marco Polo 8:14 Read by realisticspeakers
How the great Khan ate his dinner, by Marco Polo 6:49 Read by realisticspeakers
How Kublai Khan went a-hunting, by Marco Polo 9:44 Read by realisticspeakers
How the Khan sent his messages, by Marco Polo 9:07 Read by realisticspeakers
The King's Messenger, by Chuang Tzu 1:17 Read by Tomas Peter
The Polos teach the Khan how to capture a city, by Marco Polo 4:47 Read by Tomas Peter
A Chinese city at the end of the thirteenth century, by Marco Polo 12:58 Read by Sandra Schmit
The Peking Observatory, photograph, p. 128 2:24 Read by brianna
China Part VII: Chinese fables and tales: historical note 1:51 Read by Tomas Peter
The boy philosopher, by Unknown 2:09 Read by andreearux
The elixir of life, by Unknown 1:24 Read by brianna
The tiger and the monkey, by Unknown 1:27 Read by SaraHale
Was he the only cheat?, by Unknown 2:33 Read by Tomas Peter
The appeal of Lady Chang 3:04 Read by Eva Davis
The soul of the great bell, by Lafcadio Hearn 14:53 Read by Tony Addison
China Part VIII: The coming of the missionaries: historical note 2:04 Read by engineerSTL
An enterprising missionary, by John of Corvino 3:31 Read by engineerSTL
The woman with the cross, by Mendez Pinto 8:54 Read by Jim Locke
The worship of ancestors, by W. A. P. Martin 3:14 Read by brianna
Teaching science to the emperor, by Père du Halde 15:21 Read by Jim Locke
The emperor and the musician, by Père du Halde 4:14 Read by Eva Davis
The man who was afraid of becoming a horse, by Père du Halde 3:43 Read by andreearux
How the bonzes got the ducks, by Père Le Comte 2:15 Read by brianna
A visit to a Lama, by Père Gerbillon 9:07 Read by Jim Locke
China Part IX: The first two centuries of Manchu rule: historical note 2:13 Read by Tomas Peter
The coming of the Kalmucks, by Thomas de Quincey 8:05 Read by Jim Locke
Chinese punishments, by Père du Halde 12:49 Read by andreearux
The temple of Heaven, Peking, photograph, p. 186 2:25 Read by Monika M. C.
Why the Chinaman wears a queue, by William Elliot Griffis 3:49 Read by Jim Locke
How the Chinese received the first English ambassador, by Charles Gützlaff 8:16 Read by Jim Locke
Opium-eaters, by William Speer 2:34 Read by brianna
A 'Boston tea-party' in China, by William Speer 5:49 Read by Monika M. C.
What the Chinese thought about the English, by Unknown 2:48 Read by brianna
How the 'Arrow War' began, by W. A. P. Martin 5:02 Read by ToddHW
Receiving the yellow jacket, by A. Egmont Hake 4:16 Read by ToddHW
China Part X: Language, schools, and examinations: historical note 1:42 Read by Mona Jaheen
The Mandarin language, by Père du Halde 4:10 Read by ToddHW
How Chinese children learn to read, by Père du Halde 6:54 Read by April6090
When I went to school in China, by Yan Phou Lee 14:40 Read by April6090
A child's first lesson, by Unknown 2:46 Read by brianna
Civil-service examinations in China, by W. A. P. Martin 15:22 Read by Jim Locke
Questions from a civil-service examination 2:01 Read by Jim Locke
China Part XI: In recent years: historical note 2:16 Read by Tomas Peter
War between China and Japan, by W. A. P. Martin 9:08 Read by Demosthenes
The adventures of Yao Chen-Yuan 17:51 Read by Jim Locke
When the allies entered Pekin, by Pierre Loti 16:59 Read by Jim Locke
A diplomatic correspondence between the United States and China 6:19 Read by Devorah Allen
The republic of China 1:44 Read by Tomas Peter
Korea: historical note 2:00 Read by Availle
A grain shop in Korea, photograph, p. 264 2:23 Read by Availle
When Hideyoshi invaded Korea, by Homer B. Hulbert 20:56 Read by Availle
Japan Part I: In ancient times: historical note 1:46 Read by Availle
Jimmu Tenno, the first mikado of Japan, by William Elliot Griffis 7:52 Read by Nuria
The Japanese story-teller, by Sir Edwin Arnold 12:49 Read by Nemo
The fisher-boy Urashima, by Unknown 4:36 Read by Nemo
Social life in Kioto, by William Elliot Griffis 14:27 Read by Jim Locke
The story of Yoshitsune, by Yei Theodora Ozaki 30:29 Read by Colleen McMahon
Three Japanese poems, translated by Frederick Victor Dickins 1:40 Read by Nemo
The great Buddha of Kamakura, photograph, p. 318 3:58 Read by Demosthenes
Japan Part II: The rule of the Shoguns: historical note 1:58 Read by Availle
The great Khan Kublai invades Japan, by Marco Polo 9:30 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
The coming of Will Adams to Japan, by Will Adams 12:59 Read by Availle
Long spears or short spears, by Walter Dening 18:31 Read by Availle
How a man became a god, by Lafcadio Hearn 24:14 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
Ribs and skin, by Unknown 16:56 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
How it would feel to be a Shinto god, by Lafcadio Hearn 12:59 Read by Eva Davis
Interior of a Japanese temple, photograph p. 368 3:32 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
Tadasuke, the Japanese Solomon, by Walter Dening 20:05 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
The sword of Japan, by Sir Edwin Arnold 24:18 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
Japan Part III: Some curious customs: historical note 1:30 Read by SaraHale
A Japanese dinner party, by Sir Edwin Arnold 18:01 Read by realisticspeakers
How Japanese ladies go shopping, by Alice M. Bacon 13:27 Read by April6090
An incense party, by Sir Edwin Arnold 11:32 Read by Devorah Allen
A Japanese house, by Basil Hall Chamberlain 5:19 Read by April6090
Thinking out a garden, by Mortimer Menpes 3:09 Read by April6090
A stone gateway, photograph p. 418 1:17 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
An artist in flowers, by Mortimer Menpes 5:59 Read by realisticspeakers
How a Japanese paints, by Mortimer Menpes 3:54 Read by Emma Charlotte
How to talk politely in Japan, by Percival Lowell 2:15 Read by Availle
Japan Part IV: The awakening of Japan: historical note 2:57 Read by realisticspeakers
When Commodore Perry landed in Japan, by Francis L. Hawks 22:50 Read by realisticspeakers
The president's letter, by Townsend Harris 10:58 Read by realisticspeakers
The schools of old Japan, by Francis Ottiwell Adams 7:21 Read by Nuria
How to learn Japanese, by Rev. M. L. Gordon 9:08 Read by Availle
The attack upon Port Arthur, by Lieutenant Tadayoshi Sakurai 13:22 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
Japan Part V: Little stories of Japan: historical note 1:37 Read by SaraHale
Japanese politeness, by Mortimer Menpes 1:53 Read by April6090
How the shopkeeper lost his queue, by Lafcadio Hearn 2:14 Read by Eva Davis
Fuji-Yama, photograph, p. 462 2:06 Read by Availle
The cherry tree of the sixteenth day, by Lafcadio Hearn 3:53 Read by Nemo
Japanese children and their games, by Sir Edwin Arnold 23:51 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
Islands of the Pacific: historical note 1:41 Read by Sonia
The first Australian colonists, by W. H. Lang 13:44 Read by Son of the Exiles
Gold, gold, gold!, by W. H. Lang 18:38 Read by Son of the Exiles
The missionary and the cannibals, by Reginald Horsley 18:46 Read by Jim Locke
Hot-water basins, New Zealand, photograph, p. 502 2:37 Read by Tomas Peter
The story of Pitcairn Island, by Anonymous 11:58 Read by BettyB
The last voyage of Captain Cook, by Charles C. B. Seymour 21:10 Read by BettyB
The vengeance of the goddess Pele, by Kalakaua 11:51 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
Father Damien, the missionary to the lepers, by John C. Lambert 21:50 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
A visit to Aguinaldo, by Edwin Wildman 10:11 Read by SimonNix
Preparing our Moros for government, by R. L. Bullard 42:11 Read by Jim Locke
Baro Buddor, an ancient temple of Java, photograph, p. 562 2:48 Read by Monika M. C.
Detail of temple at Bramabanan, photograph p. 562 0:56 Read by Monika M. C.
A visit to a head-hunter of Borneo, by William Henry Furness, third 16:43 Read by Sandra Schmit


Great book, some not so great readers

(3 stars)

As a passionate reader of Asian History I did enjoy the narrative and the stories told here. But I had to skip some chapters (specially those read by Brianna) out of pure desperation. Her reading speed falls so behind what's natural that I find myself focusing more and more on the silent spaces between words and sentences. I generally enjoy slow paced readers since I mostly listen to these audio books right before bed and find them relaxing. But I'm sorry to say some of these readers ruined half the book for me.