The Story Of The World: A Simple History For Boys And Girls

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(3.4 stars; 5 reviews)

Dedicatory Letter. Dear Doris, I could not tell you all the things which have ever happened in the world, but I have tried to tell you shortly about all the most important things from the very beginning, even before people had come into the World at all, right down to our own wonderful times. I have chosen the greatest men and women to tell you about, and in reading their stories I hope you will understand better something of what the times were like in which they lived, and what the other people too were like who were not so great and the kind of lives they led. The pictures in the book are not like those in most of the books you see and read, because most of them are not pictures made by people who are alive now, but they are copies of pictures, and statues, and buildings made by the very people you are reading about in the book. When you are reading about the Egyptians you get a picture of a pyramid made by the Egyptians themselves 6000 years ago. When you read about the Greeks you find pictures of statues of great Greek statesmen made by great Greek artists long ago, and so on. In the Middle Ages you are given pictures from the beautiful stained glass windows and the wonderful manuscripts which the people of the Middle Ages knew so well how to make. Sometimes the drawing may seem a little curious to you, but it is much more interesting for you to have these pictures than imaginative pictures made by people who are living now. Just as all the pictures are true so all the stories are true too. Indeed, there were many tales I could have told you which are often told to children as history, but are not true at all. I hope you will like those I have told just as well, for after all history should be true. Very affectionately I dedicate the book to you. - Summary by Elizabeth ONeill (18 hr 1 min)


The Coming of Man 21:09 Read by lisad
The Jews and the Phoenicians 40:24 Read by lisad
The Greeks 39:01 Read by Christine Rottger
The Athens of Pericles and Socrates 15:39 Read by Rita Boutros
The Greek Colonies in the West 9:02 Read by Rita Boutros
The Peloponnesian War 21:33 Read by Rita Boutros
The Last Days of Greek Independence 9:18 Read by Rita Boutros
Greece and Macedonia 23:47 Read by Christine Rottger
The Rise of Rome 23:07 Read by TR Love
Rome and the Celts 12:43 Read by TR Love
Rome Mistress of Italy 18:22 Read by TR Love
Rome and Carthage 25:12 Read by TR Love
Rome and the East 12:23 Read by TR Love
Last Days of the Roman Republic 50:46 Read by TR Love
Early Days of the Roman Empire 26:15 Read by TR Love
The Barbarians and the Empire 29:52 Read by Kerry Adams
The New Nations 21:56 Read by Kerry Adams
The Beginnings of Mohammedanism 16:46 Read by Kerry Adams
Charles the Great and the Holy Roman Empire 9:51 Read by Wayne Cooke
The Days of the Northmen 16:27 Read by Wayne Cooke
The Great Pope Hildebrand 16:16 Read by Andy Glover
The Crusades 21:21 Read by Tulustan
The Monks and the People in the Time of the Crusades 26:27 Read by andrewframe
The Thirteenth Century 27:46 Read by jenno
St. Dominic and St. Francis 19:22 Read by jenno
The Black Death 18:49 Read by jenno
The End of the Middle Ages 23:13 Read by andrewframe
The Beginnings of Modern Times 18:50 Read by Paul Lawley-Jones
A New World 15:13 Read by Andy Glover
Christopher Columbus 9:23 Read by Wayne Cooke
The Reformation 38:08 Read by fshort
The Counter-Reformation 18:12 Read by andrewframe
England and Spain 20:15 Read by andrewframe
The Seventeenth Century 16:55 Read by Andy Glover
The Pilgrim Fathers 19:03 Read by Ruth P.
The Age of Louis XIV 26:27 Read by Rita Boutros
The East of Europe in the Seventeenth Century 10:40 Read by Andy Glover
The Eighteenth Century 17:55 Read by Andy Glover
The Story of India 28:38 Read by Victor Seremet
The Story of Canada 28:07 Read by Rita Boutros
American Independence 21:10 Read by Wayne Cooke
Australasia 23:04 Read by Victor Seremet
The French Revolution 25:10 Read by TR Love
The Story of Napoleon 53:26 Read by TR Love
The Remaking of Europe 29:14 Read by ToddHW
Africa--The Land of Mystery 37:09 Read by docdlmartin
The Story of China and Japan 15:17 Read by Silvia Wolf
Our World Today 12:17 Read by Wayne Cooke


You lost me at "billionairs"

(1 stars)

I address this comment to Raycyst: First, I would like to state that THIS "REVIEW" is the VERY FIRST comment that I have deigned to post on Librivox though I have been listening for the last 3 or 5 years and though I do not keep an accurate count of the number of books to which I have heard narrated, I try to hear 3 to 5 books per week.[2nd] The fact that THIS REVIEW IS THE VERY FIRST ONE I HAVE SEEN FIT TO POST, should indicate to whomever reading it that this writer is intensely passionate about the sentiment herein expressed . [3rd] I almost never read other reviews. [4th] I have occasionally (very occasionally; read: seldomly) amused myself by gazing at reviews made by you, Mr. Cyst. Your persistent and always poorly expressed comment(s) never fail to make me smile. You are the racist and exemplify the poor state of civics education in the US. Kentucky's solitary good is the fact that Lincoln was born there and Corvettes are made in B. Green. [J. Davis also born in CainTuck. Points off.]

Very Raycyst

(5 stars)

This book is very racist in the fact that it contains many old white men. And as if if that horrible atrocity wasn't enough, it also excludes nonbinary people, as evident in the title (The Story Of The World: A Simple History For Boys And Girls). Lastly, in Chapter Five (The Greek Colonies In The West) there is a clear endorsement of Liberal Billionairs in the statement made by a Greek general, and I quote, "Down with goodness. Up with Liberal Billionairs! And remember, folks; a vote for a Liberal Billionair is a vote for high taxation, racism, homophobia and the ability for Kentuckians to build things in Kentucky, which is raycyst." Good bye and thank you kindly for your time


(1 stars)

the book is far from objective and sometimes too easy with the truth. Some of the readers are so bad i skipped some chapters. if you have your children listen to this, ensure to re-educate then.