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The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Audiobook

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

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Here in a single volume is the entire, unabridged recording of Gibbon's masterpiece. Beginning in the second century at the apex of the Pax Romana, Gibbon traces the arc of decline and complete destruction through the centuries across Europe and the Mediterranean. It is a thrilling and cautionary tale of splendor and ruin, of faith and hubris, and of civilization and barbarism. Follow along as Christianity overcomes paganism... before itself coming under intense pressure from Islam. It is a story that begins in Rome and ends in the capture of Constantinople by the Turks almost 1,500 years later. To aid in navigating this massive work, please refer to the accompanying PDF, which contains a table of contents and starting times for each chapter.

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  • Marcus
    Brasília, Brazil
    3/03/16
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    "The European Civilization"

    Examining a period of world (european) history (late antiquity throughout the middle ages) crucial to the understanding of western civilization, this book is a treasure. Edward Gibbon, drawing from various sources, most of them contemporary of the facts it exposes, traces the history of the Roman Empire in the west and in the east. Along the way, he discuss christianity, the Roman Catholic Church, the crusades, the beginning of the Muslim faith and the advent of the Ottoman Empire. The successive battles between the romans and the barbarian are explained in a way that one understands the facts that underline the formation of modern european states. The author is not shy in declining his views about the events, with renders the book even more fascinating. An enlightening reading!

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • R. Hosseini
    Boston, MA
    28/07/16
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    "Perfect!"

    Not just a history of Rome but a beautiful piece of art and literature. Perfection!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew Gruenberger
    15/06/16
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    "work of art"

    the work itself is monumental and impressive. his arguments are clear and debatable. it took a long time to get through this, but it is worth it. anyone serious about history or the English language will certainly appreciate this product of the age of enlightenment.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Richard Murphy
    5/04/16
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    "Loved It!"

    A great historical and thorough introduction of not only Roman antiquity but of Christianity and Islam. Astonishing how similar modern history resembles the sinuous advances between cultures and conquerors of the time periods in this book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Jeepbrah
    23/11/15
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    "Informative"

    Very informative book on the history of Rome. Would recommend for anyone interested in its history.

    8 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Peter Molloy
    8/01/16
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    "Garbled Audio , Impossible to understand"
    What would have made The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire better?

    Garbled Audio , issue not fixed yet. Impossible to understand words, Audible FAIL


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Garbled Audio , issue not fixed yet. Impossible to understand words, Audible FAIL


    How could the performance have been better?

    Garbled Audio , issue not fixed yet. Impossible to understand words, Audible FAIL


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire?

    Garbled Audio , issue not fixed yet. Impossible to understand words, Audible FAIL


    Any additional comments?

    Garbled Audio , issue not fixed yet. Impossible to understand words, Audible FAIL

    5 of 51 people found this review helpful
  • Dr. Terence M. Dwyer
    AUSTRALIA
    6/06/16
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    "An excellent reading but what is "interestine" - wasn't it internecine?"

    I suspect Gibbon should have stopped at the fall of Constantinople. But a great story with lots of parallels today.

    0 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • William
    25/03/16
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    "Disgruntled"

    The lecture was too lengthy to ever download and play smoothly. I got b frustrated after too many attempts and will be canceling my membership.

    1 of 60 people found this review helpful
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  • El
    12/12/15
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    "Immense book & audiobook"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would to anyone who like Roman history this much (120 + hours). It is not for the faint-hearted.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire?

    All the characters (and we are talking hundreds) are depicted in such depth, with this acute, sharp self-assured moral judgement of the 18th century. Gibbons made us feel he had the chance to observe them for long hours and days before he formed his opinion. Theses characters' depiction were my favourite parts by far.


    Have you listened to any of Charlton Griffin’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Never heared any other performance but the narrator is truly fantastic. He has the perfect voice and tone to transfigure the complexity and sophistication of 18th century writing style to restitute with strength and clarity the meaning of the text and the personality of the author. You feel like Gibbons is talking to you, that after years and years of studies and reading, he finally delivers to you the pared down, quintessential truth of many years of reflexion about centuries of history. The long sentences, complex structures, the narrator always turns them to his advantage to make them easily understood by the listener, carrying their gravitas without falling into mannierism. This audiobook made me realize that 18th century writing lends itself beautifully to orality (while we could actually find the reading quite arduous and complext)Truly, I have never been more impressed by a narrator. Charlton Griffin truly adds a lot to this audiobook and to Gibbons' work.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    120+ hours, even with the best of enthusiasm ... It took me 2 months.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a superproduction of very high quality. A massive piece of literature, a very well-produced audiobook and the best narrator possible.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Charles B.
    17/05/16
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    "Great history. Weak narration"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. With such a lot of content, the narrator needs to be better. I loved the history but could not continue after the second part because of the colourless narrator. This may in part be because of Gibbon's old fashioned 'cerebral' writing style. The text is packed with facts, which I love, it could do with a bit more drama.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas
    11/08/15
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    "Top quality history"
    What made the experience of listening to The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire the most enjoyable?

    The most thorough account you could want for what is effectively a history of Europe, and the rise of the modern states that we see today.


    What about Charlton Griffin’s performance did you like?

    Excellent narration. The only mistake I found was at one point the narrator said "pause" and silence ensued for a few seconds.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • missfrizzy
    20/07/15
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    "Sweeping Story - narration takes some getting used"
    Where does The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely the longest, by some significant margin.


    What other book might you compare The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire to, and why?

    Nothing to compare this to. Magnificent in scope and ambition - much like the empire itself.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    American pronunciations from a very British speaker was a bit odd. Narration was a bit slow for me and was actually much more listenable when played at twice normal speed.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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