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Publisher's Summary

This audiobook narrated by acclaimed archaeologist and best-selling author Eric Cline offers a breathtaking account of how the collapse of an ancient civilized world ushered in the first Dark Ages.

In 1177 BC, marauding groups known only as the "Sea Peoples" invaded Egypt. The pharaoh's army and navy defeated them, but the victory so weakened Egypt that it soon slid into decline, as did most of the surrounding civilizations. Eric Cline tells the gripping story of how the end was brought about by multiple interconnected failures, ranging from invasion and revolt to earthquakes, drought, famine, and the cutting of international trade routes. Bringing to life a vibrant multicultural world, he draws a sweeping panorama of the empires of the age and shows that it may have been their very interdependence that hastened their dramatic collapse. Now revised and updated, 1177 B.C. sheds light on the complex ties that gave rise to, and eventually destroyed, the flourishing civilizations of the Late Bronze Age - and set the stage for the emergence of classical Greece and, ultimately, our world today. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2021 Eric H. Cline (P)2021 Princeton University Press

Critic Reviews

"The memorable thing about Cline's book is the strangely recognizable picture he paints of this very faraway time.... It was as globalized and cosmopolitan a time as any on record, albeit within a much smaller cosmos. The degree of interpenetration and of cultural sharing is astonishing." (Adam Gopnik, New Yorker)

"Engaging.... [An] absorbing tour of the Late Bronze Age." (Josephine Quinn, London Review of Books)

"A fascinating look at the Late Bronze Age, proving that whether for culture, war, economic fluctuations or grappling with technological advancement, the conundrums we face are never new, but merely renewed for a modern age." (Larry Getlen, New York Post)

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Ruined entirely by Narrator

It's like listening to a child learning to read. Phrasing and inflection is so wildly and unacceptably random and each word spoken lacks all context .

The book is fine, not that it helps

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World changing book.

This book is an excellent summary of the academic work around the end of the Bronze Age told with authority and some style. While Eric’s delivery can sometimes seem a little stilted, that merely underlines the careful consideration that has gone into his words. Excellent.

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  • J. Colville-Hanson
  • 10-07-2021

The narration is awful

Just because you are a good writer doesn’t mean you can read. I couldn’t stand more than 5 minutes of his droning. Going try to get a refund. Awfully

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  • Robert Rasmus
  • 27-02-2021

Hardcover recommended

This content is outstanding, but the performance is very dry. Good hardcover resource for sure but not a great genre for audio.

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  • Veronica Zerrer
  • 10-06-2021

History that rhymes

Packed with evidence from archeological digs, and citing works of others in the field Cline makes an excellent case for what caused the collapse of the ancient Bronze Age.

Anyone can find this work illuminating. I listened while folding laundry, commuting, and working out. Preppers, Environmental activists, farmers, students, long haul drivers will find something both educational and illuminating about this work.

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  • Clara Hughbanks
  • 16-03-2021

Fascinating deep dive

The author makes his way through the interconnected Bronze Age civilizations, drawing parallels and referencing current research in very interesting and relevant ways. It is a heady topic, but Eric does well to make it interesting. I appreciate how he is scientifically careful in citing research, as some is well proven, some is hypothesis or limited studies, and some are just interesting ideas.

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  • Stevie
  • 13-05-2021

Ugh, Just get to the point already!

I had to read this book for a history class assignment, and I found that the book had great information; however, it was so convoluted that it was hard to establish what Cline's point was until the last few chapters. Had it not been for my essay guide and me going back and rereading and repeatedly listening to certain sections, I'd still be here scratching my head going, "What!?" Honestly, you'd be better off finding his lecture about this book on youtube and watching it, he is awesome at lectures, and his jokes are funny, but the book is just too much. If he had a clearer direction and better organization for the book, it could have been better than what it is. Overall it's an interesting read/ listen, especially if you don't have anything else to do but pack for a move or clean your house. Who knows, you might unearth some long-lost artifacts of your own, haha.

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  • eric g young
  • 31-08-2021

Authors Should Not Read Their Own Works

I am a great fan of Dr. Kline. I have this book in print format. I have watched his YouTube lecture, and I know he is a dynamic, engaging speaker. As a professor myself, however, I can attest to the wide gulf that separates speaking ability and reading aloud ability. I listened to about 10 minutes of this audiobook, and I had to quit due to Dr. Kline's painfully slow, monotone performance. This is unfortunate because the book is excellent. If ever there was a need for a guest reader, this is it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-02-2021

A journey in to antiquarianism.

History is about important events that shaped the world and great lessons that can be derived from them. This is a bit too much in the tall papyrus.

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  • Drakomis
  • 11-01-2022

educational

I was recommended this title from a friend whose in college to educate myself better on the history of the sea people. I can say that I was educated and then some. thank you!

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  • Ryan
  • 22-12-2021

Wonderful information Horrible narration

If you can slog through the narration there is a great deal to be learned from this book. Best to read this one and skip the audio version.

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  • Ivan9
  • 11-12-2021

interesting history

I certainly recommend it. to be expanded upon further in the near future, where I will add more helpful insight.

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  • Russell
  • 23-04-2021

Very factual but read in a painfully unexciting way

I am fascinated by this era but being read a series of ‘facts’ is not pleasant. I could read Wikipedia for that. This book would be better for hypnosis.

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