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Publisher's Summary

If you want to discover the captivating history of ancient Asia, then pay attention...

Two captivating manuscripts in one audiobook:

  • Ancient China: A Captivating Guide to the Ancient History of China and the Chinese Civilization Starting from the Shang Dynasty to the Fall of the Han Dynasty
  • Ancient Japan: A Captivating Guide to the Ancient History of Japan, Their Ancient Civilization, and Japanese Culture, Including Stories of the Samurai, Shōguns, and Zen Masters

To understand present-day China, its politics, society, and culture in general, we have to go back to the beginnings of the Chinese civilization.

In the first part of this audiobook, you will be led on a journey through almost 2,000 years of Chinese history, showing you all the ups and downs of those ancient times, the sufferings and joys of the Chinese people, along with their greatest achievements and failures.

In part one of this audiobook: 

  • Chinese Lands and Birth of China
  • Shang and Zhou Dynasties and the Rise of Royal Power
  • Disintegration of Royal Power
  • Birth of Imperial China
  • Rise and Fall of the Han Dynasty
  • Society of Ancient China
  • The Ancient Chinese Culture
  • Inventions and Innovations of the Ancient Chinese
  • And much, much, more!

In part two of this audiobook:

  • Origins of Imperial Japan and Its People
  • Birth of Imperial Japan and Its Culture
  • History of Classical Japan
  • Early Medieval Japan
  • Late Medieval Japan
  • Japanese Society
  • Warriors of Ancient Japan
  • Religious Life in Japan
  • Japanese Culture
  • And much, much, more!

So if you want to learn more about ancient Asia buy this audiobook now!

©2020 Captivating History (P)2020 Captivating History

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  • Gary Low
  • 14-10-2020

Asian history

narrator was bland and the story was boring and slow. someone who likes this type of history speak may like this

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  • Willard G Safford
  • 25-08-2020

introductory serious study, however, it succeeds

Our teachers once told us that one’s geography is one’s destiny, and if this is so, then China and Japan are examples of this. Isolated by mountains, weather, and island archipelago, China and Japan, respectively, were free from outsider interference to begin and develop in relative safety. They created small pieces of civilization which eventually –though tortuously—into kingdoms and even empires. Captivating history tries to give us an encapsulated look into these magnificent lands and the cultures and political entities that developed there. Through these, the author attempts to show the seeds of elements of these nations’ personalities today.

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  • Amy T Mangum
  • 25-08-2020

Do you REALLY want to study the ancient

This double serving of Asian history focuses on ancient China and Japan and attempts to span thousands of years of legend, history, and commentary into a small audible. It is a daunting task, made even more so by the fact that it does not provide the listening with a timeline of events or chart of rulers and their periods. Thus, it is a complicated listening and meant for study rather than casual listen on a rainy autumn afternoon, accompanied by one’s favorite cup of chai tea.

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  • Vicki R Borquez
  • 24-08-2020

Great overview of China's History

audible starts with a lot of regions, dates, emperors, and usurpers, that it was hard to follow. Then the chapters of the dynasties start and the audible became enthralling as more time was spent on each of the dynasties. I was able to listen about China.

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  • Mary J Ransom
  • 24-08-2020

Great overview of China's History

audible starts with a lot of regions, dates, emperors, and usurpers, that it was hard to follow. Then the chapters of the dynasties start and the audible became enthralling as more time was spent on each of the dynasties. I was able to listen about China.

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  • Matthew Rumley
  • 24-08-2020

A Condensed Overview of China's History

China is familiar to the West but much of what's known remains mysterious to Western culture. This audible in the Captivating History series attempts to provide more familiarity and history to those not that familiar with it. The audible would be a fair introduction to someone unfamiliar with China's history but the main problem is - how does one provide an overview of such an old civilization/culture without leaving a considerable amount of that history out?

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  • Frank C Holbert
  • 24-08-2020

An informative work on Ancient Japanese History.

I found this audible to be interesting and listening to a lot, my knowledge of Japanese History is more from the Meiji Restoration to modern times, so it was interesting to listen about the early days of Japan. This work covers not only the history but the arts and the culture of Japan too.

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  • Edwina L Lucas
  • 24-08-2020

Interesting history of Japan

I came to this audible with zero knowledge of Japan, so all the contents are fascinating to me insomuch as it feels like exploring the history of a near alien civilization from my perspective. The audible is well listen and concise, yet informative, and covers a broad range of topics to give a general overview without getting too bogged down in the minutiae.

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  • Rasheeda Stinebaugh
  • 20-08-2020

history of the ancient world

It is a good audible& covers what I need But for me it does not have that wow factor. As a general reference audible on the ancient world to the fall of Rome, it's good

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  • Cary Marsala
  • 20-08-2020

Essential listenign for beginners

A fast-paced, concise, and orderly account of both Chinese and Japanese ancient histories. An overview of the pre-history and development of both cultures and how they influenced not only their modern-day societies but the world as a whole. Essential listening for those who may not know much about early Asian history.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-01-2021

A uneven “history”

This book embodies what the problems are with modern interpretations of Chinese history. To say Homosapians evolved at the same point in history independently is unsubstantiated unscientific bunkum. It is a isolationist version of history that takes into account almost none of the archeological evidence of intercultural trade and influence from the earliest times. Reminiscent of publications form the first half of the 20th century that draw nationalist conclusions without looking at broader context.

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  • Matilda C Finch
  • 19-08-2020

This Is A Concise And Informative About Asia

This excellent audible tells about the beginning part and the roots of Chinese and Japanese culture. It is a concise and informative work. Although Japanese culture and Chinese culture were isolated from European culture for a long time, the Asians were able to develop many of the same things as the Europeans did and sometimes even before the Europeans.

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  • Jacob M Wallis
  • 19-08-2020

Perfect for your history collection Ancient Asian

In Ancient Asian History by Captivating History, we listening about the early history of two major world powers today: China and Japan, we listening how the different leaders ruled and what their philosophies were in ancient times. How they both formed and changed their views on things such as laws and government, society, religion, and much more.

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  • Katherine T Harper
  • 19-08-2020

Enlightening Asian Culture

Good on history. Great fibs. Interesting historical information.quick listening. Would recommend to friends and family. I would also listen to more audible like this one.

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