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Titans of History

The Giants Who Made Our World
Narrated by: Steve West
Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
Categories: History, World
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New edition - featuring updated introduction and new chapters.

The giant characters of history - from Mozart to Michelangelo, Shakespeare to Einstein, Henry VIII to Hitler, Catherine the Great to Margaret Thatcher, Jesus Christ to Genghis Khan - lived lives of astonishing drama and adventure, debauchery and slaughter, but they also formed our world and will shape our future.  

In this eclectic and surprising collection of short and entertaining life stories, Simon Sebag Montefiore introduces his choice of kings, empresses, sultans and conquerors as well as prophets, explorers, artists, actresses, courtesans and psychopaths. From the ancient times, via crusades and world wars, up to the 21st century, this accessible history introduces listeners to the titans who changed the world: the characters we should all know and the stories we should never forget. 

©2017 Simon Sebag Montefiore (P)2017 Penguin Random House US

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Brilliant but overpowering

I was amazed by the quantity and quality of the material in this book by S S Montefiore. However, I found that a little of it, or just a few of the short chapters at a time, went a long way. I was disconcerted to hear about Jesus Christ sandwiched between Tiberius and Caligula, and other juxtapositions were just as unlikely. I did finish the book despite temptations to bail out early, and am glad I did. The reader was very good, and the writer is terrific - but it will be a long time before I tackle yet another book by Mr Montefiore.

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  • 07-01-2019

Great book.

Worth listening. I wonder if somebody has noticed (not from the book), that most of the "Titans" (positive & negative ones as well), have something in common.

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  • Joanne
  • 08-07-2019

Like listening to wikipedia

I was so looking forward to hearing this book but the narration is so flat it put me off buying the Romanovs, also narrated by the author. It's like listening to someone reading from Wikipedia whist they are very tired; some of the characters are that brief; it's a chore not a pleasure. As a physical book it is probably much better.

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  • Susan
  • 11-09-2019

Superficial

Not for anyone with any knowledge of history! Love the authors books this is rubbish