A Little History of the World MP3 by E.H. GombrichA Little History of the World MP3 by E.H. Gombrich

A Little History of the World MP3

byE.H. Gombrich

Audio Book (CD) | June 1, 2006

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A 2006 Book Sense Highlight
Named a Favorite Book of 2005 by the Los Angeles Times

In 1935, with a doctorate in art history and no prospect of a job, twenty-six-year-old Ernst Gombrich was invited to attempt a history of the world for younger readers. Amazingly, he completed the task in an intense six weeks, and Eine kurze Weltgeschichte für junge Leser was published in Vienna to immediate success. It is now an international bestseller and available in almost thirty languages across the world.

In forty concise chapters, Gombrich tells the story of man from the Stone Age to the atomic bomb. In between emerges a colorful picture of wars and conquests, grand works of art, and the spread and limitations of science. This is a text dominated not by dates and facts but by the sweep of mankind’s experience across the centuries, a guide to humanity’s achievements and an acute witness to its frailties. The product of a generous and humane sensibility, this timeless account makes intelligible the full span of human history.

Ralph Cosham is an award-winning narrator of stories on children's audiocassettes. He has narrated such classics as: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, Classic Stories and Poems by Edgar Allen Poe, Sherlock Holmes Mysteries by Arthur Conan Doyle, Through the Looking Gl...
Title:A Little History of the World MP3Format:Audio Book (CD)Dimensions:1 × 1 × 1 inPublished:June 1, 2006Publisher:Blackstone AudioLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:078617708X

ISBN - 13:9780786177080

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Editorial Reviews

“A remarkable book, written in an amiable, conversational style…This resurrected history deserves reading for all its delights.”—New York Times “In simple, vivid prose, Gombrich surveys the human past from prehistory to his own time…Lucky children will have this book read to them. Intelligent adults will read it for themselves and regain contact with the spirit of European humanism at its best.”—Wall Street Journal “It is history to read aloud, on a cold evening, preferably by a fire.”—Los Angeles Times “A work one can quickly come to love…Using vivid imagery, storytelling and sly humor, [Gombrich] brings history to life in a way that adults as well as children can appreciate.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review) “A lovely, lively historical survey…A fine conception and summarizing of the world's checkered past for young and old.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review) “A masterpiece of nonfiction writing for children. It is a wry and charming book, perfectly suited to the capacities of a ten-year-old but also remarkably free of condescension. An adult can read it with pleasure. And, indeed, with instruction.”—Newsday “What was the bestselling title this Christmas at Foyles in London? Hilary Mantel’s Man Booker Prize–winning Wolf Hall? Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? Cormac McCarthy’s The Road? Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol? No. It was E. H. Gombrich’s A Little History of the World.”—Sunday Telegraph (London) “Gombrich accomplishes what many university-level Western Civilization classes cannot—a riveting account of events that shaped the world from the Stone Age to the 1930s, illustrating the relevance of history to current events. Teachers and schools should add this to their reading lists.”—Denver Post “A beautifully concise volume [that] will remind readers of any age that the past five thousand years have been one big slugfest between darkness and enlightenment, unreason and reason.”—Seattle Times “A charming read that extends from prehistory to nuclear warfare and can be enjoyed also by adults in search of an instructive overview of the human drama.”—First Things “A timeless and engaging narrative of the human race.”—Booklist “The true fairy tale of the evolution of mankind.”—Die Zeit “Blackstone Audio’s A Little History of the World…is a great title to keep in the car to play for the whole family, as everyone will learn something new…Ralph Cosham reads the work in a grandfatherly tone, engaging listeners with his enthusiasm and charm. The title’s forty short chapters allow for easy stop-and-start listeningon the go.”—Audiobooker “British narrator Ralph Cosham is a perfect choice for this material. His tone and rhythm render Gombrich's clear, humane text in a warm and compelling reading…A useful and entertaining overview, and Cosham's presentation compounds the pleasure.”—AudioFile