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  • The Story of the World in 100 Moments

  • By: Neil Oliver
  • Narrated by: Neil Oliver
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Europe
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (104 ratings)

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Summary

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From much loved historian Neil Oliver comes a whole new insight on our past, told through 100 remarkable, unforgettable stories.

In his brilliant and excitingly ambitious new book, Neil Oliver takes us on a whistlestop tour around the world and through a million years to give us a unique and invaluable grasp of how human history pieces together.

From the east to the west, north to south, these 100 moments act like stepping stones allowing us to make sense of how these pivotal events have shaped the world we know today.

Including many moments listeners will expect - from Genghis Khan's domination on Earth to Armstrong's first steps on the moon and from the advent of the printing press to the birth of the internet - there are also surprises, and with them, some remarkable, unforgettable stories that give a whole new insight on our past.

©2021 Neil Oliver (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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I found this audiobook compelling

A rare occurrence for me where the narration turned an already compelling book into an experience.

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A succinct account of history in digestible bites.

This was a neat book exploring a range of historical events which the author claims had pivotal impact on the course of history.

It's not designed to go too in depth into any one topic and it's important to manage expectations in that regard.

I particularly liked the prose; there's a nice helping of poetic turns of phrase and evocative reflection on the human impact of the listed moments, all helped along with the Scottish lilt of the author who comes across as humble.

Some earlier moments didn't quite pique my interest which isn't surprising given their distance in time to a non-historian reader.

Overall, it's difficult to regret picking this up.

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  • 09-06-22

Brilliant.

I really enjoyed this Audiobook. It's so well written and the authors command of prose is enviable. Neil reads it himself and this is what makes it so fascinating. He is like someone telling a story at a fireplace. Some of the chapters leave you wishing for more they are so short. I can't wait for new content from him. Thanks Neil .

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Fascinating

Superbly written and narrated. Easily comprehendable content with Neil’s soothing tones and clarity. Excellent throughout!

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Nice concept ruined by authors entrenched opinions

An interesting concept for a history book with many fascinating stories from the past few millennia and ideas of how they all fit into the tapestry of humanity. The author/narrator is at pains to explain that this is purely his opinion of his hundred most important moments, which is fair enough, but the text is still ruined by his inability to not make sneering comments about anything and anyone he disagrees with politically.

Purely as a work of historical non-fiction this is a decent book but the author's opinions don't do it for me and have put me off investigating any of his other work.

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Too Christian Centric

When, as an historian, you are relating historical facts back to Biblical events for your placement of time it is slightly sketchy… A well read book with a lot of time and effort put in by the author but overall not an enjoyable experience due to the nature of the arguments presented, as mentioned previously.

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Good but not perfect

Good book, however, the first powered, controlled, sustained flight took place 50 years before the Wright brothers, in 1852 (Henri Giffard flew 15 miles with a steam engine mounted on a dirigible). He went nearly 100 times as far as the Wright brothers did.

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brilliant and touching

a fascinating journey through time, tinged with the frustration of a talented and thoughtful writer and historian

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Beautiful book

I loved every moment of it. Well written and well read. It made me laugh, cry and simply marvel at our history.

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not as good as his other books

did not hold my interest like his places books and others but the last chapter was lovely