• The Age of Napoleon

  • A History of European Civilization from 1789 to 1815: The Story of Civilization, Book 11
  • Di: Will Durant, Ariel Durant
  • Letto da: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Durata: 43 ore e 59 min
  • Versione integrale Audiolibro
  • Categorie: Storia, Europa
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Sintesi dell'editore

An engrossing volume on European civilization by Pulitzer Prize-winning historians Will and Ariel Durant.

The Age of Napoleon, the 11th and final volume of the Story of Civilization, surveys the amazing chain of events that wrenched Europe out of the Enlightenment and into the age of democracy. In this masterful work, listeners will encounter the French Revolution from the storming of the Bastille to the guillotining of the king; the revolution's leaders - Danton, Desmoulins, Robespierre, and Saint-Just - all cut down by the reign of terror they inaugurated; Napoleon's meteoric rise from provincial Corsican military student to emperor and commander of the largest army in history; Napoleon's fall - his army's destruction in the snows of Russia, his exile to Elba, his escape and reconquest of the throne, and his ultimate defeat at Waterloo by the combined forces of Europe; and the birth of Romanticism and the dawning of a new age of active democracy and a rising middle class, laying the foundation for a new era.

©1975 Will and Ariel Durant (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Generale
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  • Eric
  • 28/01/2016

A gift to humanity

I've just spent 20 months absorbing the entire 11 volume series during my commute to work. Every day, I could not wait to listen. When I heard the last sentence of the last series spoken, I felt as though my life had reached a new epoch - crossing some type of threshold summing up my understanding about the nature of man and the history of our civilization.

This work by Durant is not just a record of history tinged with philosophy, but a gift to posterity by a lifetime of research and a craft of language distilled into a masterpiece of art.

There is far too much information to retain in one reading so I've decided to start listening to the series again from the beginning.

Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Durant.

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  • Michael
  • 03/03/2017

Great End of a Great Series

This is the final book of the wonderful eleven volume "The Story of Civilization" series. For my comments on the series as a whole see my review of book 1 "Our Oriental Heritage".

This is one of my favorite volumes of the series. This was book was the last written (in the late seventies) and Durant's style improved a bit over the years and the writing is a bit less dated. Durant continues his approach of integrated history, covering business, crafts, art, science, economics, politics, classes, and even rulers and war (along with some dates).

This volume covers roughly 1777-1840 including more of the French revolution and the Napoleonic period and aftermath. Durant attempts to portray Napoleon evenhandedly, pointing out his despotic tendencies as well as his democratic feelings and respect for justice and law, and setting the context of the Terrors.

This series can seem daunting, but it is really quite easy, pleasant, and (yes, hard to believe) short. This is my third time through the series (which took a tad over 3 years to complete this time) but I read & listened to many other books over that period. The material is not like most other histories. I like to say it is 20% about sex. Who is sleeping with whom (or not) and other various relationship details. Another 20% is about historical figures you already know quite a bit about. 20% is background about day to day life of each period, that you haven't heard about, but is easy to understand and makes everything else more interesting. Another 20% is about major events, most of which you already know quite a bit about. The final 20% are details about the most interesting lesser known characters and events related to the people and events you already knew about. Thus, almost everything in the series is very approachable and builds into a completely enjoyable whole. My daughter started the series in high school and did not find it boring or tedious. Just cut out a little TV each day and you will finish the series in just a few years (and perhaps want to start it again!) I enjoyed it more each time through.

Even this last volume is dated and the series has a strong western anglo-saxon bias, nevertheless, it is well worth the investment. I am sure it is not for everyone, but I recommend anyone who likes history give it a try.

The narration throughout the series is excellent.

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  • David
  • 26/11/2015

Finally

I have been sampling The Great Courses and other audible sources on the French revolution without satisfaction. I should have known better. The reason is simply that the title "The Age of Napoleon" did not properly register. Napoleon rose after the great events of The French Revolution.

This book quickly addresses those earlier years as an introduction to Napoleon. Durant simply does everything with excellence. I became suspicious of The Great Courses exposition when I could not make heads nor tails out of the "neckless" scandal even after three hearings. A google search on the topic showed her lecture as hopeless.

Durant does not even mention that scandal. I will continue with the tedious alternative sources but they are, so far, pathetic. This is an early review and I post it as a caution only.



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  • J. Fuge
  • 15/12/2016

Will and Ariel Never Fail

What made the experience of listening to The Age of Napoleon the most enjoyable?

This looong history paints scenes encouraging you to step in - feel the tensions, see the people and snapshot moments that made history. The endless research and witty descriptions never fail to inform and amuse.

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  • Timothy J. Mabry
  • 01/12/2021

What a Story.

This is the 11th and last volume of “The Story of Civilization.”

I am proud to be finished, but I am sorry it is over.

Thanks for the opportunity Audible, it has been fascinating.

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  • John Nelson
  • 16/04/2021

unbelievably good!

in the world where we were not taught real history in our public schools, Durant's book is a literary masterpiece. I learned all about Napoleon in ways that captivated every moment. outstanding in every way.


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  • Scott Defranc
  • 15/02/2019

A Great Historians, Greatest Mistake

In a few words, this book represents a must read.

It is a must read not because it describes the era and the man accurately or truthfully;

This is a must read because it is the most clear example of history being written by the victor, the English Oligarchy (whose hold on the world has grown so pervasive, it has infected, and nearly ruined all of Western civilization, by way of callous, yet subtle imitation.)

An elucidating obfuscation of truth, representing the herculean efforts of a few individuals, who would rather witness the entire collapse of the species, before relenting even a single iota of the arbitrary wealth and power, they so rarely deserve.

Everywhere within this text, Durant makes his true bias painfully obvious, often by immediately contradicting himself in ways I have rarely seen in the remainder of his work.

With that said I do not condemn this book, and in fact support reading it thoroughly, so long as the reader understands that taken as whole, the book is a shining example of that egotistical elitism so absolutely fundamental to English thought; Here lying within this text, a treatise on the benefits of oppression for the minority of the opulent.

Vive l' Empereur

Vive Napoleon

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  • John
  • 08/07/2018

Great ending to a great series.

This last book in this eleven volume collection, that the Durant’s did not expect to live long enough to write, was every bit as good as the first ten. My only regret is that I never got to spend an evening talking to them.

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  • Elliott
  • 13/02/2021

Incredible

It is astounding to think of how Will and Ariel Durant were able to conduct all of that research before the age of the internet. Excellent narration by Stefan Rudnicki.

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  • L. Smith
  • 14/11/2019

Great!

Thank you for the detailed analysis. I love Will and Ariel
Durant. I look forward to
The Age Of Reason.

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  • N E Body
  • 17/01/2016

Detailed account of a unique complex genius

I am a big fan of the Durants approach to synthetic history and have now listened to all of their massive works. Its a great shame they couldn't cover the Victorian age through the world wars and cold war.

No one lives forever but Will and Ariel have a good chance of lasting a few centuries at least in print given the gargantuan scale of their achievement

Some of the works written in the 1920s need revising and updating while the longed for synthetic history of the modern world remains to be written in their style. Hopefully some publisher will commission someone to complete the task?

As far as the audio version goes it would be totally wonderful if audible could somehow link to images of people and artworks and places being discussed as the lectures continue. I pause it and do a web search manually but it would take the form to a whole new level if it was automated.

How about it audible/kindle?

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  • Mr Simon W D Borland
  • 15/09/2017

an incredible history, one of the best

I am extremely impressed with the efforts of the authors, to bring together an incredible history of the parallel lives during the Age of Napoleon. full of fabulous mini bio's of hundreds of important people that shared the world stage with Napoleon. Mozart, Beethoven, Coleridge, Byron, Wellington, Nelson, Czars, Kings, Politicians, Revolutionaries. what a stunning and immense work this is. I have read many many books on Napoleon, his battles, his Generals, his political career - but never did I realise how many important parallel lives were swept up into his saga. This book is simply wonderful, and I give it my highest recommendation. SB

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  • Andrei Lefter
  • 24/09/2020

Amazing!

I've never knew history is such a cool thing. I think I am in loved with it now. The book is just amazing, the performance (reading) is out of this planet (meaning awesome!). It is true it is a long book, but you don't have to listen to it in one go (I've listen to other 3 books in between), but in the end it is worth every minute spent listening to it. Thanks for such an amazing book. Can't wait to listen to the rest of them (this is book 11 in the collection).

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  • Yeh C.
  • 11/03/2020

Simply excellent

Compelled to write a review because it was just so good. Not only do you learn about Napoleon and his campaigns but also poets, philosophers, artists and all the great statesmen in Europe during those turbulent times. The narrator was excellent as always. A great 50+ hours of my life

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  • Tommy
  • 09/06/2017

A Broad Panorama of Napoleonic Europe

I expected this to be a relatively straightforward narrative of the French Revolution and the life and career of Napoleon, but these are only the twin pillars of a much broader European panorama of the late 18th and early 19th century that is retold here.

The wide scope of the book can be a little bewildering at times, as can the repeated and juxtaposition of climactic events and personalities with obscure and sometimes rather uninteresting minor characters.

That said, it makes for a rewarding and enjoyable listen.

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  • Sam
  • 15/12/2021

Stupendous

Absolutely recommended. Writing and performance are brilliant both. Six words are still remaining here apparently.

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