The History of England from the Invasion of Julius Caesar to the Revolution of 1688, Volume 1A

Written by:
David Hume
Narrated by:
Various Readers

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
January 2011
21 hours 38 minutes
David Hume is one of the great philosophers of the Western intellectual tradition. His philosophical writings earned him lasting fame and renown; his historical writing earned his bread and butter. His "The History of England from the Invasion of Julius Caesar to the Revolution of 1688", published between 1754 and 1764, was immensely popular and Hume wrote that "the copy-money given me by the booksellers much exceeded any thing formerly known in England; I was become not only independent, but opulent." The six volume work has had numerous editions and is still in print today. David Hume and Thomas Babington Macaulay have frequently been compared as the premier English historians but we don't have to choose because Macaulay begins where Hume leaves off. (Summary by Richard Carpenter)
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Max Y

The book is interesting in the context of its time of writing. It gave very little sense of the common person's situation, being mainly a "book of kings". It is a good basis for listening to more modern history. It also helps the reader understand the historical basis of the wars that plagued Europe up through the 1st world war. It is also an excellent example of the craft of writing complex sentences while not confounding the the reader. Narration was very uneven, as one could expect from volunteer readers. Some were excellent, some were difficult to listen to as they had little sense of the cadence of the author's English. I thank them all for their efforts.

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