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This Sceptred Isle: Restoration and Glorious Revolution 1660-1702 v.5 (BBC Radio Collection) (Vol 5) Audio CD – Audiobook, October 5, 1998

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Has there ever been a more user-friendly means to the history of Britain? Spectator A tour de force Daily Express A staggering achievement that is not only readable and interesting but user-friendly. The Observer Extraordinary and compelling history ... Amazing stuff: insightful, accessible and hugely addictive ... It makes you begin to understand your place in the chronological scheme of things. Time Out Thought provoking ... selective but objective, it interprets without being unduly opinionated. Daily Mail --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Christopher Lee is the editor of the latest edition of Winston Churchill's A HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH- SPEAKING PEOPLES. He specialises in contemporary political and military history and is author and editor of eighteen books including THE FINAL DECADE: WILL WE SURVIVE THE 1980S (HH '81) and WAR IN SPACE (HH '96). He lives in Chewton Mendip, Somerset. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Series: BBC Radio Collection
  • Audio CD: 3 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Physical Audio (October 5, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 056355794X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563557944
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 5.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,637,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Given sets of these tapes as a holiday gift, I was slowed in my enthusiasm toward the givers. Facing a long drive, with ample entertainment backup, I listened to the first of many tapes. Could history on tape possibly subvert popular culture and current events ? I have now listened to these tapes more than 6 times. The presentation, content, and most of all attitude of the material is addictive. The BBC should be commended again for their quality educational products, and their significant contributions toward restoring the positive reputation of the British people. I HIGHLY recommend purchasing these tapes for yourselves and your children's enlightenment.
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I am almost ashamed to admit that the book version of this title sat on my bookshelf for a year, as I thought it would be a very cumbersome read. Recently I picked up a CD version, of the title, from my local library. (There are approximately 10 CD's, each covering approx. 200 years of history). Now I am devouring the book, wondering why I waited so long to read it. I have borrowed & re-borrowed the CD's from the library, & I listen to them at home over & over again. What I particularly like about this title is the way the author refers to contemporary documents relevant to the time in history being covered. Christopher Lee has taken a subject which, in other's hands, can sometimes be flat & 'dry', & he has created a masterpiece. If you have even the slighest interest in history I urge you to either read the print version of the title, or if you can't get your hands on that beg or borrow a copy, in either print, on tape, or on CD. You WON'T be disappointed. I only wish someone would produce a masterpiece of this calibre for 'other' history e.g. French, Italian etc Oh, & BTW, 'This Sceptred Isle - Twentieth Century' has just hit the shelves in Australia. I have already purchased my copy. I expect it will be every bit as good as '55BC - 1901'
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I was totally captivated! What an incredible, sweeping history, sumptuously written and produced; rich by far in audio than if it were produced on film. Bravo BBC! At one point I even briefly understood the English soccer hooligans - after all, rampaging around the Continent thumping foreigners is only what their predecessors have done for 1000 years! With an incredibly rich and diverse history and an incalculable contribution to the world's culture (hooliganism excepted!), Britons almost have the right to be admired and to be what they are not - arrogant and boastful. We must admire too, their charm, wit and self-effacing modesty. A tip of the hat from California!
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I bought this book on the basis that I enjoy reading about history but probably know more about ancient Rome than the country I was born in. I have thoroughly enjoyed it and Christopher Lees take in the events and people who have shaped British History. I found this to be a nice balance of fact and opinion. It is also pleasing to now know where terms like ‘cabal‘ and ‘boycott‘ come from. The four star rating is a reflection of the fact that I found the period from about 1200 to 1600 rather heavy going and struggled slightly keeping up with who was who. Overall I'm extremely pleased to have read this and would certainly recommend it.
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I HAVE LISTENED WITH GREAT INTEREST TO THE HISTORY OF THIS HEMISPHERE HAVING DROPPED THE SUBJECT AT SCHOOL THROUGH SHEER BOREDOM. SO MUCH ITS CONTENT HAS HAD ME AMAZED.
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