Our Oriental Heritage : The Story of Civilization

  • by Will Durant
  • Narrated by Robin Field
  • Series: The Story of Civilization
  • 50 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The first volume of Will Durant's Pulitzer Prize-winning series, Our Oriental Heritage: The Story of Civilization, Volume I chronicles the early history of Egypt, the Middle East, and Asia. In this masterful work, readers will encounter:


Sumeria, birthplace of the first cities and written laws
the Egyptians, who perfected monumental architecture, medicine, and mummification more than 3,500 years ago
the Babylonians, who developed astronomy and physics, and planted the seeds of Western mythology
the Judeans, who preserved their culture forever in the immortal books of the Old Testament
the Persians, who ruled the largest empire in recorded history before Rome
Indian philosophy, Chinese philosophers, and Japanese Samurais

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If you love 'holistic' history, get this!

The first in the staggering and admirable effort of Will Durant.

It is by it's very nature a skimming across the surface of history. But, with the length of the book and it being the first in an eleven-part series, it is a 'detailed skim' if that makes any sense ... it doesn't does it ... oh well, we're sticking with it!

The book is very well written and I found it a joy to listen to from start to finish.

The narrator is great. I ranked him 4 / 5 more because I found him to talk very s l o w l y and found that I had to listen to it at 1.25 x or 1.5 x for it not to be frustrating but that is the only issue.
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- Parnos Munyard

Comprehensive Volume on Asian Civilisation

What made the experience of listening to Our Oriental Heritage the most enjoyable?

Robin Field narrated this book brilliantly. Chapters are all out of sync though so I was forced to bookmark every chapter for future reference.


What did you like best about this story?

This book is a masterpiece of succinct comprehensive brevity and chronicles almost 7 millennia of the history of Asian civilisation as Western scholars understood it in the 1930's. This book will leave the reader/listener with knowledge of the oldest known roots of ancient civilisation and a firm understanding of the timeline of all the notable events in civil human development in the Orient from pre-biblical Mesopotamia and Egypt, through to Mughal and British India, as well as Imperial Japan and industrialising China.


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- Daniel

Book Details

  • Release Date: 22-10-2013
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.