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    This is one of the defining novels of English writer Julian Barnes. An entertaining melange of stories, starting with a contemporary account of the launch of Noah's Ark, takes us into unexpected areas of human foibles, activities, and tendencies.

    After success with the main novels of Haruki Murakami, Naxos AudioBooks turns its attention to other major literary works of recent times.

    PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

    ©1989 Julian Barnes (P)2007 Naxos Rights International

    Commentaires

    “Barnes's witty and sometimes acerbic retelling of the history of the world. The stories are connected, if only tangentially, which is precisely Barnes's point: historians may tell us that "there was a pattern," but history is "just voices echoing in the dark . . . strange links, impertinent connections." Fascinating reading from the author of Flaubert's Parrot.” (Library Journal)
    "Frequently brilliant, funny, thoughtful, iconoclastic and a delight to read." (Salman Rushdie)

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    • Global
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    • Richard
    • 11/02/2013

    More Great Julian Barnes

    Where does A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    HISTORY OF THE WORLD is one of the best books I have yet to listen to, and I have listened to hundreds. Barnes is brilliant with his wide ranging intelligence and splendid writing style. Alex Jennings is one of my favorite narrators and has done equally well with other of Julian Barnes' books.

    What did you like best about this story?

    These are stories that are linked in the most subtle (and not so subtle) way.

    Have you listened to any of Alex Jennings’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Alex Jennings' narrations of other Julian Barnes books are truly wonderful.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Some of these stories are quite funny, and others serious and philosophical.

    7 personnes ont trouvé cela utile

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    • J. Houghton
    • 19/07/2014

    Top drawer!

    Would you consider the audio edition of A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters to be better than the print version?

    Because of Alex Jennings, yes. Though, of course, Julian Barnes is to blame. What a combination!

    What was one of the most memorable moments of A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters?

    Hard to say, when I was laughing so hard

    Have you listened to any of Alex Jennings’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He's always wonderful

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh

    Any additional comments?

    I would listen to Alex Jennings read the phone book!

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    • Lewis
    • 19/12/2012

    An uneven collection of smart short stories

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The stories were "smart" as contrasted with "interesting" or insightful, though some were better than others. It seemed like more of an intellectual exercise by a clever man rather than the kind of literature Barnes has written before, and the stories are tied together very loosely, if at all. Not close to his best work and not as good a style as his novels.

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    • Lauren
    • 03/08/2017

    short stories: satirical and devastating

    If you could sum up A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters in three words, what would they be?

    Satirical, Devastating, short-stories

    What other book might you compare A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters to and why?

    Mark Twain's satirical lectures. Using the Bible as a source for satirical stories, the author writes creatively about why we believe.

    Have you listened to any of Alex Jennings’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Nope. Stupid question.

    If you could take any character from A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    None of the characters are likeable, but I would like to see what they have seen.

    Any additional comments?

    I choose to be a follower of Christ but I did not find the book offensive, it helped me think about faith from a new perspective. The author speaks not "against" Christianity, but the Church's inability to understand and act according to what they believe. Some chapters are hilarious and some are painfully violent and abrupt.

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    • Scott
    • 18/04/2012

    A Look at our Place in History

    What made the experience of listening to A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters the most enjoyable?

    Good stories and a few great ones read by a talented narrator.

    What did you like best about this story?

    That's difficult to say but I think that the stories being so different from one another but having unifying themes was one of the collection's strengths.

    Which character – as performed by Alex Jennings – was your favorite?

    The character in the last story 'The Dream.' Somehow reminded me of Ricky Gervais...

    If you could take any character from A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I'm not sure. That's a bit of a strange question...

    Any additional comments?

    Overall Review: ‘A History of the World in 10 ½ Chapters’ contains one of what I believe to be the best short stories I have ever listened to, the last story in the collection, titled ‘The Dream.’ For my money this story alone is worth the price of admission. I also thought the collection’s opener ‘The Stowaway’ was a standout.

    I felt that the audiobook was a challenging one. The stories at first glance appear to be unrelated but are connected though the themes of voyage, discovery, and the interpretation of history. Barnes is deftly able to handle these subjects with a sense of good humor and the seemingly unconnected stories make for a unified piece once viewed together.

    If you are familiar with Julian Barnes work then you should be pleased with this collection. If you are new to Julian Barnes it’s best to know that he’s a contemporary English writer who writes literary fiction. If you’re a fan of literary fiction and you like short stories then you can’t really go wrong here.

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    • Alice
    • 31/01/2020

    Fantastic

    Best I’ve read in a long time! Perfection. (I don’t want to be forced to write long reviews.)

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    • Michael
    • 28/05/2019

    Definitely Not for me

    I expected irreverent but funny. I got irreverent and silly almost to the point of stupid. I forced myself to read a couple of hours, but it got worse and not better. I am definitely not suited to this type of "literature."

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    • ALai
    • 26/05/2019

    bizarre and disturbing

    I found these stories disturbing. Some are fictional, though referring to historical events, others are directly related to historical (or biblical) events. All focus on the ugliness of humanity. not my idea of entertainment.

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    • Ronn McCarrick
    • 16/05/2019

    8 1/2 out of 10 1/2

    This was not as humorous as I was expecting it to be. I enjoyed eight of the 10 chapters, and those two chapters I didn't enjoy I really didn't enjoy. my opinion the first chapter was the best chapter. Overall, I would say, I was entertained and that's not a bad thing.

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    • Kindle Customer
    • 23/04/2019

    Unusual book

    Don’t get me wrong I like the book very much it’s just terribly odd. Not at what I was expecting! Since it say’s it