• History of East Asia

  • A Captivating Guide to the History of China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan
  • By: Captivating History
  • Narrated by: Edwin Andrews
  • Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

If you want to discover the captivating history of East Asia, then pay attention...

Four captivating manuscripts in one audiobook:

  • History of China: A Captivating Guide to Chinese History, Including Events Such as the First Emperor of China, the Mongol Conquests of Genghis Khan, the Opium Wars, and the Cultural Revolution
  • History of Japan: A Captivating Guide to Japanese History, Including Events Such as the Genpei War, Mongol Invasions, Battle of Tsushima, and Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
  • History of Korea: A Captivating Guide to Korean History, Including Events Such as the Mongol Invasions, the Split into North and South, and the Korean War
  • History of Taiwan: A Captivating Guide to Taiwanese History and the Relationship with the People's Republic of China

Here are just some of the topics covered in part one of this audiobook:

  • The Land of the Yellow Emperor
  • Imperial China Emerges
  • The Supremacy of the Han, 202 BCE–220 CE
  • Kublai Khan: The Yuan Dynasty, 1271–1368
  • And much, much more!

Here are just some of the topics covered in part two of this audiobook:

  • Children of the Sun
  • Heisei Era
  • And much, much more!

Here are just some of the topics covered in part three of this audiobook:

  • Land of the Bear
  • The Dragon of the East Sea
  • Dynasties Rise and Fall
  • The Joseon Dynasty of Goryeo
  • Foreign Invasions
  • North Korea
  • South Korea
  • And much, much more!

Here are just some of the topics covered in part four of this audiobook:

  • Formosa: Beautiful Island
  • The Sino-Japanese War & World War II
  • Taiwan After World War II
  • And much, much more!

So, if you want to learn more about the history of East Asia, then listen to this audiobook now!

©2020 Captivating History (P)2020 Captivating History
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History

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I'm not sure why I finished listening to this.

The book itself is an amalgamation of four separate texts. They deal with each country separately, and often overlap and repeat each other. However, the real issue is that they provide an overview of each country's history without getting into much reasoning or detail. This ends up as a whole list of names with no real understanding of the people and culture. In addition, it goes into unnecessary detail about a few points that do not seem that significant. For example, there is a detailed explanation of two battles the US Army fought during the Korean War, with reference to names of American officers and what happened to them. There is no mention of the equivalent Korean forces. As a resident in South Korea, I am not sure of the importance of these battles in the whole scheme of the war, let alone the history of the country. There is a lot more important stuff completely missing.

The narration also leaves something to be desired. I can forgive the occasional repeated line or even the cough, although I cannot see why these couldn't be edited out,. However, there is a distinct lack of feeling in the reader. Yes, he varies his voice, but there is no real connection with the enormity of the story being told. Furthermore, much of the pronunciation of names etc is so wrong that it is difficult to understand who, what, or where he is talking about.

I learned very little if nothing at all from this book other than to be less trusting in the general review scores on Audible.

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Makes an interesting story boring and confusing

A boring stilted textbook type of history of these areas. There is little or no continuity between each countries story. Lacks an overall thematic clarity or interesting story telling, despite the amazing histories of these countries.

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good information.

it's a pretty good summery of the countries although some of the pronoucuations are odd and the editing was pretty bad (a few times he says something, then re records it without the edit of removing the first part).

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Beware pronunciation of names and places are way off.

If you are able to ignore the bad pronunciation of historical names and places you could get a sweeping overview of the history of countries in this region.

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That COUGH Though!!

I just wanna give a shout out to THAT COUGH towards the end of Japan Chapter 4!! No need to edit it out, I think it gives the book character. Book is good also, short and to the point, which is exactly what I was looking for.

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A wonderful audible!

A wonderful audible! I learned so much! well recorded interesting book with concise information. I love this audible!

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Brilliant!

This is a great audible on Japan, China Taiwan, and Korea. This a brief history of a part of the world that many people in the west have not listened to before. If you want a quick introduction this audible is what you need.

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Helpful!

If you want to understand the world today, study the past. This book is a great place to begin the journey. It will astound you with the information contained in this audible. Add some understanding of how past history has shaped our world.

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I love this audible

First off I love this audible you get so much information in this audible. This book is great jam-packed full of information and recorded in a clear voice and easy to follow the way that makes you want to keep listening to this audible. Highly recommend this book if you have even the slightest interest in Asian history.

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This is an excellent book

This is an excellent book China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan are mentioned in this audible. Each one of these four places has its own uniqueness and the history of each of them is different in many ways although sometimes they overlap. Such a nice audible.

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  • Grey Method (UK)
  • 04-25-21

Good overall, narration lacking

The audiobook doesn’t go into great detail which in some ways is a blessing, it’s a good listen. But the narrator makes no effort to pronounce the names of historical figures correctly. As a novice Chinese and Japanese speaker this was quite jarring.

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  • Linda Titterington
  • 11-25-20

Informative

An informative set of listens concerning East Asia. I would suggest this bundle. A lot of great information.