• Iranian History

  • A Captivating Guide to the Persian Empire and History of Iran, Starting from the Achaemenid Empire, Through the Parthian, Sasanian and Safavid Empire to the Afsharid and Qajar Dynasty
  • By: Captivating History
  • Narrated by: Desmond Manny, Duke Holm, David Patton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

If you want to discover the captivating history of Iran, then keep reading....

Five captivating manuscripts in one audiobook:

  • Achaemenid Empire: A Captivating Guide to the First Persian Empire Founded by Cyrus the Great, and How This Empire of Ancient Persia Fought Against the Ancient Greeks in the Greco-Persian Wars
  • Parthian Empire: A Captivating Guide to the Enemy of the Roman Republic and Roman Empire
  • Sasanian Empire: A Captivating Guide to the Neo-Persian Empire that Ruled Before the Arab Conquest of Persia and the Rise of Islam
  • The Safavid Empire: A Captivating Guide to the Persian Empire That Fought Against the Ottomans in the Ottoman-Safavid War
  • The Afsharid and Qajar Dynasty: A Captivating Guide to Two Iranian Dynasties Who Ruled Persia from 1736 to 1925

In part one of this audiobook, you will:

  • Learn about the roles and obligations of the people, who and how they worshiped, including their beliefs
  • And much, much more...

In part two of this audiobook, you will:

  • Learn about the origins of the Parthian empire
  • Be able to visualize the powerful military tactics that the Parthians used - tactics that gradually became the standard method of warfare in the Roman empire as well
  • And much, much more...

Some of the topics covered in part three of this audiobook include:

  • The Rise of the Sasanian Empire
  • The First Sasanian Decline
  • And much, much more...

Some of the topics covered in part four of this audiobook include:

  • Religious Beginnings: Ismail I
  • Fall: Sultan Husayn
  • And much, much more...

Some of the topics covered in part five of this audiobook include:

  • Geography and Ancient History of Persia
  • And much, much more...

So if you want to learn more about the history of Iran, listen to this audiobook!

©2019 Captivating History (P)2019 Captivating History
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History

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There Are Better Options

Mispronounced names and toponyms, hamfisted/preachy anachronistic value judgments written with all the tact of a flunking undergrad, weak command of sources wholly taking western writings at face value, and the implication that the world west of Iran is somehow more civilized and moral and the world east of Iran is nothing but rampaging barbarians. Utterly awful and an incredible waste of money.

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Excellent book

Such an important book. I’ll admit, much of my knowledge of Iran and it’s history is a patchwork quilt of stories from the news, A good book if you don’t know anything about Iran.

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it provides a useful chronology of the main event

I was born and raised in Iran and I can tell you that listening to this audiobook will give you a glimpse of what I experienced in my life.

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Decently Done

A good introduction but occasionally tarnished by moralizing, speculation, and poor writing. If you would like an overview of the Achaemenid, Parthian, or Sassanian empires, this book provides a nice overview. The modern era overview received much less attention than the previous Iranian empires. I bought this to learn more about the Qajar and was disappointed. I still learned stuff and didn’t feel it was a wasted credit.

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very detailed a bit boring

Very detailed. Sometimes the big picture is lost. A review or summary of every period would help.

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get a better understanding of the recent history

It went into enough depth to give a really solid background on the history, but it's couched in a really engaging narrative that keeps it from feeling like a textbook.

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Good information and simple to understand.

It is in the end a fascinating look at how democracy in Iran has evolved over last century while dealing with state building and role of religion in society.

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This book is an extraordinary book

This book is an extraordinary look at the history of Iran,The authors present a thorough academic and educated analysis of historical events in Iran. Yet they take it a step further by analyzing the philosophy, thought process, and politics of Iran's respective leaders and population at large.

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Iranian History and Politics

This book contains the most detailed and comprehensive statement of Captivating History's theory of arbitrary state and society in Iran, and its applications to Iranian history and politics, both modern and traditional.

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Best single book on the entire history of Iran

This is an unbelievable single book summary of the long history of Iran from early times to now. Written by a leading Iranian historian. The best book on this topic I've ever seen.

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  • Joseph F.
  • 01-17-20

Terrible reader

Such an interesting (for me anyway) subject; and concise and fairly clear writing. But, oh dear, the reader can't pronounce any of the names. Most of the names I already knew, I was able to recognise, but with difficulty! As to the names I did not recognise, who were they? No indication is given. Why not have a reader who knows at least a bit about what he is reading? Or who is willing to learn the conventional pronunciation of historical names?