• Sumerians

  • A Captivating Guide to Ancient Sumerian History, Sumerian Mythology and the Mesopotamian Empire of the Sumer Civilization
  • By: Captivating History
  • Narrated by: Duke Holm
  • Length: 2 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Ancient History
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (130 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Explore the captivating history of the Sumerians.

The sheer importance of Sumerian culture in regards to world culture as a whole is impossible to overstate. This civilization is single-handedly responsible for some of the most major innovations in nearly every field relevant to maintaining a civilized society - this includes religion, lawmaking, architecture, schooling, art, literature, and even entertainment.  

Naturally, most of what we see as negative aspects of society were established in ancient Sumer as well. There wasn’t an aspect of Sumerian life that wasn’t plagued with corruption or devastation of one form or another. In other words, the Sumerians gave us both the sublimity of faith and the rigidness of religious thought coupled with a desire for political supremacy. They gave us both the benevolent, caring monarchs and cruel, punishing tyrants; the educated child and the spoiled brat; the hard-working agrarian and the drunken reveler; and the epic empires as well as the pathetic remnants of them. The Sumerians did it all, and they did it first.  

Some of the topics and questions covered in this audiobook include: 

  • The ancient Sumerians in a nutshell
  • The social structure of ancient Sumerians
  • The religion and mythology of ancient Sumerians
  • The Sumerian kingdoms chronology
  • The everyday life of ancient Sumerians
  • Sumerian innovations
  • Sumerian culture
  • Sumerian “foreign policy”: relations with other nations
  • And a great deal more you don't want to miss out on!

Get the audiobook now to learn more about the Sumerians!

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Succinct and detailed

I know the history at times can be a bit dry and even a little problematic to follow certain peoples or timelines with all of its connections, this book was informative and succinct. 2 hours and 53 mins book with good general information.

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Lots of information in short book

There is so much information throw at you that a second listen is needed to absorb it all. Only complaint is the pronunciation of many words is so off as to be annoying.

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Decent overview

This was a decent overview of ancient Sumeria. The narrator made a lot of pronunciation errors, not just with foreign words. I think my main criticism is that the author often made the mistake of claiming that the Sumerians were the first to do X, because the earliest records we have of X come from Sumeria. Usually, when we find archaeological evidence of something, it's an indication that that is not the first of that thing; it must have evolved earlier than that.

Otherwise, it was a well-written, easy read.

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sumerians

for a person to listen to this piticular book that has a basic education is somewhat hard to do. most of the items are just guessing what things were. the facts are just not there . it was a good book all the same.

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Very interesting - background listening

Information and detailed the history well, gives a great overview on their culture and how things even relate to our times now.

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Not for beginners

To be blunt this book is not for beginners. It can present information in a manner hard to follow and with little context. That being said it is not bad per say and can be a useful in a supplementary sense for someone already familiar with early Sumerian history. I would recommend readers interested in ancient Sumer to read “Captivating History of Ur” before reading this book.

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Sumerians

This book was too short and did not do justice to the subject . I will not buy any more of this series. Much prefer Learning Company.

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How history should NOT be taught

Incredibly boring and useless... A big part of the audio book consists of meaningless listings of the names of rulers, or of simple listings of events without any explanation of their background. I hoped to gain some substantial knowledge about the life and culture of ancient sumerians. Instead I was bored to tears. The whole thing is reminiscent of a very badly constructed history lesson at school where a lazy teacher just writes names and dates on the board and expects you to memorize them without any context. What a waste of time and money.

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Good summary but weak connections and timeline.

The book presents fair amount of data, but with its short length, events, people and places are weakly connected. Each chapter shows different aspects of Sumerian civilization, but this organization difficults the understanding of the chronology.

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I was mainly intrested in the mythology of Sumer and wanted to see what was in common with old testament stories. Though the chapter was very short it served its purpose well. This book admits there is so much data about Sumer it would be too exhaustive to go into great detail on any subject. I like the fact the author mentioned the problems sudo science and sudo history "scholars" bring by interpreting tablets that are fragmented and missing large pieces.