Story of the World Volume Three Early Modern Times On 10 Cds Unab: History For The Classical Child Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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Jim Weiss’s 60+ recordings have brought to life the greatest people and events of history and classic literature, winning over one hundred awards and making Jim a cherished companion for listeners around the world. Jim’s is the voice reading the audio of Well-Trained Mind Press The Story of the World.
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The biggest problem with this product is that there is no index for the recording. If you are following along in the book and stop mid-chapter to come back another day, there is NO way to figure out what track to go to on which CD. For instance, Disc one has 10 tracks and is labeled "Introduction-Chapter 5", with no more details.
If you are looking for a book on CD to listen to while you are in the car or doing other things, this may meet your need if you want to hear some general stories from world history. However, if you are looking to use this as a tool to complete the curriculum, it is not very user friendly.
For his part, my son told me recently:
"Mom, I'll tell you what history is about. It's about Christians fighting Muslims, Muslims fighting Christians, Catholics fighting Protestants, and Protestants fighting Catholics. Every once in a while a real powerful guy comes along and builds up a great empire. But then after a while the empire gets all messed up."
I found this reflection to be both wise and poignant, especially since it was coming from my six year old. This is not to say that I found SOTW III very dark or depressing, because it was not. There were a lot of wonderful stories of historical heroes, heroines, brave explorers, and noble defenders.
SOTW III is also the only book for children that I have been able to find that discusses John Locke specifically. There is a good, five minute section about Locke and his theory that in a natural state all men are equal and have the right to pursue life, liberty and possessions. The theories created by John Locke flow straight into the creation of America, and so SOTW III also includes some early American history. In fact, it goes into more detail about certain parts of American history than the AP US History text I had in 11th grade. The history of Manhattan for example, was all new to me and very intriguing.
In fact, I was shocked at how much history I learned from Volume III myself. I had never studied the liberation of South America, nor the Mongol empire in India. These are the hardest parts for me to learn, because I don't have any tracks laid down in my brain from childhood for the information to stick to. This won't be a problem for my children!
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