The Story of the World Volume 1 Audio Book

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The Story of the World Volume 1 Audio Book:
Ancient Times - Revised Edition

From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor
Unabridged for listening to on long car trips, while working around the house, or just for added convenience on any school day! This spirited reading of The Story of the World Volume 1 brings to life the stories and records of the people of Ancient Times.

8 Hours of Professionally-Rendered Audio
Professionally-rendered audio edition with no music, sound effects, or other distractions. If your children like repetition, or if your life is especially harried, you'll love this added convenience. Approximately 8 hours on 7 audio CDs. The Story of the World audiobooks may be used along with the print books, as a supplement to a traditional history curriculum, or independently.

Read by Jim Weiss
This Story of the World audiobook is a collaboration between Jim Weiss, whose voice is "liquid gold" (CNN TV), and Susan Wise Bauer, whose writing has been described as "timeless and intelligent" (Publishers Weekly). Jim Weiss has been a storyteller for over twenty-five years. He is the winner of over seventy-five major national awards!

About The Story of the World series:

Easy-to-Implement, Captivating Chronological History
This captivating read-aloud series will introduce your children to the marvelous history of the world presented chronologically from the beginning of time. Each volume of The Story of the World includes the details of battles, kingdoms, cultures, and customs from every continent and major people group woven together into a story that children will find mesmerizing. With short chapters, many less than seven pages, The Story of the World presents history in small, easily-digestible chunks. Of particular appeal to children will be the occasional story about a hypothetical child in the culture of that time and fictional stories that were popular during that time.

The Best History Books Available for 1st-6th Grade!
The Story of the World is intended to be a read-aloud program for first through sixth grade, but it can work equally well as independent reading by an older child. Don't restrict your scope of history to just American history. These are what we consider the best world history books for this age group. If you have ever found history to be dull and humdrum, these books might just change that opinion!

Combine with the Hands-On Student Activity Book for a Full Curriculum
The Curriculum/Activity Guide offers parents and teachers a complete history curriculum for use with The Story of the World. In addition to extensive reading lists and cross-references to the most common illustrated encyclopedias, the Activity Book contains comprehension questions, sample narrations, maps, coloring pages, and activities for each chapter in The Story of the World. Children and parent-teachers love the activities, which range from coloring pages and games to mummifying a chicken!

Attempts to Include All Significant Historical and Cultural Accounts
Note: Please do not consider this series a Providential view of history which recognizes God's hand in history. It is first and foremost a history text that attempts to include all significant historical and cultural accounts. If you are a conservative Christian, you may want to opt out of a couple of activities. And where you find details with Biblical references that are inaccurate because of sparseness, use this opportunity to interject more of His story. Bible history is best taught with a Bible so we encourage your family to read through the Bible every year. These are very minor issues that are easily addressed and shouldn't keep you from this overall excellent program.


  • 7 Audio CDs
  • 8 hours of content
  • An unabridged reading of Volume 1: Ancient Times
  • Covers 5000 BC to 400 AD
  • From the earliest nomads to the last Roman emperor

  • Publisher's Information
    Author: Susan Wise Bauer
    Format: Audiobook
    Read by: Jim Weiss
    Publisher: Well-Trained Mind Press
    Edition/Copyright: 2006
    ISBN: 1933339047
    Consumable: No
    Reproducible: No
    Faith-Based: No

    Awards and Endorsements:
    The Old Schoolhouse 2013 Excellence in Education Winners

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 44 reviews
    Gabrielle C.
    Jim Weiss = Aslan

    I'm not an auditory learner, but for all my six boys...this book is amazing! We gave away our audio copy to family members, and it was not returned...sad times! Until I saw I could get it through Timberdoodle! Yippee!! Jim Weiss's voice is liquid a gentle grandpa reading to his beloved grandchildren. Some might find his voice dull, but I would say instead that it is safe, kind,...reassuring. My boys listen almost every night. I am so grateful for this wonderful book! It is worth every penny.

    Rachel H.
    Our favorite...

    ...I would frequently be upstairs still getting ready for the day and hear the audio book playing once again while the kids were eating breakfast. My kids could not get enough of this book. The reader for the audio book is fantastic. He is very engaging. I love history and liked how this program angled the stories towards kids - each chapter would start with many of the facts and also include a specific story from the time such as, a story children would have been told at that time, or even excerpts from Greek mythology, etc. The activity book has LOTS of ideas - it was a little overwhelming. I typically went with the low prep suggestion and would make copies of the coloring pages and maps for all my kids (because one did not want to be left out). With better prep, the ideas could easily extend into another subject and cover your art, STEM, or Science activity for the week. I look forward to continuing with this program!

    Not a fan

    We really wanted to like Story of the World Curriculum but we struggled with it. Our little one dreaded when the book and audio came out. It was dry and didnt hold her attention.

    Convenient option

    We found an audio version of history to be indepensible for first grade. It pairs nicely with coloring sheets and is convenient for car rides. Since I'm already reading out loud for long chunks of time each day for other lessons, it is nice to give my voice a break.
    I personally prefer the sound of the author's voice for Mystery of History over this one.

    Caitlin S.

    Great addition to the student book. My kiddo likes being about to choose between reading or listening.