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This spirited reading of Susan Wise Bauer’s The Story of the World Vol. 1: Ancient Times brings to life the stories and records of the peoples of ancient times.

Now more than ever, other countries and customs affect our everyday lives-and our children need to learn about the people who live all around the globe. Susan Wise Bauer has provided a captivating guide to the history of the ancient world. Written in an engaging, straightforward manner, The Story of the World weaves world history into a storybook format. 

The Story of the World Vol. 1: Ancient Times covers the major historical events from the beginning of civilization to the fall of the Roman Empire. 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). It may be used along with the text, as a supplement to a traditional history curriculum, or independently.

This Audiobook is available as a Multi-Disc (CD) Set or as Downloadable MP3s.

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This spirited reading of Susan Wise Bauer’s The Story of the World Vol. 1: Ancient Times brings to life the stories and records of the peoples of ancient times.

Now more than ever, other countries and customs affect our everyday lives-and our children need to learn about the people who live all around the globe. Susan Wise Bauer has provided a captivating guide to the history of the ancient world. Written in an engaging, straightforward manner, The Story of the World weaves world history into a storybook format. 

The Story of the World Vol. 1: Ancient Times covers the major historical events from the beginning of civilization to the fall of the Roman Empire. 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). It may be used along with the text, as a supplement to a traditional history curriculum, or independently.

This Audiobook is available as a Multi-Disc (CD) Set or as Downloadable MP3s.

Listen to a sample!

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  1. Question

    Is it easy to navigate by chapter with the MP3s? In other words, can I go directly to “chapter 11” or will I have to fast forward and rewind through the audio to get what I want?

    • Yes! Each chapter (and in some cases, each half-chapter) is its own MP3 file, so you can click directly on that. You don’t have to fast-forward through hours of audio to find what you need.

  2. Question

    What size flash drive would be needed to store the entirety of Volume 1?

    • One person found this helpful

      At least 1 Gigabyte.

  3. Question

    If you purchase the audiobook CDs, are the MP3 files included as well?

    • One person found this helpful

      Yes, you get the MP3s for free when you purchase the CD version.

  4. Question

    How long is the CD? meaning how many hours will it take to listen to it?

    • One person found this helpful

      It is approximately 8 hours on 7 CDs.

  5. Question

    Would these work on an iPad?

    • Yes! Make sure to choose the “MP3” option. When you purchase the product, you’ll be sent an email with links to download the product. It would be best to download the MP3s to a computer and put them in your iTunes or “Music” account. Your iTunes or Music account will sync with your iPad, and then you’ll be able to play them on the iPad like any other MP3.

  6. Question

    What is the difference in content between this audio version and the version on Audible? I see there aren’t different narrators, but the Audible version is 26 hours vs the 8 hours of this one.

    • This book isn’t on Audible yet. This book is 8 hours. You may have seen “The History of the Ancient World” by this same author, Susan Wise Bauer, which is 26 hours on Audible. That is a different book, for adult (or advanced high school) audiences.

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  7. Question

    If I am to purchase the CDs (audiobook), do we also receive the hard copy (paperback) book? So that we can sometimes read aloud, and sometimes listen to audio books?

    • No, the physical book is not included in your purchase of the audiobook. You would need to purchase the physical book separately.

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  8. Question

    You say that the MP3 is free with purchase of the CD. Would I get a link to download the MP3, or how does that work?

    • Yes, you will be emailed a link to download the MP3 files of the book.

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  9. Question

    How can we listen to, or what do we need to have, in order to listen to the audio on MP3? Is that downloadable to an iphone or just a computer?

    • These MP3s can be played in any computer (PC or Mac) or in any device equipped with an MP3 player (iPhone, iPod, etc). You’ll receive a ZIP folder containing all the MP3s. The ZIP files should first be downloaded to a computer so that they can be “unzipped,” revealing the MP3s inside. Those MP3s can then be used on any computer or mobile MP3-playing device.

  10. Question

    what is the difference between the audiobook version and the mp3 version of the Story of the World volume 1?

    • The one that says “MP3” is a set of downloadable mp3 audio files. The one that says “audiobook” is a set of physical audio CDs which are shipped to you.

  11. Question

    How big is the zip file?
    How many zip files will the entire volume 1 mp3’s consist of?

    • Volume 1 is made up of 4 ZIP files. Each ZIP file is about 100 to 110 MB.

  12. Question

    Would this work on an iphone? or a chromebook?

    • Yes! Any device that can download a ZIP file and can play MP3s will work. Both the iPhone and the chromebook would work. But since iphones don’t utilize ZIP files…for the iphone, you’d want to download the files onto a laptop or desktop first, put them in iTunes, and then “synch” them with the iPhone. If you have any questions about this, please email [email protected].

  13. Question

    Is this the audiobook for the revised edition or the old?

    • This is the revised edition (2007).

  14. Question

    Can this be downloaded onto multiple devices? I’m thinking of the computer and a phone.

    • Yes!

  15. Question

    Will this work on an android phone? Is there a cd option?

    • Yes, it will work on an android phone or any device that plays MP3 files. There is a CD option, too. The one on this page that says “MP3” is MP3 digital files, and the one that says “Audiobook” and costs a bit more is CDs.

  16. Question

    What format is the “Downloadable Audiobook” that is included with the audio cd set?

    • That is on MP3. It is sent to you in a set of ZIP folders, each containing 10-20 mp3 files.

  17. Question

    Is there a sample to listen to the volume to see if we like it before purchase?

    • Yes! We posted samples of all our “Story of the World” audiobooks to our YouTube channel. Here’s one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0Kb0FfTfTE

  18. Question

    Are they mp3 files still included when you purchase the physical CDs? Are they emailed to you after purchase?

    • Yes, the MP3 files are emailed to you after you purchase the CD version.

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