Our Island Story, Part 1


Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)

(4.7 stars; 286 reviews)

Our Island Story was first published in 1905 and became an instant classic. Beginning with the Romans and following the triumphs and foibles of the good, not so good and the downright despicable figures of history; we are treated to a dazzling montage of kings, queens, barons, knights, explorers, movers and shakers that have played a key role in the history of England. Marshall freely mixes folk tale with historical fact and in so doing paints a very vivid picture of the past in a style reminiscent of all that is finest in the children’s story telling tradition.This is the first section of that work and will carry you from the time when Tacitus first sang the praises of Britannica to his Roman readers up to the vicious and bloodthirsty confusion that is the War of the Roses (about 1500 years). (Summary by Jim)

Part 2 of this book may be found at http://librivox.org/our-island-story-part-2-by-he-marshall/. (8 hr 5 min)

Chapters

Introduction 3:40 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
The Stories of Albion and Brutus 7:17 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
The Coming of the Romans 8:38 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
The Romans Come Again 5:06 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
How Caligula Conquered Britain 8:01 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
The Story of a Warrior Queen 8:40 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
The Last of the Romans 8:16 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
The Story of St. Alban 10:08 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
Vortigern and King Constans 9:03 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
The Coming of Hengist and Horsa 9:22 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
Hengist's Treachery 7:36 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
How the Giant's Dance was Brought to Britain 10:32 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
The Coming of Arthur 6:28 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
The Founding of the Round Table 7:42 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
Gregory and the Pretty Children 11:36 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
How King Alfred Learned to Read 6:26 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
King Alfred in the Cowherd's Cottage 9:39 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
More About Alfred the Great 7:51 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
Ethelred the Unready 8:06 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
How Edmund Ironside Fought for the Crown 8:16 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
Canute and the Waves 5:41 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
Edward the Confessor 11:08 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
Harold 13:18 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
The Battle of Stamford Bridge 12:08 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
The Battle of Hastings 12:28 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
William the Conqueror 11:35 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
Death of the King 7:47 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
William the Red 6:52 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
The Story of the White Ship 15:18 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
The Story of King Stephan 8:24 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
Gilbert and Rohesia 7:32 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
Thomas a Becket 12:24 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
Conquest of Ireland 5:51 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
Richard Couer de Lion 12:05 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
How Blondel Found the King 10:09 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
Prince Arthur 5:21 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
The Great Charter 14:45 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
Hubert de Burgh 8:52 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
Simon de Montfort 9:49 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
The Story of the Poisoned Dagger 6:53 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
The Little War of Chalons 5:58 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
The First Prince of Wales 7:36 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
The Hammer of the Scots 7:52 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
Robert the Bruce and Bohun 9:09 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
The Battle of Bannockburn 5:37 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
The Battle of Sluys 6:10 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
The Battle of Crecy 12:28 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
The Siege of Calais 11:53 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
The Battle of Poitiers 7:28 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
Wat Tyler's Rebellion 13:23 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
How King Richard II Lost his Throne 5:18 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
The Battle of Shrewsbury 7:10 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
How Prince Hal was Sent to Prison 5:00 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
The Battle of Agincourt 8:28 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
The Maid of Orleans 11:24 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)

Reviews


(5 stars)

Kara does wonderful work with this history. She makes it a pleasure to listen. I love the 'stories' and it's a wonderful way to refresh English History. Really Kara is a very special lady in all she has done for Librivox. Thanks very much Kara.

GREAT JOB!


(5 stars)

I've read the first half of this book to my kids and my reading left a lot to be desired. I was so glad to find this book here. I saved it to my computer and then burned it to a CD. We now listen to it in the car and the kids LOVE it!!! Great job in every part of this book! I do hope you can will do more!

great book


(5 stars)

This helps immensely. I've been letting my kids listen to this book on our rides in the car and its great. Much better than me reading it to them.

Free Listens review


(5 stars)

As its name implies, this is not a scholarly history, but a series of history stories. Marshall does not investigate the socio-political background behind events or apply economic theory to the past. Instead she tells the legend of Boudica in the same narrative style as a story about the signing of the Magna Carta. For complete review and other audiobook reviews, visit www.freelistens.blogspot.com

It was so good


(5 stars)

I like the books so much Our Island Story part 1 and Our Island Story part 2 ! Thanks H.E. Marshal

Better than anticipated.


(5 stars)

I thought that this would be dry, but it's a mix of history and myth narrated in a very charming way. I will certainly listen to the next half.

great books


(5 stars)

I like the narrator and author But the last shapter is a little sad ☹🙁😟😢😭but not that much to make you cry .


(5 stars)

amazing audio love it for our family