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Portia

Portia Lichfield, United Kingdom Member Since 2008
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  • "Better than the TV series"

    Overall

    Not of the same quality as Andrew Marr's British history but an enjoyable romp through world history with a few 'well I never knew that' moments. His interest in modern politics means the book gets more involved towards the end. Thoroughly enjoyable, and the narrator does a fine job.

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    A History of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Andrew Marr
    • Narrated By Andrew Marr, David Timson
    Overall
    (804)
    Performance
    (480)
    Story
    (492)

    From the earliest civilizations to the 21st century: a global journey through human history, published alongside a landmark BBC One television series. Our understanding of world history is changing, as new discoveries are made on all the continents and old prejudices are being challenged. In this truly global journey, Andrew Marr revisits some of the traditional epic stories, from classical Greece and Rome to the rise of Napoleon, but surrounds them with less familiar material, from Peru to the Ukraine, China to the Caribbean.

    Adisha Kariyawasam says: "Awsome, educational and epic work"
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A fascinating insight into World War II

A daring escape

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  • Five Days in London, May 1940 (






UNABRIDGED) by John Lukacs Narrated by Geoffrey Howard

    Five Days in London, May 1940

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By John Lukacs
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    In the days between May 24th and 28th, 1940, the British War Cabinet held a historical debate over whether to negotiate with Hitler or to continue the war. In this magisterial work, John Lukacs demonstrates the decisive importance of those five days. Lukacs takes us hour by hour into the critical unfolding of events at 10 Downing Street, where Churchill, who had only been prime minister for a fortnight, painfully considered his war responsibilities.

    Jeff says: "Excellent history"
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything (






UNABRIDGED) by Bill Bryson Narrated by William Roberts

    A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
    Overall
    (1784)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (428)

    A Short History of Nearly Everything is Bill Bryson's fascinating and humorous quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization. He takes subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us, like geology, chemistry, and particle physics, and aims to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science. In the company of some extraordinary scientists, Bill Bryson reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.

    Roy says: "A short Review of Nearly Everything"
  • One Summer: America 1927 (






UNABRIDGED) by Bill Bryson Narrated by Bill Bryson

    One Summer: America 1927

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    Overall
    (406)
    Performance
    (369)
    Story
    (368)

    One Summer: America, 1927, is the new book by Britain's favourite writer of narrative nonfiction, Bill Bryson. Narrated by the man himself, One Summer takes you to the summer when America came of age, took centre stage, and changed the world forever. In the summer of 1927, America had a booming stock market, a president who worked just four hours a day, a semi-crazed sculptor with a plan to carve four giant heads into a mountain called Rushmore, a devastating flood of the Mississippi, a sensational murder trial, and a youthful aviator named Charles Lindbergh who started the summer wholly unknown, and finished it as the most famous man on Earth.

    Colin says: "Bryson hits another Home Run"
  • A History of the World (






UNABRIDGED) by Andrew Marr Narrated by Andrew Marr, David Timson

    A History of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Andrew Marr
    • Narrated By Andrew Marr, David Timson
    Overall
    (804)
    Performance
    (480)
    Story
    (492)

    From the earliest civilizations to the 21st century: a global journey through human history, published alongside a landmark BBC One television series. Our understanding of world history is changing, as new discoveries are made on all the continents and old prejudices are being challenged. In this truly global journey, Andrew Marr revisits some of the traditional epic stories, from classical Greece and Rome to the rise of Napoleon, but surrounds them with less familiar material, from Peru to the Ukraine, China to the Caribbean.

    Adisha Kariyawasam says: "Awsome, educational and epic work"
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  • The War that Ended Peace (






UNABRIDGED) by Margaret MacMillan Narrated by Richard Burnip

    The War that Ended Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Margaret MacMillan
    • Narrated By Richard Burnip
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (54)

    The First World War followed a period of sustained peace in Europe during which people talked with confidence of prosperity, progress and hope. But in 1914, Europe walked into a catastrophic conflict which killed millions of its men, bled its economies dry, shook empires and societies to pieces, and fatally undermined Europe's dominance of the world. It was a war which could have been avoided up to the last moment - so why did it happen?

    David says: "Magisterial Book Read Brilliantly"
  • Great Britain's Great War: A Sympathetic History of Our Gravest Folly (






UNABRIDGED) by Jeremy Paxman Narrated by Jeremy Paxman, Roy McMillan

    Great Britain's Great War: A Sympathetic History of Our Gravest Folly

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jeremy Paxman
    • Narrated By Jeremy Paxman, Roy McMillan
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (81)

    Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Jeremy Paxman's Great Britain's Great War. Read by the actor Roy McMillan, this magnificent history of the First World War tells the story of the war in one gripping narrative from the point of view of the British people. We may think we know about it, but what was life really like for the British people during the First World War?

    andrew lee gadd says: "Made me cry"
  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life (






UNABRIDGED) by Bill Bryson Narrated by Bill Bryson

    At Home: A Short History of Private Life

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    Overall
    (915)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (201)

    Bill Bryson was struck one day by the thought that we devote more time to studying the battles and wars of history than to considering what history really consists of: centuries of people quietly going about their daily business. This inspired him to start a journey around his own house, an old rectory in Norfolk, considering how the ordinary things in life came to be.

    Stewart Webb says: "More Fact Pact Bryson"
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany (






UNABRIDGED) by William L. Shirer Narrated by Grover Gardner

    The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By William L. Shirer
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (592)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (154)

    Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer's monumental study of Hitler's German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century's blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

    Richard says: "A unique account"
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  • Zero Six Bravo: 60 Special Forces. 100,000 Enemy. The Explosive True Story (






UNABRIDGED) by Damien Lewis Narrated by Michael Fenner

    Zero Six Bravo: 60 Special Forces. 100,000 Enemy. The Explosive True Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Damien Lewis
    • Narrated By Michael Fenner
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    The No. 1 Sunday Times bestselling modern classic: A Bravo Two Zero for the Second Gulf War. They were branded as cowards and accused of being the British Special Forces Squadron that ran away from the Iraqis. But nothing could be further from the truth. Ten years on, the story of these sixty men can finally be told. In March 2003 M Squadron - an SBS unit with SAS embeds - was sent 1,000 kilometres behind enemy lines on a true mission impossible, to take the surrender of the 100,000-strong Iraqi Army 5th Corps.

    Ross says: "Gripping account of a special forces op"
  • Without Remorse (






UNABRIDGED) by Tom Clancy Narrated by Michael Prichard

    Without Remorse

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    His code name is Mr Clark. And his work for the CIA is brilliant, cold-blooded, and efficient...but who is he really? In a harrowing tour de force, Tom Clancy shows how an ordinary man named John Kelly crossed the lines of justice and morality - to become the CIA legend, Mr Clark.

    This is an unforgettable journey into the heart of darkness. Without mercy. Without guilt. Without remorse.

  • Bomber Command (






UNABRIDGED) by Max Hastings Narrated by Barnaby Edwards

    Bomber Command

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Max Hastings
    • Narrated By Barnaby Edwards
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    With an introduction read by Max Hastings. Bomber Command's offensive against the cities of Germany was one of the epic campaigns of the Second World War. More than 56,000 British and Commonwealth aircrew and 600,000 Germans died in the course of the RAF's attempt to win the war by bombing. The struggle began in 1939 with a few score primitive Whitleys, Hampdens and Wellingtons, and ended six years later with 1,600 Lancasters, Halifaxes, and Mosquitoes razing whole cities in a single night.

    Paul S. Turner says: "Target for tonight"
  • A Brief History of the Samurai: Brief Histories (






UNABRIDGED) by Jonathan Clements Narrated by Jonathan Keeble

    A Brief History of the Samurai: Brief Histories

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jonathan Clements
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    Overall
    (8)
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    (7)
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    From a leading expert in Japanese history, this is one of the first full histories of the art and culture of the Samurai warrior. The Samurai emerged as a warrior caste in Medieval Japan and would have a powerful influence on the history and culture of the country from the next 500 years. Clements also looks at the Samurai wars that tore Japan apart in the 17th and 18th centuries and how the caste was finally demolished in the advent of the mechanized world.

    Tweetingcheetah says: "Anecdotes bring life to samurai history"
  • When the Hills Ask for Your Blood (






UNABRIDGED) by David Belton Narrated by Jonathan Slinger

    When the Hills Ask for Your Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By David Belton
    • Narrated By Jonathan Slinger
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    6th April, 1994: In the skies above Rwanda the president's plane is shot down in flames. The mass slaughter that follows is one of the bloodiest chapters in history. Twenty years on, BBC Newsnight producer David Belton, one of the first journalists into Rwanda, tells of the horrors he experienced. He revisits a country still marked with blood, in search of those who survived and the legacy of those who did not.

  • Four Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Romanov Grand Duchesses (






UNABRIDGED) by Helen Rappaport Narrated by Karen Cass

    Four Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Romanov Grand Duchesses

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Helen Rappaport
    • Narrated By Karen Cass
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    Award-winning and critically acclaimed historian Helen Rappaport turns to the tragic story of the daughters of the last Tsar of all the Russias, slaughtered with their parents at Ekaterinburg. On 17 July 1918, four young women walked down 23 steps into the cellar of a house in Ekaterinburg. The eldest was 22, the youngest only 17. Together with their parents and their 13-year-old brother, they were all brutally murdered. Their crime: to be the daughters of the last Tsar and Tsaritsa of All the Russias.

  • The End of the Ancient World and the Beginnings of the Middle Ages (






UNABRIDGED) by Ferdinand Lot Narrated by Charlton Griffin

    The End of the Ancient World and the Beginnings of the Middle Ages

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ferdinand Lot
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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    Ferdinand Lot (1866-1952) was one of the great historians of his generation, and the transition from Roman to Medieval civilization was a process that fascinated him most of his life. Rather than placing the emphasis for Rome's fall on purely political or military reasons, Lot put forth multiple explanations for the birth of the Middle Ages which embrace not only politics and war, but linguistic, geographic, cultural, social and economic factors.

  • The Rise and Fall of Intelligence: An International Security History (






UNABRIDGED) by Michael Warner Narrated by Robert J. Eckrich

    The Rise and Fall of Intelligence: An International Security History

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Michael Warner
    • Narrated By Robert J. Eckrich
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    Historian Michael Warner addresses the birth of professional intelligence in Europe at the beginning of the 20th century and the subsequent rise of US intelligence during the Cold War. He brings this history up to the present day as intelligence agencies used the struggle against terrorism and the digital revolution to improve capabilities in the 2000s.

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  • The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl: How Two Brave Scientists Battled Typhus and Sabotaged the Nazis (






UNABRIDGED) by Arthur Allen Narrated by Dennis Holland

    The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl: How Two Brave Scientists Battled Typhus and Sabotaged the Nazis

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Arthur Allen
    • Narrated By Dennis Holland
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    Few diseases are more gruesome than typhus. Transmitted by body lice, it afflicts the dispossessed - refugees, soldiers, and ghettoized peoples - causing hallucinations, terrible headaches, boiling fever, and often death. The disease plagued the German army on the Eastern Front and left the Reich desperate for a vaccine. For this they turned to the brilliant and eccentric Polish zoologist Rudolf Weigl.

  • Sgt. Reckless: America's War Horse (






UNABRIDGED) by Robin Hutton Narrated by Susan Boyce

    Sgt. Reckless: America's War Horse

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Robin Hutton
    • Narrated By Susan Boyce
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    Hutton has now written a fascinating full biography of Sergeant Reckless, who earned two Purple Hearts for her heroic efforts, among other military decorations. Hutton has spoken with the marines who fought alongside Reckless and tells the complete and captivating tale of how a would-be Korean racehorse became one of the greatest Marine Corps wartime heroes. Sgt. Reckless brings the legend back to life more than half a century later.

  • Cities of the Ancient World  by The Great Courses Narrated by Professor Steven L. Tuck

    Cities of the Ancient World

    • ORIGINAL (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Steven L. Tuck
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    Cities of the Ancient World is your opportunity to survey the breadth of the ancient world through the context of its urban development. Taught by esteemed Professor Steven L. Tuck, of Miami University, these 24 eye-opening lectures not only provide an invaluable look at the design and architecture of ancient cities, they also offer a flesh-and-blood glimpse into the daily lives of ordinary people and the worlds they created.

  • The Mystery of the Hanging Garden of Babylon: An Elusive World Wonder Traced (






UNABRIDGED) by Stephanie Dalley Narrated by Napoleon Ryan

    The Mystery of the Hanging Garden of Babylon: An Elusive World Wonder Traced

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Stephanie Dalley
    • Narrated By Napoleon Ryan
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    The Mystery of the Hanging Garden of Babylon is an exciting story of detection involving legends, expert decipherment of ancient texts, and a vivid description of a little-known civilization. Recognized in ancient times as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the legendary Hanging Garden of Babylon and its location still remains a mystery steeped in shadow and puzzling myths. In this remarkable volume Stephanie Dalley, a world expert on ancient Babylonian language, gathers for the first time all the material on this enigmatic World Wonder.

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