We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.co.uk/access.

History

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Kirstine

Kirstine Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom Member Since 2007
HELPFUL VOTES
1805
ratings
REVIEWS
443
336
FOLLOWERS
FOLLOWING
1352
0
  • "Outstandingly well-read and enjoyab..."

    Overall

    Melvyn Bragg writes in an accessible style well-suited to be read aloud. He has been well-served by the reader, Robert Powell, who has brought the book alive by his outstanding ability to pronounce all the variants of English that can only be depicted by phonetic symbols on the page. The use of the word 'Adventure' in the title is apposite as the book is as lively as a good historical novel.

    More

    The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated By Robert Powell
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (36)

    This is the remarkable story of the English language; from its beginnings as a minor guttural Germanic dialect to its position today as a truly established global language. The Adventure of English is not only an enthralling story of power, religion, and trade, but also the story of people, and how their lives continue to change the extraordinary language that is English.

    Francis says: "All the voices"
  • "As lively a story as a good novel"

    Overall

    I really enjoyed this biography read excellently by Alex Jennings. The author had a colourful character to write about which helps, but she has created a pacy life-story that cracks along like a novel, but is also a work of scholarship involving much delving into archives. Dickens is presented as a complex man, not all good, and driving himself to extinction by over-work. The characters and themes of his books are woven into the biography and one can see how his life experiences have enriched his writings.

    More

    Charles Dickens: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Claire Tomalin
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (88)

    The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Charles Dickens: A Life, the major new biography from the highly acclaimed Claire Tomalin, published for the 200th anniversary of his birth. Read by the actor Alex Jennings.

    Kirstine says: "As lively a story as a good novel"
  • "A fascinating insight into a unique..."

    Overall

    I chose this book as there was a story in my family that one of my ancestors was standing beside Spencer Perceval when he was assassinated. And he was as is documented in this pacey and interesting account of the event. It is a fascinating investigation into the perpetrator's possible motives and they emerge as a much more complex than was supposed at the time. It was a turbulent period in British history both economically and politically with war with America looming and pressure to outlaw the transportation of slaves: a move vigorously opposed by a powerful lobby of merchants.
    I had earlier listened to William's Hague's masterly biography of William Willberforce, and was pleased to find that the present book complements the former in giving a different slant to the struggle.

    More

    Why Spencer Perceval Had to Die: The Assassination of a British Prime Minister

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Andro Linklater
    • Narrated By Stephen Rashbrook
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    On the afternoon of May 11, 1812, Spencer Perceval, the all-powerful prime minister of Great Britain, was fatally shot at short range in the lobby of Parliament by John Bellingham, a Liverpool businessman. Perceval polarized public opinion: Revered by some and hated by others for his fight against the lucrative slave trade, he domineeringly kept Britain at war against Napoléon and was driving her into war with the United States despite the huge economic drain of each, raising taxes to new heights to finance his decisions.

    Jeanette says: "Important History - Well Told"
  1. The Adventure of English:...
  2. Charles Dickens: A Life
  3. Why Spencer Perceval Had ...
  4. .

A fascinating insight into World War II

A daring escape

What's Trending in History:

  • 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    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"
  • 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
    (1805)
    Performance
    (454)
    Story
    (449)

    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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (423)
    Performance
    (384)
    Story
    (384)

    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"
  • 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
    (64)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (56)

    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"
  •  
  • Bravo Two Zero - 20th Anniversary Edition (






UNABRIDGED) by Andy McNab Narrated by Paul Thornley

    Bravo Two Zero - 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Andy McNab
    • Narrated By Paul Thornley
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (55)

    January 1991: IRAQ. Eight members of the SAS regiment embark upon a top-secret mission to infiltrate deep behind enemy lines. Under the command of Sergeant Andy McNab, they are to sever a vital underground communication link and to seek and destroy mobile Scud launchers. Their call sign: BRAVO TWO ZERO. Each laden with 15 stones of equipment, they tab 20km across the desert to reach their objective. But within days, their location is compromised. After a fierce fire fight, they are forced into evasive action. Four men are captured. Three die. Only one escapes.

    Sp Wickes says: "Nothing but admiration"
  • 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (829)
    Performance
    (505)
    Story
    (516)

    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"
  • 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
    (930)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (217)

    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"
  • Atomic Accidents: A History of Nuclear Meltdowns and Disasters; From the Ozark Mountains to Fukushima (






UNABRIDGED) by James Mahaffey Narrated by Tom Weiner

    Atomic Accidents: A History of Nuclear Meltdowns and Disasters; From the Ozark Mountains to Fukushima

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By James Mahaffey
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    From the moment radiation was discovered in the late nineteenth century, nuclear science has had a rich history of innovative scientific exploration and discovery, coupled with mistakes, accidents, and downright disasters.

    Antony says: "Well researched and entertaining"
  •  
  • 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (94)

    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"
  • 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
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    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 History of Britain: Volume 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by Simon Schama Narrated by Stephen Thorne

    A History of Britain: Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Simon Schama
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (45)

    The story of Britain from the earliest settlements in 3000BC to the death of Elizabeth I in 1603. To look back at the past is to understand the present. In this vivid account of over 4,000 years of British history, Simon Schama takes us on an epic journey which encompasses the very beginnings of the nation's identity, when the first settlers landed on Orkney. From the successes and failures of the monarchy to the daily life of a Roman soldier stationed on Hadrian's Wall, Schama gives a vivid, fascinating account of the many different stories and struggles that lie behind the growth of our island nation.

    Olivier says: "A Good Overview of Early British Kings"
  • The World Crisis 1911-18: Part 1 - 1911 to 1914 (






UNABRIDGED) by Winston Churchill Narrated by Christian Rodska

    The World Crisis 1911-18: Part 1 - 1911 to 1914

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Winston Churchill
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (14)

    Part One Winston Churchill's superlative account of the prelude to and events of the First World War is a defining work of 20th-century history. With dramatic narrative power Churchill reconstructs the action on the Western and Eastern Fronts, the wars at sea and in the air and the advent of tanks and U-boats.

    Graham says: "Living History"
  • Feminism Unfinished: A Short, Surprising History of American Women's Movements (






UNABRIDGED) by Dorothy Sue Cobble, Linda Gordon, Astrid Henry Narrated by Judith West

    Feminism Unfinished: A Short, Surprising History of American Women's Movements

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Dorothy Sue Cobble, Linda Gordon, Astrid Henry
    • Narrated By Judith West
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    The American women's movement has been shrouded in myths, argue three leading scholars in this bold and revisionist history. Eschewing the conventional wisdom that places the origins of the American women's movement in the nostalgic glow of the late 1960s, Feminism Unfinished traces the beginnings of this seminal American social movement to the 1920s, in the process creating an expanded, historical narrative that dramatically rewrites a century of American women's history.

  • Under the Red Sea Sun (






UNABRIDGED) by Edward Ellsberg Narrated by David Baker

    Under the Red Sea Sun

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Edward Ellsberg
    • Narrated By David Baker
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    A gripping first-hand description of the salvage operations at the port of Massawa on the Red Sea coast of Eritrea during the early days of World War II. When forced from the region, Italian troops had scuttled many ships to block the important harbour, which was vital to the British war effort. Ellsberg, an American salvage officer, was placed in charge and a small group of workers under his direction accomplished an almost Herculean task with virtually no resources.

  • Twelve Years a Slave (






UNABRIDGED) by Solomon Northup Narrated by Stephen L. Vernon

    Twelve Years a Slave

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Solomon Northup
    • Narrated By Stephen L. Vernon
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Twelve Years a Slave is an account of actual events that took place in the life of Solomon Northup, during the pre-Civil War era of the 1840s. It follows the trials and tribulations of an educated African American man that was born into freedom and later kidnapped, taken away from his family, and forced into slavery.

  • The Culinary Imagination: From Myth to Modernity (






UNABRIDGED) by Sandra M. Gilbert Narrated by Suzanne Toren

    The Culinary Imagination: From Myth to Modernity

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Sandra M. Gilbert
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Focusing on contemporary practices, The Culinary Imagination traces the social, aesthetic, and political history of food from myth to modernity, from ancient sources to our current wave of food mania. What does it mean to transform raw stuff into cooked dishes, which then become part of our own bodies; to savor festive meals yet resolve to renounce gluttony; to act as predators where in another life we might have become prey?

  •  
  • Interpreting American History: The Age of Andrew Jackson (






UNABRIDGED) by Brian D. McKnight, James S. Humphreys Narrated by Todd Barsness

    Interpreting American History: The Age of Andrew Jackson

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Brian D. McKnight, James S. Humphreys
    • Narrated By Todd Barsness
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    In the series' first volume, Interpreting American History: The Age of Andrew Jackson, experts on Jacksonian America address the changing views of historians over the past century on a watershed era in U.S. history. A two-term president of the United States, Jackson was a powerful leader who widened constitutional boundaries on the presidency, shaping policy himself instead of deferring to the wishes of Congress.

  • The Phoenix Program: America's Use of Terror in Vietnam (






UNABRIDGED) by Douglas Valentine Narrated by Bob Souer

    The Phoenix Program: America's Use of Terror in Vietnam

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Douglas Valentine
    • Narrated By Bob Souer
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    A shocking expos of the covert CIA program of widespread torture, rape, and murder of civilians during America's war in Vietnam, with a new introduction by the author. In the darkest days of the Vietnam War, America's Central Intelligence Agency secretly initiated a sweeping program of kidnap, torture, and assassination devised to destabilize the infrastructure of the National Liberation Front (NLF) of South Vietnam, commonly known as the "Viet Cong."

  • The Bridges of Vietnam: From the Journals of a U. S. Marine Intelligence Officer (






UNABRIDGED) by Fred L. Edwards, Jr. Narrated by Scott Lewis

    The Bridges of Vietnam: From the Journals of a U. S. Marine Intelligence Officer

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Fred L. Edwards, Jr.
    • Narrated By Scott Lewis
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    This audiobook is built around Fred Edward's journals, sent home during his first tour in Vietnam in 1966-67. His own meticulous research fits his individual experiences into a larger context, through Postscripts, extensive notes, and a thorough historical chronology

  • 36 Books That Changed the World  by The Great Courses Narrated by Andrew R. Wilson, Brad S. Gregory, Charles Kimball, Daniel N. Robinson, Jerry Z. Muller, John E. Finn

    36 Books That Changed the World

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Andrew R. Wilson, Brad S. Gregory, Charles Kimball, and others
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Certain works of literature, history, science, philosophy, political theory and religion offer powerful examples of how books can spark revolutions, birth great religions, spur scientific advancements, shape world economies, teach us new ways of thinking, and much more. And with this fascinating collection crafted from our extensive library of courses, you can now get a single course that represents 36 of our best lectures on literary works that changed the world.

  •  
  • 36 Revolutionary Figures of History  by The Great Courses Narrated by Professor Allen C. Guelzo, Professor Bob Brier, Professor Dennis Dalton, Professor Stephen A. Erickson

    36 Revolutionary Figures of History

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Allen C. Guelzo, Professor Bob Brier, Professor Dennis Dalton, and others
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Alexander the Great, Jesus, Darwin, and Churchill are just a few of the many politicians, religious leaders, scientists, philosophers, authors, inventors, and generals who transformed our world in ways that still resonate today. Now, with this unique collection of 36 lectures from our extensive course catalog, meet the remarkable people without whom the world would never be the same.

More History Categories