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judith

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  • "History made science"

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    Breathtaking sweep across time and geography, flying along on the coat-tails of a theory that is so intuitively acceptable that it almost makes you say 'duh'. A society's institutions, extractive (bad) or inclusive (good) explain the wealth of the society and the health and happiness of the common man (and, if you are really lucky, woman). I hated history at school because it didn't explain: just one damn thing after another. This does, right up to the end where they use their theory to predict the future success of current societies. It explains why 'state building' (e.g. in Afgahanistan) is such a challenge. The UK (a pioneer in modern state building) got properly started on the process in 1215, brought in universal education in about 1890 and gave women the vote in 1928. Mind expanding book.

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    Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

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    • By Daron Acemoglu, James Robinson
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
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    Brilliant and engagingly written, Why Nations Fail answers the question that has stumped the experts for centuries: Why are some nations rich and others poor, divided by wealth and poverty, health and sickness, food and famine?

    judith says: "History made science"
  • "A rising star"

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    Tim Harford gets better and better, now with a whole thoughtful book exploring the concept of evolution as applied to markets and other complex systems. He is really becoming the UK's Paul Krugman with his colourful analogies that bring to life economic concepts for the lay person - Coco bonds as airbags and 'economic Bulldogs' for the unintended consequences of well intended policy. So why only four stars? Well, most unfortunately, Tim (who, as we all know, is himself a highly competent presenter, well able to read his own book) delegated this task to some actor who decided to deliver various lengthily quoted passages in the supposedly appropriate accent. So Adam Smith appears with a rich scottish burr, and various Americans with a transatlantic drawl. This is irritating and unnecessary (and probably inaccurate) but tolerable. It becomes unbearable when we have third world economists such as Muhammad Yunus (founder of the Grameen bank). The narrator can't actually face the horror of putting on a faux-Bengali accent so he does a sort of 'humble peasant voice' instead. Made me squirm. Tim - read your own books - please.

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    Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure

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    • By Tim Harford
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
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    Everything we know about solving the world's problems is wrong. Out: Plans, experts and above all, leaders. In: Adapting - improvise rather than plan; fail, learn, and try again. In this groundbreaking new book, Tim Harford shows how the world's most complex and important problems - including terrorism, climate change, poverty, innovation, and the financial crisis - can only be solved from the bottom up by rapid experimenting and adapting.

    judith says: "A rising star"
  • "Great content, rather polemical style"

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    This book isn't really about science, but about its misrepresentation. It is particularly topical as the NHS is currently mopping up the damage caused by the MMR scandal and scam of 2002-2005. Was it all done just to sell newspapers? Basically, yes, even though children may (this year) die as a direct result.

    I got a bit tired of Ben Goldacre's polemical style, and overuse of adjectives such as exquisite and spectacular. The problem is that Mr Goldacre does not really understand rhetoric. He criticises humanities people for not understanding science (bravo) but he could do with understanding the rules of rhetoric better himself. He actually goes out of his way to alienate his scientific readers (by assuming that his reader knows less about e.g. statistics than himself, which will not always be true) as well as non-scientific readers who are bound to find him unsympathetic. Who did he want to appeal to? The first rule of rhetoric is to get your audience to identify with you, to feel that you are one of them. No one wants to identify with Mr Superior and Mr Outraged. You could blame the narrator for the constant and fatiguing tone of moral outrage, but I think he is genuinely reflecting the tone of Dr Goldacre's writing. Lighten up, laugh, you will communicate better!

    So, Mrs Picky Moaner, why did you give the book five stars? It is a cracking tour of a fascinating subject, there is much thoughtful content, I was gripped throughout, and I didn't want to put anyone off audioing this illuminating tome.

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    Bad Science

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ben Goldacre
    • Narrated By Rupert Farley
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    We are constantly bombarded with inaccurate, contradictory and sometimes misleading information - until now. Ben Goldacre masterfully dismantles the dubious science behind some of the great drug trials, court cases and missed opportunities of our time. He also shows us the fascinating story of how we know what we know, and gives us the tools to uncover bad science for ourselves.

    Marcus says: "Making science truly entertaining"
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  • Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History

    "Better the film"

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    If you enjoyed the Oscar winning Argo but wanted to really under stand what the operation to save the house guests was really like, this is where to start. Written the real 'Ben Affleck' Tony Mendez, you can hear about the role of the Canadians British and the real world politics of a crisis that affects the world to this day.

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  • "Very entertaining, interesting and ..."

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    Reviews of this book on Amazon are mixed but I have always liked Niall Ferguson's wwork so took the plunge. I am glad I did so. I thoroughly enjoyed the book - full of interesting facts and anecdotes, novel and thought-provoking ideas, global in scope and outlook, and very well written. I was genuinely sorry when it finished and I am sure I will read it again.

    A real bonus is the excellent narration by the author himself. He was clearly enjoying himeself, does all the accents very entertainly, paces himself perfectly, and his enthusiasm and energy come through loud and clear. Tremendous stuff.

    Strongly recommended, particularly if you like history.

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    Civilization: The West and the Rest

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    • By Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated By Niall Ferguson
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    If in the year 1411 you had been able to circumnavigate the globe, you would have been most impressed by the dazzling civilizations of the Orient. The Forbidden City was under construction in Ming Beijing; in the Near East, the Ottomans were closing in on Constantinople. By contrast, England would have struck you as a miserable backwater ravaged by plague, bad sanitation and incessant war. The other quarrelsome kingdoms of Western Europe - Aragon, Castile, France, Portugal and Scotland - would have seemed little better.

    Amazon Customer says: "Very entertaining, interesting and informative"

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

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    • By Damien Lewis
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    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"
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UNABRIDGED) by Eckhart Tolle Narrated by Eckhart Tolle

    Even the Sun Will Die: An Interview with Eckhart Tolle

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    • By Eckhart Tolle
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    When Eckhart Tolle agreed to be interviewed on September 11, 2001, he could not foresee the historic nature of this date or the suffering that would follow. As the day's events unfolded, in real time, he responded with a calm and clear voice, helping to make sense out of the fear and chaos that will forever define this date. Even the Sun Will Die documents this historic meeting with Eckhart Tolle and the comforting wisdom he revealed that day.

  • 4.5 (104 ratings)
    Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea (






UNABRIDGED) by Barbara Demick Narrated by Karen White

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    • By Barbara Demick
    • Narrated By Karen White
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    Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over 15 years - a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung and the unchallenged rise to power of his son, Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population.

    Eileen says: "Great book - dreary reader"
  • 4.5 (64 ratings)
    My Friend the Mercenary (






UNABRIDGED) by James Brabazon Narrated by James Brabazon

    My Friend the Mercenary

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    James Brabazon is narrating this story of war, violence, and political intrigue. He wanted a war. And, for his sins, he got one. James Brabazon was an ambitious young war reporter when he entered the chaos of the Liberian Civil War in 2002. Running with the infamous LURD rebels, he survived numerous deadly ambushes, the privations of dysentery and a dramatic two hundred-mile escape from Government troops through dense equatorial jungle. He even had a bounty put on his head.

    Amazon Customer says: "Gripping"
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ABRIDGED) by Niall Ferguson Narrated by Sean Barrett

    The War of the World: History's Age of Hatred

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    • By Niall Ferguson
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    The world at the beginning of the 20th century seemed, for most of its inhabitants, stable and relatively benign. Globalizing, booming economies married to technological breakthroughs seemed to promise a better world for most people. Instead, the 20th century proved to be overwhelmingly the most violent, frightening and brutalized in history with fanatical, often genocidal warfare engulfing most societies between the outbreak of the First World War and the end of the Cold War.

    Niall says: "Brilliant and Eye Opening"
  • 4.3 (47 ratings)
    The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood (






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    James Gleick, the author of the best sellers Chaos and GeĀ­nius, brings us his crowning work: a revelatory chronicle that shows how information has become the modern era's defining quality-the blood, the fuel, the vital principle of our world.

    jeremy says: "Fascinating, compelling and listenable"
  • 4.6 (34 ratings)
    Hellfire (






ABRIDGED) by Ed Macy Narrated by Ed Macy

    Hellfire

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    • By Ed Macy
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    May 2006. Pilot Ed Macy arrives in Afghanistan with a contingent of Apache AH Mk1. It's the first operational tour for the deadly, difficult machines and confidence in the cripplingly expensive attack helicopter is low. It doesn't help that for their first month 'in action', Ed and his mates see little more than the back-end of a Chinook.

    Iain says: "Flying Soldiers reach the 21st Century"
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    Treasure Islands: Tax Havens and the Men Who Stole the World (






UNABRIDGED) by Nicholas Shaxson Narrated by Tim Bentinck

    Treasure Islands: Tax Havens and the Men Who Stole the World

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    • By Nicholas Shaxson
    • Narrated By Tim Bentinck
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    Most people regard tax havens as being relevant only to celebrities, crooks and spivs, and mistakenly believe that the main offshore problems are money laundering and terrorist financing. These are only small parts of the whole picture. The offshore system has been (discreetly) responsible for the greatest ever shift of wealth from poor to rich. It also undermines our democracies by offering the wealthiest members of society escape routes from normal democratic controls.

    M says: "To pay, or not to pay tax ...?"
  • 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
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    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"
  • Bad Science (






UNABRIDGED) by Ben Goldacre Narrated by Rupert Farley

    Bad Science

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ben Goldacre
    • Narrated By Rupert Farley
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    We are constantly bombarded with inaccurate, contradictory and sometimes misleading information - until now. Ben Goldacre masterfully dismantles the dubious science behind some of the great drug trials, court cases and missed opportunities of our time. He also shows us the fascinating story of how we know what we know, and gives us the tools to uncover bad science for ourselves.

    Marcus says: "Making science truly entertaining"
  • The Wars Against Saddam: The Hard Road to Baghdad (






ABRIDGED) by John Simpson Narrated by John Simpson

    The Wars Against Saddam: The Hard Road to Baghdad

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    • By John Simpson
    • Narrated By John Simpson
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    This riveting and important book is the summation of more than 20 years covering Saddam Hussein's Iraq. The War Against Saddam offers, in five acts, the full story of his rise to power and the West's relationship with Saddam throughout his dictatorship.

  • A Captain's Duty (






UNABRIDGED) by Richard Phillips, Stephan Talty Narrated by George Wilson

    A Captain's Duty

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    • By Richard Phillips, Stephan Talty
    • Narrated By George Wilson
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    8th April 2009 was just an ordinary day for Richard Phillips, captain of the Maersk Alabama as it headed towards the port of Mombasa. Ordinary that is until, armed Somali pirates attacked and boarded the freighter. Captain Phillips offered himself as a hostage in exchange for the safety of his crew, and so began a tense five-day stand-off, which ended in a daring high-seas rescue by U.S. Navy SEALs.

    Martini says: "Couldn't stop listening"
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  • Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty (






UNABRIDGED) by Daron Acemoglu, James Robinson Narrated by Dan Woren

    Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Daron Acemoglu, James Robinson
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
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    Brilliant and engagingly written, Why Nations Fail answers the question that has stumped the experts for centuries: Why are some nations rich and others poor, divided by wealth and poverty, health and sickness, food and famine?

    judith says: "History made science"
  • Story of a Secret State: My Report to the World (






UNABRIDGED) by Jan Karski Narrated by Janusz Guttner

    Story of a Secret State: My Report to the World

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    • By Jan Karski
    • Narrated By Janusz Guttner
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    I do not pretend to have given an exhaustive picture of the Polish Underground, its organization and its activities. Because of our methods, I believe that there is no one today who could give an all-embracing recital...This book is a purely personal story, my story. Jan Karski's Second World War memoir is a heroic act of witness: the courageous testimony of a man who risked everything for his country. First published in 1944, the book became an instant bestseller in the US while the war still raged in Europe. At times overwhelming in the details it reveals of the suffering of ordinary people, it is an unforgettable and deeply affecting record of brutality, courage, and survival under conditions of extreme bleakness. During the first four years of World War II, Karski worked as a messenger for the underground, risking his life in secret missions. He was captured, tortured, rescued, smuggled through a tunnel into the Warsaw ghetto and, finally, disguised himself as a guard to infiltrate a Nazi death camp. Then, travelling across occupied Europe to England, with his eye-witness report smuggled on microfilm in the handle of a razor, he became the first man to tell the Allies about the Holocaust - only to be ignored.

    Margaret says: "the accent lets it down"
  • The Undercover Economist Strikes Back (






UNABRIDGED) by Tim Harford Narrated by Cameron Stewart, Gavin Osborne

    The Undercover Economist Strikes Back

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    • By Tim Harford
    • Narrated By Cameron Stewart, Gavin Osborne
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    A million listeners bought The Undercover Economist to get the lowdown on how economics works on a small scale, in our everyday lives. Since then, economics has become big news. Crises, austerity, riots, bonuses - all are in the headlines all the time. But how does this large-scale economic world really work? What would happen if we cancelled everyone's debt? How do you create a job? Will the BRIC countries take over the world?

    Alistair says: "The perfect book for that business flight"
  • Afghanistan: Graveyard of Empires A New History of the Borderland (






UNABRIDGED) by David Isby Narrated by Greg Abbey

    Afghanistan: Graveyard of Empires A New History of the Borderland

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    • By David Isby
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    The task of implementing an effective American policy and cementing Afghan rule is hampered by what Isby sees as separate but overlapping conflicts between terrorism, narcotics, and regional rivalries, each presenting separate yet equally challenging issues to resolve. This book provides the road map to overcoming these obstacles and finding a way forward for the U.S. and the Afghan nation.

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  • The Men Who Stare at Goats (






UNABRIDGED) by Jon Ronson Narrated by Sean Mangan

    The Men Who Stare at Goats

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    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
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    In 1979, a secret unit was established by the most gifted minds within the US army. Defying all known accepted military practice - and, indeed, the laws of physics - they believed that a soldier could adopt the cloak of invisibility, pass cleanly through walls and, perhaps most chillingly, kill goats just by staring at them. Entrusted with defending America from all known adversaries, they were the First Earth Battalion. And they really weren't joking. What's more, they're back and fighting the War on Terror.

    James says: "Satirical humour highlights the true terror"
  • Confessions of an Economic Hitman (






UNABRIDGED) by John Perkins Narrated by Brian Emerson

    Confessions of an Economic Hitman

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    • By John Perkins
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
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    "Economic hit men," John Perkins writes, "are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. Their tools include fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder."

    Jason says: "FANTASTIC!!!!!"
  • A Greedy Man in a Hungry World: How (almost) everything you thought you knew about food is wrong (






UNABRIDGED) by Jay Rayner Narrated by Jay Rayner

    A Greedy Man in a Hungry World: How (almost) everything you thought you knew about food is wrong

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    • By Jay Rayner
    • Narrated By Jay Rayner
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    The UK's most influential food and drink journalist shoots a few sacred cows of food culture. The doctrine of local food is dead. Farmers' markets are merely a lifestyle choice for the affluent middle classes. And 'organic' has become little more than a marketing label that is way past its sell-by date. That may be a little hard to swallow for the ethically aware food shopper, but it doesn't make it any less true. And now the UK's most outspoken and entertaining food writer is ready to explain why.

    Robert says: "Food, Glorious Food?"
  • Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea (






UNABRIDGED) by Barbara Demick Narrated by Karen White

    Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

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    • By Barbara Demick
    • Narrated By Karen White
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    Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over 15 years - a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung and the unchallenged rise to power of his son, Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population.

    Eileen says: "Great book - dreary reader"
  • Firestorm: Surviving the Tasmanian Bushfire (






UNABRIDGED) by Jon Henley Narrated by Cat Gould

    Firestorm: Surviving the Tasmanian Bushfire

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    • By Jon Henley
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    The photographs stop you in your tracks. Five children and their grandmother sheltering under an old wooden jetty as the air around them burns a fierce orange. Seen around the world, these were the images from the heart of the inferno that showed the Tasmanian township of Dunalley fighting for survival. On the morning of 4 January 2013, the people of Dunalley had watched with caution as a bush fire burned slowly on top of the hill. It was not an unusual occurrence - fires are a part of Australian life - and Dunalley had never been troubled before.

  • Libya: Murder in Benghazi and the Fall of Gaddafi (






UNABRIDGED) by Martin Chulov, Luke Harding Narrated by Philip Rose

    Libya: Murder in Benghazi and the Fall of Gaddafi

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    • By Martin Chulov, Luke Harding
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    The end for Colonel Muammar Gaddafi when it came, after 42 years of dictatorial power, was ignominious and violent. After months of bloody fighting, the Libyan revolutionary forces had driven their former leader from Tripoli before capturing him in a drainpipe in the city of Sirte. The gory images captured on the mobile phones of the victors were reproduced on newspaper front pages around the world, marking the end of a cruel regime. In the capital, ordinary Libyans explored the once forbidden compound that housed Gaddafi and his family.

  • Planet Carnivore: Why Cheap Meat Costs the Earth (and How to Pay the Bill) (






UNABRIDGED) by Alex Renton Narrated by Matthew Waterson

    Planet Carnivore: Why Cheap Meat Costs the Earth (and How to Pay the Bill)

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    • By Alex Renton
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    There are 59 billion animals alive at any one time, farmed for their meat. The world's domestic cattle weigh 16 times as much as all the wild animals on the planet put together. Sixty percent of the globe's agricultural land is used for beef production, from growing grain to raising cows.Since the early 20th century, industrial farming and global capitalism have worked hand-in-hand to provide meat at an ever-cheaper price. And our appetites, so tempted, have led us to consume more and more animals.

  • The Invisible Soldiers: How America Outsourced Our Security (






UNABRIDGED) by Ann Hagedorn Narrated by Laural Merlington

    The Invisible Soldiers: How America Outsourced Our Security

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    • By Ann Hagedorn
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
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    The urgent truth about the privatization of America's national security that exposes where this industry came from, how it operates, where it's heading-and why we should be concerned. Thirty years ago there were no private military and security companies (PMSCs); there were only mercenaries. Now the PMSCs are a bona-fide industry, an indispensable part of American foreign and military policy.

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  • The Myth of Hitler's Pope: Pope Pius XII and His Secret War against Nazi Germany (






UNABRIDGED) by David G. Dalin Narrated by Michael Floyd

    The Myth of Hitler's Pope: Pope Pius XII and His Secret War against Nazi Germany

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    • By David G. Dalin
    • Narrated By Michael Floyd
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    Rabbi Dalin explodes the resurrected, widely accepted, yet bankrupt smearing of Pope Pius XII, whom Jewish survivors of the Holocaust considered "a righteous gentile". With devastating scholarship and unblinking honesty, he sets the record straight in an audiobook that should shame haters of the pope, inspire conservative Christians, and sound a warning about the deep roots of Islamofascism.

  • 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.

  • Twilight of Abundance: Why Life in the 21st Century Will Be Nasty, Brutish, and Short (






UNABRIDGED) by David Archibald Narrated by A.T. Chandler

    Twilight of Abundance: Why Life in the 21st Century Will Be Nasty, Brutish, and Short

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By David Archibald
    • Narrated By A.T. Chandler
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    Baby boomers enjoyed the most benign period in human history: 50 years of relative peace, cheap energy, plentiful grain supply, and a warming climate due to the highest solar activity for 8,000 years. The party is over - prepare for the twilight of abundance.