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  • A Short History of Nearly Everything | Bill Bryson

    A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    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"
  • SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome | Mary Beard

    SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mary Beard
    • Narrated By Phyllida Nash
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    Ancient Rome matters. Its history of empire, conquest, cruelty and excess is something against which we still judge ourselves. Its myths and stories - from Romulus and Remus to the rape of Lucretia - still strike a chord with us. And its debates about citizenship, security and the rights of the individual still influence our own debates on civil liberty today. SPQR is a new look at Roman history from one of the world's foremost classicists.

    Mr. D says: "Interesting and erudite"
  • The Art of War | Sun Tzu

    The Art of War

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 7 mins)
    • By Sun Tzu
    • Narrated By Aidan Gillen
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    The 13 chapters of The Art of War, each devoted to one aspect of warfare, were compiled by the high-ranking Chinese military general, strategist, and philosopher Sun-Tzu. In spite of its battlefield specificity, The Art of War has found new life in the modern age with leaders in fields as wide and far-reaching as world politics, human psychology, and corporate strategy finding valuable insight in its timeworn words.

    Amazon Customer says: "Timeless Reading at its best"
  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life | Bill Bryson

    At Home: A Short History of Private Life

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
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    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 English and Their History | Robert Tombs

    The English and Their History

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Tombs
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
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    In The English and their History, the first full-length account to appear in one volume for many decades, Robert Tombs gives us the history of the English people and of how the stories they have told about themselves have shaped them, from the prehistoric 'dreamtime' through to the present day.

    D. D. Paxton says: "This is a masterpiece."
  • Fingerprints of the Gods: The Quest Continues | Graham Hancock

    Fingerprints of the Gods: The Quest Continues

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Graham Hancock
    • Narrated By Graham Hancock
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    Fingerprints of the Gods is the revolutionary rewrite of history that has persuaded millions of listeners throughout the world to change their preconceptions about the history behind modern society. An intellectual detective story, this unique history audiobook directs probing questions at orthodox history, presenting disturbing new evidence that historians have tried - but failed - to explain.

    Amazon Customer says: "'Is it unreasonable to assume?!'"
  • Overlord: D-Day and the Battle for Normandy 1944 | Max Hastings

    Overlord: D-Day and the Battle for Normandy 1944

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Max Hastings
    • Narrated By Barnaby Edwards
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    The famous D-Day landings of 6 June, 1944, marked the beginning of Operation Overlord, the battle for the liberation of Europe. Republished as part of the Pan Military Classics series, Max Hastings' acclaimed account overturns many traditional legends in this memorable study. Drawing together the eyewitness accounts of survivors from both sides, plus a wealth of previously untapped sources and documents, Overlord provides a brilliant, controversial perspective on the devastating battle.

    Ronan says: "Excellent unbiased account of Overlord"
  • Belonging: The Story of the Jews: When Words Fail (1492 - 1900)

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    • By Simon Schama
    • Narrated By To Be Announced
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    Belonging is a magnificent cultural history abundantly alive with energy, character and colour. It spans centuries and continents; from the Jews' expulsion from Spain in 1492, it navigates miracles and massacres, wandering, discrimination, harmony and tolerance, to the brink of the 20th century and, it seems, a point of profound hope. It tells the stories not just of rabbis and philosophers but of a poetess in the ghetto of Venice; a boxer in Georgian England; a general in Ming China; and an opera composer in 19th-century Germany.

  • A History of Britain in 21 Women | Jenni Murray

    A History of Britain in 21 Women

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jenni Murray
    • Narrated By Jenni Murray
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    Britain has been defined by its conflicts, its conquests, its men and its monarchs. To say that it's high time it was defined by its women is a severe understatement. Jenni Murray draws together the lives of 21 women to shed light upon a variety of social, political, religious and cultural aspects of British history. In lively prose Murray reinvigorates the stories behind the names we all know and reveals the fascinating tales behind those less familiar.

    Mrs C.J D'Elia says: "Very enjoyable and interesting"
  • A Little History of Religion | Richard Holloway

    A Little History of Religion

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Richard Holloway
    • Narrated By James Bryce
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    In an era of hardening religious attitudes and explosive religious violence, this book offers a welcome antidote. Richard Holloway retells the entire history of religion - from the dawn of religious belief to the 21st century - with deepest respect and a keen commitment to accuracy. Writing for those with faith and those without, and especially for young listeners, he encourages curiosity and tolerance, accentuates nuance and mystery and calmly restores a sense of the value of faith.

    Mr. Paul M. Quirk says: "Fascinating book"
  • A History of Britain: Volume 1 | Simon Schama

    A History of Britain: Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Simon Schama
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
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    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.

    Roderic says: "Well written but hard to manage as an audiobook"
  • Hitler: A Biography | Ian Kershaw

    Hitler: A Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ian Kershaw
    • Narrated By Damian Lynch
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    Hailed as the most compelling biography of the German dictator yet written, Ian Kershaw's Hitler brings us closer than ever before to the heart of its subject's immense darkness. From his illegitimate birth in a small Austrian village to his fiery death in a bunker under the Reich chancellery in Berlin, Adolf Hitler left a murky trail, strewn with contradictory tales and overgrown with self-created myths. One truth prevails: the sheer scale of the evils that he unleashed on the world has made him a demonic figure without equal in the 20th century.

    Amazon Customer says: "A licked Hitler"
  • 1666: Plague, War and Hellfire | Rebecca Rideal

    1666: Plague, War and Hellfire

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rebecca Rideal
    • Narrated By Billie Fulford-Brown
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    1666 was a watershed year for England. The outbreak of the Great Plague, the eruption of the second Dutch War and the Great Fire of London all struck the country in rapid succession and with devastating repercussions. Shedding light on these dramatic events, historian Rebecca Rideal reveals an unprecedented period of terror and triumph. Based on original archival research and drawing on little-known sources, 1666 takes listeners on a thrilling journey through a crucial turning point in history.

  • D DAY Through German Eyes: The Hidden Story of June 6th 1944 | Holger Eckhertz

    D DAY Through German Eyes: The Hidden Story of June 6th 1944

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Holger Eckhertz
    • Narrated By P. J. Ochlan
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    Almost all accounts of D-Day are told from the Allied perspective, with the emphasis on how German resistance was overcome on June 6, 1944. But what was it like to be a German soldier in the bunkers and gun emplacements of the Normandy coast, facing the onslaught of the mightiest seaborne invasion in history? What motivated the German defenders, what were their thought processes - and how did they fight from one strong point to another, among the dunes and fields, on that first cataclysmic day?

    Adam Turner says: "Detailed and frightening!"
  • Napoleon the Great | Andrew Roberts

    Napoleon the Great

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Andrew Roberts
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
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    Napoleon Bonaparte lived one of the most extraordinary of all human lives. In the space of just 20 years, from October 1795, when as a young artillery captain he cleared the streets of Paris of insurrectionists, to his final defeat at the (horribly mismanaged) battle of Waterloo in June 1815, Napoleon transformed France and Europe. After seizing power in a coup d'├ętat, he ended the corruption and incompetence into which the revolution had descended.

    Simon says: "A brilliant history"
  • October: The Story of the Russian Revolution | China Mieville

    October: The Story of the Russian Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By China Mieville
    • Narrated By John Banks
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    The renowned fantasy and science fiction writer China Mieville has long been inspired by the ideals of the Russian Revolution, and here, on the centenary of the revolution, he provides his own distinctive take on its history. In February 1917, in the midst of bloody war, Russia was still an autocratic monarchy: nine months later it became the first socialist state in world history. How did this unimaginable transformation take place? How was a ravaged and backward country, swept up in a desperately unpopular war, rocked by not one but two revolutions?

  • The Korean War | Max Hastings

    The Korean War

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Max Hastings
    • Narrated By Cameron Stewart
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    On 25 June, 1950, the invasion of South Korea by the Communist North launched one of the bloodiest conflicts of the last century. The seemingly limitless power of the Chinese-backed North was thrown against the ferocious firepower of the UN-backed South in a war that can be seen today as the stark prelude to Vietnam.

    Mark P says: "A missing piece of history"
  • Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam | Mark Bowden

    Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Mark Bowden
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
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    By January 1968, despite an influx of half a million American troops, the fighting in Vietnam seemed to be at a stalemate. Yet General William Westmoreland, commander of American forces, announced a new phase of the war in which "the end begins to come into view". The North Vietnamese had different ideas. In mid-1967, the leadership in Hanoi had started planning an offensive intended to win the war in a single stroke.

    Mr C T Walsh says: "Very insightful book"
  • A History of Britain: Volume 2 | Simon Schama

    A History of Britain: Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Simon Schama
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
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    The British wars began on the morning of 23 July 1637, heralding 200 years of battles. Most were driven by religious or political conviction, as Republicans and Royalists, Catholics and Protestants, Tories and Whigs, and colonialists and natives vied for supremacy. Of the battles not fought on home territory, many took place across Europe, America, India, and also at sea. Schama's examination of this turbulent period reveals how the British people eventually united in imperial enterprise, forming 'Britannia Incorporated'.

    Roderic says: "Excellent, engaging but lots to remember"
  • Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders | Vincent Bugliosi,Curt Gentry

    Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
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    Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the 20th century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Now available for the first time in unabridged audio, the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime is brought to life by acclaimed narrator Scott Brick.

    Eugene says: "Evil: Step by Step"
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