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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"
  • The Silk Roads: A New History of the World | Peter Frankopan

    The Silk Roads: A New History of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Peter Frankopan
    • Narrated By Laurence Kennedy
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    The sun is setting on the Western world. Slowly but surely, the direction in which the world spins has reversed: where for the last five centuries the globe turned westward on its axis, it now turns to the east.... For centuries, fame and fortune were to be found in the West - in the New World of the Americas. Today it is the East that calls out to those in search of adventure and riches. The region stretching from Eastern Europe and sweeping right across Central Asia, deep into China and India, is taking center stage.

    Wras says: "Time, the creation of gods, the needs of commerce"
  • The Witch: A History of Fear, from Ancient Times to the Present | Ronald Hutton

    The Witch: A History of Fear, from Ancient Times to the Present

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ronald Hutton
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
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    Why have societies all across the world feared witchcraft? This book delves deeply into its context, beliefs, and origins in Europe's history. The witch came to prominence - and often a painful death - in early modern Europe, yet her origins are much more geographically diverse and historically deep. In this landmark book, Ronald Hutton traces witchcraft from the ancient world to the early modern state.

  • Mythos

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Stephen Fry
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry
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    The Greek myths are amongst the greatest stories ever told, passed down through millennia and inspiring writers and artists as varied as Shakespeare, Michelangelo, James Joyce and Walt Disney. They are embedded deeply in the traditions, tales and cultural DNA of the West. You'll fall in love with Zeus, marvel at the birth of Athena, wince at Cronus and Gaia's revenge on Ouranos, weep with King Midas and hunt with the beautiful and ferocious Artemis.

  • A History of the World | Andrew Marr

    A History of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Andrew Marr
    • Narrated By Andrew Marr, David Timson
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    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 says: "Awsome, educational and epic work"
  • Soldier Spy | Tom Marcus

    Soldier Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Tom Marcus
    • Narrated By Jason Langley
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    In the boot were six homemade pipe bombs, all linked to detonate at the same time from a single call on a brand-new pay-as-you-go phone found on the target. Special Branch also found Chinese Type 56 assault rifles with eight full magazines of ammunition. His target was a local school. He planned to attack two coaches of teenagers returning home after a school trip to France. Approximately 60 children, their accompanying teachers and their waiting parents. He was going to kill them all.

    Gareth says: "Fantastic account, fantastically narrated. "
  • 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"
  • Black Diamonds: The Rise and Fall of an English Dynasty | Catherine Bailey

    Black Diamonds: The Rise and Fall of an English Dynasty

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Catherine Bailey
    • Narrated By Gareth Armstrong
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    Wentworth is today a crumbling and forgotten palace in Yorkshire. Yet just 100 years ago it was the ancestral pile of the Fitzwilliams' - an aristocratic clan whose home and life were fuelled by coal mining. This is the story of their spectacular decline: of inheritance fights; rumours of a changeling and of lunacy; philandering earls; illicit love; war heroism: a tragic connection to the Kennedys'; violent deaths: mining poverty and squalor; and a class war that literally ripped apart the local landscape.

    Colin says: "Brilliant!"
  • Operation Mincemeat: The True Spy Story that Changed the Course of World War II | Ben Macintyre

    Operation Mincemeat: The True Spy Story that Changed the Course of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Ben Macintyre
    • Narrated By John Lee
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    From the best-selling author of Agent Zigzag, the thrilling true story of the greatest and most successful wartime deception ever attempted. One April morning in 1943, a sardine fisherman spotted the corpse of a British solder floating in the sea off the coast of Spain and set in train a course of events that would change the course of the Second World War.

    Robyn says: "Fascinating"
  • The Vietnam War: An Intimate History | Geoffrey C. Ward,Ken Burns

    The Vietnam War: An Intimate History

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Geoffrey C. Ward, Ken Burns
    • Narrated By Ken Burns, Fred Sanders
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    More than 40 years after it ended, the Vietnam War continues to haunt our country. We still argue over why we were there, whether we could have won, and who was right and wrong in their response to the conflict. When the war divided the country, it created deep political fault lines that continue to divide us today. Now, continuing in the tradition of their critically acclaimed collaborations, the authors draw on dozens and dozens of interviews in America and Vietnam to give us the perspectives of people involved at all levels of the war.

  • Stalingrad | Antony Beevor

    Stalingrad

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Antony Beevor
    • Narrated By Peter Noble
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    The battle for Stalingrad became the focus of Hitler and Stalin's determination to win the gruesome, vicious war on the eastern front. The citizens of Stalingrad endured unimaginable hardship; the battle, with fierce hand-to-hand fighting in each room of each building, was brutally destructive to both armies. But the eventual victory of the Red Army, and the failure of Hitler's Operation Barbarossa, was the first defeat of Hitler's territorial ambitions in Europe and the start of his decline.

    phphoto says: "Stalingrad"
  • The Time Traveller's Guide to Restoration Britain | Ian Mortimer

    The Time Traveller's Guide to Restoration Britain

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Ian Mortimer
    • Narrated By Greg Wagland
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    If you could travel back in time, the period from 1660 to 1700 would make one of the most exciting destinations in history. It's the age of Samuel Pepys and the Great Fire of London, bawdy comedy and the libertine court of Charles II, Christopher Wren in architecture, Henry Purcell in music and Isaac Newton in science. In The Time Traveller's Guide to Restoration Britain, Ian Mortimer answers the crucial questions that a prospective traveller to 17th-century Britain would ask.

    Bill says: "A Tour De Force of the Seventeenth Century!"
  • 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"
  • Berlin: The Downfall: 1945 | Antony Beevor

    Berlin: The Downfall: 1945

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Antony Beevor
    • Narrated By Peter Noble
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    The Red Army had much to avenge when it finally reached the frontiers of the Reich in January 1945. Political instructors rammed home the message of Wehrmacht and SS brutality. The result was the most terrifying example of fire and sword ever known, with tanks crushing refugee columns under their tracks, mass rape, pillage and destruction. Over seven million fled westwards from the terror of the Red Army. Antony Beevor reconstructs the experiences of those millions caught up in the nightmare of the Third Reich's final collapse.

    C. Hamilton-welsh says: "very very good."
  • The War in the West: A New History: Volume 2: The Allies Fight Back 1941-43 | James Holland

    The War in the West: A New History: Volume 2: The Allies Fight Back 1941-43

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By James Holland
    • Narrated By Leighton Pugh
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    In the second volume of his acclaimed new history of the Second World War, James Holland examines the momentous turning points of 1941-1943: Hitler's invasion of Russia, America's entry into the conflict, the devastating Thousand Bomber Raids over Germany, the long struggle in the deserts of North Africa and the defeat of the U-boats in the crucial Battle of the Atlantic. As in his first volume, Germany Ascendant, he interweaves his account of the well-known events of the period with the personal stories of individuals caught up in them - on all sides.

    says: "Outstanding."
  • Dunkirk: Fight to the Last Man | Hugh Sebag-Montefiore

    Dunkirk: Fight to the Last Man

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Hugh Sebag-Montefiore
    • Narrated By Roy McMillan
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    Hugh Sebag-Montefiore's Dunkirk: Fight to the Last Man tells the story of the rescue in May 1940 of British soldiers fleeing capture and defeat by the Nazis at Dunkirk. Dunkirk was not just about what happened at sea and on the beaches. The evacuation would never have succeeded had it not been for the tenacity of the British soldiers who stayed behind to ensure they got away. Men like Sergeant Major Gus Jennings, who died smothering a German stick bomb in the church at Esquelbecq in an effort to save his comrades.

    Kevin Wood says: "Gripping and fascinating"
  • The Second World War | Antony Beevor

    The Second World War

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Antony Beevor
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
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    A magisterial, single volume history of the greatest conflict the world has ever known, by our foremost military historian. The Second World War began in August 1939 on the edge of Manchuria and ended there exactly six years later with the Soviet invasion of northern China. The war in Europe appeared completely divorced from the war in the Pacific and China, and yet events on opposite sides of the world had profound effects.

    David says: "Concise, Interesting and Entertaining"
  • Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fate of Human Societies | Jared Diamond

    Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fate of Human Societies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jared Diamond
    • Narrated By Doug Ordunio
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    Having done field work in New Guinea for more than 30 years, Jared Diamond presents the geographical and ecological factors that have shaped the modern world. From the viewpoint of an evolutionary biologist, he highlights the broadest movements both literal and conceptual on every continent since the Ice Age, and examines societal advances such as writing, religion, government, and technology.

    Jim says: "The definitive Audible purchase"
  • 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 American West: History, Myth, and Legacy |  The Great Courses

    The American West: History, Myth, and Legacy

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Patrick N. Allitt PhD
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    Our understanding of the American West has moved far beyond pop culture in recent years. The legendary people and events we associate with the Wild West - the last stand at the Alamo, the Battle of Little Bighorn, the exploits of Calamity Jane, the hardships of the Oregon Trail - are even more fascinating once the historical realities have been separated from the myths.

    E. berns says: "unexpectedly fascinating"
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