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  • The Silk Roads

  • A New History of the World
  • By: Peter Frankopan
  • Narrated by: Laurence Kennedy
  • Length: 24 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,521
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,288
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,271

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • History that is as entertaining as it is educating

  • By Natalia on 03-12-15

fascinating <br />

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Reviewed: 15-01-19

A very enlightening book, very well read . It is fascinating to see how the world changes ...... or doesn't!!!

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  • In Order to Live

  • A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom
  • By: Yeonmi Park
  • Narrated by: Eji Kim
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 237

Yeonmi Park was not dreaming of freedom when she escaped from North Korea. She didn't even know what it meant to be free. All she knew was that she was running for her life, that if she and her family stayed behind they would die - from starvation or disease or even execution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Eleanor on 29-10-15

Breath Taking

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Reviewed: 15-11-18

What an incredible story of suffering and triumph and bravery, in such an oppressive regime, well read.

  • Alone

  • Orphaned on the Ocean
  • By: Richard Logan, Tere Dupperault Fassbender
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller, Jo Anna Perrin
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

A tanker steaming through the deep Northwest Providence Channel of the Bahamas comes across a shocking sight: a lone dinghy carrying Captain Julian Harvey and the body of a young girl. They are all that remain of the ketch Bluebelle, a handsome sixty-foot sailing yacht chartered by the Duperrault family of Green Bay, Wisconsin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Alone

  • By Sharon on 24-04-17

Wow!!!

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Reviewed: 01-11-18

What a story, utterly shocking what she went through and not just for the 4 days alone on the raft but for all the years later. well written, well narrated.

  • David Attenborough - Life on Air: Memoirs of a Broadcaster

  • By: David Attenborough
  • Narrated by: David Attenborough
  • Length: 19 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,165
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,628
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,628

His career as a naturalist and broadcaster has spanned nearly five decades and there are very few places on the globe that he has not visited. In this volume of memoirs David tells stories of the people and animals he has met and the places that he has visited. Over the last 25 years he has established himself as the world's leading Natural History programme maker with several landmark BBC series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unforgettable David

  • By Mark on 20-11-10

its a must buy

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Reviewed: 25-10-18

what a fascinating book, he is one of my hero's in life, I n3ver miss a program and the book is no different.

  • The Road to Little Dribbling

  • More Notes From a Small Island
  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Nathan Osgood
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,545
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,426
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,427

Twenty years ago Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to celebrate the green and kindly island that had become his adopted country. The hilarious book that resulted, Notes from a Small Island, was taken to the nation’s heart and became the best-selling travel book ever and was voted in a BBC poll the book that best represents Britain. Now, to mark the 20th anniversary of that modern classic, Bryson makes a brand-new journey around Britain to see what has changed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • funny, perceptive and grumpy

  • By Barbara on 11-10-15

Fantastic!!!

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Reviewed: 18-09-18

nothing better, so so funny, ever word is true about us and this island.
Thank you Mr Bryson

  • Billy Connolly's Route 66

  • The Big Yin on the Ultimate American Road Trip
  • By: Billy Connolly
  • Narrated by: James McPherson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

Billy Connolly, music-lover, biker, and scourge of the beige and bland the world over, has dreamed about taking a trip on the legendary Route 66 since he first heard Chuck Berry belting out one of the greatest rock 'n' roll records of all time. And now he's finally had the chance to do it, heading out on his custom-made trike in search of the real America that can still be found beyond the nation's freeways.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The book will be better...........................

  • By Colin on 25-10-11

great book

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Reviewed: 04-09-18

I loved this book, the only criticism is Billy didn't read it, I must not have seen who narrated it when I brought it. At least James is a Scot ....and does a passable impression of an American!!

  • The Greatest Knight

  • By: Elizabeth Chadwick
  • Narrated by: Christopher Scott
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201

From humble beginnings and a narrow escape from death in childhood, William Marshall steadily rises through the ranks to become tutor in arms to the son of King Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Based on fact, this is the story of William Marshal, the greatest knight of the Middle Ages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By JW on 04-08-11

Can't wait for the next book

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Reviewed: 23-08-18

I love this time in English History, so I loved this book, very well read, you got into the characters and in equal measures liked them, loved them or loathed them
10 out of 10

  • Three Men In A Boat

  • By: Jerome K Jerome
  • Narrated by: Hugh Laurie
  • Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Martyrs to hypochondria and general seediness, J. and his friends George and Harris decide that a jaunt up the Thames would suit them to a ‘T’. But when they set off, they can hardly predict the troubles that lie ahead with tow-ropes, unreliable weather-forecasts and tins of pineapple chunks – not to mention the devastation left in the wake of J.’s small fox-terrier Montmorency.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A trip along the Thames with Hugh Laurie

  • By Brooksies on 29-09-14

wonderful

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Reviewed: 14-08-18

I have listened to this book it must be 20 times, Hugh Laurie is amazing, without doubt the best version

  • Sapiens

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12,596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,076
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,992

Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us sapiens? In this bold and provocative audiobook, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here, and where we're going.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking but overconfident

  • By Jan W. H. Schnupp on 24-09-15

Wow !!!

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Reviewed: 09-08-18

Very thought provoking book...... about thoughts I had not thought about!!! Off to buy the new book.

  • Mythos

  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,362
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,564
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,523

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stephen Fry does it again

  • By L. Turner on 14-11-17

Stunning, funny and educational !!!

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Reviewed: 27-07-18

I loved this book , I have loads of Stephens books ...every One is great.