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  • Rousseau and Revolution

  • The Story of Civilization, Book 10
  • By: Will Durant, Ariel Durant
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 57 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11
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    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Rousseau and Revolution, the 10th volume of the Story of Civilization, ranges over a Europe in ferment, but centers on the passionate rebel-philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, the great exponent of the romantic impulse toward self-exploration and social revolt, who contended with the great rationalist Voltaire for the mind of Europe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By D. Kelly on 04-11-16

Amazing

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-11-16

Epically epic majestic sweep of pure history- ness. Great narrator too. Thanks. I recommend this

  • Stamboul Train

  • By: Graham Greene
  • Narrated by: Michael Maloney
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 96

Aboard the Orient Express as it heads across Europe towards Constantinople, a relationship develops between Carleton Myatt and Coral Musker, a naive English chorus girl. Around them a web of espionage, murder and lies twist in this spy thriller.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Greene/Maloney - Audiobook Heaven!

  • By GC on 24-03-09

Great thriller

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 24-04-16

Exciting thriller in the Eric Ambler mode with some Catholic guilt thrown in
Well read by the narrator as well

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hitler

  • A Biography
  • By: Ian Kershaw
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 44 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 996
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 904
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 898

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing

  • By Buzzzb on 15-09-16

Outstanding biography of a purely evil regime

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Reviewed: 20-12-15

In depth, Informative and compelling
This biography of Hitler and the third Reich surpasses anything else written previously about this man and this moment in history. The sheer barbarity of the regime is compelling and that a country as civilised and cultured as Germany could be enthralled by theses gangsters for more than a decade makes one fear that it could happen anywhere and again
A highly recommended read for anyone interested in history and the fragility of political life!

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • I Capture the Castle

  • By: Dodie Smith
  • Narrated by: Jenny Agutter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 501

"I write this sitting at the kitchen sink" is the first line of a novel about love, sibling rivalry, and a bohemian existence in a crumbling castle in the middle of nowhere. Cassandra Mortmin's journal records her fadingly glamorous stepmother, her beautiful, wistful older sister, and the man to whom they owe both their isolation and poverty: Father. The author of one experimental novel, and a minor cause celebre, he has since suffered from writer's block and is determined to drag his family down with him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • funny and well written

  • By Patricia on 22-05-06

Early 20th century drama at its best!

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Reviewed: 27-10-15

A mixture of existentialism and philosophy set against a background of the game in which the romance of second best!

  • To Hell and Back

  • Europe, 1914-1949
  • By: Ian Kershaw
  • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
  • Length: 24 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226

In the summer of 1914 most of Europe plunged into a war so catastrophic that it unhinged the continent's politics and beliefs in a way that took generations to recover from. The disaster terrified its survivors, shocked that a civilization that had blandly assumed itself to be a model for the rest of the world had collapsed into a chaotic savagery beyond any comparison.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By sarah on 03-04-16

Outstanding

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Reviewed: 17-10-15

A strong and compelling narrative marking the start and finish to the two world wars of the 20th century. It is hard to belief that a great civilisation like Europe would in the space of 20 years embark on two of the the most destructive events in the first half of a century. Told with precision, facts and an erudite compilation - to hell and back is easily one of the best books I have listened to on audible to date!
Can't wait for volume 2

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Napoleon the Great

  • By: Andrew Roberts
  • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
  • Length: 37 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 656
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609

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'état, he ended the corruption and incompetence into which the revolution had descended.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A brilliant history

  • By Simon on 20-08-15

Great biography of a fascinating life

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Reviewed: 11-07-15

Andrew Robert's biography of Napoleon is a great listen and give a balanced view of someone the Anglo Saxon work usually denigrates

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Europe and Western Civilization in the Modern Age

  • By: Thomas Childers, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Thomas Childers
  • Length: 23 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 22

Only three lifetimes ago, Europe was a farming society ruled by families of monarchs. But with two seismic tremors - capitalism and democracy - Europe's economic and royal foundations were shattered forever and modern European history began.In this series of 48 fascinating lectures, Professor Childers makes the history of Europe from the 1750s to the present - events both horrible and magnificent - as immediate as today's headlines, employing the historian's craft and a storyteller's skill to find the causes of what otherwise could seem to be the march of folly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The time flew by, listening to these lectures

  • By D. Kelly on 04-07-15

The time flew by, listening to these lectures

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Reviewed: 04-07-15

I'm a big fan of the Teaching Company and this set of lectures does not disappoint. Recommended

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Late Middle Ages

  • By: Philip Daileader, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Philip Daileader
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

The Late Middle Ages-the two centuries from c. 1300 to c. 1500 - might seem like a distant era, but students of history are still trying to reach a consensus about how it should be interpreted. Was it an era of calamity or rebirth? Was it still clearly medieval or the period in which humanity took its first decisive steps into modernity? These 24 provocative lectures introduce you to the age's major events, personalities, and developments, and arms you with the essentials you need to form your own ideas about this age of extremes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Daileader Nails It Again

  • By John on 14-09-18

Very interesting

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Reviewed: 31-05-15

Highly recommended - I really enjoyed these lectures which illuminate a period of time not immediately attractive to our present day

  • A History of Britain, Volume 1

  • At the Edge of the World, 3000 BC - AD 1603
  • By: Simon Schama
  • Narrated by: Timothy West
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very informative

  • By Andrew on 20-07-15

Exceptional, greatly read by Timothy West

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Reviewed: 02-05-15

Having read a lot about that period over the years, it was a great welcome addition. Schama's take on the period cleverly weaves a fine tapestry of the evolution of Britain's history in such a succinct story like manner much like a Trollope novel especially as read by Timothy West

2 of 2 people found this review helpful