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  • Marie Antoinette

  • By: Antonia Fraser
  • Narrated by: Eleanor Bron
  • Length: 20 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

Marie Antoinette's dramatic life-story continues to arouse mixed emotions. To many people, she is still 'la reine mechante', whose extravagance and frivolity helped to bring down the French monarchy; her indifference to popular suffering epitomised by the (apocryphal) words: 'let them eat cake'. Others are equally passionate in her defence: to them, she is a victim of misogyny.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spectacular.

  • By Binky on 17-12-14

Superb work by Ms Fraser

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Reviewed: 03-02-17

A balanced biography of profound historical value for those that can appreciate the gravitas of unlocking the veracity of tumultuous past events!

  • Plato, Socrates, and the Dialogues

  • By: Michael Sugrue, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Michael Sugrue
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

These 16 lectures bring the Socratic quest for truth alive and explore ideas that are as vital today as they were 25 centuries ago. Ideas about truth, justice, love, beauty, courage, and wisdom that can change lives and reveal the world in new ways. Here, you'll delve into the inner structure, action, and meaning of 17 of Plato's greatest dialogues, making these lectures an indispensable companion for anyone interested in philosophy in general or Platonic thought in particular.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great intro the Plato's Socratic style

  • By Street Rebels on 20-01-17

Great intro the Plato's Socratic style

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Reviewed: 20-01-17

Great lectures! Having read some of the Socratic dialogues, I am so glad I purchased this audio book. It brought a completely new perspective to the dialogues for me before I had made too many of my own incorrect assumptions. A must have for everyone interested in understanding their own inner journey.

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  • War and Peace, Volume 2

  • By: Leo Tolstoy
  • Narrated by: Neville Jason
  • Length: 31 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 312

War and Peace is one of the greatest monuments in world literature. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, it examines the relationship between the individual and the relentless march of history. Here are the universal themes of love and hate, ambition and despair, youth and age, expressed with a swirling vitality which makes the book as accessible today as it was when it was first published in 1869.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than I remembered

  • By Philip on 22-04-13

Over 30 hours of dramatic history!

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Reviewed: 20-01-17

I have always meant to read War & Peace. A real 'bucket list' entry! It took me years to finally purchase the paperbacks and I only managed to find time to wrestle with the first chapter weeks later. I then hunted for it on Audible! Sublime! Well spoken diction and French inflections, makes the book all the more satisfying. It took me 2months to make my way through over 30 hours of book one and again in book two but it was worth every minute. Sat in traffic has never been more appealing than listening to the plight of Moscow and its aristocratic inhabitants during this most turbulent period. A must read for anyone and everyone!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful