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    • Escape from Earth

    • A Secret History of the Space Rocket
    • By: Fraser MacDonald
    • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
    • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      3 out of 5 stars 2

    Escape from Earth is the untold story of the engineers, dreamers and rebels who started the American space programme. In particular, it is the story of Frank Malina, founder of what became Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the scientist who cracked the, as he called it, problem of escape from the Earth by rocket. It's a wild ride.

    Regular price: £18.99

    • Princes at War

    • The British Royal Family's Private Battle in the Second World War
    • By: Deborah Cadbury
    • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
    • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 108
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 93
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 95

    King George V predicted that his son, Edward VIII, would destroy himself within a year of succeeding to the throne. In December 1936 he was proved right, and the world’s press revealed the king was abandoning his throne to marry Wallis Simpson. A life spent in the shadow of his charismatic elder brother left the new king, George VI, magnificently unprepared for the demands of ruling the kingdom and empire. Drawing on personal accounts from the royal archives, Deborah Cadbury uncovers the very private conflict.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Real people with public lives

    • By Kl Love on 12-01-16

    Regular price: £39.29

    • 17 Carnations

    • The Windsors, The Nazis and The Cover-Up
    • By: Andrew Morton
    • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
    • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 50
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 44

    The story of the love affair between Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII, and his abdication in order to marry the divorcée, has provoked fascination and discussion for decades. However, the full story of the couple's links with the German aristocracy and Hitler has until now remained untold. Meticulously researched, 17 Carnations chronicles this entanglement, starting with Hitler's early attempts to matchmake between Edward and a German noblewoman.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • History narrated at its most professional.

    • By Amazon Customer on 10-04-16

    Regular price: £18.99

    • Gangster Warlords

    • By: Ioan Grillo
    • Narrated by: James Cameron Stewart
    • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 63

    In a ranch south of Texas, the man known as The Executioner dumps 500 body parts in metal barrels. In Brazil's biggest city, a mysterious prisoner orders hit men to gun down 41 police officers and prison guards in two days. In Southern Mexico a meth maker is venerated as a saint while enforcing Old Testament justice on his enemies. A new kind of criminal kingpin has arisen: part CEO, part terrorist, and part rock star, unleashing guerrilla attacks, strong-arming governments, and taking over much of the world's trade in narcotics, guns, and humans.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • the greatest insight you could have!

    • By Nick Anderson on 26-01-17

    Regular price: £18.99

    • 1946

    • Making the Post-War World
    • By: Victor Sebestyen
    • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
    • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
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      5 out of 5 stars 26
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 26

    With the end of the Second World War, a new world was born. The peace agreements that brought the conflict to an end implemented decisions that not only shaped the second half of the twentieth century but continue to affect our world today and impact its future. In 1946 the Cold War began, the state of Israel was conceived, the independence of India was all but confirmed, and Chinese Communists gained a decisive upper hand in their fight for power.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A period not often covered in detail

    • By Jonathan Entwisle on 07-09-17

    Regular price: £18.99

    • The Secret History

    • By: Procopius
    • Narrated by: James Cameron Stewart
    • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
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      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2

    The Secret History, written by the sixth-century Byzantine historian Procopius, is one of the most extraordinary and scandalous documents to have survived from the early Byzantine period. Procopius, the leading official historian of his time, lived during the testing and indulgent time of Emperor Justinian the Great and wrote the official records of the successful wars and the grand building projects of his ruler. These were words of aggrandisement. But covertly, Procopius kept a very different record....

    Regular price: £12.79

    • Charlemagne

    • By: Johannes Fried, Peter Lewis
    • Narrated by: James Cameron Stewart
    • Length: 30 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 12
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 12

    When the legendary Frankish king and emperor Charlemagne died in 814 he left behind a dominion and a legacy unlike anything seen in Western Europe since the fall of Rome. Johannes Fried paints a compelling portrait of a devout ruler, a violent time, and a unified kingdom that deepens our understanding of the man often called the father of Europe.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very good

    • By Mr. Charles Coyle on 15-02-19

    Regular price: £36.69

    • The Last Englishmen

    • Love, War and the End of the Empire
    • By: Deborah Baker
    • Narrated by: Cameron James Stewart
    • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
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    John Auden was a pioneering geologist of the Himalayas. Michael Spender was the first to survey the northern approach to the summit of Mount Everest. While their younger brothers - W. H. Auden and Stephen Spender - achieved literary fame, they vied for a place on an expedition that would finally conquer Everest, a quest that had become a metaphor for Britain’s efforts to maintain power over India. To this rivalry was added another: in the summer of 1938 both men fell in love with a painter named Nancy Sharp. Her choice would determine each man’s wartime loyalties. 

    Regular price: £18.99

    • The War that Never Was

    • The True Story of the Men who Fought Britain's Most Secret Battle
    • By: Duff Hart-Davis
    • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
    • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 30

    For the very first time, The War That Never Was tells the fascinating story of a secret war fought by British mercenaries in the Yemen in the early 1960s. In a covert operation organised over whisky and sodas in the clubs of Chelsea and Mayfair, a group of former SAS officers.

    Regular price: £18.49

    • The Kremlin Letters

    • Stalin’s Wartime Correspondence with Churchill and Roosevelt
    • By: David Reynolds - editor, Vladimir Pechatnov - editor
    • Narrated by: James Cameron Stewart
    • Length: 33 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Stalin exchanged more than 600 messages with Allied leaders Churchill and Roosevelt during the Second World War. In this riveting volume - the fruit of a unique British-Russian scholarly collaboration - the messages are published and also analyzed within their historical context. Ranging from intimate personal greetings to weighty salvos about diplomacy and strategy, this book offers fascinating new revelations of the political machinations and human stories behind the Allied triumvirate.

    Regular price: £28.89

    • The Dodger

    • The Extraordinary Story of Churchill's Cousin and the Great Escape
    • By: Tim Carroll
    • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
    • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 16

    The Dodger is the long-awaited story of Johnny Dodge, a wartime hero, the American-born cousin of Winston Churchill and a pivotal figure in the escapade immortalised in the legendary Hollywood film The Great Escape. Of all the Allied prisoners who broke out of Hermann Göring's 'escape proof' camp in the famous episode of March 1944, Johnny Dodge was the most intriguing. When the Second World War broke out, he volunteered for the Army but was quickly captured after the debacle of Dunkirk.

    • The Extraordinary Story of Churchill's Cousin and the Great Escape
    • By: Tim Carroll
    • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
    • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
    • Release date: 12-11-13
    • 3.5 out of 5 stars 18 ratings

    Regular price: £18.99

    • 1415: Henry V's Year of Glory

    • By: Ian Mortimer
    • Narrated by: James Cameron Stewart
    • Length: 25 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    In this ground-breaking audiobook, Ian Mortimer portrays Henry in the pivotal year of his reign. Recording the dramatic events of 1415, he offers the fullest, most precise and least romanticised view we have of Henry and what he did. At the centre of the narrative is the campaign which culminated in the battle of Agincourt: a slaughter ground intended not to advance England’s interests directly but to demonstrate God’s approval of Henry’s royal authority on both sides of the Channel. 

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Impressively scholarly but dull at times

    • By Kirstine on 02-04-19

    Regular price: £29.99

    • Shakespeare's Local: Six Centuries of History, One Pub

    • By: Pete Brown
    • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
    • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 22
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      4 out of 5 stars 21
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      4 out of 5 stars 21

    Welcome to the George Inn near London Bridge; a cosy, wood-panelled, galleried coaching house a few minutes' walk from the Thames. Consider this: who else has made this their local over the last 600 years? Chaucer and his fellow pilgrims almost certainly drank in the George on their way to Canterbury. Shakespeare may have popped in from the nearby Globe, and we know that Dickens definitely did. Mail carriers changed their horses here, while sailors drank here before sailing.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • fascinating

    • By Julieb on 12-07-19

    Regular price: £19.69

    • The Poppy

    • A History of Conflict, Loss, Remembrance, and Redemption
    • By: Nicholas J. Saunders
    • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
    • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1

    In the aftermath of the horrific trench warfare of the First World War, the poppy - sprouting across the killing fields of France and Belgium, then immortalized in John McCrae’s moving poem - became a worldwide icon. Yet the poppy has a longer history: as the telltale sign of human cultivation of the land, of the ravages of war, and of the desire to escape the earthly realm through Romantic opium dreams or the grim reality of morphine drips.

    Regular price: £14.99

    • The Fears of Henry IV

    • The Life of England's Self-Made King
    • By: Ian Mortimer
    • Narrated by: James Cameron Stewart
    • Length: 22 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
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      4 out of 5 stars 11
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    King Henry IV survived at least eight plots to dethrone or kill him in the first six years of his reign. However, he had not always been so unpopular. In his youth he had been a great chivalric champion and crusader. In 1399, at the age of 32, he was greeted as the saviour of the realm when he ousted from power the tyrannical King Richard II. But Henry had to contend with men who supported him only as long as they could control him; when they failed, they plotted to kill him. Adversaries also tried to take advantage of his questionable right to the crown. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I learned a lot about two Reigns

    • By Kirstine on 27-03-19

    Regular price: £29.99

    • Nemesis

    • The Battle for Japan, 1944-45
    • By: Max Hastings
    • Narrated by: Stewart Cameron
    • Length: 29 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 247
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 223
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 225

    With an introduction read by Max Hastings. A companion volume to his best-selling ‘Armageddon’, Max Hastings’ account of the battle for Japan is a masterful military history. Featuring the most remarkable cast of commanders the world has ever seen, the dramatic battle for Japan of 1944-45 was acted out across the vast stage of Asia: Imphal and Kohima, Leyte Gulf and Iwo Jima, Okinawa and the Soviet assault on Manchuria.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant as usual

    • By Jim on 02-11-14

    Regular price: £29.99

    • A Brief History of Fighting Ships

    • Brief Histories
    • By: David Davies
    • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
    • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    This introduction to the years of the Napoleonic Wars (1793 to 1815) tells the story of one of the keys to that great conflict, the ship of the line - the deadly battleships that played such a vital role in the battles. The author describes the ships' construction and armaments, the daily life of the men who served, and the problems faced by commanders of the time in battles that include the Glorious First of June, the Battle of the Nile and Trafalgar.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Birds eye view of a man of war

    • By Alan on 05-04-16

    Regular price: £14.99

    • A Brief History of the Greek Myths

    • Brief Histories
    • By: Stephen P. Kershaw
    • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
    • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 35
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 37

    A Brief Guide to the Greek Myths leads the listener through the vibrant stories of ancient Greece, from the origins of the gods through to the homecomings of the Trojan heroes. All the familiar narratives are here, along with some less familiar characters and motifs. In addition to the tales, the audiobook explains key issues arising from the narratives and discusses the myths and their wider relevance.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Doesn't work as an audio book

    • By M. WILLIAMS on 03-08-13

    Regular price: £18.99

    • The Co-Op's Got Bananas

    • A Memoir of Growing Up in the Post-War North
    • By: Hunter Davies
    • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
    • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    Despite the struggle to make ends meet during the tough years of warfare in the 1940s and rationing persisting until the early 1950s, life could still be sweet. Especially if you were a young boy, playing football with your pals, saving up to go to the movies at the weekend, and being captivated by the latest escapade of Dick Barton on the radio. Chocolate might be scarce, and bananas would be a pipe dream, but you could still have fun.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • evocative

    • By Peter on 30-06-18

    Regular price: £14.99

    • Russia

    • The Story of War
    • By: Gregory Carleton
    • Narrated by: James Cameron Stewart
    • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    No nation is a stranger to war, but for Russians war is a central part of who they are. Their "motherland" has been the battlefield where some of the largest armies have clashed, the most savage battles have been fought, the highest death tolls paid. Having prevailed over Mongol hordes and vanquished Napoleon and Hitler, many Russians believe no other nation has sacrificed so much for the world.

    Regular price: £22.89

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