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  • Mythos | Stephen Fry

    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.

    Lily says: "I need more!"
  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage | Alfred Lansing

    Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
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    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

    c says: "How Did They Endure This -and Survive?"
  • 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"
  • A Brief History of Britain 1066-1485: Brief Histories | Nicholas Vincent

    A Brief History of Britain 1066-1485: Brief Histories

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Nicholas Vincent
    • Narrated By Roger Davis
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    From the Norman Conquest to the Battle of Bosworth Field - how Britain was invaded and became a nation. The first volume in the stunning four-volume Brief History of Britain series. From the Battle of Hastings to the Battle of Bosworth Field, Nicholas Vincent tells the story of how Britain was born. When William, Duke of Normandy, killed King Harold and seized the throne of England, England’s language, culture, politics, and law were transformed.

    Marcus says: "Best introduction to medieval history"
  • Monarchy | David Starkey

    Monarchy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By David Starkey
    • Narrated By David Starkey
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    The crown of England is the oldest surviving political institution in Europe. Throughout this audiobook Dr David Starkey emphasises the Crown's endless capacity to adapt to circumstances and reshape national policy, whilst he unmasks the personalities and achievements, the defeats and victories, which lie behind the kings and queens of British history. Each of these monarchs has contributed to the religion, geography, laws, language, and government which we live with today.

    Mair says: "I loved it."
  • Great Britain's Great War: A Sympathetic History of Our Gravest Folly | Jeremy Paxman

    Great Britain's Great War: A Sympathetic History of Our Gravest Folly

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jeremy Paxman
    • Narrated By Jeremy Paxman, Roy McMillan
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    Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Jeremy Paxman's Great Britain's Great War. Read by the actor Roy McMillan, this magnificent history of the First World War tells the story of the war in one gripping narrative from the point of view of the British people. We may think we know about it, but what was life really like for the British people during the First World War?

    Bromide Badger says: "Highly accessible social history of the Great War"
  • How to Be a Tudor: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Everyday Life | Ruth Goodman

    How to Be a Tudor: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Everyday Life

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Ruth Goodman
    • Narrated By Patience Tomlinson
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    The Tudor era encompasses some of the greatest changes in our history. But while we know about the historical dramas of the times, what was life really like for a commoner? To answer this question, the renowned 'method historian' Ruth Goodman has slept, washed and cooked as the Tudors did. She is your expert guide to this fascinating era, drawing on years of practical historical study to show how our ancestors coped with everyday life, from how they slept to how they courted.

    John says: "Very good overall"
  • SAS Ghost Patrol: The Ultra-Secret Unit That Posed as Nazi Stormtroopers | Damien Lewis

    SAS Ghost Patrol: The Ultra-Secret Unit That Posed as Nazi Stormtroopers

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Damien Lewis
    • Narrated By Leighton Pugh
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    SAS Ghost Patrol is the explosive true story of the day in 1942 when the SAS donned Nazi uniforms to perpetrate the most audacious and daring mission of the war. Beyond top secret, deniable in the extreme (and of course enjoying Churchill's enthusiastic blessing), this is one of the most remarkable stories of wartime lawlessness, eccentricity and raw courage in the face of impossible odds - a thoroughly British undertaking.

    Mr. Alan R. Jenkins says: "Epic Story of Desert War Operations"
  • 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"
  • The Templars

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Dan Jones
    • Narrated By Dan Jones
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    The Knights Templar were the wealthiest, most powerful - and most secretive - of the military orders that flourished in the crusading era. Their story - encompassing as it does the greatest international conflict of the Middle Ages, a network of international finance, a swift rise in wealth and influence followed by a bloody and humiliating fall - has left a comet's tail of mystery that continues to fascinate and inspire historians, novelists and conspiracy theorists. Unabridged edition read by Dan Jones.

  • Waterloo | Tim Clayton

    Waterloo

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Tim Clayton
    • Narrated By Phillip Franks
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    The bloodbath at Waterloo ended a war that had engulfed the world for over 20 years. It also finished the career of the charismatic Napoleon Bonaparte. It ensured the final liberation of Germany and the restoration of the old European monarchies, and it represented one of very few defeats for the glorious French army, most of whose soldiers remained devoted to their Emperor until the very end.

    Alexander Patterson says: "Maps & diagrams needed to get the real effect"
  • Wanderlust: A History of Walking | Rebecca Solnit

    Wanderlust: A History of Walking

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Rebecca Solnit
    • Narrated By Liisa Ivary
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    What does it mean to be out walking in the world, whether in a landscape or a metropolis, on a pilgrimage or a protest march? In this first general history of walking, Rebecca Solnit draws together many histories to create a range of possibilities for this most basic act. Arguing that walking as history means walking for pleasure and for political, aesthetic, and social meaning, Solnit homes in on the walkers whose everyday and extreme acts have shaped our culture.

    Laura says: "Starts slow, gets interesting on the second chapter and wonderlustful from the 4th on"
  • Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders | Vincent Bugliosi,Curt Gentry

    Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
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    Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the 20th century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Now available for the first time in unabridged audio, the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime is brought to life by acclaimed narrator Scott Brick.

    Eugene says: "Evil: Step by Step"
  • 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.

    Dave says: "Simply the best"
  • 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"
  • The Square and the Tower: Networks, Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power | Niall Ferguson

    The Square and the Tower: Networks, Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated By John Sackville
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    What if everything we thought we knew about history was wrong? From the global best-selling author of Empire, The Ascent of Money and Civilization, this is a whole new way of looking at the world. Most history is hierarchical: it's about popes, presidents, and prime ministers. But what if that's simply because they create the historical archives? What if we are missing equally powerful but less visible networks-leaving them to the conspiracy theorists, with their dreams of all-powerful Illuminati?

    Øystein Prytz says: "Heading is not in fact optional "
  • 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.

    Samuel says: "Controversial and Judgemental"
  • Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World | Niall Ferguson

    Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
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    Once vast swathes of the globe were coloured imperial red, and Britannia ruled not just the waves but the prairies of America, the plains of Asia, the jungles of Africa and the deserts of Arabia. Just how did a small, rainy island in the North Atlantic achieve all this? And why did the empire on which the sun literally never set finally decline and fall? Niall Ferguson's acclaimed Empire brilliantly unfolds the imperial story in all its splendours and its miseries.

    Joshua says: "The only book about Empire you will ever need"
  • 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. "
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