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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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    (2212)
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    (2011)
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    (1995)

    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.

    Derek says: "Very Entertaining."
  • History Revealed (Series 1) |  History Revealed Staff

    History Revealed (Series 1)

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By History Revealed Staff
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    (2)
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    Hear interviews with notable historians talking about crusading knights, Tudor monarchs, the D-Day landings and loads more.

  • October: The Story of the Russian Revolution | China Mieville

    October: The Story of the Russian Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By China Mieville
    • Narrated By John Banks
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    Overall
    (97)
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    (89)
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    The renowned fantasy and science fiction writer China Mieville has long been inspired by the ideals of the Russian Revolution, and here, on the centenary of the revolution, he provides his own distinctive take on its history. In February 1917, in the midst of bloody war, Russia was still an autocratic monarchy: nine months later it became the first socialist state in world history. How did this unimaginable transformation take place? How was a ravaged and backward country, swept up in a desperately unpopular war, rocked by not one but two revolutions?

    mr a l atkinson says: "dry and boring"
  • Pompeii - The Life of a Roman Town | Mary Beard

    Pompeii - The Life of a Roman Town

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Mary Beard
    • Narrated By Phyllida Nash
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    Overall
    (219)
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    (155)
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    (151)

    Pompeii explodes a number of myths - among them, the very date of the eruption, probably a few months later than usually thought; the hygiene of the baths which must have been hotbeds of germs; the legendary number of brothels, most likely only one; and the death count, which was probably less than ten per cent of the population. These are just a few of the strands that make up an extraordinary and involving portrait of an ancient town, its life and its continuing re-discovery, by Britain’s leading classicist.

    Amazon Customer says: "Roman Life revealed"
  • 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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    (4987)
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    (3395)
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    (3360)

    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 Art of War | Sun Tzu

    The Art of War

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 7 mins)
    • By Sun Tzu
    • Narrated By Aidan Gillen
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    Overall
    (740)
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    (663)
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    (650)

    The 13 chapters of The Art of War, each devoted to one aspect of warfare, were compiled by the high-ranking Chinese military general, strategist, and philosopher Sun-Tzu. In spite of its battlefield specificity, The Art of War has found new life in the modern age with leaders in fields as wide and far-reaching as world politics, human psychology, and corporate strategy finding valuable insight in its timeworn words.

    Jonathan Lloyd says: "Inspiring"
  • 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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    (1762)
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    (1600)
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    (1589)

    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"
  • The Templars | Dan Jones

    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.

    Amazon Customer says: "Absolutely marvellous!"
  • 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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    (995)
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    (906)
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    (892)

    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.

    Mary says: "Brilliant!"
  • 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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    (1782)
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    (1781)

    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 English and Their History | Robert Tombs

    The English and Their History

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Tombs
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
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    In The English and their History, the first full-length account to appear in one volume for many decades, Robert Tombs gives us the history of the English people and of how the stories they have told about themselves have shaped them, from the prehistoric 'dreamtime' through to the present day.

    m sinclair says: "A big commitment, easily paid off!"
  • 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
    Overall
    (75)
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    (68)
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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.

    Elaine says: "excellent"
  • Diary of a Young Girl | Anne Frank

    Diary of a Young Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Anne Frank
    • Narrated By Helena Bonham Carter
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    (725)
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    (635)
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    (631)

    In Amsterdam, in the summer of 1942, the Nazis forced teenager Anne Frank and her family into hiding. For over two years, they, another family and a German dentist lived in a 'secret annexe', fearing discovery. All that time, Anne kept a diary.An intimate record of tension and struggle, adolescence and confinement, anger and heartbreak, Anne Frank's diary is one of those unique documents, famed throughout the world.It portrays innocence and humanity, suffering and survival in the starkest and most moving terms.

    lizzi says: "Excellent book and a must read for any modern teenager"
  • Soldier Spy | Tom Marcus

    Soldier Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Tom Marcus
    • Narrated By Jason Langley
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    Overall
    (1211)
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    (1127)
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    (1128)

    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. "
  • 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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    Overall
    (440)
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    (346)
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    (340)

    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"
  • Bravo Two Zero - 20th Anniversary Edition | Andy McNab

    Bravo Two Zero - 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Andy McNab
    • Narrated By Paul Thornley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (740)
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    (691)
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    (687)

    January 1991: IRAQ. Eight members of the SAS regiment embark upon a top-secret mission to infiltrate deep behind enemy lines. Under the command of Sergeant Andy McNab, they are to sever a vital underground communication link and to seek and destroy mobile Scud launchers. Their call sign: BRAVO TWO ZERO. Each laden with 15 stones of equipment, they tab 20km across the desert to reach their objective. But within days, their location is compromised. After a fierce fire fight, they are forced into evasive action. Four men are captured. Three die. Only one escapes.

    Jason says: "Captivating Story of Human Endurance"
  • The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century | Ian Mortimer

    The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ian Mortimer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1171)
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    (729)
    Story
    (728)

    Imagine you could travel back to the 14th century. What would you see? What would you smell? More to the point, where are you going to stay? And what are you going to eat? Ian Mortimer shows us that the past is not just something to be studied; it is also something to be lived. He sets out to explain what life was like in the most immediate way, through taking you to the Middle Ages. The result is the most astonishing social history book you are ever likely to read: evolutionary in its concept, informative and entertaining in its detail.

    Nicola says: "Excellent and informative"
  • The Second World War | Antony Beevor

    The Second World War

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Antony Beevor
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (768)
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    (619)
    Story
    (612)

    A magisterial, single volume history of the greatest conflict the world has ever known, by our foremost military historian. The Second World War began in August 1939 on the edge of Manchuria and ended there exactly six years later with the Soviet invasion of northern China. The war in Europe appeared completely divorced from the war in the Pacific and China, and yet events on opposite sides of the world had profound effects.

    David says: "Concise, Interesting and Entertaining"
  • Stalingrad | Antony Beevor

    Stalingrad

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Antony Beevor
    • Narrated By Peter Noble
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    (175)
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    (157)
    Story
    (153)

    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"
  • The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History | Boris Johnson

    The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Boris Johnson
    • Narrated By Simon Shepherd
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    Overall
    (1075)
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    (969)
    Story
    (968)

    The point of The Churchill Factor is that one man can make all the difference. On the eve of the 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill's death, Boris Johnson explores what makes up the 'Churchill Factor' - the singular brilliance of one of the most important leaders of the 20th century.

    FictionFan says: "Blood, toil, tears and sweat..."
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