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    • Mythos

    • By: Stephen Fry
    • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
    • Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,097
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      5 out of 5 stars 4,643
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,622

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I need more!

    • By Lily on 08-11-17

    Regular price: £23.99

    • Days that Changed the World

    • By: Carrie Gibson
    • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
    • Original Recording
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    Ordinary people. Extraordinary stories. Listen to history's unsung heroes who changed the world, in this powerful documentary series. Get closer to events you may only have heard about from school books with these first person accounts of key moments in recent world history. In each episode we explore pertinent dates from 1936 to 2010 and find out what happened through the eyes of those who were there. Crossing the globe and drawing on events in London, Mexico City and Afghanistan to name but a few we hear stories including takes from an athlete, journalist, chess player and soldier.

    Regular price: £19.99

    • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: William Roberts
    • Length: 19 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,572
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,924
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,882

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Terrific

    • By Jane on 11-07-07

    Regular price: £20.99

    • History Revealed (Series 1)

    • By: History Revealed Staff
    • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Crusading knights, Tudor monarchs, the D-Day landings and more. Travel back in time with some of the world's most notable historians. Meet the unsung heroes of the past and hear their untold stories. Discover what really happened, despite what the history books tell us. While the show's experts rarely rewrite the pages of history, they often read between the lines. This is history revealed.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting topics

    • By matthew brown on 16-03-18

    Regular price: £24.99

    • Selling Hitler

    • By: Robert Harris
    • Narrated by: David Rintoul
    • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
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      5 out of 5 stars 44
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 44

    Spring 1983: it seemed that one of the most startling discoveries of the century had been made, and that one of the world's most sought after documents had finally come to light - the private diaries of Adolf Hitler. What followed was a fiasco of fakery, greed, the duping of experts, and the exchange of extraordinary sums of money for worldwide publishing rights. But that was just the beginning of the story....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • The Hitler Diaries

    • By D. R. Croft on 24-06-18

    Regular price: £21.99

    • The Silk Roads

    • A New History of the World
    • By: Peter Frankopan
    • Narrated by: Laurence Kennedy
    • Length: 24 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,113
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,918
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,904

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Poor reading.

    • By Paul on 29-08-17

    Regular price: £32.79

    • France

    • A Short History: From Gaul to de Gaulle
    • By: John Julius Norwich
    • Narrated by: John Julius Norwich
    • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 60
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 59

    John Julius Norwich (at 88) has finally written the book he always wanted to write, the extremely colourful story of the country he loves best. From frowning Roman generals and belligerent Gallic chieftains to Charlemagne through Marie Antoinette and the storming of the Bastille to Vichy, the Resistance and beyond, France is packed with heroes and villains, adventures and battles, romance and revolution. Full of memorable stories and racy anecdotes, this is the country that has inspired the rest of the world to live, dress, eat - and love better.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Love letter to France

    • By Daniel Johnstone on 09-04-18

    Regular price: £24.99

    • SPQR

    • A History of Ancient Rome
    • By: Mary Beard
    • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
    • Length: 18 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,240
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,118
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,101

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting and erudite

    • By Mr. D on 01-12-15
    • A History of Ancient Rome
    • By: Mary Beard
    • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
    • Length: 18 hrs and 30 mins
    • Release date: 19-10-15
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 1,240 ratings

    Regular price: £14.99

    • The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England

    • A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century
    • By: Ian Mortimer
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,352
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 905
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 899

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very, very interesting - highly recommended

    • By anthonyunionjackson on 06-05-09

    Regular price: £18.09

    • The Templars

    • By: Dan Jones
    • Narrated by: Dan Jones
    • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 280
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 252

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful book

    • By Mrs. E. Arman on 10-01-18

    Regular price: £24.99

    • Arnhem

    • By: Antony Beevor
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 16 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 122
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 114
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 113

    On 17 September 1944, General Kurt Student, the founder of Nazi Germany's parachute forces, heard the growing roar of aeroplane engines. He went out onto his balcony above the flat landscape of southern Holland to watch the air armada of Dakotas and gliders carrying the British 1st Airborne and the American 101st and 82nd Airborne divisions. He gazed up in envy at this massive demonstration of paratroop power. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Sosabowski and the Poles vindicated

    • By Amazon Customer on 23-05-18

    Regular price: £23.99

    • The Germans and Europe

    • A Personal Frontline History
    • By: Peter Millar
    • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
    • Length: 15 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
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    Based on a lifetime living in and reporting on Germany and Central Europe, award-winning journalist and author Peter Millar tackles the fascinating and complex story of the people at the heart of our continent. Focussing on nine cities (only six of which are in the Germany of today), he takes us on a zigzag ride back through time via the fall of the Berlin Wall through the horrors of two world wars and the patchwork states of the Middle Ages to the splendour of Charlemagne and the fall of Rome.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The book that I’ve been looking for

    • By Neil on 18-04-18

    Regular price: £22.99

    • Alexander Hamilton

    • By: Ron Chernow
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 35 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 71
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      5 out of 5 stars 70

    Alexander Hamilton was an illegitimate, largely self-taught orphan from the Caribbean who overcame all the odds to become George Washington's aide-de-camp and the first Treasury Secretary of the United States. Few figures in American history are more controversial. In this masterful work, Chernow shows how the political and economic power of America today is the result of Hamilton's willingness to champion ideas that were often wildly disputed during his time.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • BrilliNT

    • By jacqueline bain on 03-01-18

    Regular price: £29.99

    • A History of the World

    • By: Andrew Marr
    • Narrated by: Andrew Marr, David Timson
    • Length: 26 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,389
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,902
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,901

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Awsome, educational and epic work

    • By Adisha on 30-10-12

    Regular price: £29.99

    • The History of the Ancient World

    • From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome
    • By: Susan Wise Bauer
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 26 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 188
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      4 out of 5 stars 170
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 168

    This is the first volume in a bold new series that tells the stories of all peoples, connecting historical events from Europe to the Middle East to the far coast of China, while still giving weight to the characteristics of each country. Susan Wise Bauer provides both sweeping scope and vivid attention to the individual lives that give flesh to abstract assertions about human history. This narrative history employs the methods of "history from beneath" - literature, epic traditions, private letters, and accounts - to connect kings and leaders with the lives of those they ruled.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • More fairy tale than history...

    • By Clementi on 26-12-15

    Regular price: £37.49

    • The Art of War

    • By: Sun Tzu
    • Narrated by: Aidan Gillen
    • Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,014
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 912
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      4 out of 5 stars 897

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Timeless

    • By David Willingale on 28-12-17

    Regular price: £5.69

    • Soldier Spy

    • By: Tom Marcus
    • Narrated by: Jason Langley
    • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,503
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,391
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,393

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic account, fantastically narrated.

    • By Gareth on 11-01-17

    Regular price: £19.99

    • The English and Their History

    • By: Robert Tombs
    • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
    • Length: 45 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 413
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 379
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 376

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A big commitment, easily paid off!

    • By m sinclair on 20-02-17

    Regular price: £29.99

    • The Second World War

    • By: Antony Beevor
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 39 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 889
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 725
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 718

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Concise, Interesting and Entertaining

    • By David on 16-08-12

    Regular price: £24.99

    • Jane Austen at Home

    • By: Lucy Worsley
    • Narrated by: Ruth Redman, Lucy Worsley
    • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 141
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 131
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 129

    On the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death, historian Lucy Worsley leads us into the world in which our best-loved novelist lived. This new telling of the story of Jane's life shows us how and why she lived as she did, examining the rooms, spaces and possessions which mattered to her and the way in which home is used in her novels to mean both a place of pleasure and a prison. It wasn't all country houses and ballrooms; in fact her life was often a painful struggle.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Outstanding!

    • By Gabrielle Harvey-Jones on 27-05-17

    Regular price: £24.99

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