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    • Mythos

    • By: Stephen Fry
    • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
    • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11,758
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 10,759
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10,701

    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
    • Stephen Fry does it again

    • By L. Turner on 14-11-17

    Regular price: £23.99

    • Stephen Fry's Victorian Secrets

    • By: Stephen Fry
    • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 909
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 833
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 831

    On the surface, the Victorian age is one of propriety, industry, prudishness and piety. But scratch the surface and you’ll find scandal, sadism, sex, madness, malice and murder. Presented by Stephen Fry, this series delves deep into a period of time we think we know, to discover an altogether darker reality. The stories we’re told offer a different perspective on an era which underwent massive social change. As education, trade, technology and culture blossomed, why was there an undercurrent of the ‘forbidden’ festering beneath Victorian society?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Quintessential Englishman!

    • By Simon on 21-10-18

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Heroes

    • Mortals and Monsters, Quests and Adventures
    • By: Stephen Fry
    • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
    • Length: 15 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3,592
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3,296
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 3,286

    Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Heroes, written and read by Stephen Fry. There are heroes - and then there are Greek heroes. Few mere mortals have ever embarked on such bold and heart-stirring adventures, overcome myriad monstrous perils or outwitted scheming vengeful gods quite as stylishly and triumphantly as Greek heroes. In this companion to his best-selling Mythos, Stephen Fry brilliantly retells these dramatic, funny, tragic and timeless tales.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Ancient Myths from a Modern Legend!

    • By Simon on 02-11-18

    Regular price: £23.99

    • 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 2,787
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,525
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,506

    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: £36.69

    • Break Point

    • By: Ollie Ollerton
    • Narrated by: Ollie Ollerton
    • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1,003
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 910
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 905

    We all have break points to face - at the gym, in the office, in our personal lives - those moments of self-doubt where we have to dig deep, and find something within to grab hold of and push us through. Ex-Special Forces soldier Ollie Ollerton has faced his own break points and now he tells us the lessons he has learnt along the way. From survivor of a freak childhood attack to elite fighter, Ollie's incredible story features, high-speed shoot-outs, counter-terrorism and humanitarian heroics.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Incredible listen, highly recommend

    • By Anonymous User on 03-05-19

    Regular price: £24.99

    • Chernobyl

    • History of a Tragedy
    • By: Serhii Plokhy
    • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
    • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 181
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 160
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 159

    On the morning of 26 April 1986, Europe witnessed the worst nuclear disaster in history: the explosion of a reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Soviet Ukraine. The outburst put the world on the brink of nuclear annihilation. In the end, less than 5 percent of the reactor's fuel escaped, but that was enough to contaminate over half of Europe with radioactive fallout. In Chernobyl, Serhii Plokhy re-creates these events in all of their drama, telling the stories of the firefighters, scientists, engineers, workers, soldiers and policemen who found themselves caught in a nuclear Armageddon.... 

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating

    • By C Vernon on 07-02-19

    Regular price: £23.99

    • 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 1,707
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,545
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,527

    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
    • The tale of Rome on a grand scale. Fascinating.

    • By G. Graham on 29-02-16
    • 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 1,707 ratings

    Regular price: £14.99

    • Days that Changed the World

    • By: Carrie Gibson
    • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 126
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 101
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 101

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic!

    • By H. Horcickova on 13-08-18

    Regular price: £19.99

    • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: William Roberts
    • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,066
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,237
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,180

    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
    • A short Review of Nearly Everything

    • By Roy on 08-08-05

    Regular price: £20.99

    • The Templars

    • By: Dan Jones
    • Narrated by: Dan Jones
    • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 809
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 723
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 726

    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
    • A very engaging account of the Templar's history.

    • By Simon B on 20-12-17

    Regular price: £24.99

    • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

    • A History of Nazi Germany
    • By: William L. Shirer
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 57 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,745
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,249
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,237

    Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A unique account

    • By R. Fowler on 07-12-10

    Regular price: £36.69

    • Schindler's List

    • By: Thomas Keneally
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 16 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 98
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 79
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 79

    The acclaimed best-selling classic of Holocaust literature, winner of the Booker Prize and the inspiration for the classic film Schindler's List. In the shadow of Auschwitz, a flamboyant German industrialist grew into a living legend to the Jews of Cracow. He was a womaniser, a heavy drinker and a bon viveur, but to them he became a saviour. A stunning novel based on the extraordinary true story of German war profiteer and factory director Oskar Schindler, who came to save more Jews from the gas chambers than any other single person during World War II.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great story

    • By Mr. B. McLaren on 15-04-19

    Regular price: £34.99

    • A Short History of England

    • By: Simon Jenkins
    • Narrated by: Simon Jenkins
    • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 273
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 252
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 248

    Which battle was fought 'For England, Harry and St George'? Who demanded to be painted 'warts and all'? What - and when - was the Battle of the Bulge? In A Short History of England, bestselling author Simon Jenkins answers all these questions - and many more - as he tells the tumultuous story of a fascinating nation. From the invaders of the Dark Ages to today's coalition, via the Tudors, the Stuarts and two world wars, Jenkins weaves together a gripping narrative with all the most important and interesting dates in his own inimitable style.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Dry and very disappointing

    • By ZedBooks on 07-12-15

    Regular price: £18.49

    • The English and Their History

    • By: Robert Tombs
    • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
    • Length: 45 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 660
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 611
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 604

    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
    • This is a masterpiece.

    • By D. D. Paxton on 26-10-16

    Regular price: £29.99

    • 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 1,665
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,204
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,194

    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: £22.89

    • The Spy and the Traitor

    • By: Ben MacIntyre
    • Narrated by: Ben Macintyre
    • Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2,212
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2,067
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2,055

    On a warm July evening in 1985, a middle-aged man stood on the pavement of a busy avenue in the heart of Moscow, holding a plastic carrier bag. In his grey suit and tie, he looked like any other Soviet citizen. The bag alone was mildly conspicuous, printed with the red logo of Safeway, the British supermarket. The man was a spy. A senior KGB officer, for more than a decade he had supplied his British spymasters with a stream of priceless secrets from deep within the Soviet intelligence machine. No spy had done more to damage the KGB. The Safeway bag was a signal: to activate his escape plan to be smuggled out of Soviet Russia.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant Documentary of the Cold War

    • By Paul on 03-10-18

    Regular price: £23.99

    • Normandy ‘44

    • D-Day and the Battle for France
    • By: James Holland
    • Narrated by: John Sackville
    • Length: 24 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 38

    Renowned World War Two historian James Holland presents an entirely new perspective on one of the most important moments in recent history. Unflinchingly examining the brutality and violence that characterised the campaign, it's time to draw some radically different conclusions. D-Day and the 76 days of bitter fighting in Normandy that followed have come to be seen as a defining episode in the Second World War. Its story has been endlessly retold, and yet it remains a narrative burdened by both myth and assumed knowledge.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • New perspectives on D-Day

    • By Ian David Williamson on 28-05-19

    Regular price: £25.99

    • Fingerprints of the Gods

    • The Quest Continues
    • By: Graham Hancock
    • Narrated by: Graham Hancock
    • Length: 18 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 771
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 692
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 688

    Fingerprints of the Gods is the revolutionary rewrite of history that has persuaded millions of listeners throughout the world to change their preconceptions about the history behind modern society. An intellectual detective story, this unique history audiobook directs probing questions at orthodox history, presenting disturbing new evidence that historians have tried - but failed - to explain.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • 'Is it unreasonable to assume?!'

    • By Amazon Customer on 29-06-16

    Regular price: £22.99

    • Midnight in Chernobyl

    • The Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster
    • By: Adam Higginbotham
    • Narrated by: Jacques Roy
    • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 143
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 134
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 134

    Early in the morning of April 26, 1986, Reactor Number Four of the Chernobyl Atomic Energy Station exploded, triggering history’s worst nuclear disaster. In the 30 years since then, Chernobyl has become lodged in the collective nightmares of the world: shorthand for the spectral horrors of radiation poisoning, for a dangerous technology slipping its leash, for ecological fragility and for what can happen when a dishonest and careless state endangers not only its own citizens but all of humanity.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing!

    • By Jamie Cowan on 09-04-19

    Regular price: £23.99

    • Hitler

    • A Biography
    • By: Ian Kershaw
    • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
    • Length: 44 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,099
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 998
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 992

    Hailed as the most compelling biography of the German dictator yet written, Ian Kershaw's Hitler brings us closer than ever before to the heart of its subject's immense darkness. From his illegitimate birth in a small Austrian village to his fiery death in a bunker under the Reich chancellery in Berlin, Adolf Hitler left a murky trail, strewn with contradictory tales and overgrown with self-created myths. One truth prevails: the sheer scale of the evils that he unleashed on the world has made him a demonic figure without equal in the 20th century.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Engrossing

    • By Buzzzb on 15-09-16

    Regular price: £29.99

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