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    • The Glass Universe

    • By: Dava Sobel
    • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard
    • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In the mid-19th century, the Harvard College Observatory began employing women as calculators, or 'human computers', to interpret the observations their male counterparts made via telescope each night. As photography transformed the practice of astronomy, the women turned to studying images of the stars captured on glass photographic plates, making extraordinary discoveries that attracted worldwide acclaim.

    Regular price: £12.99

    • Breaking the Chains of Gravity

    • The Story of Spaceflight Before NASA
    • By: Amy Shira Teitel
    • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard
    • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 48
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    NASA's history is a familiar story, culminating with the agency successfully landing men on the moon in 1969. But NASA's prehistory is a rarely told tale, one that is largely absent from the popular space-age literature but that gives the context behind the incredible lunar program. America's space agency wasn't created in a vacuum; it was assembled from preexisting parts, drawing together some of the best minds the non-Soviet world had to offer.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent book, very well researched.

    • By J on 25-11-15

    Regular price: £23.49

    • Masada

    • From Jewish Revolt to Modern Myth
    • By: Jodi Magness
    • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard
    • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Two thousand years ago, 967 Jewish men, women, and children reportedly took their own lives rather than surrender to the Roman army. This dramatic event, which took place on top of Masada, a barren and windswept mountain overlooking the Dead Sea, spawned a powerful story of Jewish resistance that came to symbolize the embattled modern State of Israel. Jodi Magness, an archaeologist who has excavated at Masada, explains what happened there, how we know it, and how recent developments might change understandings of the story. 

    Regular price: £19.29

    • What’s Your Type?

    • The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality Testing
    • By: Merve Emre
    • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard
    • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is the most popular personality test in the world. It has been harnessed by Fortune 100 companies, universities, hospitals, churches and the military. Its language - of extraversion vs. introversion, thinking vs. feeling - has inspired online dating platforms and Buzzfeed quizzes alike. And yet despite the test's widespread adoption, experts in the field of psychometric testing, a $500 million industry, struggle to account for its success - no less validate its results. How did the Myers-Briggs insinuate itself into our jobs, our relationships, our Internet, our lives?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating account of the history of Myers Briggs

    • By tracy allen on 20-10-18

    Regular price: £12.99

    • Built on Bones

    • 15,000 Years of Urban Life and Death
    • By: Brenna Hassett
    • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard
    • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 102
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    Imagine you are a hunter-gatherer some 12,000 years ago. You've got a choice - carry on foraging or plant a few seeds and move to one of those new-fangled settlements down the valley. What you won't know is that urban life is short and riddled with dozens of new diseases; your children will be shorter and sicklier than you are; they'll be plagued with gum disease and stand a decent chance of violent death at the point of a spear. Why would anyone choose this? But choose they did.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • I had to give up on this one

    • By Flint on 07-09-17

    Regular price: £18.99

    • Sneakers

    • Fashion, Gender, and Subculture (Dress, Body, Culture)
    • By: Yuniya Kawamura
    • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard
    • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This is the first academic study of sneakers and the subculture that surrounds them. Since the 1980s, American sneaker enthusiasts, popularly known as 'sneakerheads' or 'sneakerholics', have created a distinctive identity for themselves, while sneaker manufacturers such as Reebok, Puma and Nike have become global fashion brands. How have sneakers come to gain this status and what makes them fashionable?

    Regular price: £14.99

    • Tell Me How It Ends

    • An Essay in Forty Questions
    • By: Valeria Luiselli
    • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard
    • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
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    A searing, enlightening polemic about the tens of thousands of unaccompanied Mexican and Central American children arriving in the US without papers. Why did you come to the USA? When a child migrant arrives in the US all alone, this is the first question he or she will be asked. It's the beginning of an official interview of 40 questions used by the federal immigration court in New York City.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A human portrait of child migrants

    • By Suswati on 03-01-18

    Regular price: £6.99

    • The Story of Psychology

    • By: Anne Rooney
    • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard
    • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
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    What is it that makes you "you"? What produces your likes and dislikes, fear and fantasies? What makes you different from other people, and what makes you the same as them? For thousands of years, people have tried to identify the spirit, soul, or mind that makes us human. And they have tried to work out how and why it makes our identity. Answers have ranged from the physiological to the psychological - the influence of early experiences and upbringing.

    Regular price: £19.39