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    • Stephen Fry's Victorian Secrets

    • By: Stephen Fry
    • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
    • Original Recording
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    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
    • Amazing

    • By Bernadette Aitken on 30-11-2018

    Regular price: $30.38

    • Mythos

    • By: Stephen Fry
    • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
    • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,941
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      5 out of 5 stars 1,794
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,787

    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
    • Superb!

    • By Anonymous User on 14-11-2017

    Regular price: $37.46

    • Heroes

    • Mortals and Monsters, Quests and Adventures
    • By: Stephen Fry
    • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
    • Length: 15 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 147
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    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
    • amazing from start to end!

    • By Anonymous User on 27-11-2018

    Regular price: $36.45

    • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

    • By: Yuval Noah Harari
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 619
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      5 out of 5 stars 551
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 545

    Sapiens showed us where we came from. Homo Deus looked to the future. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century explores the present. How can we protect ourselves from nuclear war, ecological cataclysms and technological disruptions? What can we do about the epidemic of fake news or the threat of terrorism? What should we teach our children? Yuval Noah Harari takes us on a thrilling journey through today’s most urgent issues.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • He's done it again

    • By Anonymous User on 06-09-2018

    Regular price: $33.43

    • 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 1,515
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,360
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,354

    A Short History of Nearly Everything is Bill Bryson's 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
    • Not what I expected but brilliant!

    • By Michael on 27-11-2015

    Regular price: $32.77

    • Mutiny on the Bounty

    • By: Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated by: Michael Carman
    • Length: 22 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 32
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
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    The mutiny on HMS Bounty, in the South Pacific on 28 April 1789, is one of history's truly great stories - a tale of human drama, intrigue and adventure of the highest order - and in the hands of Peter FitzSimons it comes to life as never before. Commissioned by the Royal Navy to collect breadfruit plants from Tahiti and take them to the West Indies, the Bounty's crew found themselves in a tropical paradise. Five months later, they did not want to leave.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant!

    • By TruckieShane on 05-11-2018

    Regular price: $39.95

    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars 259
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    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
    • Outstanding!

    • By Tigershark on 05-07-2014

    Regular price: $61.47

    • Stasiland

    • Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall
    • By: Anna Funder
    • Narrated by: Denica Fairman
    • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 125
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 118
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 118

    In 1989, the Berlin Wall fell; shortly afterwards the two Germanies reunited, and East Germany ceased to exist. Anna Funder tells extraordinary tales from the underbelly of the former East Germany. In a country where the headquarters of the secret police could become a museum literally overnight, and one in 50 East Germans were informing on their fellow citizens, there are thousands of captivating stories.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing and deep

    • By Anonymous User on 14-07-2018
    • Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall
    • By: Anna Funder
    • Narrated by: Denica Fairman
    • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
    • Release date: 23-11-2009
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 125 ratings

    Regular price: $28.87

    • 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 307
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 286
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 278

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not a history of Asia

    • By Tim on 16-08-2016

    Regular price: $51.18

    • 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 232
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 199
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 199

    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
    • And you thought he ran a solid bordello?

    • By Anonymous User on 08-06-2017

    Regular price: $8.77

    • A Classical Education

    • The Stuff You Wish You'd been Taught at School
    • By: Caroline Taggart
    • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
    • Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 25
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    Is the Greek alphabet all Greek to you? Is geometry your Achilles heel and does your knowledge of Homer have more to do with The Simpsons than the Sirens? From engineering and architecture to drama and democracy, the world around us is founded on the principles and discoveries of the Ancient World, yet our understanding of it is episodic at best.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fun, Fast, Interesting and Intriguing.

    • By JOHN W on 01-10-2017

    Regular price: $19.19

    • Girt

    • The Unauthorised History of Australia
    • By: David Hunt
    • Narrated by: David Hunt
    • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,636
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      4 out of 5 stars 1,530
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      4 out of 5 stars 1,522

    Girt. No word could better capture the essence of Australia.... In this hilarious history, David Hunt reveals the truth of Australia's past, from megafauna to Macquarie - the cock-ups and curiosities, the forgotten eccentrics and Eureka moments that have made us who we are. Girt introduces forgotten heroes like Mary McLoghlin, transported for the crime of "felony of sock", and Trim the cat, who beat a French monkey to become the first animal to circumnavigate Australia.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • True Blue History of Australia - Addicted

    • By Nelson C on 25-05-2015
    • The Unauthorised History of Australia
    • By: David Hunt
    • Narrated by: David Hunt
    • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
    • Release date: 19-04-2015
    • 4 out of 5 stars 1,636 ratings

    Regular price: $29.95

    • 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 232
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 211
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 212

    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
    • This excellent history of Ancient Rome

    • By David on 07-12-2015
    • A History of Ancient Rome
    • By: Mary Beard
    • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
    • Length: 18 hrs and 30 mins
    • Release date: 19-10-2015
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 232 ratings

    Regular price: $23.41

    • The Gulag Archipelago

    • Volume III: Katorga, Exile, Stalin Is No More
    • By: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 21 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
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      5 out of 5 stars 38
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 38

    In this final volume of a towering work that is both literary masterpiece and living memorial to the untold millions of Soviet martyrs, Solzhenitsyn's epic narrative moves to its astounding and unforseen climax. We now see that this great cathedral of a book not only commemorates those massed victims but celebrates the unquenched spirit of resistance that flickered and then burst into flame even in Stalin's "special camps."

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Where are the previous volumes?

    • By Tim lee on 19-11-2018

    Regular price: $46.09

    • The New Silk Roads

    • The Present and Future of the World
    • By: Peter Frankopan
    • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
    • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
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    'All roads used to lead to Rome. Today, they lead to Beijing.' When The Silk Roads was published in 2015, it became an instant classic. A major reassessment of world history, it compelled us to look at the past from a different perspective. The New Silk Roads brings this story up to date, addressing the present and future of a world that is changing dramatically. Following the Silk Roads eastwards, from Europe through to China, by way of Russia and the Middle East, The New Silk Roads provides a timely reminder that we live in a world that is profoundly interconnected. 

    Regular price: $22.78

    • The Spy and the Traitor

    • By: Ben MacIntyre
    • Narrated by: Ben Macintyre
    • Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 30
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    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
    • Riveting and thrilling!

    • By Anonymous User on 11-12-2018

    Regular price: $36.45

    • Guns, Germs and Steel

    • The Fate of Human Societies
    • By: Jared Diamond
    • Narrated by: Doug Ordunio
    • Length: 16 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 299
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 269
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 266

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • good research, too many words

    • By Amazon Customer on 23-03-2017

    Regular price: $46.14

    • Burke and Wills

    • The Triumph and Tragedy of Australia's Most Famous Explorers
    • By: Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated by: Michael Carman
    • Length: 23 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 151
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 139
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 140

    The iconic Australian exploration story - brought to life by Peter FitzSimons, Australia's storyteller. 'They have left here today!' he calls to the others. When King puts his hand down above the ashes of the fire, it is to find it still hot. There is even a tiny flame flickering from the end of one log. They must have left just hours ago. Melbourne, 20 August 1860. In an ambitious quest to be the first Europeans to cross the harsh Australian continent, the Victorian Exploring Expedition sets off, with 15,000 well-wishers cheering them on.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Highly recommended

    • By scott on 20-07-2018

    Regular price: $39.95

    • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
    • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 122
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 107
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 106

    A Short History of Nearly Everything is Bill Bryson’s quest to find out everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization - how we got from there, being nothing at all, to here, being us. His challenge is to take subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us and see if there isn't some way to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science. It's not so much about what we know, as about how we know what we know.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • not bad.

    • By Oscar Sheen on 09-10-2018

    Regular price: $28.11

    • The Wife Drought

    • By: Annabel Crabb
    • Narrated by: Annabel Crabb
    • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 199
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      5 out of 5 stars 179
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 176

    'I need a wife'. It's a common joke among women juggling work and family, but it's no joke. Having a spouse who takes care of things at home is a godsend on the domestic front and an asset on the work front and is an advantage enjoyed by vastly more men than women. Full of candid and funny stories from politics and the media, The Wife Drought shares intriguing research about the attitudes pulsing beneath the surface of egalitarian Australia.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A laugh when maybe it shouldn't be.

    • By Anonymous User on 28-03-2018

    Regular price: $29.34

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