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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 2,387
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      5 out of 5 stars 2,199
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,191

    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

    Non-member price: $37.46

    • Stephen Fry's Victorian Secrets

    • By: Stephen Fry
    • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 68
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 66

    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
    • Love this!

    • By bridget Huolohan on 28-11-2018

    Non-member price: $30.38

    • Heroes

    • Mortals and Monsters, Quests and Adventures
    • By: Stephen Fry
    • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
    • Length: 15 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 453
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      5 out of 5 stars 421
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      5 out of 5 stars 419

    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

    Non-member price: $36.45

    • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

    • By: Yuval Noah Harari
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 980
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 873
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 867

    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

    Non-member 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 1,639
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,471
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,463

    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

    Non-member price: $32.77

    • Food: A Cultural Culinary History

    • By: Ken Albala, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Ken Albala
    • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 70
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 58

    Eating is an indispensable human activity. As a result, whether we realize it or not, the drive to obtain food has been a major catalyst across all of history, from prehistoric times to the present. Epicure Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin said it best: "Gastronomy governs the whole life of man."

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A wonderful series.

    • By Amazon Customer on 16-08-2017

    Non-member price: $61.45

    • 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 177
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 164
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 165

    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
    • Absolutely Brilliant

    • By jen.qld on 10-03-2019

    Non-member price: $39.95

    • 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 268
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 244
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 244

    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 268 ratings

    Non-member price: $23.41

    • The Wife Drought

    • By: Annabel Crabb
    • Narrated by: Annabel Crabb
    • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 238
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 212
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 209

    '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

    Non-member price: $29.34

    • The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World

    • By: Robert Garland, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert Garland
    • Length: 24 hrs and 28 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 115
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 103
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      5 out of 5 stars 102

    Look beyond the abstract dates and figures, kings and queens, and battles and wars that make up so many historical accounts. Over the course of 48 richly detailed lectures, Professor Garland covers the breadth and depth of human history from the perspective of the so-called ordinary people, from its earliest beginnings through the Middle Ages.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • An eye-opening account of the ancient 99%

    • By Nelson C on 09-07-2015

    Non-member price: $77.56

    • 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 280
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 239
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 238

    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

    Non-member price: $13.86

    • Batavia

    • By: Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated by: Richard Aspel
    • Length: 17 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 269
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 247
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 251

    The story begins in 1629, when the pride of the Dutch East India Company, the Batavia, is on its maiden voyage en route from Amsterdam to the Dutch East Indies, laden down with the greatest treasure to leave Holland. The magnificent ship is already boiling over with a mutinous plot that is just about to break into the open when, just off the coast of Western Australia, it strikes an unseen reef in the middle of the night. While Commandeur Francisco Pelsaert decides to take the longboat across 2,000 miles of open sea for help, his second-in-command Jeronimus Cornelisz takes over....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • incredible story!

    • By Lauren on 17-07-2016

    Non-member price: $41.73

    • At Home: A Short History of Private Life

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
    • Length: 16 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 247
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 221
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 221

    Bill Bryson was struck one day by the thought that we devote more time to studying the battles and wars of history than to considering what history really consists of: centuries of people quietly going about their daily business. This inspired him to start a journey around his own house, an old rectory in Norfolk, considering how the ordinary things in life came to be.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best use of a credit

    • By Rachel on 29-07-2015

    Non-member price: $32.77

    • An Economic History of the World since 1400

    • By: Donald J. Harreld, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Donald J. Harreld
    • Length: 24 hrs and 25 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 164
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 145
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 142

    Most of us have a limited understanding of the powerful role economics has played in shaping human civilization. This makes economic history - the study of how civilizations structured their environments to provide food, shelter, and material goods - a vital lens through which to think about how we arrived at our present, globalized moment. Designed to fill a long-empty gap in how we think about modern history, these 48 lectures are a comprehensive journey through more than 600 years of economic history.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I have learnt a lot

    • By Anonymous User on 19-06-2018

    Non-member price: $73.77

    • 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 1,695
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,583
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,575

    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 1,695 ratings

    Non-member price: $29.95

    • Monash's Masterpiece

    • By: Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated by: Michael Carman
    • Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 129
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 126
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 126

    The Battle of Le Hamel on 4 July 1918 was an Allied triumph and strategically very important in the closing stages of WWI. A largely Australian force, commanded by the brilliant Sir John Monash, fought what has been described as the first modern battle - where infantry, tanks, artillery and planes operated together as a coordinated force. Monash planned every detail meticulously, with nothing left to chance. Peter FitzSimons brings this Allied triumph to life and tells this magnificent story as it should be told.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful story.

    • By Ian Martin on 08-07-2018

    Non-member price: $39.95

    • 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 339
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 316
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 307

    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

    Non-member price: $55.66

    • Mutiny on the Bounty

    • By: Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated by: Michael Carman
    • Length: 22 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 117
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 104
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 103

    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

    Non-member price: $39.95

    • Columbine

    • By: Dave Cullen
    • Narrated by: Don Leslie
    • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 9
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      5 out of 5 stars 9

    What really happened on April 20th, 1999? The horror left an indelible stamp on the American psyche, but most of what we thought we knew was wrong. It wasn't about jocks, goths or the Trench Coat Mafia. Dave Cullen was one of the first reporters on the scene, and he spent 10 years on this book, the definitive account. With a keen investigative eye and psychological acumen, he draws on mountains of evidence, insight from the world's leading forensic psychologists. Cullen paints raw portraits of two polar opposite killers. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Tragic, sad and sadly once again timely

    • By MR R S BROOKES on 16-03-2019

    Non-member price: $30.38

    • Vietnam

    • The Australian War
    • By: Paul Ham
    • Narrated by: Peter Byrne
    • Length: 31 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 79
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73

    Drawing on hundreds of accounts by soldiers, politicians, aid workers, entertainers and the Vietnamese people, Paul Ham reconstructs for the first time the full history of our longest military campaign. From the commitment to engage, through the fight over conscription and the rise of the anti - war movement, to the tactics and horror of the battlefi eld, Ham exhumes the truth about this politicians' war - which sealed the fate of 50,000 Australian servicemen and women.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing book

    • By Anonymous User on 22-01-2019
    • The Australian War
    • By: Paul Ham
    • Narrated by: Peter Byrne
    • Length: 31 hrs and 16 mins
    • Release date: 15-12-2008
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 79 ratings

    Non-member price: $55.66

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