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  • Mythos | Stephen Fry

    Mythos

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Stephen Fry
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry
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    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.

    luke says: "Enlightening, Captivating, Mystifying "
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything | Bill Bryson

    A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    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.

    Michael says: "Not what I expected but brilliant!"
  • Burke and Wills: The Triumph and Tragedy of Australia's Most Famous Explorers | Peter FitzSimons

    Burke and Wills: The Triumph and Tragedy of Australia's Most Famous Explorers

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated By Michael Carman
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    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.

  • Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fate of Human Societies | Jared Diamond

    Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fate of Human Societies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jared Diamond
    • Narrated By Doug Ordunio
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    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.

    mitch says: "A smart revisionist history of humankind"
  • The Art of War | Sun Tzu

    The Art of War

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 7 mins)
    • By Sun Tzu
    • Narrated By Aidan Gillen
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    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.

    says: "And you thought he ran a solid bordello?"
  • Fingerprints of the Gods: The Quest Continues | Graham Hancock

    Fingerprints of the Gods: The Quest Continues

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Graham Hancock
    • Narrated By Graham Hancock
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    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.

    Thomas says: "Phenomenal!"
  • Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia | David Hunt

    Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By David Hunt
    • Narrated By David Hunt
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    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.

    Alex H says: "True Blue History of Australia - Addicted"
  • The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic | Mike Duncan

    The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Mike Duncan
    • Narrated By Mike Duncan
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    The Roman Republic was one of the most remarkable achievements in the history of civilization. After its founding in 509 BCE, the Romans refused to allow a single leader to seize control of the state and grab absolute power. The Roman commitment to cooperative government and peaceful transfers of power was unmatched in the history of the ancient world. But by the year 133 BCE, the republican system was unable to cope with the vast empire Rome now ruled.

    Julien says: "History for everyone"
  • The Silk Roads: A New History of the World | Peter Frankopan

    The Silk Roads: A New History of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Peter Frankopan
    • Narrated By Laurence Kennedy
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    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.

    Gordon says: "Some great gems of historical fact"
  • Diary of a Young Girl | Anne Frank

    Diary of a Young Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Anne Frank
    • Narrated By Helena Bonham Carter
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    In Amsterdam, in the summer of 1942, the Nazis forced teenager Anne Frank and her family into hiding. For over two years, they, another family and a German dentist lived in a 'secret annexe', fearing discovery. All that time, Anne kept a diary.An intimate record of tension and struggle, adolescence and confinement, anger and heartbreak, Anne Frank's diary is one of those unique documents, famed throughout the world.It portrays innocence and humanity, suffering and survival in the starkest and most moving terms.

    says: "wonderfully read"
  • True Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia | David Hunt

    True Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By David Hunt
    • Narrated By David Hunt
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    First there was Girt. Now comes...True Girt. In this side-splitting sequel to his best-selling history, David Hunt takes us to the Australian frontier. This was the Wild South, home to hardy pioneers, gun-slinging bushrangers, directionally challenged explorers, nervous indigenous people, Caroline Chisholm and sheep. Lots of sheep.

    Courtney says: "Such an interesting conversation with history"
  • SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome | Mary Beard

    SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mary Beard
    • Narrated By Phyllida Nash
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    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.

    lone says: "SPQR 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟"
  • Captain James Cook | Rob Mundle

    Captain James Cook

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rob Mundle
    • Narrated By Paul English
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    From sailor to legend - the story of Captain James Cook, one of the greatest maritime explorers of all time. Rob Mundle introduces us to an unlikely sailor in a teenage Cook, who through the combination of hard-won skills as a seafarer, the talents of a self-taught navigator and surveyor, and an exceptional ability to lead and care for his men, climbed the ranks of the Royal Navy to achieve legendary status among all who sailed and mapped the world.

    Jennifer2 says: "I'm sorry it had to finish."
  • Batavia | Peter FitzSimons

    Batavia

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs)
    • By Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated By Richard Aspel
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    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....

    Karen says: "Batavia - the worst voice ever"
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany | William L. Shirer

    The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By William L. Shirer
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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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.

    Tigershark says: "Outstanding!"
  • Stalingrad | Antony Beevor

    Stalingrad

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Antony Beevor
    • Narrated By Peter Noble
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    The battle for Stalingrad became the focus of Hitler and Stalin's determination to win the gruesome, vicious war on the eastern front. The citizens of Stalingrad endured unimaginable hardship; the battle, with fierce hand-to-hand fighting in each room of each building, was brutally destructive to both armies. But the eventual victory of the Red Army, and the failure of Hitler's Operation Barbarossa, was the first defeat of Hitler's territorial ambitions in Europe and the start of his decline.

    aidan says: "Maaaaadog"
  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life | Bill Bryson

    At Home: A Short History of Private Life

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
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    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.

    Rachel says: "Best use of a credit"
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything | Bill Bryson

    A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
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    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.

    Jenny says: "Educational and awe-inspiring"
  • The Wife Drought | Annabel Crabb

    The Wife Drought

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Annabel Crabb
    • Narrated By Annabel Crabb
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    '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.

    Ali says: "Essential listening"
  • Debt - Updated and Expanded: The First 5,000 Years | David Graeber

    Debt - Updated and Expanded: The First 5,000 Years

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By David Graeber
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    Here, anthropologist David Graeber presents a stunning reversal of conventional wisdom: He shows that before there was money, there was debt. For more than 5,000 years, since the beginnings of the first agrarian empires, humans have used elaborate credit systems to buy and sell goods - that is, long before the invention of coins or cash. It is in this era, Graeber argues, that we also first encounter a society divided into debtors and creditors.

    Katie Batty says: "important book"
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