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    • 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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    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 History of Japan

    • Revised Edition
    • By: R. H. P. Mason, J. G. Caiger
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
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    A classic of Japanese history, this audiobook is the preeminent work on the history of Japan. Newly revised and updated, A History of Japan is a single-volume complete history of the nation of Japan. Starting in ancient Japan during its early pre-history period, A History of Japan covers every important aspect of history and culture through feudal Japan to the post-Cold War period and collapse of the bubble economy in the early 1990s. Recent findings shed additional light on the origins of Japanese civilization and the birth of Japanese culture.    

    Non-member price: $41.73

    • Iran

    • A Modern History
    • By: Abbas Amanat
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 41 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This history of modern Iran is not a survey in the conventional sense but an ambitious exploration of the story of a nation. It offers a revealing look at how events, people, and institutions are shaped by currents that sometimes reach back hundreds of years. The book covers the complex history of the diverse societies and economies of Iran against the background of dynastic changes, revolutions, civil wars, foreign occupation, and the rise of the Islamic Republic.

    Non-member price: $55.66

    • Medieval Europe

    • By: Chris Wickham
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The millennium between the breakup of the western Roman Empire and the Reformation was a long and hugely transformative period - one not easily chronicled within a single book. Yet distinguished historian Chris Wickham has taken up the challenge in this landmark book, and he succeeds in producing the most riveting account of medieval Europe in a generation.

    Non-member price: $41.73

    • Street Without Joy

    • The French Debacle in Indochina
    • By: Bernard B. Fall
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In this classic account of the French war in Indochina, Bernard B. Fall vividly captures the sights, sounds, and smells of the savage eight-year conflict in the jungles and mountains of Southeast Asia from 1946 to 1954. The French fought well to the last, but even with the lethal advantages of airpower, they could not stave off the Communist-led Vietnamese nationalists, who countered with a hit-and-run campaign of ambushes, booby traps, and nighttime raids. Defeat came at Dien Bien Phu, in 1954, setting the stage for American involvement and opening another tragic chapter in Vietnam's history.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • amazing book,

    • By Anonymous User on 27-09-2018

    Non-member price: $41.73

    • The Orpheus Clock

    • The Search for My Family's Art Treasures Stolen by the Nazis
    • By: Simon Goodman
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Gutmanns, as they were known, rose from a small Bohemian hamlet to become one of Germany's most powerful banking families. They also amassed a magnificent, world-class art collection that included works by Degas, Renoir, Botticelli, Guardi, and many, many others. But the Nazi regime snatched from them everything they had worked to build: their remarkable art, their immense wealth, their prominent social standing, and their very lives.

    Non-member price: $34.76

    • The Prime Ministers

    • An Intimate Narrative of Israeli Leadership
    • By: Yehuda Avner
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 24 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Prime Ministers is the first and only insider account of Israeli politics from the founding of the Jewish State to the near-present day. It reveals stunning details of life-and-death decision-making, top-secret military operations and high level peace negotiations. The Prime Ministers brings listeners into the orbits of world figures, including Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Rabin, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Henry Kissinger, Yasser Arafat, Margaret Thatcher, Princess Diana and the Lubavitcher Rebbe.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating book but poor narration

    • By Jeremy Herz on 22-01-2018

    Non-member price: $55.66

    • Bury the Chains

    • Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves
    • By: Adam Hochschild
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In early 1787, 12 men - a printer, a lawyer, a clergyman, and others united by their hatred of slavery - came together in a London printing shop and began a remarkable grass-roots movement, battling for the rights of people on another continent. Masterfully stoking public opinion, the movement's leaders pioneered a variety of techniques that have been adopted by citizens' movements ever since, from consumer boycotts to wall posters and lapel buttons to celebrity endorsements.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Spectacular. Essential and inspiring listening.

    • By Anonymous User on 09-10-2018

    Non-member price: $41.73

    • The Dream of Enlightenment

    • The Rise of Modern Philosophy
    • By: Anthony Gottlieb
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In The Dream of Enlightenment, Anthony Gottlieb expertly navigates a second great explosion of thought, taking us to northern Europe in the wake of its wars of religion and the rise of Galilean science. In a relatively short period - from the early 1640s to the eve of the French Revolution - Descartes, Hobbes, Spinoza, Locke, Leibniz, and Hume all made their mark. The Dream of Enlightenment tells their story and that of the birth of modern philosophy.

    Non-member price: $34.76

    • North Korea Confidential

    • Private Markets, Fashion Trends, Prison Camps, Dissenters and Defectors
    • By: Daniel Tudor, James Pearson
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
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    North Korea is one of the most troubled societies on earth. The country's 24 million people live under a violent dictatorship led by a single family, which relentlessly pursues the development of nuclear arms, which periodically incites risky military clashes with the larger, richer, liberal South, and which forces each and every person to play a role in the "theater state" even as it pays little more than lip service to the wellbeing of the overwhelming majority. 

    Non-member price: $20.83

    • 90 Minutes at Entebbe

    • The Full Inside Story of the Spectacular Israeli Counterterrorism Strike and the Daring Rescue of 103 Hostages
    • By: William Stevenson, Uri Dan
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In captivating detail, Stevenson provides a fast-paced, hour-by-hour narration from the hijacking of Air France Flight 139 to the final 90-minute mission. In addition to discussing the incredible rescue itself, Stevenson also covers the political backdrop behind the hijacking, especially Ugandan President Idi Amin's support for the hijackers, which marked one of the first times a leader of a nation had backed terrorist activities.

    Non-member price: $34.76

    • The Worst of Evils

    • The Fight Against Pain
    • By: Thomas Dormandy
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 20 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This riveting audiobook takes the listener around the globe and through the centuries to discover how different cultures have sought to combat and treat physical pain. With colorful stories and sometimes frightening anecdotes, Dr. Thomas Dormandy describes a checkered progression of breakthroughs, haphazard experiments, ignorant attitudes, and surprising developments in human efforts to control pain.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Thoroughly enjoyable

    • By Miss Amy V on 13-04-2019

    Non-member price: $43.87

    • The Water Kingdom

    • A Secret History of China
    • By: Philip Ball
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
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    From the Yangtze to the Yellow River, China is traversed by great waterways, which have defined its politics and ways of life for centuries. Water has been so integral to China's culture, economy, and growth and development that it provides a window on the whole sweep of Chinese history. In The Water Kingdom, renowned writer Philip Ball opens that window to offer an epic and powerful new way of thinking about Chinese civilization. Water, Ball shows, is a key that unlocks much of Chinese culture.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Great Thesis. Terrible Pronunciation

    • By Avi Chapman on 05-11-2018

    Non-member price: $41.73

    • Castles

    • Their History and Evolution in Medieval Britain
    • By: Marc Morris
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Beginning with their introduction in the 11th century, and ending with their widespread abandonment in the 17th, Marc Morris explores many of the country's most famous castles, as well as some spectacular lesser-known examples. At times this is an epic tale, driven by characters like William the Conqueror, King John, and Edward I, full of sieges and conquest on an awesome scale.

    • Their History and Evolution in Medieval Britain
    • By: Marc Morris
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
    • Release date: 04-04-2017
    • 5 out of 5 stars 2 ratings

    Non-member price: $34.76

    • Trail of Hope

    • The Anders Army, an Odyssey Across Three Continents
    • By: Norman Davies
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In this remarkable work, renowned historian Professor Norman Davies draws from years of meticulous research to recount the compelling story of the Polish II Corps or "Anders Army", and their exceptional journey from the Gulag of Siberia through Iran, the Middle East, and North Africa to the battlefields of Italy to fight shoulder-to-shoulder with Allied forces. Complete with firsthand accounts from the men and women who lived through it, this is a unique record of one of the most fascinating episodes of World War II. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Enthralling story, well read

    • By Michal on 03-09-2018

    Non-member price: $41.73

    • The Victorian Internet

    • The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century's On-line Pioneers
    • By: Tom Standage
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
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    The Victorian Internet tells the colorful story of the telegraph's creation and remarkable impact and of the visionaries, oddballs, and eccentrics who pioneered it, from eighteenth-century French scientist Jean-Antoine Nollet to Samuel F. B. Morse and Thomas Edison. The electric telegraph nullified distance and shrank the world quicker and further than ever before or since, and its story mirrors and predicts that of the Internet in numerous ways.

    Non-member price: $27.79

    • 'A' Force

    • The Origins of British Deception During the Second World War
    • By: Whitney T. Bendeck
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
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    "A" Force explores an area of World War II deception history that has often been neglected. While older studies have focused on the D-day deception campaign and Britain's infamous double-agents, this work explores the origins of Britain's deception activities to reveal how the British became such masterful deceivers. This is the first work to focus exclusively on "A" Force and the origins of British deception, examining how and why the British first employed deception in World War II. More

    Non-member price: $34.76

    • Russia in Revolution

    • An Empire in Crisis, 1890 to 1928
    • By: S. A. Smith
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
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    The Russian Revolution of 1917 transformed the face of the Russian empire, politically, economically, socially, and culturally and also profoundly affected the course of world history for the rest of the 20th century. Historian S. A. Smith presents a panoramic account of the history of the Russian empire, from the last years of the 19th century, through the First World War and the revolutions of 1917 and the establishment of the Bolshevik regime, to the end of the 1920s.

    Non-member price: $43.87

    • Meeting the Enemy

    • The Human Face of the Great War
    • By: Richard van Emden
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
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    A British soldier walked over to the German front line to deliver newspapers; British women married to Germans became ‘enemy aliens’ in their own country; a high-ranking British POW discussed his own troops’ heroism with the Kaiser on the battlefield. Just three amazing stories of contact between the opposing sides in the Great War that eminent historian Richard van Emden has unearthed - incidents that show brutality, great humanity, and above all the bizarre nature of a conflict between two nations with long-standing ties of kinship and friendship.

    Non-member price: $41.73

    • The Age of Equality

    • The Twentieth Century in Economic Perspective
    • By: Richard Pomfret
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
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    In 1900 the global average life expectancy at birth was 31 years. By 2000 it was 66. Yet, alongside unprecedented improvements in longevity and material well-being, the 20th century also saw the rise of fascism and communism and a second world war followed by a cold war. This book tells the story of the battles between economic systems that defined the last century and created today's world. The 19th century was a period of rapid economic growth, but it also brought great inequality.

    Non-member price: $26.83

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