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    • Sapiens

    • By: Yuval Noah Harari
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us sapiens? In this bold and provocative audiobook, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here, and where we're going.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Thought-provoking

    • By Anonymous User on 30-08-2017

    Regular price: $37.46

    • Homo Deus

    • A Brief History of Tomorrow
    • By: Yuval Noah Harari
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Yuval Noah Harari, author of the best-selling Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, envisions a not-too-distant world in which we face a new set of challenges. Now, in Homo Deus, he examines our future with his trademark blend of science, history, philosophy and every discipline in between. Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the 21st century - from overcoming death to creating artificial life.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This is a powerful book by a truly insightful author.

    • By Daniel Rimmer on 27-10-2018

    Regular price: $44.95

    • After Virtue, Third Edition

    • By: Alasdair MacIntyre
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In this classic work, Alasdair MacIntyre examines the historical and conceptual roots of the idea of virtue, diagnoses the reasons for its absence in personal and public life, and offers a tentative proposal for its recovery. While the individual chapters are wide-ranging, once pieced together, they comprise a penetrating and focused argument about the price of modernity.

    Regular price: $38.97

    • Capitalism Without Capital

    • The Rise of the Intangible Economy
    • By: Jonathan Haskel, Stian Westlake
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Early in the 21st century, a quiet revolution occurred. For the first time, the major developed economies began to invest more in intangible assets, like design, branding, R&D, or software, than in tangible assets, like machinery, buildings, and computers. For all sorts of businesses, from tech firms and pharma companies to coffee shops and gyms, the ability to deploy assets that one can neither see nor touch is increasingly the main source of long-term success.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Insightful and engaging

    • By Anonymous User on 12-11-2018

    Regular price: $35.87

    • 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.

    Regular price: $28.94

    • 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.    

    Regular price: $29.24

    • Thinking of Answers

    • Questions in the Philosophy of Everyday Life
    • By: A. C. Grayling
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In his acclaimed columns in the London Times and Prospect, A. C. Grayling often responds to provocative questions posed by editors and readers. These questions serve as the basis for the essays in Thinking of Answers, among them searching examinations of the following: Are human beings especially prone to self-deception? If beauty existed only in the eye of the beholder, would that make it an unimportant quality? Are human rights political? And more.

    Regular price: $34.76

    • Progress

    • Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future
    • By: Johan Norberg
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
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    It's on the television, in the papers, and in our minds. Every day we're bludgeoned by news of how bad everything is - financial collapse, unemployment, growing poverty, environmental disasters, disease, hunger, war. But the rarely acknowledged reality is that our progress over the past few decades has been unprecedented. By almost any index you care to identify, things are markedly better now than they have ever been for almost everyone alive.

    Regular price: $25.35

    • The Patterning Instinct

    • A Cultural History of Humanity’s Search for Meaning
    • By: Jeremy Lent, Fritjof Capra - foreword
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 19 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This fresh perspective on crucial questions of history identifies the root metaphors that cultures have used to construct meaning in their world. It offers a glimpse into the minds of a vast range of different peoples: early hunter-gatherers and farmers, ancient Egyptians, traditional Chinese sages, the founders of Christianity, trailblazers of the Scientific Revolution, and those who constructed our modern consumer society.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful, gripping, sweeping work

    • By Alexa Forbes on 09-07-2018

    Regular price: $40.97

    • Red Flags

    • Why Xi's China Is in Jeopardy
    • By: George Magnus
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Over the past four decades, China's remarkable transformation has garnered admiration but also sparked concern. George Magnus draws on his intimate knowledge of this dynamic nation to uncover the origins of its ascent and show why the economic traps it faces at home and the political challenges it faces abroad pose a serious threat to its continued rise. 

    Regular price: $34.09

    • What Is Life?

    • How Chemistry Becomes Biology
    • By: Addy Pross
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Seventy years ago, Erwin Schrdinger posed a simple, yet profound, question: What is life?. How could the very existence of such extraordinary chemical systems be understood? This problem has puzzled biologists and physical scientists both before, and ever since. Living things are hugely complex and have unique properties, such as self-maintenance and apparently purposeful behaviour which we do not see in inert matter. So how does chemistry give rise to biology?

    Regular price: $29.22

    • The Age of Equality

    • The Twentieth Century in Economic Perspective
    • By: Richard Pomfret
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
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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.

    Regular price: $26.83

    • 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.

    Regular price: $35.50

    • The Way of the Runner

    • By: Adharanand Finn
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
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    A journey into Japan's fabled running culture from the award-winning author of Running with the Kenyans. Welcome to Japan, the most running-obsessed nation on earth, a place where a 135-mile relay race is the country's biggest annual sporting event. Thousands of professional runners compete for corporate teams in some of the most competitive races in the world. Marathon monks run a thousand marathons in a thousand days to reach spiritual enlightenment.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Inspiring stuff, and fascinating, too.

    • By MICHAEL R CAVANAGH on 25-10-2018

    Regular price: $23.41

    • The Doctrine of Repentance

    • By: Thomas Watson
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 4 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In a world that will not tolerate the mention of sin, and in churches where it has been defined only in generic, sociological terms, one could make a good case could that repentance is one of the least used words in the English language today. Repentance is essential to true Christianity - Jesus Christ himself said that if we do not repent, we will perish - and there are few better guides that have existed in this or any other area of spiritual experience than Thomas Watson.

    Regular price: $25.35

    • 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

    Regular price: $41.73

    • 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

    Regular price: $43.66

    • 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

    Regular price: $34.12

    • 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.

    Regular price: $43.87

    • The Myth of Race

    • By: Jefferson M. Fish
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Myth of Race deals concisely with a wide range of topics, from how the concept of race differs in different cultures and race relations in the United States, to IQ tests and the census. It draws on scientific knowledge to topple a series of myths that pass as facts, correct false assumptions, and clarify cultural misunderstandings about the highly charged topic of race.

    Regular price: $20.83

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