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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
    • Love this!

    • By bridget Huolohan on 28-11-2018

    Non-member price: $30.38

    • The Adventure of English

    • The Biography of a Language
    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: Robert Powell
    • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 45

    This is the remarkable story of the English language; from its beginnings as a minor guttural Germanic dialect to its position today as a truly established global language. The Adventure of English is not only an enthralling story of power, religion, and trade, but also the story of people, and how their lives continue to change the extraordinary language that is English.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Wonderful Adenture

    • By Readalot on 25-02-2017

    Non-member price: $29.92

    • The Plantagenets: The Kings Who Made England

    • By: Dan Jones
    • Narrated by: Dan Jones
    • Length: 22 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 9
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    England’s greatest royal dynasty, the Plantagenets, ruled over England through eight generations of kings. Their remarkable reign saw England emerge from the Dark Ages to become a highly organised kingdom that spanned a vast expanse of Europe. Plantagenet rule saw the establishment of laws and creation of artworks, monuments and tombs which survive to this day, and continue to speak of their sophistication, brutality and secrets. Dan Jones brings you a new vision of this battle-scarred history.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating

    • By Sue Peters on 25-06-2019

    Non-member price: $22.85

    • The Royal Art of Poison

    • Fatal Cosmetics, Deadly Medicines and Murder Most Foul
    • By: Eleanor Herman
    • Narrated by: Joan Walker
    • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
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    For centuries, royal families have feared the gut-roiling, vomit-inducing agony of a little something added to their food or wine by an enemy. To avoid poison, they depended on tasters, unicorn horns and antidotes tested on condemned prisoners. The Royal Art of Poison is a hugely entertaining work of popular history that traces the use of poison as a political - and cosmetic - tool in the royal courts of Western Europe from the Middle Ages to the Kremlin today.  

    Non-member price: $25.82

    • The Road to Wigan Pier

    • By: George Orwell
    • Narrated by: Jeremy Northam
    • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 84
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      5 out of 5 stars 78
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 78

    A graphic and biting polemic that still holds a fierce political relevance and impact despite being written over half a century ago. First published in 1937 it charts George Orwell's observations of working-class life during the 1930s in the industrial heartlands of Yorkshire and Lancashire. His depictions of social injustice and rising unemployment, the dangerous working conditions in the mines amid general squalor and hunger also bring together many of the ideas explored in his later works and novels.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • How much has changed without much changing at all

    • By Memphis on 23-09-2018

    Non-member price: $25.82

    • 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 285
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 253
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 252

    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

    • Erebus: The Story of a Ship

    • By: Michael Palin
    • Narrated by: Michael Palin
    • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 40

    In his major new work, Michael Palin - former Monty Python stalwart and much-loved television globe-trotter - brings to life the world and voyages of HMS Erebus, from its construction in the naval dockyards of Pembroke, to the part it played in Ross’s Antarctic expedition of 1839-43, to its abandonment during Franklin’s ill-fated Arctic expedition, and to its final rediscovery on the seabed in Queen Maud Gulf in 2014. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Totally absorbing

    • By The Quiet Reader on 14-10-2018

    Non-member price: $33.43

    • Empire

    • How Britain Made the Modern World
    • By: Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 16 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 44

    Once vast swathes of the globe were coloured imperial red, and Britannia ruled not just the waves but the prairies of America, the plains of Asia, the jungles of Africa and the deserts of Arabia. Just how did a small, rainy island in the North Atlantic achieve all this? And why did the empire on which the sun literally never set finally decline and fall? Niall Ferguson's acclaimed Empire brilliantly unfolds the imperial story in all its splendours and its miseries.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • enjoyable stuff

    • By smartyworld on 05-12-2018

    Non-member price: $37.46

    • The Hollow Crown

    • The Wars of the Roses and the Rise of the Tudors
    • By: Dan Jones
    • Narrated by: Dan Jones
    • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
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    Some of the greatest heroes and villains in British history were thrown together in these turbulent times: Henry V, whose victory at Agincourt and prudent rule at home marked the high point of the medieval monarchy; Edward IV, who was handed his crown by the scheming soldier Warwick the Kingmaker, before their alliance collapsed into a fight to the death; and the last Plantagenet, Richard III, who stole the throne and murdered his own nephews, the Princes in the Tower. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A very well balanced book

    • By Clare Ong on 05-01-2019
    • The Wars of the Roses and the Rise of the Tudors
    • By: Dan Jones
    • Narrated by: Dan Jones
    • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
    • Release date: 31-07-2018
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 27 ratings

    Non-member price: $28.87

    • Churchill's Secret Warriors

    • The Explosive True Story of the Special Forces Desperadoes of WWII
    • By: Damien Lewis
    • Narrated by: Nigel Carrington
    • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 40

    In the bleak moments after defeat on mainland Europe in winter 1939, Winston Churchill knew that Britain had to strike back hard. So Britain's wartime leader called for the lightning development of a completely new kind of warfare, recruiting a band of eccentric free-thinking warriors to become the first 'deniable' secret operatives to strike behind enemy lines, offering these volunteers nothing but the potential for glory and all-but-certain death.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • 5 star

    • By Anonymous User on 27-04-2019

    Non-member price: $31.21

    • Captain James Cook

    • By: Rob Mundle
    • Narrated by: Paul English
    • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 79
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 76
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 78

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I'm sorry it had to finish.

    • By Jennifer2 on 12-07-2017

    Non-member price: $53.17

    • The Butchering Art

    • Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine
    • By: Lindsey Fitzharris
    • Narrated by: Sam Woolf
    • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 34
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    In The Butchering Art, historian Lindsey Fitzharris re-creates a critical turning point in the history of medicine, when Joseph Lister transformed surgery from a brutal, harrowing practice to the safe, vaunted profession we know today.

    Victorian operating theatres were known as 'gateways of death', Fitzharris reminds us, since half of those who underwent surgery didn't survive the experience. This was an era when a broken leg could lead to amputation, and surgeons were still known to ransack cemeteries to find cadavers.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved it

    • By Miss Amy V on 14-11-2017

    Non-member price: $31.21

    • The Perfect King

    • The Life of Edward III
    • By: Ian Mortimer
    • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
    • Length: 19 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 4
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    Edward’s life is one of the most extraordinary in all English history. He ordered his uncle to be beheaded, he usurped his father’s throne and he started a war which lasted for more than a hundred years. He took the crown when it was at its lowest point and raised it to new heights, presenting himself as a new King Arthur, victorious across Europe. He was the architect of many English icons - from parliamentary rule to the adoption of English as the official language and even the building of a great clock tower at Westminster. 

    Non-member price: $37.98

    • The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare

    • Churchill's Mavericks: Plotting Hitler's Defeat
    • By: Giles Milton
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 141
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      5 out of 5 stars 132
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      5 out of 5 stars 131

    Shortly after the outbreak of the Second World War, a country house called The Firs in Buckinghamshire was requisitioned by the War Office. Sentries were posted at the entrance gates, and barbed wire was strung around the perimeter fence. To local villagers it looked like a prison camp. But the truth was far more sinister. This rambling Edwardian mansion had become home to an eccentric band of scientists, inventors and bluestockings. Their task was to build devastating new weaponry that could be used against the Nazis.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliantly read, entertaining, but....

    • By S. Herod on 21-02-2019

    Non-member price: $39.02

    • Viking London

    • By: Thomas Williams
    • Narrated by: Marston York
    • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Viking London is a short book of the hidden history, archaeology and folklore of London in the Viking Age and its echoes through history. The narrative history that can be told is limited, and this book is, therefore, unorthodox and digressive in its structure and its layering of voices, impressions and characters, stories, objects and buildings.

    Non-member price: $8.41

    • A Brief History of Life in Victorian Britain

    • By: Michael Paterson
    • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
    • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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    The Victorian era has dominated the popular imagination like no other period, but these myths and stories also give a very distorted view of the 19th century. The early Victorians were much stranger than we usually imagine, and their world would have felt very different from our own. It was only during the long reign of the Queen that a modern society emerged in unexpected ways.

    Non-member price: $28.87

    • The Five

    • The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper
    • By: Hallie Rubenhold
    • Narrated by: Louise Brealey
    • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 12
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      5 out of 5 stars 11
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane are famous for the same thing, though they never met. They came from Fleet Street, Knightsbridge, Wolverhampton, Sweden and Wales. They wrote ballads, ran coffeehouses and lived on country estates; they breathed ink dust from printing presses and escaped people traffickers. What they had in common was the year of their murders: 1888. The person responsible was never identified, but the character created by the press to fill that gap has become far more famous than any of these five women. 

    • The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper
    • By: Hallie Rubenhold
    • Narrated by: Louise Brealey
    • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
    • Release date: 26-02-2019
    • 5 out of 5 stars 12 ratings

    Non-member price: $53.17

    • A History of Britain: Volume 1

    • By: Simon Schama
    • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
    • Length: 15 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 58

    The story of Britain from the earliest settlements in 3000BC to the death of Elizabeth I in 1603. To look back at the past is to understand the present. In this vivid account of over 4,000 years of British history, Simon Schama takes us on an epic journey which encompasses the very beginnings of the nation's identity, when the first settlers landed on Orkney. From the successes and failures of the monarchy to the daily life of a Roman soldier stationed on Hadrian's Wall, Schama gives a vivid, fascinating account of the many different stories and struggles that lie behind the growth of our island nation.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • More poetry then history

    • By Anonymous User on 26-08-2018

    Non-member price: $32.77

    • Rome

    • By: Robert Hughes
    • Narrated by: David Timson
    • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
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    Rome - as a city, as an empire, as an enduring idea - is in many ways the origin of everything Robert Hughes has spent his life writing about with such dazzling irreverence and exacting rigour. In this magisterial book he traces the city's history from its mythic foundation with Romulus and Remus to Fascism, Fellini and beyond. For almost a thousand years, Rome held sway as the spiritual and artistic centre of the world.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • struggled to finish

    • By Amazon Customer on 10-10-2018

    Non-member price: $27.47

    • The First Fleet

    • By: Rob Mundle
    • Narrated by: Paul English
    • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    A biography of unprecedented expedition under sail, from Australia's master of maritime history. The role of the sailor through history should never be underestimated. Over centuries battles were won and new lands discovered and settled by their skills and nerve. Rob Mundle is back on the ocean to tell one of the great stories of an expedition under sail: the extraordinary eight-month, 17,000-nautical mile voyage of the First Fleet.

    Non-member price: $53.17

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