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    • Stephen Fry's Victorian Secrets

    • By: Stephen Fry
    • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 177
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 161

    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 53
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 47

    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

    • Captain James Cook

    • By: Rob Mundle
    • Narrated by: Paul English
    • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 82
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 79
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 81

    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 Plantagenets: The Kings Who Made England

    • By: Dan Jones
    • Narrated by: Dan Jones
    • Length: 22 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      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 Road to Wigan Pier

    • By: George Orwell
    • Narrated by: Jeremy Northam
    • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      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

    • 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
    • Performance
      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

    • 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

    • 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 29
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 27

    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 29 ratings

    Non-member price: $28.87

    • Erebus: The Story of a Ship

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

    • 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

    • Thomas Cromwell

    • A Life
    • By: Diarmaid MacCulloch
    • Narrated by: David Rintoul
    • Length: 26 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 6
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Thomas Cromwell by Diarmid MacCulloch, read by David Rintoul. Thomas Cromwell is one of the most famous - or notorious - figures in English history. Born in obscurity in Putney, he became a fixer for Cardinal Wolsey in the 1520s. After Wolsey's fall, Henry VIII promoted him to a series of ever greater offices, and by the end of the 1530s he was effectively running the country for the King. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautiful read and researched

    • By Anonymous User on 06-02-2019

    Non-member price: $42.54

    • 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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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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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.  

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Well written in an unusual and interesting format

    • By Len on 16-07-2019

    Non-member price: $25.82

    • Six Tudor Queens: Anna of Kleve, Queen of Secrets

    • Six Tudor Queens, Book 4
    • By: Alison Weir
    • Narrated by: Esther Wane
    • Length: 18 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 6
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    A German Princess with a guilty secret. The King is in love with Anna's portrait, but she has none of the accomplishments he seeks in a new bride. She prays she will please Henry, for the balance of power in Europe rests on this marriage alliance. But Anna's past is never far from her thoughts, and the rumours rife at court could be her downfall. Everyone knows the King won't stand for a problem queen. Anna of Kleve. The fourth of Henry's Queens. Her story. 

    Non-member price: $37.98

    • The Perfect King

    • The Life of Edward III
    • By: Ian Mortimer
    • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
    • Length: 19 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      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 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
    • Overall
      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

    • Shadows of the Workhouse

    • The Drama of Life in Postwar London
    • By: Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated by: Anne Reid
    • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
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      5 out of 5 stars 20

    The inspiration for the second series of the BBC's phenomenally popular Call the Midwife, starring Miranda Hart. In this follow-up to Call the Midwife, Jennifer Worth, a midwife working in the docklands area of East London in the 1950s, tells more stories about the people she encountered. There's Jane, who cleaned and generally helped out at Nonnatus House - she was taken to the workhouse as a baby and was allegedly the illegitimate daughter of an aristocrat.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • How fortunate we are!

    • By Anonymous User on 19-04-2019

    Non-member price: $20.28

    • Victorians Undone: Tales of the Flesh in the Age of Decorum

    • By: Kathryn Hughes
    • Narrated by: Jenny Funnell
    • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 7

    A groundbreaking account of what it was like to live in a Victorian body from one of our best historians, author of The Short Life and Long Times of Mrs Beeton and George Eliot: The Last Victorian. Why did the great philosophical novelist George Eliot feel so self-conscious that her right hand was larger than her left? Exactly what made Darwin grow that iconic beard in 1862, a good five years after his contemporaries had all retired their razors?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Life in Victorian times

    • By Sally Cousens on 28-02-2018

    Non-member price: $22.62

    • How to Be a Victorian

    • By: Ruth Goodman
    • Narrated by: Patience Tomlinson
    • Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
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      5 out of 5 stars 4
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      5 out of 5 stars 4

    We know what life was like for Victoria and Albert. But what was it like for a commoner like you or me? How did it feel to cook with coal and wash with tea leaves? Drink beer for breakfast and clean your teeth with cuttlefish? Dress in whalebone and feed opium to the baby? Surviving everyday life came down to the gritty details, the small necessities and tricks of living. Drawing on Ruth's unique firsthand experience gained from living on a Victorian farm for a year, this book will teach you everything you need to know about 19th-century living. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • amazing so many facts

    • By Anonymous User on 15-06-2019

    Non-member price: $36.45

    • The Railway Man

    • By: Eric Lomax
    • Narrated by: Bill Paterson
    • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
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      5 out of 5 stars 16
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    A naive young man, a railway enthusiast and radio buff, was caught up in the fall of the British Empire at Singapore in 1942. He was put to work on the 'Railway of Death' - the Japanese line from Thailand to Burma. Exhaustively and brutally tortured by the Japanese for making a crude radio, Lomax was emotionally ruined by his experiences.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An incredible story of hardship, survival and forgiveness

    • By Anonymous User on 05-09-2018

    Non-member price: $31.37

    • Mary Queen of Scots: Film Tie-In

    • By: John Guy
    • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
    • Length: 22 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Who was the real Mary Queen of Scots? The most enigmatic ruler of England lived a life of incredible drama and turmoil: crowned Queen of Scotland at nine months old, and Queen of France at 16 years, she grew up in the crosshairs of Europe's political battles to become Queen Elizabeth's archrival.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What a woman.

    • By Anonymous User on 31-03-2019

    Non-member price: $17.44

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