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    • Great Mythologies of the World

    • By: The Great Courses, Grant L. Voth, Julius H. Bailey, and others
    • Narrated by: Grant L. Voth, Julius H. Bailey, Kathryn McClymond, and others
    • Length: 31 hrs and 36 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    The deep-seated origins and wide-reaching lessons of ancient myths built the foundation for our modern legacies. Explore the mythologies of Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Learn what makes these stories so important, distinctive, and able to withstand the test of time. Discover how, despite geographical implausibilities, many myths from across the oceans share themes, morals, and archetypes.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Starts out GREAT then fizzles

    • By Carol on 10-06-2018

    Non-member price: $87.81

    • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: William Roberts
    • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,794
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,615
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,608

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Not what I expected but brilliant!

    • By Michael on 27-11-2015

    Non-member price: $32.77

    • The Gulag Archipelago

    • By: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
    • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson, Ignat Solzhenitsyn
    • Length: 23 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 17
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    A vast canvas of camps, prisons, transit centres and secret police, of informers and spies and interrogators but also of everyday heroism, The Gulag Archipelago is Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's grand masterwork. Based on the testimony of some 200 survivors, and on the recollection of Solzhenitsyn's own 11 years in labour camps and exile, it chronicles the story of those at the heart of the Soviet Union who opposed Stalin, and for whom the key to survival lay not in hope but in despair.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Must listen!

    • By Callum on 28-06-2019

    Non-member price: $36.45

    • America Before

    • By: Graham Hancock
    • Narrated by: Graham Hancock
    • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 69
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      5 out of 5 stars 62
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 62

    The concluding volume of the Fingerprints of the Gods trilogy. Could shattering secrets about the deep past of humanity await discovery in North America? Until very recently there was almost universal agreement amongst scientists that human beings first entered the Americas from Siberia around 13,000 years ago by walking into Alaska across the Bering landbridge. Thanks to scientific advances, and to archaeological and geological discoveries, we now know that the Americas were populated by humans for tens of thousands of years before the previously accepted date.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another epic work from Graham.

    • By Anonymous User on 11-07-2019

    Non-member price: $37.98

    • Guns, Germs and Steel

    • The Fate of Human Societies
    • By: Jared Diamond
    • Narrated by: Doug Ordunio
    • Length: 16 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 364
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 328
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 324

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • good research, too many words

    • By Amazon Customer on 23-03-2017

    Non-member price: $44.51

    • Deep Time Dreaming

    • Uncovering Ancient Australia
    • By: Billy Griffiths
    • Narrated by: Tom Griffiths
    • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 22

    Soon after Billy Griffiths joins his first archaeological dig as camp manager and cook, he is hooked. Equipped with a historian’s inquiring mind, he embarks on a journey through time, seeking to understand the extraordinary deep history of the Australian continent. Deep Time Dreaming is the passionate product of that journey. It investigates a twin revolution: the reassertion of Aboriginal identity in the second half of the 20th century and the uncovering of the traces of ancient Australia.  

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Must become required reading

    • By Kate on 08-07-2019

    Non-member price: $34.95

    • Midnight in Chernobyl

    • The Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster
    • By: Adam Higginbotham
    • Narrated by: Jacques Roy
    • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 35
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      5 out of 5 stars 35

    Early in the morning of April 26, 1986, Reactor Number Four of the Chernobyl Atomic Energy Station exploded, triggering history’s worst nuclear disaster. In the 30 years since then, Chernobyl has become lodged in the collective nightmares of the world: shorthand for the spectral horrors of radiation poisoning, for a dangerous technology slipping its leash, for ecological fragility and for what can happen when a dishonest and careless state endangers not only its own citizens but all of humanity.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Very detailed

    • By Colzz on 18-07-2019

    Non-member price: $36.45

    • Upheaval

    • Turning Points for Nations in Crisis
    • By: Jared Diamond
    • Narrated by: Henry Strozier
    • Length: 18 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    In his earlier best sellers Guns, Germs and Steel and Collapse, Jared Diamond transformed our understanding of what makes civilizations rise and fall. Now, in the final audiobook in this monumental trilogy, he reveals how successful nations recover from crisis through selective change - a coping mechanism more commonly associated with personal trauma.  

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • History in our lifetime

    • By Joachim Maartens on 10-07-2019
    • Turning Points for Nations in Crisis
    • By: Jared Diamond
    • Narrated by: Henry Strozier
    • Length: 18 hrs and 44 mins
    • Release date: 07-05-2019
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 19 ratings

    Non-member price: $48.75

    • Girt

    • The Unauthorised History of Australia
    • By: David Hunt
    • Narrated by: David Hunt
    • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,759
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      4 out of 5 stars 1,641
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      4 out of 5 stars 1,632

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • True Blue History of Australia - Addicted

    • By Nelson C on 25-05-2015
    • The Unauthorised History of Australia
    • By: David Hunt
    • Narrated by: David Hunt
    • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
    • Release date: 19-04-2015
    • 4 out of 5 stars 1,759 ratings

    Non-member price: $29.95

    • Castaway

    • By: Robert Macklin
    • Narrated by: Michael Carman
    • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 4
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    In 1858, 14-year-old Narcisse Pelletier sailed from Marseilles in the French trader Saint-Paul. With a cargo of Bordeaux wine, they stopped in Bombay, then Hong Kong, and from there they set sail with more than 300 Chinese prospectors bound for the goldfields of Ballarat and Bendigo. Around the eastern tip of New Guinea, however, the ship became engulfed in fog, struck reefs and ran aground. 

    Non-member price: $34.95

    • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

    • By: Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
    • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 275
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 239
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 239

    The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Surprisingly good

    • By Amazon Customer on 25-09-2017

    Non-member price: $41.73

    • An Economic History of the World since 1400

    • By: Donald J. Harreld, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Donald J. Harreld
    • Length: 24 hrs and 25 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 201
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 176
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 173

    Most of us have a limited understanding of the powerful role economics has played in shaping human civilization. This makes economic history - the study of how civilizations structured their environments to provide food, shelter, and material goods - a vital lens through which to think about how we arrived at our present, globalized moment. Designed to fill a long-empty gap in how we think about modern history, these 48 lectures are a comprehensive journey through more than 600 years of economic history.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I have learnt a lot

    • By Anonymous User on 19-06-2018

    Non-member price: $73.77

    • The Catalpa Rescue

    • The Gripping Story of the Most Dramatic and Successful Prison Break in Australian History
    • By: Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated by: Michael Carman
    • Length: 16 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 45

    The incredible true story of one of the most extraordinary and inspirational prison breaks in history. Boston, 1869. Members of the Clan na Gael - agitators for an Irish republic - hatch a daring plan to free six Irish political prisoners from the most remote gaol on earth, Fremantle Prison in Western Australia. Under the guise of a whale hunt, Captain Anthony sets sail on the Catalpa, risking his life to rescue the men from the prison, known among the inmates as 'a living tomb'.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Much more than the story of the Catalpa rescue

    • By Anonymous User on 11-07-2019
    • The Gripping Story of the Most Dramatic and Successful Prison Break in Australian History
    • By: Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated by: Michael Carman
    • Length: 16 hrs and 20 mins
    • Release date: 23-04-2019
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 48 ratings

    Non-member price: $44.95

    • Burke and Wills

    • The Triumph and Tragedy of Australia's Most Famous Explorers
    • By: Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated by: Michael Carman
    • Length: 23 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 236
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 219
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 220

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great history lesson.

    • By Noel Fell on 16-12-2018

    Non-member price: $39.95

    • Chernobyl

    • History of a Tragedy
    • By: Serhii Plokhy
    • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
    • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
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    On the morning of 26 April 1986, Europe witnessed the worst nuclear disaster in history: the explosion of a reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Soviet Ukraine. The outburst put the world on the brink of nuclear annihilation. In the end, less than 5 percent of the reactor's fuel escaped, but that was enough to contaminate over half of Europe with radioactive fallout. In Chernobyl, Serhii Plokhy re-creates these events in all of their drama, telling the stories of the firefighters, scientists, engineers, workers, soldiers and policemen who found themselves caught in a nuclear Armageddon.... 

    Non-member price: $36.45

    • The Silk Roads

    • A New History of the World
    • By: Peter Frankopan
    • Narrated by: Laurence Kennedy
    • Length: 24 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 388
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 364
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 354

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not a history of Asia

    • By Tim on 16-08-2016

    Non-member price: $55.66

    • Watkin Tench's 1788

    • By: Tim Flannery (editor)
    • Narrated by: Grant Cartwright
    • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
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    Tench, a humble captain-lieutenant of the marines, arrived on the First Fleet, and with his characteristic understanding, humanity, and eye for detail, recorded the first four years of European settlement. This is a classic, lovingly edited and introduced by Tim Flannery, author of the best-selling The Future Eaters, Throwim Way Leg, and The Weather Makers.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Returning as free on LibriVox

    • By Jennifer2 on 18-07-2019

    Non-member price: $34.76

    • The Cold War

    • A World History
    • By: Odd Arne Westad
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 25 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
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    As Germany and then Japan surrendered in 1945, there was a tremendous hope that a new and much better world could be created from the moral and physical ruins of the conflict. Instead, the combination of the huge power of the USA and USSR and the near-total collapse of most of their rivals created a unique, grim new environment: the Cold War. For over 40 years the demands of the Cold War shaped the life of almost all of us. There was no part of the world where East and West did not ultimately demand a blind and absolute allegiance.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent overview.

    • By Tim on 12-07-2019

    Non-member price: $46.83

    • Harry Potter: A History of Magic

    • An Audio Documentary
    • By: Pottermore Publishing, Ben Davies
    • Narrated by: Natalie Dormer
    • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 73
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 70
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      4 out of 5 stars 70

    The history of magic is as long as time and as wide as the world. In every culture, in every age, in every place and, probably, in every heart, there is magic. Harry Potter: A History of Magic reveals some of the hidden stories behind real-world magic and explores some of J.K. Rowling's magical inventions alongside their folkloric, cultural and historical forebears.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing for a HP fan

    • By Toria Phillips on 17-10-2018

    Non-member price: $39.95

    • Food: A Cultural Culinary History

    • By: Ken Albala, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Ken Albala
    • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 103
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      5 out of 5 stars 89
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 88

    Eating is an indispensable human activity. As a result, whether we realize it or not, the drive to obtain food has been a major catalyst across all of history, from prehistoric times to the present. Epicure Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin said it best: "Gastronomy governs the whole life of man."

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A wonderful series.

    • By Amazon Customer on 16-08-2017

    Non-member price: $61.45

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