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    • The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words, 1000 BCE - 1492

    • By: Simon Schama
    • Narrated by: Andrew Sachs, Saul Reichlin
    • Length: 21 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
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    It is a story like no other: an epic of endurance against destruction, of creativity in oppression, joy amidst grief, the affirmation of life against the steepest of odds. It spans the millennia and the continents - from India to Andalusia and from the bazaars of Cairo to the streets of Oxford. It takes you to unimagined places: to a Jewish kingdom in the mountains of southern Arabia; a Syrian synagogue glowing with radiant wall paintings; the palm groves of the Jewish dead in the Roman catacombs.

    Non-member price: $34.34

    • A History of Britain: Volume 2

    • By: Simon Schama
    • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
    • Length: 20 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
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      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

    The British wars began on the morning of 23 July 1637, heralding 200 years of battles. Most were driven by religious or political conviction, as Republicans and Royalists, Catholics and Protestants, Tories and Whigs, and colonialists and natives vied for supremacy. Of the battles not fought on home territory, many took place across Europe, America, India, and also at sea. Schama's examination of this turbulent period reveals how the British people eventually united in imperial enterprise, forming 'Britannia Incorporated'.

    Non-member price: $34.34

    • A History of Britain: Volume 1

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

    • A History of Britain: Volume 3

    • By: Simon Schama
    • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
    • Length: 20 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
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    Timothy West reads the third and concluding volume of award-winning historian Simon Schama's compelling chronicle of the British Isles. Here he illuminates the period from 1776 to 2000 through a variety of historical themes, including Victorian advances in technology and industry, women's increasing role in society, and the burgeoning British Empire which promised civilisation and material betterment for all.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent history

    • By Iain on 28-09-2015

    Non-member price: $34.34

    • Wordy

    • By: Simon Schama
    • Narrated by: Simon Schama, Gareth Armstrong
    • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Sir Simon Schama has been at the forefront of the arts, political commentary, social analysis and historical study for over 40 years. As a teacher of Art History and an award-winning television presenter of iconic history-based programming, Simon is equally a prolific bestselling writer and award-winning columnist for many of the world’s foremost publishers, broadsheet newspapers, periodicals and magazines.

    Non-member price: $21.86

    • Belonging

    • The Story of the Jews: When Words Fail (1492 - 1900)
    • By: Simon Schama
    • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
    • Length: 36 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 4
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      4 out of 5 stars 4

    Belonging is a magnificent cultural history abundantly alive with energy, character and colour. It spans centuries and continents; from the Jews' expulsion from Spain in 1492, it navigates miracles and massacres, wandering, discrimination, harmony and tolerance, to the brink of the 20th century and, it seems, a point of profound hope. It tells the stories not just of rabbis and philosophers but of a poetess in the ghetto of Venice; a boxer in Georgian England; a general in Ming China; and an opera composer in 19th-century Germany.

    • The Story of the Jews: When Words Fail (1492 - 1900)
    • By: Simon Schama
    • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
    • Length: 36 hrs and 14 mins
    • Release date: 12-10-2017
    • 4 out of 5 stars 4 ratings

    Non-member price: $46.83

    • A History of Britain, Volume 1

    • At the Edge of the World, 3000 BC - AD 1603
    • By: Simon Schama
    • Narrated by: Timothy West
    • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
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      4 out of 5 stars 4

    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.

    Non-member price: $25.76

    • A History of Britain, Volume 2

    • The British Wars, 1603 - 1776
    • By: Simon Schama
    • Narrated by: Timothy West
    • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
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      5 out of 5 stars 4

    Simon Schama's sweeping history of Britain breathes life into our past centuries, vividly depicting exactly what life was like for our ancestors and how their experiences have shaped modern British culture and identity. An informative and entertaining mixture of anecdote and analysis, Schama's work offers a real insight into what it is to be British.

    Non-member price: $29.51

    • A History of Britain, Volume 3

    • The Fate of Empire, 1776 - 2000
    • By: Simon Schama
    • Narrated by: Timothy West
    • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
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    Award-winning historian Simon Schama completes his monumental three-volume history of Britain, which accompanies the acclaimed television epic. In The Fate of Empire, Schama illuminates the period of British history from 1770-2000 through a variety of historical themes, including the advance of technology and industry, women's increasing role in society and the burgeoning British Empire.

    Non-member price: $29.51

    • The Face of Britain

    • The Nation Through Its Portraits
    • By: Simon Schama
    • Narrated by: Roy McMillan, Simon Schama
    • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
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    Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Face of Britain by Simon Schama, read by Simon Schama and Roy McMillian. Churchill and his painter locked in a struggle of stares and glares; Gainsborough watching his daughters run after a butterfly; a naked John Lennon five hours before his death. Simon Schama has written a tour de force about British portraits over the centuries.

    Non-member price: $37.47

    • Rough Crossings

    • By: Simon Schama
    • Narrated by: Joseph Paterson
    • Length: 16 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 3
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    Rough Crossings is the astonishing story of the struggle to freedom by thousands of African American slaves who fled the plantations to fight behind British lines in the American War of Independence. With gripping, powerfully vivid storytelling, Simon Schama follows the escaped blacks into the fires of the war and into freezing, inhospitable Nova Scotia, where many who had served the Crown were betrayed in their promises to receive land at the war's end.

    Non-member price: $34.45

    • The American Future

    • A History
    • By: Simon Schama
    • Narrated by: Peter Marinker
    • Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      5 out of 5 stars 2
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    Award-winning historian Simon Schama's landmark exploration of how America's past influences its future 'I can tell you exactly when American democracy came back from the dead, because I was there . . .' Simon Schama's different kind of history of the USA begins in the middle of an Iowa caucus. There he witnesses first-hand the exciting, chaotic crush as ordinary Americans - grannies, students, businesswomen and doctors - decide who should become the 44th President of the United States.

    Non-member price: $20.21