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    • My Outdoor Life

    • By: Ray Mears
    • Narrated by: Ray Mears, Simon Shepherd
    • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Ray Mears is a household name through his television series Tracks, World of Survival, Bushcraft Survival, The Real Heroes of Telemark, and many more.

    He is a private individual who shuns publicity whenever possible and would prefer to let his many skills tell their own tale - until now. In My Outdoor Life, Ray tells of his childhood and the formative years when he first developed a passion for both bushcraft and the martial arts skills that are central to his life.

    Non-member price: $31.45

    • The Churchill Factor

    • How One Man Made History
    • By: Boris Johnson
    • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
    • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 138
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 123
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 122

    The point of The Churchill Factor is that one man can make all the difference. On the eve of the 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill's death, Boris Johnson explores what makes up the 'Churchill Factor' - the singular brilliance of one of the most important leaders of the 20th century.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Quite interesting.

    • By Tony on 13-03-2019

    Non-member price: $39.02

    • The Elements of Eloquence

    • By: Mark Forsyth
    • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
    • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 23
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
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      5 out of 5 stars 19

    In an age unhealthily obsessed with substance, this is a book on the importance of pure style, from the best-selling author of The Etymologicon and The Horologicon. From classic poetry to pop lyrics and from the King James Bible to advertising slogans, Mark Forsyth explains the secrets that make a phrase - such as 'Tiger, Tiger, burning bright', or 'To be or not to be' - memorable. In his inimitably entertaining and witty style he takes apart famous lines and shows how you, too, can write like Shakespeare or Oscar Wilde.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Perfect for word Geeks

    • By Amazon Customer on 15-04-2017

    Non-member price: $23.41

    • The Etymologicon

    • A Circular Stroll through the Hidden Connections of the English Language
    • By: Mark Forsyth
    • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
    • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
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    A quirky, entertaining and thought-provoking tour of the unexpected connections between words, read by Simon Shepherd. What is the actual connection between disgruntled and gruntled? What links church organs to organised crime, California to the Caliphate, or brackets to codpieces? The Etymologicon springs from Mark Forsyth's Inky Fool blog on the strange connections between words.

    • A Circular Stroll through the Hidden Connections of the English Language
    • By: Mark Forsyth
    • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
    • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
    • Release date: 01-05-2012
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 8 ratings

    Non-member price: $22.01

    • The Retreat

    • Hitler's First Defeat
    • By: Michael Jones
    • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
    • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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    The thrilling history of the turning point of the Second World War, when Hitler's armies were halted on the Eastern Front. At the moment of crisis in 1941 on the Eastern Font, with the forces of Hitler massing on the outskirts of Moscow, the miraculous occurred: Moscow was saved. Yet this turning point was followed by a long retreat, in which Russian forces, inspired by old beliefs in the sacred motherland, pushed back German forces steeled by the vision of the ubermensch, the iron-willed fighter. 

    Non-member price: $33.43

    • The House of Sleep

    • By: Jonathan Coe
    • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
    • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 3
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    Sarah is a narcoleptic who has dreams so vivid she mistakes them for real events; Robert has his life changed forever by the misunderstandings arising from her condition; Terry, the insomniac, spends his wakeful nights fuelling his obsession with movies; and the increasingly unstable Dr Gregory Dudden sees sleep as a life-shortening disease which must be eradicated...A group of students sharing a house. They fall in and out of love, they drift apart.

    Non-member price: $28.91

    • The Panama Papers

    • How the World's Rich and Powerful Hide Their Money
    • By: Frederik Obermaier, Bastian Obermayer
    • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
    • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
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    Late one evening investigative journalist Bastian Obermayer receives an anonymous message offering him access to secret data. Through encrypted channels he then receives documents showing a mysterious bank transfer for $500 million in gold. This is just the beginning. Obermayer and fellow Süddeutsche Zeitung journalist Frederik Obermaier find themselves immersed in a secret world where complex networks of shell companies help to hide people who don't want to be found.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant

    • By Styff on 21-08-2018

    Non-member price: $28.46

    • Stalin's Englishman

    • The Lives of Guy Burgess
    • By: Andrew Lownie
    • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
    • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3
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    Guy Burgess is the most important, complex and fascinating of 'The Cambridge Spies' - the group of British men recruited to pass intelligence to the Soviets during World War Two and the Cold War. Burgess' story takes us from his student days in 1930s Cambridge, where he was first approached by Soviet scouts, through his daring infiltration of the BBC and the British government to his final escape to Russia and lonely, tragic-comic exile there.

    Non-member price: $37.45

    • Globish

    • How the English Language Became the World's Language
    • By: Robert McCrum
    • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
    • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
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    What were the beginnings of the English language? Why has American culture spread so successfully and will it continue to do so even as the country’s power apparently wanes? Why are the West Indies no longer any good at cricket? What difference did slavery make to the way we speak English today?

    • How the English Language Became the World's Language
    • By: Robert McCrum
    • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
    • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
    • Release date: 23-09-2011
    • Not rated yet

    Non-member price: $29.66

    • Iran Rising

    • The Survival and Future of the Islamic Republic
    • By: Amin Saikal
    • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
    • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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    When Iranians overthrew their monarchy, rejecting a pro-Western shah in favor of an Islamic regime, many observers predicted that revolutionary turmoil would paralyze the country for decades to come. Yet 40 years after the 1978-79 revolution, Iran has emerged as a critical player in the Middle East and the wider world, as demonstrated in part by the 2015 international nuclear agreement. In Iran Rising, renowned Iran specialist Amin Saikal describes how the country has managed to survive despite ongoing domestic struggles, Western sanctions, and other serious challenges.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent analysis

    • By kjhjf on 12-03-2019
    • The Survival and Future of the Islamic Republic
    • By: Amin Saikal
    • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
    • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
    • Release date: 05-02-2019
    • 5 out of 5 stars 1 rating

    Non-member price: $34.76

    • After Hitler

    • The Last Days of the Second World War in Europe
    • By: Michael Jones
    • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
    • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
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    On 30 April 1945, Adolf Hitler committed suicide. The following day, his propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels, also killed himself, and the crumbling Third Reich passed to Admiral Karl Dönitz. The Nazis' position seemed hopeless. Yet remarkably, the war in the rest of Europe went on for another 10 days. After Hitler looks at these days as a narrative day-by-day countdown but also as a broader global history of a European war that had seen some of the most savage battles in history.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fine overview meticulously researched and read

    • By The Quiet Reader on 13-08-2018

    Non-member price: $37.98

    • The History Keepers: The Storm Begins

    • By: Damian Dibben
    • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
    • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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    The swashbuckling first book in an explosive new series. Imagine if you lost your parents - not just in place, but in time. Jake Djones' mum and dad have gone missing and they could be anywhere in the world - at any time in history. Because the Djones family have an astonishing secret, which for years they've managed to keep - even from each other. They belong to the History Keepers: a secret society which travels through the centuries to prevent evil enemies from meddling with history itself.

    Non-member price: $25.76

    • Total War

    • From Stalingrad to Berlin
    • By: Michael Jones
    • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
    • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The powerful story of the Red Army's battle of liberation against the Nazi invader - from Stalingrad all the way to Berlin. In February 1943, German forces surrendered to the Red Army at Stalingrad, and the tide of war turned. By May 1945 Soviet soldiers had stormed Berlin and brought down Hitler's regime. Total War follows the fortunes of these fighters as they liberated Russia and the Ukraine from the Nazi invader and fought their way into the heart of the Reich. It reveals the horrors they experienced - the Holocaust, genocide and the mass murder of Soviet POWs - and shows the Red Army, brutalised by war, taking its terrible revenge on the German civilian population.

    Non-member price: $33.43

    • The Incurable Romantic

    • And Other Unsettling Revelations
    • By: Frank Tallis
    • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
    • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Love is a great leveller. Everyone wants love, everyone falls in love, everyone loses love, and everyone knows something of love's madness. But the experience of obsessive love is no trivial matter. In the course of his career, psychologist Dr Frank Tallis has treated many unusual patients, whose stories have lessons for all of us.

    Non-member price: $30.38

    • Unforbidden Pleasures

    • By: Adam Phillips
    • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
    • Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
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    Unforbidden Pleasures is the dazzling new release from Adam Phillips, author of Missing Out and Going Sane. Adam Phillips takes Oscar Wilde as a springboard for a deep dive into the meanings and importance of the unforbidden, from the fall of our 'first parents', Adam and Eve, to the work of the great 20th-century psychoanalytic thinkers.

    Non-member price: $23.41

    • The Third Reich Is Listening

    • Inside German Codebreaking 1939-45
    • By: Christian Jennings
    • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
    • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 2
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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    The codebreakers at Bletchley Park have been immortalised in films such as The Imitation Game and Enigma, but the Germans were also breaking Allied ciphers. The Third Reich Is Listening is the comprehensive account of the successes, failures and science of Germany's codebreaking and signals intelligence operations from 1935 to 1945. This fast-moving blend of modern history and popular science is told through colourful personal accounts of the Germans at the heart of the story.

    Non-member price: $28.87

    • In Between the Sheets

    • By: Ian McEwan
    • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
    • Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
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    A two-timing pornographer becomes the unwilling object of one of his victim's vengeful fantasies. A millionaire buys himself the perfect mistress - passive, yet beautiful - but the union soon becomes a nightmare of jealousy and despair. And an ape reflects on the relationship with a young female writer, mourning their fading love and musing on the fateful deceptions of art. In these seven stories of dreamlike lucidity, the wasteland of the human psyche is mapped with deadly precision.

    Non-member price: $16.70

    • Missing Out

    • In Praise of the Unlived Life
    • By: Adam Phillips
    • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
    • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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    We all have two lives - the life we live and the life of our fantasies. But it is the life unlived - the person we have failed to be - that can trouble and even haunt us. In Missing Out acclaimed psychoanalyst Adam Phillips delves into the gap between who we are and who we are not, to discover whether not getting what we want may be the unlikely key to the fully lived life. Adam Phillips is a psychoanalyst and the author of several previous books, all widely acclaimed.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent narration of an excellent book

    • By Amin on 07-08-2018

    Non-member price: $23.41

    • Armadillo

    • By: William Boyd
    • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
    • Length: 11 hrs
    • Unabridged
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    One winter’s morning, Lorimer Black - young, good-looking but with a somewhat troubled expression - goes to keep a perfectly routine business appointment and finds a hanged man. A bad start to the day by any standards and an ominous portent. Sure enough, Lorimer’s life is turned upside down and inside out in ways he could never have foreseen...An unabridged reading by Simon Shepherd.

    Non-member price: $30.74

    • The Horologicon

    • By: Mark Forsyth
    • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
    • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 4
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    The Horologicon - which means 'a book of things appropriate to each hour' - follows a day in the life of unusual, beautiful, and forgotten English words. From the moment you wake to the second your head hits the pillow, there's a cornucopia of hidden words ready for every aspect of your day.

    Non-member price: $22.94

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