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  • Survival of the Sickest: A Medical Maverick Discovers Why We Need Disease

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Sharon Moalem, Jonathan Prince
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (78)
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    How did a deadly genetic disease help our ancestors survive the bubonic plagues of Europe? Was diabetes evolution's response to the last Ice Age? Will a visit to the tanning salon help bring down your cholesterol? Why do we age? Why are some people immune to HIV? Can your genes be turned on or off? Survival of the Sickest reveals the answers to these and many other questions as it unravels the amazing connections between evolution, disease, and human health today.

    Maurice says: "An Eye Opener"
    "A very good, informative introduction."
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    This book has been in my physical home library for a few years now but it wasn't until I found the audible version that I actually had the time to go through the entire work. When it comes to scientific literature here on audible.com were very luck to come across a book like this that has a Narrator who doesn't sound like an 80 year old retired university professor.

    Loved the book, i recommend the download as an introduction. I also recommend you follow up this book with some more on basic genetics so you get a better idea of what is going on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Russian Phase 1, Unit 01: Learn to Speak and Understand Russian with Pimsleur Language Programs

    • ORIGINAL (43 mins)
    • By Pimsleur
    Overall
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    Russian Phase 1, Unit 1 contains 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and isolated vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation. The lesson contains full practice for all vocabulary introduced in this unit.

    Little Known Blogger says: "Pimsleur is excellent"
    "Practice makes perfect."
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    This was a great introduction. I'll be practicing it more though before going onto the next lesson.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Macbeth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1304)
    Performance
    (1080)
    Story
    (1077)

    Macbeth: A Novel brings the intricacy and grit of the historical thriller to Shakespeare’s tale of political intrigue, treachery, and murder. In this full-length novel written exclusively for audio, authors A. J. Hartley and David Hewson rethink literature’s most infamous married couple, grounding them in a medieval Scotland whose military and political upheavals are as stark and dramatic as the landscape in which they are played.

    Beverly says: "Narrator choice inspired"
    "Worth every cent!"
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    So this book actually got me back into Shakespeare. After reading the middle to modern English plays in high school I was a little hesitant in purchasing. I did though, and don't regret it one bit. My attention was kept through this audio book, the narrator is quite good. I recommend this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 1776

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By David McCullough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4601)
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    (1792)
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    (1801)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you ever thought history was boring, David McCullough’s performance of his fascinating book will change your mind. In this stirring audiobook, McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence, when the whole American cause was riding on their success.

    Mark says: "Front Seat on History"
    "Good book, worth the purchase."
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    If I could go back, I would have still purchased this audio book even though I gave it three stars. It's an awe inspiring story. The narration is good in parts, a little dry in others. I didn't read any intro's or listen to a sample before purchasing and was sort of expecting a historical non-fiction story, but it is in fact, a simple history text. Still worth it though!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A World Undone: The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By G. J. Meyer
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (583)
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    (522)
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    (517)

    The First World War is one of history’s greatest tragedies. In this remarkable and intimate account, author G. J. Meyer draws on exhaustive research to bring to life the story of how the Great War reduced Europe’s mightiest empires to rubble, killed 20 million people, and cracked the foundations of the world we live in today. World War I is unique in the number of questions about it that remain unsettled. After more than 90 years, scholars remain divided on these questions, and it seems likely that they always will.

    Andrew Pilecki says: "Excellent Overview of the "Overshadowed" War"
    "Probably the best of the war chronicles..."
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    I listened to this audio book while researching the first world war. It is probably the most complete compilation (at least in any readable or audible format) of the great war. The author is meticulous in his effort, paying special attention to the details. The book is even entertaining in parts - how often can you say that for a history book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Robert Garland
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Garland
    Overall
    (993)
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    (895)
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    (886)

    Look beyond the abstract dates and figures, kings and queens, and battles and wars that make up so many historical accounts. Over the course of 48 richly detailed lectures, Professor Garland covers the breadth and depth of human history from the perspective of the so-called ordinary people, from its earliest beginnings through the Middle Ages.

    Mark says: "Tantalizing time trip"
    "Get this course now!"
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    This is my all time favorite history course, in any genera! The professor is extremely knowledgeable and this course if just, well, 5 stars no matter how you put it. I am critical of many things, and I do not give high reviews lightly. It is earned. Excellent course.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Second World War: Milestones to Disaster

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Sir Winston Churchill
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    Overall
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    Churchill's history of the Second World War is, and will remain, the definitive work. Lucid, dramatic, remarkable for its breadth and sweep and for its sense of personal involvement, it is universally acknowledged as a magnificent reconstruction.

    John M says: "Brilliant! Only Churchill could have done this."
    "Classic Churchill."
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    So this is actually, the second half of the auto biography of Sir Winston Churchill. It's a good read, I'll recommend it. You get what you can expect from him, a semi biased personal account of the second world war and the events leading up to it. I really enjoyed reading history from this colorful author ;)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Foundations of Western Civilization

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Thomas F. X. Noble
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    What is Western Civilization? According to Professor Noble, it is "much more than human and political geography," encompassing myriad forms of political and institutional structures - from monarchies to participatory republics - and its own traditions of political discourse. It involves choices about who gets to participate in any given society and the ways in which societies have resolved the tension between individual self-interest and the common good.

    Tyler says: "Excellent course!"
    "Excellent course!"
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    This is my second, all time favorite history course thus far. I have only been a patron of the Great Courses for about 7 or 8 months when my favorite podcaster mentioned they were now on Audible. I highly recommend this particular course. The professor is very good at what he does, captivating, interesting, and knowledgeable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Battle

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Cornelius Ryan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (221)
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    (207)
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    The Battle for Berlin was the culminating struggle of World War II in the European theater. The last offensive against Hitler’s Third Reich, it devastated one of Europe’s historic capitals and marked the final defeat of Nazi Germany. It was also one of the war’s bloodiest and most pivotal battles, whose outcome would shape international politics for decades to come.

    GB says: "Thanks to Dan Carlin of Hardcore History podcasts."
    "Excellent and amazing literature!"
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    Be warned, the narration can be kind of dry in some parts; but stay focused, it is so worth it because this book is amazing. It really gives you a first hand account of what it was like to be in 1945 Berlin; It's rare to have such personal accounts of battle and I really would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in this type of history; especially those of you interested on the specific war between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • George, Nicholas and Wilhelm: Three Royal Cousins and the Road to World War I

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Miranda Carter
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
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    (86)
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    In the years before the First World War, the great European powers were ruled by three first cousins: King George V of Britain, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany, and Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. Together, they presided over the last years of dynastic Europe and the outbreak of the most destructive war the world had ever seen, a war that set 20th-century Europe on course to be the most violent continent in the history of the world.

    D. Littman says: "interesting and entertaining work of history"
    "Couldn't make it through."
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    I bought this audio book with high hopes. I own the hard cover book and could never find the time to read it all, it's so huge! So I thought the audio would help. It's not really the narrators fault that I couldn't make it through the entire length; it's just that the material is so dry that even for a history fan I became disinterested fairly fast. Luckily, Audible has several other selections on the same material that are better suited and that I actually made it through :)

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Romanovs: The Final Chapter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Robert K. Massie
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (47)
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    In July 1991, nine skeletons were exhumed from a shallow mass grave near Ekaterinburg, Siberia, a few miles from the infamous cellar room where the last tsar and his family had been murdered 73 years before. But were these the bones of the Romanovs? And if these were their remains, where were the bones of the two younger Romanovs supposedly murdered with the rest of the family? Was Anna Anderson, celebrated for more than 60 years in newspapers, books, and film, really Grand Duchess Anastasia?

    Grant says: "Interesting but fringe history"
    "Interesting and compelling."
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    So I have been interested in Russian History since I was a boy; in particular into the assassination of the Tsar and his family in 1918. Massie does an amazing recount of the event, the investigation, and aftermath of this historically relevant time in history. If you're at all captivated by this subject than I strongly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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