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  • London: A Short History of the Greatest City in the Western World | The Great Courses

    London: A Short History of the Greatest City in the Western World

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Bucholz
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    No city has had as powerful and as enduring an impact on Western civilization as London. But what made the city the perfect environment for so many great developments? How did London endure the sweeping historical revolutions and disasters without crumbling? Find the answers to these questions and more in these 24 fascinating lectures.

    Amy says: "Good Starting Place or Refresher"
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything | Bill Bryson

    A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
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    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything | Bill Bryson

    A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
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    A Short History of Nearly Everything is Bill Bryson’s quest to find out everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization - how we got from there, being nothing at all, to here, being us. His challenge is to take subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us and see if there isn't some way to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science. It's not so much about what we know, as about how we know what we know.

    Carolyn says: "If you only own one audio book, this is it!"
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything | Bill Bryson

    A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    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.

    Marius says: "Superbly whimsical"
  • A Short History of the United States | Robert V. Remini

    A Short History of the United States

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Robert V. Remini
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
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    In addition, Remini explains the reasons for the nation's unique and enduring strengths, its artistic and cultural accomplishments, its genius in developing new products to sell to the world, and its abiding commitment to individual freedoms.

    Craig says: "Very thorough, easy listen, heavy on US Presidents"
  • The History of Time: A Very Short Introduction | Leofranc Holford-Stevens

    The History of Time: A Very Short Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Leofranc Holford-Stevens
    • Narrated By Ben Esner
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    Why do we measure time in the way that we do? Why is a week seven days long? At what point did minutes and seconds come into being? Why are some calendars lunar and some solar? The organization of time into hours, days, months, and years seems immutable and universal, but is actually far more artificial than most people realize. Those interested in time, history, and the development of the calendar will enjoy this absorbing exploration of an aspect of our lives that we all take for granted.

    Nelson Alexander says: "The Etymology of Time"
  • A Short History of the Twentieth Century | John Lukacs

    A Short History of the Twentieth Century

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By John Lukacs
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
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    The historical twentieth century began with the First World War in 1914 and ended seventy-five years later with the collapse of the Soviet Empire in 1989. The short century saw the end of European dominance and the rise of American power and influence throughout the world. The twentieth century was an American century-perhaps the American century.

    Cristie says: "Dissapointingly General"
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything | Bill Bryson

    A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
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    In A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson takes his ultimate journey - into the most intriguing and consequential questions that science seeks to answer. It's a dazzling quest, as this insatiably curious writer attempts to understand everything that has transpired from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization.

    Brent says: "This audio edition is abridged!"
  • A Short History of Film | Wheeler Winston Dixon,Gwendolyn Audrey Foster

    A Short History of Film

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Wheeler Winston Dixon, Gwendolyn Audrey Foster
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
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    The history of international cinema is now available in a concise, conveniently sized, and affordable volume. Succinct yet comprehensive, A Short History of Film provides an accessible overview of the major movements, directors, studios, and genres from the 1880s to the present.

    Alan says: "A fascinating textbook - (is that possible?)"
  • A Short History of Myth: The Myths | Karen Armstrong

    A Short History of Myth: The Myths

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Karen Armstrong
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
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    The history of myth is the history of humanity; our stories and beliefs, our curiosity and attempts to understand the world, link us to our ancestors and each other. Myths help us make sense of the universe. Armstrong takes us from the Palaeolithic period and the myths of the hunters right up to the "Great Western Transformation" of the last 500 years and the discrediting of myth by science.

    maggie0405 says: "Good but not unabridged"
  • Religion in American Politics: A Short History | Frank Lambert

    Religion in American Politics: A Short History

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Lambert
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
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    The delegates to the 1787 Constitutional Convention blocked the establishment of Christianity as a national religion. But they could not keep religion out of American politics. From the election of 1800, when clergyman charged that deist Thomas Jefferson was unfit to lead a "Christian nation," to today, when some Democrats want to embrace the so-called Religious Left in order to compete with the Republicans and the Religious Right, religion has always been a part of American politics.

    Edward C. Charbonnet says: "Excellent overview from colonial days up until now"
  • African History: A Very Short Introduction | John Parker

    African History: A Very Short Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By John Parker
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
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    This Very Short Introduction looks at Africa's past and reflects on the changing ways it has been imagined and represented, both in Africa and beyond. The author illustrates important aspects of Africa's history with a range of fascinating historical examples, drawn from over 5 millennia across this vast continent.

    Francisco says: "Buyers beware"
  • A Short History of Medicine: Modern Library Chronicles | Frank Gonzalez-Crussi

    A Short History of Medicine: Modern Library Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Frank Gonzalez-Crussi
    • Narrated By John McDonough
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    Praised for his erudite writing, renowned scientist Frank Gonzalez-Crussi penned this concise history of medicine, beginning with the most primitive health-care practices and ending with the technology of modern medicine that we enjoy today. As with all Modern Library Chronicles, A Short History of Medicine is a wonderful primer for anyone interested in the subject.

    Stanley says: "Dull and Disorganized"
  • The History of Astronomy: A Very Short Introduction | Michael Hoskin

    The History of Astronomy: A Very Short Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Michael Hoskin
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
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    This is a fascinating introduction to the history of Western astronomy, from prehistoric times to the origins of astrophysics in the mid-19th century. Historical records are first found in Babylon and Egypt, and after two millennia the arithmetical astronomy of the Babylonians merged with the Greek geometrical approach to culminate in the Almagest of Ptolemy.

  • A Short History of Women | Kate Walbert

    A Short History of Women

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Kate Walbert
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber, Ruth Moore, Kathleen McInerney, and others
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    The novel opens in England in 1915, at the deathbed of Dorothy Townsend, a suffragist and one of the first women to integrate Cambridge University. Her decision to starve herself for the cause informs and echoes in the later, overlapping narratives of her descendants.

    Naia Suszek says: "Please End"
  • Art History: A Very Short Introduction | Dana Arnold

    Art History: A Very Short Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Dana Arnold
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
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    This clear and concise new introduction examines all the major debates and issues using a wide range of well-known examples. It discusses the challenge of using verbal and written language to analyze a visual form. Dana Arnold also examines the many different ways of writing about art, and the changing boundaries of the subject of art history. Topics covered include the canon of Art History, the role of the gallery, 'blockbuster' exhibitions, and the emergence of social histories of art.

    Jacob Arnon says: "a pretentious academic book:"
  • The War That Made America: A Short History of the French and Indian War | Fred Anderson

    The War That Made America: A Short History of the French and Indian War

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Fred Anderson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    Apart from The Last of the Mohicans, most Americans know little of the French and Indian War, also known as the Seven Years' War, and yet it remains one of the most fascinating periods in our history. In January 2006, PBS will air The War That Made America, a four-part documentary about this epic conflict. Fred Anderson, the award-winning and critically acclaimed historian, has written the official tie-in to this exciting television event.

    Michael says: "A thorough and absorbing history"
  • A Short History of Ireland | Jonathan Bardon

    A Short History of Ireland

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jonathan Bardon
    • Narrated By uncredited
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    In the wake of its 30th birthday celebrations in 2006, BBC Radio Ulster marked the beginning of a new broadcasting era by embarking on the station's most ambitious project to date: a recounting of the history of Ireland.

    Anne says: "Three and a half?"
  • Islam: A Short History [Modern Library Chronicles] | Karen Armstrong

    Islam: A Short History [Modern Library Chronicles]

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Karen Armstrong
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
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    Best-selling author and renowned religious scholar Karen Armstrong presents a concise and articulate history of Islam, the world's fastest-growing faith. Beginning with the Prophet Muhammad's flight from Medina and concluding with an examination of modern Islamic practices and concerns, Armstrong delivers an unbiased overview. She contends that no religion is more feared and misunderstood by the Western world as Islam, and firmly challenges the notion that these two civilizations are on a collision course.

    Amazon Customer says: "Read the Book, pass on the audible!"
  • A Short History of Africa | Roland Oliver,J. D. Fage

    A Short History of Africa

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Roland Oliver, J. D. Fage
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
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    Dramatic alterations in political power have corrected the once prevalent vision of a European-centered world. While the centers of European culture flourished, decayed and sprouted in turn, empires in Africa rose, ruled, resisted, and succumbed. Much of Africa's past has now been excavated from ignorance and error, revealing a rich and previously little-known human heritage.

    Logical Paradox says: "Concise, Comprehensive, Well-Written"
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