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  • 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 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"
  • American History: A Very Short Introduction  | Paul S. Boyer

    American History: A Very Short Introduction 

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Paul S. Boyer
    • Narrated By Gregory St. John
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    In a miracle of concision, Paul S. Boyer provides a wide-ranging and authoritative history of America, capturing in a compact space the full story of our nation. Ranging from the earliest Native American settlers to the presidency of Barack Obama, this Very Short Introduction offers an illuminating account of politics, diplomacy, and war as well as the full spectrum of social, cultural, and scientific developments that shaped our country. Here is a masterful picture of America's achievements and failures, large-scale socio-historical forces, and pivotal events.

    Ehab Elias says: "It is as described "A very short introduction""
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything | Bill Bryson

    A Short History of Nearly Everything

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    • 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!"
  • History: A Very Short Introduction | John Arnold

    History: A Very Short Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By John Arnold
    • Narrated By Richard Davidson
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    There are many stories we can tell about the past, and we are not, perhaps, as free as we might imagine in our choice of which stories to tell, or where those stories end. John Arnold's addition to Oxford's popular Very Short Introductions series is a stimulating essay about how people study and understand history. The book begins by inviting us to think about various questions provoked by our investigation of history, and then explores the ways in which these questions have been answered in the past.

    Sophia says: "Wonderful Listen"
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything | Bill Bryson

    A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • 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.

    Robert says: "Listen to this book with your kids!"
  • A Short History of Man: Progress and Decline | Hans-Hermann Hoppe

    A Short History of Man: Progress and Decline

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Hans-Hermann Hoppe
    • Narrated By Millian Quinteros
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    A Short History of Man: Progress and Decline represents nothing less than a sweeping revisionist history of mankind, in a concise and listenable volume. Dr. Hans-Hermann Hoppe skillfully weaves history, sociology, ethics, and Misesian praxeology to present an alternative - and highly challenging - view of human economic development over the ages. As always, Dr. Hoppe addresses the fundamental questions as only he can.

    Jeff Greene says: "Prehistoric Fairytale"
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything | Bill Bryson

    A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 2 mins)
    • 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"
  • The Company: A Short History of a Revolutionary Idea [Modern Library Chronicles] | John Micklethwait,Adrian Wooldridge

    The Company: A Short History of a Revolutionary Idea [Modern Library Chronicles]

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Micklethwait, Adrian Wooldridge
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
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    In The Company, the largely unknown history of the joint-stock company is presented by the editors of Economist. One of history's greatest catalysts, the joint-stock company has dramatically changed the way human beings live, work, and conduct business. With companies now affecting the world on a global scale, it is more pressing than ever before to understand this driving force.

    D. Littman says: "unique history with a unique perspective"
  • The Roman Empire: A Very Short Introduction | Christopher Kelly

    The Roman Empire: A Very Short Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Christopher Kelly
    • Narrated By Richard Davidson
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    This Very Short Introduction examines how they "romanised" the cultures they conquered, imposing their own culture in order to subsume them completely. The book also looks at how the Roman Empire has been considered and depicted in more recent times, from the writings of Edward Gibbon to the Hollywood blockbuster Gladiator . It will prove a valuable introduction for readers interested in classical history.

    melecaum12 says: "Very Short Introductions is the best collection!!"
  • A Short History of England | Simon Jenkins

    A Short History of England

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
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    Which battle was fought 'For England, Harry and St George'? Who demanded to be painted 'warts and all'? What - and when - was the Battle of the Bulge? In A Short History of England, bestselling author Simon Jenkins answers all these questions - and many more - as he tells the tumultuous story of a fascinating nation. From the invaders of the Dark Ages to today's coalition, via the Tudors, the Stuarts and two world wars, Jenkins weaves together a gripping narrative with all the most important and interesting dates in his own inimitable style.

  • 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"
  • 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"
  • World War Two: A Short History | Norman Stone

    World War Two: A Short History

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    • By Norman Stone
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    After the unprecedented destruction of the Great War, the world longed for a lasting peace. The victors, however, valued vengeance even more than stability and demanded a massive indemnity from Germany in order to keep it from rearming. The results, as eminent historian Norman Stone describes in this authoritative history, were disastrous. In World War Two, Stone provides a remarkably concise account of the deadliest war of human history, showing how the conflict roared to life from the ashes of World War One.

  • The Koran: A Very Short Introduction | Michael Cook

    The Koran: A Very Short Introduction

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    • By Michael Cook
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    In this Very Short Introduction, Michael Cook gives vivid accounts of the Koran's role in Muslim civilization, illustrates the diversity of interpretations championed by traditional and modern commentators, discusses the processes by which the book took shape, and compares it to other scriptures and classics of the historic cultures of Eurasia.

    Rev. David B. Smith says: "Very helpful"
  • A Short History of Jewish Ethics: Conduct and Character in the Context of Covenant | Alan L. Mittleman

    A Short History of Jewish Ethics: Conduct and Character in the Context of Covenant

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    • By Alan L. Mittleman
    • Narrated By Andy Paris
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    A Short History of Jewish Ethics traces the development of Jewish moral concepts and ethical reflection from its Biblical roots to the present day. Offers an engaging and thoughtful account of Jewish ethics. Brings together and discusses a broad range of historical sources covering two millennia of writings and conversations. Combines current scholarship with original insights. Written by a major internationally recognized scholar of Jewish philosophy and ethics.

  • Lamb's Tales from Shakespeare |  Charles,Mary Lamb

    Lamb's Tales from Shakespeare

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Charles, Mary Lamb
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis, Rosalind Ayres
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    Have you ever seen a Shakespeare play and come away without fully understanding it? Or wished you had known the basis of the plot before seeing a play by Shakespeare? Are you studying Shakespeare? Would you like to increase your knowledge of the plays without reading the originals? Then these are the recordings for you!

    Caroline says: "A Great Introduction to Shakespeare!"
  • 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"
  • The History of Life: A Very Short Introduction | Michael J Benton

    The History of Life: A Very Short Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Michael J Benton
    • Narrated By Peter Larkin
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    Here is the extraordinary story of the unfolding of life on Earth, told by Michael J. Benton, a world-renowned authority on biodiversity. Ranging over four billion years, Benton weaves together the latest findings on fossils, earth history, evolutionary biology, and many other fields to highlight the great leaps that enabled life to evolve from microbe to human - big breakthroughs that made whole new ways of life possible - including cell division and multicellularity, hard skeletons, the move to land, the origin of forests, the move to the air. He describes the mass extinctions, especially the Permian....

  • Chinese Literature: A Very Short Introduction  | Sabina Knight

    Chinese Literature: A Very Short Introduction 

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Sabina Knight
    • Narrated By George Backman
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    Perhaps nowhere else has literature been as conscious a collective endeavor as in China, and China's survival over 3,000 years may owe more to its literary traditions than to its political history. This Very Short Introduction tells the story of Chinese literature from antiquity to the present, focusing on the key role literary culture played in supporting social and political concerns. Embracing traditional Chinese understandings of literature as encompassing history and philosophy as well as poetry and poetics, storytelling, drama, and the novel, Sabina Knight discusses the philosophical foundations of literary culture.

    Huldren says: "A book perhaps best suited in paper format"
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