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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 World | Christopher Lascelles

    A Short History of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Christopher Lascelles
    • Narrated By Guy Bethell
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    While this book explores world history from the big bang to the present day, it principally covers key people, events, and empires since the dawn of the first civilizations in and around 3500 BC. Epic in scope but refreshingly concise, A Short History of the World is an excellent place to start to bring your historical knowledge up to scratch.

    rpluss says: "Apt introduction to World's History"
  • The Russian Revolution: A Very Short Introduction | S. A. Smith

    The Russian Revolution: A Very Short Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By S. A. Smith
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
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    This concise, accessible introduction provides an analytical narrative of the main events and developments in Soviet Russia between 1917 and 1936. It examines the impact of the revolution on society as a whole--on different classes, ethnic groups, the army, men and women, youth. Its central concern is to understand how one structure of domination was replaced by another.

    Frank says: "Inaccessible ad a little scary"
  • A Short History of Western Thought | Stephen Trombley

    A Short History of Western Thought

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    • By Stephen Trombley
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
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    A Short History of Western Thought outlines the 2,500-year history of European ideas from the philosophers of classical antiquity to the thinkers of today; no major representative of any significant strand of Western thought escapes Trombley's attention. Included are the Christian Scholastic theologians of the Middle Ages, the German idealists from Kant to Hegel, and the four shapers-in-chief of our modern world: Karl Marx, Charles Darwin, Sigmund Freud, and Albert Einstein.

    Mackenzie says: "Useful review"
  • The French Revolution: A Very Short Introduction | William Doyle

    The French Revolution: A Very Short Introduction

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    • By William Doyle
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    William Doyle, the author of the classic text on the French Revolution, guides the reader through a historical event of such import and consequence that we are still living with its developments today. Beginning with a discussion of the familiar images of the French Revolution, Doyle continues on to a brief survey of the old regime and how it collapsed.

    Adam Shields says: "Good short introduction"
  • 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"
  • 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!"
  • 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"
  • 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 One: A Short History | Norman Stone

    World War One: A Short History

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Norman Stone
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
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    In 1914, a new kind of war came about, bringing with it a new kind of world. World War One began on horseback, with generals employing bayonet charges to gain ground, and ended with attacks resembling the Nazi blitzkriegs. The scale of devastation was unlike anything the world had seen before: 14 million combatants died, a further 20 million were wounded, and four empires were destroyed. Even the victors' empires were fatally damaged.

    Tad Davis says: "Well told, well narrated; needs maps"
  • 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.

    Bahar says: "not what I was looking for"
  • The Bible: A Very Short Introduction | John Riches

    The Bible: A Very Short Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Riches
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
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    It is sometimes said that the Bible is one of the most unread books in the world, yet has been a major force in the development of Western culture and continues to exert an enormous influence over many people's lives. This Very Short Introduction looks at the importance accorded to the Bible by different communities and cultures and attempts to explain why it has generated such a rich variety of uses and interpretations.

    Adam Shields says: "An introduction to how the bible is used and read"
  • The History of Life: A Very Short Introduction | Michael J Benton

    The History of Life: A Very Short Introduction

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    • 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....

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

    World War Two: A Short History

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    • By Norman Stone
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
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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 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"
  • A Short History of the Twentieth Century | John Lukacs

    A Short History of the Twentieth Century

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    • 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 B. says: "Dissapointingly General"
  • A Short History of Ireland | Jonathan Bardon

    A Short History of Ireland

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jonathan Bardon
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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?"
  • What Is America: A Short History of the New World Order | Ronald Wright

    What Is America: A Short History of the New World Order

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    • By Ronald Wright
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
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    Ranging with dazzling expertise through anthropology, history, and literature, Wright reconfigures our self-perception, arguing that the "essence" of America can be traced to the foundations of our history--literally to the collision of worlds that began in 1492, as one civilization subsumed another--and exploring how these currents continue to shape our world.

    rm3154 says: "insightful overview"
  • The Lowdown: A Short History of the Origins of World War I | John Lee

    The Lowdown: A Short History of the Origins of World War I

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    • By John Lee
    • Narrated By Steve Devereaux
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    Many of us know that the First World War began when Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife were assassinated in Sarajevo in June of 1914. But have you ever wondered exactly what chain of events led up to the incident that caused the whole world to erupt into one of the bloodiest conflicts in our history?

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