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  • 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.

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

    World War Two: A Short History

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • 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.

  • 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.

    Darwin8u says: "The past itself is not a narrative"
  • 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"
  • 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 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 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"
  • Myth: A Very Short Introduction | Robert A. Segal

    Myth: A Very Short Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert A. Segal
    • Narrated By Ben Esner
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    A survey of the past 300 years of theorizing on myth, this book takes into account the work of such prominent thinkers as Albert Camus, Claude Levi-Strauss, Roland Barthes, C. G. Jung, and Sigmund Freud. It focuses on different approaches to myth, from all of the major disciplines - including science, religion, philosophy, literature, and psychology.

    Mark Anderson says: "boring"
  • 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"
  • 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 Renaissance: A Very Short Introduction | Jerry Brotton

    The Renaissance: A Very Short Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jerry Brotton
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
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    In this wide-ranging exploration of the Renaissance, Jerry Brotton shows the period as a time of unprecedented intellectual excitement, cultural experimentation, and interaction on a global scale, alongside a darker side of religion, intolerance, slavery, and massive inequality of wealth and status. Brotton skillfully guides us through the key issues that defined the Renaissance period, from its art, architecture, and literature, to advancements in the fields of science, trade, and travel.

    Grantley McDONALD says: "Wonderful!"
  • The United Nations: A Very Short Introduction | Jussi M. Hanhimaki

    The United Nations: A Very Short Introduction

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    • By Jussi M. Hanhimaki
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Hanley
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    The United Nations has been called everything from "the best hope of mankind" to "irrelevant" and "obsolete". With this much-needed introduction to the UN, Jussi Hanhimäki engages the current debate over the organizations effectiveness as he provides a clear understanding of how it was originally conceived, how it has come to its present form, and how it must confront new challenges in a rapidly changing world.

  • Breve storia della Prima Guerra Mondiale, Vol.1 [Short History of WWI, Vol. 1]: Bagliori di guerra [Flashes of War] | Piero Di Domenico

    Breve storia della Prima Guerra Mondiale, Vol.1 [Short History of WWI, Vol. 1]: Bagliori di guerra [Flashes of War]

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    • By Piero Di Domenico
    • Narrated By Lorenzo Visi
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    Il più sanguinoso dei conflitti, la prima delle guerre globali fu anticipata da eventi nodali per la storia dell'Europa e del resto del mondo. Nel primo volume della "storia della Prima Guerra Mondiale" ripercorreremo il sistema di alleanze che si era instaurato nella comunità europea, le vicende e i fattori scatenanti come le guerre balcaniche e la crisi in Marocco che portarono al fatidico attentato di Sarajevo.

  • 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....

  • 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?"
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