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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"
  • 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

    • 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 Nearly Everything | Bill Bryson

    A Short History of Nearly Everything

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    • 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!"
  • 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.

  • 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"
  • 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.

    Yevgen Chornenkyy says: "Good listen"
  • A Short History of Ireland | Jonathan Bardon

    A Short History of Ireland

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    • 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?"
  • 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"
  • Frontiers: A Short History of the American West | Robert V. Hine,John Mack Faragher

    Frontiers: A Short History of the American West

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Robert V. Hine, John Mack Faragher
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
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    Published in 2000 to critical acclaim, The American West: A New Interpretive History quickly became the standard in college history courses. Now Robert V. Hine and John Mack Faragher offer a concise edition of their classic, freshly updated. Lauded for their lively and elegant writing, the authors provide a grand survey of the colorful history of the American West, from the first contacts between Native Americans and Europeans to the beginning of the 21st century.

    Sonny says: "the narrator is so bad I could not listen to it"
  • People and Empires: A Short History of European Migration, Exploration, and Conquest, from Greece to the Present [Modern Library Chronicles] | Anthony Pagden

    People and Empires: A Short History of European Migration, Exploration, and Conquest, from Greece to the Present [Modern Library Chronicles]

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Anthony Pagden
    • Narrated By Joel Leffert
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    Cambridge professor and renowned historian Anthony Pagden covers a vast subject in a compact package with Peoples and Empires. This wide-ranging and intellectually stimulating work examines the origins and history of the West with terse, efficient prose. With a captivating narration by Robert O'Keefe, listeners will find this work enjoyable and utterly absorbing.

  • 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 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 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?)"
  • Law in America: A Short History [Modern Library Chronicles] | Lawrence M. Friedman

    Law in America: A Short History [Modern Library Chronicles]

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lawrence M. Friedman
    • Narrated By Alan Nebelthau
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    Lawrence M. Friedman is Professor of Law at Stanford University and author of 23 books about law and legal history. Hailed as American law's greatest living historian, Friedman traces the evolution of America's legal system from the colonial period to the present. A Modern Library Chronicle, this book is concise, insightful, and graced with wit.

    Brian says: "Very Good Book"
  • American Legal History: A Very Short Introduction | G. Edward White

    American Legal History: A Very Short Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By G. Edward White
    • Narrated By Jason Huggins
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    Law has played a central role in American history. From colonial times to the present, law has not just reflected the changing society in which legal decisions have been made-it has played a powerful role in shaping that society, though not always in positive ways. In this Very Short Introduction, eminent legal scholar G. Edward White - author of the ongoing, multi-volume Law in American History - offers a compact overview that sheds light on the impact of law on a number of key social issues.

  • 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.

  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life | Bill Bryson

    At Home: A Short History of Private Life

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
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    Bill Bryson and his family live in a Victorian parsonage in a part of England where nothing of any great significance has happened since the Romans decamped. Yet one day, he began to consider how very little he knew about the ordinary things of life as he found it in that comfortable home. To remedy this, he formed the idea of journeying about his house from room to room to “write a history of the world without leaving home.”

    Tina says: "Another wonderful Bryson"
  • 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"
  • 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"
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