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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 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.

    Robert says: "Listen to this book with your kids!"
  • 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!"
  • Our Short History: A Novel | Lauren Grodstein

    Our Short History: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lauren Grodstein
    • Narrated By Karen White
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    Karen Neulander, a successful New York political consultant, has always been fiercely protective of her son, Jacob, now six. She's had to be; when Jacob's father, Dave, found out Karen was pregnant and made it clear that fatherhood wasn't in his plans, Karen walked out of the relationship, never telling Dave her intention was to raise their child alone. But now Jake is asking to meet his dad, and with good reason: Karen is dying.

    Scott says: "Well done."
  • 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"
  • 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.

    Johnny Blaze says: "Read the Book, pass on the audible!"
  • 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.

    Jarrod James says: "Bad narration for a pretty good book"
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • 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 Koran: A Very Short Introduction | Michael Cook

    The Koran: A Very Short Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Michael Cook
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
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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"
  • 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

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • 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"
  • Home of the Brave: In Their Own Words, Selected Short Stories of Immigrant Medal of Honor Recipients of the Civil War | Les Rolston

    Home of the Brave: In Their Own Words, Selected Short Stories of Immigrant Medal of Honor Recipients of the Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Les Rolston
    • Narrated By Kevin Charles
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    Taken directly from affidavits stored at the National Archives in Washington, District of Columbia, immigrant soldiers and witnesses attest to the events that resulted in 26 soldiers of these soldiers being awarded the Medal of Honor.

    Reg says: "History in a Personal Way"
  • The French Revolution: A Very Short Introduction | William Doyle

    The French Revolution: A Very Short Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By William Doyle
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
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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"
  • 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.

    ATaSh says: "minimalist but accurate "
  • 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?)"
  • 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"
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