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  • The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science | Richard Holmes

    The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Richard Holmes
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
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    When young Joseph Banks stepped onto a Tahitian beach in 1769, he hoped to discover Paradise. Inspired by the scientific ferment sweeping through Britain, the botanist had sailed with Captain Cook in search of new worlds. Other voyages of discovery—astronomical, chemical, poetical, philosophical—swiftly follow in Richard Holmes's thrilling evocation of the second scientific revolution.

    Ethan M. says: "Voyages of discovery and ages of wonder"
  • Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air | Richard Holmes

    Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Richard Holmes
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
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    Falling Upwards tells the story of the enigmatic group of men and women who first risked their lives to take to the air and so discovered a new dimension of human experience. Why they did it, what their contemporaries thought of them, and how their flights revealed the secrets of our planet in wholly unexpected ways is its subject.

  • The Western Front | Richard Holmes

    The Western Front

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Richard Holmes
    • Narrated By Richard Holmes
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    Military historian Richard Holmes turns his attention to the infamous First World War trench line, the Western Front. Of the nine million British and Dominion soldiers who were killed in action in the Great War, most died here. In this thorough examination of the role the Front played in the war, the eminent historian Richard Holmes considers its initial creation, the rapid expansion of the British army (which led to problems with the supply of men and munitions), the challenge of coping with life and death at the Front, and the regular attempts by soldiers to "break the trench". He also examines two major battles in detail.

  • This Long Pursuit: Reflections of a Romantic Biographer | Richard Holmes

    This Long Pursuit: Reflections of a Romantic Biographer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Richard Holmes
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
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    From the great biographer of the Romantics, This Long Pursuit is a sweeping exploration of a career devoted to the art of life-writing. Thirty years ago Richard Holmes published Footsteps - a revolutionary novel that would become a best seller and influence profoundly a whole generation of younger writers. The Long Pursuit is a companion audiobook in that it ranges widely over the arts, science, poetry and inspiration to reflect upon the practice and importance of biographical writing.

  • Battlefields | Richard Holmes

    Battlefields

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Richard Holmes
    • Narrated By Richard Holmes
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    Battlefields is what every Richard Holmes fan has been waiting for. Richard Holmes skilfully clarifies the complexities of four major World War 2 military campaigns: El Alamein, Italy, Arnhem and the Battle of Britain (the Main Offensive). In this fascinating and brilliantly articulated study of war, he recreates what it was really like to be in the midst of bloody conflict from letters, diaries and interviews with soldiers awarded campaign medals for their heroism during World War 2.

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