History in an Hour
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  • World War One: History in an Hour | Rupert Colley

    World War One: History in an Hour

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    • By Rupert Colley
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
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    History for busy people. Listen to a concise history of World War One in just one hour. World War One brought with it the world’s first experience of Total War, involving all of the world’s great powers, polarized between the Triple Entente, led by Britain, France and Russia, and the Central Powers, dominated by Germany, Italy and Austria-Hungary. Around nine million men lost their lives in a conflict that introduced the horrors of trench warfare, machine guns, and toxic gas attacks.

    Concise review

    This provides a good overview of the major events of WWI.

    Obviously, one can not go into detail in an hour when covering such an important a..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 06 2012 by Sean (BELVEDERE TIBURON, CA, United States)
  • The Vietnam War: History in an Hour | Neil Smith

    The Vietnam War: History in an Hour

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    • By Neil Smith
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
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    History for busy people. Listen to a concise history of the Vietnam War in just one hour. War, what is it good for? The Vietnam War: History In an Hour gives a gripping account of the most important Cold War-era conflict, fought between the United States and the Viet Cong, the Vietnam People’s Army and their Communist allies. It was one of the most traumatic military conflicts America has ever been involved in – and provoked a backlash of anti-war protests at home.

    Garbage
    Reviewed on August 06 2012 by Michael (Phoenix, AZ, United States)
  • The Holocaust: History in an Hour | Jemma J. Saunders

    The Holocaust: History in an Hour

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    • By Jemma J. Saunders
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
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    Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour. The Holocaust, in which 11 million people died, was the largest atrocity of the 20th century and perhaps the hardest to understand. Approximately 6 million Jews and 5 million others including Roma people, Poles, Russian prisoners of war, political prisoners, homosexuals, people of colour, Jehovah's Witnesses, and various other minorities were first persecuted and then murdered. How, both morally and logistically, had this came to happen?

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  • Black History: History in an Hour | Rupert Colley

    Black History: History in an Hour

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    • By Rupert Colley
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
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    History for busy people. Black History, or African-American History, looks at the story and culture of black Americans from the seventeenth century to the present day.Encompassing everything from immigration to civil war, emancipation, slavery and migration, Black History in an Hour gives you a neat overview of this vast and fascinating subject.This audio download is a superb introduction to the long and varied history of African Americans.

    Great Summation

    Pros:
    Great Summation
    Sexy British Narrator

    Cons: it's really ... Really annoying when the narrator tries to talk with a southern acc..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 03 2015 by Jonathan K. Hoopes (USA)
  • World War Two: History in an Hour | Rupert Colley

    World War Two: History in an Hour

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    • By Rupert Colley
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    History for busy people. Listen to a succinct history of World War Two in just one hour.World War Two was one of the most devastating conflicts the world has ever seen. Between 1939 and 1945 almost every country in the world was affected by the war in some way.World War Two: History in an Hour neatly covers all the major facts and events giving you a clear and straightforward overview of the politics involved, the violence that ensued and how it changed the world in unimaginable ways.

    Very good, quick revision

    This is an excellent overview for anyone who wants a summary of key events into which they can slot all the details they might have learned previously..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 28 2012 by Lisa (Jyväskylä, Finland)
  • Hitler: History in an Hour | Rupert Colley

    Hitler: History in an Hour

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    • By Rupert Colley
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
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    History for busy people. Hitler in an Hour is the concise biography of Nazi dictator, Adolf Hitler.Covering Hitler’s early life, military service in World War I and eventual rise to power, first as the leader of the Nazi party and then to head of state, Hitler in an Hour covers all the key events the life of the 20th century’s most infamous dictator.

    Good Value
    Reviewed on December 13 2012 by Amazon Customer (Serbia)
  • The American Civil War: History in an Hour | Kat Smutz

    The American Civil War: History in an Hour

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    • By Kat Smutz
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
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    History for busy people. The American Civil War was fought between the Confederates and the Union from 1861 to 1865. This is a concise history of this tumultuous period.The American Civil War started when eleven southern ‘slave’ states declared their independence from the United States of America. Abraham Lincoln’s Republican government were strongly against slavery and fought to abolish it and keep the country united.

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  • Henry VIII’s Wives: History in an Hour | Julie Wheeler

    Henry VIII’s Wives: History in an Hour

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    • By Julie Wheeler
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    In his ambition to provide a male heir to the throne, Henry VIII married six times. Divorce from his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, caused England’s break from the Catholic Church in Rome. He went on to divorce Anne of Cleves and behead Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard for infidelities. Jane Seymour died and Catherine Parr survived Henry. Henry VIII’s Wives: History in an Hour will introduce you to these six entirely diverse and captivating personalities and the events that propelled them to their individual fates.

    Excellent, short, and to the point

    Other then the famous Ann Boleyn, I knew very little about the wives of Henry VIII. This little gem was a very informative and delightful experience...Show More »

    Reviewed on August 22 2014 by NoDumbName (Hoboken, NJ United States)
  • American Slavery: History in an Hour | Kat Smutz

    American Slavery: History in an Hour

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    • By Kat Smutz
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
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    >Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour. From the first slaves arriving in Jamestown in 1619, the cotton fields in the Southern States, and shipbuilding in New England, to the slaves who laid down their lives in war so that Americans could be free, American Slavery in an Hour covers the breadth of the subject without sacrificing important historical and cultural details. An important and dark time in Black - and American - history, the era of American slavery is explored in American Slavery in an Hour, which will explain the key facts and give you a clear overview of this much discussed period of history, as well as its legacy.

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  • The Queen: History in an Hour | Sinead Fitzgibbon

    The Queen: History in an Hour

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    • By Sinead Fitzgibbon
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
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    History for busy people. Listen to a succinct account of the life and reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in just one hour. Elizabeth II is the longest lived and, after Queen Victoria, second longest reigning monarch of the United Kingdom. From her coronation in 1953 to her Diamond Jubilee in 2012, Queen Elizabeth II has stood on the world stage as the figurehead for Britain.

    Good To Read About The Queen & How She Came To Be

    I learned a lot (probably more than I had bargained for) about the history and lineage of Great Britain’s Royal Family. I was amazed to learn about t..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 27 2013 by James (SEATTLE, WA, United States)
  • Titanic: History in an Hour | Sinead Fitzgibbon

    Titanic: History in an Hour

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    • By Sinead Fitzgibbon
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
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    Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour.The sinking of the Titanic 100 years ago in 1912, and the subsequent deaths of over 1,500 passengers, sent shock waves around the world. Never before or since has a maritime disaster in a time of peace had such an impact.

    A tight and exciting little book

    Almost everyone on the planet knows the Titanic story, yet I found this retelling of the tale of this ill-fated vessel fantastic. I am a fan of the Hi..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 03 2014 by Annette (Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
  • The Gunpowder Plot: History in an Hour | Sinead Fitzgibbon

    The Gunpowder Plot: History in an Hour

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    • By Sinead Fitzgibbon
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
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    ‘Remember, remember, the fifth of November’. The gunpowder plot is a famed tale of treachery that continues to fascinate and capture the imagination four hundred years on. The Gunpowder Plot in an Hour reveals the elaborate background to the infamous plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament and James I, the ultimate act of treason.

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  • 1914: History in an Hour | Rupert Colley

    1914: History in an Hour

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    • By Rupert Colley
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
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    Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour. In 1914 the world changed. Europe's great powers were dragged, one by one, into a war by Serbian conflict which affected very few of them directly. At least it would resemble the short sharp battles of the previous century, many thought - fought with military bands, horsemen, and swift victories.

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  • Dickens: History in an Hour | Kaye Jones

    Dickens: History in an Hour

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    • By Kaye Jones
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    Charles Dickens remains – 200 years after his birth – arguably Britain’s most successful writer. Works such as Great Expectations and Oliver Twist have amused and inspired readers in all languages since their original publication in the nineteenth century, and have been adapted countless times for the stage and screen.

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  • The Cold War: History in an Hour | Rupert Colley

    The Cold War: History in an Hour

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    • By Rupert Colley
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
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    History for busy people. The Cold War: History in an Hour gives a brilliant overview of the unusual and non-violent war between East and West that lasted nearly fifty years.From the end of World War Two to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 the world lived within the shadow of the Cold War. Russia and America eyed each other with suspicion and hostility.

    Consice overview

    Good overview of the various parts of the cold war. Narrator could use instruction on pronouncement of some of the names at points i struggled to figu..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 18 2015 by Linda (Knoxville, TN, United States)
  • Ancient Egypt: History in an Hour | Anthony Holmes

    Ancient Egypt: History in an Hour

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    • By Anthony Holmes
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
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    Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour. Learn about the Egyptian gods, mummification and how the Egyptians built the only wonder of the ancient world still standing - the Pyramids of Giza. Exploring the historic rise of Egyptian civilization and its continued influence on the world today, Ancient Egypt in an Hour is an excellent companion to a mysterious and enthralling period of history.

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  • Nazi Germany: History in an Hour | Rupert Colley

    Nazi Germany: History in an Hour

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    • By Rupert Colley
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
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    History for busy people. Nazi Germany, or the Third Reich, was a totalitarian dictatorship ruled by Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party. Hitler was intent on the supremacy of the Aryan race and persecution of the Jews, which affected every citizen living in Germany at the time. Learn just how and why the Nazi’s rose to power in just one hour.

    Nazi for beginners

    If you have little or no knowledge of this part of history, it's time well spent.

    Reviewed on August 07 2012 by Jon W Burris (San Antonio, Tx, US)
  • JFK: History in an Hour | Sinead Fitzgibbon

    JFK: History in an Hour

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    • By Sinead Fitzgibbon
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
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    Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour. John Fitzgerald Kennedy: America’s youngest president. But, barely 1,000 days into his presidency, was he assassinated. JFK in an Hour provides a compelling and comprehensive overview of this man credited with introducing an aspirational new approach to American politics. Learn about the Kennedy family, the cast that propelled JFK to success despite family tragedy. Discover Kennedy’s talented diplomatic skills when navigating the Space Race, the nuclear missile crisis and his sympathies with the fledging civil rights movement.

    Unexpectedly comical

    I love the History in an Hour series and I love the narrator Jonathan Keeble, but this time I have to say I like his performance less than those in th..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 18 2014 by Annette (Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
  • George Washington: History in an Hour | David B. McCoy

    George Washington: History in an Hour

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    • By David B. McCoy
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
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    Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour.George Washington – a figure synonymous with American history. His image is known worldwide, marked on American currency, postage stamps – even a state is named after him. George Washington in an Hour explores the man beneath the symbol. This is the essential chronicle of Washington’s life – his rise from middle class Virginian upbringing to America’s first President, elected unanimously twice.

    Everything in an Hour Except The Cherry Tree!

    YES! History with all those dates and names never really made a dent in my mind in school, but to listen to a 1hour abridged version of this Great Man..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 09 2015 by Sandra (Bronx, NY)
  • South Africa: History in an Hour | Anthony Holmes

    South Africa: History in an Hour

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    • By Anthony Holmes
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
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    South Africa is a nation that has been ravaged by oppression and racial inequality. After years of concentrated violence and apartheid, Nelson Mandela led the country to unite ‘for the freedom of us all’ as the country’s first black president. South Africa: History in an Hour gives a lively account of the formation of modern South Africa, from the first contact with 17th-century European sailors, through the colonial era, the Boer Wars, apartheid, and the establishment of a tolerant democracy in the late 20th century.

    Learning A Little More

    I became aware of South Africa at a young age. South Africa had refused to allow Arthur Ashe to enter the country to compete in a tennis match. I was ..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 24 2015 by Sasha (Va United States)
  • The Russian Revolution: History in an Hour | Rupert Colley

    The Russian Revolution: History in an Hour

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    • By Rupert Colley
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
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    History for busy people. Listen to a concise history of the Siege of Leningrad in just one hour. In 1917 the world changed forever. One of the most influential and contentious events in recent history, the Russian Revolution unleashed the greatest political experiment ever conducted, one which continues to influence both Eastern and Western politics today.

    Must read

    I had no idea what to expect when I downloaded this book, good or bad. This was a very satisfying read : tightly-packed information, yet very clearly ..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 15 2012 by Etienne (Coaticook, QC, Canada)
  • The Afghan Wars: History in an Hour | Rupert Colley

    The Afghan Wars: History in an Hour

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    • By Rupert Colley
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
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    Britain has invaded Afghanistan twice before in the nineteenth century. Both times tenacious Afghan fighters defended their country to humiliating British defeats. The Soviet Union also discovered what a tough enemy the Afghans are after nearly a decade of conflict from 1979 to 1989. When not fighting foreign invaders, Afghanistan was torn apart by Civil War from 1990 to 1996, resulting in victory for the Taliban.

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  • Stalin: History in an Hour | Rupert Colley

    Stalin: History in an Hour

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    • By Rupert Colley
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    Arguably no person in history had such a direct and negative impact on the lives of so many as Joseph Stalin. Under the Red Tsar terror knew no limits, it did not discriminate; no one was safe, no institution, no single town or village was immune. Yet, following his death in 1953, Stalin was deeply mourned. He had "received the country with a wooden plough, and left it with a nuclear missile shield." And no-one else, some claimed, could have led the Soviet Union to victory in the Second World War.

    Fine for an Hour; Audible Cliff Notes

    Good narration.

    Reviewed on November 26 2013 by Patrick (north Tonawanda, NY, United States)
  • The Siege of Leningrad: History in an Hour | Rupert Colley

    The Siege of Leningrad: History in an Hour

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    • By Rupert Colley
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    Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour. The Siege of Leningrad was one of the longest sieges in history and it inflicted some of the worst civilian casualties of World War Two. When Hitler declared his intention to obliterate the key city of Leningrad on 22 September 1941, he could not have foreseen the grim determination of its citizens. Over the course of 900 days, the city resisted the Germans pounding at its gates.

    history of one of at terrible episode of WW2

    good historical perspective

    Reviewed on November 19 2014 by Marcelo (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
  • The Medieval Anarchy: History in an Hour | Kaye Jones

    The Medieval Anarchy: History in an Hour

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    • By Kaye Jones
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    Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour. Nicknamed ‘The Anarchy' for its unprecedented levels of chaos and disorder, the succession crisis that followed the death of King Henry I in 1135 resulted in England's first civil war. The Medieval Anarchy: History in an Hour neatly covers all the major facts and events giving you a clear and straightforward overview of the plots and violence that ensued during the the nineteen-year conflict.

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  • 1066: History in an Hour | Kaye Jones

    1066: History in an Hour

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    • By Kaye Jones
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    Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour. During the year 1066, England had three different kings and fought three huge battles in defence of the realm, including the bloody Battle of Hastings. The result was the Norman Conquest which defined England during the Middle Ages. 1066 in an Hour will guide you through the politics and personalities of the Norman invasion. It will help you understand why William the Conqueror was victorious and introduce you to the new king and subsequent ancestor to the Plantagenets and Tudors.

    New Narrator Needed

    I purchased this hoping to understand the significance and back story of 1066 and the battle of Hastings. Unfortunately I found the reader's voice so ..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 06 2014 by Sasha (Va United States)
  • William Shakespeare: History in an Hour | Sinead Fitzgibbon

    William Shakespeare: History in an Hour

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    • By Sinead Fitzgibbon
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    Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour. In a writing career that spanned over twenty years during the explosion of poetic and theatrical creativity of late Elizabethan and early Jacobean periods, William Shakespeare produced a body of work that has become the bedrock of human thought, literature and language in English. His poetry and plays have endured for almost 450 years, such is their universal appeal and understanding of the human condition.

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  • The Korean War: History in an Hour | Andrew Mulholland

    The Korean War: History in an Hour

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    • By Andrew Mulholland
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    Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour. Bringing together the military mights of the Soviet Union, China, North Korea, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United Nations States, the Korean War raged for three years from 1950 to 1953.

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  • The Reformation: History in an Hour | Edward A. Gosselin

    The Reformation: History in an Hour

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    • By Edward A. Gosselin
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    Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour.

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