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  • Food: A Cultural Culinary History

  • By: Ken Albala, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Ken Albala
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,695
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,430
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,402

Eating is an indispensable human activity. As a result, whether we realize it or not, the drive to obtain food has been a major catalyst across all of history, from prehistoric times to the present. Epicure Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin said it best: "Gastronomy governs the whole life of man."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my top 3 favorite courses!

  • By Jessica on 12-28-13

An awesome journey through time and continents.

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Reviewed: 04-27-18

I loved this course as it covered the history of food from ancient time to the present and even dared to make some predictions for the future. I have made notes and learnt some surprising facts. I am not a chef or anyway related to the food industry, so to say and as a layman I am glad I took this course.

  • South Africa: History in an Hour

  • By: Anthony Holmes
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4 out of 5 stars 123
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
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    4 out of 5 stars 103

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Learning A Little More

  • By Me & My Girls on 01-24-15

Helps in acquainting you with the Origins and struggle of South Africa.

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Reviewed: 12-14-17

The book makes you familiar with the important events in South African History from the mid seventeenth century onwards. However, I think it covered the recent (or post world war 2) history is more details than it covered the first half of its existence. For example the Boer wars seem to be underplayed.
On the whole a helpful book to get acquainted to the history of South Africa.

  • Churchill: History in an Hour

  • By: Andrew Mulholland
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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Sir Winston Churchill was a soldier, journalist, writer, Nobel Prize winner and, above all, a leader. Conservative then Liberal then Conservative again, his political instincts won him a sustained career at the summit of British government, while his resolve and politics of personality made him broadly regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is how you can get to know Churchill

  • By A S N on 12-13-17

This is how you can get to know Churchill

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Reviewed: 12-13-17

It isn’t easy to write about a multi-faceted man like Churchill in a small book. It needs a lot of research to follow up on a life such as Churchill’s. I feel indebted to this book for allowing me to understand and know Churchill as a leader and as a person.

  • Mussolini: History in an Hour

  • By: Rupert Colley
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 1 hr and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
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    4 out of 5 stars 2
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

‘Il Duce', Benito Mussolini, was one of the key figures in the creation of fascism. Famed for his dictatorial style, his political cunning and admired - initially - by Hitler, Mussolini led the National Fascist Party and ruled Italy as Prime Minister from 1922 until his ousting in 1943. In so doing, he paved the way towards Italy's defeat in World War Two, and some of the 20th century's most destructive ideologies and practices.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Will help you know Mussolini and his times.

  • By A S N on 12-11-17

Will help you know Mussolini and his times.

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Reviewed: 12-11-17

Understanding Mussolini is difficult as he contradicted himself on almost everything. However, this books lets you know the man, his personality, his decisions that impacted lives of many and after going through this book, you may not hate him as much as you do. That is not to say that you will like him. This book served my purpose well.

  • Stalin: History in an Hour

  • By: Rupert Colley
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • key points

  • By DesDemona on 09-02-18

Stalin’s life covered well

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Reviewed: 12-08-17

A powerful yet sad part of world history. Stalin and what he made of the USSR, impacted the entire world. It is important to know this sad part of history and this book covers it well in a short time.

  • World War One: History in an Hour

  • By: Rupert Colley
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 317
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 317

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Concise review

  • By Sean on 09-06-12

The best overview of world war 1

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Reviewed: 12-07-17

In the time taken by this audio book, it couldn’t have covered the subject better. It gave the causes of the conflict, how the war went in different theatres, how the allies finally won and how the ground was prepared for the second world war.

  • The Cold War: History in an Hour

  • By: Rupert Colley
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Consice overview

  • By Linda on 04-18-15

A good brief history

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Reviewed: 12-06-17

If you want an overview of the cold war, the leaders and events that mattered, the countries whose fates were connected; this is where to start. A narrative that covered the period and explains the sequence of events in Europe, formation of West and East Germany and a whole lot more.

  • Minimalist: A Better Life with Less

  • Blissful Living, Book 2
  • By: Anthony Wright
  • Narrated by: Bob D
  • Length: 1 hr
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
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    5 out of 5 stars 27
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You start to realize everything is getting more expensive by the day. Wouldn't it be nice to find a way to avoid unnecessary expenses? In our daily lives, we tend to spend money without thinking for a second, "was it worth it in the end?, "how many work hours did I have to exchange for this?" Every day life bombards and traps us into the loop of endless spending to feel happy and fulfilled ". The newest car, the best smart TV, the latest gadget, the African Special bean coffee with extra caffeine and a shot of... you get the idea.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Basics of Minimalism

  • By A S N on 11-23-17

Basics of Minimalism

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Reviewed: 11-23-17

Its a nice book as an introduction to the subject. I think this book is like being minimalist in the world of books on minimalism. The last chapter did not seem really connected to the subject as it talks of freelancing or being an entrepreneur. That chapter made me take a star away.