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  • 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"
  • 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 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.

    Sean says: "Fascinating; Perfect for Adult ADHD"
  • A Short History of the Girl Next Door | Jared Reck

    A Short History of the Girl Next Door

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jared Reck
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
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    Matt Wainwright is constantly sabotaged by the overdramatic movie director in his head. He can't tell his best friend, Tabby, how he really feels about her; he implodes on the JV basketball team; and the only place he feels normal is in Mr. Ellis' English class, discussing the greatest fart scenes in literature and writing poems about pissed-off candy-cane lumberjacks. After a tragic accident, Matt finds himself left on the sidelines, on the verge of spiraling out of control and losing everything that matters to him.

    says: "I was expecting more"
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything | Bill Bryson

    A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • 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 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"
  • 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"
  • 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]

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    • 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"
  • 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.

    JerryT says: "Typical Armstrong - Always Good"
  • 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!"
  • 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.

    ns 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.

    ATaSh says: "minimalist but accurate "
  • 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"
  • Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Very Short Introduction | Martin Bunton

    Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Very Short Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Martin Bunton
    • Narrated By Neil Shah
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    The conflict between Palestine and Israel is one of the most highly publicized and bitter struggles in history. In this accessible and stimulating Very Short Introduction, Martin Bunton clearly explains the history of the problem, reducing it to its very essence - a modern territorial contest between two nations and one geographical territory. Adopting a fresh and original approach, each section covers a twenty-year span, to highlight the historical complexity of the conflict throughout successive decades.

    David says: "Solid introduction"
  • History: A Very Short Introduction | John Arnold

    History: A Very Short Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By John Arnold
    • Narrated By Richard Davidson
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    There are many stories we can tell about the past, and we are not, perhaps, as free as we might imagine in our choice of which stories to tell, or where those stories end. John Arnold's addition to Oxford's popular Very Short Introductions series is a stimulating essay about how people study and understand history. The book begins by inviting us to think about various questions provoked by our investigation of history, and then explores the ways in which these questions have been answered in the past.

    Darwin8u says: "The past itself is not a narrative"
  • A Short History of Ethics | Alasdair MacIntyre

    A Short History of Ethics

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Alasdair MacIntyre
    • Narrated By Tim Dalgleish
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    A Short History of Ethics is a significant contribution written by one of the most important living philosophers. For the second edition, Alasdair MacIntyre has included a new preface in which he examines his book "30 years on" and considers its impact. It remains an important work, ideal for all students interested in ethics and morality.

    Olivia Walling says: "Great philosopher made ridiculous by accents"
  • A Short History of Ireland | Jonathan Bardon

    A Short History of Ireland

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 55 mins)
    • 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?"
  • Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality | Hanne Blank

    Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Hanne Blank
    • Narrated By Fran Tunno
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    It's surprising that the term "heterosexuality" is less than 150 years old and that heterosexuality's history has never before been written, given how obsessed we are with it. In Straight, independent scholar Hanne Blank delves deep into the contemporary psyche as well as the historical record to chronicle the realm of heterosexual relations - a subject that is anything but straight and narrow.

    Susie says: "The Title Says It All"
  • A Short History of World War 2: The Greatest Conflict in Human History | Nigel Cawthorne

    A Short History of World War 2: The Greatest Conflict in Human History

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    • By Nigel Cawthorne
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    World War II was the greatest conflict in human history, involving over 100 million people serving in the forces of the Axis and the Allies and resulting in 50 to 70 million deaths. This book covers war in Europe, war in the Pacific and war across a number of other fronts between 1939 and 1945. Features the leading protagonists in the conflict, their ideological positions and the strategies they employed.

  • European Union: A Very Short Introduction, 3rd Ed. | John Pinder,Simon Usherwood

    European Union: A Very Short Introduction, 3rd Ed.

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Pinder, Simon Usherwood
    • Narrated By David DeSantos
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    Since the second edition of this popular Very Short Introduction published in 2007, the world has faced huge economic and political change. Showing how and why the EU has developed from 1950 to the present day, John Pinder and Simon Usherwood cover a range of topics, including the Union's early history, the workings of its institutions and what they do, the interplay between 'eurosceptics' and federalists, and the role of the Union beyond Europe in international affairs and as a peace-keeper.

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