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    • God’s Secretaries

    • The Making of the King James Bible
    • By: Adam Nicolson
    • Narrated by: Clive Chafer
    • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 74
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 68
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      4 out of 5 stars 68

    It is the greatest work of English prose ever written, and it is no coincidence that the translation was made at the moment “Englishness” and the English language had come into its first passionate maturity. Boisterous, elegant, subtle, majestic, finely nuanced, sonorous, and musical, the English of Jacobean England has a more encompassing idea of its own reach and scope than any before or since. It is a form of the language that drips with potency and sensitivity. The age, with all its conflicts, explains the book.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Committee That Actually Accomplished Something!

    • By The Lifelong Learner on 12-26-15

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Why Homer Matters

    • By: Adam Nicolson
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 70
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 65

    Adam Nicolson sees the Iliad and the Odyssey as the foundation myths of Greek - and our - consciousness, collapsing the passage of 4,000 years and making the distant past of the Mediterranean world as immediate to us as the events of our own time.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An enjoyable study.

    • By Happy Zorro on 09-08-16

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Seize the Fire

    • Heroism, Duty, and the Battle of Trafalgar
    • By: Adam Nicolson
    • Narrated by: Adam Nicolson
    • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 69
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44

    In Seize the Fire, Adam Nicolson, author of the widely acclaimed God's Secretaries, takes the great naval battle of Trafalgar, fought between the British and Franco-Spanish fleets in October 1805, and uses it to examine our idea of heroism and the heroic. Is violence a necessary aspect of the hero? And daring? Why did the cult of the hero flower in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in a way it hadn't for two hundred years?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating but overly academic

    • By Kismet on 12-19-06

    Regular price: $21.67

    • The Seabird's Cry

    • The Lives and Loves of the Planet's Great Ocean Voyagers
    • By: Adam Nicolson
    • Narrated by: Dugald Bruce-Lockhart
    • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 4

    A global tragedy is unfolding. Even as we are coming to understand them, the number of seabirds on our planet is in free fall, dropping by nearly 70% in the last 60 years, a billion fewer now than there were in 1950. Of the 10 birds in this audiobook, seven are in decline, at least in part of their range. Extinction stalks the ocean and there is a danger that the grand cry of the seabird colony, rolling around the bays and headlands of high latitudes, will this century become little but a memory.

    Regular price: $25.51

    • Sissinghurst, An Unfinished History

    • The Quest to Restore a Working Farm at Vita Sackville-West's Legendary Garden
    • By: Adam Nicolson
    • Narrated by: Jon Caruth
    • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 9
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      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    From lavish palace for Elizabethan nobles to dreary jailhouse for 18th-century prisoners of war, from well-manicured country house for a string of landed families to weed-choked ruin, Sissinghurst, in Kent, has become one of the most illustrious estates in England - and its future may prove to be just as intriguing as its past. In the 1930s, English poet Vita Sackville-West and her husband, Harold Nicolson, acquired land that had once been owned by Vita's ancestors.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A must for gardening/ history/ British enthusiasts!

    • By Kdmd on 06-02-17

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Quarrel with the King

    • The Story of an English Family on the High Road to Civil War
    • By: Adam Nicolson
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 27
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      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 16

    Spanning England's most turbulent and dramatic decades---from the 1520s to the 1640s--- Quarrel with the King tells the story of four generations of one of the greatest families in English history, the Pembrokes, and follows their glamorous trajectory across 130 years of change, ambition, resistance, and war.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The Rise and Fall of the Pembrokes

    • By Cariola on 10-22-15

    Regular price: $20.99

    • The Seabird's Cry

    • The Lives and Loves of Puffins, Gannets and Other Ocean Voyagers
    • By: Adam Nicolson
    • Narrated by: Dugald Bruce-Lockhart
    • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
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    We have lived with seabirds for at least 300,000 years. From the beginning our view of them has been double, as creatures that are both deeply distant and yet strangely connected to us, both oceanic in what they represent and a mirror of what we are. They stand in for our relationship with nature as a whole. We use them and love them, nurture them and destroy them, revere them and make toys and hats and dinner out of them. It is a pattern that has evolved over history, and our relationship with seabirds has moved through these phases like steps in a game of hopscotch.

    Regular price: $8.77

    • The Mighty Dead: Why Homer Matters

    • By: Adam Nicolson
    • Narrated by: Dugald Bruce Lockhart
    • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 2

    From where does Homer come? And why does Homer matter? His epic poems of war and suffering can still speak to us of the role of destiny in life, of cruelty, of humanity and its frailty, but why they do is a mystery. How can we be so intimate with something so distant? The Mighty Dead is a magical journey of discovery across wide stretches of the past, sewn together by some of the oldest stories we have - the great ancient poems of Homer and their metaphors of life and trouble.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Homer lives...

    • By mohadcheridi on 04-29-17

    Regular price: $16.77

    • Sissinghurst

    • An Unfinished History
    • By: Adam Nicolson
    • Narrated by: Jeremy Clyde
    • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Sissinghurst is world famous as a place of beauty, a garden slipped into the ruins of an Elizabethan palace. But is it entirely what its creators intended? Adam Nicolson has uncovered remarkable new findings about its history as a medieval manor and on to the creation, by his grandparents Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson, of a garden in a weed-strewn wreck.

    Regular price: $18.37

    • The Gentry

    • Stories of the English
    • By: Adam Nicolson
    • Narrated by: David Fleeshman
    • Length: 16 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Prize-winning author Adam Nicolson tells the story he was born to write – the real story of England. It is the gentry that has made England what it was and, to a degree, still is. In this vivid, lively book, history has never been more readable. We may well be ‘a nation of shopkeepers’, but for generations England was a country dominated by its middling families, rooted on their land, in their locality, with a healthy interest in turning a profit from their property and a deep distrust of the centralised state. The virtues we may all believe to be part of the English culture each has their source in gentry....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • An interesting if complicated and slow read

    • By Moonglotexas on 12-28-13

    Regular price: $14.97