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    • A Higher Form of Killing

    • Six Weeks in World War I That Forever Changed the Nature of Warfare
    • By: Diana Preston
    • Narrated by: Christine Williams
    • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    In six weeks during April and May 1915, as World War I escalated, Germany forever altered the way war would be fought. On April 22, at Ypres, German canisters spewed poison gas at French and Canadian soldiers in their trenches; on May 7, the German submarine U-20, without warning, torpedoed the passenger liner Lusitania, killing 1,198 civilians; and on May 31, a German Zeppelin began the first aerial bombardment of London and its inhabitants.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Battlefield 1 - How it really was.

    • By RealUltimateGeeks on 08-16-16

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Paradise in Chains

    • The Bounty Mutiny and the Founding of Australia
    • By: Diana Preston
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 7
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Celebrated historian Diana Preston presents betrayals, escapes, and survival at sea in her account of the mutiny of the Bounty and the flight of convicts from the Australian penal colony. The story of the mutiny of the Bounty and William Bligh and his men's survival on the open ocean for 48 days and 3,618 miles has become the stuff of legend. But few realize that Bligh's escape across the seas was not the only open-boat journey in that era of British exploration and colonization.

    Regular price: $31.49

    • Lusitania

    • An Epic Tragedy
    • By: Diana Preston
    • Narrated by: Anne Twomey
    • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 57
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 22

    Preston, an Oxford-trained historian, brilliantly captures the political and personal impact of the 1915 sinking of the British liner Lusitania by a German U-boat. This "captivating and conscientious narrative" is riveting, offering new insights into the controversial event, which helped draw America into World War I.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • An excellent 'read'

    • By Anonymous User on 01-26-03

    Regular price: $19.93

    • Wilful Murder

    • The Sinking of the Lusitania
    • By: Diana Preston
    • Narrated by: Michael Tudor Barnes
    • Length: 17 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 44
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      4 out of 5 stars 30
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      4 out of 5 stars 29

    On May 7th, 1915 a passenger ship crossing the Atlantic sank with the loss of 1200 lives. On board were some world-famous figures, including multimillionaire Alfred Vanderbilt. But this wasn’t the Titanic and there was no iceberg. The liner was the Lusitania and it was torpedoed by a German U-boat.Wilful Murder is the hugely compelling story of the sinking of the Lusitania. The first book to look at the events in their full historical context, it is also the first to place the human dimension at its heart.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Diane Preston writes a real winner.

    • By Lowell on 03-30-15

    Regular price: $24.78

    • Taj Mahal

    • Passion and Genius at the Heart of the Moghul Empire
    • By: Diana Preston, Michael Preston
    • Narrated by: James Adams
    • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 70
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 42

    While Galileo was suffering under house arrest at the hands of Pope Urban VIII, the 30 Years War was ruining Europe, and the Pilgrims were struggling to survive in the New World, work began on what would become one of the Seven Wonders of the World: the Taj Mahal. Built by the Moghul emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, its flawless symmetry and gleaming presence have for centuries dazzled all who have seen it.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A broad perspective

    • By Neil on 11-01-09

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Dark Defile

    • Britain's Catastrophic Invasion of Afghanistan, 1838-1842
    • By: Diana Preston
    • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
    • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 8
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 8

    Convinced in 1838 that Britain's invaluable empire in India was threatened by Russia, Persia, and Afghan tribes, the British government ordered its Army of the Indus into Afghanistan to oust from power the independent-minded king, Dost Mohammed, and install in Kabul the unpopular puppet ruler Shah Shuja. Expecting a quick campaign, the British found themselves trapped by unforeseen circumstances; eventually the tribes united and the seemingly omnipotent army was slaughtered in 1842 as it desperately retreated through the mountain passes from Kabul to Jalalabad.

    Regular price: $24.95

    • A Teardrop on the Cheek of Time

    • The Story of the Taj Mahal
    • By: Diana Preston, Michael Preston
    • Narrated by: Terry Wale
    • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    In 1631, the heartbroken Moghul emperor, Shah Jahan, ordered the construction of a monument of unsurpassed splendour and majesty in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal was built on the banks of the river Jumna. It took 20 years to complete, disastrously depleting the Moghul treasuries. But Shah Jahan was to pay a greater price for his obsession. He ended his days imprisoned by his own son in Agra Fort, gazing across the river at the monument to his love.

    Regular price: $25.45

    • Cleopatra and Antony: Power, Love, and Politics in the Ancient World

    • By: Diana Preston
    • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
    • Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 26

    The story of the worlds best-remembered celebrity couple, set against the political backdrop of their time. Oceans of mythology have grown up around them, all of which Diana Preston explores in her stirring history of the lives and times of a couple whose names more than two millennia later still invoke passion, curiosity, and intrigue.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Narrator's tone was way over emphasized

    • By lauren on 10-24-13

    Regular price: $24.95

    • A First Rate Tragedy

    • By: Diana Preston
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    On November 12, 1912, a rescue team trekking across Antarctica's Great Ice Barrier finally found what they sought - the snow-covered tent of the British explorer Robert Falcon Scott. Inside, they made a grim discovery: Scott's frozen body lay between the bodies of two fellow explorers. They had died just eleven miles from the depot of supplies which might have saved them.

    Regular price: $20.34

    • Cleopatra and Antony

    • By: Diana Preston
    • Narrated by: Nicolette McKenzie
    • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      1 out of 5 stars 1
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      1 out of 5 stars 1

    After Julius Caesar's murder, his mistress Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, fled to Alexandria where she gave birth to their son. Civil war broke out in Rome, and Mark Antony, Caesar's friend, was given control over the East. Summoned to his headquarters, Cleopatra made her entry at dusk on a scented, candle-lit barge: and so began one of the greatest love stories of all time.

    Regular price: $29.20