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  • A Higher Form of Killing: Six Weeks in World War I That Forever Changed the Nature of Warfare | Diana Preston

    A Higher Form of Killing: Six Weeks in World War I That Forever Changed the Nature of Warfare

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Diana Preston
    • Narrated By Christine Williams
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    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.

    RealUltimateGeeks says: "Battlefield 1 - How it really was."
  • Taj Mahal: Passion and Genius at the Heart of the Moghul Empire | Diana Preston,Michael Preston

    Taj Mahal: Passion and Genius at the Heart of the Moghul Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Preston, Michael Preston
    • Narrated By James Adams
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    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.

    Neil says: "A broad perspective"
  • Lusitania: An Epic Tragedy | Diana Preston

    Lusitania: An Epic Tragedy

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Diana Preston
    • Narrated By Anne Twomey
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    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.

    says: "An excellent 'read'"
  • Cleopatra and Antony: Power, Love, and Politics in the Ancient World | Diana Preston

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

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Diana Preston
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
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    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.

    lauren says: "Narrator's tone was way over emphasized"
  • Wilful Murder: The Sinking of the Lusitania | Diana Preston

    Wilful Murder: The Sinking of the Lusitania

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Diana Preston
    • Narrated By Michael Tudor Barnes
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    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.

    Lowell says: "Diane Preston writes a real winner."
  • The Dark Defile: Britain's Catastrophic Invasion of Afghanistan, 1838-1842 | Diana Preston

    The Dark Defile: Britain's Catastrophic Invasion of Afghanistan, 1838-1842

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Diana Preston
    • Narrated By Antony Ferguson
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    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.

  • A Teardrop on the Cheek of Time: The Story of the Taj Mahal | Diana Preston,Michael Preston

    A Teardrop on the Cheek of Time: The Story of the Taj Mahal

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Diana Preston, Michael Preston
    • Narrated By Terry Wale
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    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.

  • A First Rate Tragedy | Diana Preston

    A First Rate Tragedy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Diana Preston
    • Narrated By Philip Franks
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    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.

  • Cleopatra and Antony | Diana Preston

    Cleopatra and Antony

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Diana Preston
    • Narrated By Nicolette McKenzie
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    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.

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