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    • The Professor and the Madman

    • By: Simon Winchester
    • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
    • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4,083
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,070
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3,086

    Part history, part true-crime, and entirely entertaining, listen to the story of how the behemoth Oxford English Dictionary was made. You'll hang on every word as you discover that the dictionary's greatest contributor was also an insane murderer working from the confines of an asylum.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Perfect example of a quality audible book.

    • By Jerry on 07-07-03

    Regular price: $20.52

    • The Perfectionists

    • How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World
    • By: Simon Winchester
    • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
    • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 516
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 466
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 455

    The New York Times best-selling author traces the development of technology from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age to explore the single component crucial to advancement - precision - in a superb history that is both an homage and a warning for our future.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Somewhat less than perfect

    • By enya keshet on 06-19-18

    Regular price: $30.79

    • The Men Who United the States

    • America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics, and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible
    • By: Simon Winchester
    • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
    • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 570
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 536
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 529

    How did America become “one nation, indivisible”? What unified a growing number of disparate states into the modern country we recognize today? To answer these questions, Winchester follows in the footsteps of America’s most essential explorers, thinkers, and innovators. Introducing the fascinating people who played a pivotal role in creating today’s United States, he ponders whether the historic work of uniting the States has succeeded, and to what degree.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Simon Winchester tells us the history of America

    • By KathrynVB on 10-16-14

    Regular price: $31.93

    • Krakatoa

    • The Day the World Exploded, August 27, 1883
    • By: Simon Winchester
    • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
    • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 859
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 487
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 488

    The legendary annihilation in 1883 of the volcano-island of Krakatoa (the name has since become a by-word for a cataclysmic disaster) was followed by an immense tsunami that killed nearly 40,000 people. Beyond the purely physical horrors of an event which has only very recently become properly understood, the eruption changed the world in more ways than could possibly be imagined. Dust swirled round the world for years, causing temperatures to plummet and sunsets to turn vivid.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great subject, great writing, great voice

    • By rwise on 01-26-04

    Regular price: $28.51

    • Pacific

    • Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World's Superpowers
    • By: Simon Winchester
    • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
    • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 515
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 481
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 476

    Best-selling author Simon Winchester offers an enthralling biography of the Pacific Ocean and its role in the modern world, exploring our relationship with this imposing force of nature. Winchester's personal experience is vast and his storytelling second to none. And his historical understanding of the region is formidable, making Pacific a paean to this magnificent sea of beauty, myth, and imagination that is transforming our lives.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Ponderous hard to keep attention

    • By Mark on 01-01-16
    • Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World's Superpowers
    • By: Simon Winchester
    • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
    • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
    • Release date: 10-27-15
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 515 ratings

    Regular price: $34.22

    • Atlantic

    • Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms,and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories
    • By: Simon Winchester
    • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
    • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 533
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 381
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 382

    Atlantic is a biography of a tremendous space that has been central to the ambitions of explorers, scientists, and warriors, and continues profoundly to affect our character, attitudes, and dreams. Spanning the ocean's story, from its geological origins to the age of exploration, from World War II battles to today's struggles with pollution and overfishing, Winchester's narrative is epic, intimate, and awe inspiring.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another winner from Simon

    • By Paul on 01-01-11
    • Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms,and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories
    • By: Simon Winchester
    • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
    • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
    • Release date: 11-02-10
    • 4 out of 5 stars 533 ratings

    Regular price: $31.93

    • Exactly

    • How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World
    • By: Simon Winchester
    • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
    • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 16

    Best-selling author Simon Winchester writes a magnificent history of the pioneering engineers who developed precision machinery to allow us to see as far as the moon and as close as the Higgs boson. Precision is the key to everything. It is an integral, unchallenged and essential component of our modern social, mercantile, scientific, mechanical and intellectual landscapes. The items we value in our daily lives - a camera, a phone, a computer, a bicycle, a car, a dishwasher perhaps - all sport components that fit together with precision and operate with near perfection....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Consumable Engineering. Excellent!

    • By Angus Black on 08-08-18

    Regular price: $14.18

    • The Map That Changed the World

    • William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology
    • By: Simon Winchester
    • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
    • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 465
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 274
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 279

    In 1793, William Smith, the orphan son of a village blacksmith, made a startling discovery that was to turn the science of geology on its head. While surveying the route for a canal near Bath, he noticed that the fossils found in one layer of the rocks he was excavating were very different from those found in another. And out of that realization came an epiphany: that by following these fossils one could trace layers of rocks as they dipped, rose and fell, clear across England and clear across the world.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Who knew rocks could be so deceptive?

    • By Jody R. Nathan on 11-09-04

    Regular price: $28.51

    • An Interview with Simon Winchester

    • By: Simon Winchester
    • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
    • Length: 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 328
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 142
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 146

    In this interview, Simon Winchester, the international best-selling author of The Professor and the Madman and Krakatoa, talks about his new book, A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Winchester as Fascinating an Interviewee as Author

    • By Gregory on 06-07-06

    Regular price: $0.00

    • The Man Who Loved China

    • By: Simon Winchester
    • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
    • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 469
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 258
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 260

    In sumptuous and illuminating detail Simon Winchester chronicles the extraordinary story of Joseph Needham, the brilliant Cambridge scientist who turned his eccentric genius on the study of China.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great for Winchester Fans

    • By David Ewing on 10-09-08

    Regular price: $28.51

    • A Crack in the Edge of the World

    • America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906
    • By: Simon Winchester
    • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
    • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 461
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 224
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 222

    The international best-selling author of The Professor and the Madman and Krakatoa vividly brings to life the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake that leveled a city symbolic of America's relentless western expansion. Simon Winchester has also fashioned an enthralling and informative look at the tumultuous subterranean world that produces earthquakes, the planet's most sudden and destructive force.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This Book Delivers

    • By Drayton on 10-31-05

    Regular price: $28.51

    • The Meaning of Everything

    • The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary
    • By: Simon Winchester
    • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
    • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 300
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 160
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 161

    Writing with marvelous brio, Simon Winchester first serves up a lightning history of the English language and pays homage to the great dictionary makers from Samuel Johnson to Noah Webster before turning his unmatched talent for storytelling to the making of the most venerable of dictionaries: The Oxford English Dictionary.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A New Appreciation

    • By Donald on 11-01-04

    Regular price: $28.51

    • Alice Behind Wonderland

    • By: Simon Winchester
    • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
    • Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 81
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 71

    On a summer's day in 1858, in a garden behind Christ Church College in Oxford, Charles Dodgson, a lecturer in mathematics, photographed six-year-old Alice Liddell, the daughter of the college dean, with a Thomas Ottewill Registered Double Folding camera, recently purchased in London. Simon Winchester deftly uses the resulting image - as unsettling as it is famous, and the subject of bottomless speculation - as the vehicle for a brief excursion behind the lens, a focal point on the origins of a classic work of English literature.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not Long Enough

    • By thefrogman on 06-18-12

    Regular price: $15.96

    • Outposts

    • Journeys to the Surviving Relics of the British Empire
    • By: Simon Winchester
    • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
    • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 165
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 79

    Simon Winchester, struck by a sudden need to discover exactly what was left of the British Empire, set out across the globe to visit the far-flung islands that are all that remains of what once made Britain great. He traveled 100,000 miles back and forth, from Antarctica to the Caribbean, from the Mediterranean to the Far East, to capture a last glint of imperial glory.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Nice Travelogue

    • By J. S. Koehler on 01-28-06

    Regular price: $21.67

    • The Professor and the Madman

    • By: Simon Winchester
    • Narrated by: Simon Jones
    • Length: 3 hrs
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 115
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 48
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 47

    Part history, part true-crime, and entirely entertaining, listen to the story of how the behemoth Oxford English Dictionary was made. You'll hang on every word as you discover that the dictionary's greatest contributor was also an insane murderer working from the confines of an asylum.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Book

    • By Z on 11-27-05

    Regular price: $12.54

    • The Fracture Zone

    • A Return to the Balkans
    • By: Simon Winchester
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 69
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 63
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 63

    Award-winning journalist and author Simon Winchester takes readers on a personal tour of the Balkans. Combining history and interviews with the people who live there, Winchester offers a fascinating glimpse into the complex issues at work in this chaotic region. Unrest in the Balkans has gone on for centuries. A seasoned reporter, Winchester visited the region twenty years ago. When Kosovo reached crisis level in 1997, Winchester thought a return visit to the beleaguered area would help to make sense out of the awful violence.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved this-Great combo:Story and History Explained

    • By Jeremy on 07-10-14

    Regular price: $22.04

    • The Meaning of Everything

    • By: Simon Winchester
    • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
    • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    The creation of the Oxford English Dictionary was a remarkable achievement, and a story of determination, hard work and inspired research. Simon Winchester, with his characteristic gift for bringing history to life, charts the fascinating life of the OED leading up to the appointment of the first editor, James Murray, in 1879, through to the OED's triumphant publication in 1928 and beyond. The Meaning of Everything is a must for anyone with an interest in language and words.

    Regular price: $13.85

    • A Crack in the Edge of the World

    • America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906
    • By: Simon Winchester
    • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
    • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 73
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 18

    The international best-selling author of The Professor and the Madman and Krakatoa vividly brings to life the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake that leveled a city symbolic of America's relentless western expansion. Simon Winchester has also fashioned an enthralling and informative look at the tumultuous subterranean world that produces earthquakes, the planet's most sudden and destructive force.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another excellent book by Simon Winchester

    • By Book reader on 11-11-05

    Regular price: $21.67

    • The Surgeon of Crowthorne

    • The Murder, Mystery and Madness of the Oxford English Dictionary
    • By: Simon Winchester
    • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
    • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    The compiling of the OED was a monumental task. It took 50 years, even with the help of numerous contributors. Among the most prolific was William Chester Minor, who sent editor James Murray thousands of extracts. On many occasions, Murray invited this mysterious correspondent to Oxford, but the invitation was always declined. Finally stirred by curiosity, Murray himself went to visit Minor. What he found was shocking: Minor lived in Broadmoor asylum.

    Regular price: $16.73

    • Pacific: The Ocean of the Future

    • By: Simon Winchester
    • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
    • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    Travelling the circumference of the truly gigantic Pacific, Simon Winchester tells the story of the world's largest body of water and - in matters economic, political and military - the ocean of the future. The Pacific is a world of tsunamis and Magellan, of the Bounty mutiny and the Boeing Company. It is the stuff of the towering Captain Cook and his wide-ranging network of exploring voyages, Robert Louis Stevenson and Admiral Halsey.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • interesting anecdotes with a general theme

    • By Anonymous User on 05-10-17

    Regular price: $18.70