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  • Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for All and None | Friedrich Nietzsche

    Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for All and None

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Friedrich Nietzsche
    • Narrated By Christopher Oxford
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    Thus Spoke Zarathustra is one of the most extraordinary - and important - texts in Western philosophy. It was written by Friedrich Nietzsche between 1883 and 1885. He cast it in the form of a novel in the hope that his urgent message of the 'death of God' and the rise of the superman (Ubermensch) would have greater emotional as well as intellectual impact.

    Judd says: "Great Narration!"
  • A Brief History of the Celts: Brief Histories | Peter Berresford Ellis

    A Brief History of the Celts: Brief Histories

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Peter Berresford Ellis
    • Narrated By Christopher Oxford
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    For centuries the Celts held sway in Europe. Even after their conquest by the Romans, their culture remained vigorous, ensuring that much of it endured to feed an endless fascination with Celtic history and myths, artwork and treasures. A foremost authority on the Celtic peoples and their culture, Peter Berresford Ellis presents an invigoration overview of their world. With his gift for making the scholarly accessible, he discusses the Celts' mysterious origins and early history and investigates their rich and complex society.

    Lokkish says: "A bit dry, but overall interesting"
  • 1913: The Eve of War | Paul Ham

    1913: The Eve of War

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Paul Ham
    • Narrated By Christopher Oxford
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    Christmas 1913: In Britain, people are debating a new dance called ‘the tango’. In Germany, they are fascinated by the wedding of the Kaiser’s daughter to the Duke of Brunswick. Little did they know that their world was on ‘The Eve of War’, a catastrophe that was to engulf the continent, cost millions of lives, and change the course of the century. And yet behind the scenes, the Great Powers were marching towards what they thought was an inevitable conflict.

    Annette says: "Mediocre, neither good nor bad"
  • A Brief Guide to Celtic Myths and Legends: Brief Histories | Martyn Whittock

    A Brief Guide to Celtic Myths and Legends: Brief Histories

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Martyn Whittock
    • Narrated By Christopher Oxford
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    A very accessable guide that fills the gap between academic analysis and less-critical retellings of the myths and legends. Marytn Whittock provides an accessible overview while also assessing the current state of research regarding the origins and significance of the myths. Since all records of the myths first occur in the early medieval period, the focus is on the survival of pre-Christian mythology and the interactions of the early Christian writers with these myths.

    Murray says: "Terrible"
  • The Antichrist, Ecce Homo | Friedrich Nietzsche

    The Antichrist, Ecce Homo

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Friedrich Nietzsche
    • Narrated By Christopher Oxford
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    The Antichrist and Ecce Homo were two of the last works written by Friedrich Nietzsche just before his mental collapse in 1889. Though both written in 1888, they are very different in content and style. In The Antichrist, Nietzsche expands on his view that the submissive nature of Christianity undermined Western society, depressing and sapping energy.

    Juan Malo says: "Two Great Books"
  • Love in Amsterdam: Van De Valk, Book 1 | Nicolas Freeling

    Love in Amsterdam: Van De Valk, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Nicolas Freeling
    • Narrated By Christopher Oxford
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    Alluring, unstable, and frantically self-absorbed, Elsa de Charmoy was a dangerous woman, and now she's a dead one, shot with a gun bought by her former lover. Sulking in an Amsterdam jail, he swears it's been years since he saw Elsa, but Inspector Van der Valk isn’t quite ready to be persuaded. Like Inspector Maigret (to whom he is often compared), Van der Valk tends to pick apart the details, ideally over a good meal. And while Van der Valk's ruminations may frustrate his more action-minded colleagues, they inevitably yield a surprising resolution.

  • Business Strategy: The Economist | Jeremy Kourdi

    Business Strategy: The Economist

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jeremy Kourdi
    • Narrated By Christopher Oxford
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    A business's overall strategy may be set at board level, but many people throughout the organisation will be involved in deciding that strategy and implementing it - making decisions that are strategic in nature. On these decisions hangs the future of the business: how successful it is, even whether it is successful. Yet business history is full of strategic decisions, both big and small, that were weak, poorly conceived and consequently disastrous.

  • The Great Turning Points in British History: The Twenty Events that Made the Nation: Brief Histories | Michael Wood

    The Great Turning Points in British History: The Twenty Events that Made the Nation: Brief Histories

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Michael Wood
    • Narrated By Christopher Oxford
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    Twenty of the most crucial moments in Britain's history. BBC History Magazine asked a selection of leading historians to choose and describe the twenty most important turning points in British history from AD 1000 to 2000. Collected together, their choices present a new way of looking at our nation's story.

  • Double Barrel: Van De Valk, Book 4 | Nicolas Freeling

    Double Barrel: Van De Valk, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Nicolas Freeling
    • Narrated By Christopher Oxford
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    A disturbing, superb thriller from the pen of a master storyteller... A flurry of anonymous letters and two suicides leads Inspector Van der Valk to a mission in Drente where small-town hysteria may just lead to one of the century's most wanted criminals.

  • The King of the Rainy Country | Nicolas Freeling

    The King of the Rainy Country

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Nicolas Freeling
    • Narrated By Christopher Oxford
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    This was the end of the story that had started "Once upon a time, in a rainy country, there was a king...." The end had not happened in a rainy country, but on a bone-dry Spanish hillside, 300 metres from where Van der Valk had left a lot of blood, some splintered bone, a few fragments of gut, and a ten-seventy-five Mauser rifle bullet. No one had broken any laws. But a handsome, middle-aged millionaire had disappeared with a naked girl. And Van der Valk was given the job of finding out why.

  • Criminal Conversation: Van der Valk, Book 5 | Nicolas Freeling

    Criminal Conversation: Van der Valk, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Nicolas Freeling
    • Narrated By Christopher Oxford
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    Van der Valk is on the case again as a mysterious letter is unearthed alluding to the murder of a man named Cabestan. In the letter, the murderer is named but van der Valk must find out first who this mysterious letter-writer is. What transpires is a tale of deception and adultery as the rich Carl Merckel, the managing director of the Lutz Brothers merchant bank, lays an accusation of cold blooded homicide of which, he claims, his wife had no part to play.

  • Because of the Cats: Van De Valk, Book 2 | Nicolas Freeling

    Because of the Cats: Van De Valk, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Nicolas Freeling
    • Narrated By Christopher Oxford
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    Bloemendaal aan Zee, that smugly prosperous little seaside town, has more television sets per capita than anywhere else in Holland. Even its drunks are polite, its houses uniformly tidy and sparkling clean. But there's something very wrong with the kids. The most popular teenagers have formed a gang that is preying, with increasing viciousness, on nearby Amsterdam - Inspector Van der Valk's patch. Van der Valk has no love for chilly, yuppified Bloemendaal. But his curiosity is as voracious as his appetite for good food.

    errol says: "ho hum"
  • A Long Silence: Van der Valk, Book 10 | Nicolas Freeling

    A Long Silence: Van der Valk, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Nicolas Freeling
    • Narrated By Christopher Oxford
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    A Van der Valk Thriller - For Piet Van der Valk it was just another ordinary case. No crime had been committed. It was just a matter of following a lead on a wealthy Amsterdam jeweller. But two bullets put paid to Van der Valk's curiosity. For Piet Van der Valk, this ordinary case turns out to be his last.

  • A Crime in the Family: A World War II Secret Buried in Silence - and My Search for the Truth | Sacha Batthyany

    A Crime in the Family: A World War II Secret Buried in Silence - and My Search for the Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Sacha Batthyany
    • Narrated By Christopher Oxford
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    One night in March of 1945, on the Austrian-Hungarian border, a local countess hosted a party in her mansion, where guests and local Nazi leaders mingled. The war was almost over, and the German aristocrats and SS officers dancing and drinking knew it was lost. Around midnight, some of the guests were asked to "take care" of 180 Jewish enslaved laborers at the train station; they made them strip naked and shot them all before returning to the bright lights of the party.

  • Words of Mercury: Tales from a Lifetime of Travel | Patrick Leigh Fermor,Artemis Cooper - editor,Rolf Potts - foreword

    Words of Mercury: Tales from a Lifetime of Travel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Patrick Leigh Fermor, Artemis Cooper - editor, Rolf Potts - foreword
    • Narrated By Christopher Oxford
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    The adventures of Patrick "Paddy" Leigh Fermor, Britain's most beloved traveler, began in 1933, when he embarked on a walk from Holland to Constantinople - the entire length of Europe - at the tender age of 18. Sleeping in barns, monasteries, and, on occasion, aristocratic country houses, the young adventurer made way his through the Old World just as everything was about to change.

  • Ashenden | W. Somerset Maugham

    Ashenden

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Christopher Oxford
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    When war broke out in 1914, Somerset Maugham was dispatched by the British Secret Service to Switzerland under the guise of completing a play. Multilingual, knowledgeable about many European countries, and a celebrated writer, Maugham had the perfect cover, and the assignment appealed to his love of romance, and of the ridiculous. The stories collected in Ashenden are rooted in Maugham's own experiences as an agent, reflecting the ruthlessness and brutality of espionage, its intrigue and treachery, as well as its absurdity.

    tom says: "a jolly gay time at the spying business"
  • An Instance of the Fingerpost | Iain Pears

    An Instance of the Fingerpost

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Iain Pears
    • Narrated By Gareth Armstrong, Roger May, Christopher Oxford, and others
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    Set in Oxford in the 1660s – a time and place of great intellectual, scientific, religious and political ferment – this remarkable novel centres around a young woman, Sarah Blundy, who stands accused of the murder of Robert Grove, a fellow of New College. Four witnesses describe the events surrounding his death: Marco da Cola, a Venetian Catholic intent on claiming credit for the invention of blood transfusion;

    Tee says: "Slow Buildup, but worthwhile"
  • Mr. Balfour's Poodle | Roy Jenkins

    Mr. Balfour's Poodle

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Roy Jenkins
    • Narrated By Christopher Oxford
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    Roy Jenkins' account of the constitutional struggle between the Liberal government of the early 20th century and the House of Lords. The battle started with the introduction of the People's Budget of 1909 and continued through two general elections until 1911 when the Lords accepted the Parliament bill.Elected to Parliament as a Labour member in 1948, Jenkins (1920- 2003) served in several major posts in Harold Wilson's First Government and as Home Secretary from 1965-67.

  • Brands and Branding: The Economist | Rita Clifton

    Brands and Branding: The Economist

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Rita Clifton
    • Narrated By Christopher Oxford
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    Although the balance sheet may not even put a value on it, a company's brand or its portfolio of brands is in many cases its most valuable asset, accounting for as much as 70% of a firm's market value in some cases. This book argues that because of this and because of the power of not-for-profit brands like Oxfam, all organisations should make the brand their central organising principle, guiding every action and decision.

    Adam says: "Very good, expansive and actionable look at brands"
  • A Crime in the Family | Sacha Batthyány,Anthea Bell - translator

    A Crime in the Family

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Sacha Batthyány, Anthea Bell - translator
    • Narrated By Christopher Oxford, Karen Cass
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    In the spring of 1945, at Rechnitz on the Austrian-Hungarian border, not far from the front lines of the advancing Red Army, Countess Margit Batthyany gave a party in her mansion. The war was almost over, and the German aristocrats and SS officers dancing and drinking knew it was lost. Late that night, they walked down to the village, where 180 enslaved Jewish labourers waited, made them strip naked, and shot them all before returning to the bright lights of the party.

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