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  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind | Yuval Noah Harari

    Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Yuval Noah Harari
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (1891)
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    (1873)

    Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas.

    Sam A. Havens says: "Life changing"
  • Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow | Yuval Noah Harari

    Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Yuval Noah Harari
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6240)
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    (5584)
    Story
    (5537)

    Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically acclaimed New York Times best seller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity's future and our quest to upgrade humans into gods.

    Gillian says: "Fun But With A Couple O' Caveats--"
  • Letters from Father Christmas | J.R.R. Tolkien

    Letters from Father Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By J.R.R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi, John Moffatt, Christian Rodska
    Overall
    (216)
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    (184)
    Story
    (182)

    Can you imagine writing to Father Christmas and actually getting a reply? Every year, the children of J.R.R. Tolkien would write to Father Christmas, and the letters they received told wonderful stories of his adventures at the North Pole. These humorous tales are brought to life by Derek Jacobi as Father Christmas, John Moffatt as Polar Bear, and Christian Rodska as Ilbereth the Elf, complete with specially composed music.

    James says: "A fun little read."
  • The Society of the Sword Trilogy | Duncan M. Hamilton

    The Society of the Sword Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Duncan M. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
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    (1573)
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    (1485)
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    (1483)

    When Soren is plucked from the streets and given a place at the prestigious academy of swordsmanship, he thinks his dream of being a great swordsman has become a possibility. However, with great intrigues unfolding all around him, Soren discovers that he is little more than a pawn to the ambitions of others.

    Jack Brown says: "Excellent"
  • The Graveyard Book: Full-Cast Production | Neil Gaiman

    The Graveyard Book: Full-Cast Production

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman, Derek Jacobi, Robert Madge, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (8217)
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    (7629)

    Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack - who has already killed Bod's family…

    C. Telfair says: "Splendid and Splendider!"
  • The Jewel of Dantenos: The FREE Lee Starfinder Adventure: from the World of the Godling Chronicles, Book 0.5 | Brian D. Anderson

    The Jewel of Dantenos: The FREE Lee Starfinder Adventure: from the World of the Godling Chronicles, Book 0.5

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 52 mins)
    • By Brian D. Anderson
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    Overall
    (1951)
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    (1691)
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    (1700)

    Filled with confidence and no small measure of arrogance, young Lee Starfinder, along with Millet Gristall, set off on their very first adventure. Lee quickly discovers that life beyond Hazrah can be far deadlier than he could have ever imagined. And soon he must learn that muscle and steel cannot replace loyalty, bravery and friendship.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Modesitt, Feist or Eddings"
  • Sapiens | Yuval Noah Harari

    Sapiens

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Yuval Noah Harari
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (1279)
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    (1135)
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    Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us sapiens? In this bold and provocative audiobook, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here, and where we're going.

    Bradley Janse van Rensburg says: "Life changing book"
  • The Crusades: The Authoritative History of the War for the Holy Land | Thomas Asbridge

    The Crusades: The Authoritative History of the War for the Holy Land

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Thomas Asbridge
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
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    (983)
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    (903)
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    The Crusades is an authoritative, accessible single-volume history of the brutal struggle for the Holy Land in the Middle Ages. Thomas Asbridge - a renowned historian who writes with "maximum vividness" (Joan Acocella, The New Yorker) - covers the years 1095 to 1291 in this big, ambitious, listenable account of one of the most fascinating periods in history.

    Rick says: "A Thorough Look"
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: The Chronicles of Narnia | C.S. Lewis

    The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: The Chronicles of Narnia

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (2568)
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    (1554)
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    (1579)

    The Dawn Treader is the first ship Narnia has seen in centuries. King Caspian has built it for his first voyage to find the seven lords, good men whom his evil uncle Miraz banished when he usurped the throne. The journey takes Edmund, Lucy, their cousin Eustace, and Caspian to the Eastern Islands, beyond the Silver Sea, toward Aslan's country at the End of the World.

    Ryan Crosby says: "Best narration EVER"
  • The Forgotten Soldier | Guy Sajer

    The Forgotten Soldier

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Guy Sajer
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
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    (1028)
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    (946)
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    (940)

    When Guy Sajer joins the infantry full of ideals in the summer of 1942, the German army is enjoying unparalleled success in Russia. However, he quickly finds that for the foot soldier the glory of military success hides a much harsher reality of hunger, fatigue, and constant deprivation. Posted to the elite Grosse Deutschland division, he enters a violent and remorseless world where all youthful hope is gradually ground down, and all that matters is the brute will to survive.

    Gillian says: "A Beautifully Written Heartrending Tragedy"
  • Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur | Derek Sivers

    Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 31 mins)
    • By Derek Sivers
    • Narrated By Derek Sivers
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    (1775)
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    (1475)
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    When anyone can start a business (when everyone is running their career like a business), it begs a question. This is your one chance at life, you can have anything you want, what is worth doing? Most people don't know why they're doing what they're doing. They imitate others, go with the flow, and follow paths without making their own. They spend decades in pursuit of something that someone convinced them they should want, without realizing that it won't make them happy. Anything You Want is a manifesto about living life, appreciating enough, and doing what matters.

    Richard Mattson says: "Short and poignant"
  • The Reign of Magic: Pentamuria Saga, Book 1 | Wolf Awert

    The Reign of Magic: Pentamuria Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Wolf Awert
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
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    (27)

    Pentamuria, the world of five kingdoms, is in a time of change. The power of the nobles and mages is threatened. War is upon them, although they do not know yet when or with whom. Thus, the mages are gathering in their capital, Ringwall, to prepare together against any possible enemy. At this time, the orphan boy Nill is found by the Druids. He possesses considerable magical skills. So he is taken to Ringwall, where he is to be trained in the magical arts alongside his fellow students. Nill, an outsider, shows no respect for the traditions of the magical world.

    billy says: "Not for everyone
    "
  • Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction | Derek Thompson

    Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Derek Thompson
    • Narrated By Derek Thompson
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    (612)
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    Nothing "goes viral". If you think a popular movie, song, or app came out of nowhere to become a word-of-mouth success in today's crowded media environment, you're missing the real story. Each blockbuster has a secret history - of power, influence, dark broadcasters, and passionate cults that turn some new products into cultural phenomena. In his groundbreaking investigation, Atlantic senior editor Derek Thompson uncovers the hidden psychology of why we like what we like.

    John says: "Lots of interesting facts, not much content"
  • Jack of Thieves: The Master Thief, Book 1 | Ben Hale

    Jack of Thieves: The Master Thief, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Ben Hale
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
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    (775)
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    (773)

    The Thieves Guild is renowned for their ability to steal anything. Its elite members have robbed nobles of wealth, reputation, and even their honor. The Guildmaster rules them with brutality and fear, yet his name and past are a mystery. From the depths of the Evermist swamp, he seeks a master thief, one who can help him reclaim his lost power. Young and brash, Jack Myst has drawn the Guildmaster's attention. His feats mark his potential, but his audacity and cunning make him dangerous.

    Maryann says: "really......really good!"
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind | Yuval Harari

    Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Yuval Harari
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
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    (50)
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    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    In Sapiens, Dr. Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical - and sometimes devastating - breakthroughs of the cognitive, agricultural, and scientific revolutions. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, paleontology, and economics, he explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities.

    Biff says: "Historical option fiction? "
  • Mr Bliss | J. R. R. Tolkien

    Mr Bliss

    • UNABRIDGED (43 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Sir Derek Jacobi
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    (63)
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    (59)
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    (59)

    Mr Bliss, a man notable for his immensely tall hats and for the girabbit in his garden, takes the whimsical decision to buy a motor car. But his first drive to visit friends quickly becomes a catalogue of disasters. Some of these could be blamed on Mr Bliss’s style of driving, but even he could not anticipate being hijacked by three bears.

    Dragonfly Samurai says: "Meh"
  • Leaf by Niggle | J. R. R. Tolkien

    Leaf by Niggle

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
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    (272)
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    (252)
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    (251)

    'Leaf by Niggle' recounts the strange adventures of the painter Niggle, who sets out to paint the perfect tree. But he senses that he will be snatched away from his work long before it is finished - if indeed it could ever be finished in this world. For it is in another and brighter place that Niggle finds his tree is finished and learns that it is indeed a real tree, a true part of creation.

    M. J. Palmer says: "My Favourite Tolkien"
  • The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel | Anthony Horowitz

    The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Anthony Horowitz
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
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    (1985)
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    (1768)
    Story
    (1772)

    Sherlock Holmes is the greatest detective in literary history. For the first time since the death of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a new Holmes story has been sanctioned by his estate, whetting the appetites of fans everywhere. Information about the book will be revealed as deliberately as Holmes himself would unravel a knotty case, but bestselling novelist and Holmes expert Anthony Horowitz is sure to bring a compelling, atmospheric story to life.

    Debra J Pekin says: "PLEASE tell me there are MORE !"
  • Farmer Giles of Ham | J.R.R. Tolkien

    Farmer Giles of Ham

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 47 mins)
    • By J.R.R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
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    (156)
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    (124)
    Story
    (123)

    Farmer Giles of Ham did not look like a hero. He was fat and red-bearded and enjoyed a slow, comfortable life. Then one day a rather deaf and short-sighted giant blundered on to his land. More by luck than skill, Farmer Giles managed to scare him away. The people of the village cheered: Farmer Giles was a hero. His reputation spread far and wide across the kingdom. So it was natural that when the dragon Chrysophylax visited the area it was Farmer Giles who was expected to do battle with it!

    Jacobus says: "An exquisite story wonderfully narrated"
  • Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow | Yuval Noah Harari

    Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Yuval Noah Harari
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (417)
    Performance
    (372)
    Story
    (370)

    Yuval Noah Harari, author of the best-selling Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, envisions a not-too-distant world in which we face a new set of challenges. Now, in Homo Deus, he examines our future with his trademark blend of science, history, philosophy and every discipline in between. Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the 21st century - from overcoming death to creating artificial life.

    Muzzaffar says: "The book is great but the narrative is incomplete"
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