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  • The Square and the Tower: Networks, Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power | Niall Ferguson

    The Square and the Tower: Networks, Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated By John Sackville
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    What if everything we thought we knew about history was wrong? From the global best-selling author of Empire, The Ascent of Money and Civilization, this is a whole new way of looking at the world. Most history is hierarchical: it's about popes, presidents, and prime ministers. But what if that's simply because they create the historical archives? What if we are missing equally powerful but less visible networks-leaving them to the conspiracy theorists, with their dreams of all-powerful Illuminati?

  • Gastrophysics: The New Science of Eating | Charles Spence

    Gastrophysics: The New Science of Eating

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Charles Spence
    • Narrated By John Sackville
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    How are chefs and companies planning to transform our dining experiences, and what can we learn from their cutting-edge insights to make memorable meals at home? These are just some of the ingredients of Gastrophysics, in which pioneering Oxford professor Charles Spence shows how our senses link up in the most extraordinary ways and reveals the importance of all the off-the-plate elements of a meal: the weight of cutlery, the placing on the plate, the background music and much more.

  • The Art of Stopping Time | Pedram Shojai

    The Art of Stopping Time

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Pedram Shojai
    • Narrated By John Sackville
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    The Art of Stopping Time guides the listener through 100 practices to help busy people practice mindfulness and a slowing of time wherever they might be: in the shower, sitting in traffic, or dealing with an overflowing inbox. Our perception of the scarcity of time is coupled with the epidemic of stress in the modern world, and when we don't have a positive connection with the flow of time, we lack purpose as well as develop health problems.

  • Turner: The Extraordinary Life and Momentous Times of J. M. W. Turner | Franny Moyle

    Turner: The Extraordinary Life and Momentous Times of J. M. W. Turner

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Franny Moyle
    • Narrated By John Sackville
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    J. M. W. Turner is one of the most important figures in Western art, and his visionary work paved the way for a revolution in landscape painting. Over the course of his lifetime, Turner strove to liberate painting from an antiquated system of patronage. Bringing a new level of expression and color to his canvases, he paved the way for the modern artist.

    Tracy Sane says: "terrible...lifeless portrayal of turner. "
  • Gastrophysics: The New Science of Eating | Charles Spence

    Gastrophysics: The New Science of Eating

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Charles Spence
    • Narrated By John Sackville
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    Why do we consume 35 percent more food when eating with one other person, and 75 percent more when dining with three? How do we explain the fact that people who like strong coffee drink more of it under bright lighting? And why does green ketchup just not work? The answer is gastrophysics, the new area of sensory science pioneered by Oxford professor Charles Spence.

    Peter says: "High promise, poor execution."
  • A Brief History of Time: From Big Bang to Black Holes | Stephen Hawking

    A Brief History of Time: From Big Bang to Black Holes

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Stephen Hawking
    • Narrated By John Sackville
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    Was there a beginning of time? Could time run backwards? Is the universe infinite, or does it have boundaries? These are just some of the questions considered in an internationally acclaimed masterpiece by one of the world's greatest thinkers. It begins by reviewing the great theories of the cosmos, from Newton to Einstein, before delving into the secrets which still lie at the heart of space and time, from the big bang to black holes, via spiral galaxies and strong theory.

    Amazon Kunde says: "Great Stuff,"
  • The Scandal | Fredrik Backman

    The Scandal

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Fredrik Backman
    • Narrated By John Sackville
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    Late one evening towards the end of March, a teenager picked up a double-barrelled shotgun, walked into the forest, put the gun to someone else's forehead and pulled the trigger. This is the story of how we got there. Beartown is a small town in a large Swedish forest. For most of the year it is under a thick blanket of snow, experiencing the kind of cold and dark that brings people closer together - or pulls them apart. Its isolation means that Beartown has been slowly shrinking with each passing year.

  • The Racer: Life on the Road as a Pro Cyclist | David Millar

    The Racer: Life on the Road as a Pro Cyclist

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By David Millar
    • Narrated By John Sackville
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    What is it really like to be a racer? What is it like to be swept along at 60kmh in the middle of the pack? How does it feel to be reeled in from a solo breakaway metres from the line? What happens to the body during a high-speed chute? What tactics must teams employ to win the day, the jersey, the grand tour? How does a domestique keep going to the end of a stage once his job is done and his body exhausted?

  • The Getaway: Sam Archer, Book 2 | Tom Barber

    The Getaway: Sam Archer, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Tom Barber
    • Narrated By John Sackville
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    New York City. Summer. A series of violent and highly successful bank robberies have been carried out across the city, all by the same five-man team. Millions of dollars have been stolen. The thieves are slick, efficient, well organized, and vicious. The FBI are getting nowhere in tracking them down. With pressure from Washington mounting and the heists continuing, the Feds desperately search for any leads. Across the city Sam Archer is in town for a funeral. At the service he is approached by an old family friend who works out of the FBI's New York office.

  • The Miracle of Mindfulness: The Classic Guide to Meditation by the World's Most Revered Master | Thich Nhat Hanh

    The Miracle of Mindfulness: The Classic Guide to Meditation by the World's Most Revered Master

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Thich Nhat Hanh
    • Narrated By John Sackville
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    In this beautifully written book, Buddhist monk and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Thich Nhat Hanh explains how to acquire the skills of mindfulness. Once we have these skills, we can slow our lives down and discover how to live in the moment - even simple acts like washing the dishes or drinking a cup of tea may be transformed into acts of meditation. Thich Nhat Hanh's gentle anecdotes and practical exercises help us to arrive at greater self-understanding and peacefulness, whether we are beginners or advanced.

  • Nine Lives | Tom Barber

    Nine Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Tom Barber
    • Narrated By John Sackville
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    It's New Year's Eve. A major terrorist cell is planning a series of attacks across London over the next 48 hours. The government has surveillance on the group, a man undercover, and prepare to move in, to take out the terrorists before they can strike. But they lose contact with their inside man. And the cell vanishes into thin air, dispersing into the streets, armed and intent on completing their assault on London. The best counterterrorist teams in the country are told to take them down before it's too late.

    Yvonne says: "Not for me"
  • Confessions of a Male Nurse | Michael Alexander

    Confessions of a Male Nurse

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Michael Alexander
    • Narrated By John Sackville
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    From the people who brought you the bestselling Confessions of a GP. From stampeding nudes to inebriated teenagers, young nurse Michael Alexander never really knew what he was getting himself into.

    Diana L says: "book "
  • Silent Night | Tom Barber

    Silent Night

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Tom Barber
    • Narrated By John Sackville
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    On a cold December morning in New York City, a man is found dead in Central Park. There are no knife or gunshot wounds to his body and no signs of violence. But beside the body is a box containing a cracked vial. Suspecting he died from some sort of biological attack, a lab team screen the body. What they find is deeply unsettling and terrifying.

    Benjamin F. Bates, Ph.D. says: "INANE, simply inane!"
  • Conquerors: How Portugal Seized the Indian Ocean and Forged the First Global Empire | Roger Crowley

    Conquerors: How Portugal Seized the Indian Ocean and Forged the First Global Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Roger Crowley
    • Narrated By John Sackville
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    As remarkable as Columbus and the conquistador expeditions, the history of Portuguese exploration is now almost forgotten. But Portugal's navigators cracked the code of the Atlantic winds, launched the expedition of Vasco da Gama to India and beat the Spanish to the spice kingdoms of the East - then set about creating the first long-range maritime empire.

    TemperPolk says: "All the details I never knew"
  • Blackout | Tom Barber

    Blackout

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Tom Barber
    • Narrated By John Sackville
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    Young counterterrorist cop Sam Archer arrives for work at the Armed Response Unit expecting a quiet day. But unbeknownst to him, a storm is coming. Three men have already been killed that morning. One committed suicide by the River Thames. Another was strangled in his car in Washington, DC. And the third was shot in the face in his high-rise New York apartment as he slept. The deaths seem random, thousands of miles apart. But they are all connected - by a shocking event 15 years ago.

    Eric says: "Good story, but narration had some flaws."
  • Finders Keepers | Belinda Bauer

    Finders Keepers

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Belinda Bauer
    • Narrated By John Sackville
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    The eight-year-old boy had vanished from the car and, as if by slick, sick magic, had been replaced by a note on the steering wheel reading, "You don't love him." At the height of summer, a dark shadow falls across Exmoor; more children are stolen, each disappearance marked only by the same brutal accusation. No explanations, no ransom demands, and no hope.

    KJC Golf says: "Creepy"
  • Homintern: How Gay Culture Liberated the Modern World | Gregory Woods

    Homintern: How Gay Culture Liberated the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Gregory Woods
    • Narrated By John Sackville
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    In a hugely ambitious study that crosses continents, languages, and almost a century, Gregory Woods identifies the ways in which homosexuality has helped shape Western culture. Extending from the trials of Oscar Wilde to the gay liberation era, this book examines a period in which increased visibility made acceptance of homosexuality one of the measures of modernity.

    M. S. Cohen says: "I forced myself to listen all the way through"
  • Good People | Nir Baram

    Good People

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Nir Baram
    • Narrated By John Sackville
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    It's late 1938. Thomas Heiselberg has built a career in Berlin as a market researcher for an American advertising company. In Leningrad, 22-year-old Sasha Weissberg has grown up eavesdropping on the intellectual conversations in her parents' literary salon. They each have grand plans for their lives. Neither of them thinks about politics too much, but after catastrophe strikes they will have no choice.

  • Noonday | Pat Barker

    Noonday

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Pat Barker
    • Narrated By Anne Reid, Finlay Robertson, John Sackville, and others
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    Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Noonday by Pat Barker, read by Juliet Stevenson, Stephen Boxer, John Sackville, Anne Reid & Finlay Robertson. London, the Blitz, autumn 1940. Ambulance drivers Elinor Brooke and Kit Neville ferry injured survivors from bomb sites to hospitals while Elinor's husband, Paul, works as an air-raid warden.

    Sylvia McLeod says: "value what you have."
  • A Dangerous Delusion: Why the West Is Wrong About Nuclear Iran | Peter Oborne,David Morrison

    A Dangerous Delusion: Why the West Is Wrong About Nuclear Iran

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 52 mins)
    • By Peter Oborne, David Morrison
    • Narrated By John Sackville
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    In 2014 it is possible that Israel, backed by the United States, will launch an attack on Iran. This would be a catastrophic event, risking war, bloodshed, and global economic collapse. In this passionate, but rationally argued essay, the author's attempt to avert a potential global catastrophe by showing that the grounds for war do not exist, that there are no Iranian nuclear weapons, and that Iran would happily come to a table and strike a deal.

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