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    • Sapiens

    • A Brief History of Humankind
    • Written by: Yuval Harari
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 977
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      5 out of 5 stars 865
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 862

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I'll definitely listen to this again.

    • By Shea Earl on 2017-11-25
    • A Brief History of Humankind
    • Written by: Yuval Harari
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
    • Release date: 2017-09-13
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 977 ratings

    Regular price: CDN$ 52.59

    • The Story of Human Language

    • Written by: John McWhorter, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: John McWhorter
    • Length: 18 hrs and 15 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 19
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    Language defines us as a species, placing humans head and shoulders above even the most proficient animal communicators. But it also beguiles us with its endless mysteries, allowing us to ponder why different languages emerged, why there isn't simply a single language, how languages change over time and whether that's good or bad, and how languages die out and become extinct.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • informative

    • By Amazon Customer on 2018-07-03

    Regular price: CDN$ 56.38

    • Homo Deus

    • A Brief History of Tomorrow
    • Written by: Yuval Harari
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 323
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      5 out of 5 stars 285
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 282

    Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams, and nightmares that will shape the 21st century - from overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the fundamental questions: Where do we go from here? And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers? This is the next stage of evolution. This is Homo Deus.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Accept minor defects and enjoy this book

    • By Anonymous User on 2017-12-10
    • A Brief History of Tomorrow
    • Written by: Yuval Harari
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
    • Release date: 2017-09-13
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 323 ratings

    Regular price: CDN$ 52.69

    • The Inconvenient Indian

    • A Curious Account of Native People in North America
    • Written by: Thomas King
    • Narrated by: Lorne Cardinal
    • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 21
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    The Inconvenient Indian is at once a “history” and the complete subversion of a history - in short, a critical and personal meditation that the remarkable Thomas King has conducted over the past 50 years about what it means to be “Indian” in North America. Rich with dark and light, pain and magic, this book distills the insights gleaned from that meditation, weaving the curiously circular tale of the relationship between non-Natives and Natives in the centuries since the two first encountered each other.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Mandatory listening for all Canadians

    • By m salem on 2018-05-15

    Regular price: CDN$ 26.30

    • Forgiveness

    • A Gift from My Grandparents
    • Written by: Mark Sakamoto
    • Narrated by: Geoff Sugiyama
    • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 76
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 75

    When the Second World War broke out, Ralph MacLean chose to escape his troubled life on the Magdalen Islands in eastern Canada and volunteer to serve his country overseas. Meanwhile, in Vancouver, Mitsue Sakamoto saw her family and her stable community torn apart after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Canada picked wrong

    • By Anonymous User on 2018-05-31

    Regular price: CDN$ 26.81

    • Guns, Germs and Steel

    • The Fate of Human Societies
    • Written by: Jared Diamond
    • Narrated by: Doug Ordunio
    • Length: 16 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
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      4 out of 5 stars 44
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 45

    Having done field work in New Guinea for more than 30 years, Jared Diamond presents the geographical and ecological factors that have shaped the modern world. From the viewpoint of an evolutionary biologist, he highlights the broadest movements both literal and conceptual on every continent since the Ice Age, and examines societal advances such as writing, religion, government, and technology.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A must!

    • By T King on 2018-05-18

    Regular price: CDN$ 42.34

    • The Gulag Archipelago, Volume l

    • The Prison Industry and Perpetual Motion
    • Written by: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 26 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 38
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      5 out of 5 stars 36

    In this masterpiece, Solzhenitsyn has orchestrated thousands of incidents and individual histories into one narrative of unflagging power and momentum. Written in a tone that encompasses Olympian wrath, bitter calm, savage irony, and sheer comedy, it combines history, autobiography, documentary, and political analysis as it examines in its totality the Soviet apparatus of repression from its inception following the October Revolution of 1917.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Incredible book; the reading can be improved

    • By Steve on 2018-03-14

    Regular price: CDN$ 46.26

    • The Art of War

    • Written by: Sun Tzu
    • Narrated by: Aidan Gillen
    • Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85
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      5 out of 5 stars 74
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 72

    The 13 chapters of The Art of War, each devoted to one aspect of warfare, were compiled by the high-ranking Chinese military general, strategist, and philosopher Sun-Tzu. In spite of its battlefield specificity, The Art of War has found new life in the modern age, with leaders in fields as wide and far-reaching as world politics, human psychology, and corporate strategy finding valuable insight in its timeworn words.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • little finger

    • By Amazon Customer on 2018-01-08

    Regular price: CDN$ 8.05

    • The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

    • A New History of a Lost World
    • Written by: Steve Brusatte
    • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
    • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    In this stunning narrative spanning more than 200 million years, Steve Brusatte, a young American paleontologist who has emerged as one of the foremost stars of the field - discovering 10 new species and leading groundbreaking scientific studies and fieldwork - masterfully tells the complete, surprising, and new history of the dinosaurs, drawing on cutting-edge science to dramatically bring to life their lost world and illuminate their enigmatic origins, spectacular flourishing, astonishing diversity, cataclysmic extinction, and startling living legacy.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not bad

    • By Amazon Customer on 2018-06-23

    Regular price: CDN$ 38.59

    • The Gulag Archipelago, Volume II

    • The Destructive-Labor Camps and The Soul and Barbed Wire
    • Written by: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 27 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 11
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    This second volume in Solzhenitsyn’s narrative chronicles the appalling inhumanity of the Soviets' "Destructive-Labor Camps" and the fate of prisoners in them—felling timber, building canals and railroads, and mining gold without equipment or adequate food or clothing, and subject always to the caprices of the camp authorities. Most tragic of all is the life of the women prisoners and the luckless children they bear.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • read it

    • By Duncan on 2017-11-10

    Regular price: CDN$ 46.26

    • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • Written by: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
    • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 65

    A Short History of Nearly Everything is Bill Bryson’s quest to find out everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization - how we got from there, being nothing at all, to here, being us. His challenge is to take subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us and see if there isn't some way to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science. It's not so much about what we know, as about how we know what we know.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Abridged

    • By Robin on 2017-11-29

    Regular price: CDN$ 25.79

    • The Devil in the White City

    • Written by: Erik Larson
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 29

    In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Well written

    • By Joseph Butcher on 2017-10-26

    Regular price: CDN$ 36.98

    • The World as It Is

    • A Memoir of the Obama White House
    • Written by: Ben Rhodes
    • Narrated by: Ben Rhodes, Mark Deakins
    • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 19
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    For nearly 10 years, Ben Rhodes saw almost everything that happened at the center of the Obama administration - first as a speechwriter, then as deputy national security advisor, and finally as a multipurpose aide and close collaborator. He started every morning in the Oval Office with the President’s Daily Brief, traveled the world with Obama, and was at the center of some of the most consequential and controversial moments of the presidency. Now, he tells the full story of his partnership with a man who also happened to be a historic president of the United States.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Really interesting listen!

    • By Amazon Customer on 2018-06-18

    Regular price: CDN$ 43.86

    • The Operator

    • Firing the Shots That Killed Osama Bin Laden and My Years as a SEAL Team Warrior
    • Written by: Robert O'Neill
    • Narrated by: Robert O'Neill
    • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 47
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
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      5 out of 5 stars 44

    Stirringly evocative, thought provoking, and often jaw dropping, The Operator ranges across SEAL Team Operator Robert O'Neill's awe-inspiring 400-mission career that included his involvement in attempts to rescue "Lone Survivor" Marcus Luttrell and abducted-by-Somali-pirates Captain Richard Phillips and culminated in those famous three shots that dispatched the world's most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent book

    • By Adam Casswell on 2018-07-21
    • Firing the Shots That Killed Osama Bin Laden and My Years as a SEAL Team Warrior
    • Written by: Robert O'Neill
    • Narrated by: Robert O'Neill
    • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
    • Release date: 2017-04-25
    • 5 out of 5 stars 47 ratings

    Regular price: CDN$ 37.62

    • From Cold War to Hot Peace

    • An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia
    • Written by: Michael McFaul
    • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
    • Length: 20 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
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    As President Barack Obama's adviser on Russian affairs, Michael McFaul helped craft the United States' policy known as "reset" that fostered new and unprecedented collaboration between the two countries. And then, as US ambassador to Russia from 2012 to 2014, he had a front-row seat when this fleeting, hopeful moment crumbled with Vladimir Putin's return to the presidency. This riveting inside account combines history and memoir to tell the full story of US-Russia relations from the fall of the Soviet Union to the new rise of the hostile, paranoid Russian president.

    Regular price: CDN$ 39.46

    • SPQR

    • A History of Ancient Rome
    • Written by: Mary Beard
    • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
    • Length: 18 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    Ancient Rome matters. Its history of empire, conquest, cruelty and excess is something against which we still judge ourselves. Its myths and stories - from Romulus and Remus to the rape of Lucretia - still strike a chord with us. And its debates about citizenship, security and the rights of the individual still influence our own debates on civil liberty today. SPQR is a new look at Roman history from one of the world's foremost classicists.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Lived every second.

    • By Amazon Customer on 2018-06-12
    • A History of Ancient Rome
    • Written by: Mary Beard
    • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
    • Length: 18 hrs and 30 mins
    • Release date: 2015-10-19
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 12 ratings

    Regular price: CDN$ 21.48

    • The Crusades

    • The Authoritative History of the War for the Holy Land
    • Written by: Thomas Asbridge
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 25 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 9
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      5 out of 5 stars 8
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    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.

    • The Authoritative History of the War for the Holy Land
    • Written by: Thomas Asbridge
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 25 hrs and 32 mins
    • Release date: 2016-08-16
    • 5 out of 5 stars 9 ratings

    Regular price: CDN$ 73.97

    • The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World

    • Written by: Robert Garland, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert Garland
    • Length: 24 hrs and 28 mins
    • Original Recording
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      5 out of 5 stars 16
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    Look beyond the abstract dates and figures, kings and queens, and battles and wars that make up so many historical accounts. Over the course of 48 richly detailed lectures, Professor Garland covers the breadth and depth of human history from the perspective of the so-called ordinary people, from its earliest beginnings through the Middle Ages.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A must have for anyone with a interest in history.

    • By Shawn Ricker on 2018-06-20

    Regular price: CDN$ 71.17

    • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

    • Written by: Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
    • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 24
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
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    The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

    Regular price: CDN$ 37.63

    • Great Mythologies of the World

    • Written by: The Great Courses, Grant L. Voth, Julius H. Bailey, and others
    • Narrated by: Grant L. Voth, Julius H. Bailey, Kathryn McClymond, and others
    • Length: 31 hrs and 35 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
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    The deep-seated origins and wide-reaching lessons of ancient myths built the foundation for our modern legacies. Explore the mythologies of Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Learn what makes these stories so important, distinctive, and able to withstand the test of time. Discover how, despite geographical implausibilities, many myths from across the oceans share themes, morals, and archetypes.

    Regular price: CDN$ 80.58

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