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    • Stephen Fry's Victorian Secrets

    • Written by: Stephen Fry
    • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
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    On the surface, the Victorian age is one of propriety, industry, prudishness and piety. But scratch the surface and you’ll find scandal, sadism, sex, madness, malice and murder. Presented by Stephen Fry, this series delves deep into a period of time we think we know, to discover an altogether darker reality. The stories we’re told offer a different perspective on an era which underwent massive social change. As education, trade, technology and culture blossomed, why was there an undercurrent of the ‘forbidden’ festering beneath Victorian society?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Really entertaining

    • By K on 2019-01-17

    Price: CDN$ 27.32

    • The Story of Medieval England: From King Arthur to the Tudor Conquest

    • Written by: Jennifer Paxton, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Jennifer Paxton
    • Length: 19 hrs and 7 mins
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    These 36 lectures tell the remarkable story of a tumultuous thousand-year period in the history of England. Dominated by war, conquest, and the struggle to balance the stability brought by royal power with the rights of the governed, it was a period that put into place the foundation of much of the world we know today. As you journey through this largely chronological narrative you'll see key themes emerge, including the assimilation of successive waves of invaders, the tense relationship between kings and the nobility, and the constant battles over money and taxation.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Professor has a great speaking voice and style.

    • By Amazon Customer on 2017-10-05

    Price: CDN$ 56.38

    • Caesar

    • Life of a Colossus
    • Written by: Adrian Goldsworthy
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 24 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Tracing the extraordinary trajectory of Julius Caesar's life, Adrian Goldsworthy covers not only the great Roman emperor's accomplishments as charismatic orator, conquering general, and powerful dictator but also lesser-known chapters. Ultimately, Goldsworthy realizes the full complexity of Caesar's character and shows why his political and military leadership continues to resonate some 2,000 years later.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great audio book

    • By James on 2019-04-20

    Price: CDN$ 50.07

    • Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon

    • Written by: Suzanne M. Desan, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Suzanne M. Desan
    • Length: 24 hrs and 47 mins
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    The 25 years between the onset of the French Revolution in 1789 and the Bourbon Restoration after Napoleon in 1814 is an astonishing period in world history. This era shook the foundations of the old world and marked a permanent shift for politics, religion, and society - not just for France, but for all of Europe. An account of the events alone reads like something out of a thrilling novel.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating!

    • By Emma on 2018-07-28

    Price: CDN$ 71.17

    • Say Nothing

    • A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland
    • Written by: Patrick Radden Keefe
    • Narrated by: Matthew Blaney
    • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 24
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    In December 1972, Jean McConville, a 38-year-old mother of 10, was dragged from her Belfast home by masked intruders, her children clinging to her legs. They never saw her again. Her abduction was one of the most notorious episodes of the vicious conflict known as "The Troubles". Everyone in the neighborhood knew the IRA was responsible. But in a climate of fear and paranoia, no one would speak of it. In 2003, five years after an accord brought an uneasy peace to Northern Ireland, a set of human bones was discovered on a beach. McConville's children knew it was their mother.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A must read for any fans of modern history

    • By Anonymous User on 2019-04-22

    Price: CDN$ 37.53

    • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

    • A History of Nazi Germany
    • Written by: William L. Shirer
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 57 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A couple of flat spots but otherwise great..

    • By Paul on 2018-02-12

    Price: CDN$ 50.07

    • Heart of Europe

    • A History of the Holy Roman Empire
    • Written by: Peter H. Wilson
    • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
    • Length: 34 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Holy Roman Empire lasted 1,000 years, far longer than ancient Rome. Yet this formidable dominion never inspired the awe of its predecessor. Voltaire quipped that it was neither holy, Roman, nor an empire. Yet as Peter H. Wilson shows, the Holy Roman Empire tells a millennial story of Europe better than the histories of individual nation-states.

    Price: CDN$ 50.07

    • A History of Russia: From Peter the Great to Gorbachev

    • Written by: Mark Steinberg, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Mark Steinberg
    • Length: 18 hrs and 45 mins
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    It's difficult to imagine a nation with a history more compelling for Americans than Russia. Before the collapse of the Soviet Union, this was the nation against which we measured our own nation's values and power and with whom war, if it ever came, could spell unimaginable catastrophe for our planet.Yet many Americans have never had the opportunity to study Russia in depth, and to see how the forces of history came together to shape a future so different from the dreams of most ordinary Russian people, eager to see their nation embrace Western values of progress, human rights, and justice.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent history of Russia!

    • By Bort on 2018-09-14

    Price: CDN$ 56.38

    • The Celtic World

    • Written by: The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Professor Jennifer Paxton PhD
    • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
    • Original Recording
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    Following the surge of interest and pride in Celtic identity since the 19th century, much of what we thought we knew about the Celts has been radically transformed. In The Celtic World, discover the incredible story of the Celtic-speaking peoples, whose art, language, and culture once spread from Ireland to Austria. This series of 24 enlightening lectures explains the traditional historical view of who the Celts were, then contrasts it with brand-new evidence from DNA analysis and archeology that totally changes our perspective on where the Celts came from.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good, but a little too much for one course

    • By David Macfarlane on 2019-04-04

    Price: CDN$ 43.80

    • Iron, Fire and Ice

    • The Real History That Inspired Game of Thrones
    • Written by: Ed West
    • Narrated by: Rory Barnett
    • Length: 20 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
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    A young pretender raises an army to take the throne. Learning of his father’s death, the adolescent, dashing and charismatic and descended from the old kings of the North, vows to avenge him. Sound familiar? It may read like the plot of Game of Thrones. Yet that was also the story of the bloodiest battle in British history, fought at the culmination of the War of the Roses. George RR Martin’s bestselling novels are rife with allusions, inspirations, and flat-out copies of real-life people, events, and places of medieval and Tudor England and Europe.

    Price: CDN$ 37.58

    • The Templars

    • Written by: Dan Jones
    • Narrated by: Dan Jones
    • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Knights Templar were the wealthiest, most powerful - and most secretive - of the military orders that flourished in the crusading era. Their story - encompassing as it does the greatest international conflict of the Middle Ages, a network of international finance, a swift rise in wealth and influence followed by a bloody and humiliating fall - has left a comet's tail of mystery that continues to fascinate and inspire historians, novelists and conspiracy theorists. Unabridged edition read by Dan Jones.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What a book!

    • By Valerie on 2018-01-04

    Price: CDN$ 35.80

    • Napoleon

    • A Life
    • Written by: Adam Zamoyski
    • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
    • Length: 27 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 10
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    The story of Napoleon has been written many times. In some versions, he is a military genius, in others a war-obsessed tyrant. Here, historian Adam Zamoyski cuts through the mythology and explains Napoleon against the background of the European Enlightenment, and what he was himself seeking to achieve. This most famous of men is also the most hidden of men, and Zamoyski dives deeper than any previous biographer to find him. Beautifully written, Napoleon brilliantly sets the man in his European context.

    Price: CDN$ 50.07

    • Darkest Hour

    • How Churchill Brought England Back from the Brink
    • Written by: Anthony McCarten
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
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    May 1940. Britain is at war, Winston Churchill has unexpectedly been promoted to prime minister, and the horrors of Blitzkrieg witness one Western European democracy fall after another in rapid succession. Facing this horror, with pen in hand and typist-secretary at the ready, Churchill wonders what words could capture the public mood when the invasion of Britain seems mere hours away. It is this fascinating period that Anthony McCarten captures in this deeply researched and wonderfully written new book, The Darkest Hour.

    • How Churchill Brought England Back from the Brink
    • Written by: Anthony McCarten
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
    • Release date: 2017-11-07
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 10 ratings

    Price: CDN$ 31.27

    • The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England

    • A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century
    • Written by: Ian Mortimer
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Imagine you could travel back to the 14th century. What would you see? What would you smell? More to the point, where are you going to stay? And what are you going to eat? Ian Mortimer shows us that the past is not just something to be studied; it is also something to be lived. He sets out to explain what life was like in the most immediate way, through taking you to the Middle Ages. The result is the most astonishing social history book you are ever likely to read: evolutionary in its concept, informative and entertaining in its detail.

    Price: CDN$ 31.27

    • The Early Middle Ages

    • Written by: Philip Daileader, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Philip Daileader
    • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
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    The Early Middle Ages-the years from A.D. 650 to 1000-were crucial to Europe's future social and political development. These 24 lectures trace a journey from Scandinavia across northern and central Europe to the farthest reaches of the Byzantine and Islamic empires, providing an exciting new look an era often simply called the "Dark Ages."

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A fascinating lecture

    • By Mathieu Forget on 2019-04-05

    Price: CDN$ 46.98

    • Spearhead

    • An American Tank Gunner, His Enemy, and a Collision of Lives in World War II
    • Written by: Adam Makos
    • Narrated by: Johnathan McClain
    • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
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    From The New York Times best-selling author of A Higher Call comes the riveting World War II story of an American tank gunner’s journey into the heart of the Third Reich, where he will meet destiny in an iconic armor duel - and forge an enduring bond with his enemy.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic, powerful story

    • By Curtis on 2019-03-16
    • An American Tank Gunner, His Enemy, and a Collision of Lives in World War II
    • Written by: Adam Makos
    • Narrated by: Johnathan McClain
    • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
    • Release date: 2019-02-19
    • 5 out of 5 stars 6 ratings

    Price: CDN$ 40.04

    • The Black Count

    • Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo
    • Written by: Tom Reiss
    • Narrated by: Paul Michael
    • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Father of the novelist Alexandre Dumas, Alex Dumas has become, through his son's books, the model for a captivating modern protagonist: The wronged man in search of justice. Born to a black slave mother and a fugitive white French nobleman in Saint-Domingue (present-day Haiti), Alex Dumas was briefly sold into bondage but then made his way to Paris where he was schooled as a sword-fighting member of the French aristocracy. He was only 32 when he was given command of 53,000 men, the reward for series of triumphs that many regarded as impossible, and then topped his previous feats by leading a raid up a frozen cliff face....

    • Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo
    • Written by: Tom Reiss
    • Narrated by: Paul Michael
    • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
    • Release date: 2012-09-18
    • 5 out of 5 stars 5 ratings

    Price: CDN$ 40.04

    • Inglorious Empire

    • What the British Did to India
    • Written by: Shashi Tharoor
    • Narrated by: Shashi Tharoor
    • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In the 18th century, India's share of the world economy was as large as Europe's. By 1947, after two centuries of British rule, it had decreased six-fold. Beyond conquest and deception, the Empire blew rebels from cannons, massacred unarmed protesters, entrenched institutionalized racism, and caused millions to die from starvation. British imperialism justified itself as enlightened despotism for the benefit of the governed, but Shashi Tharoor takes on and demolishes this position, demonstrating how every supposed imperial "gift" was designed in Britain's interests alone.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Overwhelming with facts (could be fiction )

    • By Mathymohan on 2019-02-07

    Price: CDN$ 31.27

    • The Terror of History: Mystics, Heretics, and Witches in the Western Tradition

    • Written by: Teofilo F. Ruiz, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Teofilo F. Ruiz
    • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
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    Western civilization is closely associated with reason and science, and with exceptional accomplishments in art, architecture, music, and literature.Yet it has also been characterized by widespread belief in the supernatural and the irrational - with mystics who have visions of the divine and entire movements of people who wait in fervent anticipation of the apocalypse.

    Price: CDN$ 46.98

    • The Road to Wigan Pier

    • Written by: George Orwell
    • Narrated by: Jeremy Northam
    • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
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    A graphic and biting polemic that still holds a fierce political relevance and impact despite being written over half a century ago. First published in 1937 it charts George Orwell's observations of working-class life during the 1930s in the industrial heartlands of Yorkshire and Lancashire. His depictions of social injustice and rising unemployment, the dangerous working conditions in the mines amid general squalor and hunger also bring together many of the ideas explored in his later works and novels.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • incredible, relevant

    • By Amazon Customer on 2018-03-19

    Price: CDN$ 10.87

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