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    • Sapiens

    • A Brief History of Humankind
    • Written by: Yuval Harari
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
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    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 18 mins
    • Release date: 2017-09-13
    • 5 out of 5 stars 3,137 ratings

    Price: CDN$ 49.13

    • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

    • Written by: Yuval Noah Harari
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    Yuval Noah Harari’s 21 Lessons for the 21st Century is a probing and visionary investigation into today’s most urgent issues as we move into the uncharted territory of the future. As technology advances faster than our understanding of it, hacking becomes a tactic of war, and the world feels more polarized than ever, Harari addresses the challenge of navigating life in the face of constant and disorienting change and raises the important questions we need to ask ourselves in order to survive.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Harari’s Books are a delight

    • By Jose Amaya on 2018-11-18

    Price: CDN$ 49.13

    • Homo Deus

    • A Brief History of Tomorrow
    • Written by: Yuval Noah Harari
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
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    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

    Price: CDN$ 48.81

    • The Patterning Instinct

    • A Cultural History of Humanity’s Search for Meaning
    • Written by: Jeremy Lent, Fritjof Capra - foreword
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 19 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This fresh perspective on crucial questions of history identifies the root metaphors that cultures have used to construct meaning in their world. It offers a glimpse into the minds of a vast range of different peoples: early hunter-gatherers and farmers, ancient Egyptians, traditional Chinese sages, the founders of Christianity, trailblazers of the Scientific Revolution, and those who constructed our modern consumer society.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting but ultimately over ambitious

    • By HSBRKN on 2018-03-22

    Price: CDN$ 37.59

    • After Virtue, Third Edition

    • Written by: Alasdair MacIntyre
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In this classic work, Alasdair MacIntyre examines the historical and conceptual roots of the idea of virtue, diagnoses the reasons for its absence in personal and public life, and offers a tentative proposal for its recovery. While the individual chapters are wide-ranging, once pieced together, they comprise a penetrating and focused argument about the price of modernity.

    Price: CDN$ 35.05

    • The Way of the Runner

    • Written by: Adharanand Finn
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
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    A journey into Japan's fabled running culture from the award-winning author of Running with the Kenyans. Welcome to Japan, the most running-obsessed nation on earth, a place where a 135-mile relay race is the country's biggest annual sporting event. Thousands of professional runners compete for corporate teams in some of the most competitive races in the world. Marathon monks run a thousand marathons in a thousand days to reach spiritual enlightenment.

    Price: CDN$ 21.48

    • A History of Japan

    • Revised Edition
    • Written by: R. H. P. Mason, J. G. Caiger
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
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    A classic of Japanese history, this audiobook is the preeminent work on the history of Japan. Newly revised and updated, A History of Japan is a single-volume complete history of the nation of Japan. Starting in ancient Japan during its early pre-history period, A History of Japan covers every important aspect of history and culture through feudal Japan to the post-Cold War period and collapse of the bubble economy in the early 1990s. Recent findings shed additional light on the origins of Japanese civilization and the birth of Japanese culture.    

    Price: CDN$ 37.53

    • 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

    • Bury the Chains

    • Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves
    • Written by: Adam Hochschild
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In early 1787, 12 men - a printer, a lawyer, a clergyman, and others united by their hatred of slavery - came together in a London printing shop and began a remarkable grass-roots movement, battling for the rights of people on another continent. Masterfully stoking public opinion, the movement's leaders pioneered a variety of techniques that have been adopted by citizens' movements ever since, from consumer boycotts to wall posters and lapel buttons to celebrity endorsements.

    Price: CDN$ 37.53

    • Red Flags

    • Why Xi's China Is in Jeopardy
    • Written by: George Magnus
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Over the past four decades, China's remarkable transformation has garnered admiration but also sparked concern. George Magnus draws on his intimate knowledge of this dynamic nation to uncover the origins of its ascent and show why the economic traps it faces at home and the political challenges it faces abroad pose a serious threat to its continued rise. 

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent book with a but....

    • By Ryan on 2019-06-08

    Price: CDN$ 30.67

    • The Prime Ministers

    • An Intimate Narrative of Israeli Leadership
    • Written by: Yehuda Avner
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 24 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Prime Ministers is the first and only insider account of Israeli politics from the founding of the Jewish State to the near-present day. It reveals stunning details of life-and-death decision-making, top-secret military operations and high level peace negotiations. The Prime Ministers brings listeners into the orbits of world figures, including Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Rabin, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Henry Kissinger, Yasser Arafat, Margaret Thatcher, Princess Diana and the Lubavitcher Rebbe.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A must read

    • By Anna on 2019-06-12

    Price: CDN$ 50.07

    • Gandhi

    • The Years That Changed the World, 1914-1948
    • Written by: Ramachandra Guha
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 36 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This volume opens with Mohandas Gandhi's arrival in Bombay in January 1915 and takes us through his epic struggles over the next three decades. In reconstructing Gandhi's life and work, author Ramachandra Guha has drawn on 60 different archival collections. Using this wealth of material, Guha creates a portrait of Gandhi and of those closest to him that illuminates the complexity inside his thinking, his motives, his actions, and their outcomes as he engaged with every important aspect of social and public life in the India of his time.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Terrible narration by a British narrator

    • By Anonymous User on 2019-04-14
    • The Years That Changed the World, 1914-1948
    • Written by: Ramachandra Guha
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 36 hrs and 11 mins
    • Release date: 2019-03-12
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 ratings

    Price: CDN$ 50.07

    • Thinking of Answers

    • Questions in the Philosophy of Everyday Life
    • Written by: A. C. Grayling
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In his acclaimed columns in the London Times and Prospect, A. C. Grayling often responds to provocative questions posed by editors and readers. These questions serve as the basis for the essays in Thinking of Answers, among them searching examinations of the following: Are human beings especially prone to self-deception? If beauty existed only in the eye of the beholder, would that make it an unimportant quality? Are human rights political? And more.

    Price: CDN$ 31.27

    • Progress

    • Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future
    • Written by: Johan Norberg
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
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    It's on the television, in the papers, and in our minds. Every day we're bludgeoned by news of how bad everything is - financial collapse, unemployment, growing poverty, environmental disasters, disease, hunger, war. But the rarely acknowledged reality is that our progress over the past few decades has been unprecedented. By almost any index you care to identify, things are markedly better now than they have ever been for almost everyone alive.

    • Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future
    • Written by: Johan Norberg
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
    • Release date: 2017-07-01
    • 5 out of 5 stars 4 ratings

    Price: CDN$ 23.12

    • 90 Minutes at Entebbe

    • The Full Inside Story of the Spectacular Israeli Counterterrorism Strike and the Daring Rescue of 103 Hostages
    • Written by: William Stevenson, Uri Dan
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In captivating detail, Stevenson provides a fast-paced, hour-by-hour narration from the hijacking of Air France Flight 139 to the final 90-minute mission. In addition to discussing the incredible rescue itself, Stevenson also covers the political backdrop behind the hijacking, especially Ugandan President Idi Amin's support for the hijackers, which marked one of the first times a leader of a nation had backed terrorist activities.

    Price: CDN$ 31.27

    • War! What Is It Good For?

    • Conflict and the Progress of Civilization from Primates to Robots
    • Written by: Ian Morris
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 16 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Surprising as it sounds, war has made humanity safer and richer. In War! What Is It Good For?, the renowned historian and archaeologist Ian Morris tells the gruesome, gripping story of 15,000 years of war, going beyond the battles and brutality to reveal what war has really done to and for the world. War, and war alone, has created bigger, more complex societies, ruled by governments that have stamped out internal violence.

    Price: CDN$ 40.36

    • The Dream of Enlightenment

    • The Rise of Modern Philosophy
    • Written by: Anthony Gottlieb
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In The Dream of Enlightenment, Anthony Gottlieb expertly navigates a second great explosion of thought, taking us to northern Europe in the wake of its wars of religion and the rise of Galilean science. In a relatively short period - from the early 1640s to the eve of the French Revolution - Descartes, Hobbes, Spinoza, Locke, Leibniz, and Hume all made their mark. The Dream of Enlightenment tells their story and that of the birth of modern philosophy.

    Price: CDN$ 31.27

    • When Asia Was the World

    • Traveling Merchants, Scholars, Warriors, and Monks Who Created the “Riches of the East”
    • Written by: Stewart Gordon
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Author Stewart Gordon has fashioned a fascinating and unique look at Asia from AD 700 to 1500, a time when Asia was the world, by describing the personal journeys of Asia's many travelers - the merchants who traded spices along the Silk Road, the apothecaries who exchanged medicine and knowledge from China to the Middle East, and the philosophers and holy men who crossed continents to explore and exchange ideas, books, science, and culture. 

    Price: CDN$ 25.00

    • The Myth of Race

    • Written by: Jefferson M. Fish
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Myth of Race deals concisely with a wide range of topics, from how the concept of race differs in different cultures and race relations in the United States, to IQ tests and the census. It draws on scientific knowledge to topple a series of myths that pass as facts, correct false assumptions, and clarify cultural misunderstandings about the highly charged topic of race.

    Price: CDN$ 18.74

    • Shyness

    • How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness
    • Written by: Christopher Lane
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In the 1970s, a small group of leading psychiatrists met behind closed doors and literally rewrote the book on their profession. Revising and greatly expanding the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM for short), they turned what had been a thin, spiral-bound handbook into a hefty tome. Almost overnight the number of diagnoses exploded. The result was a windfall for the pharmaceutical industry and a massive conflict of interest for psychiatry at large.

    Price: CDN$ 26.40