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My Grape Year

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At the age of 17, in a last-minute twist of fate, Laura Bradbury is sent to Burgundy, France, for a year’s exchange. She arrives knowing only a smattering of French and with no idea what to expect in her first foray out of North America. With a head full of dreams and a powerful desire to please, Laura quickly adapts to Burgundian life, learning crucial skills such as the fine art of wine tasting and how to savor snails.  However, the charming young men of the region mean Laura soon runs afoul of the rules, particularly the no-dating edict. Romantic afternoons in Dijon, early morning pain au chocolat runs, and long walks in the vineyards are wondrous but also present Laura with a conundrum: How can she keep her hosts happy while still managing to follow her heart?  Follow along on Laura’s journey to I’amour in My Grape Year. It has been called "the lovechild of Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence and Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Love, Pray".  Praise for Laura Bradbury's Grape Series: "Bradbury’s Grape Series feels like a series of honest and funny letters sent from a friend about her fascinating (and sometimes baffling) life in France. A beautiful read.” (Janice MacLeod, The New York Times best-selling author of Paris Letters and A Paris Year) “Bradbury’s Grape Series takes the reader on a romantic adventure into the heart, soul, and people of la belle France. Filled with delicious food, love, and laughter, Bradbury’s writing proves that you have to dare to follow your heart wherever it leads you...and that sometimes we have to step outside our comfort zone to truly live.” (Samantha Verant, author of How to Make a French Family and Seven Letters from Paris)

©2015 Laura Bradbury (P)2019 Laura Bradbury

Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
Available on Audible
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The House That Alice Built

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Sounding and Choc Lit present the audiobook edition of The House That Alice Built.  Alice Dorothy Matthews is sensible. Whilst her best friend Kathy is living it up in Portugal and her insufferable ex Adam is travelling the world, Alice is working hard to pay for the beloved London house she has put her heart and soul into renovating. But then a postcard from Buenos Aires turns Alice’s life upside down. One very unsensible decision later and she is in Cascais, Portugal, and so begins her lesson in 'going with the flow'. But perhaps the most important part of the lesson for Alice is that you don’t always need a house to be at home.

©2019 Chris Penhall (P)2019 Soundings

Narrator: Julie Teal
Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
Available on Audible
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Walk Quietly: 58 Tips to Help You Prepare to Walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain

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Summary

Planning to walk a Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in Spain? This is the book for you. This audiobook is a collection of tips to help you plan, prepare, train, shop for, and walk the famous Camino de Santiago, written by someone who spent seven weeks walking the Via de La Plata route of the Camino de Santiago.  You’ll learn what gear you’ll need, how to choose the right boots, and how to break them in properly. You’ll discover the best ways to condition yourself to walk the Camino de Santiago. You’ll discover what to wear on the plane and what to have in your pockets when you arrive in Spain. You’ll be ready for a “typical” day on the Camino and you’ll also be prepared for some of the changes that are coming your way, too.

©2018 Gregory A. Kompes (P)2018 Gregory A. Kompes

Narrator: Jeremy Arthur
Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
Available on Audible
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Eat like a Local - Bulgaria

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Are you excited about planning your next trip? Do you want an edible experience? Would you like some culinary guidance from a local?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this Eat like a Local book is for you. Eat like a Local - Bulgaria by author Iliyana Stoyanova offers the inside scoop on the best of the Bulgarian cuisine.  Culinary tourism is an important aspect of any travel experience. Food has the ability to tell you a story of a destination, its landscapes, and culture on a single plate. Most food guides tell you how to eat like a tourist. Although there is nothing wrong with that, as part of the Eat like a Local series, this book will give you a food guide from someone who has lived at your next culinary destination. In this audiobook, you will discover advice on having a unique edible experience. This book will not tell you exact addresses or hours, but instead will give you excitement and knowledge of food and drinks from a local that you may not find in other travel food guides. Eat like a local. Slow down, stay in one place, and get to know the food, people, and culture. By the time you finish listening to this book, you will be eager and prepared to travel to your next culinary destination.

©2020 CZYK Publishing (P)2021 CZYK Publishing

Narrator: Gary Roelofs
Length: 1 hr and 25 mins
Available on Audible
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Italy Travel Guide 2020

Summary

Discover the ultimate travel guide you need to help you explore the breathtaking beauty of Italy and get the most of your Italian experience! Are you keen on planning your very first or next trip to Italy, but don't know where to go? Are you an adventurous tourist that wants to get off the beaten path? Do you want firsthand advice about Italian dining, sightseeing and more?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this travel guide might just be what you need. In this definitive travel guide to Italian travel, Nicola Portolano hands you a complete, up-to-date playbook to help you navigate one of Europe's most popular vacation destinations from Rome and Milan to Verona and Naples. Here's a small taste of what you're going to discover in this comprehensive travel guide: Everything you need to know about one of the Mediterranean's most beautiful countries Concise insights into the history of Italy as well as the timeline of the development of modern Italy Intriguing facts about the Italian culture, customs and traditions to help you easily navigate social situations and norms The ultimate guide to the delectable Italian cuisine Top experiences to have in Italy you don't want to miss out on, but won't find in other travel guides How to discover the hidden tourist destination gems and veer off the beaten tourist path Gorgeous Italian islands you absolutely need to visit if Italy's in your bucket list And much more! Whether you're leaving the shores of your country for the very first time, or you're a veteran globetrotter looking for uniquely new ways to experience one of the world's most popular tourist destinations, this guide is going to become the perfect travel companion, helping you navigate one of the world's most important civilizations.

©2019 Nicola Portolano (P)2020 Nicola Portolano

Narrator: Luana Maranz
Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
Available on Audible
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Eat Like a Local - London

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Are you excited about planning your next trip?  Do you want an edible experience?  Would you like some culinary guidance from a local?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this Eat Like a Local book is for you. Eat Like a Local - London by author Clare F J Caddick will offer the inside scoop on the best places to eat in the London Engand area. Culinary tourism is an import aspect of any travel experience.  Food has the ability to tell you a story of a destination, its landscapes, and culture on a single plate. Most food guides tell you how to eat like a tourist. Although there is nothing wrong with that, as part of the Eat Like a Local series, this book will give you a food guide from someone who has lived at your next culinary destination. In this audiobook, you will discover advice on having a unique edible experience. This book will not tell you exact addresses or hours but instead will give you excitement and knowledge of food and drinks from a local that you may not find in other travel food guides. Eat like a local. Slow down, stay in one place, and get to know the food, people, and culture. By the time you finish this book, you will be eager and prepared to travel to your next culinary destination.

©2019 CZYK Publishing (P)2019 CZYK Publishing

Narrator: Sangita Chauhan
Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
Available on Audible
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The Wisdom of Donkeys

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Summary

"The demon of speed is often associated with forgetting, with avoidance...and slowness with memory and confronting," observes Milan Kundera in his novel Slowness. With that purpose in mind - a search for slowness and tranquility - Andy Merrifield sets out on a journey of the soul with a friend's donkey, Gribouille, to walk amid the ruins and spectacular vistas of southern France's Haute-Auvergne. As Merrifield contemplates literature, science, truth, and beauty amid the French countryside, Gribouille surprises him with his subtle wisdom, reminding him time and again that enlightenment is all around us if we but seek it.

©2008 Andy Merrifield (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Peter Johnson
Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
Available on Audible
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Madrid for Travelers

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The Best and Most Unique Madrid Travel Guide  Madrid will charm you with its rich history, magnificent sites, and diverse cultural heritage. It has everything you can possibly imagine for a holiday filled with fun. With all its complexity and density, Madrid is a city that promises adventure. High quality tourist facilities, gastronomic delights, stupendous views, and hospitality are the main reasons why Madrid is one of the most popular destinations in the world.  You probably heard of the city of Madrid hundreds of times already, maybe from that aunt who wanted to go on a fancy trip to Spain, or maybe from your cousin who saved up until last summer to be able to visit the city at least once. Perhaps you’ve seen documentaries or read reviews online on this or that museum wondering what it’d be like to see and touch those things in person. Whatever your reason might be, this guide will help you discover hidden secrets about the city, and will help you saving as much as possible while still being able to enjoy a full and incredible experience. At least, you’ll finally be able to tell your aunt or cousin something new when they ask how did you like the place. We guarantee that your Madrid experience will be unique and unforgettable.  Let this book guide you to the many places that you must see in Madrid to let your trip turn into a life-changing event. This book is filled with suggested places to stay, from budget to luxurious, places to visit, local cuisines to try, and places to shop. All these suggested itineraries have been experienced first-hand and are all highly recommended to tourists.  Experience a whole new world when you come and visit Madrid. In this total guide you will find: Areas covered: history lessons/best museums/surfing/adventure land off-road trips/wildlife spotting/medical tourism/learn Spanish in Madrid/cooking and drinking/accommodation/staying safe/music/festivities  General information of each area  Area transportation (how to get around, i.e. car, bus, taxi, train, bicycle, rickshaw, etc. and how much it would cost)  Sightseeing (best sights to see, off the beaten path)  Best shopping (where are the major shopping districts and what they are known for)  Bargain alternatives (where the locals shop to avoid the high tourist crowds)  Things to do (recreation outdoor, indoor, events and festivals)  Local food specialties  Farmer's and fish (meat) markets (locations, dates and times of various markets)  Language, political and etiquette considerations (what the average tourist should know and how to get along with the locals; type of currency used and types of places that exchange currency)  Seasonal considerations (typical high and low temperatures, if there is a rainy season, if it snows, floods or is known for "heavy" weather)  Comfort services (massage, hair and nail salons, spas, etc.)  Essential services (embassy locations, medical facilities, law enforcement, etc.)  Area specific discounts So, download now this total guide and start traveling as you listen!

©2019 Brenda Caizza (P)2019 Brenda Caizza

Narrator: Jon Miosky
Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
Available on Audible
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France Travel Guide 2020

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Discover the only easy-to-use travel guide you'll ever need to explore one of the world's leading destinations for scenery, heritage, culture, and fine food, as well as get the most out of your French experience! Are you planning your first or next getaway, but don't know which country to choose from? Do you want to visit France, but are you overwhelmed by the number of reasons to visit France that you're finding it difficult to plan a proper tourist excursion? If you answered yes to any of the questions above, then this travel guide might just be what you need. In this comprehensive travel guide to France, Mark Ross shows you the beauty and allure of France like never before. Explore the wide range of sights that France has to offer from Paris and Nice to the French alps. Here's a fraction of what you're going to uncover in this definitive travel guide to France: Everything you need to know about this historically rich and famous tourist destination Surefire ways to get the most out of your France trip and make awesome memories Six tourist destinations in France you absolutely have to visit before you die A crash guide to some of France's most memorable and awe-inspiring tourist attractions you need to see A detailed dossier on France's most tourist-friendly cities, from manners to observe to asking for directions A useful card that will grant you access to more than 70 historical centers and landmarks around Paris How to schedule your visits to historical centers and landmarks to avoid frustration and headaches And much more! Whether it's your very first time leaving your home country and are looking for the perfect country for your first visit, or you're a seasoned adventurer and vacationer looking for new ways to explore this glorious city again, this guide has all the makings of the perfect travel companion that will help you effectively navigate this diverse country and get the most out of your time in France.

©2019 Mark J. Ross (P)2019 Mark J. Ross

Narrator: Angela Clark
Author: Mark J. Ross
Length: 3 hrs and 19 mins
Available on Audible
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Europe Traveling and Great Britain Traveling

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Make your journey through Europe and Great Britain the best possible. Do you want to exactly know where to go and what to do? You found the right book! Europe has so many fascinating countries to offer and so does Great Britain, but at the same time, you may ask yourself: Where should I actually go? In this audiobook, you will find unique travel tips for traveling to Germany, Croatia, Scotland, and Ireland.  If this is your first time traveling through any of these countries, you should plan your trip in detail. If not, you most certainly will miss out on some of the best places to be and things to see. This book will help you to make the most out of your time. You will get to know the most fascinating things to do and see. Here’s what you’ll find in this audiobook:  The best places to visit in Germany  Things to do in Croatia Fascinating Scotland The beauty of Ireland And much, much more!  When you buy Europe Traveling and Great Britain Traveling: What to Do in Germany, Croatia, Scotland and Ireland, you will be on your way to the best possible version of your trip. Are you searching for unique travel tips? If you do, just scroll up and hit the "buy now" button. Enjoy!

©2019 Traveling the World (P)2020 Traveling the World

Narrator: Kimberly Hughey
Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
Available on Audible
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Voyage dans la France magique

Summary

La France a beau être le pays de Descartes et de Voltaire, le merveilleux et l'inexpliqué sont présents (presque) à chaque coin de rue ! Christian Doumergue nous entraîne dans un tour de France mystique où le fantastique le dispute aux symboles. Plus de 50 étapes composent ce tour de France inédit. Forêt de Brocéliande, Mont Saint-Odile, Pays Cathare, Bourges, Perpignan, Versailles, Lyon, Paris. Les légendes peuplent notre beau pays.

©2016 Les éditions de l'Opportun (P)2019 Audible Studios

Narrator: Olivier Chauvel
Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
Available on Audible
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Switzerland - Culture Smart!

Summary

Set aside your preconceptions of postcard scenery, chocolate and cheese, faceless bankers, and spotless cities. The real Switzerland is anything but bland. This small, multilingual, and fiercely independent country at the heart of Europe is full of surprises.  Culture Smart! Switzerland reveals the human dimension of this enigmatic country. It provides a historical overview, explores Swiss values and attitudes, and looks at the cultural continuity of festivals and traditions. It will help you navigate your way through various aspects of Swiss life and society and reveal the warmth, decency, wit, and intelligence that characterizes its inhabitants.

©2016 Kendall Hunter (P)2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
Available on Audible
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Die Zeit der Gaben

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"Verlasse, o Jüngling, dein Heim und brich auf zu fremden Ufern..." Mit einem Gefühl wie Odysseus und diesen Satz von Petronius als Leitspruch machte sich im Dezember 1933 der Autor auf einen Weg zu Fuss durch Europa. Von London aus setzt der 18jährige über nach Hoek van Holland und beginnt dort diese Reise mit dem Ziel Konstantinopel. In "Die Zeit der Gaben" beschreibt Fermor Jahrzehnte später mit vielen kulturgeschichtlichen Exkursionen den ersten Teil dieser Reise von Holland über Belgien und Deutschland, Österreich, Tschechien, Slowakei bis in die ungarische Bischofsstadt Esztergom. Er bringt uns in seiner eindrucksvollen poetischen Sprache einem Europa näher, das wenige Jahre später in Schutt und Asche versinkt. Fermor begegnet auf seiner Reise Menschen aus allen Gesellschaftsschichten, schläft in Scheunen und Schlössern ohne die Feindlichkeit Fremden gegenüber zu erfahren, an die der heutige Hörer zuweilen erinnert wird, wenn er sich mit dem Autor auf diese Reise begibt. Die Übersetzung aus dem Englischen bewirkte Manfred Allié. Unter der bewährten Regie von Franz Wassmer nimmt uns Thomas Sarbacher mit auf diese beeindruckende Reise. In deiner Audible-Bibliothek findest du für dieses Hörerlebnis eine PDF-Datei mit zusätzlichem Material.

©2011 Dörlemann (P)2017 Hörkultur Verlag AG

Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
Available on Audible
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Greater Than a Tourist - Lisbon Portugal

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Are you excited about planning your next trip?   Do you want to try something new?   Would you like some guidance from a local?   If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then this Greater Than a Tourist book is for you.  Greater Than a Tourist - Lisbon Portugal by Carolyn Campbell offers the inside scoop on Lisbon, Portugal. Most travel books tell you how to travel like a tourist. Although there is nothing wrong with that, as part of the Greater Than a Tourist series, this book will give you travel tips from someone who has lived at your next travel destination. In this audiobook, you will discover advice that will help you throughout your stay. This book will not tell you exact addresses or store hours but instead will give you excitement and knowledge from a local that you may not find in other travel books. Travel like a local. Slow down, stay in one place, and get to know the people and culture. By the time you finis listening to this book, you will be eager and prepared to travel to your next destination. Inside this travel guide book you will find: Insider tips from a local Packing and planning list List of travel questions to ask yourself or others while traveling A place to write your travel bucket list Our story: Traveling is a passion for the Greater than a Tourist book series creator. Lisa studied abroad in college, and for their honeymoon, Lisa and her husband toured Europe. During her travels to Malta, an older man tried to give her some advice based on his own experience living on the island since he was a young boy. She was not sure if she should talk to the stranger but was interested in his advice. When traveling to some places, she was wary of talking to the locals because she was afraid that they weren’t being genuine. Through her travels, Lisa learned how much locals had to share with tourists. Lisa created the Greater Than a Tourist book series to help connect people with locals. A topic that locals are very passionate about sharing.

©2019 CZYK Publishing (P)2019 CZYK Publishing

Narrator: Dean Collins
Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
Available on Audible
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My Good Life in France

Summary

One grey dismal day, Janine Marsh was on a trip to northern France to pick up some cheap wine. She returned to England a few hours later having put in an offer on a rundown old barn in the rural Seven Valleys area of Pas de Calais. This was not something she'd expected or planned for. Janine eventually gave up her job in London to move with her husband to live the good life in France. Or so she hoped. While getting to grips with the locals and la vie Française, and renovating her dilapidated new house, a building lacking the comforts of mains drainage, heating, or proper rooms, and with little money and less of a clue, she started to realize there was lot more to her new home than she could ever have imagined. Ten years ago, Janine Marsh decided to leave her corporate life behind to fix up a run-down barn in northern France. This is the true story of her rollercoaster ride, in many ways a love story, with her sharp observations on the very different way of life, culture, and etiquette of France. From her early struggles and homesickness through personal tragedy, to her attempts to become self-sufficient and to breed "the fattest chickens in the village", Janine learned that there was more to her new home than she could ever have imagined.

©2017 Janine Marsh (P)2018 Tantor

Narrator: Esther Wane
Author: Janine Marsh
Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
Available on Audible
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Budapest: The Best of Budapest for Short Stay Travel

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Seventy-two hours in Budapest! Experience the best of Budapest! Many travelers who have limited time in a big city like Budapest make one massive mistake. They try and see everything Budapest has to offer in three days. The problem with this approach is that they end up burned out and tired. They wish their vacation would end so that they can go home. The good news is that with the right approach and this guide, you can have an awesome time in 72 hours. The secret is not to try and see everything, rather try and see the best of the best Budapest has to offer. Here is a preview of what you'll learn.... The brief history of Budapest Transport and safety in Budapest Museums and galleries The best of Budapest Where to eat in this amazing city Nightlife - this includes bars and clubs Classic landmarks in Budapest A sample itinerary  Much, much more!

©2016 Gary Jones (P)2018 Gary Jones

Narrator: JD Kelly
Author: Gary Jones
Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
Available on Audible
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Prague for Travelers

Summary

The Best and Most Unique Prague Travel Guide  Prague will charm you with its rich history, magnificent sites and diverse cultural heritage. It has everything you can possibly imagine for a holiday filled with fun. With all its complexity and density, Prague is a city that promises adventure. High quality tourist facilities, gastronomic delights, stupendous views, and hospitality are the main reasons why Prague is one of the most popular destinations in the world.  You probably heard of the city of Prague hundreds of times already, maybe from that aunt who wanted to go on a fancy trip, or maybe from your cousin who saved up until last summer to be able to visit the city at least once. Perhaps you’ve seen documentaries or read reviews online on this or that museum wondering what it’d be like to see and touch those things in person. Whatever your reason might be, this guide will help you discover hidden secrets about the city, and will help you saving as much as possible while still being able to enjoy a full and incredible experience. At least, you’ll finally be able to tell your aunt or cousin something new when they ask how did you like the place. Your Prague experience will be unique and unforgettable.  Let this book guide you to the many places that you must see in Prague to make this trip a life changing event. This book is filled with suggested places to stay, from budget to luxurious, places to visit, local cuisines to try, and places to shop. All these suggested itineraries have been experienced first-hand and are all highly recommended to tourists.  Experience a whole new world when you come and visit Prague. In this total guide you will find: Areas covered:  History lessons/best museums/surfing/adventure  Off-road trips/wildlife spotting/ prague neighborhood/medical tourism/cooking and drinking  Accommodation/staying safe/music/festivities  General Information of each area  Area transportation (how to get around i.e. car, bus, taxi, train, bicycle, etc. and how much it would cost)  Sightseeing (best sights to see, off the beaten path)  Best shopping (where the major shopping districts are and what they are known for)  Bargain alternatives (where the locals shop to avoid the high tourist crowds)  Things to do (recreation outdoor, indoor, events, and festivals)  Local food specialties - farmer's and fish (meat) markets (locations, dates and times of various markets)  Language, political, and etiquette considerations (what the average tourist should know and how to get along with the locals; type of currency used and types of places that exchange currency)  Seasonal considerations (typical high and low temperatures, if there is a rainy season, if it snows, floods or is known for "heavy weather")  Comfort services (massage, hair and nail salons, spas, etc.)  Essential services (embassy locations, medical facilities, law enforcement, etc.)  Area specific discounts and coupons  So, download now this total guide and start traveling as you listen!

©2019 Brenda Caizza (P)2019 Brenda Caizza

Narrator: Jon Miosky
Length: 56 mins
Available on Audible
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Super Cheap Vienna

Summary

Get this audiobook to tick Vienna off your bucket list for under $150. Lonely Planet advises "budget" travelers to pay $150 per day to visit Vienna. This guide will show you how to comfortably enjoy everything the Imperial capital has to offer for $40 a day. Super Cheap Vienna is a travel guide for people seeking cold-hard facts to enjoy the biggest Vienna adventure on the smallest budget. Choose from city adventures or mix it up with our nature suggestions. Either way, our plans and Vienna’s fascinating history and jaw-dropping architecture and nearby hikes will blow your mind, not your budget. Instantly discover everything you need for a luxurious trip to Vienna on a backpackers budget. Here's what you'll find inside: Hundreds of historical, cultural and money-saving local insights Cheapest flight routs to Vienna Insider tips on planning your trip on a budget, including the most fascinating churches and free museums  Review of the best, great free walking tours Ways to get 25 percent off your Vienna Airbnb Ways to stay in five-star Vienna hotels for two-star prices The cheapest place to stay (this may surprise you) Must-see and cheap hacks to see and do all the sights, including an amazing value attraction card locals use  The cheapest route form the airport to the city Advice on getting around cheaply Must-try street foods and the best place to try them including mouth-watering cakes Tons of cheap delicious local eats Practical tips and insights Detailed broken down checklist of things to remember to save money Discount markets you must visit Cheapest onward destinations Bonus: thousands of general travel hacks to save you money before traveling Save yourself the time and hassle. Enjoy everything Vienna has to offer, without the ascribed $150 a day tourist budget. Super Cheap Insider Guides (dot) com: Spend a little and enjoy a lot with Super Cheap Insider Guides written by real travelers in collaboration with thrifty locals. Spend a small amount on this book to save hundreds in Vienna: When you buy this audiobook, you’ll have free access to our Super Cheap Accommodation Finder Service, normally $50 (a team of highly skilled accommodation hackers will find you three of the best price-performance accommodation options for your specific needs). You can also use our flight-hacking service (our skilled flight hackers will take hundreds of dollars off your flight). We’ve designed this guidebook to save you time, hassle and money.  Leave the crowds behind. Get Super Cheap Vienna to save hundreds on your Vienna trip, with real insights Google can’t and won’t reveal.

©2019, 2020 Phil G. Tang (P)2020 Phil G. Tang

Narrator: Megan Hudgins
Length: 3 hrs and 13 mins
Available on Audible
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A Kilo of String

Summary

“Fabulously funny - a real must for lovers of all things Greek.”  After living in Greece for 13 years, writer and reluctant olive farmer Rob Johnson has got used to most of the things that he and his partner Penny found so bizarre at the beginning. Most, but not all.  A Kilo of String is the story-so-far of this not-particularly-plucky couple’s often bewildering experiences among the descendants of Sophocles, Plato, and Nana Mouskouri with occasional digressions into total irrelevances.  This is a book which is almost guaranteed not to change your life, but what it will do is answer many of the fundamental questions about life in Greece, such as:  How do you avoid ordering a double tomato for your pine marten when booking a hotel room?  Should olive harvesting be registered with the Dangerous Sports Association?  Why are chicken livers useful (other than to the chickens themselves)?  Oh yes, and there are some serious bits too about how life in Greece has changed since the beginning of the economic crisis.  A Kilo of String is loosely based on Rob Johnson’s podcast series of the same name, which is free to listen to and download at rob-johnson.org.uk/podcasts/a-kilo-of-string/.

©2017 Rob Johnson (P)2018 Rob Johnson

Narrator: Rob Johnson
Author: Rob Johnson
Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
Available on Audible
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Great Britain: 4 Books on Places You Need to Visit in Great Britain, London, Manchester & Birmingham

Summary

This audiobook is packed with four individual audiobooks:

Great Britain: Cities, Sights & Other Places You Need to Visit

London: Cities, Sights & Other Places You Need to Visit

Manchester: Cities, Sights & Other Places You Need to Visit

Birmingham: Cities, Sights & Other Places You Need to Visit

The Kingdom of Great Britain is one of the most powerful countries in the world. Comprising of four nations, it is without a second thought the most popular country to spend your holidays with your loved ones. Right from the great food of different cultures to various exotic and thrilling tourist spots, this is the dream destination for the majority of the people all around the world.

London, Manchester, and Birmingham are all part of Great Britain. These cities have a great diversity of culture and modernity that makes these places each a must-visit for everyone at least once in his or her lifetime. Situated in the Northwestern region of Europe, the UK gives you the birthplace of some of the most renowned personalities ever born in this world.

So, without delay, check out this fascinating nation and explore the several amazing landmarks, natural scenery, museums, and other places of sightseeing with your family and friends. Have a great trip!

When you download Great Britain: 4 Books - Places You Need to Visit in Great Britain, London, Manchester & Birmingham, you will be well-prepared to visit the country of your dreams! Buy this audiobook today!

Would you like to start today? If you do, just scroll up and hit the "Buy Now" button. 

Enjoy!

©2018 Writing Souls' Travel Guides (P)2018 Writing Souls' Travel Guides

Narrator: Tanya Brown
Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
Available on Audible
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Birmingham: Cities, Sights and Other Places You NEED to Visit

Summary

Birmingham is part of Great Britain, which is one of the most powerful countries in the world. Great Britain is the most popular country to spend your holidays with your loved ones. From the great food of different cultures to various exotic and thrilling tourist spots, this is the dream destination for the majority of people around the world. This country has a great diversity of culture and modernity that makes it a must visit for everyone at least once in their lifetime. Situated in the Northwestern region of Europe, the United Kingdom is the birthplace of some of the most renowned personalities ever born in this world. So without delay, check out this fascinating nation and explore the amazing landmarks, natural scenery, museums, and other places of sightseeing with your family and friends. Have a great trip! In this audiobook, you will find all the information you're looking for about:   Birmingham Birmingham's culture Birmingham's most beautiful spots Birmingham's top-rated tourist attractions And much more! When you get Birmingham: Cities, Sights & Other Places You Need To Visit you will be well prepared to visit the country of your dreams! Buy this audiobook today!

©2017 Writing Souls' Travel Guides (P)2018 Writing Souls' Travel Guides

Narrator: Tanya Brown
Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
Available on Audible
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Introduction Ireland: A Quick Travel Guide for Ireland in 2019

Summary

Interested in taking a trip to Ireland in 2019 or later? Need a quick guide to get you started on your travel plans? Want starter information on Ireland? Then look no further!

As its title implies, Introduction Ireland provides you with everything you need to know to start planning your trip to the Emerald Isle! Inside Introduction Ireland you’ll find the following information:

An introduction to the history of Ireland

Insights on population, culture and sports

Reasons you should go to Ireland

Best time to go

Weather throughout the year

Estimated costs for your trip

What to pack

Methods of travel

Currency in Ireland

Antrim in 2019

Destinations to visit

Tours you should go on

Must see attractions and breathtaking sights

And much more!

©2019 Kenneth Honeywood II (P)2019 Kenneth Honeywood II

Author: Geoff Tarsen
Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
Available on Audible
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Paris: The Gay Guide

Summary

The best and most unique Paris gay travel guide This is your guide to this amazing and very gay metropolis. Paris could truly be for you the world's best gay destination. This unique guide is your key to unlocking Paris's gay fun.  Paris will dazzle you with its flourishing gay community, rich history, magnificent sites, and diverse cultural heritage. You will find everything you can possibly need for a vacation full of fun. The city of lights has everything: the Eiffel Tower, the Seine River, the Invalides, the Bastille, Pablo Picasso, Opera, the Champs de Mars, St. Germaine, Salvador Dali, Ernest Hemingway, snooty French, baguettes, yummy food, immigrants. For so many reasons, Paris has always been an inspiration for visitors.  Let this book guide you to the many places that you must see in Paris. It is filled with suggested places to stay, from budget to luxurious, places to visit, local cuisines to try, and places to shop. All these suggested itineraries have been experienced first-hand by myself and are all highly recommended to gay tourists.  Experience a whole new world when you come and visit Paris. In this total guide, you will find:  Where to meet hot guys, whether you want to pay or not Dating offline and online through websites and apps and local places. How to speak of your way in the local gay slang Safety tips so you don't regret your trip Areas covered: History lessons/Best museums/Surfing/Adventure land off road trips/Wildlife spotting/ Paris neighborhood/Medical Tourism/Learn French in Paris /Cooking and drinking/ Accommodation/Staying safe/Music/Festivities  General information of each area  Area transportation (how to get around i.e. car, bus, taxi, train, bicycle, rickshaw, etc. and how much it would cost)  Sightseeing (Best sights to see, off the beaten path)  Best shopping (where are the major shopping districts and what they are known for)  Bargain alternatives (where the locals shop to avoid the high tourist crowds)  Things to do (recreation outdoor, indoor, events and festivals) Local food specialties   Farmer's and fish (meat) markets (Locations, dates and times of various markets)  Language, political, and etiquette considerations (What the average tourist should know and how to get along with the locals. Type of currency used and types of places that exchange currency)  Seasonal considerations (Typical high and low temperatures, if there is a rainy season, if it snows, floods, or is known for "heavy weather)  Comfort services (Massage, hair and nail salons, spas, etc.)  Essential services (Embassy locations, medical facilities, law enforcement, etc.)  Area specific discounts and coupons So, download now this gay guide and start enjoying well in advance! 

©2019 Lazaro Droznes (P)2020 Lazaro Droznes

Length: 43 mins
Available on Audible
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Greater Than a Tourist: Novi Sad, Serbia

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Are you excited about planning your next trip? Do you want to try something new while traveling? Would you like some guidance from a local? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this audio guide is just for you. Greater Than a Tourist: Novi Sad, Serbia by Ivana Stamenkovic offers the inside scoop on Novi Sad. Most travel guides tell you how to travel like a tourist. Although there's nothing wrong with that, as a part of the Greater than a Tourist series, this audio guide gives you travel tips from someone who lives at your next travel destination. In this audio guide, you'll discover local advice that will help you throughout your stay. Greater Than a Tourist is a series of travel guides recorded by locals. Travel like a local. Slow down, stay in one place, and get to know the people and the culture of a place. By the time you finish this audio guide, you will be excited and prepared to travel to your next destination. This audio guide includes bonus content of the guide 50 Things to Know About Packing Light for Travel: Pack the Right Way Every Time by Manidipa Bhattacharyya.  

©2017 CZYK Publishing (P)2018 CZYK Publishing

Narrator: Linda Fitak
Length: 1 hr
Available on Audible
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Germany Travel Guide 2020

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Explore the length and breadth of one of the world's most famous and historically relevant countries with this complete travel guide to Germany and get the most out of your trip! Are you having the "travel itch" and are looking for your first or next destination to explore? Have you ever thought about visiting Germany, but have no idea how to plan a memorable tourist experience for yourself? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this travel guide is for you. In this definitive travel guide to Germany, Mark Ross shows you how to have an authentic, unforgettable experience in one of Europe's most iconic countries. From the more classical Hamburg to the modern vibrancy of Berlin, there is a city for tourist, no matter your personality type. Here's a snippet of what you're going to uncover in this comprehensive travel guide to Germany: All you need to know about this classically lavish and culturally diverse country before you hop on the plane How to make awesome memories and get the most out of your trip to with Germany's best sights, experiences, and food A crash guide to Germany's most famous cities and tourist havens you absolutely need to visit on your trip Other beautiful, little-known German cities you can visit if you want a different experience off the beaten path How to visit some of Germany's most gorgeous rivers and lakes that will absolutely blow your mind And lots more! Filled with detailed dossiers and exciting tidbits about Germany's cultural heritage and modern norms, this guide is designed for people leaving their home countries for the very first time and are looking to visit this historical and pivotal European country. Even if you've seen Germany before, this travel guide has hidden surprises for you and will open your eyes to a Germany that you've never seen before.

©2020 Mark J. Ross (P)2020 Mark J. Ross

Narrator: Angela Clark
Author: Mark J. Ross
Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
Available on Audible
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Greater Than a Tourist - Lloret de Mar, Costa Brava, Spain

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Are you excited about planning your next trip?  Do you want to try something new?  Would you like some guidance from a local?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this Greater Than a Tourist book is for you.  Greater Than a Tourist - Lloret de Mar, Costa Brava, Spain by Ilse Briejer offers the inside scoop on Lloret de Mar. Most travel books tell you how to travel like a tourist. Although there is nothing wrong with that, as part of the Greater Than a Tourist series, this book will give you travel tips from someone who has lived at your next travel destination.  Here, you will discover advice that will help you throughout your stay. This book will not tell you exact addresses or store hours but instead will give you excitement and knowledge from a local that you may not find in other small travel books.  Travel like a local. Slow down, stay in one place, and get to know the people and the culture. By the time you finish this book, you will be eager and prepared to travel to your next destination.  Inside this travel guide book you will find: Insider tips from a local  Bonus tips: 50 Things to Know About Packing Light for Travel by best-selling author Manidipa Bhattacharyya  Packing and planning list  List of travel questions to ask yourself or others while traveling  A place to write your travel bucket list

©2019 CZYK Publishing (P)2019 CZYK Publishing

Length: 51 mins
Available on Audible
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Europe Traveling: The Ultimate Travel Guide for Your Trip Trough Europe

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Make your journey through Europe the best possible. You want to exactly know where to go and what to do? You've found the right audiobook.

Europe has so many fascinating countries to offer, but at the same time, you may ask yourself: Where should I actually go? In this collection of audiobooks, you will discover a few of the most astonishing countries in Europe - the Netherlands, France, Spain, Portugal, and Italy. If this is your first time traveling through Europe, you should plan your trip in detail. If not, you most certainly will miss out on some of the best places to be and things to see. This audiobook will help you to make the most out of your time. You will get to know the most fascinating things to do and see.

Here’s what you’ll find in the audiobook:

Italy and Its Most Beautiful Places

Netherlands: More Than Just Amsterdam

What to Do in Portugal

Traveling Through Spain

Much, much more!

When you listen to this audiobook, you will be on your way to the best possible version of your trip.

©2018 Traveling the World (P)2018 Traveling the World

Narrator: Kimberly Hughey
Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
Available on Audible
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Paris

Summary

Wie entstand der Louvre? Welcher Schatz wird in Notre Dame aufbewahrt? Und wo befindet sich das Grab von Napoleon Bonaparte? Hören Sie sich unterwegs alles Wissenswerte über die Geschichte und die Sehenswürdigkeiten von Paris an. Die 24 Tracks können auf jedes mobile Gerät übertragen und vor Ort direkt angewählt werden. Ein Lageplan und viele Besuchertipps, die als PDF angeboten werden, unterstützen Sie bei der individuellen Erkundung der Seine-Metropole. Inhalt:01 Stadtgeschichte 02 Notre Dame 03 Conciergerie 04 Sainte- Chapelle 05 Pont-Neuf 06 Louvre 07 Palais Royale 08 Forum des Halles 09 Centre-Pompidou 10 Hôtel de Ville 11 Place des Vosges 12 Place de la Bastille 13 Île Saint-Louis 13 Sorbonne 14 Panthéon 15 Palais- Bourbon 16 Tuileries 17 Place de la Concorde 18 Champs-Elysées 19 Arc de Triomphe 20 Hôtel et Dôme des Invalides 21 Tour Eiffel 22 Sacré-C'ur 24 Moulin Rouge Zu diesem Hörbuch erhalten Sie das Booklet als pdf-Datei. Es wird nach dem Kauf Ihrer Bibliothek hinzugefügt.

(c) + (p) 2008 RING MEDIA GmbH

Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
Available on Audible
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Are We French Yet? Keith & Val's Adventures in Provence

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Can two Americans really become French? Val and Keith turned their lives upside down when they quit their jobs to begin a part-time life in Provence. But they wondered: Can we fit in? And maybe become French ourselves? Follow their adventures as they slowly unlock the mysteries of France: Is it true that French people are like coconuts? Can you learn to argue like a French person?  What books have changed French lives? Most important of all, how do you keep your soup from exploding? There’s more to becoming French than just learning the language. If you want the inside scoop on la belle France, you won’t want to miss this delightful book!

©2018, 2019 Curtis Keith Van Sickle (P)2019 Curtis Keith Van Sickle

Narrator: Doug Schuetz
Length: 4 hrs and 14 mins
Available on Audible
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From Borsch to Burgers: A Cross-Cultural Memoir

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This singular memoir from one of Ukraine’s new literary lights tracks her journey from a little girl toiling in the potato fields of the Soviet Union to the shiny but sometimes foreign new world of America. Ruslana’s From Borsch to Burgers elegantly and humorously captures her gleeful yet puzzling journey through new foods, customs, language, and love. Her message of cross-cultural discovery presents enlightening insights into understanding the nuances found in spanning two worlds. Her tale attempts to answer the questions asked by all people who have left their homeland to seek out a new life, “Who am I now?” and “Where do I fit in?

©2019 Ruslana Westerlund (P)2020 Ruslana Westerlund

Available on Audible
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Greater Than a Tourist - Marseille Provence, Alpes, Cotes d Azur, France

Summary

Are you excited about planning your next trip?  Do you want to try something new?  Would you like some guidance from a local? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this Greater Than a Tourist book is for you. Greater Than a Tourist - Marseille Provence, Alpes, Cotes d Azur, France by Celia Lumbroso offers the inside scoop on Marseille. Most travel books tell you how to travel like a tourist. Although there is nothing wrong with that, as part of the Greater Than a Tourist series, this book will give you travel tips from someone who has lived at your next travel destination.  In this audiobook, you will discover advice that will help you throughout your stay. This book will not tell you exact addresses or store hours but instead will give you excitement and knowledge from a local that you may not find in other small travel books.  Travel like a local. Slow down, stay in one place, and get to know the people and the culture. By the time you finish this book, you will be eager and prepared to travel to your destination.

©2019 CZYK Publishing (P)2019 CZYK Publishing

Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
Available on Audible
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Pravda Ha Ha

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Summary

Bloomsbury presents Pravda Ha Ha by Rory MacLean, read by Rory MacLean.   "A gem of a book, informative, companionable, sometimes funny, and wholly original. MacLean must surely be the outstanding, and most indefatigable, traveller writer of our time." (John le Carré) In 1989 the Berlin Wall fell. In that euphoric year Rory MacLean travelled from Berlin to Moscow, exploring lands that were - for most Brits and Americans - part of the forgotten half of Europe.  Thirty years on, MacLean traces his original journey backwards, across countries confronting old ghosts and new fears: from revanchist Russia, through Ukraine’s bloodlands, into illiberal Hungary and then Poland, Germany and the UK. Along the way he shoulders an AK-47 to go hunting with Moscow's chicken tsar, plays video games in St Petersburg with a cyber-hacker who cracked the US election, drops by the Che Guevara High School of Political Leadership in a nonexistent nowhereland and meets the Warsaw doctor who tried to stop a march of 70,000 nationalists. Finally, on the shores of Lake Geneva, he waits patiently to chat with Mikhail Gorbachev.   As Europe sleepwalks into a perilous new age, MacLean explores how opportunists - both within and outside of Russia, from Putin to Home Counties populists - have made a joke of truth, exploiting refugees and the dispossessed, and examines the veracity of historical narrative from reportage to fiction and fake news. He asks what happened to the optimism of 1989 and, in the shadow of Brexit, chronicles the collapse of the European dream.

©2019 Rory MacLean (P)2019 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Narrator: Rory MacLean
Author: Rory MacLean
Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
Available on Audible
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Greater Than a Tourist - Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

Summary

Are you excited about planning your next trip?  Do you want to try something new?  Would you like some guidance from a local?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this Greater Than a Tourist book is for you. Greater Than a Tourist - Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom by Haroula Saridaki offers the inside scoop on Edinburgh. Most travel books tell you how to travel like a tourist. Although there is nothing wrong with that, as part of the Greater Than a Tourist series, this book will give you travel tips from someone who has lived at your next travel destination.  You will discover advice that will help you throughout your stay. This book will not tell you exact addresses or store hours but instead will give you excitement and knowledge from a local that you may not find in other small travel books.  Travel like a local. Slow down, stay in one place, and get to know the people and culture. By the time you finish this book, you will be eager and prepared to travel to your next destination.  Inside this travel guide audiobook you will find: Insider tips from a local  Bonus tips: 50 Things to Know About Packing Light for Travel by best-selling author Manidipa Bhattacharyya  Packing and planning list  List of travel questions to ask yourself or others while traveling

©2019 CZYK Publishing (P)2019 CZYK Publishing

Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
Available on Audible
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Chickens Eat Pasta

Summary

Chickens Eat Pasta is the tale of a young Englishwoman who starts a new life after watching a video showing a chicken eating spaghetti in a medieval hill village in central Italy. Unlike some recent best sellers, this is simply not an account of a foreigner's move to Italy but a love story written from the unusual perspective of both within and outside of the story.  As events unfold, the strong story portrays a rich Italian life from the inside with a supporting cast of memorable characters. Along the way, the book explores and captures the warmth and color of Italy, as well as, some of the cultural differences between England and Italy and between regional Italian lifestyles and behavior. It is a story with a happy ending. The author and her husband are still married with three children who love the old house on the hill, now much restored, almost as much as she does. Chickens Eat Pasta is Clare's autobiography, and ultimately a love story, with the house itself and with the man that Clare met there and went on to marry. If you yearn for a happy ending, you won't be disappointed. It's a story that proves anything is possible if you only try.

©2015 Clare Pedrick (P)2018 Clare Pedrick

Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
Available on Audible
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Iceland Travel Guide

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Iceland is known as the Land of Fire and Ice, a dramatic description and an apt one for this most northern European nation. With its incredible natural beauty, dramatic landscapes, and rich Nordic culture, a visit to Iceland is a must for any curious traveler keen to see a different side of Europe.  In Iceland you will experience volcanoes and glaciers, the northern lights, encounters with incredible wildlife, and a friendly and welcoming culture born out of a rich Scandinavian heritage. Two-thirds of the population live in the capital city, Reykjavik, and it is there that most travelers begin their time exploring all that this island has to offer. With so much to see and do, it's worth getting out of the capital city on one of the many organized tours. You can see sights like the Blue Lagoon, the national parks, and spectacular scenery.  Whatever your reason for visiting Iceland, you can be assured of a warm welcome and plenty of adventure opportunities in an incomparable landscape!

©2017 Ryan Harrington (P)2017 Ryan Harrington

Length: 30 mins
Available on Audible
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Iceland: The Official Travel Guide

Summary

Iceland: the place you have been dreaming of. Sounds a little too good to be true, doesn't it? Well, fret not, because it is entirely possible to find the place of your dreams. Iceland is a wonderful country that is rich in heritage and culture. When visiting, you will find yourself submerged in a world you had only ever entered in your most glorious of dreams. The beautiful landscapes and engaging citizens will make you feel like you have entered a fairy tale. You may find yourself so intrigued by this wonderful country that you never want to leave. The breathtaking views of wondrous countryside alone will make you want to stay forever. So how do you fit all of this country into a single visit? This travel guide will give you all of the information you need to know to for you to truly get the best experience out of your visit to this country. So what are you waiting for? Pack a bag, book a flight, and head out!

©2017 United City Travel Guides (P)2018 United City Travel Guides

Narrator: Russell Cox
Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
Available on Audible
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Greater than a Tourist: North Devon England

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Are you excited about planning your next trip? Do you want to try something new? Would you like some guidance from a local? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this Greater Than a Tourist audiobook is for you. Greater Than a Tourist: North Devon England by Hannah Harding offers the inside scoop on North Devon. Most travel books tell you how to travel like a tourist. Although there is nothing wrong with that, as part of the Greater Than a Tourist series, this audiobook will give you travel tips from someone who has lived at your next travel destination. You will discover advice that will help you throughout your stay. This audiobook will not tell you exact addresses or store hours but instead will give you excitement and knowledge from a local that you may not find in other smaller print travel books. Travel like a local. Slow down, stay in one place, and get to know the people and culture. By the time you finish this audiobook, you will be eager and prepared to travel to your next destination. Inside this travel guide audiobook you will find: Insider tips from a local. Bonus tips Packing and planning list. List of travel questions to ask yourself or others while traveling. Our Story Traveling is a passion of the Greater than a Tourist book series creator. Lisa studied abroad in college, and for their honeymoon Lisa and her husband toured Europe. During her travels to Malta, an older man tried to give her some advice based on his own experience living on the island since he was a young boy. She was not sure if she should talk to the stranger but was interested in his advice. When traveling to some places she was wary to talk to locals because she was afraid that they weren’t being genuine. Through her travels, Lisa learned how much locals had to share with tourists. Lisa created the Greater Than a Tourist book series to help connect people with locals. A topic that locals are very passionate about sharing.

©2019 CZYK Publishing (P)2019 CZYK Publishing

Narrator: David Kleber
Length: 41 mins
Available on Audible
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F--k-Tastic-Slovakia

Summary

Come along and ride on the f--k-tastic voyage. Forgive the ammo, but these are humor-filled tales of misadventures in Slovakia. From November to March 1 of 2020, yours truly drank much, fought some, remained lost, hurt much, fell a lot, locked myself out of hostels and trains. Fell down several occasions amid the tall Tatra Mountains.  You will discover a new Jabba the Rut (Hut) my boss. We give him the codename Copper Member. He does not pay, insults you, and drinks 15 beers three times a week. His cohort recruiter is Mas, who is not corny but is built like a wall. I mask their identities to prevent lawsuits. We will take the piss out of them, as they did me many times.  We will lose our way in towns across Slovakia. From the far western town of Nitra to the town Humanee near Ukraine. We will drink moonshine, boaravechka, wood-finished vodka, sugar butter vodka, hot wine, and the slap-your-mother’s-mouth taste of Tatra Tea. Our job is to teach English, but this is akin to OJT (on the John or job training).  We will learn more from the brilliant but boisterous students of Slovakia. In gymnasiums (we will call them gyms for short) or high schools in this mysterious country, I call these students the Princes of the Rings. We will visit bars and villages and look up at the misty morning dewdrops from the Tatra Mountains. As we wander through the curvy narrow sidewalks, we wonder at how vineyards grow along mountain sides. Towns like Modra and Bratislava are home to some of the best wine in Europe. The uncombed vines of Black Alder and Sessile Oak trees provide cover over much of the sloped hills and mountains. All towns sit in innocent valleys with train lines providing the arteries of transportation.  This is not a paid tourist travel blog. This four-month perdition’s best times are in the classrooms with students who speak three or four languages. The norm mishaps occur outside the classroom. Through the intermittent tired trains, in the bumpy swerving buses, or competing in the Indy 50 with crazed taxi drivers, it is f--k-tastic! 

©2020 Eugene Cole Bolchoz (P)2021 Eugene Cole Bolchoz

Narrator: Ariel Williams
Author: Jack Whales
Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
Available on Audible
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Great Britain: 2 Books - Places You Need to Visit in Great Britain & London

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Great Britain: 2 Books - Places You Need to Visit in Great Britain & London The kingdom of Great Britain is one of the most powerful countries in the world. Comprising of four nations, it is without a second thought, the most popular country to spend your holidays with your loved ones. Right from the great food of different cultures to various exotic and thrilling tourist spots this is the dream destination for the majority of the people all around the world. London is part of Great Britain. This city has a great diversity of culture and modernity which makes this place a must visit for each and everyone at least once in their lifetime. Situated in the North Western region of Europe, the United Kingdom gives you the birthplace of some of the most renowned personalities ever born in this world. So without delay check out this fascinating nation and explore the several amazing landmarks, natural scenery, museums, and other places of sightseeing with your family and friends. Have a great trip! In this book, you will find all the information you're looking for about: Getting around Great Britain and London Educational landmarks Food and entertainment Fantastic cultural attractions So much more When you buy Great Britain: 2 Books - Places You Need to Visit in Great Britain & London you will be well prepared to visit the country of your dreams! Buy this audiobook today! Would you like to start today? If you do, buy this audiobook today!

©2018 Writing Souls' Travel Guides (P)2018 Writing Souls' Travel Guides

Narrator: Tanya Brown
Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
Available on Audible
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TripAdvisor: Discover All the Best London Has to Offer

Summary

London, perhaps, is the greatest city in the world. It is a destination that few world travelers would not visit at least once; if not time and time again. But it can be an expensive city and has so much to see and do that it can be confusing for a first time visitor. This audiobook will set you well on your way to discovering London and discovering it cheaply. If you have a bit of wiggle room in your budget, then all of London is your playground to explore with this audiobook. It highlights all of the standard places to visit along with a few off-the-beaten-path destinations, exciting things to do, delectable restaurants to discover, and performances to enjoy. If you are budget conscious, then this audiobook is your best friend to see London without going broke. The audiobook is your hack to London; it will give you all the inside secrets to bargains you can find that will make your quid last longer, and make discovering London a pleasure.

©2017 Proxy Publishing (P)2017 Proxy Publishing

Narrator: Charles Paquin
Author: Steven Kozak
Length: 30 mins
Available on Audible
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Portugal: Essential Travel Tips

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In this Sam's Travel Guide on Portugal, you will find all the information you need to know about:  Must-visit locations in Portugal The best beaches in Portugal Best islands in Portugal Best souvenirs to buy in Portugal Things to avoid in Portugal Best restaurants in Portugal Best hotels in Portugal When you download Portugal: Essential Travel Tips - All You Need to Know, you will be well-prepared to visit the country of your dreams! Buy this audiobook today! Would you like to start today? If you do, just scroll up and hit the "Buy Now" button. Enjoy Sam's Travel Guides!

©2018 Sam's Travel Guide (P)2019 Sam's Travel Guide

Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
Available on Audible
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Der Salzpfad

Summary

"Haben wir einen Plan?" "Natürlich, wir wandern, bis wir aufhören zu wandern, und vielleicht finden wir unterwegs so etwas wie eine Zukunft." "Das ist ein guter Plan."  Raynor und Moth, seit 32 Jahren ein Paar, verlieren durch zwei Schicksalsschläge in kürzester Zeit alles, ihre Farm in Wales, ihre Lebensgrundlage, ihre Gewohnheiten, ihr soziales Umfeld - ihr Zuhause. Mit zwei Rucksäcken machen sie sich auf den Weg, eigentlich in eine beängstigende Obdachlosigkeit, aber sie gehen los mit der Hoffnung, eine Lösung zu finden. Ihr Plan: den wildesten und längsten Küstenweg Englands zu wandern, den South West Coast Path. Auf 1000 km Zeit gewinnen, den Kopf frei zu bekommen und Kraft zu sammeln. Wie holt man sich das eigene Leben und die Würde zurück, wenn man so weit aus der Bahn geworfen wurde? Sie begegnen Vorurteilen und Ablehnung, doch zugleich entdecken sie auch das Glück ihrer Liebe und lernen Kraft aus der Natur zu schöpfen. In lakonisch knappen Dialogen und mit feiner Selbstironie erzählt Raynor Winn von diesem Trip an den unteren Rand der Gesellschaft.  Jutta Speidel, die sich seit vielen Jahren mit ihrem Verein Horizont e.V. sozial engagiert, liegt das Thema Obdachlosigkeit sehr am Herzen. 1997 gründete sie neben ihrer schauspielerischen Tätigkeit den privat finanzierten Verein HORIZONT, der sich obdachlosen Kindern und deren Mütter annimmt und ihnen hilft neuen Mut fürs Leben zu fassen. Es war klar, dass sie die deutsche Stimme sein musste!

©2019 DuMont Reiseverlag. Übersetzung von Christa Prummer-Lehmair und Heide Horn (P)2020 Bonnevoice Hörbuchverlag GmbH

Narrator: Jutta Speidel
Author: Raynor Winn
Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
Available on Audible
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Sun, Storm, and Solitude

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The open road. To many, it means escape, but I wasn't escaping from anything. I traveled more than 6,000 miles by plane, train, and bus to walk in unfamiliar country, but I left behind no process server, no posse, no bounty hunter. No one was looking for me, and no one, other than my wife, knew I had left home. I wanted to see an Italy I hadn't seen before. I wanted to get away from the cares of quotidian life. I wanted sustained, healthy exercise. And I looked for the novelty of the unknown and the unexpected. I found some of each and too much of some. The Cammino di San Benedetto (Way of St. Benedict) lies in the Apennine mountains to the east of Rome. Sometimes dirt, sometimes asphalt, it passes through villages that date to the Middle Ages. It is one of Italy's newest pilgrimage routes, as yet uncrowded and unspoiled. Along the Cammino, I found characters as colorful as the fields and serenety as deep as the valleys. I even found out something about myself.

©2020 Karl Keating (P)2020 Karl Keating

Narrator: Dave Arlington
Author: Karl Keating
Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
Available on Audible
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Venice Travel Guide

Summary

Venice is one of the most enchanting destinations in the world. With its winding canals, colorful buildings, and delicious cuisine, Venice is a place every traveler should explore as it is packed with history and incredible things to do. At the same time, all of this can make visiting here a little overwhelming. This guide will help to ensure that you're able to experience Venice to the fullest so that you have a carefree and enjoyable trip to the “City of Canals”.  Venice is situated in northeastern Italy and is the capital of the Veneto region, which is one of the largest regions in this country. Venice is part of a lagoon that is made up of 118 tiny islands scattered around the Adriatic Sea. The city is believed to have been founded around AD 400 when people were fleeing invasions after the collapse of the Roman Empire. They started to build homes and bridges and created the city that we in modern times now know of as Venice. It is home to approximately 55,000 people.  Along with its rich history, Venice also has, and continues to undergo, many difficult circumstances. It has seen its share of wars, such as the Ottoman-Venetian War and World War II, and is currently facing a major problem of sinking. The rising canals and heavy tourism have both contributed to this “floating city” slowly sinking back into the sea. However, science has helped to slow this rapid submergence by removing and replacing the old wells around the city with newer ones.

©2018 Roger Martin (P)2018 Roger Martin

Narrator: Skip Nelson
Author: Roger Martin
Length: 38 mins
Available on Audible
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Eat like a Local - Malta

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Are you excited about planning your next trip? Do you want an edible experience? Would you like some culinary guidance from a local? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this Eat Like a Local book is for you. Eat like a Local - Malta by author Danielle Eloise offers the inside scoop on food in Malta. Culinary tourism is an important aspect of any travel experience. Food has the ability to tell you a story of a destination, its landscapes, and culture on a single plate. Most food guides tell you how to eat like a tourist. Although there is nothing wrong with that, as part of the Eat like a Local series, this book will give you a food guide from someone who has lived at your next culinary destination. In this audiobook, you will discover advice on having a unique edible experience. This book will not tell you exact addresses or hours but instead will give you excitement and knowledge of food and drinks from a local that you may not find in other travel food guides. Eat like a local. Slow down, stay in one place, and get to know the food, people, and culture. By the time you finish this book, you will be eager and prepared to travel to your next culinary destination.

©2020 CZYK Publishing (P)2021 CZYK Publishing

Narrator: Carolyn Pada
Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
Available on Audible
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Spain Travel Guide 2020: The Essential Guide to Fall in Love with Spain

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Explore one of Europe's most iconic countries and premium tourist destinations, discover the magic of Spain and get the most out of your trip with this comprehensive travel guide! Are you planning your first or next trip, but don't know where to go? Have you ever seriously considered hopping on a plane to Spain, but have no idea how to plan a memorable getaway or vacation? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this guide is just what you need. Spain is a magnificent country and has so much to offer, no matter your taste or lifestyle. From wild nightlife and gorgeous countrysides to beautiful beaches and mesmerizing urban sprawls, this up-to-date travel guide will unlock the hidden joys of Spain that will make your trip an unforgettable one. Here's a small fraction of what you're going to discover in this definitive travel guide to Spain: Everything you need to know about this historically diverse and visually appealing European country before you pack your bags Profound insights into the historical and cultural layout of one of Europe's most pivotal countries Top experiences you absolutely do not want to miss out on, especially if it's your first time in Italy Little-known gems and "off the beaten path" experiences that will make your trip a memorable one All you need to know about real estate, jobs, and healthcare in Spain Gorgeous and Instagram-ready Spanish cities you absolutely need to visit on your first or next trip to Spain And tons more! Whether you want to experience the wild nightlife of Ibiza, enjoy the scenic beauty of Granada, or even just want to explore, this travel guide is the only companion you need to find the ideal places to visit, sleep, eat, drink, and shop and thoroughly enjoy your time in one of the world's premier tourist destination.

©2020 Mark J. Ross (P)2020 Mark J. Ross

Narrator: Noah Weinstein
Author: Mark J. Ross
Length: 3 hrs and 19 mins
Available on Audible
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Greater Than a Tourist - Dublin Ireland

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With travel tips and culture in our guidebooks written by a local author, it is never too late to visit Dublin. Greater Than a Tourist - Dublin Ireland by author Sarah Whelan offers the inside scoop on Dublin’s fair city.  Most travel books tell you how to travel like a tourist. Although there is nothing wrong with that, as part of the Greater Than a Tourist series, this book will give you candid travel tips from someone who has lived at your next travel destination. This guide book will not tell you exact addresses or store hours but instead gives you knowledge that you may not find in other smaller travel books. Experience cultural, culinary delights, and attractions with the guidance of a local. Slow down and get to know the people with this invaluable guide. By the time you finish this book, you will be eager and prepared to discover new activities at your next travel destination. Inside this travel guide book, you will find: Visitor information from a Local Tour ideas and inspiration Save time with valuable guidebook information Greater Than a Tourist - a travel guidebook with 50 travel tips from a local. Slow down, stay in one place, and get to know the people and culture. By the time you finish this book, you will be eager and prepared to travel to your next destination.

©2020 CZYK Publishing (P)2020 CZYK Publishing

Narrator: Derek Carney
Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
Available on Audible
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Grape, Olive, Pig

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Matt Goulding introduces you to the sprawling culinary and geographical landscape of his adoptive home and offers an intimate portrait of this multifaceted country, its remarkable people, and its complex history. Fall in love with Barcelona's tiny tapas bars and modernist culinary temples. Explore the movable feast of small plates and late nights in Madrid. Join the 3,000-year-old hunt for bluefin tuna off the coast of Cadiz, then continue your seafood journey north to meet three sisters who risk their lives foraging the gooseneck barnacle, one of Spain's most treasured ingredients. Delight in some of the world's most innovative and avant-garde edible creations in San Sebastian, and then wash them down with cider from neighboring Asturias. Sample the world's finest acorn-fed ham in Salamanca, share in the traditions of cave-dwelling shepherds in the mountains beyond Granada, and debate what constitutes truly authentic paella in Valencia. Grape, Olive, Pig reveals hidden gems and enduring delicacies from across this extraordinary country, contextualizing each meal with the stories behind the food in a cultural narrative. Whether you've visited Spain or have only dreamed of bellying up to its tapas bars, Grape, Olive, Pig will wake your imagination, rouse your hunger, and capture your heart.

©2016 Matt Goulding and Nathan Thornburgh (P)2020 Tantor

Narrator: Will Damron
Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
Available on Audible
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Paris

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Paris c'est un immense musée à ciel ouvert : des églises gothiques, des façades élégantes, des avenues grandioses... L'Audio Guide CitySpeaker de Paris vous propose des balades à St Germain des Prés, dans le Quartier Latin, sur la butte Montmartre, sur les grands boulevards. Il vous invite aussi à visiter la Tour Eiffel, Notre Dame de Paris, le Louvre, l'Opéra Garnier ou encore le Sacré Cœur. L'Audio Guide CitySpeaker vous donne toutes les clés pour comprendre l'histoire, la culture et le chic parisien. L'Audio Guide CitySpeaker de Paris, c'est des conseils, de la bonne humeur, des anecdotes, un plan détaillé, et bien sûr, toutes les informations culturelles pour visiter Paris. Lorsque vous achetez ce titre, le fichier PDF qui l'accompagne sera disponible dans votre confirmation d'achat envoyée par mail ainsi que dans votre bibliothèque, depuis votre ordinateur.

© Les éditions des Guides Metrophone, 2007

Length: 4 hrs and 9 mins
Available on Audible
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Lisbon: The Best of Lisbon for Short-Stay Travel

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Learn everything you need to know for your short stay in Lisbon! You're about to discover the best Lisbon has to offer in this unique guide. If you are looking for a long academic text describing everything in Lisbon, then don't get this audiobook. This is for the short-stay traveler looking for the best in Lisbon. Lisbon is one of the best-kept secrets in Europe. Most people tend to go to Madrid or Rome. Most people ignore this fantastic city. Lisbon is arguably the city in Europe with the best atmosphere, food, nightlife, art, and culture. Here is a preview of what you'll learn.... Background and history of Lisbon How to get around Lisbon The best museums and art galleries  Where to find the best restaurants Special things you can only do in Lisbon Best coffee shops The best bars and clubs Your three-day itinerary Much, much more!

©2016 Gary Jones (P)2017 Gary Jones

Narrator: Ben Werling
Author: Gary Jones
Length: 49 mins
Available on Audible
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The New Paris

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The city long-adored for its medieval beauty, old-timey brasseries, and corner cafés has even more to offer today. In the last few years, a flood of new ideas and creative locals has infused a once-static, traditional city with a new open-minded sensibility and energy. Journalist Lindsey Tramuta offers detailed insight into the rapidly evolving worlds of food, wine, pastry, coffee, beer, fashion, and design in the delightful city of Paris. Tramuta puts the spotlight on the new trends and people that are making France’s capital a more whimsical, creative, vibrant, and curious place to explore than its classical reputation might suggest. With hundreds of striking photographs that capture this fresh, animated spirit - and a curated directory of Tramuta’s favorite places to eat, drink, stay, and shop - The New Paris shows us the storied City of Light as never before.  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2017 Lindsey Tramuta (P)2019 Abrams

Narrator: Jenna Robino
Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
Available on Audible
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Wien

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Wiens historisches Zentrum zählt in seiner Geschlossenheit zu den schönsten Stadtdenkmälern Europas und zum UNESCO-Weltkulturerbe. Dabei prägt nicht nur das Mittelalter sondern vor allem auch die jahrhundertlange Ära der Habsburger Dynastie die Stadt. Erleben Sie die romantischen Gassen rund um den Stephansplatz und das imperiale Ambiente von Hofburg, Schönbrunn und Ring. Genießen Sie zwischendurch sündig-süße Mehlspeisen in einem traditionellen Wiener Kaffeehaus. Um die Stadt individuell zu erkunden, können die 32 Tracks auf jedes mobile Gerät übertragen und unterwegs gezielt angehört werden. So erfährt man alles Wissenswerte und viel Unterhaltsames über die Geschichte, die berühmtesten Bauwerke und die historischen Persönlichkeiten der Stadt. Alle Tracks sind nummeriert und auf dem Cityplan im Booklet zu finden. Hier stehen auch Besuchertipps und die Öffnungszeiten der Museen. So kann man das Flair von Wien ganz entspannt genießen. Zu diesem Hörbuch erhalten Sie das Booklet als pdf-Datei. Es wird nach dem Kauf Ihrer Bibliothek hinzugefügt.

(c) + (p) 2008 RING MEDIA GmbH

Length: 59 mins
Available on Audible
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Londres

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Plongez au cœur de la bouillonnante capitale britannique qui mêle joyeusement classicisme à l'anglaise et modernité... L'Audio Guide CitySpeaker de Londres vous propose des balades dans Soho, dans la City, à South Bank, à Whitehall, à Buckingham ou à Kensington. Il vous invite aussi à visiter la Tour de Londres, l'abbaye de Westminster, St Paul ou le London Bridge. L'Audio Guide CitySpeaker vous donne toutes les clés pour comprendre l'histoire, le mode de vie à l'anglaise et profiter de Londres by night. L'Audio Guide CitySpeaker de Londres, c'est des conseils, de la bonne humeur, des anecdotes, un plan détaillé, et bien sûr, toutes les informations culturelles pour visiter Londres. Lorsque vous achetez ce titre, le fichier PDF qui l'accompagne sera disponible dans votre confirmation d'achat envoyée par mail ainsi que dans votre bibliothèque, depuis votre ordinateur.

© Les éditions des Guides Metrophone, 2007

Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
Available on Audible
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Athens and the Peloponnese for Travelers - The Total Guide

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Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece, as well as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy. It is the city with the most fascinating history in the world, and one of the world's oldest cities. With its mixture of ancient and modern wonders, it is a popular tourist destination. The city is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Acropolis of Athens, and the Daphni Monastery. You probably heard of the city of Athens hundreds of times already, maybe from that aunt who wanted to go on a fancy trip to Italy, or maybe from your cousin who saved up until last summer to be able to visit the city at least once. Perhaps you’ve seen documentaries or read reviews online about this or that museum, wondering what it’d be like to see and touch those things in person. Whatever your reason may be, this guide will help you discover hidden secrets about the city and will help you save as much as possible while still being able to enjoy a full and incredible experience. At least, you’ll finally be able to tell your aunt or cousin something new when they ask how your experience was.  We guarantee that your Athens experience will be unique and unforgettable. Let this audiobook guide you to the many places that you must see in Athens so that you will not let your once in a lifetime trip go to waste. This book is filled with suggested places to stay, from budget to luxurious, places to visit, local cuisines to try, and places to shop. All these suggested itineraries have been experienced firsthand and are all highly recommended to tourists. Experience a whole new world when you come and visit Athens.  In this total guide you will find: History lessons Best museums Surfing/adventure (off-road trips) Wildlife spotting Athens neighborhood Medical tourism Learning Greek in Athens Cooking and drinking Accommodation Staying safe Music/festivities Area transportation and cost  Sightseeing (best sights to see, off the beaten path) Best shopping (locations of major shopping districts and what they are known for) Bargain alternatives (where the locals shop to avoid the high tourist crowds) Things to do (recreation outdoor, indoor, events and festivals) Local food specialties - farmers/fish (meat) markets Language, political, and etiquette considerations (what the average tourist should know and how to get along with the locals Currency/currency exchange Seasonal considerations  Comfort services (massage, hair and nail salons, spas, etc.) Essential services (embassy locations, medical facilities, law enforcement, etc.) Area specific discounts and coupons So, download now this total guide and start listening as you travel! 

©2019 Brenda Caizza (P)2020 Brenda Caizza

Narrator: Jena Osbourne
Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
Available on Audible
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Trierer Sagen und Legenden

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Das heutige Trier geht aus einer römischen Stadtgründung mit dem Namen "Augusta Treverorum" vor über 2000 Jahren hervor. Der Sage nach soll 1300 Jahre vor der Gründung Roms Trebeta, der Sohn des Königs Ninus, einen Ort an der Mosel mit dem Namen "Treberis" gegründet haben. Zur Zeit Konstantin des Großen wurden bedeutsame Bauwerke, wie die heutige Konstantinbasilika und die Kaiserthermen errichtet. Die beeindruckende Stadt war oft das Ziel von Eroberungen, so dass sie um 451 vom Hunnenkönig Attila, mehrfach von den Franken und im Jahr 882 von den Wikingern erobert und von diesen fast vollständig zerstört wurde. Unter Heinrich I wurde Trier im Jahr 925 dem Ostfrankenreich einverleibt und ab dann von Grafen, später von den Erzbischöfen verwaltet. Die Jahre des Mittelalters waren gekennzeichnet durch einen kulturellen Aufschwung und großes christliches Kunstschaffen. Trier erhielt im Jahr 1149 das Recht ein Stadtsiegel zu führen und die aufstrebende Stadt gründete 1473 ihre Universität. Der Dreißigjährige Krieg hinterließ, genau wie die Kriege Ludwig XIV., Elend und Not in der Stadt. In dieser Zeit hatten die Erzbischöfe ihren Sitz verlegt, kehrten danach wieder hoffnungsvoll in ihre Stadt zurück und der Wiederaufbau begann. Während der französischen Revolution wurde Trier im Jahr 1794 von französischen Truppen besetzt und schließlich in Frankreich eingegliedert. Fast 20 Jahre später wurde die Stadt von Preußen eingenommen und seit der Gründung der Bundesrepublik Deutschland im Jahr 1949 gehört sie zum Bundesland Rheinland-Pfalz.

©2011 Verlag Michael John (P)2011 Verlag Michael John

Narrator: Uve Teschner
Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
Available on Audible
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Florence: The Best Of Florence For Short Stay Travel

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Florence Travel Guide!!! Florence is probably the most Fascinating and Romantic city in the world!!Florence is the art capital of the world.Florence is the city that gave the world the Renaissance and artists like Leonardo da Vinci.The story of Florence is one of creativity.There is almost too much brilliant art in Florence.Florence might be a city of historical significance, but is has an amazing restaurant and nightlife scene.Florence is a mix of old and new and you will come back to Florence after one visit!This guide will guide you through Florence and show you the best the city has to offer.If your time is limited, then this short stay travel guide is perfect for you!! Lets take a look inside the Florence Travel Guide The History of Florence When To Visit Florence Neighborhoods in Florence The Best Places To Visit Transportation in Florence Where to Eat in Florence Safety In The City Accommodation around Florence Much, much more!! (Please note that paperback version of this book only has black and white pictures.If you prefer color pictures, then I recommend you buy the Kindle edition of this book.)

©2016 Gary Jones (P)2017 Gary Jones

Narrator: Janine Grand
Author: Gary Jones
Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
Available on Audible
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Super Cheap Munich: Travel Guide 2020

Summary

Get this guide to tick Munich off your bucket list for under $150. Lonely Planet advises budget travelers to pay $150 per day to visit Munich. This guide will show you how to comfortably enjoy everything Munich has to offer for less than $30 a day. Super Cheap Munich is a travel guide for people seeking cold-hard facts to enjoy the biggest Munich adventure on the smallest budget. Choose from city adventures or mix it up with our nature suggestions. Either way, our plans and Munich’s fascinating history and culture will blow your mind, not your budget. Instantly discover everything you need for a luxurious trip to Munich on a backpackers budget. Find: Hundreds of historical, cultural and money-saving local insights Cheapest flight routes to Munich Insider tips on planning your trip on a budget  Review of the best great free walking tour How to get 25 percent off your Munich Airbnb How to stay in five-star Munich hotels for two-star prices The cheapest place to stay (This may surprise you!) Must-see and cheap hacks to see and do all the sights, including how to do Oktoberfest on the cheap The cheapest route form the airport to the city Advice on getting around cheaply Must-try street foods and the best place to try them including mouth-watering cakes Tons of cheap delicious local eats Practical tips and insights Detailed broken-down checklist of things to remember to save money Discount markets you must visit Cheapest onward destinations Bonus: thousands of general travel hacks to save you money before travelling Save yourself the time and hassle. Enjoy everything Munich has to offer without the ascribed $150 a day tourist budget. Super Cheap Insider Guides (dot) com Spend a little and enjoy a lot with Super Cheap Insider Guides written by real travelers in collaboration with thrifty locals.  Spend a little on this book to save hundreds in Munich When you buy this book, you’ll have free access to our Super Cheap Accommodation Finder Service, normally $50 (a team of highly skilled accommodation hackers will find you three of the best price-performance accommodation options for your specific needs). You can also use our flight hacking service (our skilled flight hackers will take hundreds of dollars off your flight). We’ve designed this hands-on guidebook to save you time, hassle, and money. Leave the crowds behind Get Super Cheap Munich to save hundreds on your Munich trip with real insights Google can’t and won’t reveal. Spend on this audiobook now, save hundreds in Munich!

©2019, 2020 Phil G. Tang (P)2020 Super Cheap Insider Guides

Narrator: Thomas Truhitte
Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
Available on Audible
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Greater Than a Tourist - Black Sea Coast Bulgaria

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Are you excited about planning your next trip? Do you want to try something new? Would you like some guidance from a local? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this Greater Than a Tourist audiobook is for you.  Greater Than a Tourist - Black Sea Boast Bulgaria by Gabriela Valcheva offers the inside scoop on the Bulgarian seaside. Most travel books tell you how to travel like a tourist. Although there is nothing wrong with that, as part of the Greater Than a Tourist series, this audiobook will give you travel tips from someone who has lived at your next travel destination.  In this, you will discover advice that will help you throughout your stay. This book will not tell you exact addresses or store hours but instead will give you excitement and knowledge from a local that you may not find in other audiobooks.  Travel like a local. Slow down, stay in one place, and get to know the people and the culture. By the time you finish this audiobook, you will be eager and prepared to travel to your destination.

©2018 CZYK Publishing (P)2019 CZYK Publishing

Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
Available on Audible
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Greater than a Tourist: St Petersburg Russia

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Are you excited about planning your next trip? Do you want to try something new? Would you like some guidance from a local? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this tourist book is for you. Greater Than a Tourist: St Petersburg Russia by Lily Jones offers the inside scoop on St Petersburg. Most travel books tell you how to travel like a tourist. Although there is nothing wrong with that, as part of the Greater Than a Tourist series, this audiobook will give you travel tips from someone who has lived at your travel destination.  In the book, you will discover advice that will help you throughout your stay. This book will not tell you exact addresses or store hours but instead will give you excitement and knowledge from a local that you may not find in other travel books.  Travel like a local. Slow down, stay in one place, and get to know the people and culture. By the time you finish listening to this book, you will be eager and prepared to travel to your destination. Inside this travel guide book, you will find: Insider tips from a local Bonus tips: 50 Things to Know About Packing Light for Travel by best-selling author Manidipa Bhattacharyya Packing and planning list List of travel questions to ask yourself or others while traveling

©2019 CZYK Publishing (P)2019 CZYK Publishing

Narrator: JaCee Voice
Length: 49 mins
Available on Audible
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Amsterdam Exposed

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Amsterdam Exposed tells the true one-of-a-kind story of an innocent exchange student who moves to Amsterdam hoping to write a book about the red light district and everything that follows. It's an American abroad story, and also a love story; it's an uplifting tragedy, full of humor from beginning to end; it's an Amsterdam survival guide; a sympathetic look at a societal problem; a little piece of policy; a sweet farewell to a world just about gone; and, ultimately, as close as you can come to a free trip to Amsterdam without leaving your couch.  In sum, Amsterdam Exposed takes listeners deep into the district on a journey never before possible, forever reshaping their understanding of one of the most famous tourist attractions in the world, and the women who work there. If you've ever spent time in Amsterdam, or dreamed of doing so, this book's for you.

©2018 David Wienir (P)2018 David Wienir

Narrator: Jeremy Arthur
Author: David Wienir
Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
Available on Audible
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Vilnius: The Best of Vilnius for Short Stay Travel (Short Stay Travel - City Guides Book 34)

Summary

Discover the best Vilnius has to offer in just a few days If you are planning to go to Vilnius for vacation or business, and you only have two or three days and you want to make the best of your short stay, then you have come to the right place. The focus of this book is to make your short stay one of the most memorable experiences of your life. The goal of this book is not to squeeze everything the city has to offer into two or three days. The goal is to show you the best of the city in a short time. Vilnius is one of the hidden secrets of Europe. It's a fantastic city with a fascinating history and culture. Vilnius is a must-see destination in Europe. If you are looking for the Encyclopedia of travel books, then don't buy this book. This book is for a short stay traveler only! We focus on the best the city has to offer. Here's a preview of what you'll learn:   Understanding modern Vilnius How Vilnius came into being An overview of the city Transport and safety Museums and art galleries Restaurants, bars, clubs and nightlife Special things you can only do in Vilnius Sample three-day itinerary Much, much more!

©2018 Gary Jones (P)2019 Gary Jones

Narrator: Todd Myers
Author: Gary Jones
Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
Available on Audible
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On the Trail of Europa

Summary

Where must I locate thee now, O my homeland, or in what places? So wrote a Roman poet 2,000 years ago, and so feel Donald Yates and his wife, Teresa, after an eye-opening visit to Italy, Croatia, Greece, and Turkey.

©2011 Donald N. Yates (P)2018 Donald N. Yates

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Length: 2 hrs and 3 mins
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England for Travelers

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The Best and Most Unique England Travel Guide England is the world's most visited tourist destination and one of Europe’s largest countries. England is famous for its beautiful cities and regions, stunning coastline and beaches, rainy weather and stormy sea. This dazzling country is undeniably romantic. From the sun-soaked beaches to the rolling vineyards, England has it all. The country offers distinct experiences that will entice any visitor. London, South East England, North West England, East of England, West Midlands, South West England, Yorkshire, East Midlands, the North East of England, castles and beaches, local festivities and traditions. Let this book guide you to the many places that you must see in England to make your visit a life-changing experience. This book is filled with suggested places to stay, from budget to luxurious, places to visit, local cuisines to try, and places to shop. All these suggested itineraries have been experienced firsthand and are all highly recommended to tourists. Experience a whole new world when you come and visit England.  In this total guide you will find: Areas covered: history lessons/best museums/surfing/adventure land off road trips/wildlife spotting/England neighborhood/medical tourism/learn English in England/cooking and drinking/accommodation/staying safe/music/festivities General information on each area Area transportation (how to get around - i.e., car, bus, taxi, train, bicycle, and how much it would cost) Sightseeing (best sights to see, off the beaten path) Best shopping (where are the major shopping districts and what they are known for) Bargain alternatives (where the locals shop to avoid the high tourist crowds) Things to do (recreation outdoor, indoor, events, and festivals) Local food specialties Farmer's and fish (meat) markets (locations, dates, and times of various markets) Language, political, and etiquette considerations (what the average tourist should know and how to get along with the locals. Type of currency used and types of places that exchange currency) Seasonal considerations (typical high and low temperatures, if there is a rainy season, if it snows, floods, or is known for "heavy weather") Comfort services (massage, hair and nail salons, spas, etc.) Essential services (embassy locations, medical facilities, law enforcement, etc.) Area-specific discounts and coupons So, download this total guide now and start traveling as you listen!

©2019 Brenda Caizza (P)2019 Brenda Caizza

Narrator: Jena Osbourne
Length: 3 hrs and 58 mins
Available on Audible
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Potsdamer Sagen und Legenden

Summary

Im Jahr 993 hinterließ Otto III. seiner Tante in einer Urkunde die Orte "Poztupimi et Geliti", wobei Poztupimi für Potsdam mit "unter den Eichen" übersetzt werden könnte. Erst 1317 wurde die Ortschaft urkundlich als Postamp erwähnt und bekam im Jahr 1345 das Stadtrecht. Der Große Kurfürst Friedrich Wilhelm verhalf der Stadt zu mehr Glanz und Bedeutung. Bis dahin war Potsdam oft verpfändet und kaum besiedelt. Später ließ der Soldatenkönig Friedrich Wilhelm I. die Soldatenbataillone nach Potsdam verlegen. Architektonisch prägte ab 1745 Friedrich der Große das Bild der Stadt. Er ließ Barockfassaden errichten und es entstand das Schloss Sanssouci. Eine Hörbuch-Reise in das sagenhafte Potsdam, bei der der Verlag die alte Tradition des Geschichtenerzählens aufleben lässt und sie mit dem modernen Medium Hörbuch verbindet.

©2011 Verlag Michael John (P)2011 Verlag Michael John

Narrator: Uve Teschner
Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
Available on Audible
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Greater Than a Tourist - Copenhagen Denmark

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Are you excited about planning your next trip? Do you want to try something new while traveling? Would you like some guidance from a local? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this book is just for you.  Greater Than a Tourist - Copenhagen Denmark by Maddie Ipsen offers the inside scope on Copenhagen, Denmark. Most travel books tell you how to travel like a tourist. Although there's nothing wrong with that, as a part of the Greater than a Tourist series, this book will give you travel tips from someone who lives at your travel destination.  In this audiobook, you'll discover local advice that will help you throughout your stay. This book will not tell you exact addresses or store hours but instead will give you an excitement and knowledge from a local that you may not find in other smaller travel books.  Travel like a local. Slow down, stay in one place, and get to know the people and the culture of a place.  By the time you finish this book, you will be eager and prepared to travel to your destination.  This book includes the full text plus bonus content of the book 50 Things to Know About Packing Light for Travel: Pack the Right Way Every Time by Manidipa Bhattacharyya.

©2017 CZYK Publishing (P)2018 CZYK Publishing

Narrator: Todd Myers
Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
Available on Audible
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Rome

Summary

Partez à la découverte de la Rome Antique, de la Rome Moderne et de la Rome d'aujourd'hui... L'Audio Guide CitySpeaker de Rome vous propose des balades autour de la Place Navone, de la Place d'Espagne, du Capitole, de la place St Pierre ou du Trastevere. Il vous invite aussi à visiter le Colisée, le Forum, le Panthéon et bien sûr le Vatican. L'Audio Guide CitySpeaker vous donne toutes les clés pour comprendre l'histoire de la ville éternelle, le mode de vie à la romaine et déguster les meilleures pizzas de la ville. L'Audio Guide CitySpeaker de Rome, c'est des conseils, de la bonne humeur, des anecdotes, un plan détaillé, et bien sûr, toutes les informations culturelles pour visiter Rome.Lorsque vous achetez ce titre, le fichier PDF qui l'accompagne sera disponible dans votre confirmation d'achat envoyée par mail ainsi que dans votre bibliothèque, depuis votre ordinateur.

© Les éditions des Guides Metrophone, 2007

Length: 2 hrs and 1 min
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Corse

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L'île de beauté, c'est la rencontre magique de la mer et de la montagne. Sentiers de randonnée, criques secrètes et plages paradisiaques... L'Audio Guide CitySpeaker de la Corse vous propose des balades en Haute-Corse, en Balagne ou vers le Cap Corse, mais aussi en Corse du Sud, autour de Sartène, d'Ajaccio et des Golfes de Porto et de Valinco. L'Audio Guide CitySpeaker vous invite aussi à visiter Bastia, Calvi, Corte, Ajaccio, Bonifacio ou Porto-Vecchio. L'Audio Guide CitySpeaker vous donne toutes les clés pour comprendre l'histoire du peuple corse, son identité et ses rêves. L'Audio Guide CitySpeaker de la Corse, c'est des conseils, de la bonne humeur, des anecdotes, un plan détaillé et bien sûr, toutes les informations culturelles pour visiter la Corse. Lorsque vous achetez ce titre, le fichier PDF qui l'accompagne sera disponible dans votre confirmation d'achat envoyée par mail ainsi que dans votre bibliothèque, depuis votre ordinateur.

©2007 Les éditions des Guides Métrophone (P)2007 Les éditions des Guides Métrophone

Narrator: Marlène Duroux
Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
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Greater Than a Tourist - Paris, Ile-De-France, France

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Are you excited about planning your next trip? Do you want to try something new? Would you like some guidance from a local? 

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this Greater Than a Tourist audiobook is for you. Greater Than a Tourist - Paris, France by Lily Deneé-Paulette Hall offers the inside scoop on Paris.

Most travel books tell you how to travel like a tourist. Although there is nothing wrong with that, as part of the Greater Than a Tourist series, this audiobook will give you travel tips from someone who has lived at your next travel destination.

Here, you will discover advice that will help you throughout your stay. This audiobook will not tell you exact addresses or store hours but instead will give you excitement and knowledge from a local that you may not find in other small travel books.

Travel like a local. Slow down, stay in one place, and get to know the people and the culture. By the time you finish this audiobook, you will be eager and prepared to travel to your destination.

©2018 CZYK Publishing (P)2019 CZYK Publishing

Narrator: Todd Myers
Length: 1 hr and 38 mins
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My (Part-Time) Paris Life

1 rating

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Lisa Anselmo wraps her entire life around her mother, a strong woman who is a defining force in Lisa's life - maybe too defining. When her mother dies from breast cancer, Lisa realizes she hasn't built a life of her own and struggles to find her purpose. Who is she without her mother - and her mother's expectations? Desperate for answers, she turns to her favorite city - Paris - and impulsively buys a small apartment, refusing to play it safe for the first time. What starts out as an act of survival sets Lisa on a course that reshapes her life in ways she never could have imagined. Suddenly she's living like a local in a city she thought she knew, but her high school French, while fine for buying bread at the corner boulangerie, goes only so far when Paris gives her a strong dose of real life. From dating to homeownership in a foreign country, Lisa quickly learns it's not all picnics on the Seine and starts to doubt herself - and her love of the city. But she came to Paris to be happy, and she can't give up now. Isn't happiness worth fighting for? In the vein of Eat, Pray, Love and Wild, My (Part-time) Paris Life is a story for anyone who's ever felt lost or hopeless but still dreams of something more. This candid memoir explores one woman's search for peace and meaning and how the ups and downs of expat life in Paris taught her to let go of fear, find self-worth, and create real, lasting happiness in the City of Light.

©2016 Lisa Anselmo (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

Narrator: Lisa Anselmo
Author: Lisa Anselmo
Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
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Riga: The Best of Riga for Short Stay Travel

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Riga travel guide. Discover the best Riga has to offer in just a few days. If you are planning to go to Riga for vacation or business, and you only have two or three days and you want to make the best of your short stay, then you have come to the right place. The focus of this audiobook is to make your short stay one of the most memorable experiences of your life. The goal of this audiobook is not to squeeze everything the city has to offer into two - three days. The goal is to show you the best of the city in a short time. I know people like different things, but Riga is such a fascinating city that even in a small area you will find a variety of things that will interest you. If you are looking for the encyclopedia of travel books, then don't buy this audiobook. This audiobook is for a short stay traveler only! We focus on the best the city has to offer. Here is a preview of what you'll learn: How Riga came into being An overview of the city Transport and2 Museums and Art Galleries Restaurants, bars, and nightlife Sample three day itinerary Much, much more!

©2019 Gary Jones (P)2019 Gary Jones

Narrator: Todd Myers
Author: Gary Jones
Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
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Big Time Journey of a Small Town Girl

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Leaving behind the lies that spiraled out of control - and unaware of the magic awaiting - Emily leapt into the dark chasm of uncertainty. Knowing fully well there were absolutely no guarantees, Emily boarded the plane to Belgium. Waking up from the daze she was living in, Emily realized her life was a complete lie. Her heart was crushed to find out her boyfriend got engaged the day before he broke up with her. This figurative slap in the face was a clear sign Emily needed to take her life back. She had hit a turn in the road and what lie ahead, would unveil itself in time. Tossing her fears aside, she set out on an adventure. Moving abroad wasn’t easy. Leaving behind the familiarity and security she once called home, she redefined her life, trekking across Europe, realizing her dreams and finding opportunities in the most spectacular places.

©2020 Black Rose Writing (P)2020 Beacon Audiobooks

Narrator: Kay Webster
Author: Emily Szajda
Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
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Greater Than a Tourist - Riga, Latvia

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Are you excited about planning your next trip?  Do you want to try something new?  Would you like some guidance from a local?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this Greater Than a Tourist book is for you.  Greater Than a Tourist - Riga, Latvia by Rita Feigina offers the inside scoop on Riga. Most travel books tell you how to travel like a tourist. Although there is nothing wrong with that, as part of the Greater Than a Tourist series, this book will give you travel tips from someone who has lived at your next travel destination.  Here, you will discover advice that will help you throughout your stay. This book will not tell you exact addresses or store hours but instead will give you excitement and knowledge from a local that you may not find in other small travel books. Travel like a local. Slow down, stay in one place, and get to know the people and the culture. By the time you finish this book, you will be eager and prepared to travel to your next destination. Inside this travel guide book you will find: Insider tips from a local  50 Things to Know About Packing Light for Travel by best-selling author Manidipa Bhattacharyya  Packing and planning list  List of travel questions to ask yourself or others while traveling

©2019 CZYK Publishing (P)2019 CZYK Publishing

Narrator: Don Wang
Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
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The Marches

1 rating

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Ten years after the walk across Central Asia and Afghanistan that he memorialized in his best-selling The Places in Between, Rory Stewart set out on a new journey, traversing a thousand miles between England and Scotland. Stewart was raised along the border of the two countries, the frontier taking on poignant significance in his understanding of what it means to be both Scottish and English, of his relationship with his father, who's lived on this land his whole life, and of his ties to the rich history and culture of the region. Now representing this borderland as a Member of Parliament, Stewart's march begins as his father turns 90, Scotland is about to vote on independence, and Britain may disappear forever. At times alone and at times joined by his father, Stewart melds the story of his journey with an intimate portrait of the changing social and political landscape of the region. Stewart has written for the New York Times Magazine, Granta, and the London Review of Books.

©2016 Rory Stewart (P)2016 Recorded Books

Category: History, Europe
Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
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Witch: A Tale of Terror

62 ratings

Summary

For centuries in Europe, innocent men and women were murdered for the imaginary crime of witchcraft. This was a mass delusion and moral panic, driven by pious superstition and a deadly commitment to religious conformity. In Witch: A Tale of Terror, best-selling author Sam Harris introduces and reads from Charles Mackay's beloved book Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds.

Public Domain (P)2016 Sam Harris

Category: History, Europe
Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
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Magna Carta: The Making and Legacy of the Great Charter

10 ratings

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By the summer of 1215, King John of England had lost control of his kingdom. In June his rebellious barons forced him to attach his regal seal - under oath - to a remarkable document. The so-called 'Great Charter' established an Englishman's right to habeas corpus and set limits to the exercise of royal power. For the first time, an English king had agreed to a document that limited his powers by law and protected his subjects' rights.

©2014 Dan Jones (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

Category: History, Europe
Length: 3 hrs and 21 mins
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In the Reign of King John

5 ratings

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Weakened by the loss of Normandy, King John faced insurrection by his disgruntled barons. With the assistance of the archbishop of Canterbury, they drew up a list of their demands.  Dan Jones' vivid account of the vicissitudes of feudal power politics and the workings of 13th-century government is interwoven with an exploration of the lives of ordinary people: how and where they worked, what they wore, what they ate and what role the church played in their lives.

©2015 Dan Jones (P)2016 W F Howes

Category: History, Europe
Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
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The Six Wives of Henry VIII

41 ratings

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This acclaimed best seller from popular historian Alison Weir is a fascinating look at the Tudor family dynasty and its most infamous ruler. The Six Wives of Henry VIII brings to life England’s oft-married monarch and the six wildly different but equally fascinating women who married him. Gripping from the first sentence to the last and loaded with fascinating details, Weir’s rich history is a perfect blend of scholarship and entertainment.

©1991 Alison Weir (P)2002 Recorded Books

Category: History, Europe
Length: 22 hrs and 26 mins
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The Year That Changed the World

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"Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" President Ronald Reagan's famous exhortation when visiting Berlin in 1987 has long been widely cited as the clarion call that brought the Cold War to an end. The United States won, so this version of history goes, because Ronald Reagan stood firm against the USSR; American resoluteness brought the evil empire to its knees. Michael Meyer, who was there at the time as a Newsweek bureau chief, begs to differ. In this extraordinarily compelling account of the revolutions that roiled Eastern Europe in 1989, Meyer shows that American intransigence was only one of many factors that provoked world-shaking change. He draws together breathtakingly vivid, on-the-ground accounts of the rise of the Solidarity movement in Poland, the stealth opening of the Hungarian border, the Velvet Revolution in Prague, and the collapse of the infamous wall in Berlin. But the most important events, Meyer contends, occurred secretly, in the heroic stands taken by individuals in the thick of the struggle - leaders such as poet and playwright Vaclav Havel in Prague; the Baltic shipwright Lech Walesa; the quietly determined reform prime minister in Budapest, Miklos Nemeth; and the man who privately realized that his empire was already lost and decided, with courage and intelligence, to let it go in peace, Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet general secretary of the Communist party. Reporting for Newsweek from the frontlines in Eastern Europe, Meyer spoke to these players and countless others. Alongside their deliberate interventions were also the happenstance and human error of history that are always present when events accelerate to breakneck speed.

©2009 Michael Meyer (P)2009 Tantor

Category: History, Europe
Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
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Victorian Britain

9 ratings

Summary

This series of 36 fascinating lectures is a chronological journey into the story of Victorian Britain, from the unexpected ascension to the throne of teenaged Princess Victoria in 1837 to her death in 1901 as the Boer War neared its end. Presented with all of Victoria's strengths and foibles left intact by an award-winning teacher and author, the lectures invite you to reflect on both the positive and negative aspects of her reign. You'll discover the lives of Victorian women; the situation facing working people and the rise of trade unionism; Victorian achievements in art, literature, architecture, and music; and what Leonard Woolf called "the seriousness of games," and of leisure-time activities as windows on Victorian life. You'll discuss the important role played by Christianity as a force for both principled adherence to tradition and principled pursuit of change; and the influence of science and the debates over its impact that animated the Victorians. And you'll learn what the Victorians believed about education; the questions raised by Britain's rule over its empire, the problems of poverty and crime; the discoveries of Victorian explorers in Africa; and much more in this remarkable rendering of a remarkable age. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2002 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2002 The Great Courses

Category: History, Europe
Length: 18 hrs and 36 mins
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The Europeans

1 rating

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From the “master of historical narrative” (Financial Times), a dazzling, richly detailed, panoramic work - the first to document the genesis of a continent-wide European culture. The 19th century in Europe was a time of unprecedented artistic achievement. It was also the first age of cultural globalization - an epoch when mass communications and high-speed rail travel brought Europe together, overcoming the barriers of nationalism and facilitating the development of a truly European canon of artistic, musical, and literary works. By 1900, the same books were being read across the continent, the same paintings reproduced, the same music played in homes and heard in concert halls, the same operas performed in all the major theatres. Drawing from a wealth of documents, letters, and other archival materials, acclaimed historian Orlando Figes examines the interplay of money and art that made this unification possible. At the center of the book is a poignant love triangle: the Russian writer Ivan Turgenev; the Spanish prima donna Pauline Viardot, with whom Turgenev had a long and intimate relationship; and her husband Louis Viardot, an art critic, theater manager, and republican activist. Together, Turgenev and the Viardots acted as a kind of European cultural exchange - they either knew or crossed paths with Delacroix, Berlioz, Chopin, Brahms, Liszt, the Schumanns, Hugo, Flaubert, Dickens, and Dostoyevsky, among many other towering figures. As Figes observes, nearly all of civilization’s great advances have come during periods of heightened cosmopolitanism - when people, ideas, and artistic creations circulate freely between nations. Vivid and insightful, The Europeans shows how such cosmopolitan ferment shaped artistic traditions that came to dominate world culture.

©2019 Orlando Figes (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

Category: History, Europe
Length: 21 hrs and 39 mins
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Clanlands

268 ratings

Summary

A road trip book with a difference. Stars of Outlander - Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish - explore Scotland, a land of raw beauty, poetry, feuding, music, history and warfare. Narrated by Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish, with a foreword written and read by Diana Gabaldon. From their faithful camper-van to boats, kayaks, bicycles and motorbikes, join stars of Outlander Sam and Graham on a road trip with a difference. Unlikely friends Sam and Graham begin their journey in the heart of Scotland at Glencoe and travel from there all the way to Inverness and Culloden battlefield, where along the way they experience adventure and a cast of highland characters. In this story of friendship, finding themselves and whisky, they discover the complexity, rich history and culture of their native country. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Diana Gabaldon, Graham McTavish, Sam Heughan (P)2020 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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The Long 19th Century: European History from 1789 to 1917

25 ratings

Summary

Few periods of history offer such captivating complexity as Europe in the long 19th century between 1789 and 1914. From the idealism of the French Revolution to the power of the Industrial Revolution to the chaos of World War I, this fascinating whirl of events, personalities, and forces formed the foundation for the modern world. Over the course of 36 engaging lectures Professor Weiner leads you on a spirited journey across an ever-changing European landscape, examining the forces and personalities that reshaped the continent's physical borders, diplomatic relationships, and balance of power. Assuming no prior knowledge of this era and no professional vocabulary, he explores this turbulent and important era with interest, curiosity, and passion. You'll look at what the transition to modernity meant for peasants, workers, the middle class, aristocrats, women, and minorities. And you'll consider the political and diplomatic moves of the great powers - Great Britain, France, Germany, Austria-Hungary, Russia, and Italy - in the context of the deeper economic, social, and cultural forces at work and how they reflect the impact of some of history's most significant names, including Napoleon Bonaparte, Otto von Bismarck, and Kaiser Wilhelm II. With this ambitious look at the evolution of the environment that ultimately made World War I possible, Professor Weiner explores more than factual history - the dates, battles, and treaties. He repeatedly steps back from on-the-ground events to clarify historical trends or patterns, providing a comprehensive look at this engaging era. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2005 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2005 The Great Courses

Category: History, Europe
Length: 18 hrs and 25 mins
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The Italian Renaissance

27 ratings

Summary

The effects of the Italian Renaissance are still with us today, from the incomparable paintings of Leonardo da Vinci to the immortal writings of Petrarch and Machiavelli. But why was there such an artistic, cultural, and intellectual explosion in Italy at the start of the 14th century? Why did it occur in Italy? And why in certain Italian city-states such as Florence? Professor Bartlett probes these questions and more in 36 dynamic lectures. This is your opportunity to appreciate the results of the Italian Renaissance and gain an understanding of the underlying social, political, and economic forces that made such exceptional art and culture possible. At the heart of Renaissance Italy were the city-states, home to the money, intellect, and talent needed for the growth of Renaissance culture. You'll look at the Republic of Florence, as well as other city-states that, thanks to geographical and historical circumstances, had much different political and social structures. This course contains a wealth of details that will give you a feel and appreciation for the Italian Renaissance - its contributions to history, the ways it was similar and dissimilar to our times, and how the people of the time, both famous and ordinary, experienced it. You'll come away surprised by how much of our modern life was made possible by the Renaissance. Our concept of participatory government, our belief in the value of competition, our philosophy of the content and purpose of education, even our notions of love all have roots in the Renaissance period. Its loftiest ideals - the importance of the individual, the value of human dignity and potential, and the promotion of freedom - are ones we embrace as our own. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2005 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2005 The Great Courses

Category: History, Europe
Length: 18 hrs and 17 mins
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The Late Middle Ages

25 ratings

Summary

The Late Middle Ages - the two centuries from c. 1300 to c. 1500 - might seem like a distant era, but students of history are still trying to reach a consensus about how it should be interpreted. Was it an era of calamity or rebirth? Was it still clearly medieval or the period in which humanity took its first decisive steps into modernity? These 24 provocative lectures introduce you to the age's major events, personalities, and developments, and arms you with the essentials you need to form your own ideas about this age of extremes - an age that, according to Professor Daileader, "experiences disasters and tragedies of such magnitude that those who survive them cannot remember the like, and doubt that subsequent generations will be capable of believing their descriptions. "You'll look at the Black Death, the carnage of frequent wars, and the religious turmoil we associate with the Middle Ages." But you'll also look at the beginning of the intellectual and cultural movement known as Humanism, which planted the seeds of modernity. Humanism's precepts, which hearkened back to the moral inspiration inherent in classical artistic values, humans have an enormous capacity for goodness, for creativity, even for the achievement of happiness. But these were hardly the only forces that tug modern-day historians in multiple directions. The Middle Ages was also a period when the persisting legacy of knights, serfs, and castles coexisted with the cannons and muskets newly made possible by gunpowder. With so many contradictions, it's no wonder that historians have differed widely on how to judge this era-debating even when it ended and modernity began. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2007 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2007 The Great Courses

Category: History, Europe
Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
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Louis XIV**

Summary

Cet hiver 1683 semble marquer le crépuscule d'un règne unique. Le roi malade mène une lutte courageuse. Car Louis le Grand ne capitule jamais. L'Europe entière résonne du bruit de ses victoires. Alors que la mort emporte ses conseillers et les membres de sa famille, le roi doit dicter son rythme à la Cour... Une comédie que cet homme inquiet, vieillissant, peine à jouer. Jusqu'à la fin, Louis gouverne, décide, du sort de la France comme de son propre salut.

©2007 XO éditions (P)2019 Lizzie, un département d'Univers Poche, Paris

Author: Max Gallo
Category: History, Europe
Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
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Europe

21 ratings

Summary

Here is a masterpiece of historical narrative that stretches from the Ice Age to the Atomic Age, as it tells the story of Europe, East and West.   Norman Davies captures it all - the rise and fall of Rome, the sweeping invasions of Alaric and Atilla, the Norman Conquests, the Papal struggles for power, the Renaissance and the Reformation, the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars, Europe's rise to become the powerhouse of the world, and its eclipse in our own century, following two devastating World Wars.   This is the first major history of Europe to give equal weight to both East and West, and it shines light on fascinating minority communities, from heretics and lepers to Gypsies, Jews, and Muslims. It also takes an innovative approach, combining traditional narrative with unique features that help bring history alive: 299 time capsules scattered through the narrative capture telling aspects of an era, and 12 snapshots offer a panoramic look at all of Europe at a particular moment in history. All told, Davies's Europe represents one of the most important and illuminating histories to be published in recent years. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©1996, 1997 Norman Davies (P)2019 Tantor

Narrator: Derek Perkins
Category: History, Europe
Length: 61 hrs and 48 mins
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The Celtic World

54 ratings

Summary

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. From the warriors who nearly defeated Julius Caesar to druids who, contrary to popular opinion, definitely did not worship at Stonehenge, get to know the real Celts. 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. European history and culture have been profoundly affected by the Celts, from the myth of King Arthur to the very map of the United Kingdom, where the English confronted the peoples of the "Celtic Fringe." With a wealth of historical expertise, Professor Jennifer Paxton (PhD Harvard University), Director of the University Honors Program and Clinical Assistant Professor of History at The Catholic University of America, guides you through each topic related to Celtic history with approachability and ease as you unearth what we once thought it meant - and what it may actually mean - to be Celtic. Professor Paxton's engaging, often humorous delivery blends perfectly with the facts about the Celts to uncover surprising historical revelations. The ancient Celts are very much alive in the literary and artistic traditions that their descendants have both preserved and very deliberately revived. All facets of Celtic life, past and present, are addressed by Professor Paxton, who demonstrates a masterful knowledge and carefully separates fact from myth at every turn. Come along for a ride through history to discover your inner Celt. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2018 The Great Courses (P)2018 The Teaching Company, LLC

Category: History, Europe
Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
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A History of Eastern Europe

21 ratings

Summary

Eastern Europe has long been thought of as the "Other Europe", a region rife with political upheaval, shifting national borders, an astonishing variety of ethnic diversity, and relative isolation from the centers of power in the West. It has also been, and continues to be, pivotal in the course of world events. A History of Eastern Europe offers a sweeping 1,000-year tour with a particular focus on the region's modern history. In 24 insightful lectures, you'll observe waves of migration and invasion, watch empires rise and fall, witness wars and their deadly consequences - and come away with comprehensive knowledge of one of the world's most fascinating places. In examining this region's remarkable diversity and contested borders, you'll better understand the ever-present tension between the connections between East and West and the areas of marked contrast. These disparities were clear as the world globalized and the US and Soviet superpowers jockeyed for spheres of influence - epitomized by the imposition of the Iron Curtain across Europe and the rise of the Berlin Wall. And yet, throughout the 20th century and into current times, the connectedness of Eastern Europe to the rest of the world continues to be demonstrated beyond question. This region has made itself felt across the globe through: The political and cultural reverberations of peace movements and armed conflicts The crises of huge population migrations and the new expressions of cultural and economic exchange they spark The successes and struggles of NATO and the European Union And more Explore the grand sweep of this epic history, from a series of early invasions to the rise of empires to the collapse of communism and into the new challenges of the 21st century. Meet brilliant poets, writers, artists, and other cultural figures who made an impact on Eastern European history. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2015 The Great Courses (P)2015 The Teaching Company, LLC

Category: History, Europe
Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
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History of Italy

Summary

If you want to discover the captivating history of Italy, then pay attention.... It is not an easy job to draw the border between the history of Italy and the history of Rome. In so many places, the two political and geographical entities collide. They wouldn’t be possible without each other, but they each have their own story.  Rome’s history is only a small fragment of Italy’s history. Although it is just a city, Rome was the birthplace of the republic, a great empire, and notable philosophers, poets, and artists. But on a larger scale, Rome expanded its borders, spreading not only through Italy, but also through the whole known world. In that context, Rome ceased being only a city; it also became a universal imperial symbol and the pride of Italy. In History of Italy: A Captivating Guide to Italian History, Starting from the First Settlements through the Middle Ages to the Modern Period, you will discover topics such as: The Bronze Age in Italy and the Early Settlements Iron Age and Pre-Roman Italy Italy in the Roman Period Barbarian and Byzantine Italy The Kingdom of the Lombards and the Emergence of the Papal States Italy’s Place in the Holy Roman Empire Italy’s Renaissance The Modern History of Italy And much, much more! So, if you want to learn more about the history of Italy, scroll up and click the "add to cart" button!

©2020 Captivating History (P)2021 Captivating History

Narrator: Jason Zenobia
Category: History, Europe
Length: 4 hrs
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Russka

3 ratings

Summary

Russka is the story of four families who are divided by ethnicity but united in shaping the destiny of Russia. From a single riverside village situated at one of the country’s geographic crossroads, Russia’s Slav peasant origins are influenced by the Greco-Iranian, Khazar, Jewish, and Mongol invasions. Unified by this one place, the many cultures blend to form a rich and varied tapestry. Rutherfurd’s grand saga is as multifaceted as Russia itself: harsh yet exotic, proud yet fearful of enemies, steeped in ancient superstitions but always seeking to shape the emerging world. Peter the Great, Ivan the Terrible, Catherine the Great, and Lenin all play their roles in creating and destroying the land and its people. In Russka, Edward Rutherfurd has transformed the epic history of a great civilization into a human story of flesh and blood.

©1991 Edward Rutherfurd (P)2000 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Wanda McCaddon
Category: History, Europe
Length: 39 hrs and 53 mins
Available on Audible
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Spanish-American War

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If you want to discover the captivating history of the Spanish-American War, then pay attention... Two captivating manuscripts in one audiobook: The Spanish-American War: A Captivating Guide to the Armed Conflict Between the United States of America and Spain That Took Place after the U.S. Intervened in the Cuban War of Independence The Philippine-American War: A Captivating Guide to the Philippine Insurrection That Started When the United States of America Claimed Possession of the Philippines after the Spanish-American War The Spanish-American War really only lasted about 10 weeks (the buildup and decision to go to war took longer than the war itself), but a peace treaty was not signed until December of 1898. This was an event that was the tipping point for the end of the Spanish Empire and the rise of the US as a formidable player on the world stage. Some of the topics covered in part one of this audiobook include: Spain’s Waning Influence The Tense Relationship between Cuba and the US Half-Way around the World - The Philippine-American Relationship A Changed World And much, much more! Some of the topics covered in part two of this audiobook include: A Quick Overview The World After Rome Lasting Effects and Hope of Reunification And much, much more! So if you want to learn more about the history of the Spanish-American War and Philippine-American War, get this audiobook now!

©2019 Captivating History (P)2020 Captivating History

Narrator: Jason Zenobia
Category: History, Europe
Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
Available on Audible
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Winston Churchill

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Explore how Churchill went from schoolboy failure to wartime hero. As a British politician who was well known for serving twice as prime minister for the United Kingdom, and as an infamous war organizer, leader Winston S. Churchill filled his long life with achievements and recognition, plotted throughout every modern history book. Most famously, he led Great Britain into victory over Nazi Germany during World War II in his first run as prime minister, and played an essential role in negotiating peace once the war reached an unsteady end. Commonly, his name is associated as one of the "Big Three", alongside United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Soviet Union leader Joseph Stalin. In unity, the three men helped lead the world to a resolution from the violence and terror that reigned in World War II. Any general biography of Winston S. Churchill will provide an overview of his greatest achievements, but Churchill had other goals and desires that are often ignored and forgotten. What were they? Churchill had a family - a childhood and children of his own - and a political career that began at a young age. He spoke with and entertained some of the biggest names in the world, within both the political and social realms. How did he interact with Franklin D. Roosevelt? With Mahatma Gandhi? Beneath the accolades and accomplishments lies one important question: Who was Winston S. Churchill out of the spotlight? What were his struggles and personal goals? Was he an average man in some ways? The following audiobook is an outline of Winston S. Churchill's life that not only gives a brief overview of his best-known feats, but also provides a glimpse into who he was as a person.

©2017 Captivating History (P)2017 Captivating History

Narrator: Sean Daily
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
Available on Audible
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A History of Russia: From Peter the Great to Gorbachev

27 ratings

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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. Now a much-honored teacher has created a series of 36 lectures designed to give you one of the deepest glimpses into Russia you've ever had - a vivid journey through 300 years of Russian history as seen through the eyes of her own people. You'll discover historical themes made clear not by discussing treaties, war declarations, or economic statistics - but by examining the lives and ideas of the men and women who were Russia: tsars, emperors, Communist Party leaders, writers, artists, peasants, and factory workers. You'll grasp what Russian life was like as Professor Steinberg analyzes ideas of power not only from the viewpoint of its rulers, but also from that of the ruled; the theme of happiness and its pursuit that resonates throughout Russian history, and ideas of morality and ethics as wielded by both the Russian state and its critics. And you'll listen as he brings alive the vibrant Russian imagination - so willing to visualize a different kind of life for its people, yet so burdened by its darker sides of doubt and pessimism that those visions were rejected. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2003 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2003 The Great Courses

Narrator: Mark Steinberg
Category: History, Europe
Length: 18 hrs and 45 mins
Available on Audible
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The City of Falling Angels

2 ratings

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It was seven years ago that Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil achieved a record-breaking four-year run on The New York Times best seller list. John Berendt's inimitable brand of nonfiction brought the dark mystique of Savannah so startlingly to life for millions of people that tourism to Savannah increased by 46 percent. It is Berendt and only Berendt who can capture Venice, a city of masks, a city of riddles, where the narrow, meandering passageways form a giant maze, confounding all who have not grown up wandering into its depths. Venice, a city steeped in a thousand years of history, art, and architecture, teeters in precarious balance between endurance and decay. Its architectural treasures crumble, foundations shift, marble ornaments fall, even as efforts to preserve them are underway. The City of Falling Angels opens on the evening of January 29, 1996, when a dramatic fire destroys the historic Venice opera house. The loss of the Fenice, where five of Verdi's operas premiered, is a catastrophe for Venetians. Arriving in Venice three days after the fire, Berendt becomes a kind of detective, inquiring into the nature of life in this remarkable museum-city-while gradually revealing the truth about the fire.

©2005 High Water Incorporated (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

Narrator: Holter Graham
Author: John Berendt
Category: History, Europe
Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
Available on Audible
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Germania: A Captivating Guide to the History of a Region in Europe Where Germanic Tribes Dominated and How It Transformed into Germany

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If you want to discover the captivating history of Germania, then pay attention.... Germany is a relatively young nation-state. United in 1871, it's even younger than the United States. However, the territories inhabited by the Germanic people have a rich history that reaches far back in prehistory and antiquity. Located in the heart of Europe, Germany witnessed centuries of conflicts, immigration, and negotiations. Consequently, its shape, size, and ethnicity changed throughout history. The territories which constitute Germany today were often war zones, and at times they would join forces against a common enemy or break apart due to internal conflicts. Because of these conflicts, Germany’s boundaries, as well as what it means to be German, fluctuated throughout history and, in some way, are still evolving. The region's long and troubled history influences its present, its politics, and its nationality.  In Germania: A Captivating Guide to the History of a Region in Europe Where Germanic Tribes Dominated and How It Transformed into Germany, you will discover topics such as  The Early History of Germania The Barbarian leaders The Merovingians and the Carolingians The Holy Roman Empire The Reformation The Thirty Years’ War The Age of Enlightenment Napoleon and the Revolution in Germany The Many Wars and the Unification World War I World War II Modern Germany And much, much more! So if you want to learn more about the history of Germania, scroll up, and buy now.

©2021 Captivating History (P)2021 Captivating History

Narrator: Jason Zenobia
Category: History, Europe
Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
Available on Audible
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The History of the Renaissance World

27 ratings

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A lively and fascinating narrative history about the birth of the modern world.  Beginning in the heady days just after the First Crusade, this volume - the third in the series that began with The History of the Ancient World and The History of the Medieval World - chronicles the contradictions of a world in transition. Popes continue to preach crusade, but the hope of a Christian empire comes to a bloody end at the walls of Constantinople. Aristotelian logic and Greek rationality blossom while the Inquisition gathers strength. As kings and emperors continue to insist on their divine rights, ordinary people all over the world seize power: the lingayats of India, the Jacquerie of France, the Red Turbans of China, and the peasants of England.  New threats appear, as the Ottomans emerge from a tiny Turkish village and the Mongols ride out of the East to set the world on fire. New currencies are forged, new weapons invented, and world-changing catastrophes alter the landscape: the Little Ice Age and the Great Famine kill millions; the Black Death, millions more. In the chaos of these epoch-making events, our own world begins to take shape.  Impressively researched and brilliantly told, The History of the Renaissance World offers not just the names, dates, and facts but the memorable characters who illuminate the years between 1100 and 1453 - years that marked a sea change in mankind's perception of the world. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2013 Susan Wise Bauer (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: John Lee
Category: History, Europe
Length: 21 hrs and 11 mins
Available on Audible
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The English and Their History

20 ratings

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Robert Tombs' momentous The English and Their History is both a startlingly fresh and a uniquely inclusive account of the people who have a claim to be the oldest nation in the world. The English first came into existence as an idea, before they had a common ruler and before the country they lived in even had a name. They have lasted as a recognizable entity ever since, and their defining national institutions can be traced back to the earliest years of their history. The English have come a long way from those first precarious days of invasion and conquest, with many spectacular changes of fortune. Their political, economic, and cultural contacts have left traces for good and ill across the world. This book describes their history and its meanings, from their beginnings in the monasteries of Northumbria and the wetlands of Wessex to the cosmopolitan energy of today's England. Tombs draws out important threads running through the story, including participatory government, language, law, religion, the land and the sea, and ever-changing relations with other peoples.

©2014 Robert Tombs (P)2016 Tantor

Narrator: James Langton
Author: Robert Tombs
Category: History, Europe
Length: 43 hrs and 9 mins
Available on Audible
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The Rise and Fall of Soviet Communism: A History of 20th-Century Russia

10 ratings

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From the Oval Office to the streets of Moscow, world leaders and ordinary citizens alike share interest and concerns about Russia. Can democracy survive there? What does the future hold for the once expansive and still powerful Russian nation? Is Soviet Communism truly dead? These are the kinds of questions diplomats struggle with every day. And now, through this series of 16 incisive lectures by an acclaimed scholar of Russian history, you can begin investigating them for yourself as you take a probing historical journey through the recent history and near future of a key world power. Whether your chief interest is Russian or world history, political theory, or international relations, you'll take away fresh knowledge and insight as Professor Hamburg examines the improbable origins of Communist rule in Russia, the ascent of the Red Star to its zenith, and its decline and apparent end in the wake of 1989's events. Using new material from previously sealed Soviet archives and covering recent controversial findings by both Russian and Western scholars, he begins with the failures of the czarist regime and the horrors of the First World War, then takes you through the bloody era of Josef Stalin's purges and beyond to Mikhail Gorbachev's perestroika to offer you a thoroughgoing analysis of the Soviet experiment. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©1996 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)1996 The Great Courses

Narrator: Gary Hamburg
Category: History, Europe
Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
Available on Audible
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European History

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Explore the captivating history of Europe. Europe’s past is characterized by fighting and warfare, and it is punctuated with great works of art, philosophy, science, and technology. Even its recent history is much the same - that’s why, so much of the globe was once ruled by European monarchies. Despite all the infighting and territorial exploits, Europeans have managed to create some of the most beautiful pieces of literature, architecture, political structures, and ideas the world has ever seen. In European History: A Captivating Guide to the History of Europe, Starting from the Neanderthals Through to the Roman Empire and the End of the Cold War, you will discover chapters, such as: Prehistory The Neolithic Revolution The Bronze Age Early Tribes of Europe The Iron Age Prehistoric Britain The Classical Greeks The Roman Empire The Vikings The Dark Ages The Holy Roman Empire The Rise of Wessex The Norman Conquest Marco Polo and Renaissance Italy Joan of Arc Isabella I of Castile The Age of Discovery The Reformation The Enlightenment The French Revolution The Industrial Age The British Empire of Queen Victoria The Great War The Russian Revolution World War II The Cold War Era And much, much more! So, if you want to learn more about European history, scroll up and click the "buy now" button!

©2019 Captivating History (P)2020 Vicelane LLC

Category: History, Europe
Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
Available on Audible
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Summary of Live Not by Lies by Rod Dreher

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Note to liseners: This is an unofficial summary and analysis of Rod Dreher’s, designed to enrich your listening experience.  Live Not by Lies by Rod Dreher states that power in the USSR has belonged to the KGB and to the party of the Communists, who declared only atheism for over 70 years. According to the atheist KGB’s challenging ideas, Christianity in the USSR should have died long ago. Persecution was never stopped on Christians: Behind the “iron curtain", grandfathers, fathers, and young men were persecuted and dominated harshly. Their children endured oppression and were taken away from their homes. Many children have never returned home; they were sent to a special place to be raised as an activist-communist. This was the reality of the situation in the USSR while under the control of the KGB’s emperor.  According to the American dictionary, “The concept of the Iron Curtain symbolized the ideological fighting and physical boundary dividing Europe into two separate areas from the end of World War II in 1945 until the end of the Cold War in 1991.”  Even though Christians were persecuted and prosecuted in courts severely and sent to prisons for many years, they were deeply grateful to God for his love for them, and for that, God put faith and courage into their hearts to stand firm for their faith. Christians of the USSR were grateful to almighty God for the mutual support shown by Christians of Europe and America and for their prayers for the USSR over many years. 

©1 year Genius Reads (P)2021 Genius Reads

Author: Genius Reads
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
Available on Audible
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The Bayeux Tapestry

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A combination of verse from Simon Armitage and prose from Jeff Young lends a voice to the chain of events depicted on the famous Bayeux Tapestry. This production chronicles the history surrounding the Battle of Hastings in 1066 and the ascension of Duke William of Normandy to the English throne.  Harold, Duke of Wessex, takes the English throne, despite Edward the Confessor's wish that William Duke of Normandy should be his heir. Seeking retribution, William sails to England and heads his troops towards Hastings, where the battle eventually concludes with Harold's death by an arrow shot to the eye. Poetry and prose are interspersed with war correspondent-style reports on the action. As the royal dukes ponder their lot, assorted commoners of the day discuss fear, heroism and grief.

©2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd

Category: History, Europe
Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
Available on Audible
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Medieval Europe

7 ratings

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The millennium between the breakup of the western Roman Empire and the Reformation was a long and hugely transformative period - one not easily chronicled within a single volume. Yet distinguished historian Chris Wickham has taken up the challenge in this landmark book, and he succeeds in producing the most riveting account of medieval Europe in a generation. Tracking the entire sweep of the Middle Ages across Europe, Wickham focuses on important changes century by century, including such pivotal crises and moments as the fall of the western Roman Empire, Charlemagne's reforms, the feudal revolution, the challenge of heresy, the destruction of the Byzantine Empire, the rebuilding of late medieval states, and the appalling devastation of the Black Death. He provides illuminating vignettes that underscore how shifting social, economic, and political circumstances affected individual lives and international events. Wickham offers both a new conception of Europe's medieval period and a provocative revision of exactly how and why the Middle Ages matter.

©2016 Chris Wickham (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Derek Perkins
Category: History, Europe
Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
Available on Audible
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A History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts

21 ratings

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During the 229-year period from 1485 to 1714, England transformed itself from a minor feudal state into what has been called "the first modern society" and emerged as the wealthiest and most powerful nation in the world. Those years hold a huge and captivating story. The English survived repeated epidemics and famines, one failed invasion and two successful ones, two civil wars, a series of violent religious reformations and counter-reformations, and confrontations with two of the most powerful monarchs on Earth, Louis XIV of France and Philip II of Spain. But they did much more than survive. They produced a great culture, giving the world the ideas of John Locke, the plays of Shakespeare, the wit of Swift, the poetry of Milton, the buildings of Christopher Wren, the science of Isaac Newton, and the King James Bible, to name a very few. And, despite the cruelty, bloodshed, and religious suppression they visited upon so many, they ultimately left behind something else: the political principles and ideals for which we-and so many of them - would work and die, and on which we would build our own nation. Now you can watch this remarkable panorama of society, economics, religion, and politics unfold in a series of 48 transfixing lectures by a justifiably honored teacher who takes you into the lives of not only Britain's ruling royal houses, but the English people themselves, describing how they were born, worked, played, worshiped, fell in love, and died. Cinematic in their presentation and detail - whether describing the likely thoughts of Charles I on the way to his execution or the overheard weeping of Queen Anne after she fired her Lord Treasurer - these lectures are as memorable as the history they describe. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2003 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2003 The Great Courses

Narrator: Robert Bucholz
Category: History, Europe
Length: 24 hrs and 32 mins
Available on Audible
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King Arthur: History and Legend

24 ratings

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The saga of King Arthur and his court is the most enduringly popular mythic tradition of Western civilization. For over 1,500 years, the Arthurian narrative has enthralled writers, artists, and a limitless audience spanning the Western world and beyond - and its appeal continues unabated in our time. No other heroic figure in literature compares with King Arthur in terms of global popularity and longevity; now, each year sees literally thousands of new versions of the story appear across diverse media, from fiction writing and visual arts to film and popular culture. Delve into the historical mystery behind the figure of Arthur, and discover the magnificent breadth of these epic tales. These 24 spellbinding lectures reveal the full scope of the Arthurian tradition, from its beginnings in post-Roman Britain to its extraordinary trajectory across the centuries and its latest incarnations in modern times. Your pathfinder in this world of mythic adventure and romance, Professor Armstrong, is one of the world's leading Arthurian scholars and the current editor-in-chief of the academic journal Arthuriana. Demonstrating both encyclopedic knowledge and an infectious passion for the subject, she leads you in tracing how the myth developed across time, clarifying many misunderstood aspects of the narrative, such as the origins of the Round Table and the figure of Merlin, the illicit love between Lancelot and Guenevere, and the varied manifestations of the magical Holy Grail. You'll discover how the legend was appropriated and assimilated by differing cultures, and how each writer and artist in the tradition reflected and commented, through the Arthurian narrative, on the concerns of their own time and place. The result is an illuminating look at one of the most engaging, entertaining, and influential legendary traditions the world has ever known. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2015 The Great Courses (P)2015 The Teaching Company, LLC

Category: History, Europe
Length: 12 hrs
Available on Audible
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The Measure of Man

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It was one of the most concentrated surges of creativity in the history of civilization. Between 1390 and 1537, Florence poured forth an astonishing stream of magnificent artworks. But Florentines did more during this brief period than create masterpieces. As citizens of a fractious republic threatened from below, without, and within, they also were driven to reimagine the political and ethical basis of their world, exploring the meaning and possibilities of liberty, virtue, and beauty. This vibrant era is brought to life in rich detail by noted historian Lawrence Rothfield in The Measure of Man. His account introduces listeners to a city teeming with memorable individuals and audacious risk-takers, capable of producing works of the most serene beauty and acts of the most shocking violence. Rothfield's cast of characters includes book hunters and book burners, devout Christians and assassins, humble pharmacists and arrogant oligarchs, all caught up in a dramatic struggle - a tragic arc running from the cultural heights of republican idealism in the early 15th century, through the aesthetic flowerings and civic vicissitudes of the age of the Medici and Savonarola, to the brooding meditations of Machiavelli and Michelangelo over the fate of the dying republic.

©2021 The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc. (P)2021 Tantor

Narrator: David de Vries
Category: History, Europe
Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
Available on Audible
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Understanding Russia

8 ratings

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From the earliest recorded history of the Russian state, its people have sought to define their place in the world. And while many of us look to make sense of Russia through its political history, in many ways a real grasp of this awe-inspiring country comes from looking closely at its cultural achievements.  The 24 lectures of Understanding Russia: A Cultural History survey hundreds of years of Russian culture, from the world of Ivan the Terrible to the dawn of the Soviet Union to the post-war tensions of Putin’s Russia. Blending history with cultural studies, they are designed to bring you closer than ever before to the Russian people - not just the authoritarian rulers like Peter the Great, the Romanovs, and Stalin but the everyday men and women who sought their own meaning in the poetry of Pushkin, the comfort of early folk tales, the faith of medieval iconography, the avant-garde films of Eisenstein, and more.  You’ll discover surprising insights into centuries of cultural history, including peasant superstitions, such as avoiding whistling indoors, and the culture of queuing for goods and services that defined everyday life for ordinary Soviets. You’ll also spend time in the company of novelists, painters, poets, filmmakers, impresarios, composers, revolutionaries, and intellectuals who shaped Russia in myriad ways, including The Five, a group of composers who created a distinctly national sound based in part on Russian folk music; and Sergei Eisenstein, the filmmaker whose Battleship Potemkin revolutionized the language of cinema.  In a time when the eyes of the Western world are constantly drawn to Russia, it’s amazing how little we really know about its culture. These lectures will help you finally understand that complex, thrilling, and undeniably fascinating spirit.  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.  

©2018 The Great Courses (P)2018 The Teaching Company, LLC

Category: History, Europe
Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
Available on Audible
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Voyage en Europe

1 rating

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Notre histoire est européenne. S'arrêter face au trône de Charlemagne, dans la cathédrale d'Aix-la-Chapelle, pour rêver d'un empire qui fonda l'Europe. Se promener dans les rues de Nuremberg, de Bruges, de Gênes pour raconter la résurrection des villes et l'invention de l'économie, au Moyen Âge. Arpenter les falaises de Sagres, dans le sud du Portugal, pour imaginer le prince Henri le Navigateur guettant à l'horizon le retour des caravelles. Retrouver, en Pologne, le chanoine Copernic, qui chamboula notre rapport à l'univers. Chercher, dans les couloirs de Westminster, l'âme du parlementarisme et dans la salle du Jeu de Paume à Versailles celle de la Révolution française. Profiter d'une promenade d'un bout du continent à l'autre, pour explorer son passé. En ce début de XXIe siècle, les passions nationales flambent de nouveau. Nombre d'Européens n'imaginent plus l'avenir que dans le repli alors que notre histoire est indissociable de celle du continent. Un Espagnol et un Polonais, un Allemand et un Français ont en commun le Moyen Âge et ses châteaux, la Renaissance, les Lumières, les bouleversements consécutifs à la Révolution française, la révolution industrielle, les deux guerres mondiales. C'est une évidence, et elle est oubliée. Le but de cette promenade est de lui redonner force et vie. Le ton vif et enlevé de l'auteur et la chronologie limpide en font un ouvrage plaisant et accessible à tous. Table des matières : Introduction ; Chapitre 1 : Faux départ ; Chapitre 2 : Le pape et l'empereur ; Chapitre 3 : Du christianisme et autres racines ; Chapitre 4 : Des chevaliers et des rois ; Chapitre 5 : Des marchands et des villes ; Chapitre 6 : Lumières et ombres du Moyen Âge ; Chapitre 7 : Interlude itinérant ; Chapitre 8 : L'Europe prend le large ; Chapitre 9 : Des grands souverains de la Renaissance ; Chapitre 10 : Le déchirement religieux ; Chapitre 11 : Un tour dans l'Europe des États ; Chapitre 12 : Des sciences et des Lumières ; Chapitre 13 : Trois Révolutions ; Chapitre 14 : Le temps des nations ; Chapitre 15 : La révolution industrielle ; Chapitre 16 : La domination du monde ; Chapitre 17 : L'apogée ; Chapitre 18 : Six idées sur le suicide de l'Europe ; Chapitre 19 : L'Europe en enfer ; Chapitre 20 : Une Europe, deux Europe ; Quelques lectures ; Remerciements.

©2019 Librairie Arthème Fayard (P)2020 Audiolib

Category: History, Europe
Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
Available on Audible
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Age of Enlightenment

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If you want to discover the captivating history of the Age of Enlightenment, then pay attention.... The life of an eminent scientist during the Scientific Revolution and the ensuing Enlightenment was not easy. Ambitious people were killed in the name of the Catholic Church for their scientific and philosophical works, which were often viewed as heretical. Major figures of the Enlightenment period include Voltaire, Isaac Newton, John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, David Hume, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Adam Smith, Immanuel Kant, and Thomas Jefferson. These and many other great thinkers of the era influenced mass social upheaval in pursuit of equality and human rights, and many historians consider the culmination of these efforts to have been the French Revolution of 1789. In Age of Enlightenment: A Captivating Guide to the Age of Reason, Including the Lives of Isaac Newton, Francis Bacon, John Locke, and Mary Somerville, you will discover topics such as The Republic of Letters Michel de Montaigne Francis Bacon Marie de Gournay René Descartes Bathsua Makin Anna Maria Van Schurman Dorothy Moore Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia Robert Boyle John Locke Isaac Newton England's Civil War The Royal Society of London Marie du Moulin Conflict in the Royal Society Charles-Louis de Secondat (Montesquieu) Benjamin Franklin David Hume Adam Smith The Boston Tea Party Thomas Paine The American Revolution François-Marie Arouet (Voltaire) Mary Sommerville And much, much more! So if you want to learn more about the Age of Enlightenment, buy now!

©2019 Captivating History (P)2020 Captivating History

Narrator: Jason Zenobia
Category: History, Europe
Length: 3 hrs and 37 mins
Available on Audible
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Battle of Brothers

24 ratings

Summary

A New York Times best seller From best-selling author and historical consultant to the award-winning Netflix series The Crown, an unparalleled insider account of tumult, secrecy, and schism in the royal family.  The world has watched Prince William and Prince Harry since they were born. Raised by Princess Diana to be the closest of brothers, how have the boy princes grown into very different, now distanced men? From royal insider, biographer, and historian Robert Lacey, this book reveals the untold details of William and Harry’s closeness and estrangement, asking what happens when two sons are raised for vastly different futures - one burdened with the responsibility of one day becoming king, the other with the knowledge that he will always remain spare.  How have William and Harry both agreed and diverged in their views of what a modern royal owes to their country? Were the seeds of damage sowed by Prince Charles and Princess Diana as their marriage unraveled for all the world to see? In the previous generation, how have Prince Charles and Prince Andrew’s own relations strained under the crown? What role has Queen Elizabeth II played in marshaling her feuding heirs? What parts have Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle played in helping their husbands to choose their differing paths? And what is the real, unvarnished story behind Harry and Meghan’s dramatic departure?  In the most intimate vision yet of life behind closed doors, with its highs, lows, and discretions all laid out, this is a journey into royal life as never offered before.   

©2020 Robert Lacey (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Tim Frances
Author: Robert Lacey
Category: History, Europe
Length: 9 hrs
Available on Audible
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The Italians before Italy: Conflict and Competition in the Mediterranean

9 ratings

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Take a riveting tour of the Italian peninsula, from the glittering canals of Venice to the lavish papal apartments and ancient ruins of Rome. In these 24 lectures, Professor Bartlett traces the development of the Italian city-states of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, showing how the modern nation of Italy was forged out of the rivalries, allegiances, and traditions of a vibrant and diverse people. This comprehensive portrait of Italian history opens an exciting new world-a grand mosaic of lustrous and storied cultures as distinctive as the people who helped build them. As you come to know these many "Italys," you'll see how the Italian states defined themselves against the others, competing for territory, trade, and artistic supremacy - and how the vestiges of these interactions are visible even today. Among other things, you'll consider the rivalry between the Genoese and the Pisans, which stems from a nearly 800-year-old grudge; examine how the crusades influenced the development of Genoa, Pisa, and Venice; and explore Italy's troubled relationship with the Holy Roman Empire and the Catholic Church during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. You'll also get a glimpse into the lives of the powerful and influential, including Pope Paul IV, who championed the Roman Inquisition, and Luigi Gonzaga, who cut out the hearts of his enemies and nailed them to the doors of their palaces as a warning to others who might challenge his power. As you get to know the distinctive personalities and events that define the peninsula, you'll gain fresh insights into the Italy of today. Surprising, enriching, always engaging, this course offers a unique perspective on one of the most dynamic and creative cultures of the modern world. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2007 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2007 The Great Courses

Category: History, Europe
Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
Available on Audible
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How to Behave Badly in Elizabethan England

4 ratings

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Every age and social strata has its bad eggs, rule-breakers, and nose-thumbers. As acclaimed popular historian and author of How to Be a Victorian Ruth Goodman reveals in her madcap chronicle, Elizabethan England was particularly rank with troublemakers, from snooty needlers who took aim with a cutting "thee" to lowbrow drunkards with revolting table manners. Goodman draws on advice manuals, court cases, and sermons to offer this colorfully crude portrait of offenses most foul.  Mischievous listeners will delight in learning how to time your impressions for the biggest laugh, why quoting Shakespeare was poor form, and why curses hurled at women were almost always about sex (and why we shouldn't be surprised). Bringing her signature "exhilarating and contagious" enthusiasm (Boston Globe), this is a celebration of one of history's naughtiest periods, when derision was an art form.

©2018 Ruth Goodman (P)2019 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

Author: Ruth Goodman
Category: History, Europe
Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
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Germany

2 ratings

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Here, from New York Times best-selling historian Francis Russell, is the dramatic story of Germany - from the rise of Charlemagne to the age of Martin Luther, from the 30 Years' War to the iron rule of Otto von Bismarck, and from the formation of the Weimar Republic to the fighting of two world wars.

©2016 American Heritage (P)2017 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

Narrator: A. T. Chandler
Category: History, Europe
Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
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The Great Democracies

7 ratings

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The fourth and last volume in Churchill's famous account spans 1815 to 1901. It closes when the British Empire is at its peak, with a staggering one-fifth of the human race presided over by the longest reigning monarch in British history: Queen Victoria. In America he assesses the position of the "Great Republic" from slavery and secession to its position as a world superpower. He charts the rise of Germany and the unification of Italy and examines the situation in the Balkans in 1878, all of which had a deep impact not only on the war he was soon to fight, but on the geography of the European continent today.

©2014 Audible, Inc. (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Category: History, Europe
Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
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The Rise and Fall of the British Empire

34 ratings

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What were the forces that thrust the British Empire to its extraordinary position of greatness and then just as powerfully drove it into decline? And why is nearly every nation on earth, in one way or another, the consequence of the British Empire? In these 36 lectures, Professor Allitt leads you through four centuries of British power, innovation, influence, and, ultimately, diminishment - four profound centuries that literally remade the world and bequeathed the complex global legacy that continues to shape your everyday life. This is a remarkable lecture series; one that will give you fresh insights into world history in a wide range of areas - political, economic, technological, social, and more. And it will also give you a comprehensive overview you won't find offered anywhere else - a context into which you can integrate new knowledge about this country, as well as understand the background of current events in so many other countries that were once part of Britain's empire, from Ireland to China, and in Africa and the Caribbean. Indeed, it seems fair to say that one cannot truly understand the most important aspects of world history without a firm grasp of the history of the British Empire. In giving you that grasp, these lectures draw on a vast range of critical events, riveting personalities, revealing anecdotes, and eloquent quotations. Compelling, comprehensive, and astonishing in the force of its narrative power, each lecture will give you a refreshing new understanding of what made the British Empire both great in its achievements and vulnerable to its eventual downfall. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2009 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2009 The Great Courses

Category: History, Europe
Length: 18 hrs and 9 mins
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The Jewel House

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Best-selling author Deborah E. Harkness explores the streets, shops, back alleys, and gardens of Elizabethan London, where a boisterous and diverse group of men and women shared a keen interest in the study of nature. These assorted merchants, gardeners, barber-surgeons, midwives, instrument makers, mathematics teachers, engineers, alchemists, and other experimenters, she contends, formed a patchwork scientific community whose practices set the stage for the Scientific Revolution. It was their collaborative, yet often contentious, ethos that helped to develop the ideals of modern scientific research. The Jewel House examines six particularly fascinating episodes of scientific inquiry and dispute in 16th-century London, bringing to life the individuals involved and the challenges they faced. These men and women experimented and invented, argued and competed, waged wars in the press, and struggled to understand the complexities of the natural world. Together, their stories illuminate the blind alleys and surprising twists and turns taken as medieval philosophy gave way to the empirical, experimental culture that became a hallmark of the Scientific Revolution.

©2007 Deborah E. Harkness (P)2014 Tantor

Narrator: Kate Reading
Category: History, Europe
Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
Available on Audible
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The Development of European Civilization

5 ratings

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In almost every way that matters, historical Europe was the laboratory in which the world you now live in was conceived and tested. And you'll be living with the consequences for the rest of your life. These 48 lectures lead you through the doors of that laboratory and guide you through the development of Europe from the late Middle Ages through the eve of World War II. As you follow Professor Bartlett through the dramatic story of European history, you'll learn about the major ideologies and "isms" that bubbled forth from Europe's constantly fermenting cauldron of debate and conflict, including absolutism, scientism, rationalism, capitalism, nationalism, liberalism, and totalitarianism. You'll investigate the forces that intermingled to create the Industrial Revolution and the accompanying economic and social upheavals that would, in turn, create so many more. You'll also make sense of the European ideologies of government, including the rule of law, the concept of "the consent of the governed," taxation, an independent judiciary, and other concepts. You'll explore the new roles for religion in European life, from the end of the traditional union of altar and throne to great upheavals such as the Protestant Reformation and the Great Schism. And you'll witness the evolution of the European class system, which influenced the social forces that swirled around it just as much as it was influenced by them. Rather than offering a laundry list of dates, events, and famous individuals, Professor Bartlett leaves you instead with an understanding of historical and social causality. More important: He offers you the chance to experience Europe's development from a European perspective. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2011 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2011 The Great Courses

Category: History, Europe
Length: 24 hrs and 32 mins
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The Middle Ages

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If you want to discover the captivating history of the Middle Ages, then pay attention... One of the least understood periods of European history occurred between the 6th century and the 14th or 15th century (depending on which historian you ask). Commonly called the Middle Ages, this was a time period of extreme change for Europe, beginning with the fall of the Western Roman Empire. To a continent that had seen a drastic shift in the power structure, the world seemed to be particularly harsh. Rome had been a major player across Europe for well over a millennium. Then it was gone. In The Middle Ages: A Captivating Guide to the History of Europe, Starting from the Fall of the Western Roman Empire Through the Black Death to the Beginning of the Renaissance, you will discover topics such as: Fall of the Western Roman Empire Stewards of the Future - The Rise of the Byzantine Empire Reclaiming Spain and Expanding One of the Strongest and Earliest Kingdoms of the Middle Ages Charlemagne - A Brief Return to the Empire Otto I and His New Empire The Great Schism The Famous (or Infamous) Crusades - 1095 to 1291 Forging a New England The Hundred Years’ War - 1337 to 1453 The Horrors of Nature Higher Education and The Gothic Period - How the Middle Ages Advanced Education and Architecture The Renaissance And much, much more! So if you want to learn more about the Middle Ages, get this audiobook now!

©2019 Captivating History (P)2020 Captivating History

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Category: History, Europe
Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
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Dominion

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Dominion, the fifth volume in Peter Ackroyd's masterful History of England, begins in 1815 as national glory following the Battle of Waterloo gives way to a post-war depression and ends with the death of Queen Victoria in January 1901. Spanning the end of the Regency, Ackroyd takes listeners from the accession of the profligate George IV, whose government was steered by Lord Liverpool, whose face was set against reform, to the "Sailor King" William IV, whose reign saw the modernization of the political system and the abolition of slavery. But it was the accession of Queen Victoria, at only 18 years old, that sparked an era of enormous innovation. Technological progress - from steam railways to the first telegram - swept the nation, and the finest inventions were showcased at the first Great Exhibition in 1851.  The emergence of the middle-classes changed the shape of society, and scientific advances changed the old pieties of the Church of England and spread secular ideas among the population. Though intense industrialization brought booming times for the factory owners, the working classes were still subjected to poor housing, long work hours, and dire poverty. Yet by the end of Victoria's reign, the British Empire dominated much of the globe, and Britannia really did seem to rule the waves.

©2018 Peter Ackroyd (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Derek Perkins
Category: History, Europe
Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
Available on Audible
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History of Europe

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If you want to discover the captivating history of Europe, then this audiobook might be what you're looking for. It includes five books that cover topics like ancient history, influence of ancient Greece and Rome, fall of the Roman Empire, the Renaissance, important events, and much more. Five captivating manuscripts in one audiobook: European History: A Captivating Guide to the History of Europe, Starting from the Neanderthals Through to the Roman Empire and the End of the Cold War Classical Antiquity: A Captivating Guide to Ancient Greece and Rome and How These Civilizations Influenced Europe, North Africa, and Western Asia The Middle Ages: A Captivating Guide to the History of Europe, Starting from the Fall of the Western Roman Empire Through the Black Death to the Beginning of the Renaissance The Renaissance: A Captivating Guide to a Remarkable Period in European History, Including Stories of People such as Galileo Galilei, Michelangelo, Copernicus, Shakespeare, and Leonardo da Vinci Early Modern Europe: A Captivating Guide to a Period in European History with Events Such as The Thirty Years War and The Salem Witch Hunts and Political Powers such as England and The Ottoman Empire If you want to learn more about the history of Europe, scroll up and click the "buy now" button!

©2020 Captivating History (P)2020 Captivating History

Category: History, Europe
Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
Available on Audible
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Great Minds of the Medieval World

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The Middle Ages was a time of major advances in many fields of knowledge, from theology and philosophy to science, medicine, art, literature, and education. Owing to the work of an astonishing range of visionary thinkers, this fascinating period was the era in which the foundations of the modern Western world were laid. In the medieval era’s great minds we find the roots of many aspects of today’s world - from the religious/philosophical thought of Augustine, Ambrose of Milan, and Thomas Aquinas to the scientific innovations of Avicenna and Alhacen, the enlightened statesmanship of Charlemagne and Lorenzo de Medici, and the literary creations of Dante and Chaucer. In these 24 lectures, Professor Armstrong leads you on an enthralling journey into the lives of the seminal thinkers of the Middle Ages. In this gallery of extraordinary minds, you'll encounter the leading lights of a world-shaping era, including figures such as Maimonides, Hildegard of Bingen, Bernard of Clairvaux, Peter Abelard, and Francesco Petrarch. Professor Armstrong goes to great lengths to bring these historic figures to life, revealing both the great intellectual contributions and the personal strivings, challenges, and triumphs of some of history's most remarkable human beings. These compelling lectures take you deeply into the heart of one of civilization’s most dynamic and impactful eras.

©2014 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2014 The Great Courses

Category: History, Europe
Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
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The Plantagenets: The Kings Who Made England

57 ratings

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This brilliant new audiobook explores the lives of eight generations of the greatest kings and queens that this country has ever seen, and the worst. The Plantagenets - their story is the story of Britain. England’s greatest royal dynasty, the Plantagenets, ruled over England through eight generations of kings. Their remarkable reign saw England emerge from the Dark Ages to become a highly organised kingdom that spanned a vast expanse of Europe. Plantagenet rule saw the establishment of laws and creation of artworks, monuments and tombs which survive to this day, and continue to speak of their sophistication, brutality and secrets. Dan Jones brings you a new vision of this battle-scarred history. From the Crusades to King John’s humbling over Magna Carta and the tragic reign of the last Plantagenet, Richard II, this is a blow-by-blow account of England’s most thrilling age.

©2019 Dan Jones (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Narrator: Dan Jones
Author: Dan Jones
Category: History, Europe
Length: 22 hrs and 7 mins
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The East India Company: A History From Beginning to End

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Founded at the dawn of the 17th century as European nations were establishing global empires, the English East India Company would become a vital part of burgeoning British supremacy. Begun as a joint-stock company for trade with the East Indies, this organization would evolve into one of the world's first capitalistic corporations. Inside you will hear about.... Founding of the East India Company Struggling, Building, and Growing with Violence The East India Company Enters the 18th Century The British Government Steps In China and the Opium Trade The 19th Century and Growing British Involvement The End of the East India Company Over the course of their 250+ years, they've built a global trading empire, raised an army and waged war, and conquered vast territory, including the entire subcontinent of India. Without their involvement, the British presence in India would look very different in the historical record. Though the company was dissolved by 1874, their influence on world history cannot be overstated.

©2016 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

Narrator: John Riddle
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
Available on Audible
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Crown and Country

4 ratings

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From one of our finest historians comes an outstanding exploration of the British monarchy from the retreat of the Romans up until the modern day.

The monarchy is one of Britain’s longest surviving institutions – as well as one of its most tumultuous and revered. In this masterful book, David Starkey looks at the monarchy as a whole, charting its history from Roman times, to the Wars of the Roses, the chaos of the Civil War, the fall of Charles I and Cromwell's emergence as Lord Protector – all the way up until the Victorian era when Britain’s monarchs came face-to-face with modernity.

This brilliant collection of biographies of Britain’s kings and queens provides an in-depth examination of what the British monarchy has meant, what it means now and what it will continue to mean. Bringing to life a cast of colourful characters, Starkey’s trademark energy and authority make him the perfect guide on this epic, accessible and compelling journey, as he offers us a vivid portrait of British culture, politics and nationhood through an institution that has defined the realm for nearly two thousand years.

©2010 David Starkey (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Category: History, Europe
Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
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Brothers York

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In early 1461, a 17-year-old boy won a battle on a freezing morning in the Welsh marches, and claimed the crown of England as Edward IV, first king of the usurping house of York. It was a time when old certainties had been shredded: by popular insurgency, economic crisis, feuding, and a corrupt, bankrupt government presided over by the imbecilic, Lancastrian King Henry VI. The country was in need of a new hero. Magnetic, narcissistic, Edward found himself on the throne, and alongside him his two younger brothers: the unstable, petulant George, Duke of Clarence, and the boy who would emerge from his shadow, Richard, Duke of Gloucester. Charismatic, able, and ambitious, the brothers would become the figureheads of a spectacular ruling dynasty, one that laid the foundations for a renewal of English royal power. Yet a web of grudges and resentments grew between them, generating a destructive sequence of conspiracy, rebellion, deposition, fratricide, usurpation, and regicide. The house of York’s brutal end came on August 22, 1485, at Bosworth Field, with the death of the youngest brother, now Richard III, at the hands of a new usurper, Henry Tudor. The Brothers York is the story of three remarkable brothers, two of whom were crowned kings of England and the other an heir presumptive, whose antagonism was fueled by the mistrust and vendettas of the age that brought their family to power. The house of York should have been the dynasty that the Tudors became. Its tragedy was that it devoured itself.

©2019 Thomas Penn (P)2020 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Roy McMillan
Author: Thomas Penn
Category: History, Europe
Length: 23 hrs and 13 mins
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Les explorations nocturnes

12 ratings

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Réveillez l'aventurier qui sommeille en vous ! Derrière une porte dérobée, au fond d'une impasse mal éclairée ou même sous une bouche d'égout, les lieux abandonnés se cachent tout autour de nous. À la tombée de la nuit, Mamytwink part à la découverte de ces endroits mystérieux oubliés depuis longtemps. Descente dans les catacombes interdites de Paris, exploration d'un fort de guerre perdu au sommet des Alpes ou rencontre de l'étrange gardien du château d'un gangster, les explorations nocturnes vous entraînent aux quatre coins de la France, à la découverte de son patrimoine secret. Lorsque vous achetez ce titre, le fichier PDF qui l'accompagne sera disponible dans votre confirmation d'achat envoyée par mail ainsi que dans votre bibliothèque, depuis votre ordinateur.

©2018 Michel Lafon (P)2018 Audible Studios

Author: Mamytwink
Category: History, Europe
Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
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The Six Wives of Henry VIII: A Captivating Guide to Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard, and Katherine Parr

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Explore the Captivating History of the Six Wives of Henry VIII Henry VIII, King of England and Ireland in the first half of the 16th century, is one of history’s most famous monarchs for many reasons. He ruled ruthlessly, was quick to cry “treason!” and execute, and equally quick to fall in and out of love. Henry changed the religious fabric of England forever and left his mark on the wider world - but what of the six women he took as his queens? From the regal and capable Catherine of Aragon to the patient and generous Katherine Parr, Henry’s wives represented a range of personalities, goals, beliefs, and influences on the king. Each of Henry’s six wives represented a facet of the king himself, whether he liked to admit it or not; unfortunately, a Queen of England at the side of Henry VIII could never be sure of her husband’s love - or her safety. These are the stories of three Catherines, two Annes, and one Jane. This audiobook covers topics such as: Henry Tudor Catherine of Aragon Mistress Elizabeth Blount Mistress Mary Boleyn Anne Boleyn Anne of Cleves Mistress Mary Shelton The Wooing of Jane Seymour Catherine Howard The Culpeper Affair Katherine Parr More theories on Henry Tudor’s Fertility The illegitimate children of Henry VIII And much more So if you want to learn more about the six wives of Henry VIII, buy this audiobook now!

©2018 Captivating History (P)2018 Captivating History

Narrator: Desmond Manny
Category: History, Europe
Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
Available on Audible
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Elizabeth the Queen

17 ratings

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New York Times best-seller.  Perfect for fans of The Crown, this magisterial biography of Queen Elizabeth II is a close-up view of the woman we’ve known only from a distance - and a captivating window into the last great monarchy.  From the moment of her ascension to the throne in 1952 at the age of twenty-five, Queen Elizabeth II has been the object of unparalleled scrutiny. But through the fog of glamour and gossip, how well do we really know the world’s most famous monarch? Drawing on numerous interviews and never-before-revealed documents, acclaimed biographer Sally Bedell Smith pulls back the curtain to show in intimate detail the public and private lives of Queen Elizabeth II, who has led her country and Commonwealth through the wars and upheavals of the last sixty years with unparalleled composure, intelligence, and grace.  In Elizabeth the Queen, we meet the young girl who suddenly becomes “heiress presumptive” when her uncle abdicates the throne. We meet the thirteen-year-old Lilibet as she falls in love with a young navy cadet named Philip and becomes determined to marry him, even though her parents prefer wealthier English aristocrats. We see the teenage Lilibet repairing army trucks during World War II and standing with Winston Churchill on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on V-E Day. We see the young Queen struggling to balance the demands of her job with her role as the mother of two young children. Sally Bedell Smith brings us inside the palace doors and into the Queen’s daily routines - the “red boxes” of documents she reviews each day, the weekly meetings she has had with twelve prime ministers, her physically demanding tours abroad, and the constant scrutiny of the press - as well as her personal relationships: with Prince Philip, her husband of sixty-four years and the love of her life; her children and their often-disastrous marriages; her grandchildren and friends.   Praise for Elizabeth the Queen: “An excellent, all-embracing new biography.” (The New York Times) “[An] imposing, yet nimbly written, biography [that] dwarfs the field...a most satisfying and enjoyable read, one to be savored at length.” (Minneapolis Star Tribune) “Fascinating.... After sixty years on the throne, the monarch of Britain is better known for her poker face than for sly wit or easy charm. Yet in biographer Sally Bedell Smith’s Elizabeth the Queen, Her Majesty sparkles with both.” (More) “[A] smart and satisfying book.” (Los Angeles Times)

©2011 Sally Bedell Smith (P)2011 Random House Audio

Narrator: Rosalyn Landor
Category: History, Europe
Length: 21 hrs and 27 mins
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The Famine Plot

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During a Biblical seven years in the middle of the 19th century, Ireland experienced the worst disaster a nation could suffer. Fully a quarter of its citizens either perished from starvation or emigrated in what came to be known as Gorta Mor, the Great Hunger. Waves of hungry peasants fled across the Atlantic to the United States, with so many dying en route that it was said "you could walk dry shod to America on their bodies". In this sweeping history, Ireland's best-known historian, Tim Pat Coogan, tackles the dark history of the Irish Famine and argues that it constituted one of the first acts of genocide. In what the Boston Globe calls "his greatest achievement", Coogan shows how the British government hid behind the smoke screen of laissez faire economics, the invocation of divine providence, and a carefully orchestrated publicity campaign, allowing more than a million people to die agonizing deaths and driving a further million into emigration. Unflinching in depicting the evidence, Coogan presents a vivid and horrifying picture of a catastrophe that shook the 19th century and finally calls to account those responsible.

©2012 Tim Pat Coogan (P)2017 Tantor

Narrator: Roger Clark
Category: History, Europe
Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
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The Unfathomable Ascent

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The chilling and little-known story of Adolf Hitler's eight-year march to the pinnacle of German politics. On the night of January 30, 1933, Adolf Hitler leaned out of a spotlit window of the Reich chancellery in Berlin, bursting with joy. The moment seemed unbelievable, even to Hitler. After an improbable political journey that came close to faltering on many occasions, his march to power had finally succeeded. While the path of Hitler's rise has been told in books covering larger portions of his life, no previous work has focused solely on his eight-year climb to rule: 1925-1933. Renowned author Peter Ross Range brings this period back to startling life with a narrative history that describes brushes with power, quests for revenge, nonstop electioneering, American-style campaign tactics, and - for Hitler - moments of gloating triumph followed by abject humiliation. Indeed, this is the tale of a high-school dropout's climb from the infamy of a failed coup to the highest office in Europe's largest country. It is a saga of personal growth and lavish living, a melodrama rife with love affairs and even suicide attempts. But it is also the definitive account of Hitler's unrelenting struggle for control over his raucous movement, as he fought off challenges, built and bullied coalitions, quelled internecine feuds, and neutralized his enemies - all culminating in the creation of the Third Reich and the Western world's descent into darkness. One of the most dramatic and important stories in world history, Hitler's ascent spans Germany's wobbly recovery from World War I through years of growing prosperity and, finally, into crippling depression.   PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2020 Peter Ross Range (P)2020 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Paul Hodgson
Category: History, Europe
Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
Available on Audible
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Voices from D-Day

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The extraordinary and compelling story of the 6th of June, 1944, Operation Overlord and the Battle for Normandy is told here through first-hand testimonies from civilians and soldiers on both sides. It features classic accounts by soldiers such as Rommel and Bradley, together with frontline reports by some of the world's finest authors and war correspondents, including Ernest Hemingway and Alan Melville. Highlights of this unique collection include the break-out from Omaha beach as told by the GI who led it, a French housewife's story of what it was like to wake up to the invasion, German soldiers' accounts of finding themselves facing the biggest seaborne invasion in history, a view from the command post by a member of Eisenhower's staff, combat reports, diaries, and letters of British veterans of all forces and services, and accounts of the follow-up battle for Normandy, one of the bloodiest struggles of the war. < /p> The Allied armada involved over 5,000 craft, which had by the end of "the longest day" succeeded in landing 156,000 men, and in breaching Hitler's much vaunted defensive wall. Dramatic and historic though the events of D-Day were, they were but the opening shots of a much larger and equally remarkable battle - the battle for Normandy. It took the Allies ten weeks of bloody fighting to get out of Normandy, during which the infantry casualty rate rivalled that of the Western Front in the First World War.< /p> This book is the story of that fateful day, the preparations which led up to it, and the ten weeks of fighting in Normandy which followed it, told by the men and women who were there, who witnessed it at first hand. It is compiled from interviews with scores of veterans, from diaries, memoirs, and letters. Occasionally, exact chronology has been sacrificed in the interests of communicating better the experience of Normandy, for above all this is a book about how the invasion looked and felt to those who were there. It is often brutally honest, far removed from the comfortable romantic version of D-Day and the battle for Normandy. (For example, there are accounts here of crimes committed against German POWs by Allied soldiers.)

©1994 J. Lewis-Stempel (P)2014 Audible Studios

Narrator: Peter Noble
Author: Jon E. Lewis
Category: History, Europe
Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
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Turning Points in Modern History

13 ratings

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This lecture series takes you on a far-reaching journey around the globe - from China to the Americas to New Zealand - to shed light on how two dozen of the top discoveries, inventions, political upheavals, and ideas since 1400 have shaped the modern world. In just 24 thought-provoking lectures, you'll get the amazing story of how life as we know it developed. Starting in the early 15th century and culminating in the age of social media, you'll encounter astounding threads that weave through the centuries, joining these turning points in ways that may come as a revelation. You'll also witness turning points with repercussions we can only speculate about because they are still very much in the process of turning. Professor Liulevicius doesn't merely recount the greatest events of history, but rather has selected true catalysts in provoking changes in worldview. Some of the events you'll investigate, including the discovery of the New World and the fall of the Berlin Wall, will immediately resonate as watershed moments. The global significance of other pivotal events may only become apparent through the detailed analysis contained in these lectures, such as the publication of the Enlightenment-era Encyclopédie and the Russo-Japanese War - which has been historically overshadowed by the two world wars that followed. As you discover how turning points such as the discovery of penicillin and the opening of East Berlin hinged on chance, accident, and, in some cases, sheer luck, you'll realize how easily history might have played out differently. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2013 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2013 The Great Courses

Category: History, Europe
Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
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Celts

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If you want to discover the captivating history of the Celts, then keep reading... Today, the word Celtic means so many things. To most of us, it means something related to Ireland. We think of intricately designed Irish crosses, four-leaf clovers, and some of the more well-known stories of Celtic mythology. However, while Celtic culture has stayed alive in Ireland, its roots run much deeper, and they extend much farther than the small island nation off the coast of modern-day Great Britain. The story of the Celts is one of a rapid rise to prominence followed by a slow decline due to the influence of the Romans. But even so, Celtic culture has remained strong in Europe and has been able to persist to this day. So, even though the Celts represent just a small part of today’s modern world, they are a massive part of its history, which means that studying the ancient Celts today is a great way to unlock some of the secrets buried in the depths of ancient history. In Celts: A Captivating Guide to Ancient Celtic History and Mythology, Including Their Battles Against the Roman Republic in the Gallic Wars, you will discover topics such as: Who Were the Celts? The Celtic Migrations The Many Celtic Tribes of Europe The Celtiberians The Gallic Wars The Insular Celts Celtic Warriors Celtic Way of Life Celtic Religion Celtic Art And much, much more! So if you want to learn more about the Celts, get this audiobook now!

©2019 Captivating History (P)2019 Captivating History

Narrator: Randy Whitlow
Category: History, Europe
Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
Available on Audible
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The Dutch Revolt

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During the 17th century, the Netherlands, despite having only 1.5 million people in 1600, became a global maritime and trading power. By contrast, France at the time had 20 million people, Spain had eight million, and England had five million. Nevertheless, Amsterdam became one of the most important urban centers in the world and the location of the world’s first stock market, and Dutch merchant ships and pirates plied the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Pacific Ocean. The Dutch acquired colonies in the East Indies, where they seized control of the spice trade from the Portuguese, and in the West Indies, they acquired a number of islands from the Spanish (several of which are still Dutch today). They became the only Westerners who were allowed to trade with Shogunate Japan from a small island next to Nagasaki, and they settled the town that ultimately became New York City. Naturally, all of this imperialism generated enormous amounts of wealth that flowed into the Netherlands.  The Netherlands has had a complex and turbulent history involving the interplay of multiple political entities, ethnicities, and languages. The term "Netherlands" (Nederland in Dutch, Pay-Bas in French) refers to the low-lying topography of the region and today is used specifically to describe the country bordering Germany and Belgium, but historically it referred to the entire region occupied by Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg. In English, the term "Low Countries" is still used in this sense. Located largely on the deltas of the Rhine and Maas Rivers, much of it consisted of sand dunes and peat bogs until, centuries ago, humans began building dikes, pumping out water and laboriously reclaiming the land. Much of the land falls below sea level. As an old saying goes, “God created the earth, but the Dutch created the Netherlands.” The long struggle with nature is an important part of the Dutch identity.  What made the Netherlands’ global influence in the 17th century all the more remarkable is that the Dutch had only recently achieved political independence through the process of fighting a long and brutal war of resistance against rule by the Spanish Hapsburgs, starting in 1568. In 1581, the seven northern provinces - Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht, Gelderland, Overijssel, Friesland, and Groningen - declared their independence, and fighting took place back and forth on land and sea for decades, with the Dutch receiving some much-needed assistance from England’s Queen Elizabeth I. Thousands of civilians were massacred by the rampaging Spanish armies, and on the water, Dutch “sea beggars” attacked and harassed the Spanish fleet. Pro-Spanish privateers operating out of Dunkirk did the same against Dutch shipping.  Although there were several issues behind the revolt, like heavy taxation, the war was also in large part a religious revolt. The Dutch in the northern and western provinces had mostly become Protestants, followers primarily of the French theologian John Calvin, and there were some Lutherans and Anabaptists present as well). Calvinism as institutionalized in the Dutch Reformed Church would become the officially recognized faith of independent Netherlands, but Philip II, the Catholic monarch of Spain, was determined to restore Catholicism through the strict use of the Inquisition against “heretics", and the Catholics were strongest in the 10 southern provinces. Religious differences between the north and south were accentuated because of the migration of Protestants and Catholics across the border during the long war, ensuring that there would continue to be tensions even after the fighting stopped and Dutch independence was secured.

©2021 Charles River Editors (P)2021 Charles River Editors

Narrator: Daniel Houle
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 49 mins
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The Battle of Grunwald

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“We accept the swords you send us, and in the name of Christ, before whom all stiff-necked pride must bow, we shall do battle.” (Polish?King Vladislav II) As the dissipating fog gave way to an unnerving sight, the mass of frightening figures clad head to toe in gleaming armor would have been enough to take anyone's breath away. Some of them were mounted on the backs of handsome stallions, while others leaned forward with squared shoulders, ready to attack. In one swift motion, the men unsheathe their swords and raise it over their heads, their weapons winking as the glare of the sunlight bounces off the blade.  To the somewhat trained eye, these warriors in Norman-inspired gear would have appeared to be one of the Crusader forces, but it is that bold, black cross painted across their chests and shields that give them away. These men were none other than the fabled Teutonic Knights. The knights of the Teutonic Order have since been compared to the surreal creature that appeared to the biblical Ezekiel, one that bore 2 faces - one of a man's and one of a lion's. The human side of the creature is said to symbolize the order's charity whereas the lion was a metaphor for its valor and gallant spirit, which they relied on to vanquish the heathens of the world.  Like other secretive groups, the mystery surrounding the Teutonic Knights has helped their legacy endure. While some conspiracy theorists attempt to tie the group to other alleged secret societies like the Illuminati, other groups have tried to assert connections with the Teutonic Knights to bolster their own credentials. Who they were and what they had in their possession continue to be a source of great intrigue, even among non-historical circles.  While the military orders are now often tied to religion or conspiracy theories, they did once wield great power and influence in Europe, and their actions had consequences centuries after they had reached their peak. This was made clear in the wake of a major battle fought between German and Russian forces from August 26-30, 1914, during the First World War. It occurred in Masuria, a region of marshes, woodland, and numerous lakes in northern Poland, and almost 400,000 men were involved, and it was a decisive victory for the Germans, who annihilated the Russian army. The Germans named the battle after Tannenberg (Polish Stebark), and the battle, though widely fought over 100 miles, did indeed encompass the village, but there was a historical reason for assigning the name to the battle. On July 15, 1410, Tannenberg was the site of another decisive battle between the army of the Germanic Teutonic Order and that of Poland-Lithuania, a battle now commonly referred to as the Battle of Grunwald (after another nearby village). German nationalism saw the destruction of the Russians as vengeance upon the Slavs for the defeat of 1410, and the Nazis also exploited that sentiment during their invasions of Poland and Russia. Conversely, for Poles and Russians, the Teutonic Knights were precursors of the rapacious Germans of the Second and Third Reichs, and Grunwald was a symbol of freedom and resistance. These sentiments remain strong to this day.  These considerations aside, the Battle of Grunwald was significant for a number of reasons. It marked the end of the German colonization of Slavic and Baltic lands in northeastern Europe that had begun in the 12th century. It, therefore, also marked the beginning of an age when the Slavic (principally, the Polish) peoples could grow and expand without interference from the West. The battle also signified the end of the Teutonic Knights as a major power and marked the rise of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.

©2019 Charles River Editors (P)2019 Charles River Editors

Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 40 mins
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Foundation

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In this massive best seller in England, one of Britain's most popular and esteemed historians tells the epic story of the birth of the country.

Peter Ackroyd, whose work has always been underpinned by a profound interest in and understanding of England's history, now tells the epic story of England itself.

In Foundation the chronicler of London and of its river, the Thames, takes us from the primeval forests of England's prehistory to the death of the first Tudor king, Henry VII, in 1509. He guides us from the building of Stonehenge to the founding of the two great glories of medieval England: common law and the cathedrals. He shows us glimpses of the country's most distant past - a Neolithic stirrup found in a grave, a Roman fort, a Saxon tomb, a medieval manor house - and describes in rich prose the successive waves of invaders who made England English despite being themselves Roman, Viking, Saxon, or Norman French.

With his extraordinary skill for evoking time and place and his acute eye for the telling detail, Ackroyd recounts the story of warring kings, civil strife, and foreign wars. But he also gives us a vivid sense of how England's early people lived: the homes they built, the clothes they wore, the food they ate, even the jokes they told. All are brought vividly to life through the narrative mastery of one of Britain's finest writers.

©2011 Peter Ackroyd (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Clive Chafer
Category: History, Europe
Length: 18 hrs and 21 mins
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Royals at War

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Reveals shocking revelations about Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and the British royal family - and the divisive rifts between them. This explosive exposé, Royals at War, takes listeners inside a riven Buckingham Palace to provide the definitive account of the unfolding abdication crisis of 2020 - dubbed Megxit - during which the duke and duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, became royal outcasts. Through revealing interviews with royal family insiders, friends, aides, historians, royal watchers, and others with intimate knowledge of the House of Windsor, this tell-all book looks back at the events, motives, and crises that led to Harry (sixth in line to the throne) dramatically abandoning his birthright - in a move not seen for nearly a century, when King Edward VIII also gave up the crown for the woman he loved as Europe teetered on the brink of fascism and war. Like Edward and Wallis Simpson, the catalyst for the scandal here is also an ambitious, controversial American woman. Dylan Howard, best-selling author of Diana: Case Solved and Epstein: Dead Men Tell No Tales, charts how Meghan’s relationship with Harry was viewed as controversial from the start - and how her brief honeymoon with the British public began to sour shortly after she and Harry announced in November 2018 that they would be leaving Kensington Palace to move to Frogmore Cottage, an hour outside London. As senior royals expressed disapproval, the public at first seemed to enjoy the royal spat, with many still supporting Team Meghan - until it emerged that the bill to renovate Frogmore Cottage to Meghan’s lavish expectations would be three million dollars...and be picked up by British taxpayers. Finally, in a move nobody saw coming, Harry announced he was turning his back on the role he had been groomed for since birth - giving up his HRH title, repaying the renovation costs of Frogmore Cottage, abandoning his royal duties, and leaving Britain for good. Buckingham Palace reeled. Howard’s unique access and insight into this constitutional crisis will not only address the tensions and tantrums behind closed palace doors, but seek to answer the questions many are still asking: Has Prince Harry ever really recovered from the death of his mother, Diana - and the resentment he feels against the institution that tried to destroy her? Why did Meghan, once hailed as a breath of fresh air, rile up the monarchy? Why did she refuse to conform to royal conventions in the way that Catherine did before her? Did the public and media criticism of Meghan go too far? And just how valid are the accusations of racism? How did these modern royals treat the tabloids differently to tradition? And did it backfire? What next for Harry and Meghan? And how will they - and the institution they’ve turned their back on - react to their new lives outside the confines of the Palace and free from the strict codes and conventions that bind all members of the royal family? Caught in a trap by virtue of a life entombed in a gilded cage, Royals at War answers these questions and more...and reveals how Harry’s infatuation with Meghan and desire to modernize the monarchy could yet end in disaster for the House of Windsor. Played out against the cataclysm of the British tabloid’s laser focus on the duchess’ every movement - for good or ill - this is the true story of Harry and Meghan’s split from the establishment...and perhaps just the beginning of a whole new monarchy, redefined for the modern age.

©2020 Dylan Howard and Andy Tillett (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: David Linski
Category: History, Europe
Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
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The Black Death: A Captivating Guide to the Deadliest Pandemic in Medieval Europe and Human History

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If you want to discover the captivating history of The Black Death, then pay attention.... The Black Death was the first recorded pandemic in Europe after the fall of the Roman Empire. All across the continent, people learned just how gruesome and horrific disease could be as the plague crossed the boundaries of countries and the lines established by society, killing everyone equally. It showed that no one - not even archbishops and kings - was immune from its grasp. The ferocity with which the plague swept across the continent, even reaching the shores of England, demonstrated how unprepared they were for something on such a large scale. It was the first time that a major disease would strike the continent after the fall of the Roman Empire, but it would not be the last. In The Black Death: A Captivating Guide to the Deadliest Pandemic in Medieval Europe and Human History, you will discover topics such as: The First Pandemics The Black Death The Unlikely Use of the Black Death Rumors and Arrival Perceptions Vs. the Reality The Ultimate Equalizer Stealing the Future - Princess Joan Decline of the Catholic Church and the Rise of Mysticism Art of the Black Death The First Quarantine and Successful Containment Beyond the Human Toll Lasting Effects on Europe’s Future And much, much more! So if you want to learn more about the Black Death, scroll up and click the "add to cart" button!

©2019 Captivating History (P)2019 Captivating History

Narrator: Randy Whitlow
Category: History, Europe
Length: 3 hrs and 13 mins
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Full Steam Ahead

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The Age of Railways was an era of extraordinary change which utterly transformed every aspect of British life - from trade and transportation to health and recreation. Full Steam Ahead reveals how the world we live in today was entirely shaped by the rail network, charting the glorious evolution of rail transportation and how it left its mark on every aspect of life, landscape and culture. Peter Ginn and Ruth Goodman brilliantly bring this revolution to life in their trademark style, which engages and captivates. They explore the everyday lives and the intangible ephemeral history that makes up the stories of the people who built, worked and were affected by the railways. From the very first steam railways to the infrastructure that is still used in part today, they look at the men, women and children who lived and sometimes died constructing Britain's railway heritage. Immersing themselves in the story of how the railways made us what we are today, the authors uncover compelling social history along the way, exploring the railway's impact on everything from food and medicine to warfare and the class system. They tell the stories of the historic characters whose lives were changed by this radical mode of transport, describing the wider social history and geography of each particular region of Britain. As they trace the emergence of the Industrial Revolution across the country, the authors discover a hidden layer of social history, using rail transportation as a backdrop to reveal Britain's radical change in social attitudes and culture across the 19th and early 20th centuries, including the rise of the working class, women's rights, industrial growth, economic decline, warfare and the birth of the great British holiday. Full Steam Ahead is a passionate, charming and insightful look at Britain through the lens of one of its most momentous eras.

©2016 Lion Television Limited (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

Category: History, Europe
Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
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Rousseau and Revolution

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A History of Civilization in France, England, and Germany from 1756, and in the Remainder of Europe from 1715 to 1789 The Pulitzer Prize-winning volume on European civilization by acclaimed historians Will and Ariel Durant. Rousseau and Revolution, the 10th volume of the Story of Civilization, ranges over a Europe in ferment, but centers on the passionate rebel-philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, the great exponent of the romantic impulse toward self-exploration and social revolt, who contended with the great rationalist Voltaire for the mind of Europe. Rousseau condemned civilization as a disease, glorified the noble savage, proclaimed to the world with equal intensity his own love affairs and the natural rights of man, and became the patron saint of the revolution and the worldwide social upheavals of two centuries.

©1967 Will and Ariel Durant (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki
Category: History, Europe
Length: 57 hrs and 21 mins
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The Gates of Europe

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Ukraine is currently embroiled in a tense battle with Russia to preserve its economic and political independence. But today's conflict is only the latest in a long history of battles over Ukraine's existence as a sovereign nation. As award-winning historian Serhii Plokhy argues in The Gates of Europe, we must examine Ukraine's past in order to understand its fraught present and likely future. Situated between Europe, Russia, and the Asian East, Ukraine was shaped by the empires that have used it as a strategic gateway between East and West - from the Romans and Ottomans to the Third Reich and the Soviet Union, all have engaged in global fights for supremacy on Ukrainian soil. Each invading army left a lasting mark on the landscape and on the population, making modern Ukraine an amalgam of competing cultures. Authoritative and vividly written, The Gates of Europe will be the definitive history of Ukraine for years to come.

©2015 Serhii Plokhy (P)2015 Tantor

Narrator: Ralph Lister
Category: History, Europe
Length: 15 hrs and 20 mins
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The New World

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Between 1485 and 1688, England became a Protestant country under Henry VIII. His daughter, Elizabeth I, battled for succession and supremacy at home, and the discovery of 'the round world' enabled a vast continent across the Atlantic to be explored. While this new era was spawning the beginnings of modern America, England was engaged in a bloody civil war and sustained a Republican experiment under the leadership of Oliver Cromwell. This is the second volume in Churchill's famous account. The series remains a testament to the skill and insight of a remarkable storyteller and historian.

©2014 Audible, Inc. (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Category: History, Europe
Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
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Ivory Vikings

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In the early 1800s, on a Hebridean beach in Scotland, the sea exposed an ancient treasure cache: 93 chessmen carved from walrus ivory. Norse netsuke, each face individual, each full of quirks, the Lewis Chessmen are probably the most famous chess pieces in the world. Harry played Wizard's Chess with them in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Housed at the British Museum, they are among its most visited and beloved objects. Questions abounded: Who carved them? Where? Ivory Vikings explores these mysteries by connecting medieval Icelandic sagas with modern archaeology, art history, forensics, and the history of board games. In the process, Ivory Vikings presents a vivid history of the 400 years when the Vikings ruled the North Atlantic, and the sea road connected countries and islands we think of as far apart and culturally distinct: Norway and Scotland, Ireland and Iceland, and Greenland and North America. The story of the Lewis chessmen explains the economic lure behind the Viking voyages to the west in the 800s and 900s. And finally, it brings from the shadows an extraordinarily talented woman artist of the 12th century: Margret the Adroit of Iceland.

©2015 Nancy Marie Brown (P)2015 Recorded Books

Narrator: Tony Ward
Category: History, Europe
Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
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Victorians Undone: Tales of the Flesh in the Age of Decorum

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A groundbreaking account of what it was like to live in a Victorian body from one of our best historians, author of The Short Life and Long Times of Mrs Beeton and George Eliot: The Last Victorian. Why did the great philosophical novelist George Eliot feel so self-conscious that her right hand was larger than her left? Exactly what made Darwin grow that iconic beard in 1862, a good five years after his contemporaries had all retired their razors? Who knew Queen Victoria had a personal hygiene problem as a young woman and the crisis that followed led to a hurried commitment to marry Albert? What did John Sell Cotman, a handsome drawing room operator who painted some of the most exquisite watercolours the world has ever seen, feel about marrying a woman whose big nose made smart people snigger? How did a working-class child called Fanny Adams disintegrate into pieces in 1867 before being reassembled into a popular joke, one we still reference today, but would stop, appalled, if we knew its origins? Kathryn Hughes follows a thickened index finger or deep baritone voice into the realms of social history, medical discourse, aesthetic practice and religious observance - its language is one of admiring glances, cruel sniggers, and an implacably turned back. The result is an eye-opening, deeply intelligent, groundbreaking account that brings the Victorians back to life and helps us understand how they lived their lives.

©2017 Kathryn Hughes (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Jenny Funnell
Category: History, Europe
Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
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Emperor

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The life of Emperor Charles V (1500-1558), ruler of Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, and much of Italy and Central and South America, has long intrigued biographers. But the elusive nature of the man (despite an abundance of documentation), his relentless travel and the control of his own image, together with the complexity of governing the world's first transatlantic empire, complicate the task.    Geoffrey Parker, one of the world's leading historians of early modern Europe, has examined the surviving written sources in Dutch, French, German, Italian, Latin, and Spanish, as well as visual and material evidence. He explores the crucial decisions that created and preserved this vast empire, analyzes Charles' achievements within the context of both personal and structural factors, and scrutinizes the intimate details of the ruler's life for clues to his character and inclinations. The result is a unique biography that interrogates every dimension of Charles' reign and views the world through the emperor's own eyes.

©2019 Geoffrey Parker (P)2019 Tantor

Narrator: Nigel Patterson
Category: History, Europe
Length: 26 hrs and 24 mins
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Reflections on the Revolution in France

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Written in the form of a letter to a Frenchman, Edmund Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France is an impassioned attack on the French Revolution and its hasty destruction of the Church, the old elites, and the Crown. Burke tackles the new republic and its allegiance to principles such as liberty and equality, as well as its failure to recognize the complexities of human nature, society, and wisdom accumulated over time, contending that gradual change and adjustment is far better than immediate upheaval. Burke's treatise later became the target of Thomas Paine's own reflections on the French Revolution in Rights of Man, a devastating work that predicted more revolutions to come.  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

Public Domain (P)2020 Naxos AudioBooks

Narrator: Matt Addis
Author: Edmund Burke
Category: History, Europe
Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
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Bury the Chains

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From the author of the widely acclaimed King Leopold's Ghost comes the taut, gripping account of one of the most brilliantly organized social justice campaigns in history - the fight to free the slaves of the British Empire. 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. A deft chronicle of this groundbreaking antislavery crusade and its powerful enemies, Bury the Chains gives a little-celebrated human rights watershed its due at last.

©2005 Adam Hochschild (P)2018 Tantor

Narrator: Derek Perkins
Category: History, Europe
Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
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Armed Struggle

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The IRA has been a much richer, more complexly layered, and more protean organization than is frequently recognized. It is also more open to balanced examination now - at the end of its long war in the north of Ireland - than it was even a few years ago. Richard English's brilliant audiobook offers a detailed history of the IRA, providing invaluable historical depth to our understanding of the modern-day Provisionals, the more militant wing formed in 1969 dedicated to the removal of the British Government from Northern Ireland and the reunification of Ireland. English examines the dramatic events of the Easter Rising in 1916 and the bitter guerrilla war of 1919-21, the partitioning of Ireland in the 1920s, and the Irish Civil War of 1922-23. Here, too, are the IRA campaigns in Northern Ireland and Britain from the 1930s through the 1960s. He shows how the Provisionals were born out of the turbulence generated by the 1960s civil rights movement, and examines the escalating violence that introduced British troops to the streets of Northern Ireland. He also examines the split in the IRA that produced the Provisionals, the introduction of internment in 1971, and the tragedy of Bloody Sunday in 1972.

©2003, 2004, 2012 Richard English (P)2020 Tantor

Narrator: Roger Clark
Category: History, Europe
Length: 20 hrs and 6 mins
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The Emperor Charlemagne

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On Christmas Day, 800, Charlemagne was crowned "Emperor of the Romans" by Pope Leo III. Under his guidance the Carolingian Renaissance flourished, with his capital of Aachen becoming a center of learning and artistic genius. The legacy of Charlemagne on European history and culture is monumental. Yet, within 30 years of his death, his empire had fragmented. Who was this legendary ruler? How had he managed to rule these vast domains? And why has his legacy continued to influence Europeans to this day? E. R. Chamberlin's masterful biography of Charlemagne demonstrates the sheer force of will that this charismatic leader was able to command as he created a realm to rival the Byzantines in the east. Through the course of the book Chamberlin brings to life how Charlemagne forged his empire and uncovers the people, the religious and political controversies, the social and agricultural conditions, and the changes in warfare that took place more than 1,000 years ago.

©2020 The Estate of E.R. Chamberlin (P)2021 Tantor

Narrator: Nigel Patterson
Category: History, Europe
Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
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A Rare Recording of Sir Ernest Shackleton

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Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton (1874-1922) was a polar explorer who led three British expeditions to the Antarctic. During the second expedition, from 1907 to 1909, he and three companions established a new record for the "farthest South latitude", which was 97 miles from the South Pole and the closest in pole exploration history. Members of his team also climbed Mount Erebus, the most active volcano on Antarctica.   For these achievements, Shackleton was knighted by King Edward VII on his return home. A few years later, his ship, The Endurance, became trapped in pack ice and was slowly crushed. The crew escaped by camping on the sea ice, then launching their lifeboats to reach the inhabited island of South Georgia, a stormy ocean voyage of 720 nautical miles. It became Shackleton's most famous exploit.

Public Domain (P)2020 Listen & Live Audio

Category: History, Europe
Length: 4 mins
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Bloody Sunday

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Bloody Sunday was the worst massacre of British citizens by British troops since Peterloo in 1819 - a potent distillation of the rage and anguish of a bitter conflict that spanned decades and claimed three and a half thousand lives. In 2002, when the Saville Inquiry transferred from Derry to London, author Douglas Murray began attending daily to hear at firsthand the testimony of the soldiers and members of the IRA who had been there that dreadful day. What he discovered was a devastating story of ordinary people thrown into the most terrible of situations, a story not only more straightforward than the British army would like to admit, but more complex than the IRA has always claimed. This book is not solely about a shocking event or a process of justice; it is about the efforts of a group of people to arrive at truth and a country’s attempt - three decades on - at painful and perhaps incomplete reconciliation. Douglas Murray is a best-selling author and award-winning political journalist based in London. From 2007 to 2011 he was the director of the Centre for Social Cohesion in London. He is now a Senior Fellow at the Henry Jackson Society. Read by Michael Fenton Stevens (Last Trains, MI9, Whisper Wings, The Science of the Discworld, Long Earth, Long War, David Jason: Autobiography, Spitting Image, KYTV) WARNING - this audiobook contains some strong language and descriptions of violence & injuries.

©2011 Biteback Publishing (P)2014 Spokenworld Audio & Ladbroke Audio Ltd

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Category: History, Europe
Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
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A History of Hitler's Empire, 2nd Edition

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Know thy enemy. That's what the wisdom of history teaches us. And Adolf Hitler was surely the greatest enemy ever faced by modern civilization. Over half a century later, the horror, fascination, and questions still linger: How could a man like Hitler and a movement like Nazism come to power in 20th-century Germany – an industrially developed country with a highly educated population? How were the Nazis able to establish the foundations of a totalitarian regime in such a short time and hurl all of Europe - and the world - into a devastating war that would consume so many millions of lives? Professor Childers has designed this gripping 12-lecture course to shed light on these and other questions that have plagued generations. You'll start by looking at the catastrophic impact World War I had on Germany, and how the war and the humiliating Treaty of Versailles crippled the Weimar Republic. From there, you'll turn to the Third Reich – Nazism in power – with an investigation of how Hitler and his henchmen systematically and ruthlessly broke resistance, taking over the major institutions of state power and creating a totalitarian system of terror, propaganda, and pervasive regimentation. You'll also examine Hitler's foreign policy between 1933 and 1939, and discover how and why he puzzled the world by entering into an accommodation with his deadly enemy, Stalin, on the eve of World War II. In the final lectures, you'll focus on Hitler's war against the Jews from Mein Kampf to Auschwitz, dissecting the horrifying racial ideas of the Nazis and the policies adopted to transform those ideas into reality. Finally, you'll learn how Hitler's evil empire was destroyed by Allied might. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2001 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2001 The Great Courses

Narrator: Thomas Childers
Category: History, Europe
Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
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The Year of Living Danishly

226 ratings

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When she was suddenly given the opportunity of a new life in rural Jutland, journalist and archetypal Londoner Helen Russell discovered a startling statistic: the happiest place on earth isn't Disneyland but Denmark, a land often thought of by foreigners as consisting entirely of long, dark winters, cured herring, Lego and pastries. What is the secret to their success? Are happy Danes born or made? Helen decides there is only one way to find out: she will give herself a year, trying to uncover the formula for Danish happiness. From child care, education, food and interior design to SAD, taxes, sexism and an unfortunate predilection for burning witches, The Year of Living Danishly is a funny, poignant record of a journey that shows us where the Danes get it right, where they get it wrong, and how we might just benefit from living a little more Danishly ourselves. Helen Russell is a journalist and former editor of MarieClaire.co.uk. She now lives in rural Jutland and works as a Scandinavia correspondent for the Guardian as well as writing a column on Denmark for the Telegraph.

©2015 Helen Russell (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

Category: History, Europe
Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
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The Viking Myth

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Vikings are a part of everyday life. For a people who lived around a thousand years ago, their omnipresence is remarkable. They are a marketing device, a tourist attraction, and a subject on the national curriculum. They appear at museums, Viking festivals, and in comic strips, films, novels, and children's history books. They are a focus of academic controversy, with scholars waging an ongoing war over the proper interpretations of the Viking past, and they lend themselves readily to use in constructing various national and regional identities. Vikings are a vibrant part of modern popular culture. Although the Viking Age ended nearly a millennium ago, today Viking images are everywhere, functioning as marketing devices, role models, and sources of regional/national pride and identity. This book examines the causes of the Vikings' adoption as icons of popular culture and looks at the various ways in which Vikings are used. The book also turns to a chronological overview of political, literary, and archaeological developments that have influenced the evolution of Viking images.

©2021 Mike Parson (P)2021 Mike Parson

Narrator: Hadi Hajjar
Author: Mike Parson
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
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Heart of Europe

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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. Heart of Europe traces the empire from its origins within Charlemagne's kingdom in 800 to its demise in 1806. By the mid-tenth century, its core rested in the German kingdom, and ultimately its territory stretched from France and Denmark to Italy and Poland. Yet the empire remained abstract, with no fixed capital and no common language or culture. The source of its continuity and legitimacy was the ideal of a unified Christian civilization, but this did not prevent emperors from clashing with the pope over supremacy. Though the title of Holy Roman Emperor retained prestige, rising states such as Austria and Prussia wielded power in a way the empire could not. While it gradually lost the flexibility to cope with political, economic, and social changes, the empire was far from being in crisis until the onslaught of the French revolutionary wars.

©2016 Peter H. Wilson (P)2017 Tantor

Narrator: Napoleon Ryan
Category: History, Europe
Length: 34 hrs and 3 mins
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History of France: Power Of The Crown

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This chapter of France's history is about Power Of The Crown: Richelieu's Administration, the War in Flanders and Italy, the Fronde, the Court of Anne of Austria, the Court of Louis XIV, France under Louis XIV, war in the Low Countries, the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, the war of the Palatinate, the war of the Succession in Spain, the peace of Utrecht, the Regency, the war of the Austrian Succession, the Seven Years' War, France under Louis XV, and the Reaction.     Charlotte Mary Yonge was an English novelist and historian. Yonge's work was widely read and respected in the nineteenth century, and admired by many great writers like Lewis Carroll or George Eliot. She attached a lot of importance to the education of girls, and her work reflected the values and concerns of Anglo-Catholicism; she wrote many historical novels, for which she studied history in great detail.     This audiobook, read by Paul Spera, is her retelling of the essential episodes that made France. Each historical event is replaced into context and presented in clear and easy-to-read snippets, so that younger and older readers can deepen their understanding of how modern France came to be and broaden their culture. This historical essays deals with France's earlier kings, the hundred years' war, the struggle with Burgundy, the Italian wars, the wars of religion, absolute monarchy, and the French Revolution.  

©2018 Compagnie du Savoir (P)2018 Astorg Audio

Narrator: Paul Spera
Category: History, Europe
Length: 31 mins
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Danubia

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From the end of the Middle Ages to the First World War, Europe was dominated by one family: the Habsburgs. Their unprecedented rule is the focus of Simon Winder's vivid third book, Danubia.  Winder's approach is friendly, witty, personal; this is a narrative that, while erudite and well researched, prefers to be discursive and anecdotal. In his survey of the centuries of often incompetent Habsburg rule which have continued to shape the fate of Central Europe, Winder does not shy away from the horrors, railing against the effects of nationalism, recounting the violence that was often part of life. But this is a history dominated above all by Winder's energy and curiosity. Thrillingly informative, Danubia is a treat that listeners will be eager to dip into.

©2013 Simon Winder (P)2018 Tantor

Author: Simon Winder
Category: History, Europe
Length: 22 hrs and 11 mins
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The Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Rise of Nations

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Between 1348 and 1715, western Europe was fraught with turmoil, beset by the Black Plague, numerous and bitter religious wars, and frequent political revolutions and upheavals. Yet the Europe that emerged from this was vastly different from the Europe that entered it. By the start of the 18th century, Europe had been revitalized and reborn in a radical break with the past that would have untold ramifications for human civilization. This comprehensive series of 48 lectures by an award-winning teacher and scholar sheds new light on this critical period by exploring the political, social, cultural, and economic revolutions that transformed Europe between the arrival of the Black Death in the 14th century to the onset of the Enlightenment in the 18th century. It explains how these startling changes came about; the social, economic, and political factors that helped steer Europe away from the Middle Ages and into the modern world; the kinds of patterns we can see during this time; and how these centuries were critical to the entire narrative of history and have contributed to the Western world we know today. Professor Fix covers a remarkable breadth of subjects relating to European history from 1348 to 1715. While religion, politics, wars, and economics dominate this period, he also pays close attention to art, exploration, science, and technology. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2005 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2005 The Great Courses

Narrator: Andrew C. Fix
Category: History, Europe
Length: 24 hrs and 17 mins
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The Road to Little Dribbling

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A loving and hilarious - if occasionally spiky - valentine to Bill Bryson’s adopted country, Great Britain. Prepare for total joy and multiple episodes of unseemly laughter.  Twenty years ago, Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to discover and celebrate that green and pleasant land. The result was Notes from a Small Island, a true classic and one of the best-selling travel books ever written. Now, he has traveled about Britain again, by bus and train and rental car and on foot, to see what has changed - and what hasn’t. Following (but not too closely) a route he dubs the Bryson Line, from Bognor Regis in the South to Cape Wrath in the North, by way of places few travelers ever get to at all, Bryson rediscovers the wondrously beautiful, magnificently eccentric, endearingly singular country that he both celebrates and, when called for, twits. With his matchless instinct for the funniest and quirkiest and his unerring eye for the idiotic, the bewildering, the appealing, and the ridiculous, he offers acute and perceptive insights into all that is best and worst about Britain today. Nothing is more entertaining than Bill Bryson on the road - and on a tear. The Road to Little Dribbling reaffirms his stature as a master of the travel narrative - and a really, really funny guy.

©2016 Bill Bryson (P)2016 Random House Audio

Narrator: Nathan Osgood
Author: Bill Bryson
Category: History, Europe
Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
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A Year in Provence

2 ratings

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Peter Mayle and his wife had been to Provence as tourists. They had dreamed of one day trading the long, grey winters and damp summers of England for the blue skies and sunshine of the coast of southern France. And then they made it happen. They moved into an old farmhouse at the foot of the Luberon mountains and embarked on a wonderful, if at times bewildering, new life. Among their experiences that first year: being inundated with builders and visitors, grappling with the native accent, taking part in goat races and supervising the planting of a new vineyard. Now, Peter Mayle personally recounts the pleasures and frustrations of Provençal life - sharing in a way no one else can, the unique and endearing culture that is Provence.

©1989 Peter Mayle (P)1991 Macmillan Audio

Narrator: Peter Mayle
Author: Peter Mayle
Category: History, Europe
Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
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The Renaissance

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If you want to discover the captivating history of the Renaissance, then pay attention.... “Renaissance” is the French word for “rebirth,” which is given to the period of time between the 14th and 17th centuries in Europe when there was a marked resurgence in classical art, education, philosophy, architecture, and natural sciences. At its heart, the Renaissance marked a widespread stability that Europe had not known for centuries, coupled with an inevitable desire of people everywhere to learn and express themselves. Education and economic stability transformed Europe into a beacon of high culture that eventually led to the Enlightenment and the Modern Age as we know it. In The Renaissance, you will discover topics such as: A Brief look at pre-Renaissance Europe The Black Death The Italian Renaissance The fall of Constantinople The printing press Literature of the 15th century The new education The medics of Florence and France The Dutch and Flemish painting revolution Leonardo da Vinci Michelangelo Copernicus The Reformation The Spanish Inquisition and Renaissance France and the wars of religion Arts and politics across Renaissance Europe The Age of Discovery Women’s education Galileo Galilea English Renaissance under the Tudors Shakespeare, Lully, and the new art Seers and prophets The medical Renaissance The persecuted intellectuals In the years following the Renaissance And much, much more! Get this audiobook now if you want to learn more about the Renaissance!

©2019 Captivating History (P)2019 Captivating History

Category: History, Europe
Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
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The Age of Reason Begins

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This seventh volume of Will and Ariel Durant's renowned Story of Civilization chronicles the history of European civilization from 1558 to 1648. The Age of Reason Begins brings together a fascinating network of stories in the discussion of the bumpy road toward the Enlightenment. This is the age of great monarchs and greater artists - on the one hand, Elizabeth I of England, Philip II of Spain, and Henry IV of France; on the other, Shakespeare, Cervantes, Montaigne, and Rembrandt. It also encompasses the heyday of Francis Bacon, Galileo, Giordano Bruno, and Descartes, the fathers of modern science and philosophy. But it is equally an age of extreme violence, a moment in which all Europe was embroiled in the horrible Thirty Years' War - in some respects, the real first world war. This chapter in cultural history is one that can't be missed.

©1961 Will and Ariel Durant (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Grover Gardner
Category: History, Europe
Length: 34 hrs and 51 mins
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To the Scaffold

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To this day Marie Antoinette remains one of history’s most misunderstood heroines. How she triumphed over the petty jealousies and backstairs rivalries of the court, how she sustained a good-hearted but malleable king, and how she was transformed from French queen to Austrian “whore,” is the story told with skill and fascinating detail.

©1991 Carolly Erickson (P)1991 Recorded Books, LLC

Narrator: Davina Porter
Category: History, Europe
Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
Available on Audible
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The Hollow Crown

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The 15th century saw the crown of England change hands seven times as the great families of England fought to the death for power, majesty and the right to rule.  The Hollow Crown completes Dan Jones' epic history of medieval England, and describes how the Plantagenets tore themselves apart to be finally replaced by the Tudors.   Some of the greatest heroes and villains in British history were thrown together in these turbulent times: Henry V, whose victory at Agincourt and prudent rule at home marked the high point of the medieval monarchy; Edward IV, who was handed his crown by the scheming soldier Warwick the Kingmaker, before their alliance collapsed into a fight to the death; and the last Plantagenet, Richard III, who stole the throne and murdered his own nephews, the Princes in the Tower. Finally, the Tudors arrived - but even their rule was only made certain in the 1520s, when Henry VIII ruthlessly hunted down his family's last remaining enemies.  In the midst this tumult, chivalry was reborn, the printing press arrived and the Renaissance began to flourish. With vivid descriptions of the battle of Towton, where 28,000 men died in a single morning, and the Battle of Bosworth Field, at which Richard III was hacked down, this is the real story behind Shakespeare's famous history plays.

©2014 Dan Jones (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: Dan Jones
Author: Dan Jones
Category: History, Europe
Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
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Prince Philip Revealed

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Discover the full and fascinating story of Prince Philip - one of the most important, influential, and elusive royals - in this colorful and revelatory biography written by the renowned royal family expert and editor in chief of Majesty magazine. The son of Greek and Danish royalty, consort to the queen, and the grandfather of Princes Harry and William, Prince Philip has been at the heart of the royal family for decades - yet he remains an enigma to many. Now, Ingrid Seward, the editor in chief of Majesty magazine, brings her decades of experience covering the royal family to this fascinating and insightful biography of Queen Elizabeth II's husband, and father, grandfather, and great-grandfather of the next three kings of England. From his early childhood in Paris among aristocrats and his mother's battle with schizophrenia to his distinctive military service during World War II and marriage to Elizabeth in 1947, Seward chronicles Philip's life and reveals his many faces - as a father, a philanthropist, a philanderer, and a statesman. Though it would take years for Philip to find his place in a royal court that initially distrusted him, he remains one of the most complex, powerful, yet confounding members of Britain’s royal family. Entertaining, eye-opening, and informative, Prince Philip is perfect for any anglophile and fans of the series The Crown.

©2020 Ingrid Seward. All rights reserved. (P)2020 Simon & Schuster UK. All rights reserved.

Narrator: Julie Teal
Category: History, Europe
Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
Available on Audible
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Europe and Western Civilization in the Modern Age

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Only three lifetimes ago, Europe was a farming society ruled by families of monarchs. But with two seismic tremors-capitalism and democracy-Europe's economic and royal foundations were shattered forever and modern European history began. In this series of 48 fascinating lectures, Professor Childers makes the history of Europe from the 1750s to the present-events both horrible and magnificent-as immediate as today's headlines, employing the historian's craft and a storyteller's skill to find the causes of what otherwise could seem to be the march of folly. The result is an intellectually exhilarating journey through a period of three lifetimes such as the world had never experienced. You'll see how in the span of just one life, England became an industrial, urban culture; tens of thousands were guillotined in France; Napoleon's Empire - the greatest since Rome-rose and fell; and revolution swept the capitals of Europe; how in the span of just one more, the Russian serfs were freed; Italy and Germany were created from a loose collection of city-states; European powers divided and conquered Africa; Darwin, Marx, Freud, and Einstein published world-shaking ideas; and millions died in a Great War; and how in that third lifetime, the world was plunged into economic depression, global war, and genocide; Europe abandoned its African colonies; the Soviet Union rose and fell; Fascism and Communism failed as democracy became the dominant form of government; and the same European powers that had bled each other for hundreds of years created a Common Market and unified currency. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©1998 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)1998 The Great Courses

Narrator: Thomas Childers
Category: History, Europe
Length: 23 hrs and 25 mins
Available on Audible
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The Dark Ages

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If you want to discover the captivating history of the Dark Ages, then pay attention.... Following the fall of Rome in 476 CE, the entire dynamic of Europe underwent a complete shift in power and culture. The Dark Ages was an interesting period of about six centuries, and during it, Europe was still trying to figure out what it was and how it would survive the chaos that followed the fall of Rome.  In The Dark Ages: A Captivating Guide to the Period Between the Fall of the Roman Empire and the Renaissance, you will discover topics such as: The misconception of the Dark Ages The world after Rome The rise of the Christian Church Rome continues – The Byzantine Empire The rise of the Caliphate and the conquest of Spain The Lombard Kingdom Charlemagne The Treaty of Verdun and the Rurik Dynasty – beginnings of modern nations Alfred the Great Otto 1 and the founding of a loose federation The Reign of Venice The Vikings The second half of the Middle Ages The Renaissance And much, much more! So if you want to learn more about the Dark Ages, scroll up and click the "Add to Cart" button!

©2019 Captivating History (P)2019 Captivating History

Narrator: Randy Whitlow
Category: History, Europe
Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
Available on Audible
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Iberia

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Spain is an immemorial land like no other, one that James A. Michener, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and celebrated citizen of the world, came to love as his own. Iberia is Michener's enduring nonfiction tribute to his cherished second home. In the fresh and vivid prose that is his trademark, he not only reveals the celebrated history of bullfighters and warrior kings, painters and processions, cathedrals and olive orchards; he also shares the intimate, often hidden country he came to know, where the congeniality of living souls is thrust against the dark weight of history. Wild, contradictory, passionately beautiful, this is Spain as experienced by a master writer.

©2015 James A. Michener (P)2015 Random House Audio

Narrator: Larry McKeever
Category: History, Europe
Length: 37 hrs and 41 mins
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Iron, Fire and Ice

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Have you read everything George R.R. Martin has every written? Do you know what in Game of Thrones is based in real history? 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. He is supported in this war by his mother, who has spirited away her two younger sons to safety. Against them is the queen, passionate, proud, and strong-willed and with more of the masculine virtues of the time than most men. She too is battling for the inheritance of her young son, not yet fully grown but already a sadist who takes delight in watching executions. 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. The Red Wedding? Based on actual events in Scottish history. The poisoning of Joffrey Baratheon? Eerily similar to the death of William the Conqueror’s grandson. The Dothraki? Also known as Huns, Magyars, Turks, and Mongols. Join Ed West, as he explores all of Martin’s influences, from religion to war to powerful women. Discover the real history behind the phenomenon and see for yourself that truth is stranger than fiction.

©2019 by Ed West. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Narrator: Rory Barnett
Author: Ed West
Category: History, Europe
Length: 20 hrs and 15 mins
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Amsterdam

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An endlessly entertaining portrait of the city of Amsterdam and the ideas that make it unique, by the author of the acclaimed Island at the Center of the World Tourists know Amsterdam as a picturesque city of low-slung brick houses lining tidy canals; student travelers know it for its legal brothels and hash bars; art lovers know it for Rembrandt's glorious portraits. But the deeper history of Amsterdam, what makes it one of the most fascinating places on Earth, is bound up in its unique geography - the constant battle of its citizens to keep the sea at bay and the democratic philosophy that this enduring struggle fostered. Amsterdam is the font of liberalism, in both its senses. Tolerance for free thinking and free love make it a place where, in the words of one of its mayors, "craziness is a value". But the city also fostered the deeper meaning of liberalism, one that profoundly influenced America: political and economic freedom. Amsterdam was home not only to religious dissidents and radical thinkers but to the world's first great global corporation. In this effortlessly erudite account, Russell Shorto traces the idiosyncratic evolution of Amsterdam, showing how such disparate elements as herring anatomy, naked Anabaptists parading through the streets, and an intimate gathering in a 16th-century wine-tasting room had a profound effect on Dutch - and world - history. Weaving in his own experiences of his adopted home, Shorto provides an ever-surprising, intellectually engaging story of Amsterdam from the building of its first canals in the 1300s, through its brutal struggle for independence, its golden age as a vast empire, to its complex present in which its cherished ideals of liberalism are under siege.

©2013 Russell Shorto (P)2013 Random House Audio

Narrator: Russell Shorto
Category: History, Europe
Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
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Battle of Waterloo: A History from Beginning to End

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The Battle of Waterloo has become synonymous with the word defeat, but who lost, and why was it important? In 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte left the island of Elba and, in a space of 100 days, took power and challenged the entire world to meet him on his terms. When that failed, he offered them a fight, one that would end at Waterloo, and left repercussions which can still be felt, even now, centuries later. Inside you will hear about.... Beginnings Discord and Discontent The World Rearranged The Prisoner The Journey to Waterloo Begins One Hundred Days Quatre Bras & Ligny And much more! Who was this man, and what happened on the battlefield that made this fight in particular so important? What was the lesson of Waterloo?

©2016 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Jimmy Kieffer
Category: History, Europe
Length: 56 mins
Available on Audible
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Sicily: Three Thousand Years of Human History

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Tourists, armchair travelers, and historians will all delight in this fluid narrative that can be read straight through, dipped into over time, or used as a reference guide to each period in Sicily's fascinating tale. Emigration of people from Sicily often overshadows the importance of the people who immigrated to the island through the centuries. These have included several who became Sicily's rulers, along with Jews, Ligurians, and Albanians. Greeks, Romans, Vandals, Goths, Byzantines, Muslims, Normans, Hohenstaufens, Spaniards, Bourbons, the Savoy Kingdom of Italy and the modern era have all held sway, and left lasting influences on the island's culture and architecture. Sicily's character has also been determined by what passed it by: events that affected Europe generally, namely the Crusades and Columbus's discovery of the Americas, remarkably had little influence on Italy's most famous island.

©2006 Sandra Benjamin (P)2012 Steerforth Press LLC

Narrator: Fred Filbrich
Category: History, Europe
Length: 16 hrs and 32 mins
Available on Audible
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Magna Carta

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If you want to discover the captivating history of the Magna Carta, then pay attention... The Magna Carta is celebrated as one of the most important documents in human history. It is the main source of constitutional law around the world, promising people liberties and protection from the arbitrary power of the government. However, it is also a set of promises extorted in bad faith from an unwilling king, and these promises dealt with the problems of the 13th-century aristocracy. Among the ordinary problems of fees, customs, and land law, greater ideas found their way into the document, revolutionary ideas that would change the world. However, in 1215, they were sparse, mentioned here and there in the form of high ideals more than in the form of a law. Some parts of the Magna Carta are still quoted, such as clauses that deal with justice before peers, freedom from unlawful imprisonment, freedom of the church, and so on. However, in medieval times, these clauses did not have the same meaning as they do today. The Magna Carta showed itself to be a flexible document with ideas that could be bent and transformed to suit the needs of the new times. In Magna Carta: A Captivating Guide to the History of the Great Charter and its Influence on Medieval England and the Rest of the World, you will discover topics such as: King John The path to Runnymede The Magna Carta The failure of the Magna Carta The war The regent and the end of the First Barons’ War Henry III and the Magna Carta Second Barons’ War and Edward I The Late Medieval Period and the Tudors The revival of the Magna Carta The New World and the Magna Carta So, if you want to learn more about the Magna Carta, buy this book today!

©2020 Captivating History (P)2020 Captivating History

Narrator: Colin Fluxman
Category: History, Europe
Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
Available on Audible
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Au temps des Vikings

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Au temps des Vikings? nous plonge au sein d'une civilisation fascinante, loin des clichés virils et barbares dont on l'a longtemps affublée. Le temps des Vikings, de 800 à 1100, c'est ce moment de l'histoire du Moyen Âge où de farouches guerriers venus du Nord sèment la terreur dans de nombreuses villes européennes accessibles par mer ou voie fluviale. Ils pillent, s'emparent des trésors des églises et des monastères, enlèvent des habitants qu'ils échangent contre une rançon ou vendent comme esclaves. On ignore néanmoins souvent que ces marchands exceptionnels ont ouvert de nouvelles voies commerciales entre le Nord, le califat arabe et l'Empire byzantin. Ils se sont installés en Russie, dans les îles Britanniques, en Irlande, en Islande et au Groenland. Ils ont développé une poésie d'un raffinement inégalé, mettant en scène les prouesses des guerriers et les aventures des dieux de leur panthéon. Mais les Vikings ne constituaient pas un peuple. Contrairement à ce que des conceptions raciales ont prétendu, il n'était pas nécessaire qu'un sang scandinave coulât dans les veines du guerrier pour qu'il soit reconnu comme un Viking. L'auteur met à profit les plus récentes découvertes archéologiques ainsi que les récits des ambassadeurs arabes pour raconter le monde quotidien des paysans comme des seigneurs de guerre et des rois - un monde où la magie et les fantômes ont toute leur place. Loin des barbares sanguinaires ordinairement décrits, les Vikings ont ainsi été des acteurs de premier plan au Moyen Âge, avant de disparaître avec l'évangélisation de la Scandinavie et la création des trois royaumes de Norvège, de Suède et du Danemark.

©2014 / 2018 Princeton University Press. Licensed by Princeton University Press, Princeton New Jersey, USA in conjunction with their duly appointed agent, L'Autre agence. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the Publishers / Éditions La Découverte, Paris, pour la traduction française. Traduit par Philippe Pignarre (P)2020 Lizzie, un département d'Univers Poche, Paris

Narrator: Yann Sundberg
Category: History, Europe
Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
Available on Audible
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History of the Vikings: A Captivating Guide to the Viking Age and Feared Norse Seafarers Such as Ragnar Lothbrok, Ivar the Boneless, Egil Skallagrimsson, and More

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Explore the captivating history of the vikings Men like Ragnar Lothbrok, Eric Bloodaxe, Ivar the Boneless, and Bjorn Ironside are portrayed as preying on unsuspecting communities and spreading fear across Europe as they laid waste to all that lay before them, taking what they wanted at the point of a sword.  It is true that the Vikings were, without a doubt, brutal men living in a brutal age. They did use their skills as warriors to relentlessly attack Europe and the British Isles to increase their wealth and territory, but that is not all the Vikings were, and their contribution to world history is far more than warmongering.  In this captivating history audiobook, you'll not only learn about heroic warriors in battle but you'll also discover the remarkable achievements made by the Vikings. In History of the Vikings: A Captivating Guide to the Viking Age and Feared Norse Seafarers Such as Ragnar Lothbrok, Ivar the Boneless, Egil Skallagrimsson, and More, you will discover topics such as   The Rise of the Mighty Vikings and the Viking Age Significant Viking Raids and Battles Ragnar Lothbrok - Man or Myth Ivar the Boneless - Ruthless Warrior, Leader of the Great Heathen Army, and Conqueror of England Bjorn Ironside - Raider of the Mediterranean  Harald Fairhair - First King of Norway Eric Bloodaxe - Terrifying Family Killer Egil Skallagrimsson - Warrior Poet Sweyn Forkbeard - The Forgotten King of England King Olaf Tryggvason and the Rise of Christianity in Norway Harald Hardrada - The Last Great Viking Ruler The Viking Age of Exploration The Significance of the Settlement of Iceland, Greenland, and Vinland Viking Society and Everyday Life And much, much more So listen to this audiobook now if you want to learn more about the history of the Vikings!

©2018 Captivating History (P)2018 Captivating History

Narrator: Desmond Manny
Category: History, Europe
Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
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The Norman Conquest

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If you want to discover the captivating history of the Norman Conquest, then pay attention.... The year 1066 CE is one of the largest turning points in British history, with most people today having heard of the Battle of Hastings. The year had begun with the death of Edward the Confessor, a man who would be one of the last Anglo-Saxon kings. In the end, the course of the kingdom's history would shift as William the Bastard became William the Conqueror.  In The Norman Conquest: A Captivating Guide to the Normans and the Invasion of England by William the Conqueror, Including Events Such as the Battle of Stamford Bridge and the Battle of Hastings, you will discover topics such as England before the Death of a Pious King and the Norman Invasion Edward the Confessor and the Question of Succession The Norwegian King Harald Hardrada William, Duke of Normandy Harold II of England Verification of Events and Preparations for War The Invasion of the Norwegian King Harald Hardrada William Arrives in England The Battle of Hastings and William’s Coronation Rebelling against the New King and the Consequences of Doing So The Domesday Book Effects of the Conquest Shakespeare, Lully, and the New Art Seers and Prophets Records of 1066 CE - Insight into a Time of Turmoil And Much, Much More! So if you want to learn more about the Norman Conquest, scroll up and click the "buy" button!

©2019 Captivating History (P)2020 Captivating History

Narrator: Colin Fluxman
Category: History, Europe
Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
Available on Audible
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From Gutenberg to Google

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Network revolutions of the past have shaped the present and set the stage for the revolution we are experiencing today In an era of seemingly instant change, it's easy to think that today's revolutions - in communications, business, and many areas of daily life - are unprecedented. Today's changes may be new and may be happening faster than ever before. But our ancestors at times were just as bewildered by rapid upheavals in what we now call “networks” - the physical links that bind any society together. In this fascinating book, former FCC chairman Tom Wheeler brings to life the two great network revolutions of the past and uses them to help put in perspective the confusion, uncertainty, and even excitement most people face today. The first big network revolution was the invention of movable-type printing in the 15th century. This book, its millions of predecessors, and even such broad trends as the Reformation, the Renaissance, and the multiple scientific revolutions of the past 500 years would not have been possible without that one invention. The second revolution came with the invention of the telegraph early in the 19th century. Never before had people been able to communicate over long distances faster than a horse could travel. Along with the development of the world's first high-speed network - the railroad - the telegraph upended centuries of stability and literally redrew the map of the world. Wheeler puts these past revolutions into the perspective of today, when rapid-fire changes in networking are upending the nature of work, personal privacy, education, the media, and nearly every other aspect of modern life. But he doesn't leave it there. Outlining “What's Next”, he describes how artificial intelligence, virtual reality, blockchain, and the need for cybersecurity are laying the foundation for a third network revolution. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Tom Wheeler (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Brian Troxell
Author: Tom Wheeler
Category: History, Europe
Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
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The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England

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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, and startling for its portrayal of humanity in an age of violence, exuberance and fear.

©2008 Ian Mortimer (P)2009 Isis Publishing Ltd

Narrator: Jonathan Keeble
Author: Ian Mortimer
Category: History, Europe
Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
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A Macat Analysis of Edmund Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France

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A Macat Analysis of Edmund Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France. Reflections on the Revolution in France may read like an exercise in political theory. But when it was first published in 1790, Edmund Burke was fighting a real political battle. Burke saw that the Enlightenment ideas that had inspired radical political change in France the year before were beginning to take root in England. He wanted to discredit these dangerous thoughts before they sparked a revolution in his own country. By publishing his pamphlet in the form of a "letter to a friend," Burke could use a fiery, rhetorical style to discredit revolutionary developments in France and attack the idea that England should follow its neighbor into democracy. Burke argued for a conservative society, in which institutions that have stood the test of time are to be cherished and change introduced slowly - and only after proper consideration. Burke's pragmatic analysis and cautious views act as the foundation for much modern conservative thinking. His powerful imagery and appeals to emotion have captured readers' imaginations for centuries and swayed opinions in ways that remain relevant today. You can find out more about how Burke's ideas have been challenged and applied - and how his work has impacted on thinkers in other academic disciplines - by exploring further in the Macat Library.

©2016 Macat Int (P)2016 Macat Int

Narrator: Macat.com
Author: Riley Quinn
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
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The Tunnels

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A thrilling Cold War narrative of superpower showdowns, media suppression, and two escape tunnels beneath the Berlin Wall.   In the summer of 1962, the year after the rise of the Berlin Wall, a group of young West Germans risked prison, Stasi torture, and even death to liberate friends, lovers, and strangers in East Berlin by digging tunnels under the wall. Then, two US television networks heard about the secret projects and raced to be first to document them from the inside.  NBC and CBS funded two separate tunnels in return for the right to film the escapes, planning spectacular prime-time specials. President John F. Kennedy, however, was wary of anything that might spark a confrontation with the Soviets, having said, “A wall is better than a war” and even confessing to Secretary of State Dean Rusk, “We don’t care about East Berlin.” JFK approved unprecedented maneuvers to quash both documentaries, testing the limits of a free press in an era of escalating nuclear tensions. As Greg Mitchell’s riveting narrative unfolds, we meet extraordinary characters: the legendary cyclist who became East Germany’s top target for arrest; the Stasi informer who betrays the “CBS tunnel”; the American student who aided the escapes; an engineer who would later help build the tunnel under the English channel; and the young East Berliner who fled with her baby, then married one of the tunnelers.  The Tunnels captures the chilling reach of the Stasi secret police as US networks prepared to “pay for play” but were willing to cave to official pressure, the White House was eager to suppress historic coverage, and ordinary people in dire circumstances became subversive. The Tunnels is breaking history, a propulsive listen whose themes still reverberate. 

©2016 Greg Mitchell (P)2016 Random House Audio

Narrator: John Lee
Category: History, Europe
Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
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Galileo Galilei

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Si quiere descubrir la cautivadora vida de Galileo Galilei, siga leyendo... Las contribuciones de Galileo Galilei a la ciencia moderna fueron tan fundamentales para una variedad de campos que, aunque murió hace casi 400 años, su nombre conserva el reconocimiento internacional. A este filósofo natural del siglo XVII a menudo se le atribuye la invención del telescopio gracias a sus numerosos descubrimientos utilizando este instrumento específico, y aunque en verdad no fue su inventor, el mito aún persiste.  De hecho, durante la primera parte del siglo XVII, Galileo fue responsable de una serie de actualizaciones de la nueva herramienta de la astronomía y fueron en gran parte sus técnicas innovadoras las que transformaron una lupa bastante mediocre en un dispositivo revolucionario. En Galileo Galilei: Una Guía Fascinante de un Astrónomo, Físico e Ingeniero Italiano y Su Impacto en la Historia de la Ciencia, descubrirá temas como  Nace un Astrónomo Galileo Estudia con Monjes Florentinos La Universidad de Pisa Galileo Calcula la Ubicación del Infierno Profesor de la Universidad de Pisa University of Padua La Inquisición Católica La Estrella de Kepler Un Encuentro con el Papa Urbano VIII El Ensayador Diálogo sobre los Dos Principales Sistemas Mundiales Juicio y Encarcelamiento Trabajo Final y Muerte ¡Y mucho, mucho más! Obtenga este libro ahora para saber más sobre Galileo Galilei!

©2020 Captivating History (P)2020 Captivating History

Narrator: Christian Maggi
Category: History, Europe
Length: 2 hrs and 17 mins
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Empire of Blue Water

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He challenged the greatest empires on earth with a ragtag bunch of renegades - and brought it to its knees. Henry Morgan crossed the Atlantic in 1655, hell-bent on making his fortune. Awash with bloody battles, political intrigues, and natural disasters, Empire of Blue Water brilliantly re-creates the passion and the violence of the age of exploration and empire.

©2009 Stephan Talty (P)2009 Oakhill Publishing

Narrator: David Bauckham
Category: History, Europe
Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
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La petite histoire de France

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Ce manuel, à la fois rigoureux et pourtant facile d'accès, relate la fascinante histoire de la France, de Vercingétorix à Napoléon, en passant par Louis XIV et la Révolution. Destinée aux plus jeunes, cette œuvre ravira également tous les amoureux de cette grande Histoire dont les vicissitudes ont façonné, aux fils des siècles, l'identité collective française.

©2020 FV Éditions (P)2021 FV Éditions

Narrator: Yannick Lopez
Category: History, Europe
Length: 2 hrs and 40 mins
Available on Audible
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1415: Henry V's Year of Glory

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Henry V is regarded as the great English hero, lionised in his own day for his victory at Agincourt, his piety and his rigorous application of justice. But what was he really like?  In this groundbreaking audiobook, Ian Mortimer portrays Henry in the pivotal year of his reign. Recording the dramatic events of 1415, he offers the fullest, most precise and least romanticised view we have of Henry and what he did. At the centre of the narrative is the campaign which culminated in the battle of Agincourt: a slaughter ground intended not to advance England’s interests directly but to demonstrate God’s approval of Henry’s royal authority on both sides of the Channel. The result is a fascinating reappraisal of Henry which brings to the fore many unpalatable truths as well as the king’s extraordinary courage and leadership qualities.

©2013 Ian Mortimer (P)2017 Tantor

Author: Ian Mortimer
Category: History, Europe
Length: 25 hrs and 43 mins
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Marie Antoinette's Watch

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"Marie Antoinette's Watch is a wonderful book." - William Gibson, author of Neuromancer Across continents and into and out of the hands of royalty, revolutionaries, smugglers, thieves, and the world's greatest tech engineers, was Marie Antoinette's watch, the "160" worth an estimated $40 million in today's dollars. Perhaps the most sought after personal technology device of the last 200 years, the timepiece, designed by the legendary Abraham-Louis Breguet, is the launching point for a thrilling and fluidly woven set of narratives that are, in part, forbidden love story, historical document, and police procedural. Marie Antoinette's Watch also deftly lays out the history of horology and the 18th Century engineering feats attained in Paris's answer to Silicon Valley, the Ile de la Cite, that made the watch the most intricate and prized personal device of its time - something that's come full circle today. In the hands of Techcrunch's East Coast Editor, John Biggs, Marie Antoinette's Watch is by turns edifying and lurid, historical and utterly modern. Culminating in a heist in a Tel Aviv antiquities museum in the 1980s, Biggs tells the story of how one object can transform countries, cultures, high technology, and time itself.

©2015 John Biggs (P)2017 John Biggs

Narrator: Rick Barr
Author: John Biggs
Category: History, Europe
Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
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The Terror of History: Mystics, Heretics, and Witches in the Western Tradition

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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. Moreover, Western culture has also been the setting for repeated acts of barbaric reaction to those beliefs, including persecutions of certain groups, such as Jews, or of people accused as heretics and witches. This series of 24 intriguing lectures explores the concept of what has been called the "terror of history," a deeply held ancient belief that human beings live constantly on the edge of doom- a doom against which we must protect ourselves, sometimes by scapegoating an "other" whom we blame for this catastrophic plight. The lectures explore this belief through a study of mysticism, heresy, apocalyptic movements, and the witch-hunting craze that bloomed in Europe from 1000 to 1700. You'll examine sources you may be unfamiliar with, learn to think in new ways, and gain a fresh perspective on how social, economic, political, and religious climates - especially during times of change and stress - exert tremendous influence on the prevalence of irrational attitudes and persecutions. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2002 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2002 The Great Courses

Narrator: Teofilo F. Ruiz
Category: History, Europe
Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
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Nancy Wake

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In the early 1930s, Nancy Wake was a young woman enjoying a bohemian life in Paris. By the end of the Second World War, she was the Gestapo's most wanted person. As a naive, young journalist, Nancy Wake witnessed a horrific scene of Nazi violence in a Viennese street. From that moment, she declared that she would do everything in her power to rid Europe of the Nazis.

What began as a courier job here and there became a highly successful escape network for Allied soldiers, perfectly camouflaged by Nancy's high-society life in Marseille. Her network was soon so successful – and so notorious – that she was forced to flee France to escape the Gestapo, who had dubbed her 'the white mouse' for her knack of slipping through its traps. But Nancy was a passionate enemy of the Nazis and refused to stay away.

Supplying weapons and training members of a powerful underground fighting force, organising Allied parachute drops, cycling four hundred kilometres across a mountain range to find a new transmitting radio – nothing seemed too difficult in her fight against the Nazis. Peter FitzSimons reveals Nancy Wake's compelling story, a tale of an ordinary woman doing extraordinary things.

©2002 Peter Fitzsimons (P)2010 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Category: History, Europe
Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
Available on Audible
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History of Spain: A Captivating Guide to Spanish History, Starting from Roman Hispania Through the Visigoths, the Spanish Empire, the Bourbons, and the War of Spanish Independence to the Present

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If you want to discover the captivating history of Spain, then pay attention.... Throughout the centuries, Spain has been subject to the lordship of other countries. It was occupied by the ancient Greeks and Romans, the Visigoths, the French, and the Muslims. It has been the playground of both the respectful and the ruthless. The Spanish coasts have been occupied by the trading empires of Carthage and Rome. All that time, Spain was told by others how to run their country, how to fight, whom to fight, and where to fight. They had one of the largest empires in the world - something history barely mentions - as they had acres of land in both North and South America, the Caribbean, Mesoamerica, and some islands in the Mediterranean. Evidence of Spanish architecture dots the world. Yet Spain was also a battlefield for countries fighting for other causes. They were sucked into wars fought by the Carthaginians, Romans, Moors, Visigoths, British, French, Portuguese, Dutch, and Austrians, just to name a few. Some of the most famous men in history traversed Spanish soil, including Hannibal Barca, Julius Caesar, Augustus, Pompey, Hadrian, Vespasian, Trajan, Marcus Aurelius, and Napoleon. Four Roman emperors were born there, and Augustus Caesar spent his vacations there. Pablo Picasso was born in Spain, while El Greco moved there.  In History of Spain: A Captivating Guide to Spanish History, Starting from Roman Hispania Through the Visigoths, the Spanish Empire, the Bourbons, and the War of Spanish Independence to the Present, you will discover topics such as:   Prehistory The first and second Punic Wars Rome entrenching Roman Hispania Enter the Germanic tribes and the Muslims The transformation of Spain The struggling Spanish empire Rocky road to freedom And much, much more! Listen to this audiobook now to learn more about the history of Spain!

©2020 Captivating History (P)2021 Captivating History

Narrator: Jason Zenobia
Category: History, Europe
Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
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Shadow of the Titanic

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Although we think we know the story of the Titanic - the famously unsinkable ship that hit an iceberg on its maiden voyage from Britain to America in April 1912 - little has been written about what happened to the survivors after the tragedy. How did the loss of the ship shape the lives of the people who survived? How did those who were saved feel about those who perished? And how did they remember that terrible night? Shadow of the Titanic will shed new light on this unforgettable event by showing how the disaster continued to shape the lives of those passengers who escaped the sinking ship.

©2011 Andrew Wilson (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Bill Wallis
Category: History, Europe
Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
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A Brief History of Robin Hood: The True History Behind the Legend

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Who was Robin Hood? Throughout history the figures of the hooded man of Sherwood Forest and his band of outlaws have transfixed readers, listeners, and viewers; but where does the myth come from? The story appeared out of the legend of the Green man, but found its location during the reign of Richard I, the Lionheart, who was away from England fighting in the crusades. In his absence, his brother John laid waste to the country. But does this tell the full story? Was Robin a bandit prince ahead of a troop of brigands? Who was the Sherriff and was he in fact the legitimate law in the land fighting vigilantes?

©2012 Nigel Cawthorne (P)2012 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Eleanor David
Category: History, Europe
Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
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Wellington's Waterloo Dispatch to Lord Bathurst

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This is Wellington’s official dispatch to Earl Bathurst, Principal Secretary of State for the War Department in London. He describes the skirmish at Quatre Bras on June 16, followed by the main engagement at Waterloo two days later, where the French Army was defeated.

Public Domain (P)2019 Museum Audiobooks

Narrator: Iain Cartomb
Category: History, Europe
Length: 16 mins
Available on Audible
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A History of England, Volume 4: The Nineteenth Century and After: 1815-1921

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C. E. Robinson's celebrated history of England comes to a stirring conclusion with volume 4. The 19th century witnessed some of the most far-reaching social and political changes in English history. In volume 4, we trace the arc of England's march to worldwide imperial dominance along with the nation's reckoning with her poorest citizens. It is a story of contrast and courage. The contrast is between those with titles, money, and power...and those lacking any or all of these. Courage is reflected in the political leadership of men like Peel, Disraeli, and Gladstone, who understood the urgent need for reform...and carried it out. Militarily, the British show equal courage in engagements with Russia and Germany, with outstanding contributions from men like Jellicoe and Kitchener. It is a century that finally revealed the promise of the previous century's burgeoning industrial prowess by spreading those benefits broadly enough to lift everyone's standard of living by the 1860s. But throughout, the ongoing tragedy of Ireland continues to weigh on the public conscience until bold leadership finally grants the Irish home rule in 1921. But even as the English nation moves from one triumph to another in the various spheres of literature, art, architecture, science, engineering, politics, and overseas trade and expansion, the 19th century ends on a sour note. The Boer War in South Africa brings renewed awareness that imperialism brings with it staggering responsibilities (as previously revealed by the midcentury Indian Mutiny). And barely was that costly, bloody conflict brought to a conclusion before the looming struggle with Germany came into focus. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

Public Domain (P)2015 Audio Connoisseur

Category: History, Europe
Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
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The Age of Voltaire

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The Age of Voltaire, the ninth volume of The Story of Civilization, is an in-depth examination of France and England in the first half of the 18th century. In this masterful work, listeners will encounter: The English ideas that inspired the Enlightenment in France - skepticism, scientific experiment, constitutional government, "natural rights", and individual liberty The salons of Paris, where the wits and thinkers of all Europe gathered to exchange ideas The philosophers - intellectuals, playwrights, and poets who consulted and consorted with kings and queens Voltaire himself - the incarnation of the Enlightenment and a devotee of reason who still defended religious faith Mme. Pompadour, patron of the philosophers, who seduced King Louis XV and through him influenced French policy The Augustan Age in English literature - Alexander Pope's poetry, Jonathan Swift's satires, and the novels of Samuel Richardson and Henry Fielding

©2015 Will and Ariel Durant (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Grover Gardner
Category: History, Europe
Length: 42 hrs and 55 mins
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James Cook - Die Suche nach dem Paradies

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Die Suche nach dem legendären Kontinent Terra Australis Incognita trieb James Cook über alle Ozeane: Er segelte dreimal um die ganze Welt und löste dabei die wichtigsten geographischen Fragen seiner Zeit. Er schrieb Karten, die bis zum Ende des 20. Jahrhunderts gültig waren und hinterließ der Welt bei seinem Tod nichts Geringeres als ein neues Bild der Erde. Dabei interessierte Cook nicht nur die entdeckten Länder, sondern auch deren Bewohner. James Cook, der unter grausamen Umständen seinen Tod fand, gilt heute als Begründer der Völkerkunde. Ross Mattson ist Kapitän der Endeavour, einem Nachbau des historischen Schiffes, mit dem Cook seine erste Weltumseglung unternahm. Er erzählt von der Faszination des Reisens auf einem Segelschiff aus vergangener Zeit.

©2016 Headroom (P)2016 Headroom

Narrator: Wolf Aniol
Author: Maja Nielsen
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
Available on Audible
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The Renaissance

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An engrossing volume on the Italian Renaissance by Pulitzer Prize - winning historian Will Durant The fifth volume of Durant's acclaimed Story of Civilization,The Renaissance chronicles the history of Italy from1304 to 1576. In this masterful work, listeners will encounter the poets Petrarch and Boccaccio, the fathers ofthe Renaissance; the paintings, sculptures, and architecture ofMilan, Florence, and Venice; the life and accomplishments of Leonardo DaVinci; the Catholic church and the popes of Avignon and Rome; the politicians and philosophers of Italy,including the Borgia family, Julius II, and Machiavelli; the Italian Wars, the conflicts with France, and the country's decline.

©2014 Will Durant (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc

Narrator: Grover Gardner
Author: Will Durant
Category: History, Europe
Length: 37 hrs and 9 mins
Available on Audible
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London

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Ackroyd portrays London from the time of the druids to the beginning of the twenty-first century, noting magnificence in both epochs, but this is not a simple chronological record. It is a comprehensive account, animated by Ackroyd's concern for the close relationship between the present and the past as well as by what he describes as the peculiar "echoic" quality of London whereby its texture and history actively affect the lives and personalities of its citizens. London is perhaps the most important study of the city ever written, and confirms Ackroyd's status as what one critic has called "our age's greatest London imagination". Fire and Pestilence explores London's age-old ability to regenerate and reinvent itself, illustrated by human and physical phenomena including: disasters and plagues, political turmoil and riots, fires, and The Blitz.

©2000 Peter Ackroyd (P)2004 Random House Audiobooks

Narrator: Simon Callow
Category: History, Europe
Length: 3 hrs
Available on Audible
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The Dutch East India Company: A History from Beginning to End

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Once valued at close to seven trillion dollars by today’s standards, the Dutch East India Company, formed in 1602, became the world’s first multinational corporation. In the nearly 200-year reign of their empire at sea, the Dutch East India Company amassed unfathomable fortunes, laid the foundation of the modern globalized world, and built monopolies that controlled the economy of the 17th and 18th centuries in Europe and the East Indies. The rich history of the Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie, commonly referred to as the VOC, and its titanic exploits are as astonishing as the twelve labors of Hercules. Uncover the organization that in no small part built the world we live in from the ground up. You will learn about: The superstructure of the VOC The growth of VOC’s colonies and trade routes The Golden Age Reorientation and the Expansion Age The great wars and conquests of the VOC Decline and fall And much more!

©2017 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

Narrator: Bridger Conklin
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr
Available on Audible
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History of France: The French Wars Of Religion

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This chapter of France's history is about The Wars Of Religion: the Bourbons and Guises, the Reformation, the conspiracy of Amboise, the regency of Catherine de' Medici, the Religious War, Catherine's Policy, the massacre of St. Bartholomew (1572), the League, Henry IV, the edict of Nantes, Henry's Plans, the States-General of 1614, the siege of Rochelle.  Charlotte Mary Yonge was an English novelist and historian. Yonge's work was widely read and respected in the nineteenth century, and admired by many great writers like Lewis Carroll or George Eliot. She attached a lot of importance to the education of girls, and her work reflected the values and concerns of Anglo-Catholicism; she wrote many historical novels, for which she studied history in great detail.  This audiobook, read by Paul Spera, is her retelling of the essential episodes that made France. Each historical event is replaced into context and presented in clear and easy-to-read snippets, so that younger and older readers can deepen their understanding of how modern France came to be and broaden their culture. This historical essays deals with France's earlier kings, the hundred years' war, the struggle with Burgundy, the Italian wars, the wars of religion, absolute monarchy, and the French Revolution. 

©2018 Compagnie du Savoir (P)2018 Astorg Audio

Narrator: Paul Spera
Category: History, Europe
Length: 25 mins
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The Moors in Spain

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The Alhambra in Granada, the Mosque in Cordova - these are some of the magnificent physical remnants of Moorish rule in Spain. Their influence on culture, engineering, and civilization has also remained in ways often unacknowledged. Lane-Poole was the first to publish a scholarly history in English about a non-Christian civilization, making this a ground-breaking work. Written with extensive knowledge, wit, and admiration, Lane-Poole’s The Moors in Spain is not to be missed.

Public Domain (P)2018 Audio Sommelier

Narrator: Andrea Giordani
Category: History, Europe
Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
Available on Audible
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The Holy Roman Empire

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If you want to discover the captivating history of the Holy Roman Empire, then pay attention....  Beginning with Charlemagne, the great and educated king who would serve as an inspiration for world leaders from Frederick II to Adolf Hitler, the Holy Roman Empire’s intricate ties with the Roman Catholic Church would provide for plenty of excitement and drama in its early years. However, as the empire staggered through the Middle Ages and into the Renaissance, it would eventually be forced to declare its allegiance with a new way of thinking: Protestantism.  Throughout the story of the Holy Roman Empire, a wealth of fascinating tales from interesting people proliferates. Monks and emperors will clash, poets sing the praises of kings, and the pope rides blind and bareback on a frightened donkey through the streets of Rome. The mightiest monarch in all of the world walks barefoot in the snow in repentance for his angry deeds, and two rival families stand toe-to-toe for the monarchy. Crusades are lost in war and won in diplomacy, while kings are held ransom, revolts are suppressed, and antipopes crowned. And this incredible tale spanning a full millennium is ready and waiting for you to be listened to.  In The Holy Roman Empire: A Captivating Guide to the Union of Smaller Kingdoms That Started During the Early Middle Ages and Dissolved During the Napoleonic Wars, you will discover topics such as: The First Roman Empire The Carolingians A formal emperor The Caligula of Christianity Antipope The walk to Canossa The Hohenstaufen Dynasty begins The Red-Bearded Warrior King Captor of the Lionheart Stupor Mundi The dissolution And much, much more! So if you want to learn more about the history of the Holy Roman Empire, buy this book now!

©2019 Captivating History (P)2019 Captivating History

Narrator: Jason Zenobia
Category: History, Europe
Length: 3 hrs and 38 mins
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The Crown in Crisis

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The thrilling and definitive account of the Abdication Crisis of 1936. On December 10, 1936, King Edward VIII brought a great international drama to a close when he abdicated, renouncing the throne of the United Kingdom for himself and his heirs. The reason he gave when addressing his subjects was that he could not fulfill his duties without the woman he loved - the notorious American divorcee Wallis Simpson - by his side. His actions scandalized the establishment, who were desperate to avoid an international embarrassment at a time when war seemed imminent. That the king was rumored to have Nazi sympathies only strengthened their determination that he should be forced off the throne, by any means necessary. Alexander Larman’s The Crown in Crisis will treat listeners to a new, thrilling view of this legendary story. Informed by revelatory archival material never-before-seen, as well as by interviews with many of Edward’s and Wallis’ close friends, Larman creates an hour-by-hour, day-by-day suspenseful narrative that brings listeners up to the point where the microphone is turned on and the king speaks to his subjects. As well as focusing on King Edward and Mrs. Simpson, Larman looks closely at the roles played by those that stood against him: Prime minister Stanley Baldwin, his private secretary Alec Hardinge, and the Archbishop of Canterbury Cosmo Lang. Larman also takes the full measure of those who supported him: the great politician Winston Churchill, Machiavellian newspaper owner Lord Beaverbrook, and the brilliant lawyer Walter Monckton. For the first time in a book about the abdication, listeners will hear an in-depth account of the assassination attempt on Edward’s life and its consequences, a first-person chronicle of Wallis Simpson’s scandalous divorce proceedings, information from the Royal Archives about the government’s worries about Edward’s relationship with Nazi high-command Ribbentrop, and a boots-on-the-ground view of how the British people saw Edward as they watched the drama unfold. You won’t be able to put down The Crown in Crisis, a full panorama of the people and the times surrounding Edward and the woman he loved. A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.  

©2021 Alexander Larman (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

Narrator: Richard Trinder
Category: History, Europe
Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
Available on Audible
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The French Revolution: A Captivating Guide to the Ten-Year Revolution in France and the Impact Made by Napoleon Bonaparte

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Explore the captivating history of the French Revolution. Few historical events are as greatly revered and entirely misunderstood as the French Revolution that began in 1789. The memory of this complicated and lengthy political, violent uprising has been generally painted in broad - and oversimplified - strokes. While the French Revolution was certainly centered around two lavish monarchs and an enlightened common class, there was so much more going on behind the scenes. In The French Revolution: A Captivating Guide to the Ten-Year Revolution in France and the Impact Made by Napoleon Bonaparte, you will discover topics such as:   A brief history of the French Monarchy Philosophies of the times France in the 18th century Marie Antoinette, Madame Deficit Taxes, famine, and the Enlightenment Sieyes’ “What Is the Third Estate?” The National Assembly Death of the Dauphin Bastille Day The first mayor of Paris Declaration of the Rights of Man...and the Women’s March France at war The Flight to Varennes Storming the Tuileries The monarchy is outlawed The fate of the colonies The Louisiana Purchase The Reign of Terror The new French calendar Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte In the days and years afterward And much, much more! So, if you want to learn more about the French Revolution, then listen to this audiobook now!

©2018 Captivating History (P)2019 Captivating History

Narrator: Colin Fluxman
Category: History, Europe
Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
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The Battle for Spain

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The civil war that tore Spain apart between 1936 and 1939 and attracted liberals and socialists from across the world to support the cause against Franco was one of the most hard-fought and bitterest conflicts of the 20th century: a war of atrocities and political genocide and a military testing ground before WWII for the Russians, Italians and Germans, whose Condor Legion so notoriously destroyed Guernica. Antony Beevor's account narrates the origins of the Civil War and its violent and dramatic course from the coup d'etat in July 1936 through the savage fighting of the next three years which ended in catastrophic defeat for the Republicans in 1939. And he succeeds especially well in unravelling the complex political and regional forces that played such an important part in the origins and history of the war.

©2006 Antony Beevor (P)2011 Orion

Narrator: Sean Barrett
Category: History, Europe
Length: 18 hrs and 48 mins
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Frontier Rebels

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In Frontier Rebels, historian Patrick Spero tells the story of the Black Boys, a band of rebels whose protests ignited the American Revolution. In 1765, as the Stamp Act riled eastern seaports, frontiersmen clashed with the British Empire over another issue: Indian relations. When British officials launched a risky diplomatic expedition into the American interior to open trade with the Indian warrior Pontiac, the Black Boys formed to stop it. Distrustful of Native neighbors and suspicious of imperial aims, the Black Boys led an uprising that threatened the future of Britain's empire. Clashing with unscrupulous traders, daring diplomats, Native warriors, and imperious British officials, the Black Boys evolved into an organized political movement that resisted the Crown years before the Declaration of Independence.  A fast-paced book examining an overlooked conflict, Frontier Rebels brings to life a forgotten cast of characters and sheds new light on the origins of American Independence.

©2018 Patrick Spero (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

Narrator: Joe Barrett
Category: History, Europe
Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
Available on Audible
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History of Science: Antiquity to 1700

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For well over 2,000 years, much of our fundamental "desire to know" has focused on science. Our commitment to science and technology has been so profound that these stand as probably the most powerful influences on human culture. To truly understand our Western heritage, our contemporary society, and ourselves as individuals, we need to know what science is and how it developed. In this 36-lecture series, one of science's most acclaimed teachers takes you through science's complex evolution of thought and discovery, often originating from ideas that by today's technological perspective might be considered ridiculous or humorous, although many are still relevant today. You'll consider science's often fascinating history, from ancient times to the Scientific Revolution, in terms of several penetrating questions, including two of special importance: Who pursued science, and why? What happened, and why? In the hands of Professor Principe, the history of science becomes far more than just a litany of dates, significant individuals, and breakthrough discoveries. In examining the evolution of science, he restores the vitally important context that has been lost from the discussion, showing how science is characterized by ideas that link eras widely separated in time. A primary theme is the relationship between science and religion. Today, we tend to see the two as separate and even antagonistic. Theology, in fact, is a principal motivator for scientific inquiry. And in the Middle Ages, Christianity and Islam were of paramount importance in preserving and furthering scientific knowledge. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2002 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2002 The Great Courses

Category: History, Europe
Length: 18 hrs and 31 mins
Available on Audible
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Vikings: A Captivating Guide to the History of the Vikings, Erik the Red and Leif Erikson

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If you want to discover the captivating history of the Vikings, Erik the Red, and Leif Erikson, then pay attention. Three captivating manuscripts in one audiobook: History of the Vikings: A Captivating Guide to the Viking Age and Feared Norse Seafarers Such as Ragnar Lothbrok, Ivar the Boneless, Egil Skallagrimsson, and More Erik the Red: A Captivating Guide to the Viking Who Founded the First Norse Settlement in Greenland Leif Erikson: A Captivating Guide to the Viking Explorer Who Beat Columbus to America and Established a Norse Settlement at Vinland In this captivating history audiobook, you'll not only learn about heroic warriors in battle but you'll also discover the remarkable achievements made by the Vikings. In the first part of this audiobook, you will discover topics, such as: The rise of the mighty Vikings and the Viking Age Significant Viking raids and battles Ragnar Lothbrok - man or myth The Viking Age of exploration The significance of the settlement of Iceland, Greenland, and Vinland Viking society and everyday life And much, much more In part two of this audiobook, you will discover: Erik the Red’s early life in Norway Erik the Pagan and Christianity in Greenland The decline of the Greenland colony Modern Greenland And much, much more Some of the topics covered in part three of this audiobook include: The making of the man, Leif Erikson’s formative years The settlement of Greenland Life in Greenland Leif’s first voyage Mysterious lands to the west of Greenland The end of the Vinland settlement Leif Erikson’s place in history And much, much more So if you want to learn more about the Vikings, get this audiobook now!

©2018 Captivating History (P)2018 Captivating History

Category: History, Europe
Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
Available on Audible
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Tudors

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From Henry VIII's cataclysmic break with Rome to the epic rule of Elizabeth I, the age of the Tudors comes to vivid life in audio.

Peter Ackroyd, one of Britain's most acclaimed writers, brings the age of the Tudors to vivid life in this monumental audiobook in his History of England series, charting the course of English history from Henry VIII's cataclysmic break with Rome to the epic rule of Elizabeth I.

Rich in detail and atmosphere, Tudors is the story of Henry VIII's relentless pursuit of both the perfect wife and the perfect heir; of how the brief royal reign of the teenage king, Edward VI, gave way to the violent reimposition of Catholicism and the stench of bonfires under "Bloody Mary". It tells, too, of the long reign of Elizabeth I, which, though marked by civil strife, plots against her, and even an invasion force, finally brought stability.

Above all it is the story of the English Reformation and the making of the Anglican Church. At the beginning of the sixteenth century, England was still largely feudal and looked to Rome for direction; at its end it was a country where good governance was the duty of the state, not the church, and where men and women began to look to themselves for answers rather than to those who ruled them.

©2012 Peter Ackroyd (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Clive Chafer
Category: History, Europe
Length: 19 hrs and 8 mins
Available on Audible
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The Princes in the Tower

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In the summer of 1483, two princes vanished.  One was the new king of England, 12-year-old Edward V; the other was his younger brother, 9-year-old Richard, Duke of York.  Charged with handling affairs of state in their minority was their uncle, Richard, Duke of Gloucester, who subsequently placed the boys in the Tower of London and replaced his nephew on the throne as Richard III.  Within a month of his ascension to the throne, the deposed king and his brother were never seen again.  The traditional theory is that Richard III had the "princes in the Tower" murdered in order to secure his position on the throne.  But this is far from being a foregone conclusion.  Many other suspects would have benefited from the deaths of the two princes, and there is evidence to suggest they might not have died at all.  Could it be that one or both of the princes survived?  This is a question that has baffled academics for hundreds of years and is bound to baffle them for hundreds more. For there is a good reason why the mystery of the disappearance of the princes in the Tower is the greatest enigma in English history.  The History Crash Course series provides short and snappy guides to numerous historical topics; suited to listeners who want to establish a general knowledge of an era or theme before progressing to heavier topics.

©2020 Ben Egginton (P)2020 Ben Egginton

Narrator: Graham Scott
Author: Ben Egginton
Category: History, Europe
Length: 2 hrs and 9 mins
Available on Audible
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El Imperio carolingio [The Carolingian Empire]

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Si usted desea descubrir la fascinante historia sobre el Imperio carolingio, entonces continúe leyendo.... Uno de los pocos nombres que surgieron de la Edad Media y que todavía viven hoy en día es el de Carlomagno. Después de la caída de Roma, Europa Occidental estuvo completamente desorganizada durante varios siglos, con diferentes tribus y facciones dirigiendo diferentes partes del continente. Entonces, en el 768 d. C., Carlos el Grande, más conocido como Carlomagno, se convirtió en el gobernante de los francos. En El Imperio carolingio: una guía fascinante sobre la Dinastía carolingia y su gran imperio que cubrió la mayor parte de Europa occidental durante el reinado de Carlomagno, descubrirá temas como: Un vistazo rápido El mundo después de Roma El final de una dinastía: Pipino, Carlos y Carlomagno La conquista de los Carlos En nombre de la Religión El Papa León III y la fundación del Imperio El Renacimiento carolingio: El imperio bajo Carlomagno El gobierno de Luis el Piadoso Las luchas familiares y la decadencia del imperio La división que acabó efectivamente con el Imperio Ecos del Imperio Romano: Cómo las fuerzas externas destruyeron el Imperio Carolingio Efectos duraderos y esperanza de reunificación ¡Y mucho, mucho más! ¡Adquiera este libro ahora y aprenda mucho más acerca del Imperio carolingio! Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2020 Captivating History (P)2020 Captivating History

Category: History, Europe
Length: 3 hrs and 15 mins
Available on Audible
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Great Ladies

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There has been a great deal written about Tudor queens, but less so about those women who surrounded the throne, who may have held even more power and influence than those who actually wore the golden crown. Some ladies who served at the Tudor court are only faceless silhouettes lost to the sands of time, but there are those who dedicated their lives to please their royal mistresses and left documentation, allowing us to piece their life stories together and link them to the stories of Tudor queens. These female attendants saw their queens and princesses up close and often used their intimate bonds to their own benefit. Some were beloved, others hated. This is the story of the ladies of the Tudor court like you've never heard it before.

©2017 Sylvia Barbara Soberton (P)2019 Tantor

Category: History, Europe
Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
Available on Audible
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Other Paris

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Drawing on testimony from a great range of witnesses - from Balzac and Hugo to assorted boulevardiers, rabble-rousers, and tramps - Sante, whose thorough research is matched only by the vividness of his narration, takes the listener on a whirlwind tour. The Other Paris scuttles through the knotted streets of pre-Haussmann Paris; through the improvised accommodations of the original bohemians; through the massive garbage dump at Montfaucon, active until 1849, in which "at any given time the carcasses of 12,000 horses...were left to rot". A wildly lively survey of labor conditions, prostitution, drinking, crime, and popular entertainment, of the reporters, réaliste singers, pamphleteers, and poets who chronicled their evolution, The Other Paris is an audiobook meant to upend the story of the French capital, to reclaim the city from the bon vivants and the speculators, and to hold a light to the works and days of the forgotten poor.

©2015 Luc Sante (P)2015 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

Narrator: Luc Sante
Author: Luc Sante
Category: History, Europe
Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
Available on Audible
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The Renaissance: A History From Beginning to End

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During the Middle Ages, the nations of Europe forged new identities that moved them away from the lost glory of the Roman Empire into their own ethnicity. The experience of maturation was often clumsy and out of step, an evolutionary process that saw the nation's developing at their own pace as they struggled to replace the protection of Rome with their own home-grown strength. What the nations, once they were ready to be described in that manner, did have was the Roman Catholic Church, which defined itself as the spiritual protector of Christian believers. But the dutiful Christians of the Middle Ages who sought orthodoxy and for the most part obeyed the papal rules underwent a change when the Middle Ages ended. The Renaissance, or rebirth, was a period of time when Europeans began to question what they had been told was sacrosanct. Through art, inventions, science, literature, and theology, the separate nations of the European continent sought answers that the Roman Catholic Church was unwilling, or perhaps unable, to offer. Learn about: The Rebirth of Europe The Italian Renaissance The French Renaissance The Spanish Renaissance The German Renaissance The Low Countries Renaissance The English Renaissance  Here Be Dragons: Exploring the Unknown  The Church that had become a powerful political entity was viewed with distrust and skepticism by many Christians; the spread of learning that accompanied the invention of Gutenberg’s printing press meant that bold new ideas were traveling across the boundaries of Europe faster than the Church could silence them. Lascivious, power-brokering popes could not bring a halt to the challenges they encountered when a German priest rebelled against corrupt practices that masqueraded as ecclesiastical authority. As the walls came tumbling down, humanism burst forth, inspiring the art of Michelangelo, the science of Vesalius, the literature of Shakespeare and Cervantes. But with the loss of religious uniformity came terrible conflicts: France suffered the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre; Spain welcomed the Inquisition to purge heresy; the Low Countries were split between Catholic and Protestant. The Renaissance was a triumph of the human spirit and a confirmation of human ability, even as it affirmed the willingness of men and women to die for the right to think freely. 

©2016 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

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Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 1 min
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The History of Denmark

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Unearth the history and culture of this incredible Scandinavian country. Denmark is a vibrant country with a history that stretches back thousands of years. From its ancient history and first inhabitants to the Vikings, late Middle Ages, and the journey to its place in the modern world, Denmark has a legacy imbued with mighty battles, seafaring warriors, stunning fjords, and a culture unique and unrivaled by any other in Europe. This biography seeks to explore Denmark like never before, unearthing its legacy and shedding light on what made the country what it is today. Covering everything from its early inhabitants to its evolution through the ages, you’ll discover the chaos of the 19th century, Denmark’s role in the World Wars, and the post-war growth which elevated the country to where it is today. With reference to modern Denmark and its culture, this audiobook is a must-listen for anyone who wants to learn about Denmark’s past, its achievements, and the current people who inhabit this beautiful land. Buy now to unearth the incredible history of Denmark today!

©2020 Christopher Hughes (P)2020 Christopher Hughes

Narrator: Thomas Rode
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
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The Dreyfus Affair

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Sometime in 1889, a woman named Madame Marie Bastian was recruited as an agent of the secretive “Statistical Section”, an espionage and counter-intelligence agency attached to the military intelligence office of the French General Staff. Mme. Bastian was a cleaner employed by the German Embassy in Paris. Thanks to her Romany origins, she was somewhat acquainted with Germany and marginally conversant in the German language. She enjoyed complete and unrestricted access to the private residences of many important German diplomats and functionaries, and as she gathered up the torn-up documents in the various wastepaper baskets, she routinely passed them on to a handler attached to the Statistical Section.

In September 1890, among a pile of torn-up documents delivered by Mme. Bastian was found a note handwritten in French which, when pieced together, proved to be a list of French military secrets handed over to the Germans by an unknown French officer of the General Staff. This discovery, which proved the existence of a traitor in the department, triggered a ferment in the corridors of the Conseil Supérieur de la Guerre, and the hunt was on for the culprit.

By a process of elimination, officers of the military intelligence were able to narrow down a list of probable traitors, among whom was a young Jewish staff officer Captain Alfred Dreyfus who was immediately earmarked as the chief suspect. Dreyfus’ handwriting was compared to that on the bordereau and although the various handwriting experts who conducted the comparison failed to reach a common consensus, it was nonetheless judged that Dreyfus was indeed the culprit. In December 1894, Dreyfus was court-martialed, convicted, and sentenced to a term of life in prison. 

On January 5, 1895, in a formal parade, Captain Dreyfus was stripped of his rank, his sword was broken over the knee of a sergeant, and he was shipped overseas to the penal colony of Devil’s Island on the coast of French Guiana.

These are the essential facts of the “Dreyfus Affair” as it came to be known, an episode that, in many respects, defined French anti-Semitism in the late 19th century. A case was built with the central objective of protecting the integrity of French military establishment, and in the process, the relatively muted anti-Semitism in France (at least in comparison to other European nations) was transformed into an era of virulent and violent Jew-hatred that characterized and sullied the final decade of the 19th century in France.

The Dreyfus Affair: The History and Legacy of France’s Most Notorious Antisemitic Political Scandal examines the chain of events that produced one of the most notorious episodes in modern French history.

©2019 Charles River Editors (P)2019 Charles River Editors

Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
Available on Audible
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The Fears of Henry IV

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King Henry IV survived at least eight plots to dethrone or kill him in the first six years of his reign. However, he had not always been so unpopular. In his youth he had been a great chivalric champion and crusader. In 1399, at the age of 32, he was greeted as the saviour of the realm when he ousted from power the tyrannical King Richard II.  But Henry had to contend with men who supported him only as long as they could control him; when they failed, they plotted to kill him. Adversaries also tried to take advantage of his questionable right to the crown. Such threats transformed him from hero to murderer, prepared to go to any lengths to save his family and throne.  Against all the odds, however, he took a poorly ruled nation, established a new Lancastrian dynasty and introduced the principle that a king must act in accordance with parliament.

©2014 Ian Mortimer (P)2017 Tantor

Author: Ian Mortimer
Category: History, Europe
Length: 22 hrs and 14 mins
Available on Audible
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The Transatlantic Slave Trade: The History and Legacy of the System that Brought Slaves to the New World

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"The deck, that is the floor of their rooms, was so covered with the blood and mucus which had proceeded from them in consequence of the flux, that it resembled a slaughter-house. It is not in the power of the human imagination to picture a situation more dreadful or disgusting. Numbers of the slaves having fainted, they were carried upon deck where several of them died and the rest with great difficulty were restored. It had nearly proved fatal to me also." - Dr. Alexander Falconbridge, an 18th century British surgeon The sail linked the continents of Africa and America, and thus it was also the sail that facilitated the greatest involuntary human migration of all time. There can be no doubt that even though large numbers of indigenous Africans were liable, it was European ingenuity and greed that fundamentally drove the industrialization of the Transatlantic slave trade in response to massive new market demands created by their equally ruthless exploitation of the Americas. In time, the Atlantic slave trade provided for the labor requirements of the emerging plantation economies of the New World. It was a specific, dedicated and industrial enterprise wherein huge profits were at stake. It existed without sentimentality, without history, and without tradition, and it was only outlawed once the advances of the industrial revolution had created alternative sources of energy for agricultural production.

©2012 Charles River Editors (P)2015 Charles River Editors

Narrator: David Otey
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
Available on Audible
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Eminent Victorians

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When Lytton Strachey published Emininent Victorians, he took the general perception of the Victorian age among English-speaking readers and turned it upside-down. Four of the most eminent and idealized heroic figures of the Victorian age came under his witty and unsparing gaze and emerged, astonishingly enough, as human beings. His study of one of the most revered prelates in England, Cardinal Manning, reveals a profound and courageous religious mind combined with the conniving and ruthless soul of a born politician. His dissection of the life of Florence Nightingale shows her both as the Lady of the Lamp and as a woman of steely backbone and adamantine determination, who not only cared for wounded and sick soldiers with complete dedication and solicitude, but who wreaked holy hell on any bureaucrat or governmental office that tried to get in her way. When Strachey is finished with Dr. Arnold, we understand him as a revolutionary reformer of English education and as a first-rate prig. And when Strachey finishes leading us through the life of General George Gordon, we come away having known him both as a man of extraordinary courage and as a near-lunatic. Fascinating, witty, insightful and provoking, these four biographical studies single-handedly revived the art of biography in the English language.

Public Domain (P)2012 Robert Bethune

Narrator: Robert Bethune
Category: History, Europe
Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
Available on Audible
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1946

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In 1946, Victor Sebestyen creates a taut, panoramic narrative and takes us to meetings that changed the world: to Berlin in July 1945, when Truman tells Stalin that we have successfully tested the bomb; to Ye'nan, China, in January 1946, when General George Marshall tells the Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong that Americans won't send troops to China, assuring that the Communists will attain power; to Delhi, India, in April 1946, when UK cabinet members tell Pandit Nehur and Mahatma Gandhi that the British will leave India within a few months, ending two centuries of British imperialism. Drawing on new archival material and many interviews, Sebestyen analyzes these major postwar decisions and others as he discusses the economic collapse, starvation, ethnic cleansing, and displacement that followed the war. This was the year when it was decided that there would be a Jewish homeland, when Europe would be split by the Iron Curtain, when independent India would become the world's biggest democracy, and when the Chinese Communists would win a civil war that positioned them to become a great power.

©2014 Victor Sebestyen (P)2015 Tantor

Narrator: Derek Perkins
Category: History, Europe
Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
Available on Audible
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Royal Sisters

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In Royal Sisters, Anne Edwards, author of the best-selling Vivien Leigh: A Biography and Matriarch: Queen Mary and the House of Windsor, has written the first dual biography of Elizabeth, the princess who was to become Queen, and her younger sister, Margaret, who was to be her subject. From birth to maturity, they were the stuff of which dreams are made. "I'm three and you're four," the future Queen, then a child, imperiously informed her sister. The younger girl, not understanding this reference to their position in the succession, proudly countered, "No, you're not. I'm three, you're seven." The royal sisters had no choice in their historic positions, but behind the palace gates and within the all-too-human confines of their personalities, they displayed tremendous individuality and suffered the usual symptoms of sibling rivalry. Royal Sisters provides an unprecedented and intimate portrait of these most famous siblings during their formative and dramatic youthful years. It is also one of the 20th century's most fascinating stories of sisterly loyalty.

©1990 Anne Edwards (P)2017 Tantor

Narrator: Corrie James
Author: Anne Edwards
Category: History, Europe
Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
Available on Audible
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52 Times Britain Was a Bellend

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Twitter hero James Felton brings you the painfully funny history of Britain you were never taught at school, chronicling 52 of the most ludicrous, weird and downright 'baddie' things we British* have done to the world since time immemorial - and then conveniently forgot all about, of course, including:  Starting wars with China when they didn't buy enough of our heroin  Inventing a law so we didn't have to return objects we'd blatantly stolen from other countries   Casually creating muzzles for women  And we haven't even mentioned Brexit yet    52 Times Britain Was a Bellend will complete your knowledge of this sceptred isle in ways you never expected. So if you've ever wondered how we put the 'Great' in 'Great Britain', wonder no more....  *And when we say British, for the most part we unfortunately just mean the English.

©2019 James Felton (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

Narrator: Mathew Baynton
Author: James Felton
Category: History, Europe
Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
Available on Audible
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A Concise History of Spain

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This audiobook traces Spain's development from prehistoric times to the present, focusing particularly on culture, society, politics, and personalities. It introduces listeners to key themes that have shaped Spain's history and culture, including its varied landscapes and climates; the impact of waves of diverse human migrations; the importance of its location as a bridge between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean and Europe and Africa; and religion, particularly militant Catholic Christianity and its centuries of conflict with Islam and Protestantism, as well as debates over the place of the Church in modern Spain. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2010, 2016 William Phillips Jr. and Carla Rahn Phillips (P)2018 Naxos Audiobooks

Narrator: Luis Soto
Category: History, Europe
Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
Available on Audible
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The Greater Journey

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The Greater Journey is the enthralling, inspiring - and until now, untold - story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, architects, and others of high aspiration who set off for Paris in the years between 1830 and 1900, ambitious to excel in their work. After risking the hazardous journey across the Atlantic, these Americans embarked on a greater journey in the City of Light. Most had never left home, never experienced a different culture. None had any guarantee of success. That they achieved so much for themselves and their country profoundly altered American history. As David McCullough writes, “Not all pioneers went west.” Nearly all of the Americans profiled here - including Elizabeth Blackwell, James Fenimore Cooper, Mark Twain, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Harriet Beecher Stowe - whatever their troubles learning French, their spells of homesickness, and their suffering in the raw cold winters by the Seine, spent many of the happiest days and nights of their lives in Paris. McCullough tells this sweeping, fascinating story with power and intimacy, bringing us into the lives of remarkable men and women who, in Saint-Gaudens’s phrase, longed “to soar into the blue”. The Greater Journey is itself a masterpiece.

©2011 David McCullough (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

Narrator: Edward Herrmann
Category: History, Europe
Length: 16 hrs and 50 mins
Available on Audible
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Eye of the Beholder

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"See for yourself!" was the clarion call of the 1600s. Natural philosophers threw off the yoke of ancient authority, peered at nature with microscopes and telescopes, and ignited the scientific revolution. Artists investigated nature with lenses and created paintings filled with realistic effects of light and shadow. The hub of this optical innovation was the small Dutch city of Delft. Here Johannes Vermeer's experiments with lenses and a camera obscura taught him how we see under different conditions of light and helped him create the most luminous works of art ever beheld. Meanwhile his neighbor Antoni van Leeuwenhoek's work with microscopes revealed a previously unimagined realm of minuscule creatures. The result was a transformation in both art and science that revolutionized how we see the world today.

©2015 Laura J. Snyder by arrangement with W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. (P)2015 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

Narrator: Tamara Marston
Author: Laura Snyder
Category: History, Europe
Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
Available on Audible
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Queen Victoria's Matchmaking

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A captivating exploration of the role in which Queen Victoria exerted the most international power and influence: as a matchmaking grandmother.  As her reign approached its sixth decade, Queen Victoria's grandchildren numbered over 30, and to maintain and increase British royal power, she was determined to maneuver them into a series of dynastic marriages with the royal houses of Europe.   Yet for all their apparent obedience, her grandchildren often had plans of their own, fueled by strong wills and romantic hearts. Victoria's matchmaking plans were further complicated by the tumultuous international upheavals of the time: revolution and war were in the air, and kings and queens, princes and princesses were vulnerable targets.   Queen Victoria's Matchmaking travels through the glittering, decadent palaces of Europe from London to Saint Petersburg, weaving in scandals, political machinations, and family tensions to enthralling effect. It is at once an intimate portrait of a royal family and an examination of the conflict caused by the marriages the Queen arranged. At the heart of it all is Victoria herself: doting grandmother one moment, determined Queen Empress the next.

©2017 Deborah Cadbury (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Category: History, Europe
Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
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Imprudent King

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Philip II is not only the most famous king in Spanish history, but one of the most famous monarchs in English history: the man who married Mary Tudor and later launched the Spanish Armada against her sister Elizabeth I. This compelling biography of the most powerful European monarch of his day begins with his conception (1526) and ends with his ascent to Paradise (1603), two occurrences surprisingly well documented by contemporaries. Eminent historian Geoffrey Parker draws on four decades of research on Philip as well as a recent, extraordinary archival discovery - a trove of 3,000 documents in the vaults of the Hispanic Society of America in New York City, unread since crossing Philip's own desk more than four centuries ago. Many of them change significantly what we know about the king.  The book examines Philip's long apprenticeship; his three principal interests (work, play, and religion); and the major political, military, and personal challenges he faced during his long reign. Parker offers fresh insights into the causes of Philip's leadership failures: was his empire simply too big to manage, or would a monarch with different talents and temperament have fared better?

©2014 Geoffrey Parker (P)2018 Tantor

Narrator: Nigel Patterson
Category: History, Europe
Length: 18 hrs and 36 mins
Available on Audible
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Medieval Heroines in History and Legend

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This series of 24 fascinating lectures draws on the latest modern scholarship to explore the lives of four medieval women who still shimmer in the modern imagination: Heloise, the abbess and mistress of Abelard; the prophet Hildegard of Bingen; Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine; and Joan of Arc. These lectures exemplify today's golden age of medieval scholarship, in which the role women played in medieval life is being clarified for the first time. You examine both old legends and new facts to address several provocative questions, such as: Were Hildegard's visions the result of migraines? How did Joan conduct herself in battle and react to its bloody reality? What does Eleanor's life tell us about a woman's role in the Crusades? As you journey through a past we are only now beginning to understand fully, you learn how these remarkable heroines have been both understood and misunderstood throughout history, and you'll better understand how history passes judgment on both women and the Middle Ages. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2002 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2002 The Great Courses

Narrator: Bonnie Wheeler
Category: History, Europe
Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
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Germania

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Sitting on a bench at a communal table in a restaurant in Regensburg, his plate loaded with disturbing amounts of bratwurst and sauerkraut made golden by candlelight shining through a massive glass of beer, Simon Winder was happily swinging his legs when a couple from Rottweil politely but awkwardly asked, "So, why are you here"? This audiobook is an attempt to answer that question. Why spend time wandering around a country that remains a sort of dead zone for many foreigners, surrounded as it is by a force field of historical, linguistic, climatic, and gastronomic barriers? Winder's audiobook is propelled by a wish to reclaim the brilliant, chaotic, endlessly varied German civilization that the Nazis buried and ruined, and that, since 1945, so many Germans have worked to rebuild. Germania is a very funny audiobook on serious topics: how we are misled by history, how we twist history, and how sometimes it is best to know no history at all. It is a audiobook full of curiosities, odd food, castles, mad princes, fairy tales, and horse-mating videos. It is about the limits of language, the meaning of culture, and the pleasure of townscape.

©2010 Simon Winder (P)2018 Tantor

Author: Simon Winder
Category: History, Europe
Length: 18 hrs and 35 mins
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My Twenty-Five Years in Provence

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From the moment Peter Mayle and his wife, Jennie, uprooted their lives in England and crossed the Channel permanently, they never looked back. Here the beloved author of A Year in Provence pays tribute to the most endearing and enduring aspects of his life in France - the charming and indelible parade of village life, the sheer beauty, the ancient history. He celebrates the café and lists some of his favorites; identifies his favorite villages, restaurants, and open-air markets; and recounts his most memorable meals.  A celebration of 25 years of Provençal living - of lessons learned and changes observed - with his final book, Mayle has crafted a lasting love letter to his adopted home, marked by his signature warmth, wit, and humor.

©2018 Peter Mayle (P)2018 Random House Audio

Narrator: John Lee
Author: Peter Mayle
Category: History, Europe
Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins
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Viking Mythology: 2 Books in 1

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Have you ever wondered about the legendary Vikings that have been documented and portrayed across different channels of media? Do you know what history says about them and who they were, really? The mysterious and widely misunderstood Vikings have been explained clearly and completely in this audiobook. For the lovers of ancient mythology, the audiobook brings valuable insights into Norse and Celtic mythology - what they said about the Vikings, their culture, their polytheistic religion, and much more.  In contrast to the common misconception about the Vikings that they were ruthless agnostics and brutes and not much more than that, the audiobook provides valuable insight into the polytheistic religion of the Vikings and gives an in-depth knowledge about their culture - whether they had a culture at all and whether they were the brutes that most accounts of their existence and activities say they were. A mesmerizing tale revolving around the mysterious and profound Norse folklore and the beguiling lifestyle of the legendary Vikings. This audiobook has connected all the pieces of the puzzle and presents a unique tapestry interwoven with multiple threads from the different sides of Norse mythology that contains all the answers about the legendary Vikings and their beliefs. To make a long story short, this audiobook holds in it a beguiling and thrilling tale of the beliefs of an enchanting and historic population written in a piquing manner. Viking Mythology provides: A detailed account of the Vikings - origin, culture, religion, and activities An insight into the polytheistic religion and culture of the Norse people - the deities and the folklore A detailed account of all the Norse mythological and religious beliefs - from the conception of the world to the concept of nine alternate universes Fanciful tales about all the Norse mythological creatures and deities

©2020 Josh Drake (P)2020 Josh Drake

Narrator: Kevin Ford
Author: Josh Drake
Category: History, Europe
Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
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History of France: The Earlier Kings of France

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This chapter of France's history is about the Earlier Kings Of France: the House of Paris, the Kingdom of Hugh Capet, the Earlier Kings of the House of Paris, the kings Louis VI and Louis VII, Philip II (1180 - 1223), the Albigenses (1203 - 1240), the Parliament of Paris, the Crusade of Louis IX, Philip the Fair, and The Papacy at Avignon. Charlotte Mary Yonge was an English novelist and historian. Yonge's work was widely read and respected, and admired by many great writers like Lewis Carroll or George Eliot. She attached a lot of importance to the education of girls, and her work reflected the values and concerns of Anglo-Catholicism; she wrote many historical novels, for which she studied history in great detail.  This audiobook, read by Paul Spera, is her retelling of the essential episodes that made France. Each historical event is replaced into context and presented in clear and easy-to-read snippets, so that younger and older readers can deepen their understanding of how modern France came to be and broaden their culture. This historical essays deals with France's earlier kings, the hundred years' war, the struggle with Burgundy, the Italian wars, the wars of religion, absolute monarchy, and the French Revolution.  

©2018 Compagnie du Savoir (P)2018 Astorg Audio

Narrator: Paul Spera
Category: History, Europe
Length: 36 mins
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The Age of the Vikings

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The Vikings maintain their grip on our imagination, but their image is too often distorted by medieval and modern myth. It is true that they pillaged, looted, and enslaved. But they also settled peacefully and developed a vast trading network. They traveled far from their homelands in swift and sturdy ships, not only to raid, but also to explore. Despite their fearsome reputation, the Vikings didn’t wear horned helmets, and even the infamous berserkers were far from invincible. By dismantling the myths, The Age of the Vikings allows the full story of this period in medieval history to be told. By exploring every major facet of this exciting age, Anders Winroth captures the innovation and pure daring of the Vikings without glossing over their destructive heritage. He not only explains the Viking attacks, but also looks at Viking endeavors in commerce, politics, discovery, and colonization, and reveals how Viking arts, literature, and religious thought evolved in ways unequaled in the rest of Europe. He shows how the Vikings seized on the boundless opportunities made possible by the invention of the longship, using it to venture to Europe for plunder, to open new trade routes, and to settle in lands as distant as Russia, Greenland, and the Byzantine Empire. Challenging the image of the Vikings that comes so easily to mind, Winroth argues that Viking chieftains were no more violent than men like Charlemagne, who committed atrocities on a far greater scale than the northern raiders. Drawing on a wealth of written, visual, and archaeological evidence, The Age of the Vikings sheds new light on the complex society and culture of these legendary seafarers.

©2014 Princeton University Press (P)2014 Audible Inc.

Category: History, Europe
Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
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Ragnar Lothbrok (French Edition)

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L'histoire D'un Roi Guerrier Viking plonge dans le mystère entourant le guerrier viking qui a conquis les nations européennes et est devenu un roi à part entière. Plus de neuf siècles après la mort de ce grand guerrier, d'anciens poèmes, chansons et sagas à son sujet subsistent encore aujourd'hui. Ce livre examine les faits tels que nous les connaissons, les mythes attribués à Ragnar et la façon dont cet emblématique païen du nord continue d'avoir un impact sur la culture moderne aujourd'hui. Ce livre abordera: Les faits historiques et les suppositions entourant ce Viking de légende Le récit de la saga de Ragnar, et ses trois épouses. Comment les fils de Ragnar sont devenus partie intégrante de la légende qui Ragnar représente, et les histoires qui ont inspiré comment, malgré des siècles de temps, Ragnar et Vikings de son temps aidé des idées de forme et des traditions communes qui sont encore détenus sur aujourd'hui. Ce livre est à la fois fait et récit fictif et est dédié à Ragnar et à son statut légendaire et durable dans l'histoire. Please note: This audiobook is in French.

©2020 Gorm Alfson (P)2020 Gorm Alfson

Narrator: Softwool
Author: Gorm Alfson
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
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The City of Falling Angels

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It was seven years ago that Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil achieved a record-breaking four-year run on the New York Times best seller list. John Berendt's inimitable brand of nonfiction brought the dark mystique of Savannah so startlingly to life for millions of people that tourism to Savannah increased by 46 percent. It is Berendt and only Berendt who can capture Venice - a city of masks, a city of riddles, where the narrow, meandering passageways form a giant maze, confounding all who have not grown up wandering into its depths. Venice, a city steeped in 1,000 years of history, art, and architecture, teeters in precarious balance between endurance and decay. Its architectural treasures crumble - foundations shift, marble ornaments fall - even as efforts to preserve them are underway. The City of Falling Angels opens on the evening of January 29, 1996, when a dramatic fire destroys the historic Fenice opera house. The loss of the Fenice, where five of Verdi's operas premiered, is a catastrophe for Venetians. Arriving in Venice three days after the fire, Berendt becomes a kind of detective - inquiring into the nature of life in this remarkable museum-city - while gradually revealing the truth about the fire. In the course of his investigations, Berendt introduces us to a rich cast of characters: a prominent Venetian poet whose shocking "suicide" prompts his skeptical friends to pursue a murder suspect on their own; the First Family of American expatriates who lose possession of the family palace after four generations of ownership; an organization of high-society, party-going Americans who raise money to preserve the art and architecture of Venice, while quarreling in public among themselves, questioning each other's motives and drawing startled Venetians into the fray; a contemporary Venetian surrealist painter and outrageous provocateur; the master glassblower of Venice; and numerous others - stool-pigeons, scapegoats, hustlers, sleepwalkers, believers in Martians, the Plant Man, the Rat Man, and Henry James. Berendt tells a tale full of atmosphere and surprise as the stories build, one after the other, ultimately coming together to reveal a world as finely drawn as a still-life painting. The fire and its aftermath serve as a leitmotif that runs throughout, adding to the elements of chaos, corruption, and crime, and contributing to the ever-mounting suspense of this brilliant audiobook. Bonus feature includes an exclusive interview with the author!

©2005 High Water Incorporated (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

Narrator: John Berendt
Author: John Berendt
Category: History, Europe
Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
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The Age of Louis XIV

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The Age of Louis XIV is the biography of a period (1648 - 1715) that Spengler considered the apex of modern European civilization. "Some centuries hence," Frederick the Great correctly predicted to Voltaire, "they will translate the good authors of the age of Pericles and Augustus." Those authors are lovingly treated here: Pascal, Racine, and Boileau, Madame de Sévigné, Madame de la Fayette, and above all the philosopher-dramatist Molière, who so memorably exposed the vices and hypocrisies of the age. Central to the audiobook is the "Sun King" himself, Louis XIV. Louis XIV ruled France for over seventy years, longer than almost any European ruler in history. He is the subject of a character study that runs through seven chapters, revealing the flesh and blood beneath the purple and the crown. He is seen at his worst in his struggle with Jansenists and Huguenots, at his best in his patronage of literature and art, and at his most human in his love affairs with Henrietta Anne of Orléans, Louise de La Vallière, Madame de Montespan, and Madame de Maintenon. From France the narrative passes to the Netherlands, and after pausing to examine the domestic idylls of Vermeer, shows the Dutch opening their dikes to save their land from Louis XIV and sending William of Orange to become king of England and a leader of the European alliance against Louis' hegemony. In England, we contemplate the heyday of virtue under the Puritans and study the strange character of Cromwell. We see Milton's passionate career as part of the vain effort to prevent the Stuart Restoration. We find Charles II, the "Merry Monarch", with more manners than morals, attend boisterous Restoration plays; we skim the diaries of Evelyn and Pepys; and we follow Jonathan Swift from genius to insanity. Crossing the North Sea, we trace the tragic heroism of Charles XII of Sweden and the attempt of Peter the Great to lead Russia from barbarism to civilization.

©1963 Will and Ariel Durant (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki
Category: History, Europe
Length: 36 hrs and 28 mins
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Katherine Swynford

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In this remarkable book, Alison Weir recounts one of the greatest and most remarkable love stories of medieval England. It is the extraordinary tale of an exceptional woman, Katherine Swynford, who became first the mistress, and later the wife, of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster. But Katherine Swynford was much more than that. She was the mother of the Beauforts, and through them the ancestress of the Yorkist Kings, the Tudors, the Stuarts and every other sovereign since - a prodigious legacy which has shaped the history of Britain.

©2007 Alison Weir (P)2007 WF Howes Ltd

Narrator: Judith Boyd
Author: Alison Weir
Category: History, Europe
Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
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The Perfect King

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From the best-selling author of The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England comes the story of King Edward III, who - like Elizabeth and Victoria after him - embodied the values of his age, forged a nation out of war and remade England.  Edward’s life is one of the most extraordinary in all English history. He ordered his uncle to be beheaded, he usurped his father’s throne and he started a war which lasted for more than a hundred years. He took the crown when it was at its lowest point and raised it to new heights, presenting himself as a new King Arthur, victorious across Europe. He was the architect of many English icons - from parliamentary rule to the adoption of English as the official language and even the building of a great clock tower at Westminster. Yet behind the strong warrior king was a compassionate, conscientious and often merciful man - resolute yet devoted to his wife, friends and family, and the father of both the English nation and the English people.

©2014 Ian Mortimer (P)2016 Tantor

Narrator: Alex Wyndham
Author: Ian Mortimer
Category: History, Europe
Length: 19 hrs and 32 mins
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Her Little Majesty

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Her Little Majesty is a fresh and fascinating portrait of the diminutive monarch who ruled the vast British empire for over 60 years. Award-winning biographer and historian, Carolly Erickson, transports you behind the walls of Buckingham Palace to introduce you to the quirky, loveable Queen Victoria—revealed only to her closest associates. Emotionally deprived, inadequately educated, and socially isolated for much of her life, young Victoria felt ill-prepared to ascend the throne. But the 19-year-old queen met her coronation day with outward dignity and confidence—then went home to bathe her pet dog. Even though her frequent temper tantrums and neurotic obsessions would have critics repeatedly fearing for her sanity, she became a powerful ruler, relentlessly leading her country through devastating wars and sweeping political reform. Carolly Erickson draws on diaries, letters, and historical documents to pen this dramatic account of England’s popular matriarch and the turbulent era that carries her name. Narrator Nelson Runger will hold you enthralled as the glory and the adversities of the Victorian age unfold.

©1997 Carolly Erickson (P)1997 Recorded Books, LLC

Narrator: Nelson Runger
Category: History, Europe
Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
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Mary Queen of Scots: A Life from Beginning to End

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Mary Stuart was born into a powerful royal dynasty that was at war with the rest of Europe and with itself. Mary’s ascent to the throne was disarmingly easy and she reached adulthood completely unprepared for the plots and betrayals she would be subject to. As the head of a resolutely unstable country, Mary struggled to maintain her grip on the precarious crown on her head and was removed from the throne by an armed rebellion.  Inside you will hear about....  Early life A fairy tale in France A most tragic year Return to Scotland and marriage to Darnley The murders of Rizzio and Darnley The final rebellion Elizabeth and the casket letters An incarcerated queen The execution Held as a prisoner for more than 18 years, Mary suffered the final betrayal of her life aged 44 when she was executed by her own cousin, Queen Elizabeth I of England.

©2016 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Barry Shannon
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 21 mins
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The Republic of Genoa

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If Venice, Florence, and Rome are the top three, they are often followed by Pisa, Sienna, and Naples, not to mention the islands of Sardinia and Sicily. Indeed, Genoa would come towards the end of a much longer list, and it might be most closely associated with its famous native son, Christopher Columbus, who ultimately sailed for Spain. For avid tourists, Genoa might be the port of call for those wishing to visit the stunning Cinque Terre on the Ligurian coast nearby, and for an expert in world politics, the city of Genoa might recall the memories of the tragic events of the 27th G8 summit in July 2001, when, at the height of the anti-globalization movement, protests turned violent and resulted in the death of a 23-year-old Carlo Giuliani. In today’s news, Genoa might represent Italy’s crumbling infrastructure and the apparent powerlessness of its government to repair it - on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, one of the main bridges of the city, the Morandi Bridge, collapsed, killing 43 people and leaving 600 homeless. The bridge’s demise also destroyed Italy’s reputation as an expert in mechanical engineering. Although Genoa cannot compete in the popular imagination with some of Italy’s more famous cities, this busy port town perched above the sea once boasted a powerful empire that rivaled that of Venice. It also lasted for roughly the same time period, rising in the early Middle Ages and coming to an end at the hands of Napoleon Bonaparte near the end of the 18th century. Beyond its own success, the city’s position at the head of the Mediterranean gave it an important strategic location from which to observe Italian and European history, as well as the world beyond. Today, historians are starting to correct the imbalance that has focused on Venice, Florence, and Rome, and new histories are gradually introducing Genoa to the world, even as much remains to be uncovered. The Republic of Genoa: The History of the Italian City that Became Influential across the Mediterranean during the Middle Ages examines the highs and lows of Genoa La Superba (“The Proud”), including its humble origins in the first century CE, its felicitous rise after the fall of the Roman Empire, its golden age as a mercantile power during the “Genoese Century,” and its demise at the hands of Napoleon Bonaparte in 1797.

©2019 Charles River Editors (P)2019 Charles River Editors

Narrator: Colin Fluxman
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
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Northmen

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In AD 800, the Scandinavians were just barbarians in longships. Though they held sway in the north, their power meant little more than the ability to pillage and plunder, which they did to bolster their status at home. But as these Norse warriors left their strongholds to trade, raid, and settle across wide areas of Europe, Asia, and the North Atlantic, their violent and predatory culture left a unique imprint on medieval history. The twist that no one predicted, however, was a much slower, insidious takeover than any the Vikings would execute, and by a turn of the tide, they themselves became its target. For as they made their mark on Europe, Europe made its mark on them. By the year 1200, what remained of the Vikings' Pagan origins floated beneath the surface and the strong, strange territories of the north had become a part of Latin Christendom. Northmen is there to tell the tale, to pay homage to what was lost and celebrate what was won. Focusing on key events, including the sack of Lindisfarne in 793 and the Battle of Stamford Bridge in 1066, medieval history expert John Haywood recounts the saga of the Viking Age, from the creation of the world through to the dwindling years of halfhearted raids and elegiac storytelling in the 13th century.

©2015 John Haywood (P)2021 Tantor

Narrator: Michael Page
Author: John Haywood
Category: History, Europe
Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
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A Brief History of Britain 1485-1660

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From the death of Richard III on Bosworth Field in 1485 to the execution of Charles I, after the Civil Wars of 1642-48, England was transformed by two Dynasties. Firstly the Tudors, who won the crown on the battlefield and changed both the nature of kingship but also the nation itself. England became a Protestant nation and began to establishment itself as a trading power; facing down impossible odds it defeated its enemies on land and sea. Yet after a century Elizabeth I died with no heir and the crown was passed to the Stuarts, who were keen to remould the kingdom in their own image. Leading Historian, Ronald Hutton brilliantly recreates the political landscape over this early modern period and shows how the modern nation was forged in these anxious, transformative years. Combining skilful pen portraits of the leading figures, culture, economics and accounts of everyday life, he reveals insights in this key era in our nation's story. This the second book in the four volume Brief History of Britain which brings together some of the leading historians to tell our nation’s story from the Norman Conquest of 1066 to the present-day. Combining the latest research with accessible and entertaining story telling, it is the ideal introduction for students and general readers.

©2012 Ronald Hutton (P)2012 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Roger Davis
Category: History, Europe
Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
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The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England

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What was it actually like to live in Elizabethan England? If you could travel to the past and walk the streets of London in the 1590s, where would you stay? What would you eat? What would you wear? Would you really have a sense of it being a glorious age? And if so, how would that glory sit alongside the vagrants, diseases, violence, sexism and famine of the time? In this book Ian Mortimer answers the key questions that a visitor to late 16th-century England would ask.

©2012 Ian Mortimer (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd

Narrator: Mike Grady
Author: Ian Mortimer
Category: History, Europe
Length: 17 hrs and 59 mins
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When Paris Sizzled

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When Paris Sizzled vividly portrays the City of Light during the fabulous 1920s, les Annees folles, when Parisians emerged from the horrors of war to find that a new world greeted them - one that reverberated with the hard metallic clang of the assembly line, the roar of automobiles, and the beat of jazz. Mary McAuliffe traces a decade that saw seismic change on almost every front, from art and architecture to music, literature, fashion, entertainment, transportation, and, most notably, behavior. The epicenter of all this creativity, as well as of the era's good times, was Montparnasse, where impoverished artists and writers found colleagues and cafes, and tourists discovered the Paris of their dreams. Major figures on the Paris scene - such as Gertrude Stein, Jean Cocteau, Picasso, Stravinsky, Diaghilev, and Proust - continued to hold sway, while others now came to prominence - including Ernest Hemingway, Coco Chanel, Cole Porter, and Josephine Baker, as well as Andre Citroën, Le Corbusier, Man Ray, Sylvia Beach, James Joyce, and the irrepressible Kiki of Montparnasse.

©2016 Mary S. McAuliffe (P)2017 Tantor

Category: History, Europe
Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
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Eminent Victorians

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Lytton Strachey (1880-1932), a founder of the Bloomsbury Group, an influential group of intellectuals in England, was an essayist, drama critic, and author. Eminent Victorians (1918) undermined the old myths of high Victorianism and ushered in a new irreverent tone in which chauvinism, hypocrisy, and the English stiff upper lip were debunked.  The book consists of biographies of four leading figures of the Victorian era: The Catholic leader Cardinal Manning, the nurse Florence Nightingale, the Catholic reformer Thomas Arnold, and General Charles George Gordon. Strachey’s form of biography combines psychological insight and sympathy with irreverence and wit.

Public Domain (P)2019 Museum Audiobooks

Narrator: Arthur Walls
Category: History, Europe
Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
Available on Audible
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The Other 1492: Ferdinand, Isabella, and the Making of an Empire

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Ask anyone about the significance of the year 1492, and you're almost certain to hear something about Christopher Columbus and the discovery of the New World. But there is also a perspective on 1492 far different than the one most of us know - one that is more complete and complex. A 1492 when there was no country called Spain and no language called Spanish. A 1492 whose biggest event - in the region that would eventually become Spain - was the surrender of the last Muslim stronghold, Granada, with the subsequent Edict of Expulsion that gave Jews three months to either convert to Christianity or leave the Kingdom of Castile and the Crown of Aragon. This 12-lecture series uses the year 1492 to examine the events that made Spain a country and an empire. It examines the centuries of developments that led up to that pivotal year in Spanish history and the consequences that followed for both Spain and the New World, presenting Spanish history from the perspective of both the victors and the defeated: the Muslims, Jews, and New World natives for whom 1492 was not a time of wonder but of terror and despair.

©2002 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2002 The Great Courses

Narrator: Teofilo F. Ruiz
Category: History, Europe
Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
Available on Audible
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La Gran Aventura del Reino de Asturias [The Great Adventure of the Kingdom of Asturias]

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El nacimiento del reino de Asturias bajo la España musulmana fue una empresa titánica de resistencia y supervivencia. Una de las aventuras más fascinantes no sólo de la Historia de España, sino de la historia universal. Aunque resulta inconcebible que un puñado de rebeldes cristianos consiguiera formar, en el norte de la Península, un reino independiente frente al mayor poder de su tiempo y, después, extenderlo hacia el sur en una tenaz labor de repoblación, eso es lo que ocurrió en torno a Covadonga, entre Asturias y Cantabria, a partir del año 722. ¿Cómo fue posible semejante proeza? ¿Quiénes fueron sus autores? ¿Cómo se llamaban los heroicos pioneros que empezaron a ganar tierras hacia el sur, gracias a sus azadas más que a sus espadas? José Javier Esparza - director del programa La estrella polar, de la COPE - nos sumerge en aquel tiempo extraordinario, donde todos los días se jugaba la supervivencia de una civilización. Año tras año, paso a paso, el relato de los orígenes del reino de Asturias nos va descubriendo nombres y figuras hoy olvidados: desde los pioneros Lebato y Muniadona hasta Beato de Liébana, pasando por los condes guerreros y los monjes colonos. Doscientos años de historia que culminan en la llegada al Duero y en la metamorfosis de la corona de Oviedo en el reino de León. Pero ¿cómo empezó todo? Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2009 Sant Yago, S. L. (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Raul Gutierrez
Category: History, Europe
Length: 16 hrs and 8 mins
Available on Audible
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Tweet of the Day

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The complete first series of Tweet of the Day, with introductions by Sir David Attenborough, Chris Packham, Kate Humble and many others.  First heard every weekday morning at 5.58am on BBC Radio 4, Tweet of the Day captured the imagination of early risers and bird lovers, proving so popular that it was named Radio Programme of the Year 2014. Each episode begins with a bird call or song, followed by fascinating ornithological detail about its owner.  This collection contains every edition from the first series, British Birds. The songs of over 160 birds can be heard over the course of a year, from the cuckoo's call in spring to the summer seaside sound of the herring gull, the autumn song of the robin and the song thrush's voice of hope in the depths of winter.  Featuring a mix of native birds, such as the blackbird and tawny owl, and migrant visitors including the icterine Warbler and ortolan bunting, the series provides memorable insight into their behaviour and habits, explains their literary or folkloric associations and tells stories of scientific or conservation success.  Presented by wildlife experts including Miranda Krestovnikoff, Steve Backshall, Michaela Strachan, Brett Westwood, Chris Watson, Martin Hughes-Games, John Aitchison and Bill Oddie, Tweet of the Day is a treat for the ears.

©2018 BBC Natural History Radio (P)2018 BBC Digital Audio

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King Louis XIV: A Life from Beginning to End

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He was born on September 5, 1638, in the French lap of luxury otherwise known as the Chateau de Saint-Germain-en-Laye. This extravagant palace of French excess is located about 12 miles west of Paris. His birth name, Louis-Dieudonne, is French for, literally, "gift for God". This belief of divine right, initially inspired by his mother, Queen Anne, would be a powerful theme throughout Louis XIV’s life. In this book you will learn about.... "The Conflict of Kings" "War and Marriage" "The Noose Tightens" "The Scorched Earth of Louis XIV" "The Balance of Power" "Louis’s Last Stand" "The Death of the King" And much more! Although he didn’t create absolutism in France, King Louis XIV seemed to embody the divine right of kings better than anyone had before him. Louis XIV directly correlated his own private good with that of the public good. There was really no concept of private property under Louis. The French king viewed all of France as his personal estate, with all who lived and toiled in his domain doing so only under his express permission; even so, not everyone in France had the same sentiment. The ones who most notably resisted the notion of the king’s absolutism were the French nobles and aristocrats that Louis depended upon to raise armies and defend the country. Despite his theory of absolutism, this dependence on French nobility to bear arms gave them increasing autonomy and independence from the king. It was this independence that would one day come to a head and send Louis, the so-called "Sun King" of divine inheritance, into a full-blown conflict with his own subjects - and the world at large.

©2017 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

Narrator: Chance Hartman
Category: History, Europe
Length: 53 mins
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The Habsburg Empire

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In a panoramic and pioneering reappraisal, Pieter M. Judson shows why the Habsburg Empire mattered so much, for so long, to millions of Central Europeans. Rejecting fragmented histories of nations in the making, this bold revision surveys the shared institutions that bridged difference and distance to bring stability and meaning to the far-flung empire. By supporting new schools, law courts, and railroads along with scientific and artistic advances, the Habsburg monarchs sought to anchor their authority in the cultures and economies of Central Europe. A rising standard of living throughout the empire deepened the legitimacy of Habsburg rule, as citizens learned to use the empire's administrative machinery to their local advantage. Nationalists developed distinctive ideas about cultural difference in the context of imperial institutions, yet all of them claimed the Habsburg state as their empire. The empire's creative solutions to governing its many lands and peoples - as well as the intractable problems it could not solve - left an enduring imprint on its successor states in Central Europe. Its lessons remain no less important today.

©2016 The President and Fellows of Harvard College (P)2017 Tantor

Narrator: Michael Page
Category: History, Europe
Length: 18 hrs and 9 mins
Available on Audible
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Napoleon

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Paul Johnson's book is a refreshing return to a concept whose time has come once again: the Great Man theory of biography. It serves as "the greatest possible refutation of those who hold that events are governed by forces, classes, economics, and geography rather than the powerful wills of men and women". Napoleon truly was the Great Man of his age, a towering and terrible genius who managed to conquer the Continent. In Napoleon's insatiable hunger for power, Johnson sees a pragmatist constrained neither by patriotism nor by ideology, a brilliant opportunist who fulfilled his ambition in the aftermath of the French Revolution. Johnson puts Napoleon in the context of his times, but his effort seems to underline even more profoundly how Napoleon stood out above them.

©2002 Paul Johnson (P)2002 Books on Tape, Inc.

Narrator: John Lee
Author: Paul Johnson
Category: History, Europe
Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
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Window on the Forth

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This thematic audiobook introduces the history of the Firth of Forth, the gateway to the east of Scotland and Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city. Sections cover the glory days of Sir Andrew Wood and Great Michael, the "greatest ship afloat" as well as the day that shipwrecked Spaniards from the Armada called at Anstruther. There is a section on the doomed emigrant ships that carried optimistic Scots to tragedy in the New World and on invasion fleets that hovered off the coast. The fighting Leith smacks are mentioned, together with the German air force’s first attack on Great Britain - and their first losses as the Spitfires of 602, City of Glasgow and 603, City of Edinburgh squadron met them head on. There are whaling ships and fishing boats, great tea clippers with a Forth connection and the Leith built Sirius that was the first ship to cross the Atlantic under steam power alone. The historical background to each of the Forth islands is covered, with tales of shipwreck and holy men, pirates and lighthouses, plague victims, grim prisons and a Jacobite fortress that held out against the Scottish Navy. The part played by Inchkeith in the Normandy landings, and the batteries that defended the Forth are mentioned, as well as the Battle of May Island and the German U-boats that infested the rugged seas. The Forth skies saw early hot air balloons and the airship that was first to cross the Atlantic, flying from Drem in Midlothian. The characters are not neglected, with Alexander Selkirk, the original Robinson Crusoe and Samuel Greig, "father of the Russian Navy" featured; neither is John Paul Jones the Scottish born American seaman, and Reverend Shirra, his Kirkcaldy nemesis. The legendary ferry William Muir is also given her well-deserved slot in history. Finally, there are the bridges - three of them now - each one a work of art and testimony to the skill of a different generation of engineers. The Forth Bridge, built by the Briggers, many of whom lost their lives; the Forth Road Bridge with its elegant span, and the new Queensferry Bridge, due to open in 2017; a triple thrust across the Forth that was once known as the Scottish Sea.

©2017 Malcolm Archibald (P)2019 Malcolm Archibald

Narrator: Thomas Durham
Category: History, Europe
Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
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Speech on the Rebellion in the American Colonies

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No one expected that the American colonies might seriously consider fighting their British masters until the infamous Boston massacre of March 1770. On 26 October 1775, George III, King of Great Britain, spoke to Parliament, declaring the American colonies to be in a state of rebellion. Here, for the first time, the use of force was authorized against the rebels.

Public Domain (P)2019 Museum Audiobooks

Narrator: Iain Cartomb
Author: George III
Category: History, Europe
Length: 8 mins
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Marie-Antoinette

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A new look which fundamentally overturns our understanding of this famously "out of touch" queen   Who was the real Marie-Antoinette? She was mistrusted and reviled in her own time, and today she is portrayed as a lightweight incapable of understanding the events that engulfed her. In this new account, John Hardman redresses the balance and sheds fresh light on Marie-Antoinette's story.   Hardman shows how Marie-Antoinette played a significant but misunderstood role in the crisis of the monarchy. Drawing on new sources, he describes how, from the outset, Marie-Antoinette refused to prioritize the aggressive foreign policy of her mother, Maria-Theresa, bravely took over the helm from Louis XVI after the collapse of his morale, and, when revolution broke out, listened to the Third Estate and worked closely with repentant radicals to give the constitutional monarchy a fighting chance. For the first time, Hardman demonstrates exactly what influence Marie-Antoinette had and when and how she exerted it.

©2019 John Hardman (P)2019 Tantor

Narrator: Jonathan Cowley
Author: John Hardman
Category: History, Europe
Length: 17 hrs and 47 mins
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Anglo-Saxons

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If you want to discover the captivating history of the Anglo-Saxons, then keep reading.... There was a time before England was united. This was a time before William the Bastard decided to prove to his contemporaries that his bastard moniker would be erased with a swift conquest of the biggest island northwest of Europe. A time before the Battle of Hastings and the year 1066. A time when many petty kingdoms ruled, conquered, and were liberated, time and time again, by a specific people group. A people group that is, in fact, a blend of many and that authors of later dates would collectively call the Anglo-Saxons. With this audiobook, we want to let our listeners know how vibrant and lively (as well as deadly) life in Britain was during the perhaps wrongly-titled “Dark Ages”. With the end of the Roman Empire, the local Britons were left to their devices, and it would be several people groups from a peninsula in Central Europe that would come to dominate the island, making sure their presence was known through a series of kingdoms, battles, clashes, victories, and defeats. But the Anglo-Saxons have a lot more to offer us history buffs. We can learn about their day-to-day life: how they dressed, what they ate and drank, how they waged war or had fun, how they buried their dead, and how they worshiped their gods. We can also learn about their art, their amazing metal and clay pieces, stunning bits of tapestries, and dozens of well-illuminated manuscripts. And if we lack any information on what they thought of the world around them, we can be happy that they were willing to tell us that themselves, all through hundreds of written texts of both religious and secular nature. The Anglo-Saxons were, indeed, an odd group of people to take control of Britain. But they didn’t do it all at once, and just like any other people in history, they had a period of adjustment, growth, reconstruction, and eventual rise to prominence.  In Anglo-Saxons: A Captivating Guide to the People Who Inhabited Great Britain from the Early Middle Ages to the Norman Conquest of England, you will discover topics such as: Anglo-Saxons Arrive Early Anglo-Saxons: Origins and Pre-Settlement History The Culture of Anglo-Saxons: Religion, Customs, Social Hierarchy, Early Christianity Everyday Life of Anglo-Saxon England: Jobs and Division of Labor, Food and Drink, Clothes, Architecture, Travel, Wars, Gender and Age Norms, Art, Written Works Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms Anglo-Saxon Legacy And much, much more! So if you want to learn more about the history of the Anglo-Saxons, get this audiobook today!

©2019 Captivating History (P)2019 Captivating History

Narrator: Randy Whitlow
Category: History, Europe
Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
Available on Audible
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History of Armenia

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If you want to discover the captivating history of Armenia, then pay attention... The tale of Armenia has its beginnings as a glorious ancient kingdom, one that commanded the respect of nations as mighty as Egypt and Babylonia. As its history takes a turn for the darker, each section reads like a roll call of the most famous of figures: Antony and Cleopatra, Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, Frederick Barbarossa. Armenia saw ancient Rome rise to power; it knew Egyptian pharaohs, the Golden Horde, the Soviet Union, and saw the first invasion of the first Muslim army. For a long and ugly part of its history, Armenia struggled under the yokes of one empire after another: The Roman, Parthian, Persian, Byzantine, Timurid, Mongolian, and Ottoman Empires, to name just a few. Yet through it all, Armenia, time and time again, emerged as a nation with a powerful identity, one that caused much grief over the years, but one that still remains a pillar of strength to its people in good times and in bad. In History of Armenia: A Captivating Guide to Armenian History, Starting from Ancient Armenia to Its Declaration of Sovereignty from the Soviet Union, you will discover topics such as: The Home of Eden The Rise and Fall of Urartu A Conquered Armenia An Empire in its Own Right Caught in the Crossfire Illumination Immortals and War Elephants An Armenian Emperor Crusader State Conquered The First Deportation Genocide Freedom at Last A Study in Velvet And much, much more! So if you want to learn more about the History of Armenia, get this audiobook now!

©2019 Captivating History (P)2020 Captivating History

Narrator: Jason Zenobia
Category: History, Europe
Length: 3 hrs and 38 mins
Available on Audible
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The Age of Napoleon

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An engrossing volume on European civilization by Pulitzer Prize-winning historians Will and Ariel Durant. The Age of Napoleon, the 11th and final volume of the Story of Civilization, surveys the amazing chain of events that wrenched Europe out of the Enlightenment and into the age of democracy. In this masterful work, listeners will encounter the French Revolution from the storming of the Bastille to the guillotining of the king; the revolution's leaders - Danton, Desmoulins, Robespierre, and Saint-Just - all cut down by the reign of terror they inaugurated; Napoleon's meteoric rise from provincial Corsican military student to emperor and commander of the largest army in history; Napoleon's fall - his army's destruction in the snows of Russia, his exile to Elba, his escape and reconquest of the throne, and his ultimate defeat at Waterloo by the combined forces of Europe; and the birth of Romanticism and the dawning of a new age of active democracy and a rising middle class, laying the foundation for a new era.

©1975 Will and Ariel Durant (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki
Category: History, Europe
Length: 43 hrs and 59 mins
Available on Audible
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Spain

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From bloodthirsty conquest to exotic romance, stereotypes of Spain abound. This new volume by distinguished historian Stanley G. Payne draws on his half-century of experience to offer a balanced, broadly chronological survey of Spanish history from the Visigoths to the present. Who were the first “Spaniards”? Is Spain a fully Western country? Was Spanish liberalism a failure? Examining Spain's unique role in the larger history of Western Europe, Payne reinterprets key aspects of the country's history. Topics include Muslim culture in the peninsula, the Spanish monarchy, the empire, and the relationship between Spain and Portugal. Turning to the twentieth century, Payne discusses the Second Republic and the Spanish Civil War. The book's final chapters focus on the Franco regime, the nature of Spanish fascism, and the special role of the military. Analyzing the figure of Franco himself, Payne seeks to explain why some Spaniards still regard him with respect, while many others view the late dictator with profound loathing. Framed by reflections on the author's own formation as a Hispanist and his evaluation of the controversy about “historical memory” in contemporary Spain, this volume offers deeply informed insights into both the history and the historiography of a unique country. A Choice Outstanding Academic Book

©2011 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System (P)2012 Redwood Audiobooks

Narrator: Kevin Pierce
Category: History, Europe
Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
Available on Audible
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The Weird Middle Ages

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In the time period between the fall of Rome and the spread of the Renaissance across the European continent, many of today’s European nations were formed. The Catholic Church rose to great prominence. Some of history’s most famous wars occurred. And a social class system was instituted that lasted over 1,000 years.  A lot of activity took place during a period frequently labeled derogatorily as the “Dark Ages”, and while that period of time is mostly referred to as the “Middle Ages” instead of the Dark Ages today, it has still retained the stigma of being a sort of lost period of time in which Western civilization made no worthwhile progress after the advances of the ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome. In reality, this oversimplification of the Middle Ages overlooks the progress made in the studies of sciences and philosophy, especially during the High Middle Ages. It also ignores the fact that one of the most important inventions of the last millennium was created in Germany during the Late Middle Ages, the printing press, which allowed the Renaissance to move across the continent and help position Western Europe as the wealthiest region in the world. If anything, the one aspect of the Middle Ages that has been romanticized is medieval warfare. Indeed, the Middle Ages have long sparked people’s imaginations, thanks to imagery of armored knights battling on horseback and armies of men trying to breach the walls of formidable castles.  What is generally forgotten is that medieval warfare was constantly adapting to the times as leaders adopted new techniques and technology, and common infantry became increasingly important throughout the period. Starting around 1000 CE, there was a gradual consolidation of power in the region after the fragmentation of the Early Middle Ages, and it brought about the rise of more centralized states that could field large armies. The Normans, one of the first groups to do this, were notable for their discipline and organization, and it’s little surprise that they were the last foreigners to successfully invade Britain under William the Conqueror in the mid-11th century. The Middle Ages have always gripped people’s imaginations, and knights, fair ladies, castles, jousting, and feasts make for a pleasant picture, but the reality was quite different. People were dirty, disease was rife, war was cruel, and life was short. People died in bizarre ways, frequently insisted they saw visions in the sky, and invented marvelous devices seemingly way before their time. British writer L.P. Hartley famously wrote, “The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.” Europe in the Middle Ages was more like a different planet. The Weird Middle Ages: A Collection of Mysterious Stories, Odd Customs, and Strange Superstitions from Medieval Times includes all kinds of tales about people and events during the era.

©2020 Charles River Editors (P)2020 Charles River Editors

Narrator: Kelly McGee
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 43 mins
Available on Audible
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Historia de Europa [History of Europe]

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5 manuscritos completos en 1 audiolibro: Historia Europea: Una Guía Fascinante de la Historia de Europa, Desde los Neandertales Hasta el Imperio Romano y el Fin de la Guerra Fría Antigüedad Clásica: Una Guía Fascinante de la Antigua Grecia y Roma y Cómo Estas Civilizaciones Influyeron en Europa, el Norte de África y Asia Occidental La Edad Media: Una Guía Fascinante de la Historia de Europa, Desde la Caída del Imperio Romano de Occidente a Través de la Peste Negra Hasta el Comienzo del Renacimiento El Renacimiento: Una Guía Fascinante de Un Período Notable en la Historia Europea, que Incluye Historias de Personas Como Galileo Galilei, Miguel Ángel, Copérnico, Shakespeare y Leonardo Da Vinci La Temprana Europa Moderna: Una Guía Fascinante de un Periodo de la Historia de Europa con Eventos Como la Guerra de los Treinta Años y la Caza de las Brujas de Salem La primera parte de este audiolibro incluye: La Prehistoria La Conquista Normanda Juana de Arco Isabel I de Castilla La Era del Descubrimiento ¡Y mucho, mucho más! Segunda parte de este audiolibro: Un poeta ciego de Jonia Pitágoras Atenas, Grecia El panteón griego La expulsión de los persas ¡Y mucho, mucho más! Tercera parte de este audiolibro: Caída del Imperio romano de Occidente Otón I y su nuevo imperio El gran cisma Las cruzadas famosas (o infames) - 1095 a 1291 ¡Y mucho, mucho más! Cuatro parte de este audiolibro: Una Breve Mirada a la Europa Prerrenacentista La Peste Negra La Prensa Impresa Literatura del Siglo XV Quinta parte de este audiolibro: El mundo anterior a la Edad Moderna La dinámica del poder europeo La era de los descubrimientos geográficos ¡Y mucho, mucho más! Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2020 Captivating History (P)2020 Captivating History

Category: History, Europe
Length: 17 hrs and 13 mins
Available on Audible
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1666

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1666 was a watershed year for England. The outbreak of the Great Plague, the eruption of the second Dutch War and the Great Fire of London all struck the country in rapid succession and with devastating repercussions. Shedding light on these dramatic events, historian Rebecca Rideal reveals an unprecedented period of terror and triumph. Based on original archival research and drawing on little-known sources, 1666: Plague, War and Hellfire takes listeners on a thrilling journey through a crucial turning point in English history, as seen through the eyes of an extraordinary cast of historical characters. While the central events of this significant year were ones of devastation and defeat, 1666 also offers a glimpse of the incredible scientific and artistic progress being made at that time, from Isaac Newton's discovery of gravity to Robert Hooke's microscopic wonders. It was in this year that John Milton completed Paradise Lost, Frances Stewart posed for the now-iconic image of Britannia, and a young architect named Christopher Wren proposed a plan for a new London - a stone phoenix to rise from the charred ashes of the old city. With flair and style, 1666 shows a city and a country on the cusp of modernity, and a series of events that forever altered the course of history. Cover image: The Great Fire of 1666, detail of a coloured woodcut by Matthaus Merian the Younger, courtesy of Swiss Re Company Archives, SRCA 10.122.727.01.

©2016 Rebecca Rideal (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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Category: History, Europe
Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
Available on Audible
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Shetland Diaries

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Long before he set foot on the islands, 'Big Cat Diary' and 'Springwatch' presenter, Simon King, fell in love with Shetland. This extraordinary northern wilderness is home to otters and vast seabird colonies, but it was a chance encounter with a killer whale that compelled him to spend a year getting to know the place of his boyhood dreams for a BBC series. With his wife and young daughter, Simon experienced Shetland through the changing seasons and discovered the wildlife and the warmth of community in these islands battered by the ocean. Their journey is filled with adventure, beauty, humour and occasional hardship as Simon discovers the true voice of Shetland.

©2010 Simon King (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Simon King
Author: Simon King
Category: History, Europe
Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
Available on Audible
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Hitler, une biographie

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Comment un pauvre peintre raté, qui gagnait péniblement de quoi manger en vendant ses tableaux dans la rue, a-t-il pu prendre la tête d'une grande puissance européenne et galvaniser les foules jusqu'à l'impensable ? Comment a-t-il pu s'imposer à une élite politique cultivée jusqu'à transformer les détenteurs du pouvoir en brutes nazies ? De quelles armes celui qui n'était personne s'est-il servi pour devenir l'un des plus grands dictateurs de l'Histoire ? Étudier Hitler, c'est accéder à une toute autre compréhension de ce qui fait la politique et les mécanismes de foule. Comprendre la montée du nazisme et ses tragédies à la limite de l'absurde, c'est porter un regard lucide sur le rapport entre politique et société, et savoir faire preuve de vigilance dans le monde contemporain.

©Compagnie du Savoir (P)2016 Compagnie du Savoir

Narrator: Patrick Blandin
Category: History, Europe
Length: 2 hrs and 53 mins
Available on Audible
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A Jane Austen Christmas: Regency Christmas Traditions

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Many Christmas traditions and images of "old fashioned" holidays are based on Victorian celebrations. Going back just a little further, to the beginning of the 19th century, the holiday Jane Austen knew would have looked distinctly odd to modern sensibilities. How odd? Families rarely decorated Christmas trees. Festivities centered on socializing instead of gift-giving. Festivities focused on adults, with children largely consigned to the nursery. Holiday events, including balls, parties, dinners, and even weddings celebrations, started a week before Advent and extended all the way through to Twelfth Night in January. Take a step into history with Maria Grace as she explores the traditions, celebrations, games and foods that made up Christmastide in Jane Austen's era. Packed with information and rich with detail from period authors, Maria Grace transports the listener to a longed-for old fashioned Christmas. Non-fiction

©2014 Maria Grace (P)2019 Maria Grace

Narrator: Barry Shannon
Author: Maria Grace
Category: History, Europe
Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
Available on Audible
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Erik the Red

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Explore the captivating life of Erik the Red. A formidable figure with flaming red hair, a wild beard, and a temper to match is not the type of person most people would choose to cross swords with. And that, by all accounts, is a fitting description of Erik the Red. This was not a man to be taken lightly or challenged in battle. He was courageous on the battlefield, an accomplished seafarer, indomitable warrior, and unstoppable adventurer. In short, Erik the Red was everything we imagine a Viking to be. Some of the topics covered in this audiobook include: Erik the Red’s early life in Norway The settlement of Iceland and the Viking Age Erik’s early years in Iceland Murder most foul Erik the explorer Settling in Greenland Greenland to Vinland Erik’s offspring and their voyages to Vinland Decline of Vinland Erik the pagan and Christianity in Greenland The decline of the Greenland colony Modern Greenland And much, much more! Listen to this audiobook now to learn more about Erik the Red!

©2018 Captivating History (P)2018 Captivating History

Narrator: Desmond Manny
Category: History, Europe
Length: 3 hrs and 33 mins
Available on Audible
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The Gallic Wars

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If you want to discover the captivating history of the Gallic Wars, then keep reading.... As Rome swelled with tradespeople, artisans, slaves, and wealthy merchant families, its politicians struggled to maintain the fundamental democratic properties of the republican government. Rules were bent and broken, politicians and voters were bribed and lied to, and eventually, the power of Rome fell to the one man who could muster the respect and loyalty of the world-famous Roman army. That man was Gaius Julius Caesar. A patrician and Populares of the Roman Republic, Caesar used the territorial threat of the Gauls of Western Europe to wage the Gallic Wars and seize ultimate power. His actions eradicated the democratic system, beginning the era of the ruthless tyranny of the Roman Empire in three continents. In The Gallic Wars: A Captivating Guide to the Military Campaigns that Expanded the Roman Republic and Helped Julius Caesar Transform Rome into the Greatest Empire of the Ancient World, you will discover topics such as: Ancient Gaul Gaius Julius Caesar The Helvetii Celts The Helvetian War Ariovistus, the German King Battle of the Sabis The Germanic War United Gaul Versus Caesar of Rome The Battle of Alesia Crossing the Rubicon Caesar’s Civil War And much, much more!

©2019 Captivating History (P)2019 Captivating History

Narrator: Randy Whitlow
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
Available on Audible
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Richard II

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Smithfield, 1381. As the king’s men fled from the enraged peasant army, 14-year-old Richard rode straight toward their ranks.  Showing no fear, the boy confronted them single-handedly. “I am your leader, your king, and your captain!” he declared. “Lower your weapons!”  Incredibly, they did.  King Richard II succeeded to the throne as a boy king at a particularly turbulent time in English history. A French invasion was imminent, the Scottish Marches were in chaos, and the fallout from the Black Death threatened to steamroll the entire socio-political system.  By the end of his 22-year-long reign, unrest would still be a common theme. Throughout his kingship, Richard strove to restore the monarchy as he conceived it to its rightful place in the kingdom and establish an absolutist regime. This uncompromising belief would cost him his crown and his life, but not before he had left an impressive mark on the kingdom he had ruled and lost.  Though a tyrant, Richard possessed an enlightened mind, overseeing the rise of English as a literary language and the creation of some of the medieval world’s most stunning artistic works. While the Plantagenet Dynasty met its end in 1399, the English Renaissance had only just been conceived. History Crash Course series provides short and snappy guides on numerous historical topics, suited to listeners who want to establish a general knowledge of an era or theme before progressing to heavier listening/reading.

©2019 Ben Egginton (P)2019 Ben Egginton

Narrator: Graham Scott
Author: Ben Egginton
Category: History, Europe
Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
Available on Audible
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Scottish History for Dummies

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Want to discover how a small country on the edge of Northern Europe packs an almighty historical punch? Scottish History for Dummies is your guide to the story of Scotland and its place within the historical narratives of Britain, Europe, and the rest of the world. You'll find out how Scotland rose from the ashes to forge its own destiny, understand the impact of Scottish historical figures such as William Wallace, Robert the Bruce, and David Hume and be introduced to the wonderful world of Celtic religion, architecture, and monuments. History can help us make connections with people and events, and it gives us an understanding of why the world is like it is today. Scottish History for Dummies pulls back the curtain on how the story of Scotland has shaped the world far beyond its borders. From its turbulent past to the present day, this informative guide sheds a new and timely light on the story of Scotland and its people. If you're a lifelong learner looking for a fun, factual exploration of the grand scope of Scotland or a traveler wanting to make the most of your trip to this captivating country, Scottish History for Dummies has you covered.

©2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. (P)2019 Tantor

Category: History, Europe
Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
Available on Audible
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Scandinavians

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Scandinavia is the epitome of cool: We fill our homes with Nordic furniture; we envy their humane social welfare system and their healthy outdoor lifestyle; we glut ourselves on their crime fiction. Even their strangely attractive melancholia seems to express a stoic, commonsensical acceptance of life's vicissitudes. But how valid is this outsider's view of Scandinavia, and how accurate is our picture of life in Scandinavia today? Scandinavians follows a chronological progression across the Northern centuries: the Vendel era of Swedish prehistory; the age of the Vikings; the Christian conversions of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Iceland; the unified Scandinavian state of the late Middle Ages; the sea change of the Reformation; the kingdom of Denmark-Norway, King Gustav Adolphus, and the age of Sweden's greatness; the cultural golden age of Ibsen, Strindberg, and Munch; the impact of the Second World War; Scandinavia's postwar social democratic nirvana; and the terror attacks of Anders Behring Breivik.

©2016 Robert Ferguson (P)2017 Tantor

Narrator: Michael Page
Category: History, Europe
Length: 15 hrs and 20 mins
Available on Audible
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The Rosicrucians

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To many, the quest to obtain the secrets and truths of the universe is one nearly impossible to complete. More importantly, this broad topic comes with an unending assortment of answers. For some, the secret to life is success. To others, it is conquering one's innermost fears. While there are those who simply do not care enough to venture an answer, there are also those who believe they, and they alone, knew the real meaning behind life. Early Europe saw a sudden burst of Gnostic and mystical religions and organizations, each with their own take on the true path to enlightenment. Conflicts that arose within the Catholic Church and other Christian communities only encouraged the growing wave of dissenters. In the 17th century, intrigued Parisians learned about one of these unconventional groups - perhaps the most prestigious of all these secret schools. This was the Fraternity of the Rose Cross, a brotherhood of Rosicrucians founded by Christian Rosenkreutz.

©2017 Charles River Editors (P)2017 Charles River Editors

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Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
Available on Audible
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The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe

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Tucked away within the romantic landscapes of Europe, a remarkable range of beautifully preserved medieval cities and towns invites discovery - time capsules of history where you can stroll the cobbled streets of another time; savor the treasures of palaces, stately mansions, soaring cathedrals, and grand civic centers; and walk the mighty bastions and ramparts that once defended them.  Now, in The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe, award-winning Professor Kenneth R. Bartlett of the University of Toronto invites you to travel through time to the golden ages of 12 of Europe’s most beautiful medieval cities. In 24 lectures, you’ll discover the sights, sounds, and smells of teeming markets and mercantile centers, royal feasts and ritual, dramatic military engagements, magnificent religious pageantry, and the many colorful layers of daily medieval life.  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2013 The Great Courses (P)2013 The Teaching Company, LLC

Category: History, Europe
Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
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King Arthur: A Life from Beginning to End

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Dating back to the fifth century, the legend of King Arthur, his Queen Guinevere, and the Knights of the Round Table is an integral part of British national mythology. From its beginning as a few lines of Latin text written in a sixth-century monk’s hand, Arthurian legend has blossomed over the years into a unique universe built on the real foundations of Britain’s Dark Ages and the principles of ancient chivalry. Inside you will read about... The era of King Arthur Ambrosius Aurelianus King Arthur and the Celts Geoffrey of Monmouth King Arthur’s grave The Round Table And much more! Liberally expanded over the years to include romantic entanglements, an imaginary ancient empire, and the threat of the supernatural, the legend of King Arthur remains as engaging today as it was in medieval times. King Arthur’s life, whether it happened or not, cuts to the core of the Matter of Britain and reveals the heart of Britain’s fanciful idea of its origin.

©2017 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

Narrator: William Irvine
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
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Anglo-Saxon Portraits

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The half millennium between the creation of the English nation in around 550 and the Norman Conquest in 1066 was a formative one. This groundbreaking series rediscovers the Anglo-Saxons through vivid portraits of 30 incredible men and women, as told by their contemporary admirers. Nobel Prize-winner Seamus Heaney discusses the Beowulf bard; former archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams focuses on St Augustine, the first archbishop of Canterbury; Michael Wood celebrates Penda, the much-maligned last pagan king of England; Barbara Yorke tells the story of Hild of Whitby, the powerful abbess and largely forgotten pre-feminism model; and writer David Almond investigates the oldest surviving English poet, Caedmon.  From royalty to peasants, the women behind the Bayeux Tapestry to rebellious nuns, Anglo-Saxon Portraits unravels the mysteries of a too often forgotten period in British history.

©2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

Author: various
Category: History, Europe
Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
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Cantre'r Gwaelod

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"We can trace almost all the disasters of English history to the influence of Wales." (Evelyn Waugh, English novelist) Wales is a whimsical country with a powerful, complex, myth-filled, and oft disputed history. In 2004, geneticists working with geographers and archaeological colleagues undertook a "People of the British Isle" study. They sought out thousands of volunteers, all four of whose grandparents had been born in the same place, and they analyzed their genetic make-up. "Modern genetic analysis can read the patterns of variation in our complete set of DNA...that change subtly over time," producing a genetic signature that reveals geographical origins. This provides a window into history and helps explain why Wales is so singular and self contained. ("Settlers: Genetics, geography, and the peopling of Britain." ND). The results of this project confirmed that the Welsh are unique, despite the common belief that the term "Celtic" is an homogenous concept that can be used as an overall term that includes the Irish, the Welsh, the Scottish clans, and Cornwellians. "Celtic" is much more nuanced. The study revealed that there are 17 distinct genetic clusters of people in the modern United Kingdom: Tthe dominant clusters are in Central and Southern England; nine smaller clusters are identified in England and Wales; Western Scotland and Northern Ireland share a great deal of genetic material; and Cornish, Welsh, Irish, and Scottish, normally thought of as "Celtic", are significantly genetically diverse. The real kicker is that the present Welsh are much more closely related to the original Britons than the rest of the inhabitants of the United Kingdom. The "settlers" project concludes that "the Welsh are the true, pure Britons, according to the research that has produced the first genetic map of the UK" ("Settlers: Genetics, geography, and the peopling of Britain." ND). By the time Doggerland had disappeared under the seas, the people who remained, the first Britons, were from the European continent and the Atlantic seaboard, maybe even Northern Africa. There was a sudden influx of people from Gaul to Britainn across the channel around 24000 BCE. They were metal workers and perhaps attracted to the newly discovered copper mine in Northern Wales at Great Orme. A complete shoulder cape, dated as having been made in 1500 BCE, was discovered in a burial mound in a field called Bryn yr Ellyllon ("Fairies’ Hill") in Mold in Flintshire in Wales in 1833. It had been fashioned from a single gold nugget, weighed 650 grams, and was covered with intricate designs. It had obviously been worn by an important person of slight stature during some kind of ritual practice. However, it seems these people did not stay in Wales very long, or at least not long enough to leave much of a genetic mark. From these origins, tales of an ancient sunken kingdom began to spread, and they have persisted over the centuries, leading many to search for the place called Cantre'r Gwaelod. Cantre’r Gwaelod: The Mysterious Legend of the Ancient Sunken Kingdom Known as the Welsh Atlantis chronicles the origins of the story, the way it spread as it became more popular, and its impact on history. With important people, places, and events, you will learn about Cantre’r Gwaelod like never before.

©2019 Charles River Editors (P)2019 Charles River Editors

Narrator: David Bernard
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 32 mins
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El Norte

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Because of our shared English language, as well as the celebrated origin tales of the Mayflower and the rebellion of the British colonies, the United States has prized its Anglo heritage above all others. However, as Carrie Gibson explains with great depth and clarity in El Norte, the nation has much older Spanish roots - ones that have long been unacknowledged or marginalized. The Hispanic past of the United States predates the arrival of the Pilgrims by a century, and has been every bit as important in shaping the nation as it exists today.  El Norte chronicles the sweeping and dramatic history of Hispanic North America from the arrival of the Spanish in the early 16th century to the present - from Ponce de Leon’s initial landing in Florida in 1513 to Spanish control of the vast Louisiana territory in 1762 to the Mexican-American War in 1846 and up to the more recent tragedy of post-hurricane Puerto Rico and the ongoing border acrimony with Mexico. Interwoven in this stirring narrative of events and people are cultural issues that have been there from the start but which are unresolved to this day: language, belonging, community, race, and nationality. Seeing them play out over centuries provides vital perspective at a time when it is urgently needed.  In 1883, Walt Whitman meditated on his country’s Spanish past: “We Americans have yet to really learn our own antecedents, and sort them, to unify them”, predicting that “to that composite American identity of the future, Spanish character will supply some of the most needed parts.” That future is here, and El Norte, a stirring and eventful history in its own right, will make a powerful impact on our national understanding.

©2019 Carrie Gibson (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Thom Rivera
Category: History, Europe
Length: 21 hrs and 20 mins
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The History of Ireland

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From the beginning of time the Irish have always fascinated the world. From their cheerful, happy demeanour to their conflicts with England and the tense North, South divide. Jump into this concise guide and learn all you need to know for your next visit to the Emerald Isle.

©2020 History Nerds (P)2021 History Nerds

Narrator: Jack McArthur
Category: History, Europe
Length: 3 hrs and 20 mins
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Ragnar Lothbrok: The Tale of a Viking Warrior King

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Ragnar Lothbrok: The Tale of a Viking Warrior King delves into the mystery surrounding the Viking warrior who conquered European nations and became a king in his own right. Over nine centuries after the death of this great warrior, ancient poems, songs, and sagas about him still remain today. This audiobook considers the facts as we know them, the myths attributed to Ragnar, and the way this iconic heathen from the north continues to impact modern culture today. This audiobook will discuss: The historical facts and suppositions surrounding this Viking of legend The retelling of the Saga of Ragnar and his three wives How Ragnar’s sons became an integral part of the legend that Ragnar represents, and the stories that they inspired How, despite centuries of time, Ragnar and Vikings of his time helped shape ideas and common traditions that are still held onto today This audiobook is both fact and fictional recount and is dedicated to Ragnar and his endurable, legendary status in history.

©2017 Bernard Hayes (P)2017 Bernard Hayes

Narrator: Jae Huff
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
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The White Rose: Munich, 1942-1943

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The White Rose tells the story of Hans Scholl and Sophie Scholl, who in 1942 led a small underground organization of German students and professors to oppose the atrocities committed by Hitler and the Nazi Party. They named their group the White Rose, and they distributed leaflets denouncing the Nazi regime. Sophie, Hans, and a third student were caught and executed. Written by Inge Scholl (Han's and Sophie's sister), The White Rose features letters, diary excerpts, photographs of Hans and Sophie, transcriptions of the leaflets, and accounts of the trial and execution. This is a gripping account of courage and morality. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2012 Inge Aicher-Scholl (P)2020 Post Hypnotic Press Inc.

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Ragnar Lothbrook

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Ragnar Lothbrok is considered to be one of the most influential Vikings in Norse history, regardless of what is speculated to be true or false.  Follow the epic tales through Ragnar’s life as he traverses his way through Scandinavia, France, and England, leading fleets of ships, raiding villages, and holding kings at ransom. Witness the brutality and outright madness Ragnar, the king of Denmark, portrayed during his reign.  If Ragnar is something that myths are made of, there is a lot that seem to be hard facts. Everyone remembers the legends of his misdeeds from the year AD 864 when he supposedly lived. And lived he did, very vividly.  For a legend to have survived for over 1200 years down to the same minute details, it makes one feel that there must be some spark of reality in all of it somewhere.  The topics covered in this audiobook include:  Who was Ragnar? Ragnar's many raids Ragnar's wives and children How did Ragnar die? The variations of his extraordinary life And much, much more!   Get the audiobook today.

©2019 Firestone Publishings (P)2019 Firestone Publishings

Narrator: Jordan Gunner
Author: Eric Claim
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
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Spanish Civil War

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The Spanish Civil War is sometimes seen as merely a precursor to World War II, and it’s easy to understand why. The troops of the extreme right fought against those of the extreme left, and the soldiers and military hardware of Germany, Italy, and Russia faced off on Spanish battlefields many years before they fought each other on the Russian steppes. For the first time, the world would see bombings of civilians to create terror. There were secret police forces on both sides and large numbers of arbitrary executions, and the use of imprisonment without trial and torture as a means of establishing state power became almost routine. But the Spanish Civil War was much more than just an overture to World War II. It was a war born out of schisms in Spanish society between rich and poor, monarchists and Republicans, the right and the left, and between those who supported the church and those who saw it as an instrument of oppression. For all its brutality and horror, the Spanish Civil War was a conflict between ideals often fought by volunteers on each side who truly believed that they were helping to build a better world. You will read learn about: Taking positions Outside intervention The terror Nationalists triumphant in the north The Republicans fight back The end of the war And much more! This book provides an overview of the causes which led to the war, the significance of outside intervention, and the main events which took place between July 1936 and April 1939. This is not an exhaustive history of the war, but it’s rather a succinct introduction for anyone interested in an overview of this confusing but important European war.

©2018 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator:
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
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A Journey

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Summary

Tony Blair is a politician who defines our times. His emergence as Labour Party leader in 1994 marked a seismic shift in British politics. Within a few short years, he had transformed his party and rallied the country behind him, becoming prime minister in 1997 with the biggest victory in Labour’s history, and bringing to an end 18 years of Conservative government. He took Labour to a historic three terms in office as Britain’s dominant political figure of the last two decades.

A Journey is Tony Blair’s firsthand account of his years in office and beyond. Here he describes for the first time his role in shaping our recent history, from the aftermath of Princess Diana’s death to the war on terror. He reveals the leadership decisions that were necessary to reinvent his party, the relationships with colleagues including Gordon Brown, the grueling negotiations for peace in Northern Ireland, the implementation of the biggest reforms to public services in Britain since 1945, and his relationships with leaders on the world stage - Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton, Vladimir Putin, George W. Bush.. He analyzes the belief in ethical intervention that led to his decisions to go to war in Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, and, most controversially of all, in Iraq.

A Journey is a book about the nature and uses of political power. In frank, unflinching, often wry detail, Tony Blair charts the ups and downs of his career to provide insight into the man as well as the politician and statesman. He explores the challenges of leadership, and the ramifications of standing up, clearly and forcefully, for what one believes in. He also looks ahead, to emerging power relationships and economies, addressing the vital issues and complexities of our global world.

Few British prime ministers have shaped the nation’s course as profoundly as Tony Blair, and his achievements and his legacy will be debated for years to come. Here, uniquely, we have his own journey, in his own words.

©2010 Tony Blair (P)2010 Random House Audio

Narrator: Tony Blair
Author: Tony Blair
Category: History, Europe
Length: 16 hrs and 4 mins
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A Short History of Europe

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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of A Short History of Europe written and read by Simon Jenkins.    Europe is an astonishingly successful place. In this dazzling new history, best-selling author Simon Jenkins grippingly tells the story of its evolution from warring peoples to peace, wealth and freedom - a story that twists and turns from Greece and Rome, through the Dark Ages, the Reformation and the French Revolution, to the Second World War and up to the present day.   Jenkins takes in leaders from Julius Caesar and Joan of Arc to Wellington and Angela Merkel as well as cultural figures from Aristotle to Shakespeare and Picasso. He brings together the transformative forces and dominant eras into one chronological tale - all with his usual insight, colour and authority.   Despite the importance of Europe's politics, economy and culture, there has not been - until now - a concise book to tell this story. Covering the key events, themes and individuals, Jenkins' portrait of the continent could not be more timely - or masterful.

©2018 Simon Jenkins (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

Narrator: Simon Jenkins
Category: History, Europe
Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
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The Memoirs of Louis XIV and his Court, and of the Regency, Vol II

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Louis de Rouvroy, Duke of Saint-Simon (1675-1755) provides the world with unparalleled insight both into the rule of France's Sun King, Louis XIV, and the tantalizing intrigues of the monarch's inner circle. Saint-Simon notes in his Memoirs that it was his love of reading - and of history in particular - that sparked his interest in recording his own observations. The length and breadth of his notes were undoubtedly made the more possible because he kept his writings secret. Volume II relates the King's ongoing desire to raise the station of his illegitimate children, his determination to show the world the strength of France's army, and the usual Court intrigues.

Public Domain (P)2021 Cate Barratt

Narrator: Cate Barratt
Category: History, Europe
Length: 3 hrs and 20 mins
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Stasiland

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East Germany may have been - until now - the most perfected surveillance state of all time. In Stasiland, Anna Funder tells extraordinary stories of ordinary people who heroically resisted the communist dictatorship, and of those who worked for its vicious secret police, the Stasi. She meets Miriam, who as a 16-year-old was accused of trying to start World War III. She visits the regime’s cartographer, a man obsessed to this day with the Berlin Wall, then gets drunk with the legendary “Mik Jegger” of the east, once declared by the authorities “no longer to exist.” And she finds spies and Stasi men, in hiding but defiant, still loyal to the regime as they lick their wounds and regroup, hoping for the next revolution. Stasiland is a brilliant, timeless portrait of a Kafkaesque world, as gripping as any thriller. In a world of total surveillance, its celebration of human conscience and courage is as potent as ever. 

©2020 Anna Funder (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Denica Fairman
Author: Anna Funder
Category: History, Europe
Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
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Shadows of a Princess

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Reissued for the 20th anniversary of Diana's death, this sensational best seller is an explosive account of her life, from the man who was by her side throughout its most turbulent period. In 1981 Lady Diana Spencer was seen by many as a lifeline for the outdated Windsor line. But Diana didn't follow the script. Instead she brought a revolution. Patrick Jephson was Diana's closest aide and adviser during her years of greatest public fame and deepest personal crisis. He witnessed the disintegration of her marriage to Prince Charles and the negotiation of the royal divorce. Rooted in unique firsthand experience, Shadows of a Princess is an authoritative, balanced account of one of the world's most famous and tragic women.

©2000, 2017 Prospect Media Ltd (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Patrick Jephson
Category: History, Europe
Length: 19 hrs and 36 mins
Available on Audible
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Ireland

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Ireland is inarguably a beautiful, enchanted place. But its history is more turbulent, fascinating, and terrible than any other. From the first English presence in Ireland in the 12th century, through siege, rebellion, and civil war, to Irish ascendancy, home rule, and the present-day troubles, best-selling author Paul Johnson tells, with remarkable clarity and concision, the compelling story of this most remarkable island.

©1980 Paul Johnson (P)1995 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Wanda McCaddon
Author: Paul Johnson
Category: History, Europe
Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
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Richard the Lionheart: A Life from Beginning to End

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You might have heard of King Richard the Lionhearted, the “good king” in the tales of Robin Hood. But what do you really know about this 12th-century ruler of England? Do you know why he left England, or why he was taken prisoner by another sovereign as he tried to return? Did you know Richard had other brothers besides the famed scoundrel, Prince John? Have you heard tales of Richard not only as a missing king but as a leader who rode boldly into battle alongside his knights? You will learn about.... From Aquitaine to King of England Beginnings of a crusade The way to Palestine Sea battles and sieges A captive king The last five years And much more! In this audiobook, you’ll learn the actual story of King Richard, a king who may not have been exactly "good", but was certainly brave, charismatic, and dashing - a historical character with a story to remember.

©2017 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

Narrator: William Irvine
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
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Bohemian London

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London has always been home to outsiders. To people who won't or can't abide by the conventions of respectable society. For close to two centuries these misfit individualists have had a name. They have been called Bohemians. This book is an entertaining, anecdotal history of Bohemian London. A guide to its more colourful inhabitants. Rossetti and Swinburne, defying the morality of high Victorian England. Oscar Wilde and Aubrey Beardsley in the decadent 1890s. The Bloomsburyites and the Bright Young Things. Dylan Thomas, boozing in the Blitz, and Francis Bacon and his cronies, wasting time and getting wasted in 1950s Soho. It's also a guide to the places where Bohemia has flourished. The legendary Cafe Royal, a home away from home to artists and writers for nearly a century. The Cave of the Golden Calf, a First World War nightclub run by the Swedish playwright August Strindberg's widow. The Colony Room, the infamous drinking den presided over by the gloriously foul-mouthed Muriel Belcher, and the Gargoyle Club in Dean Street, where the artistic avant-garde mixed with upper-crust eccentrics. The pubs of Fitzrovia where the painters Augustus John and Nina Hamnett rubbed shoulders with the occultist Aleister Crowley and where the short-story writer Julian Maclaren-Ross, wearing mirror sunglasses and clutching a silver-topped Malacca cane, held court for his acolytes and admirers. The story of Bohemian London is one of drink and drugs, sex and death, excess and indulgence. It's also a story of achievement and success. Some of the finest art and literature of the last two centuries has emerged from Bohemia. Nick Rennison's book provides a lively and enjoyable portrait of the world in which Bohemian Londoners once lived.

©2017 Nick Rennison (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: Fraser Wilson
Category: History, Europe
Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
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The Dark Ages: Book 1

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Sir Charles William Chadwick Oman KBE (1860-1946) was a British military historian. His reconstructions of medieval battles from the fragmentary and distorted accounts left by chroniclers were pioneering. Occasionally, his interpretations have been challenged, especially his widely copied thesis that British troops defeated their Napoleonic opponents by firepower alone. Paddy Griffith, among modern historians, claims that the British infantry's discipline and willingness to attack were equally important.

©2017 Charles Oman (P)2020 AL Studio

Narrator: Henry Schrader
Author: Charles Oman
Category: History, Europe
Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
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William the Conqueror: A Life from Beginning to End

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William the Conqueror invaded England in 1066, permanently changing the landscape of the English countryside and the course of English history. No one debates his importance; whether the influence was good or bad is a much more involved conversation. To understand English history over time, it is important to understand the transition from Anglo-Saxon history of the country to the Anglo-Norman control that existed until approximately the 15th century.   From this audiobook, you will learn about: William the Bastard  Claim to the English Throne  Battle of Hastings  English Resistance  Revolt of the Earls  The Death of William the Conqueror  And much more!   Learn about the transition of the Duke of Normandy from his early years as William the Bastard to his final years as King William I of England, often styled as William the Conqueror. Gain an understanding of how the Norman occupation changed English culture, language, and sense of law, while also laying down the threads of conflicts that would continue for centuries.   In this short history of William the Conqueror, the Battle of Hastings, and the influence of Norman presence in England, you will get a crash course in the early history of England as we understand it today.

©2018 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Mike Nelson
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
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Dance If Ye Can

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Dance If Ye Can is an introduction to the huge variety of battles fought in Scotland, or fought by the Scots in the nearly 900 years when they were an independent nation. The first part of the audiobook serves as an introduction to Scottish history, while the second section portrays the Scottish soldier throughout history. Part three gives an alphabetical guide and brief notes of the many hundred battles, skirmishes, and sieges that pepper the history of Scotland. Unlike most battle books, Dance If Ye Can does not concentrate solely on the well-known battles. Rather, it gives space to many of the near-forgotten skirmishes and clan battles, as well as the more famous encounters such as Bannockburn and Culloden. The earliest battles concern the Roman invasion of AD 83, while the last was the German attack on the Royal Navy in the Firth of Forth in 1939. In between are mentions of the wars against the Norse and the English, with various civil wars and disturbances, the Jacobite Risings and the clan wars of the Borders and Highlands. The final section is a timeline of Scottish history that brings the audiobook to the post-devolution period in the 21st century.

©2016 Malcolm Archibald (P)2019 Malcolm Archibald

Category: History, Europe
Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
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The King in the North

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The magisterial biography of Oswald Whiteblade, exiled prince of Northumbria, who returned in blood and glory to reclaim his birthright. A charismatic leader, a warrior whose prowess in battle earned him the epithet Whiteblade, an exiled prince who returned to claim his birthright, the inspiration for Tolkien's Aragorn. Oswald of Northumbria was the first great English monarch, yet today this legendary figure is all but forgotten.  In this panoramic portrait of Dark Age Britain, archaeologist and biographer Max Adams returns the king in the North to his rightful place in history.

©2013 Max Adams (P)2020 W F Howes

Narrator: Hamilton McLeod
Author: Max Adams
Category: History, Europe
Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
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The Italian Renaissance

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In all of human history there has never been an era as richly endowed with human creativity as the Italian Renaissance. When the economic boom of the Late Middle Ages had allowed a flourishing and wealthy merchant class to emerge, a plethora of artists, sculptors, architects, and thinkers followed in their wake. In an astonishingly short period of time, Italy was transformed mentally, physically, and spiritually. Powerful commercial centers like Florence, Venice, and Milan became independent. Artists like Michaelangelo and Cellini threw off the customs of the past and forged new symbols of Man, while others, like the gentle aristocrat Baldassare Castiglione, were attempting to civilize the behavior of society with gentlemanly manners. From north to south, Italian cities were literally reborn with an energy and enthusiasm that has never repeated itself anywhere. This great historical essay tells you why this extraordinary event occurred and why it finally died out, though its effects lasted hundreds of years. Ironically, all the great pomp and splendor of the Italian Renaissance was accompanied by some of the worst violence and mayhem that Italy has ever experienced. In the midst of splendor unheard of, men murdered, stole, raped, lied, and cuckolded friend and foe. Horrible torture, brutal war, and poisonous political intrigue went hand in hand with the most sumptuous artistic and literary output in European history. Follow this incredible story to understand the Italian Renaissance in ways you never conceived.

©2004 Audio Connoisseur

Author: J.H. Plumb
Category: History, Europe
Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
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King Henry VII: A Life from Beginning to End

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Discover the remarkable life of King Henry VII in less than an hour.... Free bonus inside! Henry VII was not destined to be the well-known (or perhaps better described as infamous) king that his son was after him, but his place in history remains important. With his victory over Richard III in 1485, Henry brought England out of the Middle Ages and ushered it into the modern era. His reign ended decades of bloody civil wars and provided the wealth and stability necessary for commerce and art to thrive in England. When Henry’s son, Henry VIII, ascended the throne in 1509, it marked England’s first uncontested transfer of power in almost 90 years. This fact alone is a testament to Henry’s achievements. In this audiobook, we will discover the story of how Henry VII became the last English king to win his crown on the battlefield and by doing so established the Tudor dynasty which would remain in power for over 100 years. Discover a plethora of topics such as: Early life and exile The battle for the throne The Tudor dynasty begins England and Spain join forces The work of Henry VII Late life and death And much more! So if you want a quick and easy audiobook on King Henry VII, listen to this audiobook!

©2019 Hourly History (P)2019 Hourly History

Narrator: Mike Nelson
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 1 min
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This Sceptred Isle: Collection 1

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The first five volumes from the landmark BBC radio series This Sceptred Isle. Christopher Lee's epic history tells the story of Britain from the Romans to the death of Victoria. This collection includes the original first five volumes: 55BC-1087: Julius Caesar to William the Conqueror From Britannia under the Romans to the Dark Ages and the invasions of Angles, Saxons, Danes, and Norwegians. 1087-1327: The Making of the Nation The Crusades, Welsh and Scottish rebellions and the foundations of the modern state - including Magna Carta and the fledgling English Parliament. 1327-1547: The Black Prince to Henry VIII The Hundred Years' War, the Peasants' Revolt, the Wars of the Roses and the reign of Henry VIII. 1547-1660: Elizabeth I to Cromwell Elizabeth I's long reign; the Civil War, the execution of Charles I and the establishment of Cromwell as Lord Protector. 1660-1702: Restoration and Glorious Revolution The return of Charles II, the Great Plague and Great Fire of London, and a ruler from a different country on the throne: William of Orange. Narrated by Anna Massey, with extracts from Sir Winston Churchill's A History of the English-Speaking Peoples read by Paul Eddington and Peter Jeffrey, this is the definitive radio account of the events and personalities that have shaped our nation.

©2017 BBC Worldwide Ltd. (P)2017 BBC Worldwide Ltd.

Category: History, Europe
Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
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Henri IV

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De toute la monarchie, il reste dans la bouche du peuple un nom - Henri IV - et deux chansons - Charmante Gabrielle et Malbrouk s'en va-t-en guerre. Ah ! il est resté un mot aussi : la poule au pot.

©Domaine public (P)2015 Le Livre Qui Parle

Category: History, Europe
Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
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Great Britain

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Explore the history of Great Britain from start to end. 4 Manuscripts in 1. English History England is a fascinating and intriguing country. From its pre Christian roots, through Roman occupation, Viking invaders, the Norman Conquest and the building of the largest empire the world has known, this small country has punched well above its weight on the world stage. Now, in this absorbing audiobook you can learn: The Medieval age The Reformation Kings and queens Renaissance period Civil wars The British Empire World Wars And much more.... Irish History In this audiobook you can find out: Early peoples and ages The advent of Christianity The Middle Ages The arrival of the Normans The 1580 rebellion 18th and 19th centuries And much more.... The Ireland of today has been shaped by the past and its history has provided some of the major flashpoints in the wider scope of the British Isles and Europe.... Welsh History From different warring factions and distinct identities ruled by individual monarchs, Wales eventually formed into a single nation. But this is only a small part of its story. With sections that cover: How Wales emerged as a country The rise of national consciousness The Welsh economy History of Welsh devolution Welsh culture, traditions and language Historical places And much more.... Scottish History Scotland has always held a fascination for people around the world. From inventors and patriots to great writers and thinkers, Scotland has traditionally punched well above its weight on the world stage. But did you know how it all started and how Scotland has been shaped by wider world events? Scottish History, tells Scotland’s story through several hundred years of turmoil and strife and includes sections on: The emergence of the Scottish nation The golden age The Wars of Independence The Black Death Inventors, explorers and missionaries The impact of two world wars And much more.... This in-depth and informative audiobook aims to give the listener a taste of what Scottish history has meant for it, the United Kingdom as a whole and for the rest of the world as a result. It is perfect for anyone who has an urge to learn more about what Scotland has done throughout the years! Don’t wait another moment to enjoy from this information. Get the audiobook Great Britain right away!

©2019 Eric Brown (P)2019 Eric Brown

Narrator: John B Lynn
Author: Eric Brown
Category: History, Europe
Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
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Carcassonne: The History and Legacy of the Castles, Campaigns, and Crimes in France's Fabled Walled City

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Posted by the Porte Narbonne, or Narbonne Gate, the entrance of the fabled La Cite in Carcassonne is a striking bust that is often missed upon first glance, for it is overshadowed by the exquisitely preserved, millennia-old citadel in its background. But standing before the porte, her face draws one in - round, with plump cheeks, thin arches for eyebrows that follow the shape of her large, downturned eyes, wavy hair peeking out of her wimple - reminiscent of the "celestial" suns with human faces often seen in the bedroom décor of a hip, teenage girl from the '90s. Gaze upon her from a certain angle and distance, and it seems as if one of the iconic conical roofs behind her doubles as a russet-hued hennin. Garbed in a fine gown with flower accents embroidered on her sleeves and a fussy wimple and veil, the joyfully radiant face that welcomes visitors into the citadel hardly appears to be the "heroine" type. Rather, the way she is depicted here is what usually springs to mind at the mention of a classic damsel in distress. That being said, while this particular damsel was indeed distressed, she relied on no one to not only save herself from the plight at hand, but the entire citadel itself. This damsel, as inscribed on the plaque underneath the bust, is the beloved Dame Carcas, often billed by the locals as the star of the town's origin story. Carcassonne today is the capital of the Aude department in the Occitanie region of southwestern France, about 58 miles from Toulouse. It lies by the eastward bend of the glittering cobalt waters of the River Aude, which serves as a barrier between the two towns of the city: the Cité and the Ville Basse. It is the old Cité that attracts most of Carcassonne's visitors (three million of them each year), for it houses the historic fortress that looks like it came straight out of a fairy tale and supposedly became the muse behind the captivating castles featured in Walt Disney's acclaimed 1959 classic, Sleeping Beauty. But this breathtaking town is so much more than just the perfect spot for wedding shoots and social media narcissism, for it is a place that oozes medieval history. Carcassonne: The History and Legacy of the Castles, Campaigns, and Crimes in France's Fabled Walled City examines the origins of the site and its sweeping history.

©2018 Charles River Editors (P)2018 Charles River Editors

Narrator: Jim D. Johnston
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
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A Concise History of Germany

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This audiobook provides a clear and informative guide to the twists and turns of German history from the early Middle Ages to the present day. The multifaceted, problematic history of the German lands has furnished a wide range of debates and differences of interpretation. Mary Fulbrook provides a crisp synthesis of a vast array of historical material and explores the interrelationships between social, political, and cultural factors in the light of scholarly controversies.  First published in 1990, A Concise History of Germany is the only single-volume history of Germany in English that offers broad, general coverage. It has become standard reading for English-speaking students of German, European studies, and history, and it is a useful guide to general learners, members of the business community, and travelers to Germany.  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©1991 Cambridge University Press (P)2019 Naxos AudioBooks

Narrator: Nick McArdle
Category: History, Europe
Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
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The Statue of Liberty: The History and Legacy of America's Most Famous Statue

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"[A] masterpiece of the human spirit [that] endures as a highly potent symbol - inspiring contemplation, debate and protest - of ideals such as liberty, peace, human rights, abolition of slavery, democracy, and opportunity." (The UNESCO Statement of Significance, describing the Statue of Liberty) Among America's countless monuments and landmarks, none embodies the principles of the nation quite like Lady Liberty, the colossal statue that stands on Liberty Island in New York Harbor. A gift from the French that was built and transported in the late 19th century, the Statue of Liberty has been a symbol of the United States' guarantee of individual freedom. Its location took on added meaning as it welcomed millions of immigrants sailing across the Atlantic to nearby Ellis Island. People around the world are instantly familiar with the statue today, whether from seeing pictures or depictions of it or actually visiting it and going inside. But the story of its construction is just as fascinating. Conceived as a monument that would commemorate the crucial alliance between America and France, the statue was a massive undertaking, from fundraising to the construction of the sculpture and a pedestal. The project took several years and a precarious transport of the statue's pieces across the Atlantic to New York, where it was officially dedicated in 1886 and celebrated with a ticker tape parade.

©2012 Charles River Editors (P)2015 Charles River Editors

Narrator: Ian H. Shattuck
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
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Henry VIII and the Men Who Made Him

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Tracy Borman, author of the best-selling biography Thomas Cromwell, takes us behind the scenes of Henry VIII's court and sheds new light on the most notorious Tudor monarch through the fresh perspective of his male relationships. Henry VIII is well known for his tumultuous relationships with women, and he is often defined by his many marriages. But what do we see if we take a different look? When we see Henry through the men in his life, a new perspective on this famous king emerges.... Henry's relationships with the men who surrounded him reveal much about his beliefs, behaviour and character. They show him to be capable of fierce but seldom abiding loyalty, of raising men only to destroy them later. He loved to be attended and entertained by boisterous young men who shared his passion for sport, but at other times he was more diverted by men of intellect, culture and wit. Often trusting and easily led by his male attendants and advisers during the early years of his reign, he matured into a profoundly suspicious and paranoid king whose favour could be suddenly withdrawn, as many of his later servants found to their cost. His cruelty and ruthlessness would become ever more apparent as his reign progressed, but the tenderness that he displayed towards those he trusted proves that he was never the one-dimensional monster that he is often portrayed as.   In this fascinating and often surprising new biography, Tracy Borman reveals Henry's personality in all its multifaceted, contradictory glory.

©2018 Tracy Borman (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Narrator: Julie Teal
Author: Tracy Borman
Category: History, Europe
Length: 17 hrs and 53 mins
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Irish History for Dummies

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Putting history into a perspective, Irish History for Dummies is an engaging, entertaining and educational trip through time, packing in equal parts fun and facts, providing listeners with a riveting history of this ancient land. The history of Ireland has shaped the world far beyond its borders. And few stories have a greater need for a balanced and light-hearted telling than the complex and often controversial saga of Ireland and her people. With more than 250 million books in print and more than 1,800 titles, For Dummies is the most widely recognized and highly regarded reference series in the world. Since 1991, For Dummies has helped millions make everything easier. For Dummies audiobooks offer listeners proven experts presenting even the most complex subjects in plain English.

©2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. (P)2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Narrator: Patrick Moy
Author: Mike Cronin
Category: History, Europe
Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
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A History of Britain: Volume 1

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The story of Britain from the earliest settlements in 3000 BC to the death of Elizabeth I in 1603. To look back at the past is to understand the present. In this vivid account of over 4,000 years of British history, Simon Schama takes us on an epic journey which encompasses the very beginnings of the nation's identity, when the first settlers landed on Orkney. From the successes and failures of the monarchy to the daily life of a Roman soldier stationed on Hadrian's Wall, Schama gives a vivid, fascinating account of the many different stories and struggles that lie behind the growth of our island nation. Simon Schama's major BBC2 series has shown him to be one of our most original and exciting historians.

©2012 Simon Schama (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Stephen Thorne
Author: Simon Schama
Category: History, Europe
Length: 15 hrs and 43 mins
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King Richard III: A Life from Beginning to End

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Discover the remarkable life of King Richard III in just an hour.... Free bonus inside! Richard III has gone down in history as one of the most hated and vilified British monarchs of all time. His two-year-long reign as king of England ended in 1485 when he was defeated at the Battle of Bosworth by Henry Tudor, making him the last English king to die on the battlefield. Despite the brevity of his reign, Richard III managed to earn an enduring - albeit unflattering - reputation which lives on to this day. William Shakespeare painted him as a ruthless, hunch-backed usurper, who killed not only his brother but also his two young nephews to get his hands on the crown. Amazingly, Shakespeare’s claims are not completely unfounded. This audiobook attempts to separate fact from fiction to present the true life story of one of Britain’s most controversial kings: Richard III. Discover a plethora of topics such as: Richard of York and the Wars of the Roses Early life as a knight Lord of the North Richard’s rise to power Buckingham’s Rebellion Death at the Battle of Bosworth And much more! So, if you want a straightforward resource on King Richard III, listen to this audiobook!

©2019 Hourly History (P)2019 Hourly History

Narrator: Mike Nelson
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
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Love and Louis XIV

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This audiobook centres around the Sun King and his relationship with numerous and fascinating women. Naturally dividing into five parts, it concentrates on the King's mother, Anne of Austria, to whom he was devoted; his first important mistress, Louise de la Valliere, who bore him several illegitimate children; Athenais Marquise de Montespan, who acted as unofficial Queen of Versailles until her involvement in the affair of poisons; Marie Therese, his wife, of course; and Madame de Maintenon, governess to the illegitimate royal children. The fifth part concentrates on his relations in old age with his daughters, granddaughters, and the wife of his grandson.Fraser vividly bring to life the vast edifice of Louis XIV's court - the magnificence, artistic splendour, elaborate ritual, and, in some cases, the absurdity and misery.

©2006 Antonia Fraser (P)2006 Orion Publishing Group Ltd

Narrator: Patricia Hodge
Category: History, Europe
Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
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Irish History: A Concise Overview of the History of Ireland from Start to End

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Explore the history of Ireland from start to end.... Are you fascinated and intrigued by the Emerald Isle? Does Ireland hold a special place in your heart? Would you like to learn a lot more about this island that has contributed much to world history? Ireland, more than any other country, seems to hold people from other parts of the world in awe. Its people, landscape, culture, and misfortunes have provided writers and poets with endless inspiration, and its history is no less colorful and exciting. In this book, Irish History: A Concise Overview of the History of Ireland From Start to End, you can find out much more about what has happened to Ireland through the ages, with chapters on: Early peoples and ages The advent of Christianity The Middle Ages The arrival of the Normans The 1580 rebellion 18th and 19th centuries And much more.... The Ireland of today has been shaped by the past, and its history has provided some of the major flashpoints in the wider scope of the British Isles and Europe.... And with millions of North Americans, in particular, being able to trace their ancestry back to Irish forefathers, this book is a must-listen for anyone who has even a passing interest in the subject! Don’t wait another moment to enjoy from this information - Get your copy of Irish History right away!

©2019 Eric Brown (P)2019 Eric Brown

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Author: Eric Brown
Category: History, Europe
Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
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The Age of Henry VIII

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Henry VIII, who ruled England for almost four decades, provokes questions. What is greatness? How should we judge character? Who or what can be said to "make" or cause history? England's most famous king ruled an island only about the size of Pennsylvania, inhabited by fewer than three million people nearly 500 years ago - yet he remains instantly recognizable to this day, his barrel-chested and bejeweled figure immortalized by the brush of Hans Holbein the Younger. In this series of 24 revealing lectures, an honored teacher offers an intimate portrait of the monarch who, in a recent biographer's words, "changed the heart, mind, and face of Britain more than anything between the coming of the Normans and the coming of the factory" - a despot who became an accidental great-grandfather of English-speaking democracy. You'll learn how Henry gave Protestantism its powerful purchase in the English-speaking world and how, given Britain's later significance in world history - made possible in part by Henry himself - he must be accounted a towering figure of history. The Henry VIII who emerges from these lectures is a man of both great charm and terrifying, self-pitying ferocity. He harbored ruthless ambitions and spun grand schemes, yet in the end was shadowed by the historical irony of expectations gone awry. At the same time, you'll grasp how his reign contributed an important legacy to British history and the modern world. The revolutionary effect of the Act of Appeals was to make law itself, or the king-in-Parliament, the supreme authority. Parliamentary law became the basis of the new constitutional monarchy, and Henry's navy was the first standing military force in his day. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2003 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2003 The Great Courses

Narrator: Dale Hoak
Category: History, Europe
Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
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Seasons in the Sun

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In the early 1970s, Britain seemed to be tottering on the brink of the abyss. Under Edward Heath, the optimism of the '60s had become a distant memory. Now the headlines were dominated by strikes and blackouts, unemployment and inflation. As the world looked on in horrified fascination, Britain seemed to be tearing itself apart. And yet, amid the gloom, glittered a creativity and cultural dynamism that would influence our lives long after the nightmarish '70s had been forgotten. Dominic Sandbrook has recreated the gaudy, schizophrenic atmosphere of the early '70s: the world of Enoch Powell and Tony Benn, David Bowie and Brian Clough, Germaine Greer and Mary Whitehouse. An age when the unions were on the march and the socialist revolution seemed at hand, but also when feminism, permissiveness, pornography and environmentalism were transforming the lives of millions. It was an age of miners’ strikes, tower blocks, and IRA atrocities, but it also gave us celebrity footballers and high-street curry houses, organic foods and package holidays, gay rights and glam rock. For those who remember the days when you could buy a new colour television but power cuts stopped you from watching it, this book could hardly be more vivid. It is the perfect guide to a luridly colourful '70s landscape that shaped our present from the financial boardroom to the suburban bedroom. In Seasons in the Sun, Dominic Sandbrook explores the bitter, turbulent world of Britain in the late 1970s, the years that brought punk to prominence and Margaret Thatcher to power. With inflation mounting, rubbish in the streets, bombs going off across London, and the economy in meltdown, the days of national greatness seemed a fading memory. Across the Western world, Britain was mocked as the "Sick Man of Europe", a byword for decline and self-destruction. In 1976 alone, race riots disrupted the Notting Hill Carnival, the retirement of Prime Minister Harold Wilson was overshadowed by allegations of corruption, the Sex Pistols made their shocking debut on national television, and Britain had to go cap in hand to the IMF. Yet as Seasons in the Sun shows, there was more to late 1970s Britain than strikes and shortages. From rock music and television sitcoms to the novels of Martin Amis and the birth of the first home computers, this was a society caught between old and new: nostalgic for what had been lost, but already looking forward to a new and very different political and social order.

©2012 Dominic Sandbrook (P)2012 Audible Ltd

Narrator: David Thorpe
Category: History, Europe
Length: 41 hrs and 15 mins
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The Balkans [Modern Library Chronicles]

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In this fascinating work, winner of the Wolfson Prize for History Mark Mazower uncovers the history of the Balkans with detail and clarity. He explores the reasons for current conflicts and examines the Balkans as a religious, cultural, and economic melting pot for Europe and Asia. Through Robert O'Keefe's articulate narration, listeners will be absorbed by this rich world.

©2000 Mark Mazower

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Author: Mark Mazower
Category: History, Europe
Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
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The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries

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The mysticism and fairy folklore of Celtic England, Scotland, the Isle of Man, Brittany, and Wales is explored in this production, which focuses on interviews conducted with everyday citizens about their beliefs, sightings, and encounters in the early 20th century, followed by an anthropological examination of evidence. It is an exploration of the spirit world, of the Sidhe, the "good people", who are claimed to interact mischievously with the populace - sometimes even abducting them and leaving only the victims' clothes behind, transporting them far distances, and killing their livestock.

Public Domain (P)2020 Jack Chekijian

Narrator: Jack Chekijian
Category: History, Europe
Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
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Elizabeth I

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England's first Queen Elizabeth gave her name to an age. Inheriting a bankrupt, famished, and powerless country, she healed its religious rifts, replenished its treasury, redefined diplomatic guile, defeated the Spanish Armada, and inspired a new flowering of English culture. Her father, Henry VIII, beheaded her mother, Anne Boleyn, and Elizabeth was declared a bastard. As Henry kept marrying and discarding wives, she had to be adroit and canny to avoid being snared in the schemes of courtiers plotting to win the crown. And when at last she ascended the throne, her councilors told her she could survive only by marrying. But she reigned for 44 years as Glorianna, the "Virgin Queen" whose wit, evasions, and towering intellect frustrated enemies both within and outside her island kingdom. The more we know about Elizabeth's endless complexity, the more remains to be learned. Here's a beginning.

©2014 Abigail Archer (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Sarah Nichols
Category: History, Europe
Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
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The Republic of Venice

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“As in the Arsenal of the Venetians Boils in winter the tenacious pitch To smear their unsound vessels over again For sail they cannot; and instead thereof One makes his vessel new, and one recaulks The ribs of that which many a voyage has made One hammers at the prow, one at the stern This one makes oars and that one cordage twists Another mends the mainsail and the mizzen…” (Dante’s Inferno) To the first settlers of the unpromising, marshy islands of Venice in the 5th century BCE, it appeared as if any attempt at civilization was doomed to fail. Yet, even with the cards stacked against them, the artful inhabitants mastered the unlivable terrain and slowly pieced together a society that would put the small, unassuming city right on the map. In time, the city evolved into the most powerful maritime empire in all of Europe. Founded in the wake of the decline of the Roman Empire, the Republic of Venice lasted for more than a thousand years, from 697-1797, and in order to understand its singular position in world history, it is necessary to first note its geographical positioning and its topographical make-up: Located in northeastern Italy at the head of the Adriatic, the city is made up of 120 islands that are connected by 430 bridges that cross over 170 canals, referred to as a “rio” or plural “rii” (Italian for river). As a maritime power, the interests of Venice once reached all the way to Asia, which allowed it to form an important crossroads within the Eastern Mediterranean, in terms of trade. In Venice, a vast array of products (raw materials, spices, cloth) came all the way from North Africa, Russia, and India and were exchanged for the goods and wealth of Europe.” Venice, of course, earned its remarkable reputation on its own merit, but the reason for its current fame should be credited at least in part to its status as one of the most important tourist destinations of all time, attracting travelers interested in religion, art, culture, architecture, the seashore as well as shopping. As far back as the 16th century, pilgrims flocked there to take in its numerous holy sites, the remnants of the city’s medieval heritage, and in the 17th century, rich northern Europeans flocked to the city as part of their lengthy Grand Tour, hoping to feast their eyes on the unusual cityscape and its unique cultural heritage. Many of those famous writers penned unforgettable accounts of the city in English and in German, stories that only served to increase its fortunes over time. The Republic of Venice: The History of the Venetian Empire and Its Influence across the Mediterranean dives into the city's origin story, how it became one of the most important powers in Europe, and its inevitable undoing. Along with information about important people, places, and events, you will learn about the Venetian Republic like never before.

©2019 Charles River Editors (P)2019 Charles River Editors

Narrator: Colin Fluxman
Category: History, Europe
Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
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Wars of the Roses: A History from Beginning to End

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The Wars of the Roses were a series of civil wars in England fought between the House of Lancaster and the House of York between 1455 and 1485. Over a 30-year period, England had five rulers, three of whom were killed or executed. Power changed hands on even more occasions as an ineffective king, Henry VI, was subject to mental breakdowns. Protectors of the realm were regularly appointed to rule during these episodes, thereby disaffecting Henry’s ambitious queen, Margaret of Anjou. Though the battles fought were limited in scope, one of these, the Battle of Towton, is considered the bloodiest battle ever fought on English soil. The nearby river was described as running red with the blood of some 38,000 soldiers who lost their lives that day. You will hear about.... Prelude to war: a house divided A mad monarch and his quarrelsome relatives The ultimate family feud The final battle The Tudor dynasty And much more! By the end of the Wars, a new dynasty - the Tudor dynasty - was born, the powers of the nobility were significantly diminished, and the system of feudalism was all but eradicated. The monarchy was strengthened, and the royal line of succession was secured for the Tudor line. As family feuds go, the Wars of the Roses were historically significant in changing the trajectory of power in England. This audiobook tells the compelling story of this tumultuous period in English history in succinct yet informative detail that is both educational and entertaining.

©2017 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

Narrator: William Irvine
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
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Henry VIII

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Henry VIII ruled England from 1509 to 1547. As a young man, he was fond of sports and hunting and was said to be uncommonly handsome. Standing more than six feet tall, he loomed large in the lives and minds of his subjects as he navigated his country through the tricky diplomatic and military hazards of the 16th century. A man of enormous appetites, Henry conducted affairs with many women, married six, and executed two. His infatuation with Anne Boleyn set in motion a chain of events that reshaped the church in England and eroded the dominance of Rome. But the popular image of Henry as a crude tyrant, dispatching courtiers, enemies, and wives with gusto, obscures a more nuanced and fascinating character. He was a true Renaissance king who presided over one of Europe's greatest courts and nudged Western civilization onto a new course. Here, from Abigail Archer, author of the New York Times best seller Elizabeth I, is the story of Henry VIII.

©2015 Abigail Archer (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Sarah Nichols
Category: History, Europe
Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
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Scottish History

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Explore the history of scotland from start to end.... Are you interested in the romance and drama of Scottish history? Are tales of Robert the Bruce and the wars against England just footnotes in your wider historical knowledge? This book provides a concise and impressive chronicle! Scotland has always held a fascination for people around the world. from inventors and patriots to great writers and thinkers, Scotland has traditionally punched well above its weight on the world stage. But did you know how it all started and how Scotland has been shaped by wider world events? This book, Scottish History: A Concise Overview of the History of Scotland From Start to End, tells Scotland’s story through several hundred years of turmoil and strife and includes chapters on: The emergence of the Scottish nation The golden age The Wars of Independence The Black Death Inventors, explorers and missionaries The impact of two world wars And much more.... This in-depth and informative book aims to give the reader a taste of what Scottish history has meant for it, the United Kingdom as a whole and for the rest of the world as a result. It is perfect for anyone who has an urge to learn more about what Scotland has done throughout the years! Don’t wait another moment to enjoy from this information - Get your copy of Scottish History right away!

©2019 Eric Brown (P)2019 Eric Brown

Narrator: John B Leen
Author: Eric Brown
Category: History, Europe
Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
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History of France: The Italian Wars

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This chapter of France's history is about The Italian Wars: campaigns of Charles VIII (1493), the campaign of Louis XII, the Holy League, the campaigns of Francis I, Charles V, the wars of Francis and Charles, Henry II.  Charlotte Mary Yonge was an English novelist and historian. Yonge's work was widely read and respected in the nineteenth century, and admired by many great writers like Lewis Carroll or George Eliot. She attached a lot of importance to the education of girls, and her work reflected the values and concerns of Anglo-Catholicism; she wrote many historical novels, for which she studied history in great detail.  This audiobook, read by Paul Spera, is her retelling of the essential episodes that made France. Each historical event is replaced into context and presented in clear and easy-to-read snippets, so that younger and older readers can deepen their understanding of how modern France came to be and broaden their culture. This historical essays deals with France's earlier kings, the hundred years' war, the struggle with Burgundy, the Italian wars, the wars of religion, absolute monarchy, and the French Revolution 

©2018 Compagnie du Savoir (P)2018 Astorg Audio

Narrator: Paul Spera
Category: History, Europe
Length: 14 mins
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The Spanish Civil War

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“I've been in love (truly) with five women, the Spanish Republic and the 4th Infantry Division.” (Ernest Hemingway) The Spanish Civil War has exerted a powerful impact on the historical imagination. Without question, the conflict was a key moment in the 20th century, a precursor to World War II, and an encapsulation of the rise of extremist movements in the 1930s, but it was also a complex narrative in and of itself, even as it offered a truly international theater of war. It marked one of the seminal moments, along with the 1929 Wall Street Crash, between the two apocalyptic wars of the early 20th century, and since it occurred between 1936 and 1939, Spain proved to be a testing ground of tactics, weaponry, and ideology ahead of World War II.  For the Allied powers Britain and France, Spain became a nadir of “appeasement”, yet, as the name suggests, the conflict had distinctly Spanish characteristics. The pressures that led to war were particular to the country, its social challenges, and its long and intricate history, and it was a conflict between two sides that included disparate elements like the clergy, socialists, landowners, and even anarchists. It is estimated that somewhere between 500,000 and 2,000,000 people were killed in the war.  Unlike World War II, the Spanish conflict attracted artists and writers, many of whom reflected upon events and even volunteered to fight. Pablo Picasso’s painting Guernica, journalist Martha Gellhorn’s reports, Robert Capa’s iconic photography, George Orwell’s Homage to Catalonia, and Ernest Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls are just some examples of the art and literature that documented the war, and 80 years later, the conflict and its causes still inspire musicians and writers.  Ultimately, the forces of reaction, led by General Francisco Franco, triumphed, and after his victory in 1939, Franco ruled Spain with an iron fist for 36 years. Upon his death, however, a reconstructed version of the Spanish Republic was enacted, albeit this time as a constitutional monarchy. Part of the tacit agreement that led to democracy in the 1970s was a burial of former grievances and the memory of the civil war, but a lack of reconciliation has left the conflict’s unresolved issues bubbling under the surface of Spanish society. In recent years, new material and accounts have been published, firmly demonstrating the impact of the war is far from done.  The Spanish Civil War: The History and Legacy of the Controversial Conflict That Established Francisco Franco’s Dictatorship in Spain examines one of the 20th century’s most important wars and how it affected the world. You will learn about the Spanish Civil War like never before. 

©2018 Charles River Editors (P)2018 Charles River Editors

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Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
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A Short History of Ireland

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In the wake of its 30th birthday celebrations in 2006, BBC Radio Ulster marked the beginning of a new broadcasting era by embarking on the station's most ambitious project to date: a recounting of the history of Ireland. For easy digestion, the story of the island is told in a series of 240 short documentaries - starting with the Ice Age and the arrival of the first humans through to the outbreak of the Second World War.

©2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

Narrator: Frances Tomelty
Category: History, Europe
Length: 22 hrs and 51 mins
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Our Island Story, Volume 1

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Our Island Story , by H. E. Marshall, is an Edwardian history book for younger listeners (aged six to 12) that tells the story of England, concluding with the reign of Queen Victoria. Antonia Fraser and many other current historians declare that it was this book that opened the delights of history for them. It fell from fashion in the 1960s, but its recent re-release in hardback has seen it become a publishing surprise in the UK, with sales of some 75,000 copies in a few months. Now, Naxos AudioBooks releases it unabridged in three volumes, divided into three clear periods of history. Though slightly edited to take account of historical changes and attitudes, it is presented unabridged.

©2006 Naxos Audiobook (P)2006 Naxos Audiobook

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Category: History, Europe
Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
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The History of Iceland

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Discover the fascinating story of the beautiful country of Iceland. Iceland is an amazing country with a rich history and a unique story to tell. Originally settled by Vikings and the location of countless natural wonders, Iceland is a brilliant place to explore because of its language and culture, making a popular tourist destination for all kinds of people. Now, this book uncovers the history of Iceland, offering an insightful account of everything from the first settlers to this country’s place in the modern world. With reference to its languages, its vibrant and unique culture, its religions, and even the food and economy, this book provides a detailed look into everything that Iceland has to offer. Covering the government and recent history of the country, as well as the economy and its primary industries, The History of Iceland provides a comprehensive look at this country, perfect for anybody looking to travel, work, or holiday in this remote and beautiful island nation.

©2020 Christopher Hughes (P)2020 Christopher Hughes

Narrator: Thomas Rode
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 39 mins
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Secrets of the Manor House

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Featuring royal residences and aristocratic splendors such as Blenheim Palace and Highclere Castle - the setting for Downton Abbey - this wonderful publication delves into the history of some of Britain's most famous historic houses. Secrets of the Manor House provides a fascinating insight into life at these splendid properties down the centuries and profiles the celebrated personalities who have left their mark on these architectural masterpieces.

©2015 Go Entertain (P)2016 Go Entertain

Narrator: Melanie Fraser
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
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The Crusades

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This publication takes an in-depth look at the grand conflict between East and West that ebbed and flowed for almost 200 years. Providing fascinating background and context, as well as profiles of some of the most interesting historical names associated with the period, this book offers a fresh, colorful perspective on the crusades.

©2015 Go Entertain (P)2016 Go Entertain

Narrator: Daniel Coker
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
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This Sceptred Isle: Collection 3: The 20th Century

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All five volumes from the landmark BBC radio series This Sceptred Isle: The 20th Century. Christopher Lee’s vivid, compelling history tells the story of Britain from the death of Queen Victoria to the dawning of a new millennium. This collection includes the original volumes 1-5: 1901-1919: the Victorian era comes to an end, Suffragettes demand ‘Votes for Women’, the Titanic sinks and the Great War casts a long shadow. 1919-1939: Ramsay MacDonald becomes the first Labour PM, millions of workers take industrial action during the General Strike, Wall Street crashes and Hitler rises to power. 1939-1959: the horrors of the Second World War and the onset of the Cold War, Indian independence, the founding of the NHS, the beginning of a new Elizabethan age and the Space Race. 1959-1979: war in Vietnam, Profumo causes a scandal, the Beatles generate worldwide hysteria, Britain joins Europe and Thatcherism is born. 1979-1999: the nation celebrates a fairytale royal wedding, Argentine troops invade the Falklands, disaster strikes at Chernobyl, the Berlin Wall falls - and as the year 2000 approaches, construction begins on London’s Millennium Dome. Narrated by Anna Massey, with additional readings by Robert Powell, this is the definitive radio account of one of the most exciting and fast-moving periods in the history of the United Kingdom. Credits Published by Penguin Random House Ltd Licensed by BBC Studios Distribution Ltd P 2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd © 2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd MCPS NB: Due to the age of these recordings, sound quality may vary. Production credits Written by Christopher Lee Narrated by Anna Massey, with additional readings by Robert Powell Produced by Pete Atkin First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 30 August-31 December 1999

©2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2020 BBC Worldwide Ltd

Category: History, Europe
Length: 15 hrs and 15 mins
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Scottish History: A Captivating Guide to the History of Scotland

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Did you know that the Scots never won a battle when they were favorites? A sense of poetic irony registers when one learns that Scotland has never won a major military battle when the odds were in their favor. In 1513, the largest Scottish army to ever invade England was defeated by a significantly smaller English army at Flodden Field. In only two hours, the Scots lost 10,000 men. History repeated itself in 1542, when a Scottish army of 15,000 men was defeated by only 3,000 English soldiers. Despite their much smaller numbers, the English managed to take 1,200 Scottish men as prisoners. This humiliating defeat eventually contributed to the demise of King James V. This captivating history audiobook takes you on a remarkable journey from the earliest extensive historical record of Scotland through the long struggle toward nationhood, all the way to postwar Scotland. In Scottish History: A Captivating Guide to the History of Scotland, you will discover topics such as Medieval strife The emergence of the Scottish nation-state The Golden Age The wars of independence The Black Death Mary, Queen of Scots: “The Daughter of Debate” The king of Great Britain The union and the Scottish Enlightenment The Industrial Revolution Scottish feminism The Loch Ness Monster And much, much more So listen to this audiobook now if you want to discover more about the startling history of Scotland!

©2018 Captivating History (P)2018 Captivating History

Narrator: David Patton
Category: History, Europe
Length: 3 hrs and 26 mins
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A Year in Paris

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From the incomparable John Baxter, the best-selling author of The Most Beautiful Walk in the World, a sumptuous and definitive portrait of Paris through the seasons, highlighting the unique tastes, sights, and changing personality of the city in spring, summer, fall, and winter. “A man with a great appreciation of what makes Paris tick.” (Newsday) When the common people of France revolted in 1789, one of the first ways they chose to correct the excesses of the monarchy and the church was to rename the months of the year. Selected by poet and playwright Philippe-Francois-Nazaire Fabre, these new names reflected what took place at that season in the natural world; Fructidor was the month of fruit, Floréal that of flowers, while the winter wind (vent) dominated Ventôse.  Though the names didn’t stick, these seasonal rhythms of the year continue to define Parisians, as well as travelers to the city. As acclaimed author and long-time Paris resident John Baxter himself recollects, “My own arrival in France took place in Nivôse, the month of snow, and continued in Pluviôse, the season of rain. To someone coming from Los Angeles, where seasons barely existed, the shock was visceral. Struggling to adjust, I found reassurance in the literature, music, even the cuisine of my adoptive country, all of which marched to the inaudible drummer of the seasons.” Devoting a section of the audiobook to each of Fabre’s months, Baxter draws upon Paris’ literary, cultural, and artistic past to paint an affecting, unforgettable portrait of the city. Touching upon the various ghosts of Paris past, from Hemingway and Zelda Fitzgerald, to Claude Debussy to MFK Fisher to Francois Mitterrand, Baxter evokes the rhythms of the seasons in the City of Light and the sense of wonder they can arouse for all who visit and live there. A melange of history, travel reportage, and myth, of high culture and low, A Year in Paris is vintage John Baxter: a vicarious thrill ride for anyone who loves Paris.

©2019 John Baxter (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Graham Halstead
Author: John Baxter
Category: History, Europe
Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
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State of Emergency

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In the early 1970s, Britain seemed to be tottering on the brink of the abyss. Under Edward Heath, the optimism of the Sixties had become a distant memory. Now the headlines were dominated by strikes and blackouts, unemployment and inflation. As the world looked on in horrified fascination, Britain seemed to be tearing itself apart. And yet, amid the gloom, glittered a creativity and cultural dynamism that would influence our lives long after the nightmarish Seventies had been forgotten. Dominic Sandbrook has recreated the gaudy, schizophrenic atmosphere of the early Seventies: the world of Enoch Powell and Tony Benn, David Bowie and Brian Clough, Germaine Greer and Mary Whitehouse.An age when the unions were on the march and the socialist revolution seemed at hand, but also when feminism, permissiveness, pornography and environmentalism were transforming the lives of millions. It was an age of miners’ strikes, tower blocks and IRA atrocities, but it also gave us celebrity footballers and high-street curry houses, organic foods and package holidays, gay rights and glam rock. For those who remember the days when you could buy a new colour television but power cuts stopped you from watching it, this book could hardly be more vivid. It is the perfect guide to a luridly colourful Seventies landscape that shaped our present from the financial boardroom to the suburban bedroom.Dominic Sandbrook was born in Shropshire in 1974, an indirect result of the Heath government's three-day week giving couples more leisure time. He is now a prolific reviewer and commentator, writing regularly for the Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail and Sunday Times. He is the author of two hugely acclaimed books on Britain in the Fifties and Sixties, Never Had It So Good and White Heat.

©2012 Dominic Sandbrook (P)2012 Audible Ltd

Narrator: David Thorpe
Category: History, Europe
Length: 32 hrs and 6 mins
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A History of Europe

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How is it that the small continent of Europe, with its rich multiplicity of cultures and traditions, has managed to exert so profound an influence on the rest of the world? Roberts's sweeping and entertaining history notes the paradoxical effect, for good and ill, on everything touched by those Western values that originated in Europe. Beginning with its Paleolithic origins and the early civilizations of the Aegean, Roberts traces the development of the European identity over the course of thousands of years, ranging across empires and religions, economics, science, and the arts. Antiquity, the age of Christendom, the Middle Ages, early modern history, and the old European order are all surveyed in turn, with particular emphasis given to the turbulent 20th century.

©1996 J. M. Roberts (P)2003 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Category: History, Europe
Length: 38 hrs and 8 mins
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The Norman Conquest

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"A History of the Norman Conquest" is a work by Charles Oman dealing with the history of the Celtic, Roman, and Anglo-Saxon periods down to the year AD 1066. It is a thorough examination of the subject and an engrossing history. (Please note that this is a chapter excerpted from a longer work.)

Public Domain (P)2018 Museum Audiobooks

Narrator: George Irving
Author: Charles Oman
Category: History, Europe
Length: 27 mins
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French and Indian War: A History from Beginning to End

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The French and Indian War is one of the most significant, yet least acknowledged and understood, periods of American history. Fought chiefly between the two imperial powers of England and France in the mid-18th century, the struggle would also draw in native Indian nations who sought to exert their own strength and sovereignty over the North American continent. Inside, you will hear about.... "Imperial Appetites" "Sparks Ignite" "Rumours of War" "Pitt Rising" "The Montcalm Before the Storm" "Fortresses Fall" "From the Plains of Abraham to Peace" From the first shots fired in the Ohio Valley wilderness in 1754 until the Treaty of Paris signed in 1763, the French and Indian War became a conflict that encircled the globe, drawing in nation after nation and inciting battles from the Caribbean to the Philippines. This audiobook tells the story of this mighty struggle and how its outcome ultimately laid the foundations for the modern world we inhabit today.

©2017 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Jimmy Kieffer
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
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Hard Border

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Hard Border goes to the very roots of the Irish boundary where, after decades of division and conflict, a fragile peace has prevailed since the Good Friday Agreement of 1998.  Post-Brexit, it will re-emerge as the only land frontier between the United Kingdom and the European Union. In his travelogue of the abandoned 50-mile route along the Ulster Canal, Darach MacDonald presents a close-up narrative history of Ireland. On his journey through five of Ulster's nine counties, he looks at the confounding realities and identities brought to the boil by history, geography, politics and faith.  He traces the region's pivotal role in the story of Ireland; the facts and anomalies of an arbitrary partition, the impact on local communities, especially among minorities marooned on the wrong side, as well as uplifting efforts to forge new links and aid the recovery from trauma.  Through travelogues, journals, tales and poetry, he examines how the border and its communities have been portrayed through the decades. Above all, these are the stories of tightly knit communities straddling an historically contested line while struggling for survival and recognition in its liminal shadows.

©2018 Darach MacDonald (P)2020 Audible, Ltd

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Category: History, Europe
Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
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Norse Mythology: A Concise Guide to Gods, Heroes, Sagas, and Beliefs of Norse Mythology

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An introduction to such a vast subject as Norse mythology can be problematic, as it could well fall between two stools; so packed with details as to put one off, or so vague, that one is none the wiser for having read it. This audiobook manages a pleasing balance, succeeds in whetting the appetite and supplying excellent resources for the listener who wishes to know more. You will hear about... Creation in Norse mythology The nine worlds Major gods and goddesses Valhalla Ragnarok The sagas The influence of Norse mythology on our lives today The author quotes generously from the most important relevant source which is freely available via Project Gutenberg, and you are left with the sounds and taste of the times... ringing in your ears and tingling on your tongue.

©2016 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

Narrator: Tony Scheinman
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
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How Britain Initiated Both World Wars

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This audiobook explores the concept of wanting to initiate a World War and why Britain did this. By examining the two World Wars together, an improved perspective is obtained. It's an anti-war polemic concerning Britain's responsibility for initiating the two great World Wars of the 20th century against a country that had always desired peace and friendship with Britain.  It's an easy-to-listen-to audiobook that will challenge what you have believed all your life of the subject.

©2016 Nicholas Kollerstrom (P)2019 Nicholas Kollerstrom

Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
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The Enlightenment and Industrial Revolution

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If you want to discover the captivating history of the Enlightenment and Industrial Revolution, then pay attention.... Two captivating manuscripts in one audiobook: Age of Enlightenment: A Captivating Guide to the Age of Reason, Including the Lives of Isaac Newton, Francis Bacon, John Locke, and Mary Somerville The Industrial Revolution: A Captivating Guide to a Period of Major Industrialization and the Introduction of the Spinning Jenny, the Cotton Gin, Electricity, and Other Inventions Here are just some of the topics covered in part one of this audiobook: The Republic of Letters Michel de Montaigne Francis Bacon Marie de Gournay René Descartes Bathsua Makin Anna Maria Van Schurman Dorothy Moore Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia Robert Boyle John Locke Isaac Newton England's civil war The Royal Society of London Marie du Moulin Conflict in the royal society Charles-Louis de Secondat (Montesquieu) Benjamin Franklin David Hume Adam Smith The Boston Tea Party Thomas Paine The American Revolution François-Marie Arouet (Voltaire) Mary Sommerville And much, much more! Here are just some of the topics covered in part two of this audiobook: Birth of the revolution British Motors start rolling Cogs of the revolution Dissemination of change Sparks of a new revolution Effects of the transformation And much, much more! So, if you want to learn more about the Enlightenment and Industrial Revolution, scroll up and click the "Buy Now" button!

©2020 Captivating History (P)2020 Captivating History

Narrator: Jason Zenobia
Category: History, Europe
Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
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The Civilization of the Middle Ages

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In 1963, Norman F. Cantor published his breakthrough narrative history of the Middle Ages. Here is a significant revision, update, and expansion of that work. The Civilization of the Middle Ages incorporates current research, recent trends in interpretation, and novel perspectives, especially on the foundations of the Middle Ages and the Later Middle Ages of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. A sharper focus on social history, Jewish history, women’s roles in society, and popular religion and heresy distinguish the book. While the first and last sections of the book are almost entirely new and many additions have been incorporated in the intervening sections, Cantor has retained the powerful narrative flow that made earlier editions so accessible.

©1963 1993 by Norman F. Cantor (P)1994 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Category: History, Europe
Length: 28 hrs and 42 mins
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The Firebrand

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Three sisters each hold a key to their family's treasure - and to the hearts of three Highland warriors.... Adrianne Percy was hidden in the Western Isles, safe from her family's enemies - until her sisters sent a notorious pirate to return her to the Highlands. But when she hatches a plan to free her kidnapped mother, it requires her to marry the handsome rogue.    But what begins as a simple matter of business quickly flares into an uncontrollable desire. As Adrianne's heart smolders, their calculated arrangement threatens to ignite into a burning passion.... Contains mature themes.

©2011 Nikoo K. and James A. McGoldrick (P)2019 Tantor

Narrator: Ruth Urquhart
Category: History, Europe
Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
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The War on Paper

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Taking a chronological approach, The War on Paper tells the story of the most destructive war in history through 20 key documents held in the IWM archives. Ranging from high-level iconic records including the signed order to invade Poland on August 1939 and Hitler's final will and testament, to more personal items such as Kindertransport identity papers and the ration book of Queen Mary, the Queen Mother.  Published to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the signing of the Munich Agreement, this audiobook gives a great insight into how 20 pieces of paper came to shape the Second World War and history as we know it.

©2020 Anthony Richards (P)2020 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

Narrator: Ric Jerrom
Category: History, Europe
Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
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The Great Famine: A History from Beginning to End

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The Great Famine The Great Famine which afflicted Ireland from 1845 to 1849 was one of the most catastrophic events in Europe during the 19th century. More than one-quarter of the population of Ireland died of starvation or associated disease, or were forced to emigrate. Ireland after the famine was a completely different country in many ways. The direct causes of the famine are simple to understand - a large part of the population of Ireland, mainly the poorest families, had become completely dependent on the potato as a source of food. In 1845, the blight appeared, a disease which affected the potato crop. Successive failures of the potato crop in Ireland led to more than one million people dying as a direct result. What is less easy to understand is why this famine was confined to Ireland and why the British government did not do more to help. The potato blight affected parts of Great Britain and other countries in Europe, but nowhere else did it lead to famine. For much of the famine, food continued to be exported from Ireland, and at its height, there was food stored in warehouses which could have been used to alleviate the suffering of the starving - that it was not represents at the very least a complete failure of understanding on the part of the British government. You will listen about: Farming in Ireland The Blight Arrives Full-blown Famine Mass Emigration Poor Laws, Revolt, and the Return of the Blight Aftermath and Legacy And much more! The Great Famine left a legacy of distrust and animosity between large segments of the population of Ireland and Great Britain, and this in part led to the movements which finally produced Irish independence. The famine also left a deep impression on the psyche of the people of Eire, and even today, Ireland remains at the forefront of international famine relief. This is the story of the Irish Potato Famine.

©2019 Hourly History (P)2019 Hourly History

Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
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King Edward Vi: A Life from Beginning to End

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King Edward VI, the only legitimate male heir of King Henry VIII, took his seat on the throne at the age of nine. His life would come to an end when he was only 15 years old, but the mark he would come to leave on England’s history has endured to this day. This part of the Tudor period was chock-full of social unrest and economic struggles as well as turmoil over religious reforms, which the young king and his advisors often made worse by imposing substantial changes on their subjects. You will listen about: The Rough Wooing England’s First Protestant King The Year of Rebellions The English Reformation Succession Crisis Death of a Boy King And much more!  Edward VI led his country into a new age where the Church of England was no longer tied to the Catholic Church. Putting his efforts into spreading Protestantism throughout all of England, he continued his father’s work of freeing England from the Holy Roman Empire’s grasp. His successor and half-sister, Queen Mary I, better known as “Bloody Mary”, would try to undo many of Edward’s reforms, but the English Reformation to which Edward contributed significantly would resume its course upon her death.

©2019 Hourly History (P)2019 Hourly History

Narrator: Mike Nelson
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 1 min
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Women of Scotland

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Women of Scotland is a thematic time trip through Scottish history, and the important part women have played in its past. From the humble to the great, Scottish women have been at the forefront and background of events. Here are the fisherwomen, the warriors, the great writers, the Jacobites, the martyrs, and the mill girls. Without them, Scotland would not have existed. Join a great journey from the Dark Ages to the 21st century, and learn about the women who have been the driving force behind this small, yet dynamic nation.

©2013 Helen Susan Swift (P)2019 Helen Susan Swift

Category: History, Europe
Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
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Rousseau and Voltaire

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"To hold a pen is to be at war." (Voltaire) "Virtue is a state of war, and to live in it means one always has some battle to wage against oneself." (Rousseau) The grand narrative of the Enlightenment, usually recounted and understood in terms of progress and modernity, generally appears as a simplified evolution from the trappings of superstition, feudalism, and everything "irrational" to a world more similar to today's world. Alongside the Renaissance, the Enlightenment is credited with the transition to an adherence to reason, secularism, and promotion of values such as the value of the individual, collective freedom, and liberty. At the heart of the movement in France was François-Marie Arouet, better known by the pen name Voltaire, whose voluminous writings advocated for greater liberalism, including freedom of religion and separation of church and state. In addition to the classic Candide, Voltaire was a biting polemic whose satirical attacks on the Catholic Church were among the fiercest of his day. He also understood the risks he was taking with these writings, at one point explaining, "It is dangerous to be right in matters where established men are wrong." The Enlightenment is looked upon fondly, and it serves to reinforce the notion that the present is superior to the past, but things did not change as rapidly or as completely as many believe. In fact, some recent historians have challenged the belief that the Enlightenment was responsible for the French Revolution, which is a vital issue when it comes to Voltaire. After all, Voltaire, as both his contemporaries and most of his modern readers know him, is widely regarded as the pinnacle of Enlightenment thought, the symbol of the era of reason.

©2012 Charles River Editors (P)2015 Charles River Editors

Category: History, Europe
Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
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The Six Wives of Henry VIII

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"Divorced, beheaded, died; divorced, beheaded, survived." So the six wives of Henry VIII (Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Katherine Howard, and Catherine Parr) have become defined in a popular sense - not so much by their lives as by the way their lives ended. In the same way, their characters are popularly portrayed as female stereotypes: the Betrayed Wife, the Temptress, the Good Woman, the Ugly Sister, the Bad Girl, and, finally, the Mother Figure. But, as Antonia Fraser brilliantly and conclusively proves, they were rich and feisty characters. They may have been victims of Henry's obsession with a male heir, but they were not willing victims. On the contrary, they exhibited remarkable degrees of spirit and defiance, of which women living now might still be proud. They displayed considerable strength and intelligence at a time when their sex supposedly possessed little of either. Antonia Fraser deals with each woman in turn with sympathy, the sympathy they deserve for having had the unenviable fate of being Henry's wife. Inevitably, there was great rivalry between them - so high were the stakes in the great game of marrying the king of England. There was jealousy too: the desperate jealousy of queens who found themselves abandoned, but also the sexual jealousy of the king who discovered himself betrayed. The story Antonia Fraser tells is romantic and cruel, funny and sad, dramatic and enthralling. This is historical biography at its best.

©1992 Antonia Fraser (P)2002 Orion Publishing Group Ltd.

Narrator: Isla Blair
Category: History, Europe
Length: 7 hrs
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Irish Civil War

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Discover the remarkable history of the Irish Civil War.... The Irish War of Independence, which ended in July 1921, led directly to the agreement of the Anglo-Irish Treaty, an agreement that provided Ireland with a measure of independence. The Irish Free State was created, and Ireland was granted a level of autonomy it had not enjoyed for more than 100 years.  However, the treaty contained a clause that was to divide Ireland, literally and politically. The six counties in the north that formed Ulster were allowed to opt out and to remain a part of the United Kingdom. The island of Ireland became two separate countries for the first time - the Irish Free State in the South and West and Northern Ireland in the North. This division caused bitterness among many Irish people who had fought for independence. Some even viewed the signing of the treaty and the creation of a separate Northern Ireland as a betrayal of all they had fought for. Others accepted that the treaty was not perfect but saw the creation of the Free State as an important first step on the road to complete independence for Ireland.  In late June 1922, growing animosity between Pro- and Anti-Treaty factions erupted into armed conflict in the center of Dublin. For the next 10 months, the Irish Free State was wracked by a bitter, bloody, and brutal civil war between those who sought to protect the new government and those who wished to destroy it. This is the story of the Irish Civil War, its origins, and its consequences.  Discover a plethora of topics such as  The War of Independence and the Anglo-Irish Treaty The attack on the Four Courts Civil war breaks out The deaths of Arthur Griffith and Michael Collins Executions and assassinations The ed of the civil war And much more! So if you want a concise and informative audiobook on the Irish Civil War, simply scroll up and click the "Buy Now" button for instant access!

©2020 Hourly History (P)2020 Hourly History

Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
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Palaces of Pleasure

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The Victorians invented mass entertainment. As the 19th century's growing industrialized class acquired the funds and the free time to pursue leisure activities, their every whim was satisfied by entrepreneurs building new venues for popular amusement. Contrary to their reputation as dour, buttoned-up prudes, the Victorians reveled in these newly created "palaces of pleasure".    In this vivid, captivating book, Lee Jackson charts the rise of well known institutions such as gin palaces, music halls, seaside resorts, and football clubs, as well as the more peculiar attractions of the pleasure garden and international exposition, ranging from parachuting monkeys and human zoos to theme park thrill rides. He explores how vibrant mass entertainment came to dominate leisure time and how the attempts of religious groups and secular improvers to curb "immorality" in the pub, variety theater, and dance hall faltered in the face of commercial success.    The Victorians' unbounded love of leisure created a nationally significant and influential economic force: the modern entertainment industry.

©2019 Lee Jackson (P)2019 Tantor

Narrator: Liam Gerrard
Author: Lee Jackson
Category: History, Europe
Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
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Victorian London

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Like her previous books, this book is the result of the author's passionate interest in the realities of everyday life, and the conditions in which most people lived, so often left out of history books. This period of mid-Victorian London encompasses a huge range of subjects: Victoria's wedding and the place of the royals in popular esteem; how the very poor lived, the underworld, prostitution, crime, prisons and transportation; the public utilities, Bazalgette on sewers and road design, Chadwick on pollution and sanitation; private charities, Peabody, Burdett Coutts, and workhouses; new terraced housing and transport, trains, omnibuses, and the Underground; furniture and decor; families and the position of women; the prosperous middle classes and their new shops, e.g. Peter Jones, Harrods; entertaining and servants, food and drink; unlimited liability and bankruptcy; the rich, the marriage market, taxes and anti-semitism; the Empire, recruitment and press-gangs. The period begins with the closing of the Fleet and Marshalsea prisons and ends with the first (steam-operated) Underground trains and the first Gilbert & Sullivan. All the splendours and horrors of Victorian life will be vividly recalled.

©2005 Liza Picard (P)2005 Orion Publishing Group Ltd.

Narrator: Anton Lesser
Author: Liza Picard
Category: History, Europe
Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
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Ivar the Boneless: Myths Legends & History

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This book will explore the life and exploits of one of the most fearsome Vikings who has ever walked the earth - Ivar the Boneless. The records that talk about him are quite conflicting, as they often are with mythical and historical figures. This book will do its best and take a closer look to his origins, family, and notable exploits. We will also catch a glimpse into the possibilities of his demeanor and behavior without moving away from the fact that he is one of the most ruthless men to ever invade England in the ninth century. It is our hope that you'll enjoy this book and learn many new and exciting things about Ivar the Boneless!

©2018 KIV Books (P)2018 KIV Books

Narrator: Teague Dean
Author: KIV Books
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
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The Discourse of Marriage in the French Fabliaux and Chaucer's Shipman's Tale

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Revolve around love triangles.  The period of the popularity of the French fabliau coincides with two major changes in the organization of society. First, the beginning of a market economy triggered the emergence of a new social class, the bourgeoisie, associated with the development of towns in Northern France where the fabliaux were written. Second, the concept of Christian marriage was created as the church gained control over the lay system of marriage, confirmed it a sacrament that required the consent and affection of both future spouses, and made the marriage indissoluble once consummated. The changes in marriage and the economy are well documented by historians, especially scholars in legal history and in economic history, but how these changes have shaped the French fabliaux is what this dissertation will explore.  As will be more fully explained in Chapter Two, it took two centuries before the fabliaux were recognized as a legitimate corpus of texts worth studying. Scholarship concentrated on questions of origins, genre, and comedy. Regarded by scholars as too obscene, the fabliaux did not interest French or English scholars until the end of the nineteenth century. It also took a long time to undo the idea that the fabliaux were faithful representations of the behaviors of medieval people.  As a literary genre, the fabliau was mostly compared to the romances and understood as a parody of their courtly attitudes as non-courtly people try unsuccessfully to emulate the behaviors of the courtly (Nykrog). Because of its subject matter and its comic aspects, the fabliaux characters were mostly considered stereotypes: the stupid husband, the lecherous priest, and the unruly wife, thus making it difficult for earlier scholars to explore these characters as representatives of the different classes in medieval society. 

©2020 Murphy Calculus (P)2020 Murphy Calculus

Narrator: Jim Swartwout
Category: History, Europe
Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
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In Montmartre

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A lively and deeply researched group biography of the figures who transformed the world of art in bohemian Paris in the first decade of the 20th century. In Montmartre is a colorful history of the birth of modernist art as it arose from one of the most astonishing collections of artistic talent ever assembled. It begins in October 1900, as a teenage Pablo Picasso, eager for fame and fortune, first makes his way up the hillside of Paris' famous windmill-topped district. Over the next decade, among the studios, salons, cafés, dance halls, and galleries of Montmartre, the young Spaniard joins the likes of Henri Matisse, André Derain, Maurice de Vlaminck, Georges Braque, Amedeo Modigliani, Constantin Brancusi, Gertrude Stein, and many more in revolutionizing artistic expression. Sue Roe has blended exceptional scholarship with graceful prose to write this remarkable group portrait of the men and women who profoundly changed the arts of painting, sculpture, dance, music, literature, and fashion. She describes the origins of movements like fauvism, cubism, and futurism and reconstructs the stories behind immortal paintings by Picasso and Matisse. Relating the colorful lives and complicated relationships of this dramatic bohemian scene, Roe illuminates the excitement of the moment when these bold experiments in artistic representation and performance began to take shape. A thrilling account, In Montmartre captures an extraordinary group on the cusp of fame and immortality. Through their stories, Roe brings to life one of the key moments in the history of art.

©2015 Sue Roe (P)2015 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Emma Bering
Author: Sue Roe
Category: History, Europe
Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
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La Edad Media [The Middle Ages]

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Si usted quiere descubrir la fascinante historia de la Edad Media, entonces continúe leyendo.... Tras la caída de Roma en 476 d. C., toda la dinámica de Europa experimentó un cambio total en torno al poder y la cultura. La Edad Media fue un período de la historia interesante de aproximadamente seis siglos, durante el cual Europa estaba tratando de descubrir su identidad y cómo sobreviviría al caos provocado por la caída de Roma.  En La Edad Media: una Guía Fascinante sobre el Período de la historia que transcurre desde la Caída del Imperio Romano hasta el Renacimiento, usted descubrirá temas como: El concepto erróneo sobre La Edad Media El mundo después de Roma El surgimiento de la Iglesia Cristiana Roma Continúa: El Imperio Bizantino El ascenso del Califato y la conquista de España El Reino Lombardo Carlomagno El Tratado de Verdún y la dinastía Rurik: principios de las naciones modernas Alfredo El Grande Otón I y la fundación de una Federación Laxa El Reino de Venecia Los Vikingos La segunda Mitad de la Edad Media El Renacimiento ¡Y mucho, mucho más! ¡Compre este libro ahora y aprenda más sobre La Edad Media! Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2020 Captivating History (P)2020 Captivating History

Category: History, Europe
Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
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Anglosajones [Anglo-Saxons]

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Si quiere descubrir la fascinante historia de los anglosajones, continúe leyendo.... Existió un tiempo antes de que Inglaterra estuviera unida. Esto sucedió antes de que Guillermo el Bastardo decidiera borrar su apodo de bastardo con una rápida conquista de la isla más grande al noroeste de Europa. Un tiempo después de la batalla de Hastings y en el año 1066. Una época en la que muchos reinos gobernaron, conquistaron y también fueron liberados, una y otra vez, por un específico grupo de personas. Un grupo de personas que era, de hecho, una mezcla de muchos pueblos y que los autores de fechas posteriores llamarían de forma colectiva “anglosajones”.  Con este libro, queremos que nuestros lectores sepan lo vibrante y animada (así como mortal) que fue la vida en Gran Bretaña durante la tal vez erróneamente llamada "Edad Oscura". Con el fin del Imperio romano, los británicos locales fueron dejados a su suerte, y serían varios grupos de personas de una península en Europa Central que llegarían a dominar la isla, asegurándose de que su presencia fuera conocida a través de una serie de reinos, batallas, enfrentamientos, victorias y derrotas. En Anglosajones: Una Guía Fascinante De Las Personas Que Habitaron Gran Bretaña Desde La Edad Media Temprana Hasta La Conquista Normanda De Inglaterra, descubrirá temas como:  Llegada de los anglosajones Primeros anglosajones: Orígenes e historia previa al asentamiento Primeros anglosajones: Orígenes e historia previa al asentamiento La vida cotidiana de la Inglaterra anglosajona: Trabajos y división de trabajo, alimentación y bebida, ropa, arquitectura, viajes, guerras, normas de género y edad, arte, obras escritas Reinos anglosajones Legado anglosajón ¡Y mucho, mucho más! ¡Consiga este libro ahora para aprender más sobre los anglosajones! Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2020 Captivating History (P)2020 Captivating History

Category: History, Europe
Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
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The History of Ireland in 50 Events

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The Burren, the Ring of Kerry, the Giant’s Causeway, the Cliffs of Moher - green Ireland is indeed a tower of intrigue. The nation is home to most of the world’s enchanting sites, and behind the generous bounties of nature lies a history that is all the more enchanting. You will learn about.... The Black Death Viking Ireland St. Patrick The Irish Rebellion The Nine Years War Bloody Sunday And much more! Prehistoric to modern, this audioook chronicles every prominent event that led to the sculpting of today’s Ireland. The Viking invasion, the arrival of the Black Death, the Irish confederate wars, the Irish civil war, Bloody Sunday, and many more are discussed. Giving a crisp yet adequate account of 50 historic events of Ireland, the audioook provides you a lofty insight into the making of this rich nation.

©2015 Stephan Weaver (P)2017 Stephan Weaver

Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
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An Empire on the Edge

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The story of the American Revolution told from the unique perspective of British Parliament and the streets of London, rather than that of the Colonies. Here, Nick Bunker explores and illuminates the dramatic chain of events that led to the outbreak of the war-revealing a tale of muddle, mistakes, and misunderstandings by men in London that led to the Boston tea party and then to the decision to send redcoats into action against the minutemen. Charting the three years prior to the war during which the British regime in America was already collapsing, Bunker shows how a lethal combination of politics and personalities led to a war that should never have been fought. Revisiting the tea party from the point of view of British economics and drawing upon new and unpublished sources from Britain and the U.S., he argues that thanks to the colonialists' misunderstandings about the strength of British power, and London's inability to take American cries for freedom seriously, both were pushed beyond the point of compromise. The outcome? A war that few welcomed but all were powerless to stop.

©2014 Nick Bunker (P)2014 Recorded Books

Author: Nick Bunker
Category: History, Europe
Length: 17 hrs and 14 mins
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Stalin

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Paul Johnson, the most celebrated popular historian of our time, takes a scalpel to Stalin, whom he considers "one of the outstanding monsters of history." Johnson sets forth the essence of Stalin’s life, character, and career. "It has been a hateful task, which has caused me much pain and disgust," he writes with characteristic candor. "But it has been a duty I have performed not without a certain grim satisfaction." "Stalin poses a particular challenge to a biographer: How does one render such a monster human? While Johnson doesn't flinch from chronicling Stalin's rise to absolute power - the remorseless vendetta against Leon Trotsky, the development of the Gulag, the extermination of millions of peasants - he also shows Stalin playing billiards, listening to his adored Mozart, and annotating Marx’s Capital in the margins. It is, in concise form, the story of Russia in the twentieth century: dark and murderous, a stage on which to display humanity's infinite capacity for self-destruction.

©2014 Paul Johnson (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

Narrator: Grover Gardner
Author: Paul Johnson
Category: History, Europe
Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
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L'Italia del Risorgimento. 1831-1861

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Il trentennio affrontato in questo volume - cruciale non solo per l'Italia, ma per tutta l'Europa - sembra aprirsi nel segno della restaurazione: i moti del 1831 vengono schiacciati, si riaffermano gli equilibri sanciti dai trattati di Vienna, il nostro Paese resta diviso in Stati solo nominalmente autonomi. Eppure, nonostante le forze insurrezionali si mostrino deboli e disunite e il vecchio patriottismo della Carboneria fallisca, quei fermenti dimostrano definitivamente la fragilità del sistema, aprendo la strada agli slanci politici e sociali che costituiscono il culmine del Risorgimento. Gli anni che seguono sono densi di avvenimenti e personaggi indimenticabili: la Giovine Italia di Mazzini, Garibaldi, le "Cinque giornate" di Milano, le annessioni piemontesi, la resistenza borbonica, Cattaneo e Cavour, D'Azeglio e i Savoia, la musica patriottica e appassionata di Verdi.  È senza dubbio uno dei momenti più studiati della storia italiana, sul quale però i giudizi continuano a dividersi. Montanelli ce lo racconta attraverso la pura ricostruzione dei fatti, rispondendo senza partigianeria a domande ancora irrisolte: come si è arrivati all'unificazione? Quali conseguenze ha comportato? Un saggio ormai divenuto classico, che ha proposto uno sguardo diverso sul nostro passato, e quindi sul nostro presente. Perché, come dice l'autore, "l'Italia di oggi è figlia di quella del Risorgimento, ed è quindi in questo periodo che ne vanno cercati i caratteri e le malformazioni".

©2013 Rizzoli (P)2019 Rizzoli

Narrator: Valerio Amoruso
Category: History, Europe
Length: 16 hrs and 55 mins
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