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  1. The Silence of Scheherazade Audiobook The Silence of Scheherazade
  2. Think Big: Take Small Steps and Build the Future You Want Audiobook Think Big: Take Small Steps and Build the Future You Want
  3. Appetite: A Memoir in Recipes of Family and Food Audiobook Appetite: A Memoir in Recipes of Family and Food
  4. A Line to Kill: from the global bestselling author of Moonflower Murders Audiobook A Line to Kill: from the global bestselling author of Moonflower Murders
  5. Such a Quiet Place Audiobook Such a Quiet Place
  6. 1979 Audiobook 1979
  7. The Reckoning: America's Trauma and Finding a Way to Heal Audiobook The Reckoning: America's Trauma and Finding a Way to Heal
  8. Land of Big Numbers Audiobook Land of Big Numbers
  9. Gene Keys: Embracing Your Higher Purpose Audiobook Gene Keys: Embracing Your Higher Purpose
  10. What We Find Audiobook What We Find
Three Ordinary Girls: The Remarkable Story of Three Dutch Teenagers Who Became Spies, Saboteurs, Naz Audiobook

Three Ordinary Girls: The Remarkable Story of Three Dutch Teenagers Who Became Spies, Saboteurs, Naz

Author: Tim Brady Narrator: David De Vries Release Date: February 2021

May 10, 1940. The Netherlands was swarming with Third Reich troops. In seven days it's entirely occupied by Nazi Germany. Joining a small resistance cell in the Dutch city of Haarlem were three teenage girls: Hannie Schaft, and sisters Truus and Freddie Oversteegen, who would soon band together to form a singular female underground squad. Smart, fiercely political, devoted solely to the cause, and 'with nothing to lose but their own lives,' Hannie, Truus, and Freddie took terrifying direct action against Nazi targets. That included sheltering fleeing Jews, political dissidents, and Dutch resisters. They sabotaged bridges and railways, and donned disguises to lead children from probable internment in concentration camps to safehouses. They covertly transported weapons and set military facilities ablaze. And they carried out the assassinations of German soldiers and traitors-on public streets and in private traps-with the courage of veteran guerilla fighters and the cunning of seasoned spies. Tim Brady offers a never-before-seen perspective of the Dutch resistance during the war. Of lives under threat; of how these courageous young women became involved in the underground; and of how their dedication evolved into dangerous, life-threatening missions on behalf of Dutch patriots-regardless of the consequences.

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Atlantic Wars: From the Fifteenth Century to the Age of Revolution Audiobook

Atlantic Wars: From the Fifteenth Century to the Age of Revolution

Author: Geoffrey Plank Narrator: Derek Perkins Release Date: February 2021

In a sweeping account, Atlantic Wars explores how warfare shaped the experiences of the peoples living in the watershed of the Atlantic Ocean between the late Middle Ages and the Age of Revolution. Nearly everywhere they went, imperial soldiers, missionaries, colonial settlers, and traveling merchants sought local allies, and consequently they often incorporated themselves into African and indigenous North and South American diplomatic, military, and commercial networks. Indigenous and colonial communities felt vulnerable in these circumstances, and many believed that they had to engage in aggressive military action-or, at a minimum, issue dramatic threats-in order to survive. Examining the contours of European dominance, this work emphasizes its contingent nature and geographical limitations, the persistence of conflict and its inescapable impact on non-combatants' lives. Addressing warfare at sea, warfare on land, and transatlantic warfare, Atlantic Wars covers the Atlantic world from the Vikings in the north, through the North American coastline and Caribbean, to South America and Africa. Geoffrey Plank underscores how the formative experience of combat brought together widely separated people in a common history.

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The Histories Audiobook

The Histories

Author: Tacitus Narrator: David Timson Release Date: February 2021

The Roman historian Tacitus was a successful politician who eventually became Governor of the province of Asia. He is thought to have died around AD 120 and benefitted from the patronage of the Flavian Emperors. The Histories, of which only just over four out of 14 books survive, covers the years following the assassination of the Emperor Nero: Rome was plunged into further civil war with the Year of the Four Emperors (AD 69) and culminated in the accession of Vespasian, the first of the Flavians. Notwithstanding his proximity to the ruling family, Tacitus regretted Rome's development from republic to empire - which is especially evident in his Annals. The Histories is a fascinating close-up account of a critical period in Roman history.

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Un futuro luminoso: Cresciuto in Transilvania all'ombra del comunismo Audiobook

Un futuro luminoso: Cresciuto in Transilvania all'ombra del comunismo

Author: Teodor Flonta Narrator: Teodor Flonta Release Date: February 2021

Quando il giovane Teodor finisce la scuola media, suo padre gli fa un regalo che lui desiderava tanto. Era una radiolina a transistor che porterà con sé dappertutto. Un giorno, mentre era con le loro mucche al pascolo, scopre il suono di una bellissima lingua: l’italiano. Da quel momento la sua vita comincia a cambiare. Mentre studia l’italiano all’Università di Bucarest, incontra la donna dei suoi sogni, Ariella, che lo salverà dal comunismo. La storia del giovane Teodor si dipana sul sottofondo del dramma che la sua famiglia e il suo Paese vivono nei terribili giorni degli anni ’50 in una Romania stalinista. Mentre l’Italia e i Paesi occidentali erano impegnati nella ricostruzione del dopoguerra, il regime comunista, imposto ai rumeni dall’Unione Sovietica, privava i cittadini delle libertà più elementari e riduceva un’intero popolo alla fame. Il regime minaccia di eliminare la famiglia Flonta, dichiarando il padre di Teodor un 'nemico del popolo'. Di conseguenza, il padre viene arrestato, imprigionato e torturato. Quando la persecuzione raggiunge il suo apice, è costretto a vivere nascosto. Un mestiere che aveva imparato in gioventù lo salva: i russi, che estraggono uranio nei Carpazi per la loro bomba atomica, lo assumono. Là, nella miniera, il lungo braccio della Securitate, la polizia segreta rumena, non può raggiungerlo. E, siccome nel comunismo i figli dovevano soffrire per i 'peccati' che la polizia segreta imputava ai genitori, Teodor subisce anche lui, sin da piccolo, innumerevoli soprusi: non gli vengono riconosciuti i meriti durante le elementari, viene espulso dal liceo e non gli si permette di accedere alla facoltà di sua scelta. La caduta del comunismo troverà Teodor “alla fine del mondo”, in Tasmania, mentre suo padre, l’ultimo membro della famiglia, sarà coinvolto nel recupero della terra che i comunisti gli avevano confiscato decenni prima.

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The Diana Chronicles Audiobook

The Diana Chronicles

Author: Tina Brown Narrator: Rosalyn Landor Release Date: February 2021

Brought to you by Penguin. More than twenty years after her death, Princess Diana remains a mystery. Was she 'the people's princess,' who electrified the world with her beauty and humanitarian missions? Or was she a manipulative, media-savvy neurotic who nearly brought down the monarchy? The Diana Chronicles parts the curtains on Diana's troubled time in the mysterious world of the Windsors, as she breaks out of her royal cage into celebrity culture, where she found her own power and used it to devastating effect. Knowing Diana personally, Tina Brown understands her world, understands its players and has-reaching insight into the royals and the Queen herself. Meet the formidable female cast and get to know the society they inhabit, as you never have before. © Tina Brown 2007 (P) Penguin Audio 2021

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The Dutch Revolt: The History of the Dutch Republic’s War of Independence against Spain Audiobook

The Dutch Revolt: The History of the Dutch Republic’s War of Independence against Spain

Author: Charles River Editors Narrator: Daniel Houle Release Date: February 2021

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. 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.'

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The Boy Who Drew Auschwitz: A Powerful True Story of Hope and Survival Audiobook

The Boy Who Drew Auschwitz: A Powerful True Story of Hope and Survival

Author: Thomas Geve Narrator: Mark Meadows Release Date: January 2021

‘We felt an urge to document what we had witnessed. If we who had experienced it, I reasoned, did not reveal the bitter truth, people simply would not believe the extent of the Nazis’ evil. I wanted to share our life, the events and our struggle to survive.’ Thomas Geve was just 15 years old when he was liberated from Buchenwald concentration camp on 11 April 1945. It was the third concentration camp he had survived. Upon arrival at Auschwitz- Birkenau, Thomas was separated from his mother and left to fend for himself in the men’s camp of Auschwitz I, at the age of 13. During the 22 months he was imprisoned, he was subjected to, and forced to observe first-hand, the inhumane world of Nazi concentration camps. On his eventual release Thomas felt compelled to capture daily life in the death camps in more than eighty profoundly moving drawings. Infamous scenarios synonymous with this dark period of history were portrayed in poignant but simplistic detail with extraordinary accuracy. Despite the unspeakable events he experienced, Thomas decided to become an active witness and tell the truth about life in the camps. He has spoken to audiences from around the world and continues to raise awareness about the Holocaust. The Boy Who Drew Auschwitz presents a rare living testimony through the eyes of a child who had the unique ability to observe and remember every detail around him and chose to document it all.

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The Emperor Charlemagne Audiobook

The Emperor Charlemagne

Author: E.R. Chamberlin Narrator: Nigel Patterson Release Date: January 2021

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 thirty 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 over one thousand years ago.

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An Infinite History: The Story of a Family in France over Three Centuries Audiobook

An Infinite History: The Story of a Family in France over Three Centuries

Author: Emma Rothschild Narrator: Eve Matheson Release Date: January 2021

This audiobook narrated by Eve Matheson tells the story of social change in France through the experiences of a single extended family across five generations Marie Aymard was an illiterate widow who lived in the provincial town of Angoulême in southwestern France, a place where seemingly nothing ever happened. Yet, in 1764, she made her fleeting mark on the historical record through two documents: a power of attorney in connection with the property of her late husband, a carpenter on the island of Grenada, and a prenuptial contract for her daughter, signed by eighty-three people in Angoulême. Who was Marie Aymard? Who were all these people? And why were they together on a dark afternoon in December 1764? Beginning with these questions, An Infinite History offers a panoramic look at an extended family over five generations. Through ninety-eight connected stories about inquisitive, sociable individuals, ending with Marie Aymard's great-great granddaughter in 1906, Emma Rothschild unfurls an innovative modern history of social and family networks, emigration, immobility, the French revolution, and the transformation of nineteenth-century economic life. Rothschild spins a vast narrative resembling a period novel, one that looks at a large, obscure family, of whom almost no private letters survive, whose members traveled to Syria, Mexico, and Tahiti, and whose destinies were profoundly unequal, from a seamstress living in poverty in Paris to her third cousin, the Cardinal of Algiers. Rothschild not only draws on discoveries in local archives but also uses new technologies, including the visualization of social networks, large-scale searches, and groundbreaking methods of genealogical research. An Infinite History demonstrates how the ordinary lives of one family over three centuries can constitute a remarkable record of deep social and economic changes.

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Café Europa Revisited: How to Survive Post-Communism Audiobook

Café Europa Revisited: How to Survive Post-Communism

Author: Slavenka Drakulic Narrator: Kathleen Gati Release Date: January 2021

An evocative and timely collection of essays that paints a portrait of Eastern Europe thirty years after the end of communism. An immigrant with a parrot in Stockholm, a photo of a girl in Lviv, a sculpture of Alexander the Great in Skopje, a memorial ceremony for the 50th anniversary of the Soviet led army invasion of Prague: these are a few glimpses of life in Eastern Europe today. Three decades after the Velvet Revolution, Slavenka Drakulic, the author of Cafe Europa and A Guided Tour of the Museum Of Communism, takes a look at what has changed and what has remained the same in the region in her daring new essay collection. Totalitarianism did not die overnight and democracy did not completely transform Eastern European societies. Looking closely at artefacts and day to day life, from the health insurance cards to national monuments, and popular films to cultural habits, alongside pieces of growing nationalism and Brexit, these pieces of political reportage dive into the reality of a Europe still deeply divided.

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Cold War Resistance: The International Struggle over Antibiotics Audiobook

Cold War Resistance: The International Struggle over Antibiotics

Author: Marc Landas Narrator: Steven Jay Cohen Release Date: January 2021

In June 1941 a pair of British scientists boarded a plane for America with World War II raging all around them. They carried a precious commodity-penicillin-and the knowledge that it would change history. Once the US government had been debriefed, the Office of Science Research and Development, in conjunction with British counterparts, assumed control, and penicillin became a top-secret matter of national security, second in importance only to the atomic bomb. In Cold War Resistance Marc Landas uncovers the dark history behind the discovery, production, and distribution of penicillin and other antibiotics. In 1949 the United States embargoed any material deemed of 'strategic importance,' including antibiotics, from going to Communist countries, effectively shutting off the Soviet Union from a modern medical miracle. The Soviets responded by creating satellite antibiotic factories in Warsaw Pact countries that produced subpar antibiotics, which soon led to antibiotic resistance. Today, the number of effective antibiotics available is dwindling, and the state of antibiotic resistance is worsening. The Cold War played a critical role in fostering this resistance, as Landas argues in this pathbreaking history of the international struggle over antibiotics.

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White Freedom: The Racial History of an Idea Audiobook

White Freedom: The Racial History of an Idea

Author: Tyler Stovall Narrator: Ako Mitchell Release Date: January 2021

This audiobook narrated by Ako Mitchell exposes the racist legacy behind the Western idea of freedom The era of the Enlightenment, which gave rise to our modern conceptions of freedom and democracy, was also the height of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. America, a nation founded on the principle of liberty, is also a nation built on African slavery, Native American genocide, and systematic racial discrimination. White Freedom traces the complex relationship between freedom and race from the eighteenth century to today, revealing how being free has meant being white. Tyler Stovall explores the intertwined histories of racism and freedom in France and the United States, the two leading nations that have claimed liberty as the heart of their national identities. He explores how French and American thinkers defined freedom in racial terms and conceived of liberty as an aspect and privilege of whiteness. He discusses how the Statue of Liberty-a gift from France to the United States and perhaps the most famous symbol of freedom on Earth-promised both freedom and whiteness to European immigrants. Taking readers from the Age of Revolution to today, Stovall challenges the notion that racism is somehow a paradox or contradiction within the democratic tradition, demonstrating how white identity is intrinsic to Western ideas about liberty. Throughout the history of modern Western liberal democracy, freedom has long been white freedom. A major work of scholarship that is certain to draw a wide readership and transform contemporary debates, White Freedom provides vital new perspectives on the inherent racism behind our most cherished beliefs about freedom, liberty, and human rights.

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