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  1. Little Secrets Audiobook Little Secrets
  2. Winning the War in Your Mind: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life Audiobook Winning the War in Your Mind: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life
  3. Shelter in Place Audiobook Shelter in Place
  4. People Like Us Audiobook People Like Us
  5. The Secret Keeper of Jaipur Audiobook The Secret Keeper of Jaipur
  6. What Happened to You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing Audiobook What Happened to You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing
  7. The Squiggly Career: Ditch the Ladder, Discover Opportunity, Design Your Career Audiobook The Squiggly Career: Ditch the Ladder, Discover Opportunity, Design Your Career
  8. Virgin River Audiobook Virgin River
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  10. False Witness Audiobook False Witness
Until the Eyes Shut: Memories of a machine gunner on the Eastern Front, 1943-45 Audiobook

Until the Eyes Shut: Memories of a machine gunner on the Eastern Front, 1943-45

Author: Andreas Hartinger Narrator: Tim H. Dixon Release Date: September 2020

The veteran tells his grandson about his World War II experiences, without pathos, but with gripping, brutal honesty. Synopsis The rulers’ mistakes are paid for with the blood of the people. This is shown in history both recent and ancient, time and time again. It was no different for an Austrian mountain farmer’s son who was thrown into the carnage of the Eastern Front. He was in the prime of his youth, and the German Reich was already close to losing the war. In ripe old age, he remembers those dark hours that have haunted him throughout his life. Manning his machine gun in merciless struggles with a superior enemy, or fighting for survival in brutal close combat, reduced to basest instincts. He also remembers the rock-solid comradeship with his mountain troop, the unexpected gestures of humanity, and an insane destructiveness at a time when the world was out of joint. This ruthless, honest, and touching real-life account of a simple frontline soldier serves as a reminder to stand up for peace at all times, and to despise war. Until the eyes shut … About the author Andreas Hartinger had a profound interest in contemporary history from a young age. During his professional assignments in various crises around the world, he has seen with his own eyes how war takes humanity hostage. He and his grandfather Hans Kahr wrote down the elder’s war memories together. It was painstaking work and it involved innumerable unsettling conversations. What started off as a family project is now available to a broad readership.

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Unfabling the East: The Enlightenment's Encounter with Asia Audiobook

Unfabling the East: The Enlightenment's Encounter with Asia

Author: Jürgen Osterhammel Narrator: Ric Jerrom Release Date: November 2018

How Enlightenment Europe rediscovered its identity by measuring itself against the great civilizations of Asia During the long eighteenth century, Europe's travelers, scholars, and intellectuals looked to Asia in a spirit of puzzlement, irony, and openness. In this panoramic and colorful book, Jürgen Osterhammel tells the story of the European Enlightenment's nuanced encounter with the great civilizations of the East, from the Ottoman Empire and India to China and Japan. Here is the acclaimed book that challenges the notion that Europe's formative engagement with the non-European world was invariably marred by an imperial gaze and presumptions of Western superiority. Osterhammel shows how major figures such as Leibniz, Voltaire, Gibbon, and Hegel took a keen interest in Asian culture and history, and introduces lesser-known scientific travelers, colonial administrators, Jesuit missionaries, and adventurers who returned home from Asia bearing manuscripts in many exotic languages, huge collections of ethnographic data, and stories that sometimes defied belief. Osterhammel brings the sights and sounds of this tumultuous age vividly to life, from the salons of Paris and the lecture halls of Edinburgh to the deserts of Arabia, the steppes of Siberia, and the sumptuous courts of Asian princes. He demonstrates how Europe discovered its own identity anew by measuring itself against its more senior continent, and how it was only toward the end of this period that cruder forms of Eurocentrism--and condescension toward Asia-prevailed. A momentous work by one of Europe's most eminent historians, Unfabling the East takes readers on a thrilling voyage to the farthest shores, bringing back vital insights for our own multicultural age.

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Underground in Berlin: A Young Woman's Extraordinary Tale of Survival in the Heart of Nazi Germany Audiobook

Underground in Berlin: A Young Woman's Extraordinary Tale of Survival in the Heart of Nazi Germany

Author: Marie Jalowicz Simon Narrator: Ellen Archer Release Date: September 2015

A thrilling piece of undiscovered history, this is the true account of a young Jewish woman who survived World War II in Berlin. In 1941, Marie Jalowicz Simon, a nineteen-year-old Berliner, made an extraordinary decision. All around her, Jews were being rounded up for deportation, forced labor, and extermination. Marie took off her yellow star, turned her back on the Jewish community, and vanished into the city. In the years that followed, Marie lived under an assumed identity, forced to accept shelter wherever she found it. Always on the run, never certain whom she could trust, Marie moved between almost twenty different safe-houses, living with foreign workers, staunch communists, and even committed Nazis. Only her quick-witted determination and the most hair-raising strokes of luck allowed her to survive.

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Undercover War: Britain's Special Forces and their secret battle against the IRA Audiobook

Undercover War: Britain's Special Forces and their secret battle against the IRA

Author: Harry Mccallion Narrator: Colin Mace Release Date: August 2020

When British troops first deployed to Northern Ireland in 1969 to keep apart rioting factions of loyalists and nationalists, they could not have known that they were being drawn into the longest campaign in the British Army's history, a battle against the threat of a new rising force - the Provisional Irish Republican Army. While patrols, vehicle bombs and incendiary speeches are the defining memories of the Troubles, the real war was fought out of sight and out of mind. For thirty years, Britain's Special Forces waged a ferocious, secretive struggle against a ruthless and implacable enemy. Harry McCallion's deep experience across the theatre of Northern Ireland offers a unique insight into nearly every major military action and operation in the Province. Having served seven tours with the Parachute Regiment, undergone selection for 14 Intelligence Company, completed six years with the SAS - including two tours with their anti-terrorism team - and received two commendations for bravery during service with the Royal Ulster Constabulary, there are few more qualified to tell this astonishing story. This book is his blistering account of the history of Britain's war against the IRA between 1970 and 1998. From new insights into high-profile killings and riveting accounts of enemy contact, to revelations about clandestine missions and the strategies used in combating a merciless enemy, Undercover War is the definitive inside story of the battle against the IRA, one of the most dangerous and effective terrorist organisations in recent history.

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Una historia de España Audiobook

Una historia de España

Author: Arturo Pérez-Reverte Narrator: Arturo López Release Date: July 2019

Por primera vez un volumen reúne la historia de España escrita por Arturo Pérez-Reverte durante más de cuatro años en su columna «Patente de corso» del XL Semanal. Un relato ameno, personal, a ratos irónico, pero siempre único, de nuestra accidentada historia a través de los siglos. Una obra concebida por el autor para, en palabras suyas, «divertirme, releer y disfrutar; un pretexto para mirar atrás desde los tiempos remotos hasta el presente, reflexionar un poco sobre ello y contarlo por escrito de una manera poco ortodoxa.» A lo largo de los 91 capítulos más el epílogo de los que consta el libro, Arturo Pérez-Reverte narra los principales acontecimientos ocurridos desde los orígenes de nuestra historia y hasta el final de la Transición con una mirada subjetiva, construida con las dosis exactas de lecturas, experiencia y sentido común. «La misma mirada con que escribo novelas y artículos -dice el autor-; no la elegí yo, sino que es resultado de todas esas cosas: la visión, ácida más a menudo que dulce, de quien, como dice un personaje de una de mis novelas, sabe que ser lúcido en España aparejó siempre mucha amargura, mucha soledad y mucha desesperanza.» Arturo Pérez-Reverte Reseñas: «Veamos el libro como el regalo de un gran novelista a la sociedad española, porque estoy convencido de que Una historia de España, de Arturo Pérez-Reverte, es un moderno epílogo al Quijote.» José Enrique Ruiz-Domènec, Cultura/s, La Vanguardia «Arturo Pérez-Reverte sabe cómo retener al lector a cada vuelta de página.» The New York Times Book Review «Arturo Pérez-Reverte consigue mantener sin aliento al lector.» Corriere della Sera «No solo es un espléndido narrador. También maneja con pericia diferentes géneros.» El Mundo «Hay un escritor español que se parece al mejor Spielberg más Umberto Eco. Se llama Arturo-Pérez-Reverte.» La Repubblica «Su sabiduría narrativa, tan bien construida siempre, tan exhaustivamente detallada, documentada y estructurada, hasta el punto de que, frente a todo ello, la historia real resulta más endeble y a veces hasta tópica.» Rafael Conte «Su estilo elegante se combina con un gran manejo de la lengua española. Pérez-Reverte es un maestro.» La Stampa «Pérez-Reverte tiene un talento endiablado y un sólido oficio.» Avant-Critique «Un repaso equidistante por los tres años de contienda [...] donde defiende la importancia de la memoria y la necesidad de no olvidar lo que fueron aquellos tres años de barbarie.» Antonio Lucas, El Mundo (sobre La guerra civil contada a los jóvenes) «La capacidad de síntesis y la ecuanimidad crítica del autor abonan un trabajo de lectura obligatoria.» Sergio Vila-SanJuán, La Vanguardia (sobre La guerra civil contada a los jóvenes)

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Un viitor luminos: Crescut în Transilvania în umbra comunismului Audiobook

Un viitor luminos: Crescut în Transilvania în umbra comunismului

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

Povestea tânărului Teodor se desfășoară pe fundalul dramei pe care familia și țara sa o trăiesc în zilele cumplite ale anilor 1950 într-o Românie stalinistă. În timp ce țările occidentale sunt angajate în reconstrucția postbelică, regimul comunist, impus românilor de Uniunea Sovietică, îi privează pe cetățenii săi de cele mai elementare libertăți și reduc un popor întreg la foame. Regimul amenință să elimine familia Flonta, declarându-l pe Pavel, tatăl lui Teodor, chiabur, adică „dușman al poporului”. În consecință, Pavel este arestat, întemnițat și torturat. Când valul de persecuție atinge punctul culminant, este forțat să trăiască ascuns. O meserie pe care Pavel o învățase în tinerețe îl salvează: rușii, care extrag uraniu în Carpați pentru bomba lor atomică, îl angajează. Acolo, la mină, brațul lung al Securității, nu poate sa-l ajungă. Și, din moment ce în comunism copiii trebuiau să sufere pentru „păcatele” pe care poliția secretă le atribuie părinților lor, Teodor suferă și el, încă de la o vârstă fragedă, nenumărate abuzuri: meritele sale nu sunt recunoscute în timpul școlii elementare, este expulzat din liceu și nu i se permite să dea exam la facultatea aleasă de el. Când tânărul Teodor termină școala elementară, tatăl său îi face un cadou pe care îl dorea atât de mult. Era un radio cu tranzistori pe care îl va lua cu el peste tot. Într-o zi, în timp ce era la pășunat cu vacile lor, descoperă sunetul unei limbi frumoase: italiana. Din acel moment viața lui începe să se schimbe. În timp ce studiază limba italiană la Universitatea din București, întâlnește femeia viselor sale, Ariella, care îl va salva de comunism. Căderea comunismului îl va găsi pe Teodor „la sfârșitul lumii” în Tasmania, în timp ce tatăl său, ultimul membru al familiei, va fi implicat în recuperarea terenului pe care comuniștii i-l confiscaseră cu zeci de ani mai devreme.

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Un pueblo traicionado: España de 1876 a nuestros días: Corrupción, incompetencia política y división Audiobook

Un pueblo traicionado: España de 1876 a nuestros días: Corrupción, incompetencia política y división

Author: Paul Preston Narrator: Luis Grau Release Date: November 2019

La historia del siglo XX español contada por el eminente hispanista Paul Preston. Paul Preston emprende en esta obra el reto más atractivo para cualquier historiador: condensar su objeto de investigación en un manejable libro, reflejo de tantos años de experiencia. Con una concisión abrumadora, estas páginas exponen la historia del siglo XX en España, con el tema subyacente del desajuste entre una población deseosa de progresar y unas elites que no cesan de bloquear sus intentos. Un pueblo traicionado es, en definitiva, una crónica sobrecogedora de la devastadora deslealtad hacia los españoles por parte de su clase política, impasible ante la realidad social del país.

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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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Ukraine: What Everyone Needs to Know Audiobook

Ukraine: What Everyone Needs to Know

Author: Serhy Yekelchyk Narrator: Joel Richards Release Date: November 2020

Ukraine's sudden prominence in American politics has compounded an already-widespread misunderstanding of what is actually happening in the nation. In the American media, Ukraine has come to signify an inherently corrupt place, rather than a real country struggling in the face of great challenges. Ukraine: What Everyone Needs to Know addresses Ukraine's relations with the West, particularly the United States, from the perspective of Ukrainians. The book explains how independent Ukraine fell victim to crony capitalism, how its people rebelled twice in the last two decades in the name of democracy and against corruption, and why Russia reacted so aggressively to the strivings of Ukrainians. Additionally, it looks at what we know about alleged Ukrainian interference in the 2016 US presidential election, the factors behind the stunning electoral victory of the political novice Volodymyr Zelensky, and the ways in which the events leading to the impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump have changed the Russia-Ukraine-US relationship. This volume is essential listening for anyone who wants to understand the forces that have shaped contemporary politics in this increasingly important part of Europe, as well as the international background of the impeachment proceedings in the US.

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Twilight of the Elites: Prosperity, the Periphery, and the Future of France Audiobook

Twilight of the Elites: Prosperity, the Periphery, and the Future of France

Author: Christophe Guilluy Narrator: Roger Clark Release Date: May 2019

A passionate account of how the gulf between France's metropolitan elites and its working classes are tearing the country apart Christophe Guilluy, a French geographer, makes the case that France has become an 'American society'-one that is both increasingly multicultural and increasingly unequal. The divide between the global economy's winners and losers in today's France has replaced the old left-right split, leaving many on 'the periphery.' As Guilluy shows, there is no unified French economy, and those cut off from the country's new economic citadels suffer disproportionately on both economic and social fronts. In Guilluy's analysis, the lip service paid to the idea of an 'open society' in France is a smoke screen meant to hide the emergence of a closed society, walled off for the benefit of the upper classes. The ruling classes in France are reaching a dangerous stage, he argues; without the stability of a growing economy, the hope for those excluded from growth is extinguished, undermining the legitimacy of a multicultural nation.

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Twilight of Empire: The Tragedy at Mayerling and the End of the Habsburgs Audiobook

Twilight of Empire: The Tragedy at Mayerling and the End of the Habsburgs

Author: Greg King, Penny Wilson Narrator: Anne Flosnik Release Date: September 2018

On a snowy January morning in 1889, a worried servant hacked open a locked door at the remote hunting lodge deep in the Vienna Woods. Inside, he found two bodies sprawled on an ornate bed, blood oozing from their mouths. Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria-Hungary appeared to have shot his seventeen-year-old mistress Baroness Mary Vetsera as she slept, sat with the corpse for hours and, when dawn broke, turned the pistol on himself. A century has transformed this bloody scene into romantic tragedy: star-crossed lovers who preferred death together than to be parted by a cold, unfeeling Viennese Court. But Mayerling is also the story of family secrets: incestuous relationships and mental instability; blackmail, venereal disease, and political treason; and a disillusioned, morphine-addicted Crown Prince and a naïve schoolgirl caught up in a dangerous and deadly waltz inside a decaying empire. What happened in that locked room remains one of history's most evocative mysteries: What led Rudolf and mistress to this desperate act? Was it really a suicide pact? Or did something far more disturbing take place at that remote hunting lodge and result in murder? Drawing interviews with members of the Habsburg family and archival sources in Vienna, Greg King and Penny Wilson reconstruct this historical mystery, laying out evidence and information long ignored that conclusively refutes the romantic myth and the conspiracy stories.

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Twelve Who Ruled: The Year of the Terror in the French Revolution Audiobook

Twelve Who Ruled: The Year of the Terror in the French Revolution

Author: R.R. Palmer Narrator: David Stifel Release Date: June 2020

The Reign of Terror continues to fascinate scholars as one of the bloodiest periods in French history, when the Committee of Public Safety strove to defend the first Republic from its many enemies, creating a climate of fear and suspicion in revolutionary France. R. R. Palmer's fascinating narrative follows the Committee's deputies individually and collectively, recounting and assessing their tumultuous struggles in Paris and their repressive missions in the provinces. A foreword by Isser Woloch explains why this book remains an enduring classic in French revolutionary studies.

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