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    A Short History of Nearly Everything

    by Bill Bryson ...
    Narrated by Bill Bryson ...
    series Bryson #5

    Abridged

    5 hours 47 min

    A Short History of Nearly Everything is Bill Bryson's quest to find out everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization - how we got from there, being nothing at all, to here, being us.His challenge is to take subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us, and see if there isn't some way to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be ... Read more

    $17.04 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    When Breath Becomes Air

    Unabridged

    5 hours 35 min

    THE NEW YORK TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER'Finishing this book and then forgetting about it is simply not an option...Unmissable' New York TimesAt the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, the next he was a patient struggling to live.When Breath Becomes ... Read more

    $17.04 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Behave

    The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst

    Narrated by Michael Goldstrom ...

    Unabridged

    26 hours 27 min

    Brought to you by Penguin.The audiobook edition of Behave by Robert Sapolsky, read by Michael Goldstrom.The New York Times best sellerWinner of the 2017 LA Times Book PrizeWhy do human beings behave as they do?We are capable of savage acts of violence but also spectacular feats of kindness: is one side of our nature destined to win out over... ... Read more

    $30.29 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Origin Story

    A Big History of Everything

    Narrated by Jamie Jackson ...

    Unabridged

    12 hours 23 min

    A captivating history of the universe -- from before the dawn of time through the far reaches of the distant future. Most historians study the smallest slivers of time, emphasizing specific dates, individuals, and documents. But what would it look like to study the whole of history, from the big bang through the present day -- and even into the remote future? How would looking at the full span of ... Read more

    $37.43 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Reality Is Not What It Seems

    The Journey to Quantum Gravity

    by Carlo Rovelli ...
    Narrated by Roy McMillan ...

    Unabridged

    6 hours 11 min

    Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of Reality is Not What it Seems by Carlo Rovelli, read by Roy McMillan.From the best-selling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics comes a new book about the mind-bending nature of the universePenguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook book edition of Reality is Not What it Seems by Carlo Rovelli, read by Roy ... Read more

    $18.93 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Origins

    How the Earth Shaped Human History

    Narrated by John Sackville ...

    Unabridged

    9 hours 9 min

    Random House presents the audiobook edition of Origins by Lewis Dartnell, read by John Sackville.When we talk about human history, we focus on great leaders, mass migration and decisive wars. But how has the Earth itself determined our destiny? How has our planet made us?As a species we are shaped by our environment. Geological forces drove our evolution in East Africa; mountainous terrain led to ... Read more

    $18.93 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    American Sherlock

    Murder, Forensics, and the Birth of American CSI

    Narrated by Kate Winkler Dawson ...

    Unabridged

    10 hours 43 min

    From the acclaimed author of Death in the Air ("Not since Devil in the White City has a book told such a harrowing tale"--Douglas Preston) comes the riveting story of the birth of criminal investigation in the twentieth century.Berkeley, California, 1933. In a lab filled with curiosities--beakers, microscopes, Bunsen burners, and hundreds upon hundreds of books--sat an investigator who would go on ... Read more

    $29.95 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    The God Equation

    The Quest for a Theory of Everything

    by Michio Kaku ...
    Narrated by Feodor Chin ...

    Unabridged

    5 hours 30 min

    Brought to you by Penguin.This is the story of a quest: to find a Theory of Everything. Einstein dedicated his life to seeking this elusive Holy Grail, a single, revolutionary 'god equation' which would tie all the forces in the universe together, yet never found it. Some of the greatest minds in physics took up the search, from Stephen Hawking to Brian Greene. None have yet succeeded.In The God ... Read more

    $17.04 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Rutherford and Fry’s Complete Guide to Absolutely Everything

    Unabridged

    7 hours 2 min

    Brought to you by Penguin.'If only Adam Rutherford and Hannah Fry were on tap to all of us, all the time . . . The pair have such a gift for making life, numbers and the forces at work in the universe all the richer, stranger, funnier and more marvellous.' Stephen FryIn Rutherford and Fry's comprehensive guidebook, they tell the complete story of the universe and absolutely everything in it - ... Read more

    $24.61 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    The Icepick Surgeon

    Murder, Fraud, Sabotage, Piracy, and Other Dastardly Deeds Perpetrated in the Name of Science

    by Sam Kean ...
    Narrated by Ben Sullivan ...

    Unabridged

    11 hours 45 min

    From New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean comes the gripping, untold history of science's darkest secrets, “a fascinating book [that] deserves a wide audience” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)Science is a force for good in the world—at least usually. But sometimes, when obsession gets the better of scientists, they twist a noble pursuit into something sinister. Under this spell, knowledge ... Read more

    $38.91 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    There Are Places in the World Where Rules Are Less Important Than Kindness

    by Carlo Rovelli ...
    Narrated by Roy McMillan ...

    Unabridged

    6 hours 22 min

    Brought to you by Penguin.One of our most beloved scientists, a fearless free spirit, Carlo Rovelli is also a masterful storyteller. In this collection of writings, the logbook of an intelligence always on the move, he follows his curiosity and invites us on a voyage through science, literature, philosophy and politics.Written with his usual clarity and wit, these pieces, most of which were first ... Read more

    $24.61 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Numbers Don't Lie

    71 Things You Need to Know About the World

    by Vaclav Smil ...
    Narrated by Stephen Perring ...

    Unabridged

    5 hours 45 min

    Brought to you by Penguin.Is flying dangerous? How much do the world's cows weigh? And what makes people happy?From earth's nations and inhabitants, through the fuels and foods that energize them, to the transportation and inventions of our modern world - and how all of this affects the planet itself - in Numbers Don't Lie, Professor Vaclav Smil takes us on a fact-finding adventure, using ... Read more

    $24.61 AUD or free with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    The Light Ages

    A Medieval Journey of Discovery

    by Seb Falk ...
    Narrated by Seb Falk ...

    Unabridged

    11 hours 3 min

    Brought to you by Penguin.The Middle Ages were a time of wonder. They gave us the first universities, the first eyeglasses and the first mechanical clocks as medieval thinkers sought to understand the world around them, from the passing of the seasons to the stars in the sky.In this book, we walk the path of medieval science with a real-life guide, a fourteenth-century monk named John of Westwyk - ... Read more

    $24.61 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Harry Potter: A History of Magic

    An Audio Documentary

    Unabridged

    11 hours 39 min

    The history of magic is as long as time and as wide as the world. In every culture, in every age, in every place and, probably, in every heart, there is magic.Harry Potter: A History of Magic reveals some of the hidden stories behind real-world magic and explores some of J.K. Rowling's magical inventions alongside their folkloric, cultural and historical forebears.Narrator Natalie Dormer and a ... Read more

    $43.95 AUD

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    The Theory That Would Not Die

    How Bayes' Rule Cracked the Enigma Code, Hunted Down Russian Submarines, and Emerged Triumphant from Two Centuries of Controversy

    Unabridged

    11 hours 51 min

    Bayes' rule appears to be a straightforward, one-line theorem: by updating our initial beliefs with objective new information, we get a new and improved belief. To its adherents, it is an elegant statement about learning from experience. To its opponents, it is subjectivity run amok.In the first-ever account of Bayes' rule for general readers, Sharon Bertsch McGrayne explores this controversial ... Read more

    $31.44 AUD or free with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    Helgoland

    The Sunday Times bestseller

    by Carlo Rovelli ...
    Narrated by David Rintoul ...

    Unabridged

    4 hours 31 min

    Brought to you by Penguin.The Number One bestselling author of The Order of Time is back with a stunning book about the enigma of quantum physicsIn June 1925, twenty-three-year-old Werner Heisenberg, suffering from hay fever, retreated to a small, treeless island in the North Sea called Helgoland. It was there that he came up with one of the most transformative scientific concepts: quantum theory ... Read more

    $24.61 AUD or free with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    When the Sahara Was Green

    How Our Greatest Desert Came to Be

    Narrated by Dr. Mike Wells ...

    Unabridged

    5 hours 57 min

    This audiobook narrated by Mike Wells traces the history of how the Sahara was transformed from a green and fertile land into the largest hot desert in the worldThe Sahara is the largest hot desert in the world, equal in size to China or the United States. Yet, this arid expanse was once a verdant, pleasant land, fed by rivers and lakes. The Sahara sustained abundant plant and animal life, such as ... Read more

    $41.86 AUD or free with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    Pandora’s Lab

    Seven Stories of Science Gone Wrong

    Narrated by Greg Tremblay ...

    Unabridged

    7 hours 51 min

    What happens when ideas presented as science lead us in the wrong direction? History is filled with brilliant ideas that gave rise to disaster, and this book explores the most fascinating—and significant—missteps.Pandora’s Lab takes us from opium’s heyday as the pain reliever of choice to recognition of opioids as a major cause of death in the United States; from the rise of trans fats as the ... Read more

    $29.88 AUD or free with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    Eye of the Beholder

    Narrated by Tamara Marston ...

    Unabridged

    13 hours 34 min

    "See for yourself!" was the clarion call of the 1600's. 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 ... Read more

    $44.91 AUD or free with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    Origins of the Universe

    Narrated by Edwin Newman ...
    series The Science and Discovery Series

    Unabridged

    2 hours 38 min

    The story of the cosmos—its beginning and its changes through time—has been a topic of much speculation and myth. It also has attracted intense attention from scientists. There are many questions about the universe’s size, stability, growth, and its ultimate cause. This presentation also addresses such colorful cosmic topics as red shifts, white dwarfs, black holes, super strings, and the “big ... Read more

    $14.90 AUD or free with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    Burning the Sky

    Operation Argus and the Untold Story of the Cold War Nuclear Tests in Outer Space

    Narrated by John Lescault ...

    Unabridged

    8 hours 6 min

    “Last September the United States drew a thin curtain of radiation around the earth…The feat was regarded by some of its leading participants as the greatest scientific experiment of all time.” ―Walter Sullivan, the New York Times, March 19, 1959After the Soviet Union proved to the United States that it possessed an operational intercontinental ballistic missile with the launch of Sputnik in ... Read more

    $29.88 AUD or free with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    The Reason for the Darkness of the Night

    Edgar Allan Poe and the Forging of American Science

    by John Tresch ...
    Narrated by Paul Woodson ...

    Unabridged

    7 hours 34 min

    Decade after decade, Edgar Allan Poe remains one of the most popular American writers. He is beloved around the world for his pioneering detective fiction, tales of horror, and haunting, atmospheric verse. But what if there was another side to the man who wrote "The Raven" and "The Fall of the House of Usher"? In The Reason for the Darkness of the Night, John Tresch offers a bold new biography of ... Read more

    $37.43 AUD or free with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    NASA's Pioneer and Voyager Missions: The History and Legacy of the First Space Probes to Explore the Outer Solar System and Beyond

    Narrated by Bill Hare ...

    Unabridged

    2 hours 30 min

    Although Apollo 11’s successful mission to the Moon is seen as the culmination of the Space Race, and the Apollo program remains NASA’s most famous, one of the space agency’s most successful endeavors came a few years later. In fact, the Pioneer program was the most diversified sequence of any of NASA’s programs, and though they’re now remembered for being among the first probes in history to ... Read more

    $10.47 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    It All Adds Up: The Story of People and Mathematics

    Narrated by Oliver Hembrough ...

    Unabridged

    7 hours 12 min

    ‘Fascinating … so enlightening that suddenly maths doesn’t seem so fearsome as it once did’ SIMON WINCHESTERFrom Aristotle to Ada Lovelace: a brief history of the mathematical ideas that have forever changed the world and the everyday people and pioneers behind them. The story of our best invention yet.From our ability to calculate the passing of time to the algorithms that control computers and ... Read more

    $26.99 AUD or free with audiobook trial