The 10 Best non-fiction audio books
With these, you can learn about Ancient Rome, Victorian murders or modern sexism all without turning a page.
Wednesday 13 February 2013
In this grisly yet intriguing book, Judith Flanders explains how the media and their coverage of killers such as Sweeney Todd and Jack the Ripper turned murder into a sensational form of popular entertainment.
Written by US Postal Service cyclist Tyler Hamilton and Daniel Coyle, who also wrote the 2004 book on Lance Armstrong, Armstrong’s War, this is a dark and tragic tale exposing one of the most elaborate doping operations.
Andrew Marr’s earnest accounts of British history are undoubtedly some of the most popular around. Narrated by the man himself, the book looks at the cultural experience of the first half of the 20th century, beyond simply trenches, flappers and Spitfires.
A dazzling biography of a city that has captured the imagination of historians and artists alike. This abridged version of Robert Hughes’ epic book describes not just the past, but also the author’s personal relationship with the city he first visited as a wide-eyed young man.
The most recent work from historian Simon Sebag Montefiore and one of his most critically acclaimed. Charting the wars, love affairs and revelations of its occupants, this intimate history of the Holy City is told in a chain of narratives be it those of kings, poets or prostitutes.
Looking at the manifestation of sexism in modern society, Natasha Walters takes a nuanced look at contemporary feminist issues, from the experiences of sex workers, to the way gender differences are reinforced.
An intriguing anthology put together by the prestigious international writer’s organisation, PEN. This collection includes 51 of the best submissions to its American prison writers competition, which they’ve held for the past quarter of a century.
Following on from Ian Mortimer’s evocation of what life was really like in Medieval England comes his take on a trip to Elizabethan times. Evocative and illuminating, it shows history as something happening rather than something that has already occurred.
An incredibly detailed portrait of one of Britain’s most-loved authors, award-winning author Claire Tomalin paints a picture detailing the fascinating character of the man.
If anyone had a voice that was easy to listen to, then it would be Attenborough’s. This collection of interviews is a fascinating audio history of the much-loved natural history film-maker.
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