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The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us [Audiobook]-P2P

“Our relationship with nature has changed – radically, irreversibly, but by no means all for the bad. Our new epoch is laced with invention. Our mistakes are legion, but our talent is immeasurable.” Our finest literary interpreter of science and nature, Diane Ackerman is justly celebrated for her unique insight into the natural world and our place (for better and worse) in it. In this landmark book, she confronts the unprecedented fact that the human race is now the single dominant force of change on the planet.

Humans have “subdued 75 percent of the land surface, concocted a wizardry of industrial and medical marvels, strung lights all across the darkness.” We now collect the DNA of vanishing species in a “frozen ark,” equip orangutans with iPads, create wearable technologies and synthetic species that might one day outsmart us. Ackerman takes us on an exciting journey to understand this bewildering new reality, introducing us to many of the people and ideas now creating – perhaps saving – our future. The Human Age is a beguiling, optimistic engagement with the earth-shaking changes now affecting every part of our lives and those of our fellow creatures – a wise book that will astound, delight, and inform intelligent life for a long time to come.

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The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us [Audiobook]-P2P
English | ASIN: B00NGXCMEA | 2014 | 12 hours and 25 minutes | MP3@64 kbps | 341 MB
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Notes from My Travels: Visits with Refugees in Africa, Cambodia, Pakistan and Ecuado [Audiobook]-P2P

From the ever-intriguing and appealing actress Angelina Jolie comes the personal journals she compiled while performing humanitarian relief efforts in such countries as Sierra Leone and Tanzania, Pakistan and Cambodia.

Three years ago, award-winning actress Angelina Jolie took on a radically different role as a goodwill ambassador for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Here are her memoirs from her journeys to Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Pakistan, Cambodia, and Ecuador, where she lived and worked and gave her heart to those who suffer the world’s most shattering violence and victimization. Here are her revelations of joy and warmth amid utter destitution…compelling snapshots of courageous and inspiring people for whom survival is their daily work – and candid notes from a unique pilgrimage that completely changed the actress’s worldview – and the world within herself.

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Notes from My Travels: Visits with Refugees in Africa, Cambodia, Pakistan and Ecuado [Audiobook]-P2P
English | ASIN: B08T4958R5 | 2021 | 5 hours and 42 minutes | MP3@128 kbps | 314 MB
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Bessie Smith: A BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week [Audiobook]-P2P

Bessie Smith: singer, icon, pioneer.Scotland’s National Poet Jackie Kay brings to life the tempestuous story of the greatest blues singer who ever lived. Bessie Smith was born in Tennessee in 1894. Orphaned by the age of nine, she sang on street corners before becoming a big name in travelling shows. In 1923 she made her first recording for a new start-up called Columbia Records. It sold 780,000 copies and made her a star. Smith’s life was notoriously difficult: she drank pints of ‘bathtub gin’, got into violent fist fights, spent huge sums of money and had passionate love affairs with men and women. She once single-handedly fought off a cohort of the Ku Klux Klan.

As a young black girl growing up in Glasgow, Jackie Kay found in Bessie someone with whom she could identify and who she could idolise. In this remarkable book Kay mixes biography, fiction, poetry and prose to create an enthralling account of an extraordinary life.

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Bessie Smith: A BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week [Audiobook]-P2P
English | ISBN: 9780571362943 | 2021 | 5 hours and 26 minutes | MP3@128 kbps | 298 MB
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Duty and Destiny: The Life and Faith of Winston Churchill [Audiobook]-P2P

Amid the wealth of biographical material on Winston Churchill, little has been said about his faith. Duty and Destiny rectifies this, offering a nuanced portrait of a great historical figure considered everything from a “God-haunted man” to a “stalwart nonbeliever”.

Churchill was far from transparent about his religious beliefs and never regularly attended church services as an adult, even considering himself “not a pillar of the church but a buttress”, in the sense that he supported it “from the outside”. But Gary Scott Smith assembles pieces of Churchill’s life and words to convey the profound sense of duty and destiny, partly inspired by his religious convictions, that undergirded his outlook. Reflecting on becoming prime minister in 1940, he wrote, “It felt as if I were walking with destiny, and that all my past life had been but a preparation for this hour and for this trial.” In a similarly grand fashion, he described opposing the Nazis – and later the Soviets – as a struggle between light and darkness, driven by the duty to preserve “humane, enlightened, Christian society”.

Though Churchill harbored intellectual doubts about Christianity throughout his life, he nevertheless valued it greatly and drew on its resources, especially in the crucible of war. In Duty and Destiny, Smith unpacks Churchill’s paradoxical religious views and carefully analyzes the complexities of his legacy. This thorough examination of Churchill’s religious life provides a new narrative structure to make sense of arguably the most important person of the twentieth century.

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Duty and Destiny: The Life and Faith of Winston Churchill [Audiobook]-P2P
English | ASIN: B08X7H4VCP | 2021 | 8 hours and 38 minutes | MP3@64 kbps | 237 MB
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How to Invent a Country: Nine Nations That Shaped the World [Audiobook]-P2P

Former BBC Central European correspondent Misha Glenny investigates the borders, stories and people of nine countries worldwide and asks how they acquired the shape and character they have today. Aided by a wealth of expert contributors, he discovers the geographical quirks, Game of Thrones-style battles and history-changing personalities that have defined each nation – busting some persistent myths and stereotypes along the way.

In ‘Germany’, Glenny blows away the fog of Nazism to reveal the country’s high culture and often feeble past, taking us from the Thirty Years’ War to the rise of Prussia and the emergence of a unified nation. ‘Spain’ chronicles the rise and fall of an empire – from 1492 to 1898, from Columbus to El Desastre – and explores the fractured state of the nation, both in history and now. In ‘Italy’, Glenny tells a tale of fragmentation, occupation, unification (and the birth of the Mafia) and expansionist dreams that led to mass Italian bloodshed in the First World War. ‘Brazil’ sees him stripping away the happy imagery of carnival and beach volleyball to expose a dark colonial history, as he charts the country’s transformation from giant factory farm for Europeans to modern BRIC economy.

This collection also includes three extra series on things that have shaped Europe as much as any nation: The Alps, which divide Europe and swallow up armies, Giuseppe Garibaldi, the legendary Italian general, and The Habsburgs, a family that ruled in Europe for 1,000 years.

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How to Invent a Country: Nine Nations That Shaped the World [Audiobook]-P2P
English | ASIN: B08P3W6VR5 | 2021 | 16 hours and 48 minutes | MP3@128 kbps | 912 MB
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Assume Nothing: A Story of Intimate Violence [Audiobook]-P2P

Award-winning filmmaker Tanya Selvaratnam bravely recounts the intimate abuse she suffered from former New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, using her story as a prism to examine the domestic violence crisis plaguing America.

When Tanya Selvaratnam met then New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman at the Democratic National Convention in July 2016, they seemed like the perfect match. Both were Harvard alumni; both studied Chinese; both were interested in spirituality and meditation, both were well-connected rising stars in their professions – Selvaratnam in entertainment and the art world; Schneiderman in law and politics.

Behind closed doors, however, Tanya’s life was anything but ideal. Schneiderman became controlling, mean, and manipulative. He drank heavily and used sedatives. Sex turned violent, and he called Tanya – who was born in Sri Lanka and grew up in Southern California – his “brown slave”. He isolated and manipulated her, even threatening to kill her if she tried to leave.

Twenty-five percent of women in America are victims of domestic abuse. Tanya never thought she would be a part of this statistic. Growing up, she witnessed her father physically and emotionally abuse her mother. Tanya knew the patterns and signs of domestic violence, and did not see herself as remotely vulnerable. Yet what seemed impossible was suddenly a terrifying reality: she was trapped in a violent relationship with one of the most powerful men in New York.

Sensitive and nuanced, with the gripping power of a dark psychological thriller, Assume Nothing details how Tanya’s relationship devolved into abuse, how she found the strength to leave – risking her career, reputation, and life – and how she reclaimed her freedom and her voice. In sharing her story, Tanya analyzes the insidious way women from all walks of life learn to accept abuse, and redefines what it means to be a victim of intimate violence.

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Assume Nothing: A Story of Intimate Violence [Audiobook]-P2P
English | ASIN: B08BWWFCRD | 2021 | 6 hours and 9 minutes | MP3@64 kbps | 169 MB
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Rock Stars on the Record: The Albums That Changed Their Lives [Audiobook]-P2P

Rock Stars on the Record is a collection of firsthand tales by artists of all ages, backgrounds, and musical influences, remembering the meaning behind the records that mattered most to them. From Laura Jane Grace to Ian MacKaye, Don McLean to Cherie Currie, Alice Bag to Mac DeMarco, and many more, best-selling author Eric Spitznagel talks to rock stars across the sonic spectrum about the albums that changed them in ways only music can change someone.

Everyone’s most cherished childhood record – be it a battered piece of vinyl, torn cassette tape, or scratched CD – has a story, and those stories can be more revealing about their owners than you might expect. Hear about how “Weird Al” Yankovic refined his accordion skills by playing along to Elton John’s Good-bye Yellow Brick Road, or how Fishbone’s Angelo Moore saved his life with a boombox and a Bad Brains album. Or about how Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman of Prince’s longtime band, The Generation, fell in love while trading mixtapes.

Each profile is more emotional, fascinating, and hilarious than the last. So place that needle in the groove, and prepare to hear something revelatory from your favorite rockers past and present.

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Rock Stars on the Record: The Albums That Changed Their Lives [Audiobook]-P2P
English | ASIN: B08WH3SJT4 | 2021 | 5 hours and 56 minutes | MP3@64 kbps | 164 MB
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