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The Trial of the Century

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  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption (






UNABRIDGED) by Laura Hillenbrand Narrated by Edward Herrmann

    Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
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    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
  • The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics (






UNABRIDGED) by Daniel James Brown Narrated by Edward Herrmann

    The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Daniel James Brown
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
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    Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

    Janice says: "Do you believe in miracles??"
  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage (






UNABRIDGED) by Alfred Lansing Narrated by Simon Prebble

    Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

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    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
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    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

    russell says: "Endurance"
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything (






UNABRIDGED) by Bill Bryson Narrated by Richard Matthews

    A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
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    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
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  • The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession (






UNABRIDGED) by Dana Goldstein Narrated by Nan McNamara

    The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Dana Goldstein
    • Narrated By Nan McNamara
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    In other nations, public schools are one thread in a quilt that includes free universal child care, health care, and job training. Here, schools are the whole cloth. Today we look around the world at countries like Finland and South Korea, whose students consistently outscore Americans on standardized tests, and wonder what we are doing wrong. Dana Goldstein first asks the often-forgotten question: "How did we get here?"

  • In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette (






UNABRIDGED) by Hampton Sides Narrated by Arthur Morey

    In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Hampton Sides
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
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    In the late nineteenth century, people were obsessed by one of the last unmapped areas of the globe: The North Pole. No one knew what existed beyond the fortress of ice rimming the northern oceans. On July 8, 1879, the USS Jeannette set sail from San Francisco to cheering crowds in the grip of "Arctic Fever." The ship sailed into uncharted seas, but soon was trapped in pack ice. Two years into the harrowing voyage, the hull was breached. Amid the rush of water and the shrieks of breaking wooden boards, the crew abandoned the ship.

    Tony says: "Couldn't put it down"
  • Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War (






UNABRIDGED) by Karen Abbott Narrated by Karen White

    Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Karen Abbott
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    Karen Abbott illuminates one of the most fascinating yet little-known aspects of the Civil War: The stories of four courageous women - a socialite, a farmgirl, an abolitionist, and a widow - who were spies. After shooting a Union soldier in her front hall with a pocket pistol, Belle Boyd became a courier and spy for the Confederate army, using her charms to seduce men on both sides. Emma Edmonds cut off her hair and assumed the identity of a man to enlist as a Union private, witnessing the bloodiest battles of the Civil War.

  • The Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936-1945 (






UNABRIDGED) by John Toland Narrated by Tom Weiner

    The Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936-1945

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By John Toland
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
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    This Pulitzer Prize-winning history of World War II chronicles the dramatic rise and fall of the Japanese empire, from the invasion of Manchuria and China to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Told from the Japanese perspective, The Rising Sun is, in the author’s words, "a factual saga of people caught up in the flood of the most overwhelming war of mankind, told as it happened - muddled, ennobling, disgraceful, frustrating, full of paradox."

    Scott says: "The pacific war from inside the Japanese empire"
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  • A People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present (






UNABRIDGED) by Howard Zinn Narrated by Jeff Zinn

    A People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Howard Zinn
    • Narrated By Jeff Zinn
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    A classic since its original landmark publication in 1980, Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States is the first scholarly work to tell America's story from the bottom up - from the point of view of, and in the words of, America's women, factory workers, African-Americans, Native Americans, the working poor, and immigrant laborers.

    Gavin St. Ours says: "Horrible Editing Ruins Experience"
  • Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
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    General George S. Patton, Jr., died under mysterious circumstances in the months following the end of World War II. For almost 70 years, there has been suspicion that his death was not an accident - and may very well have been an act of assassination. Killing Patton will take listeners inside the final year of the war and recount the events surrounding Patton's tragic demise, naming names of the many powerful individuals who wanted him silenced.

  • Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold Story of English (






UNABRIDGED) by John McWhorter Narrated by John McWhorter

    Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold Story of English

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John McWhorter
    • Narrated By John McWhorter
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    A survey of the quirks and quandaries of the English language, focusing on our strange and wonderful grammar. Why do we say "I am reading a catalog" instead of "I read a catalog"? Why do we say "do" at all? Is the way we speak a reflection of our cultural values? Delving into these provocative topics and more, Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue distills hundreds of years of fascinating lore into one lively history.

    Mike says: "Great for casual linguists"
  • The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism (






UNABRIDGED) by Doris Kearns Goodwin Narrated by Edward Herrmann

    The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
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    Goodwin describes the broken friendship between Teddy Roosevelt and his chosen successor, William Howard Taft. With the help of the "muckraking" press, Roosevelt had wielded the Bully Pulpit to challenge and triumph over abusive monopolies, political bosses, and corrupting money brokers. Roosevelt led a revolution that he bequeathed to Taft only to see it compromised as Taft surrendered to money men and big business. The rupture led Roosevelt to run against Taft for president, an ultimately futile race that gave power away to the Democrats.

    Cynthia says: "Makes You Forget You Live in the 21st Century Good"
  • Infinitesimal: How a Dangerous Mathematical Theory Shaped the Modern World (






UNABRIDGED) by Amir Alexander Narrated by Ira Rosenberg

    Infinitesimal: How a Dangerous Mathematical Theory Shaped the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Amir Alexander
    • Narrated By Ira Rosenberg
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    On August 10, 1632, five men in flowing black robes convened in a somber Roman palazzo to pass judgment on a deceptively simple proposition: that a continuous line is composed of distinct and infinitely tiny parts. With the stroke of a pen the Jesuit fathers banned the doctrine of infinitesimals, announcing that it could never be taught or even mentioned. The concept was deemed dangerous and subversive, a threat to the belief that the world was an orderly place, governed by a strict and unchanging set of rules.

  • The Great Bank Forgery: The Story of Macdonnell and the Bidwells (






UNABRIDGED) by Basil Thomson Narrated by Cathy Dobson

    The Great Bank Forgery: The Story of Macdonnell and the Bidwells

    • UNABRIDGED (32 mins)
    • By Basil Thomson
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    In March 1873 Great Britain was rocked by the forgery case of the century, perpetrated against no less than the Bank of England. Four criminal brains took on the entire financial system... and would have got away with it too, had it not been for one tiny detail.

  • The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession (






UNABRIDGED) by Dana Goldstein Narrated by Nan McNamara

    The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Dana Goldstein
    • Narrated By Nan McNamara
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    In other nations, public schools are one thread in a quilt that includes free universal child care, health care, and job training. Here, schools are the whole cloth. Today we look around the world at countries like Finland and South Korea, whose students consistently outscore Americans on standardized tests, and wonder what we are doing wrong. Dana Goldstein first asks the often-forgotten question: "How did we get here?"

  • Nixon's Secrets (






UNABRIDGED) by Roger Stone, Mike Colapietro Narrated by Stephen Hoye

    Nixon's Secrets

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Roger Stone, Mike Colapietro
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
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    Learn the inside scoop on Watergate, the Ford Pardon, and the 18-minute Gap. Roger Stone, The New York Times best-selling author of The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ, gives the inside scoop on Nixon’s rise and fall in Watergate in his new book Nixon’s Secrets. Stone charts Nixon’s rise from election to Congress in 1946 to the White House in 1968 after his razor-thin loss to John Kennedy in 1960, his disastrous campaign for Governor of California in 1962, and the greatest comeback in American Presidential history.

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  • GI Brides: The Wartime Girls Who Crossed the Atlantic for Love (






UNABRIDGED) by Duncan Barrett, Nuala Calvi Narrated by Tania Rodrigues

    GI Brides: The Wartime Girls Who Crossed the Atlantic for Love

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    • By Duncan Barrett, Nuala Calvi
    • Narrated By Tania Rodrigues
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    The "friendly invasion" of Britain by over a million American G.I.s bewitched a generation of young women deprived of male company during the Second World War. With their exotic accents, smart uniforms, and aura of Hollywood glamour, the G.I.s easily conquered their hearts, leaving British boys fighting abroad green with envy. But for girls like Sylvia, Margaret, Gwendolyn, and even the skeptical Rae, American soldiers offered something even more tantalizing than chocolate, chewing gum, and nylon stockings: An escape route from Blitz-ravaged Britain.

  • City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death, and the Search for Truth in Tehran (






UNABRIDGED) by Ramita Navai Narrated by Sylvia Lisle

    City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death, and the Search for Truth in Tehran

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ramita Navai
    • Narrated By Sylvia Lisle
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    In today's Tehran, intrigues abound and survival depends on an intricate network of falsehoods: mullahs visit prostitutes, local mosques train barely pubescent boys in crowd-control tactics, and cosmetic surgeons promise to restore girls' virginity. Navai paints an intimate portrait of those discreet recesses in a city where the difference between modesty and profanity, loyalty and betrayal, honor and disgrace is often no more than the believability of a lie.

  • Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China (






UNABRIDGED) by Jung Chang Narrated by Pik-sen Lim

    Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China

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    • By Jung Chang
    • Narrated By Pik-sen Lim
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    At the age of 16, in a nationwide selection for royal consorts, Cixi was chosen as one of the emperor’s numerous concubines. When he died, in 1861, their five-year-old son succeeded to the throne. Cixi at once launched a palace coup against the regents appointed by her husband and made herself the real ruler of China - behind the throne, literally, with a silk screen separating her from her officials who were all male.

  • Level Zero Heroes: The Story of U.S. Marine Special Operations in Bala Murghab, Afghanistan (






UNABRIDGED) by Michael Golembesky, John R. Bruning Narrated by Peter Berkrot

    Level Zero Heroes: The Story of U.S. Marine Special Operations in Bala Murghab, Afghanistan

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael Golembesky, John R. Bruning
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
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    Michael Golembesky follows the members of U.S. Marine Special Operations Team 8222 on their assignment to the remote and isolated Taliban stronghold known as Bala Murghab as they conduct special operations in an effort to break the Taliban’s grip on the Valley. What started out as a routine mission changed when two 82nd Airborne Paratroopers tragically drowned in the Bala Murghab River while trying to retrieve vital supplies from an air drop that had gone terribly wrong.

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  • Blood & Treasure: Confederate Empire in the Southwest: Texas A&M University Military History Series (






UNABRIDGED) by Donald S. Frazier Narrated by James Foster

    Blood & Treasure: Confederate Empire in the Southwest: Texas A&M University Military History Series

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Donald S. Frazier
    • Narrated By James Foster
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    Frazier has made use of previously untapped primary sources, allowing him to present new interpretations of the famous Civil War battles in the Southwest. Using narratives of veterans of the campaign and official Confederate and Union documents, the author explains how this seemingly far-fetched fantasy of building a Confederate empire was an essential part of the Confederate strategy.

  • Richard the Lionheart - England's Crusader King: Just the Facts, Book 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by Alison Hardwick Narrated by Simon Brooks

    Richard the Lionheart - England's Crusader King: Just the Facts, Book 1

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    Richard the Lionheart remains one of England's most famous kings. His statue stands proudly outside the Houses of Parliament, yet who was Richard? Was there more to him than we see depicted in modern media - the great, missing king from the Robin Hood films who was always having his throne threated by his younger brother John! Or was Richard not worthy of the legend that seems to have been built up around his name?

  • Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War (






UNABRIDGED) by Karen Abbott Narrated by Karen White

    Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Karen Abbott
    • Narrated By Karen White
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    Karen Abbott illuminates one of the most fascinating yet little-known aspects of the Civil War: The stories of four courageous women - a socialite, a farmgirl, an abolitionist, and a widow - who were spies. After shooting a Union soldier in her front hall with a pocket pistol, Belle Boyd became a courier and spy for the Confederate army, using her charms to seduce men on both sides. Emma Edmonds cut off her hair and assumed the identity of a man to enlist as a Union private, witnessing the bloodiest battles of the Civil War.

  • The Secret Coalition: Ike, LBJ, and the Search for a Middle Way in the 1950s (






UNABRIDGED) by Gary A. Donaldson Narrated by Gregory St. John

    The Secret Coalition: Ike, LBJ, and the Search for a Middle Way in the 1950s

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Gary A. Donaldson
    • Narrated By Gregory St. John
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    The politics of the 1950s revolved around two primary leaders, one Republican and one Democrat both moderate, and both willing to compromise to move the nation forward. The Republican leader was President Dwight Eisenhower. His two administrations changed American politics. Ike’s desire to be president of all the people, to run his administration down the middle of the road, to be a modern” Republican, set the stage for what the Republican Party would be for decades to come.

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