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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)
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    • 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!"
  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage (






UNABRIDGED) by Alfred Lansing Narrated by Simon Prebble

    Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

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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"
  • 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??"
  • 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

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    • 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"
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  • 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"
  • 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"
  • The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution (






UNABRIDGED) by Francis Fukuyama Narrated by Jonathan Davis

    The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution

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    Virtually all human societies were once organized tribally, yet over time most developed new political institutions which included a central state that could keep the peace and uniform laws that applied to all citizens. Some went on to create governments that were accountable to their constituents. We take these institutions for granted, but they are absent or are unable to perform in many of today’s developing countries—with often disastrous consequences for the rest of the world.

    Henderson says: "Best Summary of Political History I've Read"
  • 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

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    • 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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  • 1776 (






UNABRIDGED) by David McCullough Narrated by David McCullough

    1776

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    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you ever thought history was boring, David McCullough’s performance of his fascinating book will change your mind. In this stirring audiobook, McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence, when the whole American cause was riding on their success.

    Mark says: "Front Seat on History"
  • Augustus: First Emperor of Rome (






UNABRIDGED) by Adrian Goldsworthy Narrated by Derek Perkins

    Augustus: First Emperor of Rome

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    • By Adrian Goldsworthy
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    Caesar Augustus's story, one of the most riveting in western history, is filled with drama and contradiction, risky gambles and unexpected success. He began as a teenage warlord, whose only claim to power was as the heir of the murdered Julius Caesar. Mark Antony dubbed him "a boy who owes everything to a name," but in the years to come the youth outmaneuvered all the older and more experienced politicians and was the last man standing in 30 BC.

  • The Devil in the White City (






UNABRIDGED) by Erik Larson Narrated by Scott Brick

    The Devil in the White City

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    • By Erik Larson
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    In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

    D says: "A Rich Read!"
  • 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

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    • 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"
  • A Stillness at Appomattox: The Army of the Potomac, Volume 3 (






UNABRIDGED) by Bruce Catton Narrated by Michael Kramer

    A Stillness at Appomattox: The Army of the Potomac, Volume 3

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    the most spectacular conflicts between Grant and Lee and details the end of hope for the Confederacy. Utilizing various collections of unpublished letters written by soldiers, personal diaries of spouses and relatives, memoirs of soldiers and their families, and official war records, Catton follows Grant's campaigns from early 1864 to the end of the war, detailing many crucial battles along the way.

  • October Fury (






UNABRIDGED) by Peter A. Huchthausen Narrated by Grover Gardner

    October Fury

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    It was the most spectacular display of brinkmanship in the Cold War era. In October 1962, President Kennedy risked inciting a nuclear war to prevent the Soviet Union from establishing missile bases in Cuba. The risk, however, was far greater than Kennedy realized.

  • Battle of Surigao Strait: Twentieth-Century Battles (






UNABRIDGED) by Anthony P. Tully Narrated by Gary Roelofs

    Battle of Surigao Strait: Twentieth-Century Battles

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    Surigao Strait in the Philippine Islands was the scene of a major battleship duel during the Battle of Leyte Gulf. Because the battle was fought at night and had few survivors on the Japanese side, the events of that naval engagement have been passed down in garbled accounts. Anthony P. Tully pulls together all of the existing documentary material, including newly discovered accounts and a careful analysis of U.S. Navy action reports, to create a new and more detailed description of the action.

  • A Mad Catastrophe: The Outbreak of World War I and the Collapse of the Habsburg Empire (






UNABRIDGED) by Geoffrey Wawro Narrated by Geoffrey Wawro

    A Mad Catastrophe: The Outbreak of World War I and the Collapse of the Habsburg Empire

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    The Austro-Hungarian army that marched east and south to confront the Russians and Serbs in the opening campaigns of World War I had a glorious past but a pitiful present. Speaking a mystifying array of languages and lugging outdated weapons, the Austrian troops were hopelessly unprepared for the industrialized warfare that would shortly consume Europe.

    rich says: "Wawro's Diatribe Against A-H Military Leadership"
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  • The Long Shadow of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address (






UNABRIDGED) by Jared Peatman Narrated by David C. Fischer

    The Long Shadow of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

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    • By Jared Peatman
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    When Abraham Lincoln addressed the crowd at the new national cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on November 19, 1863, he intended his speech to be his most eloquent statement on the inextricable link between equality and democracy. However, unwilling to commit to equality at that time, the nation stood ill-prepared to accept the full message of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

  • Once There Was a War (






UNABRIDGED) by John Steinbeck, Mark Bowden (editor) Narrated by Lloyd James

    Once There Was a War

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    In 1943 John Steinbeck was on assignment for The New York Herald Tribune, writing from Italy and North Africa, and from England in the midst of the London blitz. In his dispatches he focuses on the human-scale effect of the war, portraying everyone from the guys in a bomber crew to Bob Hope on his USO tour and even fighting alongside soldiers behind enemy lines. Taken together, these writings create an indelible portrait of life in wartime.

  • Captured Honor: POW Survival in the Philippines and Japan (






UNABRIDGED) by Bob Wodnik Narrated by Emil Nicholas Gallina

    Captured Honor: POW Survival in the Philippines and Japan

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    • By Bob Wodnik
    • Narrated By Emil Nicholas Gallina
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    Author Bob Wodnik has masterfully compiled the stories of several World War II prisoners-of-war into a non-fiction historical work with the feel of a novel. Listeners glimpse the unrelenting physical agony and mental anguish of these young heroes as they struggle for survival, and then, following years of captivity, make the difficult and awkward return to civilization.

  • Pirate Trials: Hung by the Neck Until Dead: Pirate Trials, Book 2 (






UNABRIDGED) by Ken Rossignol Narrated by Ray Montecalvo

    Pirate Trials: Hung by the Neck Until Dead: Pirate Trials, Book 2

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    • By Ken Rossignol
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    Join this bloodthirsty crew of pirates on ships, including their dying declarations of the most brutal and vicious deeds ever set upon innocent civilians and merchant-ship crews. The Demon Rum is cited as the chief cause by one pirate for his awful and murderous acts. Their day of reckoning came when they faced their final day of judgement when captured in Spain.

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