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Jean

Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States Member Since 2010

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  • "Truth more unbelivable than fiction"

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    This is a true story of Alexander Dumas's father, a General in the French Army during the French Revolution. General Alex Dumas was born in Saint Dominique (Haiti) of a black slave woman and a white French Marquis. The book does discuss some of the history of Haiti. I recently read a book "Island Beneath The Sea" by Isabel Allende that covers the history of the island. If this story of Dumas interest you at all the Allende book will also be informative. I found the information about equality during the revolution interesting, the blacks found freedom in France while the U.S. and England still were slave traders. Dumas goes from commanding 53,000 men to secure the Alps for France to Egypt to being imprisoned in Naples. His story is the bases of all the stories written by his son. I was fascinated by tales of his imprisonment and the medical treatment he received. If you are interested in history you also will find this a must read book. Tome Reiss did a great job documenting the story and Paul Michael did a good job narrating the book.

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    The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo

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    • Narrated By Paul Michael
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    Father of the novelist Alexandre Dumas, Alex Dumas has become, through his son's books, the model for a captivating modern protagonist: The wronged man in search of justice. Born to a black slave mother and a fugitive white French nobleman in Saint-Domingue (present-day Haiti), Alex Dumas was briefly sold into bondage but then made his way to Paris where he was schooled as a sword-fighting member of the French aristocracy. He was only 32 when he was given command of 53,000 men, the reward for series of triumphs that many regarded as impossible, and then topped his previous feats by leading a raid up a frozen cliff face....

    Jean says: "Truth more unbelivable than fiction"
  • "a Hero"

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    “Nancy Wake: A Biography of our Greatest War Heroine” by Peter FitzSimons was published in 2010. FitzSimons is an Australian journalist. Nancy Wake was the most decorated women from World War II. FitzSimons’ well-paced and compelling biography is well-documented. FitzSimons drew his research from earlier biographies such as Russell Braddon’s “Nancy Wake: the Story of a Very Brave Woman” published in 1956 and Wake’s autobiography “The White Mouse” published in 1985. FitzSimons also had many interviews with Nancy Wake as well as fellow agents, resistance fighters and Colonel Buckmaster. Buckmaster was head of the British Special operations (BSO).

    Wake was born in Wellington, New Zealand in 1912. The book covers her early childhood in New Zealand and Australia. After she finished school she moved to England where she learned to be a journalist. She obtained a job as a European correspondent for the Hearst Newspaper and was stationed in Paris. In the 1930’s she witnessed the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi movement. She reports seeing roving Nazi gangs beat Jewish men and women in the streets of Vienna.

    In 1937 Wake married wealthy French industrialist Henri Edmond Fiocca (1898-1943). They were living in Marseille, France when Germany invaded. Nancy became a courier for the French Resistance, then help set up the escape network to help escaping allied soldiers and Jews. The Gestapo called her “The White Mouse”. She became the most wanted person by the Gestapo with a reward for her capture. She had to escape to Britain herself where she was recruited by Colonel Buckmaster. She was trained by the British Special Operations and parachuted into Auvergne, France in 1944. She led over 7000 Maquis, equipping them with the latest arms from England, training them and leading them on assigned (BSO) attacks against the Germans. At the end of the war Wake learned her husband was tortured and killed by the Gestapo because he would not reveal her whereabouts.

    FitzSimons’ narrative authentically captures the tone and atmosphere of Wake’s hazardous life. He breathtakingly describes her escapades against the Germans. Wake died in a Veterans home in England on 7 August 2011. For those of you who read German, I understand German author Michael Jurgs wrote a biography of Wake called “Nancy Wake and her fight against the Gestapo in France”. It was published October 2012. Stephanie Daniels did a good job narrating the book and pronouncing all the French names. If you are interested in history and women in war you will enjoy this book.

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    Nancy Wake

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    In the early 1930s, Nancy Wake was a young woman enjoying a bohemian life in Paris. By the end of the Second World War, she was the Gestapo's most wanted person. As a naive, young journalist, Nancy Wake witnessed a horrific scene of Nazi violence in a Viennese street. From that moment, she declared that she would do everything in her power to rid Europe of the Nazis. What began as a courier job here and there became a highly successful escape network for Allied soldiers.

    Simone says: "Who The "BLEEP" is Nancy Wake??"
  • "The price of Democracy"

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    I was fascinated how Albright weaved the story of her family into telling the history of Czechoslovakia from 1918 to the 1950's. As a child of a Czech diplomat she could watch history unfold around her and see and talk to the people involved. The book tells of her family(Jewish) who died in the prison camp of Terezin. With this background I bet Albright is a great teacher. You can feel her sense of obligation to the people who lived and died from 1937 to 1948 in her story and her drive to prevent this from happening again. I understand her drive to prevent the ethnic cleansing in the form Yugoslavia while she was Secretary of State. This is a must read book for anyone wanting to understand the values of their great grandparents and their grandparents. We should never forget the two wars (WW1 & WW2) that the world fought to bring us to what we have today.

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    Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948

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    Before Madeleine Albright turned twelve, her life was shaken by the Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia—the country where she was born—the Battle of Britain, the near total destruction of European Jewry, the Allied victory in World War II, the rise of communism, and the onset of the Cold War. Albright's experiences, and those of her family, provide a lens through which to view the most tumultuous dozen years in modern history.

    Jean says: "The price of Democracy"
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  • Foundations of Western Civilization II: A History of the Modern Western World

    "good intro"

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    Quite a good intro. Heavy on some topics, rather light on others, but overall very enjoyable. Except for the last chapter, where all the philosophizing on the meaning of civilization left me cold.
    Other than that, and up to that point, it does the job very well.

  • The Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Rise of Nations

    "very good"

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    Informative and easy to read, indeed. Little in-depth analysis, but with the sheer amount of data, no wonder. I felt it failed to tie a few knots, but overall a good read.

  • The Long 19th Century: European History from 1789 to 1917

    "Good intro."

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    I think the four stars are more because of how interesting and complex the topic is, rather than for the actual analysis. I feel I know a bit more, indeed, and it's hard to make sense of such a complex set of circumstances all over the place. I could have done without the side remarks (no, I'm not impressed at Prof. Weiner's having spent New Year's Eve in Berlin once, or by how he and his wife once saw a rally in Paris. Seriously?) and without the over-emphasizing of half the words in a sentence and without him telling us how professional the people at the TC are. I guess I'm more of a barebones kind of reader.

  • The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

    "well worth reading"

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    The story of how, in the early 15th century, former papal secretary Gian Francesco Poggio Bracciolini found the lost text of Lucretius' De Rerum Natura might not seem like a riveting read. I hesitated before buying it, thinking that I knew how it was going to go: Lucretius's text would be lost for about 1450 years, then Poggio would find it and then the poem would be influential in promoting non-Christian, perhaps even atheist thinking in the very Christian Western world.
    That's pretty much how it does go, too. The only thing is, it's still very interesting. Poggio himself is just an instrument with little actual importance, though Greenblatt makes much of his origins and career. This bit is, to be honest, fluff - but it does give some ingisht into the period. More interesting, though somewhat shoved in through the back door, were the stories of Bruno and Galileo and their face-offs with the Inquisition. Also very interesting is the discussion of ancient philosophy and the Epicurean tradition and Lucretius himself, though there is so very little to say about him that not even Greenblatt manages to summon up a plausible, flesh-and-bone historical figure.
    However, the most interesting bit is the actual applied discussion of the actual text. I haven't read De Rerum Natura, except perhaps a couple of lines in high school or college when discussing world literature or something. Now I'm discovering an amazing poet.
    I'm not buying Greenblatt's thesis wholesale (that the world was "made modern" through the discovery of this one poem), but I was compelled by his obvious pleasure in the text (and I'm still moved by his love for Shakespeare, which I absolutely share, but that's by the way). And so, no regrets: this little book is absolutely worth reading.

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  • "Totally a Hero"

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    I had never heard of Nancy Wake prior to listening to this book. She is a true hero. This book is well written and almost perfectly read. I found it very difficult to stop. If this book had been a novel, you might have said "right, who makes this stuff up?" I loved the whole story, from Nancy's time in America and England to her carefree life in Paris. The writing gave the real feel of the Paris streets, the parties and Nancy's step by step change from free spirited wife to resistance fighter. I find it very interesting to read about ordinary people who find themselves in circumstances that bring out extraordinary responses. To see a young woman (not that different from me) who becomes a leader of the French Maquis (thousands of them in fact), and is recognized as having such a great impact on their success is amazing. WWII is full of stories of those who rose to the occasion and did the right thing. What happened after the war was sad in it's anticlimactic return to "normal" life.

    Not great literature, but an inspiring read.

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    In the early 1930s, Nancy Wake was a young woman enjoying a bohemian life in Paris. By the end of the Second World War, she was the Gestapo's most wanted person. As a naive, young journalist, Nancy Wake witnessed a horrific scene of Nazi violence in a Viennese street. From that moment, she declared that she would do everything in her power to rid Europe of the Nazis. What began as a courier job here and there became a highly successful escape network for Allied soldiers.

    Simone says: "Who The "BLEEP" is Nancy Wake??"

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    State of Emergency: The Way We Were: Britain, 1970-1974 (






UNABRIDGED) by Dominic Sandbrook Narrated by David Thorpe

    State of Emergency: The Way We Were: Britain, 1970-1974

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    • By Dominic Sandbrook
    • Narrated By David Thorpe
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    In the early 1970s, Britain seemed to be tottering on the brink of the abyss. Under Edward Heath, the optimism of the Sixties had become a distant memory. Now the headlines were dominated by strikes and blackouts, unemployment and inflation. As the world looked on in horrified fascination, Britain seemed to be tearing itself apart. And yet, amid the gloom, glittered a creativity and cultural dynamism that would influence our lives long after the nightmarish Seventies had been forgotten.

    Robert F. Jablon says: "STATE OF EXCELLENCE"
  • 4.9 (11 ratings)
    Seasons in the Sun: The Battle for Britain, 1974-1979 (






UNABRIDGED) by Dominic Sandbrook Narrated by David Thorpe

    Seasons in the Sun: The Battle for Britain, 1974-1979

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    In the early 1970s, Britain seemed to be tottering on the brink of the abyss. Under Edward Heath, the optimism of the '60s had become a distant memory. Now the headlines were dominated by strikes and blackouts, unemployment and inflation. As the world looked on in horrified fascination, Britain seemed to be tearing itself apart. And yet, amid the gloom, glittered a creativity and cultural dynamism that would influence our lives long after the nightmarish '70s had been forgotten.

    Mr G. says: "First rate social and political history"
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    The History of Christianity in the Reformation Era  by The Great Courses Narrated by Professor Brad S. Gregory

    The History of Christianity in the Reformation Era

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    • Narrated By Professor Brad S. Gregory
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    It still takes a major effort of historical imagination to enter the minds of those who lived during the Reformation Era; who were willing to suffer martyrdom or martyr others for what we would regard as minor doctrinal differences. These 36 lectures are designed to take you inside the minds of those who supported the Reformation and those who resisted it.

  • 4.5 (3250 ratings)
    The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany (






UNABRIDGED) by William L. Shirer Narrated by Grover Gardner

    The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By William L. Shirer
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    Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Tale of Momumental Evil, Stupidity and Hatred"
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  • 4.3 (1531 ratings)
    Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich (






UNABRIDGED) by Eric Metaxas Narrated by Malcolm Hillgartner

    Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich

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    A definitive, deeply moving narrative, Bonhoeffer is a story of moral courage in the face of the monstrous evil that was Nazism. After discovering the fire of true faith in a Harlem church, Bonhoeffer returned to Germany and became one of the first to speak out against Hitler. As a double agent, he joined the plot to assassinate the Führer and was hanged in Flossenbürg concentration camp at age thirty-nine. Since his death, Bonhoeffer has grown to be one of the most fascinating, complex figures of the twentieth century.

    Alan says: "Very Moving"
  • 4.3 (555 ratings)
    Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour (






UNABRIDGED) by Lynne Olson Narrated by Arthur Morey

    Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour

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    • By Lynne Olson
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    Here is the behind-the-scenes story of how the United States forged its wartime alliance with Britain, told from the perspective of three key American players in London: Edward R. Murrow, Averell Harriman, and John Gilbert Winant. Drawing from a variety of primary sources, Olson skillfully depicts the dramatic personal journeys of these men who, determined to save Britain from Hitler, helped convince a cautious Franklin Roosevelt and a reluctant American public to support the British at a critical time.

    Susan says: "If we are together nothing is impossible"
  • 4.4 (455 ratings)
    The Modern Scholar: The Anglo-Saxon World (






UNABRIDGED) by Michael D. C. Drout

    The Modern Scholar: The Anglo-Saxon World

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    • By Michael D. C. Drout
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    Had the Angles and Saxons not purposefully migrated to the isles of the Britons and brought with them their already-well-developed use of language, Angelina Jolie may never have appeared in the movie Beowulf. Professor Michael D.C. Drout is at his best when lecturing on the fascinating history, language, and societal adaptations of the Anglo-Saxons.

    Matthew says: "Amazingly good"
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany (






UNABRIDGED) by William L. Shirer Narrated by Grover Gardner

    The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

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    Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Tale of Momumental Evil, Stupidity and Hatred"
  • Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich (






UNABRIDGED) by Eric Metaxas Narrated by Malcolm Hillgartner

    Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Eric Metaxas
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
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    A definitive, deeply moving narrative, Bonhoeffer is a story of moral courage in the face of the monstrous evil that was Nazism. After discovering the fire of true faith in a Harlem church, Bonhoeffer returned to Germany and became one of the first to speak out against Hitler. As a double agent, he joined the plot to assassinate the Führer and was hanged in Flossenbürg concentration camp at age thirty-nine. Since his death, Bonhoeffer has grown to be one of the most fascinating, complex figures of the twentieth century.

    Alan says: "Very Moving"
  • In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin (






UNABRIDGED) by Erik Larson Narrated by Stephen Hoye

    In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
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    The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history. A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored of the “New Germany,” she has one affair after another....

    Patrick says: "compelling father-daughter story"
  • The Hiding Place (






UNABRIDGED) by Corrie ten Boom, John Sherrill, Elizabeth Sherrill Narrated by Wanda McCaddon

    The Hiding Place

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Corrie ten Boom, John Sherrill, Elizabeth Sherrill
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    At one time, Corrie ten Boom would have laughed at the idea that she had a story to tell. For the first 50 years of her life, nothing out of the ordinary ever happened to her. She was a spinster watchmaker living contentedly with her sister and their elderly father in the tiny house over their shop in Haarlem. Their uneventful days, as regulated as their own watches, revolved around their abiding love for one another. But with the Nazi invasion and occupation of Holland, everything changed....

    Christina says: "My new guilty pleasure"
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  • Great Minds of the Medieval World  by The Great Courses Narrated by Professor Dorsey Armstrong

    Great Minds of the Medieval World

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    • Narrated By Professor Dorsey Armstrong
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    In this gallery of extraordinary minds, you’ll encounter the leading lights of a world-shaping era, including figures such as Maimonides, Hildegard of Bingen, Bernard of Clairvaux, Peter Abelard, and Francesco Petrarch. Professor Armstrong goes to great lengths to bring these historic figures to life, revealing both the great intellectual contributions and the personal strivings, challenges, and triumphs of some of history’s most remarkable human beings.

  • A History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts  by The Great Courses Narrated by Professor Robert Bucholz

    A History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Bucholz
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    During the 229-year period from 1485 to 1714, England transformed itself from a minor feudal state into what has been called "the first modern society" and emerged as the wealthiest and most powerful nation in the world.Those years hold a huge and captivating story. The English survived repeated epidemics and famines, one failed invasion and two successful ones, two civil wars, a series of violent religious reformations and counter-reformations, and confrontations with two of the most powerful monarchs on earth.

    E. Stein says: "Old-fashioned and inaccurate"
  • Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon  by The Great Courses Narrated by Professor Suzanne M. Desan

    Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 46 mins)
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    • Narrated By Professor Suzanne M. Desan
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    The 25 years between the onset of the French Revolution in 1789 and the Bourbon Restoration after Napoleon in 1814 is an astonishing period in world history. This era shook the foundations of the old world and marked a permanent shift for politics, religion, and society - not just for France, but for all of Europe. An account of the events alone reads like something out of a thrilling novel.

    Monte Johnston says: "Such a great balance of the big picture and detail"
  • The Rise and Fall of the British Empire  by The Great Courses Narrated by Professor Patrick N. Allitt

    The Rise and Fall of the British Empire

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    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Patrick N. Allitt
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    What were the forces that thrust the British Empire to its extraordinary position of greatness and then just as powerfully drove it into decline? And why is nearly every nation on earth, in one way or another, the consequence of the British Empire?In these 36 lectures, Professor Allitt leads you through four centuries of British power, innovation, influence, and, ultimately, diminishment-four profound centuries that literally remade the world and bequeathed the complex global legacy that continues to shape your everyday life.

    Sarah says: "A good educational course on the British Empire"
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  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume 3: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965 (






UNABRIDGED) by William Manchester, Paul Reid Narrated by Clive Chafer, Paul Reid

    The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume 3: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965

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    • By William Manchester, Paul Reid
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    Spanning the years 1940 to 1965, Defender of the Realm, the third volume of William Manchester’s The Last Lion, picks up shortly after Winston Churchill became prime minister - when his tiny island nation stood alone against the overwhelming might of Nazi Germany. The Churchill portrayed by Manchester and Reid is a man of indomitable courage, lightning-fast intellect, and an irresistible will to action.

    Mike From Mesa says: "A worthy final volume in a great biography"
  • The Swerve: How the World Became Modern (






UNABRIDGED) by Stephen Greenblatt Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini

    The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

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    Nearly six hundred years ago, a short, genial, cannily alert man in his late 30s took a very old manuscript off a library shelf, saw with excitement what he had discovered, and ordered that it be copied. That book was the last surviving manuscript of an ancient Roman philosophical epic by Lucretius—a beautiful poem containing the most dangerous ideas: that the universe functioned without the aid of gods, that religious fear was damaging to human life, and that matter was made up of very small particles.

    Ethan M. says: "Very compelling history, a less compelling thesis"
  • Escape from Sobibor (






UNABRIDGED) by Richard Rashke Narrated by Robert Blumenfeld

    Escape from Sobibor

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    • By Richard Rashke
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    On October 14, 1943, 600 Jews imprisoned in Sobibor, a secret Nazi death camp in eastern Poland, revolted. They killed a dozen SS officers and guards, trampled the barbed wire fences, and raced across an open field filled with anti-tank mines. Against all odds, more than three hundred made it safely into the woods. Fifty of those men and women managed to survive the rest of the war. In this edition of Escape from Sobibor, fully updated in 2012, Richard Rashke tells their stories

    Dean Thomas says: "Rashke put a face to the good and the bad!"
  • The Foundations of Western Civilization  by The Great Courses Narrated by Professor Thomas F. X. Noble

    The Foundations of Western Civilization

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    • Narrated By Professor Thomas F. X. Noble
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    What is Western Civilization? According to Professor Noble, it is "much more than human and political geography," encompassing myriad forms of political and institutional structures - from monarchies to participatory republics - and its own traditions of political discourse. It involves choices about who gets to participate in any given society and the ways in which societies have resolved the tension between individual self-interest and the common good.

    Tyler says: "Excellent course!"
  • Golosa, Zazvuchavshie Vnov (






UNABRIDGED) by Zazvuchavshie Vnov Golosa Narrated by Zazvuchavshie Vnov Golosa

    Golosa, Zazvuchavshie Vnov

    • UNABRIDGED (54 mins)
    • By Zazvuchavshie Vnov Golosa
    • Narrated By Zazvuchavshie Vnov Golosa
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    Odnim iz pervyih pisateley v Rossii byil zapisan na fonograf Lev Tolstoy. Eto proizoshlo v fevrale 1895 goda. Potom, uzhe na plastinki byili zapisanyi golosa ne tolko Lva Tolstogo, no i Valeriya Bryusova, Leonida Andreeva, Ivana Bunina i drugih poetov i pisateley.V 1918 godu v Petrograde byil organizovan Institut zhivogo slova. Issledovanie avtorskogo chteniya na materiale fonograficheskih zapisey vel professor S.I.

  • Tommy's War: The Western Front in Soldiers' Words (






UNABRIDGED) by Richard van Emden Narrated by Richard Dadd

    Tommy's War: The Western Front in Soldiers' Words

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    • By Richard van Emden
    • Narrated By Richard Dadd
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    Conventional histories of the Great War have tended to focus on the terrible attritional battles of Ypres, of Arras and of the Somme. What they do not tell us is what life was like for the ordinary soldier, what mattered to him, and how he survived, both physically and mentally. Now for the first time, one of Britain's leading military historians, Richard van Emden tells the story of the Great War exclusively through the words and images of soldiers on the ground.

  • Breve Storia di Napoleone Bonaparte vol.2 audiolibro: Campagne d’Italia e d’Egitto: [Short History of Napoleon Bonaparte vol.2: Italian and Egyptian Campaign] (






UNABRIDGED) by Francesco De Vito Narrated by Lorenzo Visi

    Breve Storia di Napoleone Bonaparte vol.2 audiolibro: Campagne d’Italia e d’Egitto: [Short History of Napoleon Bonaparte vol.2: Italian and Egyptian Campaign]

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Francesco De Vito
    • Narrated By Lorenzo Visi
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    Nel secondo volume della serie “Breve Storia di Napoleone Bonaparte” si ripercorrono le tappe fondamentali delle due campagne militari che portarono al successo del giovane comandate francese e alla creazione del suo mito. Nella campagna d’Italia, combattuta tra il 1796-1797, Napoleone dimostrò abili capacità strategiche e grandi doti condottiere.

  • Children of the Mill: True Stories from Quarry Bank (






UNABRIDGED) by David Hanson Narrated by John Lightbody

    Children of the Mill: True Stories from Quarry Bank

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    • By David Hanson
    • Narrated By John Lightbody
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    The Mill - set in early 19th-century Cheshire - was Channel 4's biggest drama launch of 2013, and captivated viewers with the tales of the lives of the young girls and boys in a northern mill. Focusing on the apprentices at Quarry Bank Mill, David Hanson's book uses a wealth of first-person source material including letters, diaries, and mill records, to tell the stories of the children who lived and worked at Quarry Bank throughout the 19th century.

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  • Secret Lives of the Tsars: Three Centuries of Autocracy, Debauchery, Betrayal, Murder, and Madness from Romanov Russia (






UNABRIDGED) by Michael Farquhar Narrated by Enn Reitel

    Secret Lives of the Tsars: Three Centuries of Autocracy, Debauchery, Betrayal, Murder, and Madness from Romanov Russia

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    • By Michael Farquhar
    • Narrated By Enn Reitel
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    Scandal! Intrigue! Cossacks! Here the world's most engaging royal historian chronicles the world's most fascinating imperial dynasty: the Romanovs, whose 300-year reign was remarkable for its shocking violence, spectacular excess, and unimaginable venality. In this incredibly entertaining history, Michael Farquhar collects the best, most captivating true tales of Romanov iniquity. Secret Lives of the Tsars captures all the splendor and infamy that was Imperial Russia.

    Daniel Burgon says: "A good introduction to the Romanovs"
  • To the Shores of Antarctica [Russian Edition] (






ABRIDGED) by Georgy Kublitsky Narrated by Mikhail Bolduman, Evgeny Samojlov, Ivan Kudryavtsev, Yakov Smolensky, Rostislav Plyatt, Alexey Kubatsky, Georgy Vitsin

    To the Shores of Antarctica [Russian Edition]

    • ABRIDGED (57 mins)
    • By Georgy Kublitsky
    • Narrated By Mikhail Bolduman, Evgeny Samojlov, Ivan Kudryavtsev, and others
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    Jekspedicii Bellinsgauzena i Lazareva sovershila odno iz samyh znachitel'nyh geograficheskih issledovanij. Za vremja plavanija suda oboshli vokrug vsego antarkticheskogo materika. Byli otkryty i naneseny na kartu desjatki novyh ostrovov, sobrany unikal'nye estestvenno-nauchnaja i jetnograficheskaja kollekcii, sdelany prevoshodnye zarisovki vidov Antarktiki i obitajushhih tam zhivotnyh.

  • Chasing Venus (






UNABRIDGED) by Andrea Wulf Narrated by Robin Sachs

    Chasing Venus

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    • By Andrea Wulf
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
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    On a summer's day in June 1761, astronomers all over the world cast their eyes to the sky to witness a rare astronomical event: the transit of Venus across the face of the sun. It was one of the most important collaborations of scientific history, as by racing to different points around the world and comparing results, these men hoped to unlock the key to one of the most pressing questions of the Enlightenment: the distance between the Earth and the sun, which would allow them to calculate the dimensions of our solar system.

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