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Nancy

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  • The Pope Who Quit: A True Medieval Tale of Mystery, Death and Salvation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jon M. Sweeney
    • Narrated By Jon M. Sweeney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    At the close of the tumultuous Middle Ages, there lived a man who seemed destined from birth to save the world. His name was Peter Morrone, a hermit, founder of a religious order, and depending on to whom you talk, a reformer, an instigator, a prophet, a coward, a saint, and possibly the victim of murder. A stroke of fate would, practically overnight, transform this humble servant of God into the most powerful man in the Catholic Church.

    Ambrose says: "Not Terribly Remarkable"
    "Popes in the News"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    With the election of Pope Francis the First and the abdication of Pope Benedict, this book is truly timely.
    I had it in my library before Pope Benedict made his announcement to resign. I immediately listened again.


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  • King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Adam Hochschild
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    Overall
    (224)
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    (154)
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    In the late 1890s, Edmund Dene Morel, a young British shipping company agent, noticed something strange about the cargoes of his company's ships as they arrived from and departed for the Congo. Incoming ships were crammed with valuable ivory and rubber. Outbound ships carried little more than soldiers and firearms. Correctly concluding that only slave labor could account for these cargoes, Morel almost singlehandedly made this slave-labor regime the premier human rights story in the world.

    Edith says: "Fascinating"
    "Shameful History You Probably Didn't Know About"
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    This is a fascinating book about the mind of a European monarch who supported one of the cruelest colonizations in history. The absolute brutalization of the Congo has been hidden from most of us. Who studies Belgian history in the US?If you want to begin to understand modern African politics, you have to read this book. Well worth listening to.


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