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  • An Edible History of Humanity | Tom Standage

    An Edible History of Humanity

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tom Standage
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
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    Throughout history, food has acted as a catalyst of social change, political organization, geopolitical competition, industrial development, military conflict, and economic expansion. An Edible History of Humanity is a pithy, entertaining account of how a series of changes---caused, enabled, or influenced by food---has helped to shape and transform societies around the world.

    Eric says: "A big heaping feast of history"
  • A History of the World in 6 Glasses | Tom Standage

    A History of the World in 6 Glasses

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tom Standage
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
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    Throughout human history, certain drinks have done much more than just quench thirst. As Tom Standage relates with authority and charm, six of them have had a surprisingly pervasive influence on the course of history, becoming the defining drink during a pivotal historical period. A History of the World in 6 Glasses tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the 21st century through the lens of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola.

    Stoker says: "Fun and Informative"
  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History | Thomas E. Woods

    The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Thomas E. Woods
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
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    Everything, well, almost everything, you know about American history is wrong because most textbooks and popular history books are written by left-wing academic historians who treat their biases as fact. But fear not; Professor Thomas Woods refutes the popular myths in The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History.

    Gary says: "Informative, thoughtful, eye opening and funny."
  • The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling | Henry Fielding

    The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Henry Fielding
    • Narrated By Kenneth Danzinger
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    A foundling of mysterious parentage, Tom Jones is brought up by the benevolent and wealthy Squire Allworthy as his own son. Tom falls in love with the beautiful and unattainable Sophia Western, a neighbor’s daughter, whose marriage has already been arranged. When Tom’s sexual misadventures around the countryside get him banished, he sets out to make his fortune and find his true identity.

    Elizabeth says: "Well read, many accents, older recording"
  • If Kennedy Lived: The First and Second Terms of President John F. Kennedy: An Alternate History | Jeff Greenfield

    If Kennedy Lived: The First and Second Terms of President John F. Kennedy: An Alternate History

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jeff Greenfield
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
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    Based on memoirs, histories, oral histories, fresh reporting, and his own knowledge of the players, the audiobook looked at the tiny hinges of history - and the extraordinary changes that would have resulted if they had gone another way. Now he presents his most compelling narrative of all about the historical event that has riveted us for fifty years. What if Kennedy were not killed that fateful day? What would the 1964 campaign have looked like? Would changes have been made to the ticket?

    brian says: "Another great Alternate History pick."
  • Tom Jones: The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling | Henry Fielding

    Tom Jones: The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Henry Fielding
    • Narrated By Bill Homewood
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    Tom Jones, a foundling, is brought up by the kindly Mr. Allworthy as if he were his own son. Forced to leave the house as a young man after tales of his disgraceful behavior reach his benefactor's ears, he sets out in utter despair, not only because of his banishment but because he has now lost all hope of gaining the hand of the beautiful Sophia. But she too is forced to flee her parental home to escape an undesirable marriage and their stories and adventures intertwine.

    tom says: "terrific story BUT"
  • God's Bankers: A History of Money and Power at the Vatican | Gerald Posner

    God's Bankers: A History of Money and Power at the Vatican

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Gerald Posner
    • Narrated By Tom Parks
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    From a master chronicler of legal and financial misconduct, a magnificent investigation nine years in the making, this book traces the political intrigue and inner workings of the Catholic Church. Decidedly not about faith, belief in God, or religious doctrine, this audiobook is about the church's accumulation of wealth and its byzantine entanglements with financial markets across the world.

    William says: "What am Eye-Opener!"
  • A New History of Life: The Radical New Discoveries About the Origins and Evolution of Life on Earth | Peter Ward,Joe Kirschvink

    A New History of Life: The Radical New Discoveries About the Origins and Evolution of Life on Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Peter Ward, Joe Kirschvink
    • Narrated By Tom Parks
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    In their latest audiobook, Joe Kirschvink and Peter Ward will show that many of our most cherished beliefs about the evolution of life are wrong. Gathering and analyzing years of discoveries and research not yet widely known to the public, A New History of Life proposes a different origin of species than the one Darwin proposed, one which includes eight-foot-long centipedes, a frozen snowball Earth, and the seeds for life originating on Mars.

  • The Modern Scholar: The Lost Warriors of God: The True History of the Knights Templar | Thomas F. Madden

    The Modern Scholar: The Lost Warriors of God: The True History of the Knights Templar

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Thomas F. Madden
    • Narrated By Thomas F. Madden
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    Professor Thomas F. Madden is a widely published author and the director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Saint Louis University. In The Lost Warriors of God, Madden examines one of the most fascinating organizations in world history: the Knights Templar, whose members gave up home, family, and worldly possessions to defend the Holy Land and the Christian pilgrims who journeyed there.

    LH says: "Amazing and TRUE! No more conspiracy theories."
  • The Modern Scholar: A History of Venice: Queen of the Seas | Thomas F. Madden

    The Modern Scholar: A History of Venice: Queen of the Seas

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Thomas F. Madden
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    Renowned professor Thomas F. Madden focuses his expertise on what has been called the most beautiful city in the world: Venice. In these lectures, Professor Madden explains how the city on the lagoon was established by refugees escaping the onslaught of northern “barbarians” invading the crumbling Roman Empire. Through its history, Venice housed the world’s leading merchants, thrived as a maritime powerhouse, and developed into an independent republic not unlike the present United States.

    Bookworm says: "Absolutely fascinating"
  • A Sailor’s History of the U.S. Navy | Thomas J. Cutler

    A Sailor’s History of the U.S. Navy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Thomas J. Cutler
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
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    Adopted by the U.S. Navy for issue to all new sailors, A Sailor’s History of the U.S. Navy brings to life the events that have shaped and inspired the navy of today while highlighting the roles of all sailors—from seaman to admiral. Rather than focus entirely upon such naval icons as Stephen Decatur and Chester Nimitz, as most histories do, author Thomas J. Cutler, a retired lieutenant commander and former petty officer second class, brings to the forefront the contributions of enlisted people.

    Gilbert says: "A Sailor’s History of the U.S. Navy"
  • How the Irish Saved Civilization | Thomas Cahill

    How the Irish Saved Civilization

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Thomas Cahill
    • Narrated By Donal Donnelly
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    Thanks to Thomas Cahill, the pivotal era called the "dark ages" is brought back to vibrant life, its personages portrayed in all their seemingly contemporary humanity, its issues simply and compellingly spelled out. How the Irish Saved Civilization will change forever the way we look at our past, and ourselves.

    P says: "Fascinating book"
  • Venice: A New History | Thomas F. Madden

    Venice: A New History

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Thomas F. Madden
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
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    An extraordinary chronicle of Venice, its people, and its grandeur Thomas Madden’s majestic, sprawling history of Venice is the first full portrait of the city in English in almost thirty years. Using long-buried archival material and a wealth of newly translated documents, Madden weaves a spellbinding story of a place and its people, tracing an arc from the city’s humble origins as a lagoon refuge to its apex as a vast maritime empire and Renaissance epicenter to its rebirth as a modern tourist hub.

    Romney says: "Excellently Done"
  • An Album of Memories: Personal Histories from the Greatest Generation | Tom Brokaw

    An Album of Memories: Personal Histories from the Greatest Generation

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By Tom Brokaw
    • Narrated By Tom Brokaw, a full cast
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    "I cannot go anywhere in America without people wanting to share their wartime experiences...The stories and the lessons have emerged from long-forgotten letters home, from reunions of old buddies and outfits, from unpublished diaries and home-published memoirs...As the stories in this album of memories remind us, it truly was an American experience, from the centers of power to the most humble corners of the land." - Tom Brokaw

  • The Modern Scholar: One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic: A History of the Church in the Middle Ages | Thomas Madden

    The Modern Scholar: One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic: A History of the Church in the Middle Ages

    • ORIGINAL (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Thomas Madden
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    Renowned professor Thomas F. Madden turns his scholarly eye on the intrigue and politics swirling about the Medieval Church. Professor Madden explores the compelling events that shaped the culture and forever altered history, from the Monophysite Controversy to reform movements to the Inquisition, Black Death, and Great Schism.

    Steven says: "Modern Scholar Wins!"
  • The Modern Scholar: From Jesus to Christianity: A History of the Early Church | Thomas F. Madden

    The Modern Scholar: From Jesus to Christianity: A History of the Early Church

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Thomas F. Madden
    • Narrated By Thomas F. Madden
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    In the first century of its existence, Christianity was both welcomed and vilified throughout the Roman Empire. Many of Christianity's original adherents were martyred. Christians themselves practiced their religion with great diversity, linked as much to local influences as theology. Political intrigue, theological beliefs, and simple misunderstandings created a need for dialogue between the many practitioners of the growing faith.

    Jason says: "Excellent Introduction to History of Christianity"
  • What Do You Do with a Chocolate Jesus?: An Irreverent History of Christianity | Thomas Quinn

    What Do You Do with a Chocolate Jesus?: An Irreverent History of Christianity

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Thomas Quinn
    • Narrated By Thomas Quinn
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    What Do You Do with a Chocolate Jesus? is the funny and skeptical, yet genuine, exploration of the Christian history they don't teach in Sunday school. It finds humor, irony, and occasional insight amid the inconsistencies, absurdities, hypocrisies, and flat-out weirdness that too often passes for eternal truth. Like a history of religion as done by The Daily Show, it humorously explores the facts, the history, and the big ideas in an engaging and entertaining story.

    R. Schechter says: "A gem"
  • The Modern Scholar: Upon This Rock: A History of the Papacy from Peter to John Paul II | Thomas F. Madden

    The Modern Scholar: Upon This Rock: A History of the Papacy from Peter to John Paul II

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Thomas F. Madden
    • Narrated By Thomas F. Madden
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    In this compelling series of lectures, widely esteemed author and professor Thomas F. Madden illustrates how the papacy, the world's oldest institution, gave birth to the West. Since Jesus Christ instructed the foremost of his Apostles, Peter, that he would be the rock upon which Christ would build his church, the papacy has survived the rise and fall of empires while continuing to assert an undeniable influence on world events.

    Chi-Hung says: "A synthesis"
  • The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell | Mark Kurlansky

    The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
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    Before New York City was the Big Apple, it could have been called the Big Oyster. Now award-winning author Mark Kurlansky tells the remarkable story of New York by following the trajectory of one of its most fascinating inhabitants, the oyster, whose influence on the great metropolis remains unparalleled.

  • The New Concise History of the Crusades: Critical Issues in World and International History | Thomas F. Madden

    The New Concise History of the Crusades: Critical Issues in World and International History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Thomas F. Madden
    • Narrated By Claton Butcher
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    How have the crusades contributed to Islamist rage and terrorism today? Were the crusades the Christian equivalent of modern jihad? In this sweeping yet crisp history, Thomas F. Madden offers a brilliant and compelling narrative of the crusades and their contemporary relevance.

    nicholas says: "Overview of the Crusades and their Place In Histor"
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