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  • Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly, and the Making of the Modern Middle East | Scott Anderson

    Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly, and the Making of the Modern Middle East

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Scott Anderson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
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    Based on four years of intensive primary document research, Lawrence in Arabiadefinitively overturns received wisdom on how the modern Middle East was formed. Sweeping in its action, keen in its portraiture, acid in its condemnation of the destruction wrought by European colonial plots, this is a book that brilliantly captures the way in which the folly of the past creates the anguish of the present.

    Charles Fred Smith says: "The "Real" Story"
  • Dead Man's Folly: A Hercule Poirot Mystery | Agatha Christie

    Dead Man's Folly: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By David Suchet
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    Whilst organising a mock murder hunt for the village fete hosted by Sir George and Lady Stubbs, a feeling of dread settles on the famous crime novelist Adriane Oliver. Call it instinct, but it's a feeling she just can't explain...or get away from. In desperation she summons her old friend, Hercule Poirot - and her instincts are soon proved correct when the "pretend" murder victim is discovered playing the scene for real, a rope wrapped tightly around her neck.

    Lydia says: "If only sachet hadn't narrated it!"
  • My Sweet Folly | Laura Kinsale

    My Sweet Folly

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
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    Through their innocent correspondence, a lonely young wife grows to love an imaginary man thousands of miles away. But when he returns to England from India, her idea of reality is turned upside down. Drawn from a safe world of tea and parlor chat into madness and mystery, she cannot find her own cherished Robert in the frightening stranger who claims her love. Laura Kinsale personally chose the exceptional talent of Nicholas Boulton to voice her favorite heroine, sweet, witty Folie with her ferret, Toot.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Delightful Journey of Romance vs Reality"
  • FDR's Folly: How Roosevelt and His New Deal Prolonged the Great Depression | Jim Powell

    FDR's Folly: How Roosevelt and His New Deal Prolonged the Great Depression

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jim Powell
    • Narrated By William Hughes
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    In the minds of historians and the American public alike, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was one of our greatest presidents, not least because he supposedly saved America from the Great Depression. But as historian Jim Powell reveals in this groundbreaking book, Roosevelt's New Deal policies actually prolonged and exacerbated the economic disaster.

    David says: "Very Important"
  • On Folly Beach | Karen White

    On Folly Beach

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    • By Karen White
    • Narrated By Lyssa Browne
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    Folly Beach, South Carolina, has survived despite hurricanes and war. But it's the personal battles of Folly Beach's residents that have left the most scars, and they are why a young widow has been beckoned there to heal her own. To most people, Folly Beach is simply the last barrier island before reaching the great Atlantic. To some, it's a sanctuary for lost souls, which is why Emmy Hamilton's mother encourages her to buy a local bookstore, Folly's Finds, hoping it will distract Emmy from the loss of her husband.

    L. Persyn says: "You won't want to get out of your car"
  • The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam | Barbara W. Tuchman

    The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
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    In The March of Folly, two-time Pulitzer Prize winning historian Barbara Tuchman tackles the pervasive presence of folly in governments through the ages. Defining folly as the pursuit by governments of policies contrary to their own interests, despite the availability of feasible alternatives, Tuchman details four decisive turning points in history that illustrate the very heights of folly in government.

    peter says: "No stone left unturned"
  • Thale's Folly | Dorothy Gilman

    Thale's Folly

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated By John McDonough
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    Andrew Thale is not exactly thrilled when his overbearing father sends him on an errand to assess the property inherited from an eccentric aunt. Andrew is intrigued though, when he finds the house fully occupied. Its odd and interesting residents have a calming effect on him, especially the beautiful young woman named Tarragon. But his arrival seems to have set a series of mysterious events into motion. Narrator John McDonough’s engaging performance lets you share in the excitement and camaraderie.

    Rebekah says: "Excellent Story and Narration!"
  • This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly | Carmen Reinhart,Kenneth Rogoff

    This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Carmen Reinhart, Kenneth Rogoff
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
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    Throughout history, rich and poor countries alike have been lending, borrowing, crashing - and recovering -their way through an extraordinary range of financial crises. Each time, the experts have chimed, "this time is different" - claiming that the old rules of valuation no longer apply and that the new situation bears little similarity to past disasters. This book proves that premise wrong.

    D. Littman says: "necessary piece to understand the current crisis"
  • Folly Beach: A Lowcountry Tale | Dorothea Benton Frank

    Folly Beach: A Lowcountry Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Dorothea Benton Frank
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
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    Folly Beach is the land of Cate Cooper's childhood, the place where all the ghosts of her past roam freely. Cate never thought she'd wind up in a tiny cottage on this breathtakingly lovely strip of coast. But circumstances have changed, leaving Cate homeless, broke, and unmoored. Yet Folly Beach holds more than just memories. Once upon a time another woman found unexpected bliss and comfort within its welcoming arms. An artist, writer, and colleague of the revered George Gershwin, Dorothy Heyward enjoyed the greatest moments of her life at Folly....

    Stachowski says: "could not finish it.."
  • Folly and Glory: Volume 4 of The Berrybender Narratives | Larry McMurtry

    Folly and Glory: Volume 4 of The Berrybender Narratives

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    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina
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    In the final volume of The Berrybender Narratives, Tasmin and her family are under arrest in Mexican Santa Fe. Tasmin, who would once have followed her husband anywhere, is no longer even sure she likes him, or where to go next. Captain Clark, of Lewis and Clark fame, is puzzled by the great changes sweeping over the West, replacing red men and buffalo with towns and farms.

    morebooks99 says: "Great story, great characters"
  • Sir Philip's Folly: The Poor Relation, Book 4 | M. C. Beaton,Marion Chesney

    Sir Philip's Folly: The Poor Relation, Book 4

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    • By M. C. Beaton, Marion Chesney
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    Just when everything at the Poor Relation Hotel seems to be running smoothly, Sir Philip brings in another poor relation, Mrs. Budge. When Sir Philip presents his paramour, Lady Fortescue swears great oaths and says the woman is probably related to half the costermongers in London and certainly does not possess one rich relative. Mrs. Budge does nothing but eat all day and refused to do any work around the hotel. Worst of all, Miss Tonks seems to be taking the romance between Sir Philip and Mrs. Budge quite hard.

    Marie says: "Another worthy read in this marvelous series"
  • Lieberman's Folly: The Abe Lieberman Mysteries, Book 1 | Stuart M. Kaminsky

    Lieberman's Folly: The Abe Lieberman Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
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    A pair of cops hunt the killer of the most beautiful hooker on Chicago’s North Side. On a blistering Chicago afternoon, the Cubs are winning and Abe Lieberman is waiting to meet a prostitute. This mild-mannered old police detective still has a few tricks up his sleeves - and one of them is named Estralda Valdez. One of the city’s loveliest women of the night, she is Lieberman’s most prized confidential informant, and she needs help with a psychotic john. Though they suspect she’s only paranoid, Lieberman and his partner, Bill Hanrahan, agree to watch Valdez’s back.

    Clarence says: "Wow. "
  • Flinx's Folly: A Pip and Flinx Novel | Alan Dean Foster

    Flinx's Folly: A Pip and Flinx Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Alan Dean Foster
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
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    New York Times best-selling author Alan Dean Foster delivers the eagerly awaited new Pip and Flinx novel featuring a certain twenty-four-year-old with red hair, growing powers, and a loyal sidekick who just happens to be a flying mini-dragon. Sure to delight longtime fans and win new ones, Flinx's Folly follows Flinx on a thrilling quest to unravel the mysteries of his mind and body. It is a quest that forces him to confront a horror almost beyond human comprehension.

    Jade says: "More Pip & Flinx please!!!"
  • Profiles in Folly: History's Worst Decisions and Why They Went Wrong | Alan Axelrod

    Profiles in Folly: History's Worst Decisions and Why They Went Wrong

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    • By Alan Axelrod
    • Narrated By Scott Peterson
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    Although Axelrod investigates some dumb decisions by stupid people and some evil decisions by evil people, the overwhelming majority of these decisions were made by good, smart people whose poor judgment produced disastrous, often irreversible results. The 35 compelling and often poignant stories range from ancient times to today.

    Joseph says: "Worthless"
  • Great Britain's Great War: A Sympathetic History of Our Gravest Folly | Jeremy Paxman

    Great Britain's Great War: A Sympathetic History of Our Gravest Folly

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jeremy Paxman
    • Narrated By Roy McMillan, Jeremy Paxman
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    Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Jeremy Paxman's Great Britain's Great War. Read by the actor Roy McMillan, this magnificent history of the First World War tells the story of the war in one gripping narrative from the point of view of the British people. We may think we know about it, but what was life really like for the British people during the First World War?

  • August Folly | Angela Thirkell

    August Folly

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Angela Thirkell
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
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    In August Folly, the village of Worsted is staging Hippolytus. Inevitably, the most absurd romances bloom. Boorish young Richard Tebben, just down from Oxford, falls in love with Mrs. Dean, mother of nine, whose oldest son loves Richard's sister, who in turn loves another. And round and round it goes. Amidst a series of comic catastrophes, everyone manages to redeem themselves.

    Marina says: "Gentle, frivolous, funny"
  • The Brooklyn Follies | Paul Auster

    The Brooklyn Follies

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    • By Paul Auster
    • Narrated By Paul Auster
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    Nathan Glass has come to Brooklyn to die. Divorced, estranged from his only daughter, the retired life insurance salesman seeks only solitude and anonymity. Then Nathan finds his long-lost nephew, Tom Wood, working in a local bookstore, a far cry from the brilliant academic career he'd begun when Nathan saw him last. Tom's boss is the charismatic Harry Brightman, whom fate has also brought to the "ancient kingdom of Brooklyn, New York".

    Roni says: "Brooklyn IS Still the World"
  • Chains of Folly: A Magdalene la Batarde Mystery, Book 4 | Roberta Gellis

    Chains of Folly: A Magdalene la Batarde Mystery, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Roberta Gellis
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
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    That Nelda Roundheels had been murdered would have been of little interest to anyone - except that her body turned up in the bishop of Winchester's bedchamber with a letter to the bishop, from the king's most important enemy, rolled up in her breastband. The bishop and his knight, Sir Bellamy of Itchen, realize immediately that the purpose of putting the body in Winchester's bedchamber is to embarrass and discredit the bishop. And the reason for this attack on Winchester is his calling of a convocation to chastise the king for acting high-handedly against the bishop of Salisbury.

    lisa says: "My First Audible Return...."
  • Arsenals of Folly | Richard Rhodes

    Arsenals of Folly

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Richard Rhodes
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
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    In a narrative that moves like a thriller, Rhodes sheds light on the Reagan administration's unprecedented arms buildup in the early 1980s, as well as the arms-reduction campaign that followed, and Reagan's famous 1986 summit meeting with Gorbachev. Rhodes' detailed exploration of events of this time constitutes a prehistory of the neoconservatives. The story is new, compelling, and continually surprising - a revelatory re-creation of a hugely important era of our recent history.

    Thomas says: "overall outstanding"
  • To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism | Evgeny Morozov

    To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism

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    • By Evgeny Morozov
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
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    In the very near future, smart “technologies and big data” will allow us to make large-scale and sophisticated interventions in politics, culture, and everyday life. Technology will allow us to solve problems in highly original ways and create new incentives to get more people to do the right thing. But how will such “solutionism” affect our society, once deeply political, moral, and irresolvable dilemmas are recast as uncontroversial and easily manageable matters of technological efficiency?

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