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  • A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier | Ishmael Beah

    A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ishmael Beah
    • Narrated By Ishmael Beah
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    This is how wars are fought now by children, hopped up on drugs, and wielding AK-47s. In the more than 50 violent conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated that there are some 300,000 child soldiers. Ishmael Beah used to be one of them. How does one become a killer? How does one stop? Child soldiers have been profiled by journalists, and novelists have struggled to imagine their lives. But it is rare to find a first-person account from someone who endured this hell and survived. In A Long Way Gone, Beah, now 26 years old, tells a riveting story in his own words: how, at the age of 12, he fled attacking rebels and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence.

    B. Bunt says: "Author's voice"
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: A George Smiley Novel | John le Carré

    Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: A George Smiley Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
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    The man he knew as "Control" is dead, and the young Turks who forced him out now run the Circus. But George Smiley isn't quite ready for retirement-especially when a pretty, would-be defector surfaces with a shocking accusation: a Soviet mole has penetrated the highest level of British Intelligence. Relying only on his wits and a small, loyal cadre, Smiley recognizes the hand of Karla - his Moscow Centre nemesis - and sets a trap to catch the traitor.

    carl801 says: "Le Carre remains the gold standard"
  • Ghost Soldiers | Hampton Sides

    Ghost Soldiers

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Hampton Sides
    • Narrated By James Naughton
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    At once a gripping depiction of men at war and a compelling story of redemption, Ghost Soldiers joins such landmark works as Flags of Our Fathers and The Greatest Generation Speaks in preserving the legacy of World War II for future generations.

    Jesse says: "Beautifully written"
  • Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War | Karen Abbott

    Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Karen Abbott
    • Narrated By Karen White
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    Karen Abbott illuminates one of the most fascinating yet little-known aspects of the Civil War: The stories of four courageous women - a socialite, a farmgirl, an abolitionist, and a widow - who were spies. After shooting a Union soldier in her front hall with a pocket pistol, Belle Boyd became a courier and spy for the Confederate army, using her charms to seduce men on both sides. Emma Edmonds cut off her hair and assumed the identity of a man to enlist as a Union private, witnessing the bloodiest battles of the Civil War.

    Sheesha says: "Shockingly Bad Narrator"
  • Soldier's Heart: Being the Story of the Enlistment and Due Service of the Boy Charley Goddard in the First Minnesota Volunteers | Gary Paulsen

    Soldier's Heart: Being the Story of the Enlistment and Due Service of the Boy Charley Goddard in the First Minnesota Volunteers

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 39 mins)
    • By Gary Paulsen
    • Narrated By George Wendt
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    Gary Paulsen introduces readers to Charley Goddard in his latest novel, Soldier's Heart. Charley goes to war a boy, and returns a changed man, crippled by what he has seen. In this captivating tale Paulsen vividly shows readers the turmoil of war through one boy's eyes and one boy's heart, and gives a voice to all the anonymous young men who fought in the Civil War.

    Don Poss says: "Not all wounds are visible"
  • Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of US Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan | Doug Stanton

    Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of US Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Doug Stanton
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
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    From the New York Times best-selling author of In Harm’s Way comes a true-life story of American soldiers overcoming great odds to achieve a stunning military victory. Horse Soldiers is the dramatic account of a small band of Special Forces soldiers who secretly entered Afghanistan following 9/11 and rode to war against the Taliban on horses. Outnumbered 40 to 1, they pursued the enemy army across the mountainous Afghanistan terrain and, after a series of intense battles, captured the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, which was strategically essential to defeat their opponent throughout the country.

    NOKWISA says: "Wild Ride"
  • Summer of My German Soldier | Bette Greene

    Summer of My German Soldier

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Bette Greene
    • Narrated By Dale Dickey
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    The summer that Patty Bergen turns twelve is a summer that will haunt her forever. When her small hometown in Arkansas becomes the site of a camp housing German prisoners during World War II, Patty learns what it means to open her heart. Even though she’s Jewish, she begins to see a prison escapee, Anton, not as a Nazi, but as a lonely, frightened young man. As their gentle friendship blossoms, Patty experiences a kind of love she never felt from her abusive father or her distant mother.

  • Dog Soldiers | Robert Stone

    Dog Soldiers

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Robert Stone
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
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    In Saigon during the waning days of the Vietnam War, a small-time journalist named John Converse thinks he'll find action - and profit - by getting involved in a big-time drug deal. But back in the States, things go horribly wrong for him. Dog Soldiers perfectly captures the underground mood of America in the 1970s, when amateur drug dealers and hippies encountered profiteering cops and professional killers - and the price of survival was dangerously high.

    gnudung says: "intense narrative of a dark and complex time"
  • The Soldier Spies: A Men at War Novel, Book 3 | W. E. B. Griffin

    The Soldier Spies: A Men at War Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
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    It is November 1942. War is raging in Europe. The invasion of North Africa has begun. In Washington, OSS chief William J. Donovan finds himself fighting a rear-guard battle against an unexpected enemy: the rival intelligence chiefs back home. In Morocco, Second Lieutenant Eric Fulmar waits in the desert for a car containing two top-level defectors - or will it be full of SS men instead? In England, Major Richard Canidy gets the mission of his life: to penetrate into the heart of Germany and bring out the man with the secret of the jet engine, before the Germans grab hold of him first.

    Brett Daley says: "Good book, terrible narration!"
  • Citizen Soldiers: The U.S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany | Stephen E. Ambrose

    Citizen Soldiers: The U.S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen E. Ambrose
    • Narrated By George Wilson
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    A masterful biography of the U.S. Army in the European Theater of Operations during World War II, Citizen Soldiers provides a compelling account of the extraordinary stories of ordinary men in their fight for democracy. From the high command on down to the enlisted men, Stephen E. Ambrose draws on hundreds of interviews and oral histories from men on both sides who were there.

    Jeremy says: "Required reading, excellent narration"
  • Soldier Dogs: The Untold Story of America’s Canine Heroes | Maria Goodavage

    Soldier Dogs: The Untold Story of America’s Canine Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Maria Goodavage
    • Narrated By Nicole Vilencia
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    A leading dog-blogger offers a tour of military working dogs' extraordinary training, heroic accomplishments, and the lasting impacts they have on those who work with them. Maria Goodavage here tells heartwarming stories of modern soldier dogs and the amazing bonds that develop between them and their handlers. Beyond tales of training, operations, retirement, and adoption into the families of fallen soldiers, Goodavage talks to leading dog-cognition experts about why dogs like nothing more than to be on a mission with a handler they trust.

    Shea says: "Detailed and heart wrenching at times."
  • A Soldier of the Great War | Mark Helprin

    A Soldier of the Great War

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Mark Helprin
    • Narrated By David Colacci
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    On his last long walk, septuagenarian war hero, deserter, and professor Alessandro Giuliani shares his past with an illiterate young factory worker, spinning a remarkable tale of heart-stopping escapes, of loves unrequited and won, of madmen, dwarfs, and mafiosi. But overshadowing all is his most miraculous and terrible adventure, the Great War: a surreal parade of horrors that devastated and defined Alessandro, yet enabled him to experience fully the magic and beauty of the absurd human comedy called life.

    Stuart says: "Painting with words"
  • Highland Soldiers 1: The Enemy | J.L. Jarvis

    Highland Soldiers 1: The Enemy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By J.L. Jarvis
    • Narrated By Jeff Leslie
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    Highland soldier Callum MacDonell battled lowland Covenanters at the service of the king. Now charged with hunting an assassin, his journey would lead not to justice but to a murderer's passionate Covenanter sister, Mari McEwan. Betrayed and abandoned by the man she loved, Mari faced judgment by a tribunal of her people, demanding she name the father of her unborn child or be exiled from everything she knows.

    Judy Peterson says: "Catches your interest at the very start!"
  • The Diary of a Napoleonic Foot Soldier | Jakob Walter

    The Diary of a Napoleonic Foot Soldier

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jakob Walter
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
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    Napoleon’s surrender and retreat from Moscow in 1812 is a pinnacle of military horror. Of the 600,000 men who crossed into Russia in June of 1812, only 25,000 would survive. Jakob Walter, a conscript soldier, was one of those survivors. His observant diary captures the everyday circumstances that soldiers suffered during the campaign.

    Neil says: "An Extraordinary account of Survival during War"
  • The Good Soldiers | David Finkel

    The Good Soldiers

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David Finkel
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
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    It was the last-chance moment of the war. In January 2007, President George W. Bush announced a new strategy for Iraq. He called it "the surge". "Many listening tonight will ask why this effort will succeed when previous operations to secure Baghdad did not. Well, here are the differences," he told a skeptical nation. Among those listening were the young, optimistic Army infantry soldiers of the 2-16, the battalion nicknamed the Rangers.

    Candy says: "This book is amazing, but brutal"
  • One Soldier's War | Arkady Babchenko,Nick Allen - translator

    One Soldier's War

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Arkady Babchenko, Nick Allen - translator
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
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    In 1995, Arkady Babchenko was an 18-year-old law student in Moscow when he was drafted into the Russian army and sent to Chechnya. It was the beginning of a torturous journey from naïve conscript to hardened soldier that took Babchenko from the front lines of the first Chechen War in 1995 to the second in 1999. He fought in major cities and tiny hamlets, from the bombed-out streets of Grozny to anonymous mountain villages.

    rich says: "Join the Ruissian Army - Live the Nightmare"
  • Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War | Helen Thorpe

    Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Helen Thorpe
    • Narrated By Donna Postel
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    Soldier Girls follows the lives of three women on their paths to the military. These women, who are quite different in every way, become friends, and we watch their interaction and also what happens when they are separated. We see their families, their lovers, their spouses, their children. We see them work extremely hard, deal with the attentions of men on base and in war zones, and struggle to stay connected to their families back home.

    Constance says: "Healing and Insightful"
  • The Good Soldier | Ford Madox Ford

    The Good Soldier

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ford Madox Ford
    • Narrated By Robert Keiper
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    The Good Soldier is a 1915 novel by English novelist Ford Madox Ford. It chronicles the tragedy of Edward Ashburnham, the soldier to whom the title refers, and his own seemingly perfect marriage and that of two American friends. The novel is told using a series of flashbacks in non-chronological order, a literary technique that formed part of Ford's pioneering view of literary impressionism. Ford employs the device of the unreliable narrator, to great effect as the main character gradually reveals a version of events that is quite different from what the introduction leads you to believe.

  • The Good Soldier | Ford Madox Ford

    The Good Soldier

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ford Madox Ford
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
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    Handsome, wealthy, and a veteran of service in India, Captain Edward Ashburnham appears to be the ideal "good soldier" and the embodiment of English upper-class virtues. But for his creator, Ford Madox Ford, he also represents the corruption at society's core. Beneath Ashburnham's charming, polished exterior lurks a soul well-versed in the arts of deception, hypocrisy, and betrayal.

    Die Falknerin says: "A tragic, dramatic classic"
  • Mythical: Stone Soldiers, Book 1 | C. E. Martin

    Mythical: Stone Soldiers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By C. E. Martin
    • Narrated By Darren Todd
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    Colonel Mark Kenslir is the last of the Cold War supersoldiers - and he's just come back from the dead. Sent to Arizona to hunt a heart-devouring shapeshifter, Colonel Kenslir and his team of supernatural-smashing soldiers thought it was just another mission. But instead of stopping the monster's murderous rampage, Kenslir and his stone soldiers became the latest victims in a trail of carnage blazed across the southwest.

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