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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 Carre

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

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John le Carre
    • 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"
  • 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.

    Frances says: "Wild Ride"
  • Gone for Soldiers | Jeff Shaara

    Gone for Soldiers

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jeff Shaara
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
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    In vivid, brilliant fiction that illuminates the dark psychology of soldiers, Jeff Shaara brings to life the familiar characters, stunning triumphs, and soul-crushing defeats of the fascinating, long-forgotten Mexican-American War.

    Henry F. Ward says: "History through the eyes of individuals"
  • 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"
  • Renegade's Magic: Book Three of the Soldier Son Trilogy | Robin Hobb

    Renegade's Magic: Book Three of the Soldier Son Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By John Keating
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    Robin Hobb's thrilling Soldier Son trilogy comes to its conclusion in Renegade's Magic. Nevare Burvelle stands accused of a host of heinous crimes, including murder. And he remains under the thrall of the Speck magic that twists his psyche into a ruthless alter-ego. But all is not lost. Perhaps if he asserts control of this other self, he will emerge transformed and triumphant.

    Jaime says: "Epic. Need I say more?"
  • The Good Soldier Svejk | Jaroslav Hasek

    The Good Soldier Svejk

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jaroslav Hasek
    • Narrated By David Horovitch
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    A soldier in the First World War who never actually sees any combat, Josef Svejk is the awkward protagonist - and none of the other characters can quite decide whether his bumbling efforts to get to the front are genuine or not. Often portrayed as one of the first anti-war novels, Hasek's classic satire is a tour-de-force of modernist writing, influencing later writers such as Hemingway, Faulkner and Joseph Heller.

    Virginia says: "Satirical and Amusing"
  • 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"
  • 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.

  • Star Soldier: Doom Star, Book 1 | Vaughn Heppner

    Star Soldier: Doom Star, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Vaughn Heppner
    • Narrated By Ely Miles
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    It’s survival of the fittest in a brutal war of extinction! Created in the gene labs as super soldiers, the Highborn decide to replace the obsolete Homo sapiens. They pirate the Doom Stars and capture the Sun Works Ring around Mercury. Now they rain asteroids, orbital fighters and nine-foot tall drop troops onto Earth in a relentless tide of conquest. Marten Kluge is on the receiving end. Hounded by Thought Police, he lives like an ant in a kilometer-deep city.

    Taylor says: "Good book and the series only gets better!"
  • The Secret Soldier | Alex Berenson

    The Secret Soldier

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alex Berenson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    John Wells may have left the CIA, but it hasn't left him. A mysterious call brings a surprise meeting with the aged monarch of Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah. "My kingdom is on a precipice," he tells Wells. "Powerful factions are plotting against me, and my own family is in danger. I don't know who I can trust, but I'm told I can trust you."

    Book and Movie Lover says: "Curses! Islamists foiled again!"
  • Night Soldiers | Alan Furst

    Night Soldiers

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    Widely recognized as the master of the historical spy novel, New York Times best-selling author Alan Furst takes listeners back to the early days of World War II for a dramatic novel of intrigue and suspense.

    Theresa says: "Chilling..Fantastic"
  • Soldier of Rome: The Legionary Book One of the Artorian Chronicles | James Mace

    Soldier of Rome: The Legionary Book One of the Artorian Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By James Mace
    • Narrated By Nigel Patterson
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    In the year A.D. 9, three Roman Legions under Quintilius Varus were betrayed by the Germanic war chief, Arminius, and destroyed in the forest known as Teutoburger Wald. Six years later Rome is finally ready to unleash her vengeance on the barbarians. The Emperor Tiberius has sent his adopted son, Germanicus Caesar, into Germania with an army of forty-thousand legionaries. The come not on a mission of conquest, but one of annihilation. With them is a young legionary named Artorius.

    A. Kessel says: "Forget Gladiator."
  • Tommy's War: The Western Front in Soldiers' Words | Richard van Emden

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

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • 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.

  • 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"
  • Chosen Soldier: The Making of a Special Forces Warrior | Dick Couch

    Chosen Soldier: The Making of a Special Forces Warrior

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Dick Couch
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
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    In combating terror, America can no longer depend on its conventional military superiority and the use of sophisticated technology. More than ever, we need men like those of the Army Special Forces---the legendary Green Berets. In Chosen Soldier, Dick Couch draws on nearly a year spent at Special Forces training facilities and offers an unprecedented view of the education of these men.

    Michael says: "Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Green Beret"
  • 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.

  • Foreign Correspondent | Alan Furst

    Foreign Correspondent

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    An underground newspaper reporter becomes the target of a European spy web in the looming shadow of WWII Paris in this heart-pounding thriller from the master of international intrigue, Alan Furst.

    Molly says: "A good listen"
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Dramatised) | John le Carre

    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John le Carre
    • Narrated By Simon Russell Beale, Anna Chancellor, Alex Jennings, and others
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    Smiley, wrestling with retirement and disillusionment, is summoned to a secret meeting with a member of the Cabinet Office. Evidence has emerged that the Circus has been infiltrated at the highest level by a Russian agent. 'Find the mole, George. Clean the stables. Do whatever is necessary.' Reluctantly Smiley agrees, and so embarks on a dark journey into his past a past filled with love, duplicity and betrayal.

    lynn says: "Atmospheric, powerful production"
  • American Desperado: My Life - From Mafia Soldier to Cocaine Cowboy to Secret Government Asset | Jon Roberts,Evan Wright

    American Desperado: My Life - From Mafia Soldier to Cocaine Cowboy to Secret Government Asset

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jon Roberts, Evan Wright
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
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    In 2008 veteran journalist Evan Wright, acclaimed for his New York Times best-selling book Generation Kill and co-writer of the Emmy-winning HBO series it spawned, began a series of conversations with super-criminal Jon Roberts, star of the fabulously successful documentary Cocaine Cowboys. Those conversations would last three years, during which time Wright came to realize that Roberts was much more than the de-facto “transportation chief” of the Medellin Cartel during the 1980s, much more than a facilitator of a national drug epidemic.

    aaron says: "BEST First Person (realistic) Criminal Account"
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