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  • The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume I, Fort Sumter to Perryville | Shelby Foote,Ken Burns - introduction

    The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume I, Fort Sumter to Perryville

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Shelby Foote, Ken Burns - introduction
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume I begins one of the most remarkable works of history ever fashioned. All the great battles are here, of course, from Bull Run through Shiloh, the Seven Days Battles, and Antietam, but so are the smaller ones: Ball's Bluff, Fort Donelson, Pea Ridge, Island Ten, New Orleans, and Monitor versus Merrimac.

    Jeanne says: "The best"
  • The National Parks: America's Best Idea | Dayton Duncan,Ken Burns

    The National Parks: America's Best Idea

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Dayton Duncan, Ken Burns
    • Narrated By Ken Burns
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    America's national parks spring from an idea as radical as the Declaration of Independence: that the nation's most magnificent and sacred places should be preserved, not for royalty or the rich, but for everyone. In this evocative narrative, Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan delve into the history of the park idea.

    Christopher says: ""See America First", and often..."
  • Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery | Ken Burns,Dayton Duncan

    Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ken Burns, Dayton Duncan
    • Narrated By Ken Burns, Adam Arkin
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    In the spring of 1804, at the behest of President oThomas Jefferson, a party of explorers called the Corps of Discovery crossed the Mississippi River and started up the Missouri, heading west into the newly acquired Louisiana Territory.

    Thomas Saracene says: "Great!"
  • The Civil War | Geoffrey C. Ward,Ric Burns,Ken Burns

    The Civil War

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Geoffrey C. Ward, Ric Burns, Ken Burns
    • Narrated By Ken Burns
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    When the illustrated edition of The Civil War was first published, The New York Times hailed it as "a treasure for the eye and mind". Now Geoffrey Ward's magisterial work of history is available in an audio edition that interweaves the author's narrative with the voices of the men and women who lived through the cataclysmic trial of our nationhood: not just Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and Robert E. Lee but genteel Southern ladies and escaped slaves, cavalry officers and common foot soldiers who fought in Yankee blue and Rebel gray.

  • Baseball | Geoffrey C. Ward,Ken Burns

    Baseball

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Geoffrey C. Ward, Ken Burns
    • Narrated By Ken Burns
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    The authors of the acclaimed and best-selling The Civil War, Jazz, and The War turn to another uniquely American phenomenon: baseball. Geoffrey C. Ward's and Ken Burns’s moving and fascinating history of the game goes beyond stolen bases, double plays, and home runs to demonstrate how baseball has been influenced by, and has in turn influenced, American life.

    Richard says: "Just OK"
  • The National Parks: America's Best Idea | Ken Burns,Dayton Duncan

    The National Parks: America's Best Idea

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ken Burns, Dayton Duncan
    • Narrated By Ken Burns
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    The companion volume to the 12-hour PBS series from the acclaimed filmmaker behind The Civil War, Baseball, and The War. America's national parks spring from an idea as radical as the Declaration of Independence: that the nation's most magnificent and sacred places should be preserved, not for royalty or the rich, but for everyone

  • Mark Twain | Geoffrey C. Ward,Dayton Duncan,Ken Burns

    Mark Twain

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Geoffrey C. Ward, Dayton Duncan, Ken Burns
    • Narrated By Bill Meisle
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    Meet the man behind the biggest persona either side of the Mississippi, in this audio companion to the Ken Burns film of the same name. Burns, Geoffrey Ward, and Dayton Duncan pull together a treasure trove of information on the man formerly known as Samuel Clemens, using published and unpublished sources. Also, browse all Mark Twain titles.

    Tad Davis says: "A treat!"
  • Jazz: A History of America's Music | Geoffrey C. Ward,Ken Burns

    Jazz: A History of America's Music

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Geoffrey C. Ward, Ken Burns
    • Narrated By LeVar Burton
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    The story of jazz encompasses the story of American courtship and show business; the epic growth of cities, and the struggle for civil rights and simple justice that continues into the new millennium. If you haven't already, download the accompanying audio to Ken Burns' remarkable documentary!

    David says: "Captivating..."
  • The War: An Intimate History: 1941-1945 | Geoffrey C. Ward,Ken Burns

    The War: An Intimate History: 1941-1945

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Geoffrey C. Ward, Ken Burns
    • Narrated By Ken Burns, Tom Hanks, Josh Lucas, and others
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    Here is the audio companion to the magnificent seven-part PBS series. The individuals featured in this audiobook are not historians or scholars. They are ordinary men and women who experienced - and helped to win - the most devastating war in history, in which between 50 and 60 million lives were lost.

    Dan D. Dunlap says: "A must listen!"
  • Horatio's Drive | Dayton Duncan,Ken Burns

    Horatio's Drive

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dayton Duncan, Ken Burns
    • Narrated By Dayton Duncan, Ken Burns
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    In 1903 there were only 150 miles of paved roads in the entire nation and most people had never seen a "horseless buggy" - but that did not stop Horatio Nelson Jackson, a 31-year-old Vermont doctor, who impulsively bet $50 that he could drive his 20-horsepower automobile from San Francisco to New York City. Here - in Jackson's own words - is a glorious account of that months-long, problem-beset, thrilling-to-the-rattled-bones trip with his mechanic, Sewall Crocker, and a bulldog named Bud.

    C. Singer says: "Fun & Short History Lesson"
  • Maureen Dowd | Charlie Rose,Maureen Dowd,Ken Burns,Artemis Joukowsky

    Maureen Dowd

    • ORIGINAL (53 mins)
    • By Charlie Rose, Maureen Dowd, Ken Burns, and others
    • Narrated By Charlie Rose
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    Tonight on the program, a conversation with Maureen Dowd, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times.

    We conclude with filmmakers Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky, here to introduce their new documentary, "Defying the Nazis."

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