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  • To Rule the Waves: How the British Navy Shaped the Modern World | Arthur Herman

    To Rule the Waves: How the British Navy Shaped the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Arthur Herman
    • Narrated By John Curless
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    To Rule the Waves tells the extraordinary story of how the British Royal Navy allowed one nation to rise to a level of power unprecedented in history. From the navy's beginnings under Henry VIII to the age of computer warfare and special ops, historian Arthur Herman tells the spellbinding tale of great battles at sea, heroic sailors, violent conflict, and personal tragedy - of the way one mighty institution forged a nation, an empire, and a new world.

  • The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors | Dan Jones

    The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Dan Jones
    • Narrated By John Curless
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    The 15th century saw the longest and bloodiest series of civil wars in British history. The crown of England changed hands five times as two branches of the Plantagenet dynasty fought to the death for the right to rule. Now, celebrated historian Dan Jones describes how the longest reigning British royal family tore itself apart until it was finally replaced by the Tudors. Some of the greatest heroes and villains in history were thrown together in these turbulent times.

  • Gandhi & Churchill | Arthur Herman

    Gandhi & Churchill

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Arthur Herman
    • Narrated By John Curless
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    In this fast-paced epic, best-selling historian and master storyteller Arthur Herman spotlights two giants of the 20th century. Gandhi & Churchill shows how their 40-year rivalry revolutionized India and the British Empire, paving the way for a new era. Gandhi championed India's independence, Churchill the British Empire.

  • A Sense of the World | Jason Roberts

    A Sense of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jason Roberts
    • Narrated By John Curless
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    Journalist Jason Roberts has won critical praise for A Sense of the World. His biography of "the blind traveler" has been named a Best Book of the Year by numerous publications, including the Washington Post, and has been nominated for the Guardian First Book Award. Although blinded as a young Naval lieutenant, James Holman became one of the world's most prolific and observant travelers.

  • Sackett's Land: The Sacketts, Book 1 | Louis L'Amour

    Sackett's Land: The Sacketts, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated By John Curless
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    Son of a feared fighting man, Barnabas Sackett inherited his father's fiery temper, sense of justice and warrior skills. Declared an outlaw in his native England, Barnabas set his daring sights on the opportunity of the New World. The ruthless piracy of the open seas and the unknown dangers of the savage American wilderness lay before him. And so did the thrill of discovery and the chance to establish a bold new future if he survived.

  • The Walking Drum | Louis L'Amour

    The Walking Drum

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated By John Curless
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    Here is an historic adventure of extraordinary power waiting to sweep you away to exotic lands as one of the most popular writers of our time conquers new storytelling worlds. Louis L'Amour has been best known for his ability to capture the spirit and drama of the authentic American West. Here, he guides listeners to an even more distant frontier -- the enthralling lands of the 12th century.

  • To Hell and Back: Europe 1914-1949 | Ian Kershaw

    To Hell and Back: Europe 1914-1949

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Ian Kershaw
    • Narrated By John Curless
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    The European catastrophe, the long continuous period from 1914 to1949, was unprecedented in human history - an extraordinarily dramatic, often traumatic, and endlessly fascinating period of upheaval and transformation.

  • Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome's Greatest Politician | Anthony Everitt

    Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome's Greatest Politician

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Anthony Everitt
    • Narrated By John Curless
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    In this dynamic and engaging biography, Anthony Everitt plunges us into the fascinating, scandal-ridden world of ancient Rome in its most glorious heyday. Accessible to us through his legendary speeches but also through an unrivaled collection of unguarded letters to his close friend Atticus, Cicero comes to life here as a witty and cunning political operator.

  • The Fellowship: The Literary LIves of the Inklings: J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams | Philip Zaleski,Carol Zaleski

    The Fellowship: The Literary LIves of the Inklings: J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Philip Zaleski, Carol Zaleski
    • Narrated By John Curless
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    C. S. Lewis is the 20th century's most widely read Christian writer and J. R. R. Tolkien its most beloved mythmaker. For three decades they and their closest associates formed a literary club known as the Inklings, which met weekly in Lewis' Oxford rooms and a nearby pub. They read aloud from works in progress, argued about anything that caught their fancy, and gave one another invaluable companionship, inspiration, and criticism.

  • Wars of the Roses: Stormbird | Conn Iggulden

    Wars of the Roses: Stormbird

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Conn Iggulden
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    In 1437, the Lancaster king Henry VI ascends the throne of England after years of semi-peaceful regency. Named "The Lamb," Henry is famed more for his gentle and pious nature than his father's famous battlefield exploits; already, his dependence on his closest men has stirred whispers of weakness at court. A secret truce negotiated with France to trade British territories for a royal bride - Margaret of Anjou - sparks revolts across English territory.

  • The Devil's Workshop: Scotland Yard's Murder Squad, Book 3 | Alex Grecian

    The Devil's Workshop: Scotland Yard's Murder Squad, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Alex Grecian
    • Narrated By John Curless
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    London, 1890: Four vicious murderers have escaped from prison, part of a plan gone terribly wrong, and now it is up to Walter Day, Nevil Hammersmith, and the rest of Scotland Yard's Murder Squad to hunt down the convicts before the men can resume their bloody spree. But they might already be too late. The killers have retribution in mind, and one of them is heading straight toward a member of the Murder Squad, and his family.

  • Wars of the Roses: Bloodline | Conn Iggulden

    Wars of the Roses: Bloodline

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Conn Iggulden
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    Winter 1461: Richard, Duke of York, is dead - his ambitions in ruins, his head spiked on the wall of the city. King Henry VI is still held prisoner. His Lancastrian queen, Margaret of Anjou, rides south with an army of victorious Northerners, accompanied by painted warriors from the Scottish Highlands.

  • Wars of the Roses: Margaret of Anjou | Conn Iggulden

    Wars of the Roses: Margaret of Anjou

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    • By Conn Iggulden
    • Narrated By John Curless
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    It is 1454, and for over a year King Henry VI has remained all but exiled in Windsor Castle, struck down by his illness, his eyes vacant, his mind a blank. His fiercely loyal wife and queen, Margaret of Anjou, safeguards her husband's interests, hoping that her son, Edward, will one day come to know his father. With each month that Henry is all but absent as king, Richard, the duke of York, protector of the realm, extends his influence throughout the kingdom.

  • A History of the Twentieth Century | Martin Gilbert

    A History of the Twentieth Century

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Martin Gilbert
    • Narrated By John Curless
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    Martin Gilbert, author of the multivolume biography of Winston Churchill and other brilliant works of history, chronicles world events year by year, from the dawn of aviation to the flourishing technology age, taking us through World War I to the inauguration of Franklin Roosevelt as president of the United States and Hider as chancellor of Germany.

  • Augustus: The Life of Rome's First Emperor | Anthony Everitt

    Augustus: The Life of Rome's First Emperor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Anthony Everitt
    • Narrated By John Curless
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    Caesar Augustus has been called history's greatest emperor. It was said he found Rome made of clay and left it made of marble. With a senator for a father and Julius Caesar for a great-uncle, he ascended the ranks of Roman society with breathtaking speed. His courage in battle is still questioned yet his political savvy was second to none. He had a lifelong rival in Mark Antony and a 51-year companion in his wife, Livia. And his influence extended perhaps further than that of any ruler who has ever lived.

  • The Jaguar Smile: A Nicaraguan Journey | Salman Rushdie

    The Jaguar Smile: A Nicaraguan Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Salman Rushdie
    • Narrated By John Curless
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    "I did not go to Nicaragua intending to write a book, or, indeed, to write at all: but my encounter with the place affected me so deeply that in the end I had no choice." So notes Salman Rushdie in his first work of nonfiction, a book as imaginative and meaningful as his acclaimed novels. In The Jaguar Smile, Rushdie paints a brilliantly sharp and haunting portrait of the people, the politics, the terrain, and the poetry of "a country in which the ancient, opposing forces of creation and destruction were in violent collision".

  • Hadrian and the Triumph of Rome | Anthony Everitt

    Hadrian and the Triumph of Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Anthony Everitt
    • Narrated By John Curless
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    Acclaimed British historian Anthony Everitt delivers a compelling account of the former orphan who became Roman emperor in A.D. 117 after the death of his guardian Trajan. Hadrian strengthened Rome by ending territorial expansion and fortifying existing borders. And - except for the uprising he triggered in Judea - his strength-based diplomacy brought peace to the realm after a century of warfare.

  • The Harvest Man: Scotland Yard's Murder Squad, Book 4 | Alex Grecian

    The Harvest Man: Scotland Yard's Murder Squad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Alex Grecian
    • Narrated By John Curless
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    In The Devil's Workshop, London discovered that Jack the Ripper was back, sending the city - and Scotland Yard's Murder Squad - into chaos. But now it is even worse. Not only is the Ripper still at large, but so is another killer just as bad.

  • The Canterbury Tales: A Retelling | Peter Ackroyd

    The Canterbury Tales: A Retelling

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated By Keith Moore, Toby Leonard Moore, Colin McPhillamy, and others
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    Author Peter Ackroyd has won the Somerset Maugham Award, the Whitbread Novel of the Year, and the Guardian Fiction Prize, and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Based on Geoffrey Chaucer’s immortal work, this retelling of The Canterbury Tales follows a party of travelers as they tell stories amongst themselves about love and chivalry, saints and legends, travel and adventure. Through allegory, satire, and humor, the tales help pass the time during their journey.

  • The Death of Kings | Rennie Airth

    The Death of Kings

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Rennie Airth
    • Narrated By John Curless
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    In the fifth novel in the John Madden mystery series, Inspector Madden is called upon to assist Scotland Yard on a notorious decade-old murder case. On a hot summer day in 1938, a beautiful actress is murdered on the grand Kent estate of Sir Jack Jessup, close friend of the Prince of Wales. An instant headline in the papers, the confession of a local troublemaker swiftly brings the case to a close, but in 1949, the reappearance of a jade necklace raises questions about the murder.

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