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  • 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.

    Tundrabeast says: "Great Start"
  • 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.

    Renn G. Neilson says: "Better Than Expected. Don't Miss it!"
  • 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.

    Jamie says: "Best of Louis L'Amour!!"
  • 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.

    Ark1836 says: "A Little Difficult in Audiobook Format"
  • 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.

    M. J. Palmer says: "A Thorough Moving Tribute"
  • 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.

    M. MCCASKEY says: "Very good, well-educated reader/narrator."
  • 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.

    Patricia says: "I didn't know that."
  • Wars of the Roses: Stormbird | Conn Iggulden

    Wars of the Roses: Stormbird

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Conn Iggulden
    • Narrated By John Curless
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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.

    Aleta M. Nichols says: "Excellent!"
  • 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.

    Tim says: "Well written, well read portrait of a statesman"
  • Lost and Gone Forever | Alex Grecian

    Lost and Gone Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Alex Grecian
    • Narrated By John Curless
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    Many changes have happened to the Murder Squad. Rash actions have cost Sergeant Nevil Hammersmith his job, and in response he has set up his own private detective agency. Inspector Walter Day has been missing for a year, and no one knows where he is - though there is a strong suspicion that Saucy Jack has him. Hammersmith has made finding Day his primary case, and he has company - a pair of bounty hunters, a man and a woman.

    Gregory A. Newkirk says: "Gruesome as ever"
  • 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.

    Kandi says: "Violent and Lacks Coherence"
  • Wars of the Roses: Bloodline | Conn Iggulden

    Wars of the Roses: Bloodline

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Conn Iggulden
    • Narrated By John Curless
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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.

    N. Langereis says: "Another masterpiece for Iggulden"
  • Blacklands | Belinda Bauer

    Blacklands

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Belinda Bauer
    • Narrated By John Curless
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    Debut author Belinda Bauer crafts an incredibly moving first novel in Blacklands. Twelve-year-old Steven is determined to put an end to his family’s misery and find the remains of his uncle, who was believed to be murdered as a child by a local pedophile. Steven spends his days digging for clues around his grandmother’s home, but when his search fails to unearth anything new, he reaches out to the only person with answers—the accused murderer now serving life in prison.

    Rebecca says: "just okay"
  • 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.

    Maine Dave says: "A motif that works well"
  • 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.

    J. Lindsey says: "Hard to put down"
  • Philomena: A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search | Martin Sixsmith

    Philomena: A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Martin Sixsmith
    • Narrated By John Curless
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    Now a major motion picture directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen, High Fidelity) and starring Judi Dench (Skyfall, Notes on a Scandal) and Steve Coogan (The Trip, Hamlet 2): the heartbreaking true story of an Irishwoman and the secret she kept for 50 years. When she became pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to a convent to be looked after as a "fallen woman". Then the nuns took her baby from her and sold him, like thousands of others, to America for adoption. Fifty years later, Philomena decided to find him.

    Fajola Wenders says: "Rivetting Story and Performance"
  • Wars of the Roses: Margaret of Anjou | Conn Iggulden

    Wars of the Roses: Margaret of Anjou

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • 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.

    Clinton Kippley says: "Conn Iggulden is marvel!"
  • 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.

  • 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.

    Orson says: "Ancient biographies are hard"
  • Socrates: A Man for Our Times | Paul Johnson

    Socrates: A Man for Our Times

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Paul Johnson
    • Narrated By John Curless
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    Acclaimed historian and best-selling author Paul Johnson’s books have been translated into dozens of languages. In Socrates: A Man for Our Times, Johnson draws from little-known resources to construct a fascinating account of one of history’s greatest thinkers. Socrates transcended class limitations in Athens during the fifth century B.C. to develop ideas that still shape the way we think about the human body and soul, including the workings of the human mind.

    Megan Hewins says: "Plat-Soc-Paul"
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