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  • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration | Isabel Wilkerson

    The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Isabel Wilkerson
    • Narrated By Robin Miles, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (2304)
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    (1993)
    Story
    (1990)

    In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson interviewed more than a thousand people, and gained access to previously untapped data and official records, to write this definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves.

    Lila says: "Superior non-fiction"
  • My Antonia | Willa Cather

    My Antonia

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Willa Cather
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (1028)
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    (764)
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    (780)

    Through Jim Burden's endearing, smitten voice, we revisit the remarkable vicissitudes of immigrant life in the Nebraska heartland, with all its insistent bonds. Guiding the way are some of literature's most beguiling characters: the Russian brothers plagued by memories of a fateful sleigh ride, Antonia's desperately homesick father and self-indulgent mother, and the coy Lena Lingard. Holding the pastoral society's heart, of course, is the bewitching, free-spirited Antonia.

    Kevin says: "A Wonderful Book"
  • The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl | Timothy Egan

    The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Timothy Egan
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2020)
    Performance
    (1355)
    Story
    (1369)

    The dust storms that terrorized America's High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since, and the stories of the people that held on have never been fully told. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and author Timothy Egan follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region.

    Sara says: "A Fascinating History"
  • 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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    (146)
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    (118)
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    (119)

    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..."
  • 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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    (12)
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    (12)
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    (12)

    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.

  • O Pioneers! | Willa Cather

    O Pioneers!

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Willa Cather
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (124)

    The country is America; the woman is Alexandra Bergson, a fiercely independent young Swedish immigrant girl who inherits her father's farm in Nebraska. A model of emotional strength, courage, and resolve, Alexandra fights long and hard to transform her father's patch of raw, wind-blasted prairie into a highly profitable business. A gripping saga of love, murder, greed, failure, and triumph, O Pioneers! vividly portrays the hardships of prairie life.

    James says: "Cather writes like Wyeth paints."
  • The Song of the Lark | Willa Cather

    The Song of the Lark

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Willa Cather
    • Narrated By Pam Ward, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (49)

    The daughter of a Swedish minister growing up in Colorado, Thea Kronborg's musical talent sets her apart from her contemporaries. Driven by her determination to satisfy her artistic impulse, she moves to Chicago, where she falls in love with a wealthy married man. Her ability to resolve the tensions between her personal and professional lives and to communicate through her art makes her an unusual and thoroughly modern heroine.

    L. Lee says: "Not the fantatic book I had herd it was"
  • 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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    (69)
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    (53)
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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!"
  • 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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    (39)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    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"
  • 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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    (59)
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    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    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"
  • 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
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (28)

    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!"
  • 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
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    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

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