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  • A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous Fourteenth Century | Barbara W. Tuchman

    A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous Fourteenth Century

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By Nadia May
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    The fourteenth century reflects two contradictory images: on the one hand, a glittering time of crusades and castles, cathedrals and chivalry, and the exquisitely decorated Books of Hours; and on the other, a time of ferocity and spiritual agony, a world of chaos and the plague.

    E. Smakman says: "Gripping, once you get into it"
  • The Guns of August | Barbara W. Tuchman

    The Guns of August

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By Nadia May
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    In this Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, historian Barbara Tuchman brings to life the people and events that led up to World War I. This was the last gasp of the Gilded Age, of Kings and Kaisers and Czars, of pointed or plumed hats, colored uniforms, and all the pomp and romance that went along with war. How quickly it all changed...and how horrible it became.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Wonderful"
  • Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold | C. S. Lewis

    Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By C. S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Nadia May
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    Set in the pre-Christian world of Glome on the outskirts of Greek civilization, it is a tale of two princesses: the beautiful Psyche, who is loved by the god of love himself, and Orual, Psyche's unattractive and embittered older sister, who loves Psyche with a destructive possessiveness. Her frustration and jealousy over Psyche's fate sets Orual on the troubled path of self-discovery. Lewis's last work of fiction, this is often considered his best by critics.

    Karen says: "Gripping, emotionally jarring, and elegant!"
  • The Origins of Totalitarianism | Hannah Arendt

    The Origins of Totalitarianism

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Hannah Arendt
    • Narrated By Nadia May
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    This classic, definitive account of totalitarianism traces the emergence of modern racism as an "ideological weapon for imperialism", beginning with the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe in the 19th century and continuing through the New Imperialism period from 1884 to World War I.

    Roger says: "Vast and intricate analysis of horror"
  • A History of the American People | Paul Johnson

    A History of the American People

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Paul Johnson
    • Narrated By Nadia May
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    Johnson's monumental history of the United States, from the first settlers to the Clinton administration, covers every aspect of American culture: politics, business, art, literature, science, society and customs, complex traditions, and religious beliefs. The story is told in terms of the men and women who shaped and led the nation and the ordinary people who collectively created its unique character.

    Mike From Mesa says: "A British conservative's view of American history."
  • Wives and Daughters | Elizabeth Gaskell

    Wives and Daughters

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Nadia May
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    Set in English society before the 1832 Reform Bill, Wives and Daughters centers on the story of youthful Molly Gibson, brought up from childhood by her father. When he remarries, a new stepsister enters Molly's quiet life, the loveable, but worldly and troubling, Cynthia. The narrative traces the development of the two girls into womanhood within the gossiping and watchful society of Hollingford.

    Sandra says: "It's not about the ending!"
  • Hinds' Feet on High Places | Hannah Hurnard

    Hinds' Feet on High Places

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Hannah Hurnard
    • Narrated By Nadia May
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    Hinds' Feet on High Places is Hannah Hurnard's best-known and best-loved book, a beautiful allegory dramatizing the yearning of God's children to be led to new heights of love, joy, and victory. Follow Much-Afraid on her spiritual journey through difficult places with her two companions, Sorrow and Suffering.

    Alan Rither says: "A timeless and beautiful allegory"
  • On War | Carl von Clausewitz

    On War

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Carl von Clausewitz
    • Narrated By Nadia May
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    The theories and observations in this abridged version of Prussian soldier Carl von Clausewitz's magnum opus have been heeded by military strategists for nearly 200 years. Most have considered this to be the "Bible" of military strategy and tactics.

    Keita says: "Bad Audio"
  • Art and the Bible: Two Essays | Francis A. Schaeffer

    Art and the Bible: Two Essays

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 50 mins)
    • By Francis A. Schaeffer
    • Narrated By Nadia May
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    Art and the Bible has been a foundational work for generations of Christians in the arts. In this book's classic essays, Francis Schaeffer first examines the scriptural record of the use of various art forms, and then establishes a Christian perspective on art. With clarity and vigor, Schaeffer explains why "the Christian is the one whose imagination should fly beyond the stars."

    Aaron says: "Still relevant today- maybe even needed."
  • The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914 | Barbara W. Tuchman

    The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By Nadia May
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    The fateful quarter-century leading up to World War I was a time when the world of privilege still existed in Olympian luxury and the world of protest was heaving in its pain, its power, and its hate. The age was the climax of a century of the most accelerated rate of change in history, a cataclysmic shaping of destiny.

    Doug says: "Fascinating history"
  • The Secret Adversary: A Tommy and Tuppence Mystery | Agatha Christie

    The Secret Adversary: A Tommy and Tuppence Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Nadia May
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    The girl in the photograph has been missing for five years. Neither her body nor the secret documents she was carrying have ever been found. Now, post-war England's economic recovery depends on finding her and getting the papers back. But the two young Brits working undercover for the ministry know only that her name was Jane Finn, and the only photo of her is in the hands of her rich American cousin.

    Philip Hofstetter says: "I'd have to say: meh"
  • Foxe's Book of Martyrs | John Foxe

    Foxe's Book of Martyrs

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By John Foxe
    • Narrated By Nadia May
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    Beginning with the story of Stephen from the book of Acts, considered the first Christian martyr, the drama builds to the passion of the early Church's persecution under the Roman Empire. The hardy and radical faith of those first believers spawned medieval missionary movements that spread the gospel across Europe and into England, Scotland, and Ireland. As the story continues, it places a significant emphasis on the sufferings of the early Protestants during the Reformation.

    Stephen says: "How much pain can you take?"
  • A History of the Jews | Paul Johnson

    A History of the Jews

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Paul Johnson
    • Narrated By Nadia May
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    This historical magnum opus covers 4,000 years of the extraordinary history of the Jews as a people, a culture, and a nation. It shows the impact of Jewish character on the world: their genius, imagination, and, most of all, their ability to persevere despite severe persecutions. Compelling insights into events and individuals are chronologically detailed, from Moses and Jesus to Spinoza, Marx, Freud, the Rothschilds, and Golda Meir.

    David says: "Excellent History"
  • Bondage of the Will | Martin Luther

    Bondage of the Will

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Martin Luther
    • Narrated By Nadia May
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    First published in 1525, Martin Luther's Bondage of the Will is acknowledged by theologians as one of the great masterpieces of the Reformation. It is Luther response to Desiderius Erasmus' Diatribe on Free Will, written in his direct and unique style, combining deep spirituality with humor. Luther writes powerfully about man's depravity and God's sovereignty. The crucial issue for Luther concerned what ability free will has, and to what degree it is subject to God's sovereignty.

    Spencer says: "Wow. Thank you"
  • Tramp for the Lord | Corrie ten Boom

    Tramp for the Lord

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Corrie ten Boom
    • Narrated By Nadia May
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    Hiding Jewish refugees during WWII landed Corrie ten Boom in a German concentration camp. Released after 10 months, she tramped the world with a burning desire to tell others that Jesus is a reality, that He lives, that He is victor. Join Corrie on a world-wide trip that could only have been planned by God.

    Sandra says: "Tramp for the Lord Makes you think How God Works"
  • Whose Body? | Dorothy L. Sayers

    Whose Body?

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dorothy L. Sayers
    • Narrated By Nadia May
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    Amateur detective Lord Peter Wimsey sets out to unravel a puzzling case involving the disappearance of a wealthy financier and the discovery of a corpse in a bathtub. He does succeed in solving things to everyone's ultimate satisfaction, but only after a series of bloodcurdling and hair-raising episodes that will hold the listener spellbound with anticipation.

    Roxane says: "Five stars, and yet. . ."
  • The First Salute: A View of the American Revolution | Barbara W. Tuchman

    The First Salute: A View of the American Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By Nadia May
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    This compellingly written history presents a fresh, new view of the events that led from the first foreign salute to American nationhood in 1776 to the last campaign of the Revolution five years later. It paints a magnificent portrait of General George Washington and recounts in riveting detail the events responsible for the birth of our nation.

    Matthew says: "A brilliant classic"
  • Modern Times: The World from the Twenties to the Nineties | Paul Johnson

    Modern Times: The World from the Twenties to the Nineties

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Paul Johnson
    • Narrated By Nadia May
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    Beginning with May 29, 1919, when photographs of the solar eclipse confirmed the truth of Einstein's theory of relativity, Johnson goes on to describe Freudianism, the establishment of the first Marxist state, the chaos of "Old Europe", the Arcadian 20s, and the new forces in China and Japan. Also discussed are Karl Marx, Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Roosevelt, Gandhi, Castro, Kennedy, Nixon, the '29 crash, the Great Depression, Roosevelt's New Deal, and the massive conflict of World War II.

    Pork C. Fish says: "The Anti-Howard Zinn"
  • Queen Lucia | E. F. Benson

    Queen Lucia

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By E. F. Benson
    • Narrated By Nadia May
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    England between the wars was a paradise of utter calm and leisure for the very, very rich. But into this enclave is born Mrs. Emmeline Lucas - La Lucia, as she is known - a woman determined to lead a life quite different from the pomp and subdued nature of her class. With her cohort, Georgie Pillson, and her husband, Peppino, she upends the greats of high society.

    Meg says: "A delight"
  • Taliban | Ahmed Rashid

    Taliban

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Ahmed Rashid
    • Narrated By Nadia May
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    Correspondent Ahmed Rashid brings the shadowy world of the Taliban - the world's most extreme and radical Islamic organization - into sharp focus in this enormously insightful book. He describes the new face of Islamic fundamentalism and explains why Afghanistan has become the world center for international terrorism. The critics hail Rashid's book as "indispensable" and "an excellent political and historical account."

    Peter says: "Excellent"
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