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  • Benjamin Franklin: An American Life | Walter Isaacson

    Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
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    Benjamin Franklin is the founding father who winks at us - an ambitious urban entrepreneur who rose up the social ladder, from leather-aproned shopkeeper to dining with kings. In best-selling author Walter Isaacson's vivid and witty full-scale biography, we discover why Franklin turns to us from history's stage with eyes that twinkle from behind his new-fangled spectacles. In Benjamin Franklin, Isaacson shows how Franklin defines both his own time and ours. The most interesting thing that Franklin invented, and continually reinvented, was himself.

    Brad Barker says: "My kinda founding father...mostly..."
  • John Adams | David McCullough

    John Adams

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
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    McCullough's John Adams has the sweep and vitality of a great novel. This is history on a grand scale, an audiobook about politics, war, and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship, and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Above all, it is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived.

    Davis says: "An outstanding biography"
  • Truman | David McCullough

    Truman

    • UNABRIDGED (54 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
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    Hailed by critics as an American masterpiece, David McCullough's sweeping biography of Harry S. Truman captured the heart of the nation. The life and times of the 33rd president of the United States, Truman provides a deeply moving look at an extraordinary, singular American.

    Sara says: "That Mousy Little Man From Missouri Revisited"
  • The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge | David McCullough

    The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
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    This monumental book tells the enthralling story of one of the greatest accomplishments in our nation's history, the building of what was then the longest suspension bridge in the world. The Brooklyn Bridge rose out of the expansive era following the Civil War, when Americans believed all things were possible.

    Tim says: "An Historian and not a Novelist"
  • No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II | Doris Kearns Goodwin

    No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
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    No Ordinary Time describes how the isolationist and divided United States of 1940 was unified under the extraordinary leadership of Franklin Roosevelt to become the preeminent economic and military power in the world.

    Brett says: "Great at 1.5 speed"
  • Lincoln on Leadership: Executive Strategies for Tough Times | Donald T. Phillips

    Lincoln on Leadership: Executive Strategies for Tough Times

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Donald T. Phillips
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
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    In this remarkable book, hailed by CEOs, politicians, coaches, and college presidents alike, Donald T. Phillips examines Lincoln's effective leadership style. As he explores the President's diverse management skills, he demonstrates how you can succeed with them in today's complex world.

    Christopher says: "Essential leadership philosophy and style"
  • The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914 | David McCullough

    The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
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    The Path Between the Seas tells the story of the men and women who fought against all odds to fulfill the 400-year-old dream of constructing an aquatic passageway between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It is a story of astonishing engineering feats, tremendous medical accomplishments, political power plays, heroic successes, and tragic failures. McCullough expertly weaves the many strands of this momentous event into a captivating tale.

    Tim says: "No Stone Unturned"
  • Mornings on Horseback | David McCullough

    Mornings on Horseback

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
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    Winner of the 1982 National Book Award for Biography, Mornings on Horseback is the brilliant biography of the young Theodore Roosevelt. Hailed as a masterpiece by Newsday, it is the story of a remarkable little boy -- seriously handicapped by recurrent and nearly fatal attacks of asthma -- and his struggle to manhood.

    Joe says: "This book is a scalpel"
  • Aristotle's Children: How Christian, Muslims and Jews Rediscovered Ancient Wisdom | Richard E. Rubenstein

    Aristotle's Children: How Christian, Muslims and Jews Rediscovered Ancient Wisdom

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Richard E. Rubenstein
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
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    Best-selling author Richard E. Rubenstein brings the past to life in this engrossing story of social, religious, and scientific revolution during one of the darkest periods in European history. When a group of Dark Ages scholars rediscovered the works of Aristotle, the great thinker's ideas ignited a firestorm of enlightened thought. This is the endlessly fascinating account of the pivotal period in history when the modern era took root.

    John says: "Interesting story of the rediscovery of Aristotle"
  • I, Claudius | Robert Graves

    I, Claudius

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Robert Graves
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
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    (2015)
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    Here is one of the best historical novels ever written. Lame, stammering Claudius, once a major embarrassment to the imperial family and now emperor of Rome, writes an eyewitness account of the reign of the first four Caesars: the noble Augustus and his cunning wife, Livia; the reptilian Tiberius; the monstrous Caligula; and finally old Claudius himself. Filled with poisonings, betrayal, and shocking excesses, I Claudius is history that rivals the most exciting contemporary fiction.

    Chris says: "Unsurpassed, addictive brilliance"
  • Claudius the God | Robert Graves

    Claudius the God

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Robert Graves
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
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    Robert Graves continues Claudius' story with the epic adulteries of Messalina, King Herod Agrippa's betrayal of his old friend, and the final arrival of that bloodthirsty teenager, Nero.

    Wolfpacker says: "Don't Stop With I Claudius"
  • Washington's Crossing | David Hackett Fischer

    Washington's Crossing

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By David Hackett Fischer
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
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    This New York Times best seller is a thrilling account of one of the most pivotal moments in United States history. Six months after the Declaration of Independence, America was nearly defeated. Then on Christmas night, George Washington led his men across the Delaware River to destroy the Hessians at Trenton. A week later Americans held off a counterattack, and in a brilliant tactical move, Washington crept behind the British army to win another victory. The momentum had reversed.

    William says: "Particularly Good Military History"
  • The Coming Fury: The Centennial History of the Civil War, Volume 1 | Bruce Catton

    The Coming Fury: The Centennial History of the Civil War, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Bruce Catton
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
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    >The New York Times hailed this trilogy as “one of the greatest historical accomplishments of our time”. With stunning detail and insights, America’s foremost Civil War historian recreates the war from its opening months to its final, bloody end. Each volume delivers a complete listening experience. The Coming Fury (Volume 1) covers the split Democratic Convention in the spring of 1860 to the first battle of Bull Run.

    Bryan says: "History As It Should Be"
  • Coming into the Country | John McPhee

    Coming into the Country

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John McPhee
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
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    Those who have traveled into America’s only remaining frontier rarely come back out the same. Only in Alaska can we come close to understanding what our forefathers must have felt upon their arrival in the New World. McPhee brings to this narrative the qualities that have distinguished him in the field of travel literature—tolerance, brisk, and entertaining prose, and a fascination with things most of us never bother to notice.

    James says: "Welcome to Alaska"
  • In His Steps | Charles Sheldon

    In His Steps

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Charles Sheldon
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
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    Over 100 years ago, Reverend Charles Sheldon stepped up to the pulpit to deliver a sermon to his little flock of Congregationalists. Little did he know that his humble parable would evolve into a novel that would be published in 45 languages and affect the lives of at least 15 million people. A desperate, unemployed printer, looking for help in the mythical town of Raymond, is ignored until he’s on the verge of dying. His last words, as he collapses in front of a church congregation, point out the difference between believing in Christianity and actually living it.

    Linda G says: "Thought provoking"
  • The Earth Shall Weep: A History of Native America | James Wilson

    The Earth Shall Weep: A History of Native America

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By James Wilson
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
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    This carefully researched exploration of Native American culture investigates the complex, often misunderstood histories of hundreds of indigenous peoples. Author James Wilson has drawn from ethnographic and archaeological studies, historical texts, and the rich written and oral traditions of Native Americans to complete this important work.

    Heidi says: "Well Researched"
  • Never Call Retreat: The Centennial History of the Civil War, Volume 3 | Bruce Catton

    Never Call Retreat: The Centennial History of the Civil War, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Bruce Catton
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
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    The final work in this series begins in December of 1862. Four months before, the Union Army tasted long-awaited victory at the bloody battle of Antietam. Grant continued on towards Vicksburg, Mississippi. The grim battles that lay ahead would be costly: the Vicksburg campaign, Chattanooga, the Battle of the Wilderness, the Battle of Atlanta and the March to the Sea, the siege of Petersburg. There would be two and a half more years of war before Lee’s surrender at Appomattox.

    W. F. Rucker says: "Interesting, informative and well written."
  • The Great Crash of 1929 | John Kenneth Galbraith

    The Great Crash of 1929

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By John Kenneth Galbraith
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
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    With grace and wit, America's foremost economist examines the boom-and-bust that led to the stock market crash of 1929. Economic writings are rarely notable for their entertainment value, but this widely admired best-seller is the exception. Galbraith's light touch makes his expert analysis of America's greatest financial disaster a surprisingly engaging listen for anyone.

    PearlGirl says: "Witty and Entertaining"
  • Soul Mates: Honoring the Mysteries of Love and Relationship | Thomas Moore

    Soul Mates: Honoring the Mysteries of Love and Relationship

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Thomas Moore
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
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    In Care of the Soul, Thomas Moore explored the importance of nurturing the soul and struck a chord nationwide - the book became a long-term best seller, topping charts across the country. Building on that book's wisdom, Soul Mates explores how relationships of all kinds enhance our lives and fulfill the needs of our souls.

  • Terrible Swift Sword: The Centennial History of the Civil War, Vol. 2 | Bruce Catton

    Terrible Swift Sword: The Centennial History of the Civil War, Vol. 2

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Bruce Catton
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
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    Terrible Swift Sword (Vol. 2): The dismissal of George McClellan and the rise of Ulysses S. Grant.

    lanny kaufman says: "The Civil War gets under way (Shelby Foote)"
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