Ken Burns
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Ken Burns

Ken Burns has been making documentary films for almost forty years. Since the Academy Award nominated Brooklyn Bridge in 1981, Ken has gone on to direct and produce some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made, including The Civil War; Baseball; Jazz, Statue of Liberty; Huey Long; Lewis and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery; Frank Lloyd Wright; Mark Twain; Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson; The War; The National Parks: America's Best Idea; The Roosevelts: An Intimate History; and, most recently, Jackie Robinson.

Future projects include films on the Vietnam War, the history of country music, Ernest Hemingway, and the history of stand-up comedy.

Ken's films have been honored with dozens of major awards, including fourteen Emmy Awards, two Grammy Awards and two Oscar nominations; and in September of 2008, at the News & Documentary Emmy Awards, Ken was honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

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    • The Vietnam War

    • An Intimate History
    • By: Geoffrey C. Ward, Ken Burns
    • Narrated by: Fred Sanders, Ken Burns, Brian Corrigan
    • Length: 31 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 498
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 452
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 451

    A vivid, uniquely powerful history of the conflict that tore America apart....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Breathtaking In Scope; Heartbreaking In Reality

    • By Gillian on 09-14-17

    Regular price: $49.00

    • The National Parks

    • America's Best Idea
    • By: Dayton Duncan, Ken Burns
    • Narrated by: Ken Burns
    • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 251
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 212
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 213

    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....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • "See America First", and often...

    • By Christopher on 09-17-09

    Regular price: $39.93

    • Lewis & Clark

    • The Journey of the Corps of Discovery
    • By: Ken Burns, Dayton Duncan
    • Narrated by: Ken Burns, Adam Arkin
    • Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 142
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 119
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 119

    The companion audiobook to Ken Burns's PBS documentary film....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Perfect for travel

    • By OC on 06-18-15

    Regular price: $14.00

    • The Civil War

    • By: Geoffrey C. Ward, Ric Burns, Ken Burns
    • Narrated by: Ken Burns
    • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30

    Geoffrey Ward's magisterial work of history interweaves the author's narrative with the voices of the men and women who lived through the cataclysmic trial of our nationhood....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • An abridged version of The Civil War (PBS)

    • By Zack Driscoll on 06-12-17

    Regular price: $17.50

    • Jazz

    • A History of America's Music
    • By: Geoffrey C. Ward, Ken Burns
    • Narrated by: LeVar Burton
    • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 119
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53

    Here are the stories of the extraordinary men and women who made the music: Louis Armstrong, the fatherless waif whose unrivaled genius...

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Captivating...

    • By David on 01-21-08

    Regular price: $23.93

    • Horatio's Drive

    • By: Dayton Duncan, Ken Burns
    • Narrated by: Dayton Duncan, Ken Burns
    • Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38

    In 1903 there were only 150 miles of paved roads in the entire nation and most people had never seen a "horseless buggy"....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A good sandwich, but too much bread

    • By Tom on 11-28-11

    Regular price: $14.60

    • The War

    • An Intimate History: 1941-1945
    • By: Geoffrey C. Ward, Ken Burns
    • Narrated by: Ken Burns, Tom Hanks, Josh Lucas, and others
    • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 110
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53

    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....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good book, poor audiobook

    • By Stewart Gooderman on 09-26-07

    Regular price: $27.93

    • Mark Twain

    • By: Geoffrey C. Ward, Dayton Duncan, Ken Burns
    • Narrated by: Bill Meisle
    • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 135
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 41

    Ernest Hemingway called Huckleberry Finn "the best book we've ever had. There was nothing before. There's been nothing as good since...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A treat!

    • By Tad Davis on 04-07-10

    Regular price: $21.27

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