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  • Foundation

  • The History of England from Its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudors: The History of England, Book 1
  • By: Peter Ackroyd
  • Narrated by: Clive Chafer
  • Length: 18 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 631
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 582
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 577

In Foundation the chronicler of London and of its river, the Thames, takes us from the primeval forests of England's prehistory to the death of the first Tudor king, Henry VII, in 1509. He guides us from the building of Stonehenge to the founding of the two great glories of medieval England: common law and the cathedrals. He shows us glimpses of the country's most distant past - a Neolithic stirrup found in a grave, a Roman fort, a Saxon tomb, a medieval manor house.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Most Annoying Narrator EVER

  • By JudieBee on 12-25-15

Good history. Reader drones.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-18

Enjoyed the story but i love English history in any form. The reader has a distinctive drone that I find quite irritating and almost painful. I will not listen to anything he reads in the future.

  • The Great Republic

  • A History of America
  • By: Winston Churchill
  • Narrated by: Winston S. Churchill
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

The Great Republic is Sir Winston Churchill's personal vision of American history, from the arrival of the first European settlers to the dawn of the Cold War. Only Sir Winston Churchill's special perspective on America, his experience as a leader, and his great gifts as a narrative historian could have produced a story that lays out America's history with this audio's special brilliance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional Insights and Magnificent Prose

  • By Robert on 03-11-07

Churchill wonderful. Recording not.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-20-16

Maybe this is an old recording but quality was awful. Music background distracting & inappropriate. Reader good. Hard to properly rate when the part that was most important was so wonderful but the quality was so poor that it ruined the message.

  • The Spiritual Journey of George Washington

  • By: Janice T. Connell
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Connell illumines the rare but supremely brilliant leadership of the first and only unanimously elected President of the United States. George Washington, modest yet elegant, handsome, always projecting strength, graciousness and power, was universally considered the most humble man who ever lived. Born into modest circumstances, he wholeheartedly responded to whatever opportunities life offered him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a joy to get to know President Washington

  • By Teddy on 07-19-16

A bit pedantic

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-14-15

Reader very slow & plodding but ez to understand. Was taken aback by many references to mary as washington was not catholic-supposedly. That aroused suspicions that history may have doctored those "facts" & how much more? We'll never know.

Empire of the Summer Moon
    
    
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    Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
    2,159 ratings
    Overall 4.4
  • Empire of the Summer Moon

  • By: S. C. Gwynne
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,670
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,686

Few people realize that the Comanche Indians were the greatest warring tribe in American history. Their 40-year battle with settlers held up the development of the new nation. Empire of the Summer Moon tells of the rise and fall of this fierce, powerful, and proud tribe, and begins in 1836 with the kidnapping of a lovely nine-year-old girl with cornflower blue eyes named Cynthia Ann Parker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • When a great book and a great reader come together

  • By Richard on 01-01-11

Thoroughly enjoyable.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-23-15

Well read. Full of myth-dispelling facts. Encourages me to want to learn more about this time & people.

  • Home Fires

  • The Story of the Women's Institute in the Second World War
  • By: Julie Summers
  • Narrated by: Juliet Mills
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

Away from the frontlines of World War II, in towns and villages across Great Britain, ordinary women were playing a vital role in their country's war effort. As members of the Women's Institute, an organization with a presence in a third of Britain's villages, they ran canteens and knitted garments for troops, collected tons of rosehips and other herbs to replace medicines that couldn't be imported, and advised the government on issues ranging from evacuee housing to children's health to postwar reconstruction. But they are best known for making jam.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tread Carefully & Be Amazed

  • By Sara on 12-27-15

Heroes all

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-13-15

The women of war times are so admirable as they shoulder their own weapons to fight daily the ravages of the horrors of battles.

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A Child's History of England
    
    
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        Charles Dickens
    
    


    
    
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        David Seys
    
    


    
    Length: 17 hrs and 8 mins
    38 ratings
    Overall 3.8
  • A Child's History of England

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: David Seys
  • Length: 17 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Written in the same easy-going conversational style as his more famous novels, A Child's History of England is Charles Dickens oft-forgotten masterpiece. Although originally written for children this historical treasure trove is not confined to younger listeners.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not your child's history of England

  • By Doris on 10-30-10

Not just for children!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-20-15

Interesting to hear the opinions of dickens on history as he knew it. Performance ok but pedantic.

  • My Early Life

  • By: Winston Churchill
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 590
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 525

One of the classic volumes of autobiography, My Early Life is a lively and colourful account of a young man's quest for action, adventure and danger. Churchill's schooldays are undistinguished, but he is admitted to Sandhurst and embarks on a career as a soldier and a war correspondent, seeing action in Cuba, in India, in the Sudan - where he took part in the battle of Omdurman, of which he gives us a stirring account - and finally in South Africa.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Adventures of a Glow Worm

  • By John on 08-10-15

Never realized how entertaining churchill was!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-25-15

Totally captivating. The performance was spot on. Like listening to churchill read his own writings. Hoping others are this much fun-& who ever thought he would be fun to listen to?

  • The Winter Crown

  • Eleanor of Aquitaine Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Elizabeth Chadwick
  • Narrated by: Katie Scarfe
  • Length: 18 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428

Eleanor of Aquitaine, one of the most powerful women in Europe, is crowned queen of England beside her young husband Henry II. While Henry battles their enemies and lays his plans, Eleanor is an adept acting ruler and mother to their growing brood of children. But she yearns for more than this - if only Henry would listen. Instead, Henry pushes Eleanor to the sidelines, involving himself with a young mistress and denying Eleanor her rightful authority. As matters reach a crisis, Eleanor becomes caught up in a family rebellion. And even a queen must face the consequences of treason....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This series is more romance novel than history.

  • By Kelly on 01-01-17

Wonderful storyline. Narrator perfect.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-20-15

Another great Eleanor story. Chadwick tells a wonderful tale with history and dialogue mixed to entertain and educate. More!! More!!

  • Wolf Hall

  • By: Hilary Mantel
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 24 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,876
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,949
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,955

In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political powerEngland in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Divorced, beheaded, died...

  • By Tim on 09-30-11

History fictionalized at its best

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-08-15

So enjoyable i have relistened several times. Anticipating tv version soon to be shown. Not sure why titled wolf hall as that is in next book. Hope there are more to come in this series.

  • The Scarlet Lion

  • By: Elizabeth Chadwick
  • Narrated by: Christopher Scott
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210

The prowess and loyalty of the great knight William Marshal have been rewarded by the hand in marriage of Isabelle de Clare. William has weathered the difficult years of King Richard's absence on crusade and is currently serving him on campaign in Normandy. But the stability William and Isabelle have enjoyed comes crashing down as Richard dies and his brother John becomes king. Rebellion stirs throughout the Angevin domains, and William and Isabelle distance themselves in Ireland.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful/Fantastic Listen

  • By A. J. McConachie on 05-31-07

Thoroughly enjoyable

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-20-15

Characters become beloved friends & are mourned when they die. Anticipating next in series. Can't get enough of these stories. Lovely presentation.