A. Good

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  • The Americans: 11 True Stories of Challenge and Wonder

  • By: Michael Fuller, David Vachon, Paul Chrastina, and others
  • Narrated by: Michael Holmes
  • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
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Here are tales of adventurers, gifted and determined, who enriched our lives as they lived theirs with spirit and grit: Francis Scott Key, who turned glorious patriot as he saw Fort McHenry's defenders bombed but not bowed; Amelia Earhart, who became a famous pilot before she could fly, slaves William and Ellen Craft, who ran a thousand miles for freedom using audacity and ingenious disguise, and many more. Discover the true stories about the people you only thought you knew.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who knew?

  • By A. Good on 02-13-14

Who knew?

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Reviewed: 02-13-14

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Most everybody loves a good story. For me in particular, not so much. Unless... it is a good story about real events which happened to real people. Then it becomes both compelling and full of intrigue.

Imagining what it must have been like to actually be there in a different time and place, I was struck by how vastly different society was when these characters walked American soil, and yet how human nature hasn't changed at all.

From the inspirational life of Amelia Earhart, to the scandalous escapades of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, to the amazing stories of obscure people I have never heard of, I was drawn in to each one's world and amazed by their courage, audacity, and vision.

This is just a sampling of countless people of similar talent and ambition who have made America a great nation, The narrator delivers the stories in a smooth manner that is easy to listen to, and provides just enough background music and sound effects to bring the stories to life.

I am already listening to it a second time... and no, I am not a history buff.

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