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Rivals! Frenemies Who Changed the World

By: Scott McCormick
Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi, Samantha Turret, Khristine Hvam, Gabriel Vaughan, Josh Hurley
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Publisher's summary

Exclusively on Audible, hilarious history for ages eight and up

Did you know that most of our dinosaur fossils were discovered because two grown men absolutely hated each other? It’s true!

Rivals! Frenemies Who Changed the World is a riotous audio exclusive, like if Monty Python taught your history class. Each volume of four 30-minute histories will dig into the petty name-calling and grumbling grudges that led to many of the world’s greatest advancements, all delivered with a cheeky sense of humor.

Choose sides: Cope or Marsh, the jerks who discovered so many dinosaurs; Hamilton or Burr, whose rivalry fueled American politics; Queen Elizabeth or Mary Queen of Scots, who fought to rule England; Adidas or Puma, whose rivalry changed the world of sports and fashion.

Kidnappings, rock fights, duels, and explosions, Rivals! shows world leaders at their absolute best and their worst, often at the same time.

©2018 Scott McCormick (P)2018 Audible Originals, LLC.

Our favorite moments from Rivals! Frenemies Who Changed the World

The curious sneaker battle
The most elusive bride in history
Who shot first? Dueled to the death
  • Rivals! Frenemies Who Changed the World
  • The curious sneaker battle
  • Rivals! Frenemies Who Changed the World
  • The most elusive bride in history
  • Rivals! Frenemies Who Changed the World
  • Who shot first? Dueled to the death

About the Creator

When he’s not flustering emus or stymying mambas, Scott McCormick enjoys annoying his children until they tell their mother. He also writes. He writes all kinds of stuff. Some of it is good. He wrote the Mr. Pants series of graphic novels. Those were good. You should totally check them out. So are the books he writes for Audible, including Rivals! Frenemies Who Changed the World, and its sequel, Rivals 2. He’s also excited about his first novel, The Dragon Squisher, which is just as funny and squishy as it sounds. Scott lives on the western edge of the easternmost part of southern North Carolina, right smack in the middle of it all.


About the Performer

Prentice Onayemi’s lyrical style and selective narration choices have quickly set him apart as a major talent in the audiobook world. Among his best loved performances are all of author Paul Beatty’s audiobooks, including The Sellout, which won a Man Booker Prize and earned Onayemi recognition as an Audie Award finalist for Best Fiction narrator. Before he started performing audiobooks, Prentice Onayemi first found voice-over work narrating English language learning programs. He holds a BFA in Drama from NYU and has also become known for his performances in downtown NYC passion projects and Broadway mainstays and his appearance in the hit series House of Cards.

About the Performer

Khristine Hvam is an award-winning audiobook narrator, producer, and director. Some of her works include TV/radio commercials, video games, animated series, and most notably, more than 300 audiobook titles. Hvam has been honored with four Audio Publishers Association Audie Awards. AudioFile Magazine has awarded her seven of its Earphones Awards, as well as Best Voices of the Year 2015 and 2017. She currently lives in New Jersey with her husband and two children.

About the Performer

Samantha Turret is an actor, comedian, and voice artist. She has always loved voice acting and specializes in character voices. Samantha graduated with honors from Muhlenberg College's Theater program. As a voice artist, she has had the pleasure to work on audiobooks, animation, and commercials with Nickelodeon, Dirtbag Productions, RLF Communication, and more. She has had the pleasure of narrating a number of audiobooks including *Keto Diet: A Ketogenic Diet to Die For* by Jennifer Ramos, *The Behesians* by Isaiyan Morrison, and a character voice in Seth Andrew's *Ghost Stories: Original Tales & Ghostly Urban Legends*.

About the Performer

Gabriel Vaughan is an Audie Award-winning narrator and classically trained actor with more than 100 audiobooks recorded. He grew up without television as a kid around New England and listened to a lot of "books on tape," so narrating audiobooks is like coming full circle. He is a founding member of the Tennessee Shakespeare Company and co-owner of Little Town Studios together with his wife and fellow narrator, Piper Goodeve. He has a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and studied acting in London at the British American Drama Academy.

About the Performer

Josh Hurley’s love of storytelling started at an early age—listening to audiobooks in the car on family road-trips. Since narrating his first title with Audible in 2011, Hurley has given voice to many YA, kids, sci-fi, and fantasy books and series, as well as other fiction and non-fiction genres. He has received several Earphone Awards and was recognized in AudioFile Magazine’s Best of the Year (2016). Hurley received an acting/directing degree from Idaho State University. He has a background in improv and sketch comedy, performing regularly at multiple theaters in New York City. Additional acting credits include various film, television, theater, web series, and commercial work.

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