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    • Sapiens

    • A Brief History of Humankind
    • By: Yuval Noah Harari
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,901
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5,225
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,187

    Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Life changing

    • By Sam A. Havens on 09-09-17

    Regular price: $31.93

    • Killers of the Flower Moon

    • The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
    • By: David Grann
    • Narrated by: Will Patton, Ann Marie Lee, Danny Campbell
    • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,978
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 3,597
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,588

    In the 1920s the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An outstanding story, highly recommended

    • By S. Blakely on 06-22-17

    Regular price: $28.00

    • The Devil in the White City

    • By: Erik Larson
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 15 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15,691
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12,373
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12,401

    In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Impossible to stop listening

    • By Michael on 05-26-12

    Regular price: $35.93

    • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: Richard Matthews
    • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16,039
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10,966
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10,930

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating; Perfect for Adult ADHD

    • By Sean on 05-13-04

    Regular price: $43.93

    • The Radical King

    • By: Martin Luther King, Cornel West - editor
    • Narrated by: LeVar Burton, Gabourey Sidibe, Cornel West, and others
    • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is celebrated as one of the greatest orators in US history, an ambassador for nonviolence who became the most recognizable leader of the civil rights movement. But after more than 40 years, few people appreciate how truly radical he was. The Radical King includes 23 selections, curated and introduced by Dr. Cornel West, including essays and speeches that were never recorded for posterity - a revelation for King's legacy.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A fire for the soul

    • By Duggan Canning on 04-13-18

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Art of War

    • By: Sun Tzu
    • Narrated by: Aidan Gillen
    • Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,172
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,353
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,265

    The 13 chapters of The Art of War, each devoted to one aspect of warfare, were compiled by the high-ranking Chinese military general, strategist, and philosopher Sun-Tzu. In spite of its battlefield specificity, The Art of War has found new life in the modern age, with leaders in fields as wide and far-reaching as world politics, human psychology, and corporate strategy finding valuable insight in its timeworn words.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Aidan Gillen needs to narrate more books

    • By Angelina PM on 04-14-15

    Regular price: $5.99

    • 12 Strong

    • The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers
    • By: Doug Stanton
    • Narrated by: Jack Garrett
    • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,757
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,607
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,603

    12 Strong is the dramatic account of a small band of Special Forces soldiers who secretly entered Afghanistan following 9/11 and rode to war on horses against the Taliban. Outnumbered 40 to one, they pursued the enemy army across the mountainous Afghanistan terrain and, after a series of intense battles, captured the city of Mazar-i-Sharif. The bone-weary American soldiers were welcomed as liberators as they rode into the city. Then the action took a wholly unexpected turn.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great Book! But the narrator...

    • By Nate on 08-31-15
    • The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers
    • By: Doug Stanton
    • Narrated by: Jack Garrett
    • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
    • Release date: 12-07-12
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 1,757 ratings

    Regular price: $28.30

    • Tribe

    • On Homecoming and Belonging
    • By: Sebastian Junger
    • Narrated by: Sebastian Junger
    • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,922
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,307
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,274

    Decades before the American Revolution, Benjamin Franklin lamented that English settlers were constantly fleeing over to the Indians - but Indians almost never did the same. Tribal society has been exerting an almost gravitational pull on Westerners for hundreds of years, and the reason lies deep in our evolutionary past as a communal species. The most recent example of that attraction is combat veterans who come home to find themselves missing the incredibly intimate bonds of platoon life.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The most profound book on the subject

    • By joseph on 05-26-16

    Regular price: $28.50

    • Guns, Germs and Steel

    • The Fate of Human Societies
    • By: Jared Diamond
    • Narrated by: Doug Ordunio
    • Length: 16 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,615
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 3,945
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,941

    Having done field work in New Guinea for more than 30 years, Jared Diamond presents the geographical and ecological factors that have shaped the modern world. From the viewpoint of an evolutionary biologist, he highlights the broadest movements both literal and conceptual on every continent since the Ice Age, and examines societal advances such as writing, religion, government, and technology.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Compelling pre-history and emergent history

    • By Doug on 08-25-11

    Regular price: $31.50

    • Between the World and Me

    • By: Ta-Nehisi Coates
    • Narrated by: Ta-Nehisi Coates
    • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 15,341
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 13,808
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 13,736

    "This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it." In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation's history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of "race", a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Heartfelt Self-aware Literary Masterpiece

    • By T DeMon Spencer on 07-30-15

    Regular price: $24.50

    • Chappaquiddick

    • By: Leo Damore, Howie Carr - foreword
    • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
    • Length: 16 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    A young woman leaves a party with a wealthy US senator. The next morning her body is discovered in his car at the bottom of a pond. This is the damning true story of the death of campaign strategist Mary Jo Kopechne at Chappaquiddick and of the senator - a 37-year-old Senator Ted Kennedy - who left her trapped underwater while he returned to his hotel, slept, and made phone calls to associates. Leo Damore's 1988 national best seller, originally entitled Senatorial Privilege, almost didn't make it into print after its original publisher, Random House, judged it too explosive....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Gripping

    • By Anonymous User on 04-14-18

    Regular price: $27.97

    • The Boys in the Boat

    • Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
    • By: Daniel James Brown
    • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
    • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 23,787
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 21,603
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 21,557

    Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Do you believe in miracles??

    • By Janice on 07-12-13

    Regular price: $33.60

    • Unbroken

    • A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
    • By: Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
    • Length: 14 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37,206
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 30,207
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 30,276

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Indescribable

    • By Janice on 12-01-10

    Regular price: $35.93

    • Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

    • By: Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
    • Length: 24 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,289
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,922
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,914

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good book, not crazy about the narrator

    • By Cathi on 07-20-13

    Regular price: $47.20

    • A People's History of the United States

    • 1492 to Present
    • By: Howard Zinn
    • Narrated by: Jeff Zinn
    • Length: 34 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,940
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 3,276
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,289

    A classic since its original landmark publication in 1980, Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States is the first scholarly work to tell America's story from the bottom up - from the point of view of, and in the words of, America's women, factory workers, African-Americans, Native Americans, the working poor, and immigrant laborers.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Amateur hour in the production booth

    • By Thomas on 11-09-10

    Regular price: $55.90

    • The Looming Tower

    • Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
    • By: Lawrence Wright
    • Narrated by: Lawrence Wright
    • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 379
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 332
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 331

    A sweeping narrative history of the events leading to 9/11, a groundbreaking look at the people and ideas, the terrorist plans and the Western intelligence failures that culminated in the assault on America. Lawrence Wright's remarkable book is based on five years of research and hundreds of interviews that he conducted in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, England, France, Germany, Spain, and the United States.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Looming Tower

    • By S Foster on 12-10-17

    Regular price: $35.00

    • The Other America - A Speech from The Radical King (Free)

    • By: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Cornel West - editor
    • Narrated by: Wanda Sykes
    • Length: 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 385
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 344
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 341

    In a rousing speech on race, poverty, and economic justice - given less than a year before his assassination - Martin Luther King Jr. drives home the mission behind his Poor People's Campaign. It is a clear-eyed look at the disparity of wealth in America, what it means for people of all colors - and a message of inspiration dedicated to the power of the people.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Thank You Wanda!

    • By Philharmonic on 02-12-18

    Regular price: $0.00

    • The Trial of Socrates

    • By: Rufus Fears
    • Narrated by: Rufus Fears
    • Length: 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    In his funeral oration, Pericles celebrates the Athenian democracy for its tolerance. The Athenians treasure freedom of speech as essential to true democracy. Yet this same Athenian democracy puts to death its greatest thinker and teacher, Socrates. Why?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I learned, what I wish I had always known.

    • By E. R. Øyre on 02-10-18

    Regular price: $1.37

    • The Operator

    • Firing the Shots That Killed Osama Bin Laden and My Years as a SEAL Team Warrior
    • By: Robert O'Neill
    • Narrated by: Robert O'Neill
    • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 6,558
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 6,008
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 5,983

    Stirringly evocative, thought provoking, and often jaw dropping, The Operator ranges across SEAL Team Operator Robert O'Neill's awe-inspiring 400-mission career that included his involvement in attempts to rescue "Lone Survivor" Marcus Luttrell and abducted-by-Somali-pirates Captain Richard Phillips and culminated in those famous three shots that dispatched the world's most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Operator

    • By Hoyt Neal on 04-27-17
    • Firing the Shots That Killed Osama Bin Laden and My Years as a SEAL Team Warrior
    • By: Robert O'Neill
    • Narrated by: Robert O'Neill
    • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
    • Release date: 04-25-17
    • 5 out of 5 stars 6,558 ratings

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Washington: A Life

    • By: Ron Chernow
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 41 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,723
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,866
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,844

    In Washington: A Life celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation. This crisply paced narrative carries the reader through his troubled boyhood, his precocious feats in the French and Indian War, his creation of Mount Vernon, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America's first president.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book!

    • By Jack Merritt on 12-24-10

    Regular price: $56.00

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