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    • The Renaissance: A History From Beginning to End

    • By: Hourly History
    • Narrated by: Matthew J Chandler-Smith
    • Length: 1 hr and 1 min
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    The Renaissance, or rebirth, was a period of time when Europeans began to question what they had been told was sacrosanct. Through art, inventions, science, literature, and theology, the separate nations of the European continent sought answers that the Roman Catholic Church was unwilling, or perhaps unable, to offer. It was a triumph of the human spirit and a confirmation of human ability, even as it affirmed the willingness of men and women to die for the right to think freely.  

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    • An excellent Hourly History book

    • By Leonard Smith on 05-16-18

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    • Isambard Kingdom Brunel

    • A Life from Beginning to End
    • By: Hourly History
    • Narrated by: Mike Nelson
    • Length: 1 hr
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    Isambard Kingdom Brunel: one of the most famous engineers the United Kingdom has ever produced. A man who put his stamp on his own country in the most visible way possible: through the construction of bridges and tunnels that stand to this day and by transforming both the landscape and the nature of society. This audiobook will tell the story of the man known affectionately as “The little giant,” through telling the stories of the incredible achievements that made him a household name in his own lifetime and to the present day. 

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    • Thomas Edison

    • A Life from Beginning to End
    • By: Hourly History
    • Narrated by: Jimmy Kieffer
    • Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
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    Thomas Edison passed on many decades ago, but his inventions still echo loudly through time. If you watch TV, listen to your favorite songs, or simply click on the lamp next to your bed, it was Thomas Edison who brought all of these innovations into the world. Inside you will hear about Edison's early life, the electric light, the war of the currents, other inventions and projects, his final years and death, Edison's legacy, and much more. 

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    • Wars of the Roses: A History from Beginning to End

    • By: Hourly History
    • Narrated by: William Irvine
    • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Wars of the Roses were a series of civil wars in England fought between the House of Lancaster and the House of York between 1455 and 1485. As family feuds go, the Wars of the Roses were historically significant in changing the trajectory of power in England. This audiobook tells the compelling story of this tumultuous period in English history in succinct yet informative detail that is both educational and entertaining.

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    • Sigmund Freud

    • A Life from Beginning to End
    • By: Hourly History
    • Narrated by: Stephen Paul Aulridge Jr
    • Length: 56 mins
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    Sigmund Freud was a catalyst who signaled a seat change in how humanity came to understand the world and how it relates to the human mind. And if you have ever had a “Freudian slip”, you know full well that the concepts and theories of Mr. Freud are well ensconced in the modern lexicon. Many of us are familiar with his work, but his audiobook examines the man behind the work.   

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    • King Louis XIV: A Life from Beginning to End

    • Royalty Biography, Book 6
    • By: Hourly History
    • Narrated by: Chance Hartman
    • Length: 53 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Although he didn’t create absolutism in France, King Louis XIV seemed to embody the divine right of kings better than anyone had before him. Louis XIV directly correlated his own private good with that of the public good, but not everyone in France had the same sentiment. The resistance from the French nobles and aristocrats that Louis depended on to raise armies gave these nobles increasing autonomy and independence from the king, which would one day come to a head.

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    • An Audible Cribbs

    • By kristen m. on 03-30-18

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    • Grace Kelly: A Life from Beginning to End

    • By: Hourly History
    • Narrated by: Sean Tivenan
    • Length: 55 mins
    • Unabridged
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    She was a famous American starlet who ended up living every girl’s dream of becoming a princess. This American celebrity married the prince of Monaco at the age of 26 and left Hollywood behind to become a monarch. Who was Grace Kelly? Was she an American icon? Was she the much-needed life support of an antiquated royal family? Was she just a trendsetter who got lucky, or was the character of Grace Kelly something that biographers, historians, and paparazzi all missed entirely?

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    • Martin Van Buren: A Life from Beginning to End

    • By: Hourly History
    • Narrated by: Arthur Rowan
    • Length: 1 hr
    • Unabridged
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    Martin Van Buren, the eighth president of the United States, was the first president who was born an American and not a British citizen, a change in demographic which reflects his modern influence upon the office he held. From his earliest involvement in government, Van Buren was committed to the nurturing of political parties as a way to deliver the most effective leadership to the American people.

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    • History of India

    • A History in 50 Events
    • By: Hourly History
    • Narrated by: Mike Eiman
    • Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
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    Explore the rich and storied culture of the Indian subcontinent. This region of the world, largely considered to be one of the cradles of civilization, has developed over a period of over 5,000 years. Consequently, this long run of history has drawn up a national history filled with intrigue, philosophy, art, architectural wonders, and the births and deaths of great men and women.

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    • Norse Mythology: A Concise Guide to Gods, Heroes, Sagas, and Beliefs of Norse Mythology

    • Greek Mythology - Norse Mythology - Egyptian Mythology, Book 2
    • By: Hourly History
    • Narrated by: Tony Scheinman
    • Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
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    An introduction to such a vast subject as Norse mythology can be problematic, as it could well fall between two stools; so packed with details as to put one off, or so vague, that one is none the wiser for having read it. This audiobook manages a pleasing balance, succeeds in whetting the appetite and supplying excellent resources for the listener who wishes to know more.

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    • John F. Kennedy: A Life from Beginning to End

    • By: Hourly History
    • Narrated by: Mark Wangerin
    • Length: 59 mins
    • Unabridged
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    John F. Kennedy is the president that everyone knows. He was a rich man's son, an athlete, a war hero, a ladies' man, an author, a president - his face rendered forever young because the last time Americans saw him, he was riding in a convertible in Dallas, his glamorous wife at his side. Then the bullets struck, and the assassinated president became a legend, the truth of his life obscured by his tragic and untimely death. But JFK had more depth to his character than the magazine covers indicated.

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    • Julius Caesar: A Life from Beginning to End

    • By: Hourly History
    • Narrated by: Grant Finley
    • Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
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    A little over 2000 years ago a man named Julius Caesar changed the world. Even if you have never heard of him, his lasting legacy has no doubt had an impact on your life. Even the very calendar that you use is based upon the system he created, with the month of July bearing his name. So who was this man that single-handedly changed the course of history? This audiobook follows the life and legacy of the man whose life stood between Republic and Empire.

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    • Benjamin Franklin: A Life from Beginning to End

    • By: Hourly History
    • Narrated by: Grant Finley
    • Length: 57 mins
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    Founding Father Benjamin Franklin came from humble beginnings to take his place in the annals of history as one of the most celebrated Americans ever to stand on the world stage. The Boston apprentice who ran away because of his brother's ill-treatment found his destiny in Philadelphia, where he became a printer, a scientist, an author, an inventor, a politician, and a citizen of the world. His inventions and his philosophies had the same ultimate goal - to make the world a better place - and Franklin achieved that goal.

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    • King George VI: A Life from Beginning to End

    • By: Hourly History
    • Narrated by: Barry Shannon
    • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The phrase "an heir and a spare" refers to the imperative for members of the royal family to provide both an heir to take on their title and a spare. In this equation King George VI was the spare - the second son of King George V and Mary, and never expected to sit on the throne. King George VI, or Albert as he was known prior to his kingship, had a career in the Royal Navy and served during the First World War before King Edward VIII’s decision to abdicate his throne.  

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    • Byzantine Empire: A History from Beginning to End

    • By: Hourly History
    • Narrated by: Jimmy Kieffer
    • Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
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    According to history books, the Roman Empire ended in 476 CE with the fall of Rome. But if you asked most people alive at that time, they would have pointed you to what they considered the continuation of the Roman Empire - the civilization we now call the Byzantine Empire. The Byzantines, however, were more than just a remnant of Roman glory. At its geographical peak, the Byzantine Empire stretched out across the Mediterranean world.

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    • Franklin D. Roosevelt

    • A Life from Beginning to End
    • By: Hourly History
    • Narrated by: Christopher Boozell
    • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
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    One of America’s most influential presidents was a man who could not walk. The polio that struck Franklin Delano Roosevelt when he was a future political star did not diminish him. Instead, against all expectations, it was the agent that forged his destiny. 

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    • Richard Nixon: A Life from Beginning to End

    • By: Hourly History
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Rabe
    • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
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    He’s the president with the asterisk by his name: Richard Milhous Nixon, the only US president to resign from office. But Richard Nixon’s legacy to the history of the US is much more complicated than the scandal of Watergate. His is the classic story of American legend - a young man who rose from his humble roots to achieve power and influence. Was Nixon a villain or a hero? Meet the president whose personality consisted of conflicting layers of pragmatism, patriotism, and self-doubt, which caused a fall from grace that roiled American democracy.

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    • Abraham Lincoln: A Concise History of the Man Who Transformed the World

    • One Hour History US Presidents, Book 1
    • By: Hourly History
    • Narrated by: Jimmy Kieffer
    • Length: 58 mins
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    Abraham Lincoln's determination to hold the North and South together would ultimately lead to the bloodiest war in American history, the abolition of slavery, and his own untimely death from an assassin’s bullet. But to see Lincoln solely as a tragic figure consumed with the strife of mid-19th century America is to miss meeting him as a man who never allowed himself to be defeated by adversity, grief, or turmoil.

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    • Galileo Galilei: A Life from Beginning to End

    • By: Hourly History
    • Narrated by: Bridger Conklin
    • Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
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    Galileo Galilei began his career as a mathematician. Yet as fate would have it, he became far more than a numbers whiz. Here was a true Renaissance man; one who was greatly educated and a genuine lover of the arts. He was a fan of poets and a fine lute player. When in 1609 Galileo created his first telescope and turned his attention to the skies, everything changed.

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    • Francisco Franco

    • A Life from Beginning to End
    • By: Hourly History
    • Narrated by: Nate Sjol
    • Length: 59 mins
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    It has been several decades now since Francisco Franco’s passing in 1975, and yet his legacy still seems very much in the air. Depending on who you talk to, Franco was a fascist and a peacemaker, a destroyer and a savior, an idiot and a genius. Even after all this time, opinions of just who Franco was and how he contributed to modern civilization are up for open debate. 

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