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  • 12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers | Doug Stanton

    12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Doug Stanton
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
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    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.

    Nate says: "Great Book! But the narrator..."
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: A George Smiley Novel | John le Carré

    Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: A George Smiley Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
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    The man he knew as "Control" is dead, and the young Turks who forced him out now run the Circus. But George Smiley isn't quite ready for retirement-especially when a pretty, would-be defector surfaces with a shocking accusation: a Soviet mole has penetrated the highest level of British Intelligence. Relying only on his wits and a small, loyal cadre, Smiley recognizes the hand of Karla - his Moscow Centre nemesis - and sets a trap to catch the traitor.

    carl801 says: "Le Carre remains the gold standard"
  • The Forgotten Soldier | Guy Sajer

    The Forgotten Soldier

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Guy Sajer
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
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    When Guy Sajer joins the infantry full of ideals in the summer of 1942, the German army is enjoying unparalleled success in Russia. However, he quickly finds that for the foot soldier the glory of military success hides a much harsher reality of hunger, fatigue, and constant deprivation. Posted to the elite Grosse Deutschland division, he enters a violent and remorseless world where all youthful hope is gradually ground down, and all that matters is the brute will to survive.

    Gillian says: "A Beautifully Written Heartrending Tragedy"
  • 12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers | Doug Stanton

    12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Doug Stanton
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
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    Previously published as Horse Soldiers, 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.

    Roy says: "What an Abridgement Should Be"
  • Sons and Soldiers: The Untold Story of the Jews Who Escaped the Nazis and Returned with the U.S. Army to Fight Hitler | Bruce Henderson

    Sons and Soldiers: The Untold Story of the Jews Who Escaped the Nazis and Returned with the U.S. Army to Fight Hitler

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Bruce Henderson
    • Narrated By Brett Barry
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    In 1942 the US Army unleashed one of its greatest secret weapons in the battle to defeat Adolf Hitler: training nearly 2,000 German-born Jews in special interrogation techniques and making use of their mastery of the German language, history, and customs. Known as the Ritchie Boys, they were sent in small, elite teams to join every major combat unit in Europe, where they interrogated German POWs and gathered crucial intelligence that saved American lives and helped win the war.

    P. Voelker says: "Couldn't put it down"
  • Hal Moore: A Soldier Once…and Always | Mike Guardia

    Hal Moore: A Soldier Once…and Always

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Mike Guardia
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
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    Hal Moore, one of the most admired American combat leaders of the last 50 years, has until now been best known to the public for being portrayed by Mel Gibson in the movie We Were Soldiers. In this biography, we finally learn the full story of one of America's true military heroes. A 1945 graduate of West Point, Moore's first combats occurred during the Korean War, where he fought in the battles of Old Baldy, T-Bone, and Pork Chop Hill.

  • Soldiers of Fortune: A Miss Fortune Mystery, Book 6 | Jana DeLeon

    Soldiers of Fortune: A Miss Fortune Mystery, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jana DeLeon
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
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    When Celia Arceneaux was elected mayor of Sinful, Louisiana, Fortune Redding expected trouble. The woman has an unmatched talent for making the worst of any situation, especially if it means getting revenge on her sworn enemies, Ida Belle and Gertie. At the Fourth of July celebration, an explosion rocks Sinful, and it's not from fireworks.

    Yvonne says: "This never disappoints"
  • Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War | Karen Abbott

    Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Karen Abbott
    • Narrated By Karen White
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    Karen Abbott illuminates one of the most fascinating yet little-known aspects of the Civil War: The stories of four courageous women - a socialite, a farmgirl, an abolitionist, and a widow - who were spies. After shooting a Union soldier in her front hall with a pocket pistol, Belle Boyd became a courier and spy for the Confederate army, using her charms to seduce men on both sides. Emma Edmonds cut off her hair and assumed the identity of a man to enlist as a Union private, witnessing the bloodiest battles of the Civil War.

    Sheesha says: "Shockingly Bad Narrator"
  • A Soldier of the Great War | Mark Helprin

    A Soldier of the Great War

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Mark Helprin
    • Narrated By David Colacci
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    On his last long walk, septuagenarian war hero, deserter, and professor Alessandro Giuliani shares his past with an illiterate young factory worker, spinning a remarkable tale of heart-stopping escapes, of loves unrequited and won, of madmen, dwarfs, and mafiosi. But overshadowing all is his most miraculous and terrible adventure, the Great War: a surreal parade of horrors that devastated and defined Alessandro, yet enabled him to experience fully the magic and beauty of the absurd human comedy called life.

    Annette says: "I love this guy"
  • A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier | Ishmael Beah

    A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ishmael Beah
    • Narrated By Ishmael Beah
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    This is how wars are fought now by children, hopped up on drugs, and wielding AK-47s. In the more than 50 violent conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated that there are some 300,000 child soldiers. Ishmael Beah used to be one of them. How does one become a killer? How does one stop? Child soldiers have been profiled by journalists, and novelists have struggled to imagine their lives. But it is rare to find a first-person account from someone who endured this hell and survived. In A Long Way Gone, Beah, now 26 years old, tells a riveting story in his own words: how, at the age of 12, he fled attacking rebels and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence.

    B. Bunt says: "Author's voice"
  • Citizen Soldiers: The U.S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany | Stephen E. Ambrose

    Citizen Soldiers: The U.S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen E. Ambrose
    • Narrated By George Wilson
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    A masterful biography of the U.S. Army in the European Theater of Operations during World War II, Citizen Soldiers provides a compelling account of the extraordinary stories of ordinary men in their fight for democracy. From the high command on down to the enlisted men, Stephen E. Ambrose draws on hundreds of interviews and oral histories from men on both sides who were there.

    Jeremy says: "Required reading, excellent narration"
  • Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve | Lenora Chu

    Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Lenora Chu
    • Narrated By Emily Woo Zeller
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    Lenora Chu and her husband decided to enroll three-year-old Rainer in China's state-run public school system. The results were positive - her son quickly settled down, became fluent in Mandarin, and enjoyed his friends - but she also began to notice troubling new behaviors. Wondering what was happening behind closed classroom doors, she embarked on an exploratory journey, interviewing Chinese parents, teachers, and education professors, and following students at all stages of their education.

    Jean says: "An Interesting examination of Educational Systems"
  • Ghost Soldiers | Hampton Sides

    Ghost Soldiers

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Hampton Sides
    • Narrated By James Naughton
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    At once a gripping depiction of men at war and a compelling story of redemption, Ghost Soldiers joins such landmark works as Flags of Our Fathers and The Greatest Generation Speaks in preserving the legacy of World War II for future generations.

    Zach says: "Ghost soldiers"
  • Soldier On: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse Volume 2 | Shawn Chesser

    Soldier On: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Shawn Chesser
    • Narrated By Chris Patton
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    For Cade Grayson, father, husband, and former Delta Force operator, life has changed drastically over the course of 48 hours. He's watched the dead inexplicably return to life before his very eyes. He's lost many people near and dear to him, most dying unfathomably horrible deaths at the hands of the dead who have seemingly overnight taken over the big metropolis - their numbers and hunger for human flesh growing exponentially with each passing hour.

    Thia says: "Main character is a jerk?"
  • Night Soldiers | Alan Furst

    Night Soldiers

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    Widely recognized as the master of the historical spy novel, New York Times best-selling author Alan Furst takes listeners back to the early days of World War II for a dramatic novel of intrigue and suspense.

    Theresa says: "Chilling..Fantastic"
  • The Secret Soldier | Alex Berenson

    The Secret Soldier

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alex Berenson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    John Wells may have left the CIA, but it hasn't left him. A mysterious call brings a surprise meeting with the aged monarch of Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah. "My kingdom is on a precipice," he tells Wells. "Powerful factions are plotting against me, and my own family is in danger. I don't know who I can trust, but I'm told I can trust you."

    Book and Movie Lover says: "Curses! Islamists foiled again!"
  • Soldier Dogs: The Untold Story of America’s Canine Heroes | Maria Goodavage

    Soldier Dogs: The Untold Story of America’s Canine Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Maria Goodavage
    • Narrated By Nicole Vilencia
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    A leading dog-blogger offers a tour of military working dogs' extraordinary training, heroic accomplishments, and the lasting impacts they have on those who work with them. Maria Goodavage here tells heartwarming stories of modern soldier dogs and the amazing bonds that develop between them and their handlers. Beyond tales of training, operations, retirement, and adoption into the families of fallen soldiers, Goodavage talks to leading dog-cognition experts about why dogs like nothing more than to be on a mission with a handler they trust.

    Mr. Lloyd, Esq. says: "More like a textbook"
  • Summer of My German Soldier | Bette Greene

    Summer of My German Soldier

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Bette Greene
    • Narrated By Dale Dickey
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    The summer that Patty Bergen turns twelve is a summer that will haunt her forever. When her small hometown in Arkansas becomes the site of a camp housing German prisoners during World War II, Patty learns what it means to open her heart. Even though she’s Jewish, she begins to see a prison escapee, Anton, not as a Nazi, but as a lonely, frightened young man. As their gentle friendship blossoms, Patty experiences a kind of love she never felt from her abusive father or her distant mother.

  • Chosen Soldier: The Making of a Special Forces Warrior | Dick Couch

    Chosen Soldier: The Making of a Special Forces Warrior

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Dick Couch
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
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    In combating terror, America can no longer depend on its conventional military superiority and the use of sophisticated technology. More than ever, we need men like those of the Army Special Forces---the legendary Green Berets. In Chosen Soldier, Dick Couch draws on nearly a year spent at Special Forces training facilities and offers an unprecedented view of the education of these men.

    GWOTGEN says: "Great book, annoying performance"
  • The Good Soldiers | David Finkel

    The Good Soldiers

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David Finkel
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
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    It was the last-chance moment of the war. In January 2007, President George W. Bush announced a new strategy for Iraq. He called it "the surge". "Many listening tonight will ask why this effort will succeed when previous operations to secure Baghdad did not. Well, here are the differences," he told a skeptical nation. Among those listening were the young, optimistic Army infantry soldiers of the 2-16, the battalion nicknamed the Rangers.

    C. Irwin says: "This book is amazing, but brutal"
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