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    • The Swerve

    • How the World Became Modern
    • By: Stephen Greenblatt
    • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
    • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,539
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,228
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      4 out of 5 stars 2,221

    Nearly six hundred years ago, a short, genial, cannily alert man in his late 30s took a very old manuscript off a library shelf, saw with excitement what he had discovered, and ordered that it be copied. That book was the last surviving manuscript of an ancient Roman philosophical epic by Lucretius—a beautiful poem containing the most dangerous ideas: that the universe functioned without the aid of gods, that religious fear was damaging to human life, and that matter was made up of very small particles.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Too many swerves

    • By A reader on 05-20-12

    Regular price: $24.95

    • City of Fortune

    • How Venice Rule the Seas
    • By: Roger Crowley
    • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
    • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 262
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 230
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 232

    The rise and fall of the Venetian empire stands unrivaled for drama, intrigue, and sheer opulent majesty. In City of Fortune, Roger Crowley, acclaimed historian and New York Times bestselling author of Empires of the Sea, applies his narrative skill to chronicling the astounding five-hundred-year voyage of Venice to the pinnacle of power.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Wonderful Listen

    • By Scot on 06-12-14

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Venice

    • A New History
    • By: Professor Thomas F. Madden
    • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
    • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 363
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 327
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 321

    An extraordinary chronicle of Venice, its people, and its grandeur Thomas Madden’s majestic, sprawling history of Venice is the first full portrait of the city in English in almost thirty years. Using long-buried archival material and a wealth of newly translated documents, Madden weaves a spellbinding story of a place and its people, tracing an arc from the city’s humble origins as a lagoon refuge to its apex as a vast maritime empire and Renaissance epicenter to its rebirth as a modern tourist hub.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellently Done

    • By Romney on 01-15-13

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Caravaggio

    • A Life Sacred and Profane
    • By: Andrew Graham-Dixon
    • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
    • Length: 18 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 240
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 215
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 216

    In the tradition of John Richardson's Picasso, a commanding new biography of the Italian master's tumultuous life and mysterious death. For four hundred years Caravaggio's (1571-1610) staggering artistic achievements have thrilled viewers, yet his volatile personal trajectory - the murder of Ranuccio Tomasini, the doubt surrounding Caravaggio's sexuality, the chain of events that began with his imprisonment on Malta and ended with his premature death - has long confounded historians.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Listen to this with his art work in front of you

    • By Splendifermoose on 10-19-15

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Istanbul

    • City of Majesty at the Crossroads of the World
    • By: Thomas F. Madden
    • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
    • Length: 14 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 113
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 104
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 105

    For more than two millennia, Istanbul has stood at the crossroads of the world, perched at the very tip of Europe, gazing across the shores of Asia. The history of this city - known as Byzantium, then Constantinople, now Istanbul - is at once glorious, outsized, and astounding. Founded by the Greeks, its location blessed it as a center for trade but also made it a target of every empire in history, from Alexander the Great and his Macedonian Empire, to the Romans and later the Ottomans.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent and Entertaining

    • By Customer on 04-12-17

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Saving Italy

    • By: Robert Edsel
    • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
    • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 183
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 169
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 169

    When Hitler’s armies occupied Italy in 1943, they also seized control of mankind’s greatest cultural treasures. As they had done throughout Europe, the Nazis could now plunder the masterpieces of the Renaissance, the treasures of the Vatican, and the antiquities of the Roman Empire. On the eve of the Allied invasion, General Dwight Eisenhower empowered a new kind of soldier to protect these historic riches. In May 1944 two unlikely American heroes—artist Deane Keller and scholar Fred Hartt—embarked from Naples on the treasure hunt of a lifetime, tracking billions of dollars of missing art, including works by Michelangelo, Donatello, Titian, Caravaggio, and Botticelli.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating story, excellent narration

    • By MetroLady on 09-03-14

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Hour of Peril

    • The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War
    • By: Daniel Stashower
    • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
    • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42

    Daniel Stashower, the two-time Edgar award-winning author of The Beautiful Cigar Girl, uncovers the riveting true story of the "Baltimore Plot", an audacious conspiracy to assassinate Abraham Lincoln on the eve of the Civil War. In February of 1861, just days before he assumed the presidency, Abraham Lincoln faced a "clear and fully-matured" threat of assassination as he traveled by train from Springfield to Washington for his inauguration. Over a period of 13 days the legendary detective Allan Pinkerton worked feverishly to detect and thwart the plot, assisted by a captivating young widow named Kate Warne.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good if unbalanced

    • By Rodney on 02-10-13

    Regular price: $31.95

    • Sustainability

    • A History
    • By: Jeremy L. Caradonna
    • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
    • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    Caradonna's unique and concise history broadens our understanding of what "sustainability" means, revealing how it progressed from a relatively marginal concept to an ideal that shapes everything from individual lifestyles, government and corporate strategies, and even national and international policy. For anyone seeking understand the history of those striving to make the world a better place to live, here's a place to start.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent

    • By marc grub on 03-06-17

    Regular price: $24.95

    • American Hate

    • Survivors Speak Out
    • By: Arjun Singh Sethi
    • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini, Kyla Garcia
    • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    In American Hate: Survivors Speak Out, Arjun Singh Sethi, a community activist and civil rights lawyer, chronicles the stories of individuals affected by hate. In a series of powerful, unfiltered testimonials, survivors tell their stories in their own words and describe how the bigoted rhetoric and policies of the Trump administration have intensified bullying, discrimination, and even violence toward them and their communities.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Eye opening

    • By Amazon Customer on 02-22-19

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Penguin Book of Hell

    • By: Scott G. Bruce - editor
    • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
    • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    From the Hebrew Bible's shadowy realm of Sheol to 21st-century visions of Hell on Earth, The Penguin Book of Hell takes us through 3000 years of eternal damnation. Along the way, you'll take a ferry ride with Aeneas to Hades, across the river Acheron; meet the Devil as imagined by a 12th-century Irish monk - a monster with a thousand giant hands; wander the nine circles of Hell in Dante's Inferno, in which gluttons, liars, heretics, murderers, and hypocrites are made to endure crime-appropriate torture; and witness the debates that raged in Victorian England when new scientific advances cast doubt on the idea of an eternal hereafter. 

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Sun Tzu at Gettysburg

    • Ancient Military Wisdom in the Modern World
    • By: Bevin Alexander
    • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
    • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 67
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 53

    Imagine the impact on world history if Robert E. Lee had listened to General Longstreet at Gettysburg and withdrawn to higher ground instead of sending Pickett uphill against the entrenched Union line. Or if Napolon, at Waterloo, had avoided mistakes he'd never made before. The advice that would have changed the outcome of these crucial battles is found in a book on strategy written centuries before Christ was born.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • How Different History Could Be

    • By Me & My Girls on 09-13-14

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Gettysburg Address

    • Perspectives on Lincoln's Greatest Speech
    • By: Sean Conant
    • Narrated by: Dermot Mulroney, Neal McDonough, Stephen Lang, and others
    • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Edited by filmmaker Sean Conant and with contributions from some of the country's leading scholars including Sean Wilentz, Craig L. Symonds, and Harold Holzer, this volume explores how in the century and a half since it was delivered, the Gettysburg Address has proven a seemingly inexhaustible source of somber reflection and soaring hope, and why its language continues to resonate with so many people seeking meaning for their own struggles and sacrifices.

    Regular price: $29.95