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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 12,138
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      5 out of 5 stars 10,738
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10,667

    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

    • Killing the SS

    • By: Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard - contributor
    • Narrated by: Bill O'Reilly
    • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 272
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 247
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 248

    As the true horrors of the Third Reich began to be exposed immediately after World War II, the Nazi war criminals who committed genocide went on the run. A few were soon caught, including the notorious SS leader Heinrich Himmler. Others, however, evaded capture through a sophisticated Nazi organization designed to hide them. Among them were Josef Mengele, the “Angel of Death” who performed hideous medical experiments at Auschwitz; Martin Bormann, Hitler’s brutal personal secretary; Klaus Barbie, the cruel "Butcher of Lyon"; and perhaps the most awful Nazi of all: Adolf Eichmann.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another great Killing book by O'Reilly & Dugard

    • By G. Kinzer on 10-11-18

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Harry Potter: A History of Magic

    • By: Pottermore Publishing, Ben Davies
    • Narrated by: Natalie Dormer
    • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 351
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 325
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      4 out of 5 stars 326

    The history of magic is as long as time and as wide as the world. In every culture, in every age, in every place and, probably, in every heart, there is magic. Harry Potter: A History of Magic reveals some of the hidden stories behind real-world magic and explores some of J.K. Rowling's magical inventions alongside their folkloric, cultural and historical forebears.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • An enjoyable making-of documentary of sorts

    • By Tasha on 10-04-18

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Skunk Works

    • A Personal Memoir of My Years of Lockheed
    • By: Ben R. Rich, Leo Janos
    • Narrated by: Pete Larkin
    • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,386
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,082
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,078

    From the development of the U-2 to the Stealth fighter, the never-before-told story behind America's high-stakes quest to dominate the skies. Skunk Works is the true story of America's most secret and successful aerospace operation. As recounted by Ben Rich, the operation's brilliant boss for nearly two decades, the chronicle of Lockheed's legendary Skunk Works is a drama of Cold War confrontations and Gulf War air combat, of extraordinary feats of engineering and human achievement against fantastic odds.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Nice work for a techie or aero interested

    • By Nar on 09-19-15

    Regular price: $25.08

    • The Story of World War II

    • By: Donald L. Miller, Henry Steele Commager
    • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
    • Length: 24 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,874
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,715
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,705

    Drawing on previously unpublished eyewitness accounts, prizewinning historian Donald L. Miller has written what critics are calling one of the most powerful accounts of warfare ever published. Here are the horror and heroism of World War II in the words of the men who fought it, the journalists who covered it, and the civilians who were caught in its fury. Miller gives us an up-close, deeply personal view of a war that was more savagely fought - and whose outcome was in greater doubt - than one might imagine. This is the war that Americans on the home front would have read about had they had access to previously censored testimony.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing Inspiring Thought Provoking

    • By The Zombie Specialist on 06-01-14

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Accessory to War

    • The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military
    • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Avis Lang
    • Narrated by: Courtney B. Vance, Neil deGrasse Tyson
    • Length: 18 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 178
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 165
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 164

    In this fascinating foray into the centuries-old relationship between science and military power, acclaimed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and writer-researcher Avis Lang examine how the methods and tools of astrophysics have been enlisted in the service of war. "The overlap is strong, and the knowledge flows in both directions", say the authors, because astrophysicists and military planners care about many of the same things: multi-spectral detection, ranging, tracking, imaging, high ground, nuclear fusion, and access to space. Tyson and Lang call it a "curiously complicit" alliance.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Inspiring, educational, patriotic.

    • By Kevin on 09-17-18

    Regular price: $31.50

    • The History of the Ancient World

    • From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome
    • By: Susan Wise Bauer
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 26 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,661
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,389
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,372

    This is the first volume in a bold new series that tells the stories of all peoples, connecting historical events from Europe to the Middle East to the far coast of China, while still giving weight to the characteristics of each country. Susan Wise Bauer provides both sweeping scope and vivid attention to the individual lives that give flesh to abstract assertions about human history. This narrative history employs the methods of "history from beneath" - literature, epic traditions, private letters, and accounts - to connect kings and leaders with the lives of those they ruled.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An Historic Achievement

    • By Ellen S. Wilds on 04-25-14

    Regular price: $39.95

    • Abraham Lincoln

    • The Prairie Years and The War Years
    • By: Carl Sandburg
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 44 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 926
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 853
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 858

    Originally published in six volumes, which sold more than one million copies, Carl Sandburg’s Abraham Lincoln was praised as the most noteworthy historical biography of Sandburg’s generation. He later distilled this monumental work into one volume that critics and readers alike consider his greatest work of nonfiction, as well as the most distinguished, authoritative biography of Lincoln ever published.

    Growing up in an Illinois prairie town, Sandburg listened to stories of old-timers who had known Lincoln. By the time this single-volume edition was competed, he had spent a lifetime studying, researching, and writing about our 16th president.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A moving tale of a very human man

    • By Kindle Customer on 06-25-16

    Regular price: $29.99

    • Presidents of War

    • By: Michael Beschloss
    • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
    • Length: 26 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 5
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      5 out of 5 stars 3
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      5 out of 5 stars 3

    Ten years in the research and writing, Presidents of War is a fresh, magisterial, intimate look at a procession of American leaders as they took the nation into conflict and mobilized their country for victory. It brings us into the room as they make the most difficult decisions that face any president, at times sending hundreds of thousands of American men and women to their deaths.  

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An Amazing Book about a very Important Subject!!

    • By Purchaser on 10-10-18

    Regular price: $38.50

    • 1861: The Civil War Awakening

    • By: Adam Goodheart
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 18 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 978
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 769
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 773

    As the United States marks the 150th anniversary of our defining national drama, 1861 presents a gripping and original account of how the Civil War began. 1861 is an epic of courage and heroism beyond the battlefields. Early in that fateful year, a second American revolution unfolded, inspiring a new generation to reject their parents' faith in compromise and appeasement, to do the unthinkable in the name of an ideal.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Not what I expected

    • By Sol on 07-01-11

    Regular price: $29.95

    • American Ulysses

    • A Life of Ulysses S. Grant
    • By: Ronald C. White
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 27 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1,905
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,763
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1,749

    A major new biography of the Civil War general and American president, by the author of the New York Times bestseller A. Lincoln. The dramatic story of one of America's greatest and most misunderstood military leaders and presidents, this is a major new interpretation of Ulysses S. Grant. Based on seven years of research with primary documents, some of them never tapped before, this is destined to become the Grant biography of our times.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An Absolutely Superb Work

    • By Michael J. Nardotti, Jr. on 11-05-16

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Jefferson and Hamilton

    • The Rivalry That Forged a Nation
    • By: John Ferling
    • Narrated by: Stephen McLaughlin
    • Length: 21 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 576
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      4 out of 5 stars 517
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 511

    The decade of the 1790s has been called the age of passion. Fervor ran high as rival factions battled over the course of the new republic - each side convinced that the others' goals would betray the legacy of the Revolution so recently fought and so dearly won. All understood as well that what was at stake was not a moment's political advantage, but the future course of the American experiment in democracy. In this epochal debate, no two figures loomed larger than Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Well presented and insightful

    • By Andy on 01-24-15

    Regular price: $34.94

    • The Red and the Blue

    • The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism
    • By: Steve Kornacki
    • Narrated by: Steve Kornacki, Ron Butler
    • Length: 17 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 34

    In The Red and the Blue, cable news star and acclaimed journalist Steve Kornacki follows the twin paths of Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich, two larger-than-life politicians who exploited the weakened structure of their respective parties to attain the highest offices. For Clinton, that meant contorting himself around the various factions of the Democratic party to win the presidency. Gingrich employed a scorched-earth strategy to upend the permanent Republican minority in the House, making him speaker.   

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Simply marvelous

    • By Hector Gonzalez on 10-04-18

    Regular price: $42.20

    • The Guns of August

    • By: Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,046
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 924
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 928

    Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Barbara Tuchman here brought to life again the people and events that led up to World War I. With attention to fascinating detail, and an intense knowledge of her subject and its characters, Ms. Tuchman reveals, for the first time, just how the war started, why, and why it could have been stopped but wasn't. A classic historical survey of a time and a people we all need to know more about, The Guns of August will not be forgotten.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Pay attention!

    • By Chrissie on 07-11-13

    Regular price: $27.99

    • In the Kingdom of Ice

    • The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette
    • By: Hampton Sides
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,152
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,960
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,961

    In the late nineteenth century, people were obsessed by one of the last unmapped areas of the globe: The North Pole. No one knew what existed beyond the fortress of ice rimming the northern oceans. On July 8, 1879, the USS Jeannette set sail from San Francisco to cheering crowds in the grip of "Arctic Fever." The ship sailed into uncharted seas, but soon was trapped in pack ice. Two years into the harrowing voyage, the hull was breached. Amid the rush of water and the shrieks of breaking wooden boards, the crew abandoned the ship.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Took a long time to develop

    • By Brandon on 02-20-15

    Regular price: $35.00

    • Devotion

    • An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice
    • By: Adam Makos
    • Narrated by: Dominic Hoffman
    • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 671
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 621
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 623

    Devotion tells the inspirational story of the US Navy's most famous aviator duo, Lieutenant Tom Hudner and Ensign Jesse Brown, and the marines they fought to defend. A white New Englander from the country-club scene, Tom passed up Harvard to fly fighters for his country. An African American sharecropper's son from Mississippi, Jesse became the navy's first black carrier pilot, defending a nation that wouldn't even serve him in a bar.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Jaw Dropping Ground and Air Combat Realism

    • By STRATIS A. SIMON on 04-29-17
    • An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice
    • By: Adam Makos
    • Narrated by: Dominic Hoffman
    • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
    • Release date: 10-27-15
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 671 ratings

    Regular price: $31.50

    • 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 6,184
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5,591
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,570

    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 Mother Tongue

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: Stephen McLaughlin
    • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 737
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 662
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 663

    With dazzling wit and astonishing insight, Bill Bryson - the acclaimed author of The Lost Continent - brilliantly explores the remarkable history, eccentricities, resilience, and sheer fun of the English language. From the first descent of the larynx into the throat (why you can talk but your dog can't) to the fine lost art of swearing, Bryson tells the fascinating, often uproarious story of an inadequate, second-rate tongue of peasants that developed into one of the world's largest growth industries.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • More satire than history

    • By Barbara on 12-18-15

    Regular price: $30.79

    • Helmet for My Pillow

    • From Parris Island to the Pacific: A Young Marine's Stirring Account of Combat in World War II
    • By: Robert Leckie
    • Narrated by: James Badge Dale, Tom Hanks (introduction)
    • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,664
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,428
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,428

    The celebrated 2010 HBO miniseries The Pacific, winner of eight Emmy Awards, was based on two classic books about the War in the Pacific, Helmet for My Pillow and With The Old Breed. Audible Studios, in partnership with Playtone, the production company co-owned by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, and creator of the award-winning HBO series Band of Brothers, John Adams, and The Pacific, as well as the HBO movie Game Change, has created new recordings of these memoirs, narrated by the stars of the miniseries.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Engaging Account of the War in “The Pacific”

    • By Aaron on 08-13-14

    Regular price: $22.46

    • These Truths

    • A History of the United States
    • By: Jill Lepore
    • Narrated by: Jill Lepore
    • Length: 29 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 54
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49

    In the most ambitious one-volume American history in decades, award-winning historian Jill Lepore offers a magisterial account of the origins and rise of a divided nation. In riveting prose, These Truths tells the story of America, beginning in 1492, to ask whether the course of events has proven the nation's founding truths or belied them.   

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic, Unique Performance

    • By Sam Glazer on 09-28-18

    Regular price: $41.99

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