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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 12,301
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 10,865
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10,795

    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 492
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 448
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 447

    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 453
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 418
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 419

    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

    • 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 224
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 203
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 202

    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 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 57
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52

    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

    • Presidents of War

    • By: Michael Beschloss
    • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
    • Length: 26 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    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

    • 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 2,668
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,395
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,378

    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

    • 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 6,231
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5,634
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,613

    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

    • 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 71
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65

    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

    • The Devil in the White City

    • By: Erik Larson
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17,738
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14,258
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14,284

    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

    • 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 3,422
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,114
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,110

    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 Art of War

    • By: Sun Tzu
    • Narrated by: Aidan Gillen
    • Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,475
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,478
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,381

    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

    • The Spy and the Traitor

    • The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War
    • By: Ben Macintyre
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 207
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 192
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 191

    Unfolding the delicious three-way gamesmanship between America, Britain, and the Soviet Union, and culminating in the gripping cinematic beat-by-beat of Oleg Gordievsky's nail-biting escape from Moscow in 1985, Ben Macintyre's latest may be his best yet. Like the greatest novels of John le Carré, it brings listeners deep into a world of treachery and betrayal, where the lines bleed between the personal and the professional, and one man's hatred of communism had the power to change the future of nations. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Absolutely riveting story

    • By Rosemary on 09-25-18

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Capitalism in America

    • A History
    • By: Alan Greenspan, Adrian Wooldridge
    • Narrated by: Ray Porter
    • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    From the legendary former Fed Chairman and the acclaimed Economist writer and historian, the full, epic story of America's evolution from a small patchwork of threadbare colonies to the most powerful engine of wealth and innovation the world has ever seen. 

    Regular price: $35.00

    • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: Richard Matthews
    • Length: 18 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17,472
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12,271
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12,229

    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

    • In Harm's Way

    • The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors
    • By: Doug Stanton
    • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
    • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2,672
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2,497
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2,487

    On July 30, 1945, the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed in the South Pacific by a Japanese submarine. An estimated 300 men were killed upon impact; close to 900 sailors were cast into the Pacific Ocean, where they remained undetected by the navy for nearly four days and nights. Battered by a savage sea, they struggled to stay alive, fighting off sharks, hypothermia, and dementia. By the time rescue arrived, all but 317 men had died. The captain's subsequent court-martial left many questions unanswered

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Captivating

    • By Clarence Sparks on 10-22-16
    • The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors
    • By: Doug Stanton
    • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
    • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
    • Release date: 09-27-16
    • 5 out of 5 stars 2,672 ratings

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Soul of America

    • The Battle for Our Better Angels
    • By: Jon Meacham
    • Narrated by: Fred Sanders, Jon Meacham
    • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,167
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,952
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,940

    Our current climate of partisan fury is not new, and in The Soul of America Meacham shows us how what Abraham Lincoln called the “better angels of our nature” have repeatedly won the day. Painting surprising portraits of Lincoln and other presidents, including Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, and LBJ, and illuminating the courage of influential citizen activists and civil rights pioneers, Meacham brings vividly to life turning points in American history. Each of these dramatic hours have been shaped by the contest to lead the country to look forward rather than back, to assert hope over fear - a struggle that continues even now.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Thanks! I needed this!

    • By Helen on 05-29-18

    Regular price: $28.00

    • 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 1,888
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,726
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,716

    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

    • In the Hurricane's Eye

    • The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown
    • By: Nathaniel Philbrick
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    In a narrative that moves from Washington's headquarters on the Hudson River, to the wooded hillside in North Carolina where Nathanael Greene fought Lord Cornwallis to a vicious draw, to Lafayette's brilliant series of maneuvers across Tidewater Virginia, author Nathaniel Philbrick details the epic and suspenseful year through to its triumphant conclusion. A riveting and wide-ranging story, full of dramatic, unexpected turns, In the Hurricane's Eye reveals that the fate of the American Revolution depended, in the end, on Washington and the sea. 

    Regular price: $28.00

    • 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 5,507
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4,742
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,737

    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

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