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    • Hero of the Empire

    • The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill
    • By: Candice Millard
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,697
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,549
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,531

    At age 24 Winston Churchill was utterly convinced it was his destiny to become prime minister of England one day, despite the fact he had just lost his first election campaign for Parliament. He believed that to achieve his goal, he had to do something spectacular on the battlefield. Despite deliberately putting himself in extreme danger as a British army officer in colonial wars in India and Sudan and as a journalist covering a Cuban uprising against the Spanish, glory and fame had eluded him.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Outstanding work

    • By G on 10-04-16

    Regular price: $27.95

    • Spies of No Country

    • Secret Lives at the Birth of Israel
    • By: Matti Friedman
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 47

    The four spies at the center of this story were part of a ragtag unit known as the Arab Section, conceived during World War II by British spies and Jewish militia leaders in Palestine. Intended to gather intelligence and carry out sabotage and assassinations, the unit consisted of Jews who were native to the Arab world and could thus easily assume Arab identities. In 1948, with Israel's existence in the balance during the War of Independence, our spies went undercover in Beirut, where they spent the next two years operating out of a kiosk....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Absolutely brilliant

    • By David Mane on 06-23-19

    Regular price: $17.49

    • The Club

    • Johnson, Boswell, and the Friends Who Shaped an Age
    • By: Leo Damrosch
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66
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      5 out of 5 stars 60
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 60

    In 1763, the painter Joshua Reynolds proposed to his friend Samuel Johnson that they invite a few friends to join them every Friday at the Turk's Head Tavern in London to dine, drink, and talk until midnight. Eventually, the group came to include among its members Edmund Burke, Adam Smith, Edward Gibbon, and James Boswell. It was known simply as "the Club". In this captivating audiobook, Leo Damrosch brings alive a brilliant, competitive, and eccentric cast of characters.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful survey

    • By Tad Davis on 05-10-19
    • Johnson, Boswell, and the Friends Who Shaped an Age
    • By: Leo Damrosch
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
    • Release date: 03-26-19
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 66 ratings

    Regular price: $22.71

    • 1421

    • The Year China Discovered America
    • By: Gavin Menzies
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 194
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 180
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 179

    On March 8, 1421, the largest fleet the world had ever seen set sail from China. Its mission was to "proceed all the way to the ends of the earth to collect tribute from the barbarians beyond the seas" and unite the whole world in Confucian harmony. When it returned in October 1423, the emperor had fallen, leaving China in political and economic chaos. The great ships were left to rot at their moorings and the records of their journeys were destroyed. Lost in China's long isolation that followed was the knowledge that Chinese ships had reached America 70 years before Columbus.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Would have been a good novel...

    • By curtcannon on 05-08-19
    • The Year China Discovered America
    • By: Gavin Menzies
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
    • Release date: 01-28-14
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 194 ratings

    Regular price: $32.95

    • How to Win an Argument

    • An Ancient Guide to the Art of Persuasion
    • By: Marcus Tullius Cicero, James May
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 68
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 66

    All of us are faced countless times with the challenge of persuading others, whether we're trying to win a trivial argument with a friend or convince our coworkers about an important decision. Instead of relying on untrained instinct - and often failing as a result - we'd win more arguments if we learned the timeless art of verbal persuasion, or rhetoric.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent invaluable resource

    • By bruttino on 07-27-17

    Regular price: $14.95

    • The Last Battle

    • By: Cornelius Ryan
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,139
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,057
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,054

    The Battle for Berlin was the culminating struggle of World War II in the European theater. The last offensive against Hitler’s Third Reich, it devastated one of Europe’s historic capitals and marked the final defeat of Nazi Germany. It was also one of the war’s bloodiest and most pivotal battles, whose outcome would shape international politics for decades to come.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Masterful Work

    • By Shaun on 08-03-12

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Retribution

    • The Battle for Japan, 1944 - 45
    • By: Max Hastings
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 27 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 366
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 342
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 334

    By the summer of 1944 it was clear that Japan's defeat was inevitable, but how the drive to victory would be achieved remained unclear. The ensuing drama - that ended in Japan's utter devastation - was acted out across the vast theater of Asia in massive clashes between army, air, and naval forces. In recounting these extraordinary events, Max Hastings draws incisive portraits of MacArthur, Mao, Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin, and other key figures of the war in the East.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A superb study by one of the world's finest histor

    • By Easton Reader on 12-22-16

    Regular price: $44.95

    • Babylon's Ark

    • The Incredible Wartime Rescue of the Baghdad Zoo
    • By: Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 800
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 747
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 743

    When the Iraq war began, conservationist Lawrence Anthony could think of only one thing: the fate of the Baghdad Zoo, caught in the crossfire at the heart of the city. Once Anthony entered Iraq, he discovered that hostilities and uncontrolled looting had devastated the zoo and its animals. Working with members of the zoo staff and a few compassionate U.S. soldiers, Anthony defended the zoo, bartered for food on war-torn streets, and scoured bombed palaces for desperately needed supplies.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Engrossing, inspiring, and a little meandering

    • By Skipper on 06-22-15

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Man Who Ate His Boots

    • The Tragic History of the Search for the Northwest Passage
    • By: Anthony Brandt
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 137
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 115
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 115

    After the triumphant end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815, the British took it upon themselves to complete something they had been trying to do since the 16th century: find the fabled Northwest Passage, a shortcut to the Orient via a sea route over northern Canada. For the next 35 years the British Admiralty sent out expedition after expedition to probe the ice-bound waters of the Canadian Arctic in search of a route, and then, after 1845, to find missing explorer Sir John Franklin.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • They don't get any better than this

    • By Christopher on 08-15-14

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Marx's Das Kapital

    • A Biography: Books That Changed the World
    • By: Francis Wheen
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 3 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 60
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      4 out of 5 stars 35
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      4 out of 5 stars 34

    In this brilliant book, Francis Wheen, the author of the most successful biography of Karl Marx, tells the story of Das Kapital and Marx's 20-year struggle to complete his unfinished masterpiece. Born in a two-room flat in London's Soho amid political squabbles and personal tragedy, the first volume of Das Kapital was published in 1867 to muted praise. But after Marx's death, the book went on to influence thinkers, writers, and revolutionaries.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • misleading book title

    • By Anonymous User on 05-25-18

    Regular price: $14.95

    • The Rise and Fall of Alexandria

    • Birthplace of the Modern Mind
    • By: Justin Pollard, Howard Reid
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 884
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 577
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 575

    Founded by Alexander the Great and built by self-styled Greek pharaohs, the city of Alexandria at its height dwarfed both Athens and Rome. It was the marvel of its age, legendary for its vast palaces, safe harbors, and magnificent lighthouse. But it was most famous for the astonishing intellectual efflorescence it fostered and the library it produced. If the European Renaissance was the "rebirth" of Western culture, then Alexandria, Egypt, was its birthplace.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A good listen

    • By Jeffrey on 10-02-08

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Catastrophe 1914

    • Europe Goes to War
    • By: Max Hastings
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 25 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 626
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 565
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 550

    From the acclaimed military historian, a new history of the outbreak of World War I - from the breakdown of diplomacy to the dramatic battlesthat occurred before the war bogged down in the trenches.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • outstanding

    • By Jean on 12-13-13

    Regular price: $39.95

    • Churchill

    • By: Roy Jenkins
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 38 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 707
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 371
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 368

    In this magisterial book, Roy Jenkins' unparalleled command of the political history of Britain and his own high-level government experience combine in a narrative account of Churchill's astounding career that is unmatched in its shrewd insights, its unforgettable anecdotes, the clarity of its overarching themes, and the author's nuanced appreciation of his extraordinary subject.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best of British Political Soap Opera

    • By K. Ray on 12-15-02

    Regular price: $39.95

    • The Empire Must Die

    • Russia's Revolutionary Collapse, 1900 - 1917
    • By: Mikhail Zygar
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 22 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 49

    The window between two equally stifling autocracies - the imperial family and the communists - was open only briefly, in the last couple of years of the 19th century until the end of WWI, by which time the revolution was in full fury. From the last years of Tolstoy until the death of the Tsar and his family, however, Russia experimented with liberalism and cultural openness. Novelists and playwrights blossomed and political ideas were swapped in coffee houses.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Simon Vance is excellent

    • By JohnWells on 03-02-19

    Regular price: $39.95

    • The Aleppo Codex

    • A True Story of Obsession, Faith, and the Pursuit of an Ancient Bible
    • By: Matti Friedman
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 93
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 80
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 79

    A true-life thriller about the journey of one of the world's most precious manuscripts - the 10th-century annotated Hebrew Bible known as the Aleppo Codex - from its hiding place in an ancient Syrian synagogue to the newly founded Israel. Using his research, including documents that have been secret for 50 years and interviews with key players, AP correspondent Friedman tells a story of political upheaval, international intrigue, charged courtroom battles, obsession, and subterfuge.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • don't quess at pronunciation of foreign words

    • By dlb on 05-28-12
    • A True Story of Obsession, Faith, and the Pursuit of an Ancient Bible
    • By: Matti Friedman
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
    • Release date: 04-11-12
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 93 ratings

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The War That Made America

    • A Short History of the French and Indian War
    • By: Fred Anderson
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 453
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      4 out of 5 stars 293
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 290

    Apart from The Last of the Mohicans, most Americans know little of the French and Indian War, also known as the Seven Years' War, and yet it remains one of the most fascinating periods in our history. In January 2006, PBS will air The War That Made America, a four-part documentary about this epic conflict. Fred Anderson, the award-winning and critically acclaimed historian, has written the official tie-in to this exciting television event.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A thorough and absorbing history

    • By Michael on 03-15-10

    Regular price: $19.95

    • A Short History of Drunkenness

    • How, Why, Where, and When Humankind Has Gotten Merry from the Stone Age to the Present
    • By: Mark Forsyth
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 28

    Almost every culture on Earth has drink, and where there's drink there's drunkenness. But in every age and in every place drunkenness is a little bit different. It can be religious, it can be sexual, it can be the duty of kings or the relief of peasants. It can be an offering to the ancestors, or a way of marking the end of a day's work. It can send you to sleep, or send you into battle. Making stops all over the world, A Short History of Drunkenness traces humankind's love affair with booze from our primate ancestors through to the 20th century.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Humorous and interesting!

    • By Ambariffic on 12-17-18

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Face of Battle

    • By: John Keegan
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 254
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      4 out of 5 stars 221
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      4 out of 5 stars 220

    In this major and wholly original contribution to military history, John Keegan reverses the usual convention of writing about war in terms of generals and nations in conflict, which tends to leave the common soldier as cipher. Instead, he focuses on what a set battle is like for the man in the thick of it.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing! But probably better in print.

    • By D. Martin on 04-20-13

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Ghosts of the Tsunami

    • Death and Life in Japan's Disaster Zone
    • By: Richard Lloyd Parry
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 160
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 143
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 145

    Richard Lloyd Parry, an award-winning foreign correspondent, lived through the earthquake in Tokyo and spent six years reporting from the disaster zone. There he encountered stories of ghosts and hauntings and met a priest who exorcised the spirits of the dead. And he found himself drawn back again and again to a village that had suffered the greatest loss of all, a community tormented by unbearable mysteries of its own.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Riveting True Story You Didn't Hear On The News

    • By Kindle Customer on 07-05-18

    Regular price: $23.95

    • The Great Siege

    • Malta 1565
    • By: Ernle Bradford
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 512
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 463
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 465

    Suleiman the Magnificent, sultan of the Ottoman Empire and the most powerful ruler in the world, was determined to conquer Europe. Only one thing stood in his way: the island of Malta, occupied by the Knights of Saint John, the Holy Roman Empire’s finest warriors. Determined to capture Malta and use its port to launch operations against Europe, Suleiman sent overwhelming forces. A few thousand defenders in Fort Saint Elmo fought to the last man.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Stirring tale of courage and endurance

    • By Tad Davis on 08-18-13

    Regular price: $19.95

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