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    • Empire of Blue Water

    • Captain Morgan's Great Pirate Army, the Epic Battle for the Americas, and the Catastrophe That Ended the Outlaws' Bloody Reign
    • By: Stephan Talty
    • Narrated by: John H. Mayer
    • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 789
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 590
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 585

    He challenged the greatest empire on earth with a ragtag bunch of renegades and brought it to its knees. This is the real story of the pirates of the Caribbean. Henry Morgan, a 20-year-old Welshman, crossed the Atlantic in 1655, hell-bent on making his fortune. Over the next three decades, his exploits in the Caribbean became legendary. His daring attacks on the mighty Spanish empire on land and at sea determined the fates of kings and queens, and his victories helped shape the destiny of the New World.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Morbid Terrorists?

    • By Jack on 11-11-08
    • Captain Morgan's Great Pirate Army, the Epic Battle for the Americas, and the Catastrophe That Ended the Outlaws' Bloody Reign
    • By: Stephan Talty
    • Narrated by: John H. Mayer
    • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
    • Release date: 04-04-07
    • 4 out of 5 stars 789 ratings

    Regular price: $31.95

    • A Voyage Long and Strange

    • Rediscovering the New World
    • By: Tony Horwitz
    • Narrated by: John H. Mayer
    • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 158
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 108
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 109

    On a chance visit to Plymouth Rock, Tony Horwitz makes an unsettling discovery. A history buff since early childhood, expensively educated at university - a history major, no less! - he's reached middle age with a third-grader's grasp of early America. In fact, he's mislaid more than a century of American history, the period separating Columbus' landing in 1492 from the arrival of English colonists at Jamestown in 16-oh-something. Did nothing happen in between?

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Just Not For Me

    • By Sara on 10-25-15

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Andrew Jackson

    • His Life and Times
    • By: H.W. Brands
    • Narrated by: John H. Mayer
    • Length: 25 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 819
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 633
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 637

    The most famous American of his time, Andrew Jackson is a seminal figure in American history. The first "common man" to rise to the presidency, Jackson embodied the spirit and the vision of the emerging American nation; the term "Jacksonian democracy" is embedded in our national lexicon. With the sweep, passion, and attention to detail that made The First American a Pulitzer Prize finalist, historian H.W. Brands shapes a historical narrative that's as fast-paced and compelling as the best fiction.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A great tale, superbly read

    • By Elizabeth on 03-26-08

    Regular price: $55.95

    • The Big Oyster

    • History on the Half Shell
    • By: Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated by: John H. Mayer
    • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 217
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 150
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 150

    Before New York City was the Big Apple, it could have been called the Big Oyster. Now award-winning author Mark Kurlansky tells the remarkable story of New York by following the trajectory of one of its most fascinating inhabitants, the oyster, whose influence on the great metropolis remains unparalleled.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Ok, but not as good as his "Salt", or "Cod".

    • By Frank H. on 03-22-17

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Rush

    • Revolution, Madness, and Benjamin Rush, the Visionary Doctor Who Became a Founding Father
    • By: Stephen Fried
    • Narrated by: John H. Mayer
    • Length: 22 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65

    In the summer of 1776, 56 men put their quills to a dangerous document they called the Declaration of Independence. Among them was a 30-year-old doctor named Benjamin Rush. One of the youngest signatories, he was also, among stiff competition, one of the most visionary. From improbable beginnings as the son of a Philadelphia blacksmith, Rush grew into an internationally renowned writer, reformer, and medical pioneer who touched virtually every page in the story of the nation's founding. He was Franklin's protégée, the editor of Common Sense, and Washington’s surgeon general.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The narration problem can be corrected

    • By Sandra L. on 09-27-18
    • Revolution, Madness, and Benjamin Rush, the Visionary Doctor Who Became a Founding Father
    • By: Stephen Fried
    • Narrated by: John H. Mayer
    • Length: 22 hrs and 18 mins
    • Release date: 09-04-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 71 ratings

    Regular price: $41.95

    • American Creation

    • Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic
    • By: Joseph J. Ellis
    • Narrated by: John H. Mayer
    • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 212
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 94

    From the first shots fired at Lexington to the signing of the Declaration of Independence to the negotiations for the Louisiana Purchase, Joseph J. Ellis guides us through the decisive issues of the nation's founding, and illuminates the emerging philosophies, shifting alliances, and personal and political foibles of our now iconic leaders: Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Hamilton, and Adams.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good But Not Quite There

    • By Slide01 on 06-02-13

    Regular price: $27.95

    • The Terror Years

    • From al-Qaeda to the Islamic State
    • By: Lawrence Wright
    • Narrated by: John H. Mayer, Lawrence Wright
    • Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 298
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 267
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 267

    With the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Looming Tower, Lawrence Wright became generally acknowledged as one of our major journalists writing on terrorism in the Middle East. This collection draws on several articles he wrote while researching that book as well as many that he's written since, following where and how al-Qaeda and its core cultlike beliefs have morphed and spread.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Contains much old material from "Looming Tower"

    • By peter on 09-21-16

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Meet You in Hell

    • Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and the Bitter Partnership that Transformed America
    • By: Les Standiford
    • Narrated by: John H. Mayer
    • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 152
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 91
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 90

    Here is history that reads like fiction: the riveting story of two founding fathers of American industry, Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick, and the bloody steelworkers' strike that transformed their fabled partnership into a furious rivalry. Author Les Standiford begins at the bitter end, when the dying Carnegie proposes a final meeting after two decades of separation. Frick's reply: "Tell him that I'll meet him in hell."

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • an extended journalistic tour

    • By D. Littman on 06-08-05
    • Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and the Bitter Partnership that Transformed America
    • By: Les Standiford
    • Narrated by: John H. Mayer
    • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
    • Release date: 05-27-05
    • 4 out of 5 stars 152 ratings

    Regular price: $27.95

    • The Immortal Game

    • A History of Chess
    • By: David Shenk
    • Narrated by: John H. Mayer
    • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 130
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 82
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81

    Why has one game, alone among the thousands of games invented and played throughout human history, not only survived but thrived within every culture it has touched? What is it about its 32 figurative pieces, moving about its 64 black and white squares according to very simple rules, that has captivated people for nearly 1,500 years? Why has it driven some of its greatest players into paranoia and madness, and yet is hailed as a remarkably powerful intellectual tool?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Patzer's Review

    • By John on 06-26-12

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Imperial Grunts

    • On the Ground with the American Military, from Mongolia to the Philippines to Iraq and Beyond...
    • By: Robert D. Kaplan
    • Narrated by: John H. Mayer
    • Length: 18 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 184
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 72
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 75

    In this landmark book, Robert D. Kaplan, veteran correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly and author of Balkan Ghosts, shows how American imperialism and the Global War on Terrorism are implemented on the ground, mission by mission, in the most exotic landscapes around the world.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • completely engaging and informative

    • By Clark on 03-29-06
    • On the Ground with the American Military, from Mongolia to the Philippines to Iraq and Beyond...
    • By: Robert D. Kaplan
    • Narrated by: John H. Mayer
    • Length: 18 hrs and 37 mins
    • Release date: 09-12-05
    • 4 out of 5 stars 184 ratings

    Regular price: $31.95

    • American Lion

    • Andrew Jackson in the White House
    • By: Jon Meacham
    • Narrated by: John H. Mayer
    • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 198
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 118
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 118

    Jon Meacham, in American Lion, has delivered the definitive human portrait of a pivotal president who forever changed the American presidency and America itself. Andrew Jackson, his intimate circle of friends, and his tumultuous times are at the heart of this remarkable book about the man who rose from nothing to create the modern presidency.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Couldn't handle the melodrama or the narrator

    • By Dog Lover on 03-03-12

    Regular price: $27.95

    • American Gunfight

    • The Plot to Kill Harry Truman and the Shootout That Stopped It
    • By: Stephen Hunter, John Bainbridge
    • Narrated by: John H. Mayer
    • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 66
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 34

    American Gunfight is the fast-paced, definitive, and breathtakingly suspenseful account of an extraordinary historical event: the attempted assassination of President Harry Truman in 1950 by two Puerto Rican Nationalists and the bloody shoot-out in the streets of Washington, D.C., that saved the president's life.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating Description

    • By Feather on 06-27-10

    Regular price: $31.95

    • American Lightning

    • Terror, Mystery, the Birth of Hollywood, and the Crime of the Century
    • By: Howard Blum
    • Narrated by: John H. Mayer
    • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 165
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 92
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 90

    It was an explosion that reverberated across the country - and into the very heart of early-20th-century America. On the morning of October 1, 1910, the walls of the Los Angeles Times Building buckled as a thunderous detonation sent men, machinery, and mortar rocketing into the night air. When at last the wreckage had been sifted and the hospital triage units consulted, 21 people were declared dead and dozens more injured.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • very interesting popular history

    • By D. Littman on 11-28-08
    • Terror, Mystery, the Birth of Hollywood, and the Crime of the Century
    • By: Howard Blum
    • Narrated by: John H. Mayer
    • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
    • Release date: 09-16-08
    • 3.5 out of 5 stars 165 ratings

    Regular price: $27.95

    • The Race Underground

    • Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry That Built America's First Subway
    • By: Doug Most
    • Narrated by: John H. Mayer
    • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 115
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 107
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 106

    In the late nineteenth century, as cities like Boston and New York grew larger, the streets became increasingly clogged with horse-drawn carts. When the great blizzard of 1888 brought New York City to a halt, a solution had to be found. Two brothers - Henry Melville Whitney of Boston and William Collins Whitney of New York City - pursued the dream of his city being the first American metropolis to have a subway and the great race was on.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • interesting journey

    • By Andy on 02-14-14
    • Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry That Built America's First Subway
    • By: Doug Most
    • Narrated by: John H. Mayer
    • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
    • Release date: 02-04-14
    • 4 out of 5 stars 115 ratings

    Regular price: $34.95

    • A Concise Biography of Adolf Hitler

    • By: Thomas Fuchs
    • Narrated by: John H. Mayer
    • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6

    A unique biography, organized by subject areas to provide quick access to key facts and illuminating anecdotes about Hitler and his malevolent career. A must listen for anyone interested in a gaining a deeper understanding of one of the most hated figures in modern history

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good book ....

    • By Alan on 12-20-14

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Storm Over Texas

    • The Annexation Controversy and the Road to Civil War
    • By: Joel H. Silbey
    • Narrated by: John H. Mayer
    • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 18

    In the spring of 1844, a fiery political conflict erupted over the admission of Texas into the Union. This hard-fought and bitter controversy profoundly changed the course of American history. Indeed, as Joel Silbey argues in Storm Over Texas, it marked the crucial moment when partisan differences were transformed into a North-vs-South antagonism, and the momentum towards Civil War leaped into high gear.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Old Wine in New Bottles?

    • By Steve on 03-15-11

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Empire of Blue Water

    • Captain Morgan's Great Pirate Army, the Epic Battle for the Americas, and the Catastrophe That Ended the Outlaws' Bloody Reign
    • By: Stephan Talty
    • Narrated by: John H. Mayer
    • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 11

    He challenged the greatest empire on earth with a ragtag bunch of renegades and brought it to its knees. This is the real story of the pirates of the Caribbean. Henry Morgan, a 20-year-old Welshman, crossed the Atlantic in 1655, hell-bent on making his fortune. Over the next three decades, his exploits in the Caribbean became legendary. His daring attacks on the mighty Spanish empire on land and at sea determined the fates of kings and queens, and his victories helped shape the destiny of the New World.

    • Captain Morgan's Great Pirate Army, the Epic Battle for the Americas, and the Catastrophe That Ended the Outlaws' Bloody Reign
    • By: Stephan Talty
    • Narrated by: John H. Mayer
    • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
    • Release date: 04-04-07
    • 4 out of 5 stars 17 ratings

    Regular price: $24.95