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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 16,354
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 14,450
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14,360

    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
    • Take the Negative Reviews w/ a Grain of Salt

    • By Gabriel on 08-29-18

    Regular price: $31.93

    • The First Conspiracy

    • The Secret Plot Against George Washington
    • By: Brad Meltzer, Josh Mensch
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 150
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 139
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 139

    Taking place during the most critical period of our nation’s birth, The First Conspiracy tells a remarkable and previously untold piece of American history that not only reveals George Washington’s character, but also illuminates the origins of America’s counterintelligence movement that led to the modern day CIA. In 1776, an elite group of soldiers were handpicked to serve as George Washington’s bodyguards. Washington trusted them; relied on them. But unbeknownst to Washington, some of them were part of a treasonous plan.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliantly written and narrated!

    • By Wayne on 01-09-19

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The Library Book

    • By: Susan Orlean
    • Narrated by: Susan Orlean
    • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 494
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 463
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      4 out of 5 stars 461

    On the morning of April 29, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. As the moments passed, the patrons and staff who had cleared out of the building realized this was not the usual false alarm. As one fireman recounted later, “Once that first stack got going, it was good-bye, Charlie.” The fire was disastrous: It reached 2,000 degrees and burned for more than seven hours. By the time it was extinguished, it had consumed 400,000 books and damaged 700,000 more. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Sharing the magic of the Los Angeles Library and all libraries

    • By Clovis on 12-17-18

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Code Name: Lise

    • The True Story of the Spy Who Became WWII's Most Highly Decorated Woman
    • By: Larry Loftis
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
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      5 out of 5 stars 12
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      5 out of 5 stars 11

    The year is 1942. World War II is in full swing. Odette Sansom decides to follow in her war hero father’s footsteps by becoming an SOE agent to aid Britain and her beloved homeland, France. Five failed attempts and a plane crash later, she finally lands in occupied France to begin her mission. It is here that she meets her commanding officer, Captain Peter Churchill. As they successfully complete mission after mission, Peter and Odette fall in love. All the while, they are being hunted by the cunning German secret police Sergeant Hugo Bleicher, who finally succeeds in capturing them.

    • The True Story of the Spy Who Became WWII's Most Highly Decorated Woman
    • By: Larry Loftis
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
    • Release date: 01-15-19
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 13 ratings

    Regular price: $18.89

    • Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets

    • An Audible Original
    • By: John Woolf, Nick Baker
    • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
    • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10,492
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,637
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9,596

    On the surface, the Victorian age is one of propriety, industry, prudishness and piety. But scratch the surface and you’ll find scandal, sadism, sex, madness, malice and murder. Presented by Stephen Fry, this series delves deep into a period of time we think we know, to discover an altogether darker reality. The stories we’re told offer a different perspective on an era which underwent massive social change. As education, trade, technology and culture blossomed, why was there an undercurrent of the ‘forbidden’ festering beneath Victorian society? 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Part history lesson, part audio documentary.

    • By brian on 11-01-18

    Regular price: $8.95

    • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

    • By: Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
    • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12,165
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,911
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,927

    The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant, insightful, intriguing.

    • By Peter on 03-05-10

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Churchill

    • Walking with Destiny
    • By: Andrew Roberts
    • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
    • Length: 50 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 131
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 117
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 119

    When we seek an example of great leaders with unalloyed courage, the person who comes to mind is Winston Churchill: the iconic, visionary war leader immune from the consensus of the day, who stood firmly for his beliefs when everyone doubted him. But how did young Winston become Churchill? What gave him the strength to take on the superior force of Nazi Germany when bombs rained on London and so many others had caved? In this landmark biography of Winston Churchill based on extensive new material, the true genius of the man, statesman, and leader can finally be fully understood.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Extraordinary

    • By William P. Warford on 12-21-18

    Regular price: $63.00

    • WAR

    • By: Sebastian Junger
    • Narrated by: Sebastian Junger
    • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,552
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 989
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 986

    Junger turns his brilliant and empathetic eye to the reality of combat - the fear, the honor, and the trust among men in an extreme situation whose survival depends on their absolute commitment to one another. His on-the-ground account follows a single platoon through a 15-month tour of duty in the most dangerous outpost in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Why we fight re-visited

    • By J on 09-20-10

    Regular price: $17.09

    • Saving Italy

    • By: Robert Edsel
    • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
    • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 145
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 133
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 133

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • More Personalities than Art Chasing

    • By Craig on 01-17-15

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The Devil in the White City

    • Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
    • By: Erik Larson
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18,512
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14,964
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14,993

    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

    • 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 8,107
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,019
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,910

    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

    • A People's History of the United States

    • By: Howard Zinn
    • Narrated by: Jeff Zinn
    • Length: 34 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,742
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 3,998
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,012

    A classic since its original landmark publication in 1980, Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States is the first scholarly work to tell America's story from the bottom up - from the point of view of, and in the words of, America's women, factory workers, African-Americans, Native Americans, the working poor, and immigrant laborers.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Horrible Editing Ruins Experience

    • By Gavin St. Ours on 05-04-10

    Regular price: $55.90

    • 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 18,100
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12,847
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12,800

    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

    • 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 2,422
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,196
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,181

    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

    • 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 1,199
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,101
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1,095

    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

    • 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 7,115
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6,439
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,416

    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

    • I Learn from Children

    • An Adventure in Progressive Education
    • By: Caroline Pratt
    • Narrated by: Becky Ann Baker, Ian Frazier, Kate Turley
    • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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    In this classic 1948 memoir, now in its fourth edition, Caroline Pratt recounts, in a wry authorial voice much closer to Will Rogers than John Dewey, how she founded what is now the dynamic City and Country School in New York City; invented the maple "unit blocks” that have become a staple in classrooms and children’s homes around the globe; and came to play an important role in reimagining preschool and primary-school education in ways that resound in the tumultuously creative age before us.  

    Regular price: $0.00

    • The Point of It All

    • A Lifetime of Great Loves and Endeavors
    • By: Charles Krauthammer, Daniel Krauthammer - editor
    • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb, Daniel Krauthammer
    • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 182
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 166
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 165

    Created and compiled by Charles Krauthammer before his death, The Point of It All is an intimate collection of the influential columnist’s most important works. Spanning the personal, political, and philosophical - including never-before-published speeches and a major new essay about the effect of today’s populist movements on the future of global democracy - this is the most profound work yet by the legendary writer and thinker.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant

    • By robert on 12-11-18

    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 5,920
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5,109
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,101

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A story all should know, not all can endure

    • By Daniel on 12-19-11

    Regular price: $31.50

    • Bonhoeffer

    • Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich
    • By: Eric Metaxas
    • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Length: 22 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,098
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,251
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,280

    A definitive, deeply moving narrative, Bonhoeffer is a story of moral courage in the face of the monstrous evil that was Nazism. After discovering the fire of true faith in a Harlem church, Bonhoeffer returned to Germany and became one of the first to speak out against Hitler. As a double agent, he joined the plot to assassinate the Führer and was hanged in Flossenbürg concentration camp at age thirty-nine. Since his death, Bonhoeffer has grown to be one of the most fascinating, complex figures of the twentieth century.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Message That Needs To Be Heard

    • By Douglas on 01-28-13
    • Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich
    • By: Eric Metaxas
    • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Length: 22 hrs and 33 mins
    • Release date: 08-11-10
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 5,098 ratings

    Regular price: $31.47

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