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    • 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 3,127
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,882
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,870

    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? 

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • And I thought this American got British humor

    • By John Bathon on 11-07-18

    Regular price: $8.95

    • Twain’s Feast

    • By: Audible Originals
    • Narrated by: Nick Offerman
    • Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,310
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,134
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,123

    Mark Twain, beloved American writer, performer, and humorist, was a self-proclaimed glutton. With the help of a chef and some friends, Nick Offerman presents the story of Twain’s life through the lens of eight of Mark Twain’s favorite foods.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Feast for the Ears!

    • By Ellen H. on 11-01-18

    Regular price: $8.95

    • 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 13,471
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 11,892
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11,817

    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

    • Unbroken

    • A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
    • By: Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
    • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39,212
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 32,047
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 32,122

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.... 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Indescribable

    • By Janice on 12-01-10
    • A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
    • By: Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
    • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
    • Release date: 11-16-10
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 39,212 ratings

    Regular price: $35.93

    Sale price: $5.95

    • The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World

    • By: Robert Garland, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert Garland
    • Length: 24 hrs and 28 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,127
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,669
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,634

    Look beyond the abstract dates and figures, kings and queens, and battles and wars that make up so many historical accounts. Over the course of 48 richly detailed lectures, Professor Garland covers the breadth and depth of human history from the perspective of the so-called ordinary people, from its earliest beginnings through the Middle Ages.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Tantalizing time trip

    • By Mark on 08-21-13

    Regular price: $52.95

    Sale price: $6.95

    • Dead Wake

    • The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
    • By: Erik Larson
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,864
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,853
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,837

    On May 1, 1915, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were anxious. Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone, and for months, its U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Naivety VS Barbarians Of War

    • By Sara on 03-05-16
    • The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
    • By: Erik Larson
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
    • Release date: 03-10-15
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 9,864 ratings

    Regular price: $31.50

    Sale price: $5.95

    • A People's History of the United States

    • 1492 to Present
    • By: Howard Zinn
    • Narrated by: Jeff Zinn
    • Length: 34 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,494
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 3,782
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,794

    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
    • Amateur hour in the production booth

    • By Thomas on 11-09-10

    Regular price: $55.90

    • The Vikings

    • By: Kenneth W. Harl, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Kenneth W. Harl
    • Length: 17 hrs and 59 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,510
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,277
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,262

    As raiders and explorers, the Vikings played a decisive role in the formation of Latin Christendom, and particularly of western Europe. Now, in a series of 36 vivid lectures by an honored teacher and classical scholar, you have the opportunity to understand this remarkable race as never before, studying the Vikings not only as warriors, but in all of the other roles in which they were equally extraordinary - merchants, artists, kings, raiders, seafarers, shipbuilders, and creators of a remarkable literature of myths and sagas.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Enthralling Presentation of a Fascinating Subject

    • By AppleCedAR on 09-14-13

    Regular price: $41.95

    Sale price: $6.95

    • 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 1,482
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,351
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,338

    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

    • Great Mythologies of the World

    • By: The Great Courses, Grant L. Voth, Julius H. Bailey, and others
    • Narrated by: Grant L. Voth, Julius H. Bailey, Kathryn McClymond, and others
    • Length: 31 hrs and 36 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,603
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,423
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,412

    The deep-seated origins and wide-reaching lessons of ancient myths built the foundation for our modern legacies. Explore the mythologies of Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Learn what makes these stories so important, distinctive, and able to withstand the test of time. Discover how, despite geographical implausibilities, many myths from across the oceans share themes, morals, and archetypes.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • mostly awesome

    • By Dan on 03-16-16

    Regular price: $59.95

    Sale price: $6.95

    • SPQR

    • A History of Ancient Rome
    • By: Mary Beard
    • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
    • Length: 18 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,413
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,193
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,168

    In SPQR, world-renowned classicist Mary Beard narrates the unprecedented rise of a civilization that even 2,000 years later still shapes many of our most fundamental assumptions about power, citizenship, responsibility, political violence, empire, luxury, and beauty.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent Reexamination of the History of Rome

    • By Christopher on 12-17-15
    • A History of Ancient Rome
    • By: Mary Beard
    • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
    • Length: 18 hrs and 30 mins
    • Release date: 11-19-15
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 2,413 ratings

    Regular price: $34.99

    Sale price: $6.95

    • Code Girls

    • The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II
    • By: Liza Mundy
    • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
    • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,359
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,242
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,235

    Recruited by the US Army and Navy from small towns and elite colleges, more than 10,000 women served as codebreakers during World War II. While their brothers and boyfriends took up arms, these women moved to Washington and learned the meticulous work of codebreaking. Their efforts shortened the war, saved countless lives, and gave them access to careers previously denied to them.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Just released, about 80% through this story

    • By Roobah Fox on 10-11-17
    • The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II
    • By: Liza Mundy
    • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
    • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
    • Release date: 10-10-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 1,359 ratings

    Regular price: $29.65

    Sale price: $5.95

    • Churchill

    • Walking with Destiny
    • By: Andrew Roberts
    • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
    • Length: 50 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    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.

    Regular price: $63.00

    • Harry Potter: A History of Magic

    • An Audio Documentary
    • By: Pottermore Publishing, Ben Davies
    • Narrated by: Natalie Dormer
    • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 947
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 874
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 869

    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

    • Get Well Soon

    • History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them
    • By: Jennifer Wright
    • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
    • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,699
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,327
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,309

    In 1518, in a small town in Alsace, Frau Troffea began dancing and didn't stop. She danced until she was carried away six days later, and soon 34 more villagers joined her. Then more. In a month more than 400 people had been stricken by the mysterious dancing plague. In late-19th-century England an eccentric gentleman founded the No Nose Club in his gracious townhome - a social club for those who had lost their noses, and other body parts, to the plague of syphilis for which there was then no cure.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Highly informative with a humorous twist

    • By alan on 05-29-17

    Regular price: $24.47

    Sale price: $4.95

    • 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 6,548
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5,928
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,906

    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

    • 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 464
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 411
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 408

    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 Lost City of the Monkey God

    • A True Story
    • By: Douglas Preston
    • Narrated by: Bill Mumy
    • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3,494
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 3,162
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3,160

    Since the days of conquistador Hernán Cortés, rumors have circulated about a lost city of immense wealth hidden somewhere in the Honduran interior, called the White City or the Lost City of the Monkey God. Indigenous tribes speak of ancestors who fled there to escape the Spanish invaders, and they warn that anyone who enters this sacred city will fall ill and die.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Danger and Discovery in the Jungle

    • By Jim N on 01-08-17

    Regular price: $29.65

    Sale price: $5.95

    • 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 18,038
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14,538
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14,566

    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 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 492
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 453
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 451

    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

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