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    • The Dead Drink First

    • By: Dale Maharidge
    • Narrated by: Dale Maharidge
    • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,006
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,614
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,609

    Dale Maharidge’s father, like many World War II veterans, never talked about “the good war”. There was just one clue to his dad’s experience as a US Marine - a portrait with a close friend that hung permanently in their home. In The Dead Drink First, Dale, now a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, recounts his 18-year quest to find and repatriate the missing remains of his dad’s buddy, Herman Walter Mulligan, 73 years after he was killed in action.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Explains a Lot about The Greatest Generation

    • By Debbie on 06-08-19

    Regular price: $7.95

    • The Mueller Report

    • The Findings of the Special Counsel Investigation
    • By: Robert S. Mueller III, Special Counsel's Office U.S. Department of Justice
    • Narrated by: Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett, Victor Bevine
    • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,581
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,408
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,379

    The wait is over. After a two-year investigation, the results of The Mueller Report have been released to the public. Now listen to an audio version of one of the most talked about government documents in history. These are the redacted findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team, which was tasked with investigating Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections, including exploring any links or coordination between President Donald J. Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and the Russian government.  

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Double Checked Accuracy

    • By Aptly Informed on 05-04-19

    Regular price: $0.00

    • 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 24,875
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 21,953
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21,811

    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
    • Should be required reading

    • By Blue Zion on 12-22-18

    Regular price: $32.95

    • When Women Ruled the World

    • By: Kara Cooney
    • Narrated by: Kara Cooney
    • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 434
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 399
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      4 out of 5 stars 399

    This riveting narrative explores the lives of six remarkable female pharaohs, from Hatshepsut to Cleopatra - women who ruled with real power - and shines a piercing light on our own perceptions of women in power today. Female rulers are a rare phenomenon - but thousands of years ago in ancient Egypt, women reigned supreme. But throughout human history, women in positions of power were more often used as political pawns in a male-dominated society. What was so special about ancient Egypt that provided women this kind of access to the highest political office?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Thoroughly Feminist Review of Ancient Egypt

    • By Morgan on 03-07-19

    Regular price: $24.95

    • 48 Laws of Power

    • By: Robert Greene
    • Narrated by: Richard Poe
    • Length: 23 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10,711
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,330
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,268

    Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this piercing work distills 3,000 years of the history of power into 48 well-explicated laws. This bold volume outlines the laws of power in their unvarnished essence, synthesizing the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, Carl von Clausewitz, and other infamous strategists. The 48 Laws of Power will fascinate any listener interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • You don't have to be a psychopath to like this.

    • By Gaggleframpf on 02-25-16

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

    • By: Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
    • Length: 24 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,742
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,250
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,234

    Benjamin Franklin is the founding father who winks at us - an ambitious urban entrepreneur who rose up the social ladder, from leather-aproned shopkeeper to dining with kings. In best-selling author Walter Isaacson's vivid and witty full-scale biography, we discover why Franklin turns to us from history's stage with eyes that twinkle from behind his new-fangled spectacles. In Benjamin Franklin, Isaacson shows how Franklin defines both his own time and ours. The most interesting thing that Franklin invented, and continually reinvented, was himself.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • My kinda founding father...mostly...

    • By Brad Barker on 06-08-13

    Regular price: $57.95

    • Midnight in Chernobyl

    • By: Adam Higginbotham
    • Narrated by: Jacques Roy
    • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1,591
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,450
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1,444

    April 25, 1986 in Chernobyl was a turning point in world history. The disaster not only changed the world’s perception of nuclear power and the science that spawned it, but also our understanding of the planet’s delicate ecology. With the images of the abandoned homes and playgrounds beyond the barbed wire of the 30-kilometer Exclusion Zone, the rusting graveyards of contaminated trucks and helicopters, the farmland lashed with black rain, the event fixed for all time the notion of radiation as an invisible killer. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Midnight in Chernobyl is the book to listen to.

    • By N. H. on 03-21-19

    Regular price: $29.95

    • The Man Who Knew the Way to the Moon

    • By: Todd Zwillich
    • Length: Not Yet Known
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    The story of John C. Houbolt, an unsung hero of Apollo 11 and the man who helped figure out how America got to the moon.

    Regular price: $7.95

    • 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 5,932
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,396
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,361

    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

    • The Pioneers

    • The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West
    • By: David McCullough
    • Narrated by: John Bedford Lloyd
    • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 815
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 737
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 735

    Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough rediscovers an important and dramatic chapter in the American story - the settling of the Northwest Territory by dauntless pioneers who overcame incredible hardships to build a community based on ideals that would come to define our country. 

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Ancestors Were Some of These Pioneers

    • By Zack on 05-08-19

    Regular price: $20.99

    • The Story of Human Language

    • By: John McWhorter, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: John McWhorter
    • Length: 18 hrs and 15 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,605
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,278
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,236

    Language defines us as a species, placing humans head and shoulders above even the most proficient animal communicators. But it also beguiles us with its endless mysteries, allowing us to ponder why different languages emerged, why there isn't simply a single language, how languages change over time and whether that's good or bad, and how languages die out and become extinct.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • You'll Never Look at Languages the Same Way Again

    • By SAMA on 03-11-14

    Regular price: $41.95

    • 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 1,921
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,710
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,696

    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

    • The Mueller Report

    • By: The Washington Post
    • Narrated by: Matt Zapotosky, Rosalind S. Helderman, Marc Fisher, and others
    • Length: 19 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 303
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 267
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 258

    Listen to the findings of the Special Counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, complete with accompanying analysis by the Post reporters who’ve covered the story from the beginning. One of the most urgent and important investigations ever conducted, the Mueller inquiry focuses on Donald Trump, his presidential campaign, and Russian interference in the 2016 election, and draws on the testimony of dozens of witnesses and the work of some of the country’s most seasoned prosecutors.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Inciteful and insightful

    • By Jeff Lacy on 05-11-19

    Regular price: $22.67

    • White Trash

    • The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America
    • By: Nancy Isenberg
    • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
    • Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3,080
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,768
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,739

    In White Trash, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America's supposedly class-free society. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early 19th century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. Reconstruction pitted poor white trash against newly freed slaves, which factored in the rise of eugenics. These poor were at the heart of New Deal reforms and LBJ's Great Society; they haunt us in reality TV shows like Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and Duck Dynasty.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • 400 Year Head Start Squandered

    • By Virgil on 10-11-16

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Sea Stories

    • My Life in Special Operations
    • By: William H. McRaven
    • Narrated by: William H. McRaven
    • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 710
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 669
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      5 out of 5 stars 661

    Admiral William H. McRaven is back with amazing stories of bravery and heroism from his career as a Navy SEAL and commander of America's Special Operations Forces.  

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing & Totally Enthralling Book!

    • By Richard Paul Reynolds on 05-24-19

    Regular price: $29.65

    • The History of the United States, 2nd Edition

    • By: The Great Courses, Allen C. Guelzo, Gary W. Gallagher, and others
    • Narrated by: Allen C. Guelzo, Gary W. Gallagher, Patrick N. Allitt
    • Length: 43 hrs and 23 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,310
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,081
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,057

    This comprehensive series of 84 lectures features three award-winning historians sharing their insights into this nation's past-from the European settlement and the Revolutionary War through the Civil War, 19th-century industrialization, two world wars, and the present day. These lectures give you the opportunity to grasp the different aspects of our past that combine to make us distinctly American, and to gain the knowledge so essential to recognizing not only what makes this country such a noteworthy part of world history, but the varying degrees to which it has lived up to its ideals.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Had its Ups and Downs

    • By Tommy D'Angelo on 10-01-16

    Regular price: $59.95

    • Chernobyl

    • The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe
    • By: Serhii Plokhy
    • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
    • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 650
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 602
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 602

    On the morning of April 26, 1986, Europe witnessed the worst nuclear disaster in history: the explosion of a reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Soviet Ukraine. Dozens died of radiation poisoning, fallout contaminated half the continent, and thousands fell ill. In Chernobyl, Serhii Plokhy draws on new sources to tell the dramatic stories of the firefighters, scientists, and soldiers who heroically extinguished the nuclear inferno. He lays bare the flaws of the Soviet nuclear industry....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Well Worth the Time

    • By Chris Reich on 08-09-18
    • The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe
    • By: Serhii Plokhy
    • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
    • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
    • Release date: 05-15-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 650 ratings

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Dead Mountain

    • The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident
    • By: Donnie Eichar
    • Narrated by: Donnie Eichar
    • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,736
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2,520
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,523

    In February 1959, a group of nine experienced hikers in the Russian Ural Mountains died mysteriously on an elevation known as Dead Mountain. Eerie aspects of the incident—unexplained violent injuries, signs that they cut open and fled the tent without proper clothing or shoes, a strange final photograph taken by one of the hikers, and elevated levels of radiation found on some of their clothes—have led to decades of speculation over what really happened.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Mystery & Intrigue In The Ural Mountains

    • By Sara on 06-30-15

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Skeptic's Guide to American History

    • By: Mark A. Stoler, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Mark A. Stoler
    • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,127
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,810
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,773

    To take a skeptical approach to American history is not to dabble in imaginative conspiracy theories; rather, it's to reframe your understanding of this great nation's past and actually strengthen your appreciation for what makes American history such a fascinating chapter in the larger story of Western civilization. And in this bold 24-lecture series, you can do just that.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • 24 Lectures The American History not taught.

    • By Kristi R. on 04-30-14

    Regular price: $34.95

    • The History of Ancient Egypt

    • By: Bob Brier, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Bob Brier
    • Length: 24 hrs and 25 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2,849
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,650
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2,647

    Ancient Egyptian civilization is so grand our minds sometimes have difficulty adjusting to it. It lasted 3,000 years, longer than any other on the planet. Its Great Pyramid of Cheops was the tallest building in the world until well into the 19th century and remains the only Ancient Wonder still standing. And it was the most technologically advanced of the ancient civilizations, with the medical knowledge that made Egyptian physicians the most famous in the world.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Incomprehensibly complete

    • By Nassir on 07-09-13

    Regular price: $52.95

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