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    • The Man Who Knew the Way to the Moon

    • By: Todd Zwillich
    • Narrated by: Todd Zwillich, Angelo Di Loreto
    • Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,478
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,130
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,118

    Without John C. Houbolt, a mid-level engineer at NASA, Apollo 11 would never have made it to the moon. Top NASA engineers on the project, including Werner Von Braun, strongly advocated for a single, huge spacecraft to travel to the moon, land, and return to Earth. It's the scenario used in 1950s cartoons and horror movies about traveling to outer space. Houbolt had another idea: Lunar Orbit Rendezvous. LOR would link two spacecraft in orbit while the crafts were travelling at 3,600 miles an hour around the moon. His plan was ridiculed and considered unthinkable.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Call me a nerd... But darn-it, I still love learning about the history of NASA 🚀

    • By C. White on 07-05-19

    Regular price: $7.95

    • The Dead Drink First

    • By: Dale Maharidge
    • Narrated by: Dale Maharidge
    • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10,708
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,794
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,781

    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

    • 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 26,063
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 23,002
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22,848

    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

    • 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 2,093
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,863
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,823

    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

    • American Carnage

    • On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump
    • By: Tim Alberta
    • Narrated by: Jason Culp
    • Length: 26 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46

    The 2016 election was a watershed for the United States. But, as Tim Alberta explains in American Carnage, to understand Trump’s victory is to view him not as the creator of this era of polarization and bruising partisanship, but rather as its most manifest consequence. American Carnage is the story of a president’s rise based on a country’s evolution and a party’s collapse. As George W. Bush left office with record-low approval ratings and Barack Obama led a Democratic takeover of Washington, Republicans faced a moment of reckoning.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Should have picked George Will’s book

    • By Anonymous User on 07-22-19
    • On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump
    • By: Tim Alberta
    • Narrated by: Jason Culp
    • Length: 26 hrs and 23 mins
    • Release date: 07-16-19
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 50 ratings

    Regular price: $55.90

    • Justice on Trial

    • The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court
    • By: Mollie Hemingway, Carrie Severino
    • Narrated by: Mollie Hemingway, Carrie Severino
    • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 427
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      5 out of 5 stars 383
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      5 out of 5 stars 382

    In this definitive deep dive into the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, two women with extraordinary behind-the-scenes access - The Federalist senior editor Mollie Hemingway and Judicial Crisis Network senior counsel Carrie Severino - reveal what really happened and explore what the bitterly divisive hearings mean for the future of the Court and the battle for the soul of America.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Must Listen!

    • By Nicholas S. on 07-10-19

    Regular price: $31.50

    • 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 11,038
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,608
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,545

    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

    • 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 1,210
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,089
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,081

    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 Right Stuff

    • By: Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated by: Dennis Quaid
    • Length: 15 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,487
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,312
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,300

    Millions of words have poured forth about man's trip to the moon, but until now few people have had a sense of the most engrossing side of the adventure: namely, what went on in the minds of the astronauts themselves - in space, on the moon, and even during certain odysseys on earth. It is this, the inner life of the astronauts, that Tom Wolfe describes with his almost uncanny empathetic powers that made The Right Stuff a classic.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Splendid Narration of One of My Favorite Books

    • By M. Clarke on 02-08-18

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Midnight in Chernobyl

    • By: Adam Higginbotham
    • Narrated by: Jacques Roy
    • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2,314
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,110
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2,099

    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

    • Alone at Dawn

    • Medal of Honor Recipient John Chapman and the Untold Story of the World's Deadliest Special Operations Force
    • By: Dan Schilling, Lori Longfritz
    • Narrated by: Kiff VandenHeuvel, Betsy Foldes Meiman
    • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 201
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 190
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 190

    In the predawn hours of March 4, 2002, just below the 10,000-foot peak of a mountain in eastern Afghanistan, a fierce battle raged. Outnumbered by Al Qaeda fighters, Air Force Combat Controller John Chapman and a handful of SEALs struggled to take the summit in a desperate bid to find a lost teammate. Chapman, leading the charge, was gravely wounded in the initial assault. Believing he was dead, his SEAL leader ordered a retreat. Chapman regained consciousness, alone with the enemy closing in on three sides, beginning the most difficult and exceptional fight of his life.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of the Most Accurate and Compelling Account

    • By Frank Dailey on 06-26-19

    Regular price: $29.65

    • 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 429
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 378
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 367

    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

    • Legion versus Phalanx

    • The Epic Struggle for Infantry Supremacy in the Ancient World
    • By: Myke Cole
    • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
    • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 332
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 308
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 305

    From the time of Ancient Sumeria, the heavy infantry phalanx dominated the battlefield. Armed with spears or pikes, standing shoulder to shoulder, and with overlapping shields, they presented an impenetrable wall of wood and metal to the enemy. It was the phalanx that allowed Greece to become the dominant power in the Western world. That is, until the Romans developed the legion and cracked the phalanx. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • It's Great After First Few Chapters

    • By Jonathon Hawk on 05-26-19

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Woman Who Smashed Codes

    • A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine who Outwitted America's Enemies
    • By: Jason Fagone
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
    • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,374
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,190
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,181

    In 1912, at the height of World War I, brilliant Shakespeare expert Elizebeth Smith went to work for an eccentric tycoon on his estate outside Chicago. The tycoon had close ties to the US government, and he soon asked Elizebeth to apply her language skills to an exciting new venture: code breaking. There she met the man who would become her husband, groundbreaking cryptologist William Friedman. Though she and Friedman are in many ways the Adam and Eve of the NSA, Elizebeth's story, incredibly, has never been told.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Captivating Biography

    • By Jean on 11-20-17

    Regular price: $36.50

    • 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 20,311
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16,601
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16,630

    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: $31.95

    • 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 3,765
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,430
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,380

    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
    • Hanging on every word

    • By Mark on 12-27-15

    Regular price: $41.95

    • 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 4,911
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,407
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,387

    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

    • 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 1,268
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,188
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1,171

    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

    • 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 6,840
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5,904
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,896

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Compelling pre-history and emergent history

    • By Doug on 08-25-11

    Regular price: $31.95

    • America Before

    • The Key to Earth's Lost Civilization
    • By: Graham Hancock
    • Narrated by: Graham Hancock
    • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,126
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,022
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,016

    Stunning new archaeological discoveries in North America together with new genetic evidence have launched a revolution in our understanding of the remote past of our species and of the origins of civilization. Graham Hancock, the internationally best-selling author has been overwhelmingly vindicated by recent discoveries. America Before: The Key to Earth's Lost Civilization is a mind-dilating exploration of the mystery of ancient civilizations, amazing archaeological discoveries, and profound implications for how we lead our lives today.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fun to Think About

    • By Amazon Customer on 04-26-19

    Regular price: $46.89

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