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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
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,168
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,007
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,998

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Caveat Emptor: Bone to Pick

    • By Judah Family 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 9,678
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,861
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,847

    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
    • read it even if it's not your usual genre

    • By Kindle Customer on 06-07-19

    Regular price: $7.95

    • 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 205
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 191
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 189

    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 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 1,958
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,748
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,710

    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 25,720
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 22,707
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22,551

    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

    • 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 10,942
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,525
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,462

    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

    • 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 178
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 161
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 162

    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

    • Midnight in Chernobyl

    • By: Adam Higginbotham
    • Narrated by: Jacques Roy
    • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2,135
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,948
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1,937

    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 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 2,210
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,038
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,029

    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 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 1,106
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 996
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 989

    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

    • 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 4,839
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,341
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,321

    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

    • 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 3,709
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,376
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,327

    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

    • 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 1,954
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,743
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,728

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing Course!

    • By khilsati on 03-28-17

    Regular price: $59.95

    • 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 118
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 113
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 113

    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 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 3,219
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,895
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,855

    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 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 6,071
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,526
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,491

    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 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 2,368
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,130
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,106

    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

    • The Man Who Sold America

    • Trump and the Unraveling of the American Story
    • By: Joy-Ann Reid
    • Narrated by: Joy-Ann Reid
    • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 82
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 73
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71

    The media star and host of MSNBC’s Am Joy - called “a heroine of the Resistance” by the New York Times - offers concrete advice and insight for dealing with the outrages of the Trump administration and offers a progressive road map to preserve and protect America’s future as a beacon of democracy. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A fantastic read

    • By Ronnie Hill on 06-29-19

    Regular price: $27.37

    • 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 795
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 737
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 736

    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 795 ratings

    Regular price: $29.95

    • 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 3,168
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,845
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,814

    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

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