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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 24,615
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 21,716
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21,577

    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 10,638
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,275
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,214

    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

    • 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 6,637
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5,728
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,721

    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

    • 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 19,254
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13,898
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13,854

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Six stars

    • By mark harris on 12-24-16

    Regular price: $38.95

    • Upheaval

    • Turning Points for Nations in Crisis
    • By: Jared Diamond
    • Narrated by: Henry Strozier
    • Length: 18 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 155
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 139
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 134

    In his earlier best sellers Guns, Germs and Steel and Collapse, Jared Diamond transformed our understanding of what makes civilizations rise and fall. Now, in the final audiobook in this monumental trilogy, he reveals how successful nations recover from crisis through selective change - a coping mechanism more commonly associated with personal trauma.  

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Urine of the Earth in a Teacup

    • By Marian on 05-12-19

    Regular price: $34.99

    • The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

    • A New History of a Lost World
    • By: Steve Brusatte
    • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
    • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,259
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,089
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,076

    In this stunning narrative spanning more than 200 million years, Steve Brusatte, a young American paleontologist who has emerged as one of the foremost stars of the field - discovering 10 new species and leading groundbreaking scientific studies and fieldwork - masterfully tells the complete, surprising, and new history of the dinosaurs, drawing on cutting-edge science to dramatically bring to life their lost world and illuminate their enigmatic origins, spectacular flourishing, astonishing diversity, cataclysmic extinction, and startling living legacy.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Dinosaurs and the scientists that study them

    • By SSue on 02-18-19

    Regular price: $31.95

    • Churchill

    • Walking with Destiny
    • By: Andrew Roberts
    • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
    • Length: 50 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 992
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 917
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 909

    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
    • Superb Biography

    • By Jean on 03-03-19

    Regular price: $62.95

    • 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 out of 5 stars 14,620
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13,459
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 13,408

    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? 

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A must hear ... but not for kids!

    • By Dylan on 02-19-19

    Regular price: $8.95

    • 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 1,911
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,772
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,760

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant

    • By fisherguy446 on 10-19-18

    Regular price: $29.95

    • 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 13,307
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10,950
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10,966

    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: $29.95

    • The Forgotten 500

    • By: Gregory A. Freeman
    • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
    • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,237
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 857
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 866

    Here is the astonishing, never-before-told story of the greatest rescue mission of World War II: when the OSS set out to recover more than 500 airmen trapped behind enemy lines. During a bombing campaign, hundreds of American airmen were shot down in Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia. Local Serbian villagers risked their own lives to give refuge to the soldiers, and for months the airmen lived in hiding, waiting for rescue.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Must Read for WWII Fans

    • By B. Beck on 03-06-08

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Island of the Lost

    • Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World
    • By: Joan Druett
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3,485
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,219
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,211

    Auckland Island is a godforsaken place in the middle of the Southern Ocean, 285 miles south of New Zealand. With year-round freezing rain and howling winds, it is one of the most forbidding places in the world. To be shipwrecked there means almost certain death. In 1864, Captain Thomas Musgrave and his crew of four aboard the schooner Grafton wreck on the southern end of the island. Utterly alone in a dense coastal forest, plagued by stinging blowflies and relentless rain, Captain Musgrave inspires his men to take action.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of the Best Stories Ever Told!

    • By Tiffany on 04-10-16

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Sapiens. De animales a dioses [Sapiens. From Animals to Gods]

    • Una breve historia de la humanidad [A Brief History of Humankind]
    • By: Yuval Noah Harari
    • Narrated by: Carlos Manuel Vesga
    • Length: 17 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1,569
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,378
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1,377

    Este es el fascinante relato de nuestra extraordinaria historia: de simios sin importancia a amos del mundo.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Entretenimiento de lujo

    • By dan on 10-14-17

    Regular price: $33.95

    • 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 3,588
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,265
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,223

    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

    • The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution

    • By: Francis Fukuyama
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 22 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,185
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,889
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,872

    Virtually all human societies were once organized tribally, yet over time most developed new political institutions which included a central state that could keep the peace and uniform laws that applied to all citizens. Some went on to create governments that were accountable to their constituents. We take these institutions for granted, but they are absent or are unable to perform in many of today’s developing countries—with often disastrous consequences for the rest of the world.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best Summary of Political History I've Read

    • By blah on 05-12-13

    Regular price: $39.95

    • A World Undone

    • The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918
    • By: G. J. Meyer
    • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
    • Length: 27 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,353
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,102
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,089

    The First World War is one of history’s greatest tragedies. In this remarkable and intimate account, author G. J. Meyer draws on exhaustive research to bring to life the story of how the Great War reduced Europe’s mightiest empires to rubble, killed 20 million people, and cracked the foundations of the world we live in today. World War I is unique in the number of questions about it that remain unsettled. After more than 90 years, scholars remain divided on these questions, and it seems likely that they always will.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent Overview of the "Overshadowed" War

    • By Andrew on 12-14-12
    • The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918
    • By: G. J. Meyer
    • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
    • Length: 27 hrs and 58 mins
    • Release date: 05-24-12
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 3,353 ratings

    Regular price: $39.95

    • A Higher Call

    • An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II
    • By: Adam Makos
    • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
    • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,423
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,128
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 3,140

    Four days before Christmas in 1943, a badly damaged American bomber struggled to fly over wartime Germany. At its controls was a 21-year-old pilot. Half his crew lay wounded or dead. It was their first mission. Suddenly a sleek, dark shape pulled up on the bomber’s tail - a German Messerschmitt fighter. Worse, the German pilot was an ace, a man able to destroy the American bomber with the squeeze of a trigger.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Proof the term "Hero" knows no borders

    • By Anon anon on 03-27-13
    • An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II
    • By: Adam Makos
    • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
    • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
    • Release date: 03-15-13
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 3,423 ratings

    Regular price: $29.95

    • The History of the Ancient World

    • From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome
    • By: Susan Wise Bauer
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 26 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3,262
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,930
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,912

    This is the first volume in a bold new series that tells the stories of all peoples, connecting historical events from Europe to the Middle East to the far coast of China, while still giving weight to the characteristics of each country. Susan Wise Bauer provides both sweeping scope and vivid attention to the individual lives that give flesh to abstract assertions about human history. This narrative history employs the methods of "history from beneath" - literature, epic traditions, private letters, and accounts - to connect kings and leaders with the lives of those they ruled.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fast paced history

    • By serine on 01-23-16

    Regular price: $39.95

    • The First Wave

    • The D-Day Warriors Who Led the Way to Victory in World War II
    • By: Alex Kershaw
    • Narrated by: Paul Michael
    • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 50

    Beginning in the predawn darkness of June 6, 1944, The First Wave follows the remarkable men who carried out D-Day’s most perilous missions. The charismatic, unforgettable cast includes the first American paratrooper to touch down on Normandy soil; the glider pilot who braved antiaircraft fire to crash-land mere yards from the vital Pegasus Bridge; the brothers who led their troops onto Juno Beach under withering fire; as well as a French commando, returning to his native land, who fought to destroy German strongholds on Sword Beach and beyond.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing history narrated expertly

    • By Paul D. Simmons on 06-10-19
    • The D-Day Warriors Who Led the Way to Victory in World War II
    • By: Alex Kershaw
    • Narrated by: Paul Michael
    • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
    • Release date: 05-14-19
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 54 ratings

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Ghosts of Gold Mountain

    • The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad
    • By: Gordon H. Chang
    • Narrated by: David Shih
    • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    From across the sea, they came by the thousands, escaping war and poverty in southern China to seek their fortunes in America. Converging on the enormous western worksite of the Transcontinental Railroad, the migrants spent years dynamiting tunnels through the snow-packed cliffs of the Sierra Nevada and laying tracks across the burning Utah desert. Their sweat and blood fueled the ascent of an interlinked, industrial United States. But those of them who survived this perilous effort would be pushed to the margins of American life and then to the fringes of public memory.

    Regular price: $17.49

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