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  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume I: Visions of Glory 1874-1932 | William Manchester

    The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume I: Visions of Glory 1874-1932

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By William Manchester
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    Winston Churchill is perhaps the most important political figure of the 20th century. His great oratory and leadership during the Second World War were only part of his huge breadth of experience and achievement. Studying his life is a fascinating way to imbibe the history of his era and gain insight into key events that have shaped our time.

    Wolfpacker says: "Superb - Review of Both Volume I & Volume II"
  • War and Peace | Leo Tolstoy

    War and Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (61 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    Often called the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace is at once an epic of the Napoleonic wars, a philosophical study, and a celebration of the Russian spirit. Tolstoy's genius is clearly seen in the multitude of characters in this massive chronicle, all of them fully realized and equally memorable.

    Caio says: "An incredible experince"
  • The Gulag Archipelago, Volume l: The Prison Industry and Perpetual Motion | Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

    The Gulag Archipelago, Volume l: The Prison Industry and Perpetual Motion

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    In this masterpiece, Solzhenitsyn has orchestrated thousands of incidents and individual histories into one narrative of unflagging power and momentum. Written in a tone that encompasses Olympian wrath, bitter calm, savage irony, and sheer comedy, it combines history, autobiography, documentary, and political analysis as it examines in its totality the Soviet apparatus of repression from its inception following the October Revolution of 1917.

    joseph says: "Not for the feint of heart"
  • The Gulag Archipelago: Volume III: Katorga, Exile, Stalin Is No More | Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

    The Gulag Archipelago: Volume III: Katorga, Exile, Stalin Is No More

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs)
    • By Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    In this final volume of a towering work that is both literary masterpiece and living memorial to the untold millions of Soviet martyrs, Solzhenitsyn's epic narrative moves to its astounding and unforseen climax. We now see that this great cathedral of a book not only commemorates those massed victims but celebrates the unquenched spirit of resistance that flickered and then burst into flame even in Stalin's "special camps."

    Howie says: "If the whole series is too daunting, read this one"
  • The Gulag Archipelago, Volume II: The Destructive-Labor Camps and The Soul and Barbed Wire | Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

    The Gulag Archipelago, Volume II: The Destructive-Labor Camps and The Soul and Barbed Wire

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    This second volume in Solzhenitsyn’s narrative chronicles the appalling inhumanity of the Soviets' "Destructive-Labor Camps" and the fate of prisoners in them—felling timber, building canals and railroads, and mining gold without equipment or adequate food or clothing, and subject always to the caprices of the camp authorities. Most tragic of all is the life of the women prisoners and the luckless children they bear.

    Thucydides says: "An epic of horror, history, & philosophy"
  • Sharpe's Tiger: Book I of the Sharpe Series | Bernard Cornwell

    Sharpe's Tiger: Book I of the Sharpe Series

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    1799. As the British Army fights its way through India toward a diabolical trap, the young and illiterate private Richard Sharpe must battle both man and beast behind enemy lines, in an attempt to push the ruthless Tippoo of Mysore from his throne and drive his French allies out of India.

    Angela says: "Believe the Hype!"
  • The Road to Wigan Pier | George Orwell

    The Road to Wigan Pier

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    When Orwell went to England in the 30's to find out how industrial workers lived, he not only observed but shared in their experiences. He stayed in cramped, dreary lodgings and subsisted on the scant, cheerless diet of the poor. He went down into the coal mines and walked crouching, as the miners did, through a one- to three-mile passage too low to stand up in. He watched the back-breaking, dangerous labor of men whose net pay then averaged $575 a year.

    Debali says: "Frederick Davidson's a Great Reader"
  • Sharpe's Triumph: Book II of the Sharpe Series | Bernard Cornwell

    Sharpe's Triumph: Book II of the Sharpe Series

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    The paths of treachery lead Sharpe's company to join the army of Sir Arthur Wellesley, the future Duke of Wellington, to take on the Mahratta horde. Sharpe must survive the carnage and live to tell the tale of what will be remembered as one of the greatest battles of the 19th century.

    Don says: "Great story - Poor narration quality"
  • Homage to Catalonia | George Orwell

    Homage to Catalonia

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    In 1936, George Orwell went to Spain to report on the civil war and instead joined the P.O.U.M. militia to fight against the Fascists. In this now justly famous account of his experience, he describes both the bleak and the comic aspects of trench warfare on the Aragon front, the Barcelona uprising in May 1937, his nearly fatal wounding just two weeks later, and his escape from Barcelona into France after the P.O.U.M. was suppressed.

    Kirby says: "Excellent book, marred by narration"
  • Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution | Simon Schama

    Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Simon Schama
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    From one of the truly preeminent historians of our time, this is a landmark book chronicling the French Revolution. Simon Schama deftly refutes the contemporary notion that the French Revolution represented an uprising of the oppressed poor against a decadent aristocracy and corrupt court. He argues instead that the revolution was born of a rift among the elite over the speed of progress toward modernity and science, social and economic change.

    Hmmm.... says: "Awesome magisterial book, defective audio"
  • Sharpe's Regiment: Book XVII of the Sharpe Series | Bernard Cornwell

    Sharpe's Regiment: Book XVII of the Sharpe Series

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    Subtitled Richard Sharpe and the Invasion of France, June to November 1913, this story features a corrupt political enemy who is determined to disband the South Essex Regiment, and to destroy the life of Major Richard Sharpe.

    KTinPA says: "Sharpe's Regiment"
  • Sharpe's Rifles: Book VI of the Sharpe Series | Bernard Cornwell

    Sharpe's Rifles: Book VI of the Sharpe Series

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    It's 1809 and the powerful French juggernaut is sweeping across Spain. Lieutenant Sharpe is newly in command of the demoralized, distrustful men of the 95th Rifles. He must lead them to safety - and the only means of escape is a treacherous trek through the enemy-infested mountains of Spain.

    Joe says: "Historical Fiction at it's best."
  • Sharpe's Eagle: Book VIII of the Sharpe Series | Bernard Cornwell

    Sharpe's Eagle: Book VIII of the Sharpe Series

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    Here is one of those rare novels, the first in an epic series, that completely transports the listener to an unforgettable time and place in history. At Talavera in July of 1809, Captain Richard Sharpe, bold, professional, and ruthless, prepares to lead his men against the armies of Napoleon into what will be the bloodiest battle of the war.

    Nicholas Winn says: "Great and you don't have to have read the others"
  • My Early Life | Winston Churchill

    My Early Life

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Winston Churchill
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    One of the classic volumes of autobiography, My Early Life is a lively and colourful account of a young man's quest for action, adventure and danger. Churchill's schooldays are undistinguished, but he is admitted to Sandhurst and embarks on a career as a soldier and a war correspondent, seeing action in Cuba, in India, in the Sudan - where he took part in the battle of Omdurman, of which he gives us a stirring account - and finally in South Africa.

    John says: "The Adventures of a Glow Worm"
  • The Brothers Karamazov | Fyodor Dostoevsky,Constance Garnett (translator)

    The Brothers Karamazov

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Constance Garnett (translator)
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    The Brothers Karamazov tells the stirring tale of four brothers: the pleasure-seeking, impatient Dmitri; the brilliant and morose Ivan; the gentle, loving, and honest Alyosha; and the illegitimate Smerdyakov: shy, silent, and cruel. The four unite in the murder of one of literature's most despicable characters - their father. This was Dostoevsky's final and best work.

    Grant says: "Narration not to everyone's taste"
  • Such, Such Were the Joys and Other Essays | George Orwell

    Such, Such Were the Joys and Other Essays

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    Viewed as too libelous to print in England until 1968, the title essay in this collection reveals the abuse Orwell experienced as a child at an expensive and snobbish boarding school and offers insights into his lifelong concern for the oppressed. "Why I Write" describes Orwell's sense of political purpose, and the classic essay "Politics and the English Language" insists on clarity and precision in communication in order to avoid the Newspeak later described in 1984.

    Christopher says: "Superb collection of essays, very well read"
  • Sharpe's Siege: Book XVIII of the Sharpe Series | Bernard Cornwell

    Sharpe's Siege: Book XVIII of the Sharpe Series

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    Sharpe's mission had seemed simple: capture a small unguarded French coastal fort, cripple Napoleon's supply lines, and retreat across the sea. But behind the lines, Sharpe's old enemy, Pierre Ducos, awaits Sharpe's arrival with a battalion of French soldiers and a vicious commanding general who keeps the scalps of his dead enemies as trophies.

    Jean says: "Behind enemy lines"
  • Down and Out in Paris and London | George Orwell

    Down and Out in Paris and London

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    Orwell's own experiences inspire this semi-autobiographical novel about a man living in Paris in the early 1930s without a penny. The narrator's poverty brings him into contact with strange incidents and characters, which he manages to chronicle with great sensitivity and graphic power. The latter half of the book takes the English narrator to his home city, London, where the world of poverty is different in externals only.

    Darwin8u says: "The King of Boldness, Clearness, and Audacity"
  • Sharpe's Honor: Book XVI of the Sharpe Series | Bernard Cornwell

    Sharpe's Honor: Book XVI of the Sharpe Series

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    An unfinished duel, a midnight murder, and the treachery of a beautiful prostitute lead to the imprisonment of Sharpe. Caught in a web of political intrigue for which his military experience has left him fatally unprepared, Sharpe becomes a fugitive - a man hunted by both ally and enemy alike.

    Peyton says: "Another Winner"
  • Waterloo | Bernard Cornwell

    Waterloo

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    With the emperor Napoleon at its head, an enormous French army is marching toward Brussels. The British and their allies are also converging on Brussels - in preparation for a grand society ball. And it is up to Richard Sharpe to convince the Prince of Orange to act before it is too late. In this, the culmination of Sharpe's long and arduous career, Bernard Cornwell brings to life all the horror and all the exhilaration of one of the greatest military triumphs of all time.

    Michael Cox says: "Spell binding"
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