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  • The Devouring: A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery | James R. Benn

    The Devouring: A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By James R. Benn
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    A murder in wartime Switzerland reveals Swiss complicity with the Nazis and profiteering during World War II. Billy and Kaz are sent to neutral Switzerland to investigate the murder of a Swiss banking official with ties to the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). Swiss banks are openly laundering gold "harvested" from concentration camps, and those that are profiting will do everything they can to protect their wealth and hide their dark secrets.

    ScottG says: "Historic Fiction at its finest"
  • Here Comes the Sun: A Novel | Nicole Dennis-Benn

    Here Comes the Sun: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Nicole Dennis-Benn
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    At an opulent resort in Montego Bay, Margot hustles to send her younger sister, Thandi, to school. Taught as a girl to trade her sexuality for survival, Margot is ruthlessly determined to shield Thandi from the same fate. When plans for a new hotel threaten their village, Margot sees not only an opportunity for her own financial independence but also perhaps a chance to admit a shocking secret: her forbidden love for another woman.

    FirstLowell says: "Wow!!!"
  • The Battle of Bretton Woods: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White, and the Making of a New World Order | Benn Steil

    The Battle of Bretton Woods: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White, and the Making of a New World Order

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Benn Steil
    • Narrated By Philip Rose
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    When turmoil strikes world monetary and financial markets, leaders invariably call for "a new Bretton Woods" to prevent catastrophic economic disorder and defuse political conflict. The name of the remote New Hampshire town where representatives of 44 nations gathered in July 1944, in the midst of the century's second great war, has become shorthand for enlightened globalization.

    James says: "Fascinating!"
  • The First Wave: A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery | James R. Benn

    The First Wave: A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By James R. Benn
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Billy's task is to help arrange the surrender of the Vichy French forces in Algeria. But dissension among the regular army, the militia, and DeGaulle's Free French allows blackmarketeers in league with the enemy to divert medical supplies to the Casbah, leading to multiple murders. Billy must find the killers while trying to rescue the girl he loves - a British spy.

    Wolfpacker says: "Another Good Billy Boyle"
  • Billy Boyle: A World War II Mystery | James R. Benn

    Billy Boyle: A World War II Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By James R. Benn
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    What's a 22-year-old Irish American cop who's never been out of Massachusetts before doing at Beardsley Hall, an English country house, having lunch with King Haakon of Norway? Billy Boyle himself wonders. Back home in Southie, hed barely made detective when war was declared. Unwilling to fight and perhaps die for England, he was relieved when his mother wangled a job for him on the staff of a general married to her distant cousin.

    Mary says: "Best Kept Secret"
  • Evil for Evil: A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery | James R. Benn

    Evil for Evil: A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By James R. Benn
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Fifty BARs (Browning automatic rifles) have been stolen from a U.S. army base in Northern Ireland. His uncle Ike Eisenhower sends Billy to recover the weapons which might be used in a German-sponsored IRA uprising. Bodies begin to accumulate as Billy finds unexpected challenges to his Boston-Irish upbringing and IRA sympathies. There are rogues on both sides, he learns.

    Wolfpacker says: "Maybe the Best Billy Boyle Book"
  • The Marshall Plan: Dawn of the Cold War

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Benn Steil
    • Narrated By To Be Announced
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    The award-winning author of The Battle of Bretton Woods reveals the gripping history behind the Marshall Plan—told with verve, insight, and resonance for today.

    In the wake of World War II, with Britain’s empire collapsing and Stalin's on the rise, US officials under new secretary of state George C. Marshall set out to reconstruct western Europe as a bulwark against communist authoritarianism. Their massive, costly, and ambitious undertaking would confront Europeans and Americans alike with a vision at odds with their history and self-conceptions. In the process, they would drive the creation of NATO, the European Union, and a Western identity that continues to shape world events.

    Focusing on the critical years 1947 to 1949, Benn Steil’s thrilling account brings to life the seminal episodes marking the collapse of postwar US-Soviet relations—the Prague coup, the Berlin blockade, and the division of Germany. In each case, we see and understand like never before Stalin’s determination to crush the Marshall Plan and undermine American power in Europe.

    Given current echoes of the Cold War, as Putin’s Russia rattles the world order, the tenuous balance of power and uncertain order of the late 1940s is as relevant as ever. The Marshall Plan provides critical context into understanding today’s international landscape. Bringing to bear fascinating new material from American, Russian, German, and other European archives, Steil’s account will forever change how we see the Marshall Plan and the birth of the Cold War. A polished and masterly work of historical narrative, this is an instant classic of Cold War literature.

  • Blood Alone: A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery | James R. Benn

    Blood Alone: A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By James R. Benn
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Billy Boyle awakens in a field hospital in Sicily with amnesia. In his pocket is a yellow silk handkerchief embroidered with the initial L. Gradually he remembers: he has been sent ashore in advance of the troops with this token from Lucky Luciano to contact the head of the Sicilian Mafia. But he must also thwart a murderous band of counterfeiters of Army scrip led by Vito Genovese.

    Linda says: "The best yet"
  • The Rest Is Silence: A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery, Book 9 | James R. Benn

    The Rest Is Silence: A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By James R. Benn
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    When an unidentified corpse washes ashore at Slapton Sandson England's southern coast, US army captain Billy Boyle and his partner, Lieutenant Piotr "Kaz" Kazimierz, are assigned to investigate. The Devonshirebeach is the home to Operation Tiger, the top-secret rehearsal for theapproaching D-day invasion of Normandy, and the area is restricted; no one seems to know where the corpse could have come from.

    Gary L. Richardson says: "A good installment in the series"
  • The White Ghost: A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery | James R. Benn

    The White Ghost: A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By James R. Benn
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    It's 1943: Amid the bitter, violent Solomon Islands campaign, Billy is assigned the murder investigation of a native coastwatcher whom future president Jack Kennedy discovered on a nearby island with his head bashed in. As the body count climbs, Billy must figure out whether Jack is a cold-blooded killer, even as war rages around him.

    Ronald says: "Another Great Billy Boyle Mystery"
  • A Mortal Terror | James R. Benn

    A Mortal Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James R. Benn
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
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    Two officers from the American troops stationed in Caserta, Italy, not far from Naples, have been found murdered. The MOs are completely different, and it seems like the officers had no connection to each other, but one frightening fact links the murders: each body was discovered with a single playing card: the Lieutenant, the 10 of hearts; the Captain, the jack of hearts. The message seems to be clear: If the murderer isn't apprehended, the higher ranks will be next.

    planetelaine says: "Different Narrator"
  • Rag and Bone: A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery | James R. Benn

    Rag and Bone: A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By James R. Benn
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
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    Billy is sent to London in the midst of a Luftwaffe bombing offensive to investigate the murder of a Soviet official. There's reason to believe that the crime could be connected to the recent discovery of mass graves in the Katyn Forest, where thousands of Polish officers were executed. Is a killer is out there, targeting Soviet officials in revenge for the Katyn Massacre? If so,the diplomatic stakes couldn't be higher as the uneasy relationship between the Soviets and the other allied powers hangs in the balance.

  • Death's Door: A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery, Book 7 | James R. Benn

    Death's Door: A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By James R. Benn
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
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    Lieutenant Billy Boyle could have used a rest after his last case, but when his girlfriend, Diana Seaton, a British spy, goes missing in the Vatican, where she was working undercover, he insists on being assigned to a murder investigation there so he can try to help her.

    Linda says: "Very enjoyable"
  • A Blind Goddess: A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery, Book 8 | James R. Benn

    A Blind Goddess: A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By James R. Benn
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    March, 1944: US Army Lieutenant Billy Boyle, back in England after a dangerous mission in Italy, is due for a little R&R, and also a promotion. But the now-Captain Boyle doesn't get to kick back and enjoy his leisure time because two upsetting cases fall into his lap at once.

    Queen of Everything says: "Billy Boyle Army Detective"
  • Hillary Clinton's Speech; Gun Control | Charlie Rose,Gillian Tett,Susan Glasser,Jenna Johnson,Carl Hulse,Evan Osnos,Aluf Benn

    Hillary Clinton's Speech; Gun Control

    • ORIGINAL (52 mins)
    • By Charlie Rose, Gillian Tett, Susan Glasser, and others
    • Narrated By Charlie Rose, Gillian Tett, Susan Glasser, and others
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    Tonight on the program, a discussion about Hillary Clinton's criticism of Donald Trump's economic policies. Charlie is joined by Gillian Tett, U.S. managing editor of the Financial Times, Susan Glasser of POLITICO, and Jenna Johnson of The Washington Post.

    We continue with the Senate's vote on gun safety measures with Carl Hulse of The New York Times and Evan Osnos of The New Yorker.

    We conclude with Aluf Benn, the editor-in-chief of Isreali newspaper Haaretz.

  • The End of the Old Israel | Aluf Benn

    The End of the Old Israel

    • UNABRIDGED (42 mins)
    • By Aluf Benn
    • Narrated By Kevin Stillwell
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    Israel - at least the largely secular and progressive version of Israel that once captured the world’s imagination - is over. Although that Israel was always in some ways a fantasy, the myth was at least grounded in reality. Today that reality has changed, and the country that has replaced it is profoundly different from the one its founders imagined almost 70 years ago. Since the last elections, in March 2015, a number of slow-moving trends have accelerated dramatically.

  • Blue Madonna | James R. Benn

    Blue Madonna

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By James R. Benn
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
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    It's late May 1944. Captain Billy Boyle is court-martialed on spurious charges of black-market dealings. Stripped of his officer's rank, reduced to private, and sentenced to three months' hard labor, Boyle is given an opportunity: He can avoid his punishment if he goes behind enemy lines to rescue a high-value Allied soldier.

    David says: "So good."
  • On Desperate Ground: A Novel | James R. Benn

    On Desperate Ground: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By James R. Benn
    • Narrated By Barry Press
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    The thrilling story of men and women caught up in the death throes of Nazi Germany, struggling to maintain those things precious to them - life, an end to killing, and even sanity itself. Colonel Johann Faust has lost everyone he ever loved and feels he is going inexorably insane. He hears the haunting voice of his dead fiancée and the demons that roar through his mind as he perfects a plan to save Nazi Germany from defeat and insure a greater and deadlier new world war.

    Christy says: "captured the time"
  • An Audience with Tony Benn | Tony Benn

    An Audience with Tony Benn

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 51 mins)
    • By Tony Benn
    • Narrated By Tony Benn
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    After he announced his retirement to 'spend more time with politics', much-loved parliamentarian Tony Benn brought his unmistakable presence to the stage in a sell-out 'Evening with' event. His only props: a flask of tea, some rubbed tobacco, and his trademark pipe.... An Audience with Tony Benn is a mix of politics, opinion, and debate as the man himself explores issues of today spiced with memories of the past. He then fields questions from a live audience, answered with his usual mixture of insight, analysis, and piercing wit.

  • The Benn Tapes 1 | Tony Benn

    The Benn Tapes 1

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 54 mins)
    • By Tony Benn
    • Narrated By Tony Benn
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    Late each night for over 25 years, the Labour MP and former Secretary of State Tony Benn sat alone and dictated onto tape his account of the daily events at the heart of government. The immediacy, passion, and mood is striking as he unburdens himself of the pressure and stress, trials and tribulations of government and opposition, with accounts veering from anecdotal to almost confessional.

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