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    • The Mirage Factory

    • Illusion, Imagination, and the Invention of Los Angeles
    • By: Gary Krist
    • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
    • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56

    Little more than a century ago, the southern coast of California - bone-dry, harbor-less, isolated by deserts and mountain ranges - seemed destined to remain scrappy farmland. Then, as if overnight, one of the world’s iconic cities emerged. At the heart of Los Angeles’ meteoric rise were three flawed visionaries: William Mulholland, an immigrant ditch-digger turned self-taught engineer; D.W. Griffith, who transformed the motion picture from a vaudeville-house novelty into a cornerstone of American culture; and Aimee Semple McPherson, a charismatic evangelist.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Must read for any Los Angeleno

    • By E. Olsen on 09-26-18
    • Illusion, Imagination, and the Invention of Los Angeles
    • By: Gary Krist
    • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
    • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
    • Release date: 05-15-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 61 ratings

    Regular price: $31.50

    • Empire of Sin

    • By: Gary Krist
    • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
    • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 167
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 149
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 147

    Empire of Sin re-creates the remarkable story of New Orleans' 30-years war against itself, pitting the city's elite "better half" against its powerful and long-entrenched underworld of vice, perversity, and crime. This early-20th-century battle centers on one man: Tom Anderson, the undisputed czar of the city's Storyville vice district, who fights desperately to keep his empire intact as it faces onslaughts from all sides.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • very interesting

    • By Claireoline on 02-20-15

    Regular price: $34.99

    • City of Scoundrels

    • The 12 Days of Disaster That Gave Birth to Modern Chicago
    • By: Gary Krist
    • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
    • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 97
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 84

    When 1919 began, the city of Chicago seemed on the verge of transformation. Modernizers had an audacious, expensive plan to turn the city from a brawling, unglamorous place into "the Metropolis of the World". But just as the dream seemed within reach, pandemonium broke loose and the city’s highest ambitions were suddenly under attack by the same unbridled energies that had given birth to them in the first place.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great History of a Great City

    • By Cookie on 08-30-12
    • The 12 Days of Disaster That Gave Birth to Modern Chicago
    • By: Gary Krist
    • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
    • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
    • Release date: 04-17-12
    • 4 out of 5 stars 97 ratings

    Regular price: $28.00

    • The White Cascade

    • The Great Northern Railway Disaster and America's Deadliest Avalanche
    • By: Gary Krist
    • Narrated by: Robert Fass
    • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    In February 1910, a monstrous blizzard centered on Washington State hit the Northwest, breaking records. The world stopped - but nowhere was the danger more terrifying than near a tiny town called Wellington, perched high in the Cascade Mountains, where a desperate situation evolved minute by minute: two trainloads of cold, hungry passengers and their crews found themselves marooned without escape, their railcars gradually being buried in the rising drifts.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A detailed, yet very readable account.

    • By Rindt on 02-20-18
    • The Great Northern Railway Disaster and America's Deadliest Avalanche
    • By: Gary Krist
    • Narrated by: Robert Fass
    • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
    • Release date: 01-09-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 18 ratings

    Regular price: $22.67