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    • Abraham Lincoln: A Concise History of the Man Who Transformed the World

    • One Hour History US Presidents, Book 1
    • By: Hourly History
    • Narrated by: Jimmy Kieffer
    • Length: 58 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Abraham Lincoln's determination to hold the North and South together would ultimately lead to the bloodiest war in American history, the abolition of slavery, and his own untimely death from an assassin’s bullet. But to see Lincoln solely as a tragic figure consumed with the strife of mid-19th century America is to miss meeting him as a man who never allowed himself to be defeated by adversity, grief, or turmoil.

    Regular price: $3.95

    • H. H. Holmes: The Life of the American Ripper

    • True Crime, Book 3
    • By: Hourly History
    • Narrated by: Marc Zeale
    • Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
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    H. H. Holmes’ story has become one of legend. Holmes committed his crimes during a time in history where the idea of murdering on a mass scale was being introduced to the world through the actions of Jack the Ripper. Unlike Jack the Ripper, Holmes’ motives were clear; he killed out of greed, convenience, and curiosity. 

    Regular price: $6.95

    • King Louis XIV: A Life from Beginning to End

    • Royalty Biography, Book 6
    • By: Hourly History
    • Narrated by: Chance Hartman
    • Length: 53 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Although he didn’t create absolutism in France, King Louis XIV seemed to embody the divine right of kings better than anyone had before him. Louis XIV directly correlated his own private good with that of the public good, but not everyone in France had the same sentiment. The resistance from the French nobles and aristocrats that Louis depended on to raise armies gave these nobles increasing autonomy and independence from the king, which would one day come to a head.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • An Audible Cribbs

    • By kristen m. on 03-30-18

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Wars of the Roses: A History from Beginning to End

    • By: Hourly History
    • Narrated by: William Irvine
    • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Wars of the Roses were a series of civil wars in England fought between the House of Lancaster and the House of York between 1455 and 1485. As family feuds go, the Wars of the Roses were historically significant in changing the trajectory of power in England. This audiobook tells the compelling story of this tumultuous period in English history in succinct yet informative detail that is both educational and entertaining.

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Mozart: A Life from Beginning to End

    • By: Hourly History
    • Narrated by: Jimmy Kieffer
    • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is a figure that is cemented in the annals of history as one of the greatest composers of all time. A fascinating and enigmatic character, Mozart was hailed in his own lifetime as a child prodigy and a musical genius. His travels throughout Europe exposed him to art, music, and education, offering plentiful opportunities for his gifts as a composer and musician to evolve and thrive. Despite his preternatural talents, the artist struggled significantly throughout his life, and he died in his prime.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Short but informative look at a legend

    • By ZRockR ChicK on 03-23-18

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    • Celtic Mythology

    • A Concise Guide to the Gods, Sagas, and Beliefs
    • By: Hourly History
    • Narrated by: Bridger Conklin
    • Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This introduction to Celtic mythology will serve the novice well - for it is a complicated history with the earliest written records destroyed by the marauding Vikings. The oral tradition harks back to 4000 BCE and is a compilation of myths and cultures of many different peoples. Whatever aspect of this rich, mystical, and lavishly embellished heritage you would like to investigate further, you will find the author has supplied a marker to guide you on your way.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A Lot but Not Enough to Satisfy

    • By James on 04-26-18

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Ancient Egypt: A History from Beginning to End

    • Ancient Civilizations, Book 2
    • By: Hourly History
    • Narrated by: Stephen Paul Aulridge Jr.
    • Length: 55 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 10
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    Ancient Egypt was a highly developed civilization that lasted for thousands of years and left behind fascinating clues in the form of impressive structures and monuments. It was a culture balanced between the lush fertility of the Nile Valley and the barrenness of the surrounding vast deserts. The same balance holds true for our knowledge of the history of Egypt. In spite of the evidence we have, so much remains hidden and yet to be fully understood.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • it's a good introduction....

    • By Maz Zakery on 06-22-18

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Franklin D. Roosevelt

    • A Life from Beginning to End
    • By: Hourly History
    • Narrated by: Christopher Boozell
    • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
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    One of America’s most influential presidents was a man who could not walk. The polio that struck Franklin Delano Roosevelt when he was a future political star did not diminish him. Instead, against all expectations, it was the agent that forged his destiny. 

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    • Martin Van Buren: A Life from Beginning to End

    • By: Hourly History
    • Narrated by: Arthur Rowan
    • Length: 1 hr
    • Unabridged
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    Martin Van Buren, the eighth president of the United States, was the first president who was born an American and not a British citizen, a change in demographic which reflects his modern influence upon the office he held. From his earliest involvement in government, Van Buren was committed to the nurturing of political parties as a way to deliver the most effective leadership to the American people.

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    • Walt Disney: A Life from Beginning to End

    • By: Hourly History
    • Narrated by: Al Henderson
    • Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The name Disney is celebrated throughout the world because of its association with blockbuster animated films and iconic cartoon characters. Just about everyone on the planet, regardless of time, place, or culture, has at one time or another become acquainted with Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and everybody’s favorite anthropomorphic dog, Goofy. These are the characters that we know and love.   

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    • Greek Mythology: A Concise Guide to Ancient Gods, Heroes, Beliefs and Myths of Greek Mythology

    • Greek Mythology - Norse Mythology - Egyptian Mythology, Book 1
    • By: Hourly History
    • Narrated by: Bridger Conklin
    • Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This guide succeeds in presenting an overall sketch of the creation of the world and the battles that follow, resulting in Zeus taking his place as the supreme god and ruling the earth from Mount Olympus. It covers the creation of man, it seems as a bit of an afterthought for the amusement of the Olympians, and some of the most famous stories that have come down to us via the writings of the great dramatists of the Classical Age.

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    • The Crusades: A History From Beginning to End

    • By: Hourly History
    • Narrated by: Jimmy Kieffer
    • Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Crusades are the prototype and epitome of the Holy War. The fight to take control of the city of Jerusalem, believed to be the most sacred Holy City to two distinct religions of Christianity and Islam, has lasted far longer than the two centuries of the Crusades, and its reach has extended far further than Europe and the Middle East.  

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    • The Age of Enlightenment: A History From Beginning to End

    • By: Hourly History
    • Narrated by: John Riddle
    • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
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    From its beginnings as a loosely definable group of philosophical ideas to the culmination of its revolutionary effect on public life in Europe, the Age of Enlightenment is the defining intellectual and cultural movement of the modern world. Using reason as its core value, the Enlightenment believed that progress and the betterment of the human condition was inevitable.

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    • World War II Auschwitz: A History from Beginning to End

    • By: Hourly History
    • Narrated by: Stephen Paul Aulridge Jr
    • Length: 1 hr
    • Unabridged
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    Auschwitz is a monument to the barbaric inhumanity of the Nazi regime. It is the site where more than one million people were systematically tortured and killed in support of Adolf Hitler’s determination to eradicate entire populations that he viewed as racially impure.

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    • Byzantine Empire: A History from Beginning to End

    • By: Hourly History
    • Narrated by: Jimmy Kieffer
    • Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
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    According to history books, the Roman Empire ended in 476 CE with the fall of Rome. But if you asked most people alive at that time, they would have pointed you to what they considered the continuation of the Roman Empire - the civilization we now call the Byzantine Empire. The Byzantines, however, were more than just a remnant of Roman glory. At its geographical peak, the Byzantine Empire stretched out across the Mediterranean world.

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    • Michael Faraday: A Life from Beginning to End

    • By: Hourly History
    • Narrated by: Tom Sleeker
    • Length: 59 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Michael Faraday is regarded as one of the founding fathers of modern physics. His work in the field of electromagnetism revolutionized society, leading to new avenues of study and developments of technology that would leave the world changed forever. Without Faraday’s discoveries, there would be no electronics or electrical power. There would be no technology as we recognize it, or at the very least those technologies would have taken much longer to arise, causing our time to look very different.

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    • Charlie Chaplin: A Life From Beginning to End

    • By: Hourly History
    • Narrated by: Sean Tivenan
    • Length: 54 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Charlie Chaplin is most famously known for his "tramp" character - the homeless hobo that can be seen hopping from trains and lining up in the soup kitchens of the Great Depression. At a time when the whole world was struggling from economic meltdown, Charlie Chaplin made "destitute" a term of endearment. We may laugh when we see Charlie Chaplin so broke that he has to boil his shoes and eat them, but during the worst parts of the economic collapse of the 1920s and 1930s, some people had to do just that. So, at the time, even though many would laugh at the crazy tramp's antics, they could also relate and identify with them. And the fact that Charlie Chaplin's tramp character could be completely broke with his pockets turned out, sitting in a gutter with the rain pouring down, yet still be happy, gave people quite a bit of encouragement.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • well done

    • By laura on 06-06-18

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    • The Dutch East India Company: A History from Beginning to End

    • By: Hourly History
    • Narrated by: Bridger Conklin
    • Length: 1 hr
    • Unabridged
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    Once valued at close to seven trillion dollars by today’s standards, the Dutch East India Company, formed in 1602, became the world’s first multinational corporation. In the nearly 200-year reign of their empire at sea, the Dutch East India Company amassed unfathomable fortunes, laid the foundation of the modern globalized world, and built monopolies that controlled the economy of the 17th and 18th centuries in Europe and the East Indies.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Quick listen

    • By L. Rob on 12-13-17

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    • Ulysses S Grant: A Life from Beginning to End

    • One Hour History US Presidents, Book 8
    • By: Hourly History
    • Narrated by: Ryan Whiting
    • Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
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    The list of American war heroes who went on to become presidents includes men as little remembered as Zachary Taylor and as famous as Dwight D. Eisenhower. While these men are venerable with a significant their place in American history, they cannot equal the status of Ulysses S. Grant, the Civil War general who rose through the ranks from virtual obscurity to command.   

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    • Richard the Lionheart: A Life from Beginning to End

    • Royalty Biography, Book 8
    • By: Hourly History
    • Narrated by: William Irvine
    • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
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    You might have heard of King Richard the Lionhearted, the “good king” in the tales of Robin Hood. But what do you really know about this 12th-century ruler of England? Do you know why he left England, or why he was taken prisoner by another sovereign as he tried to return? In this audiobook, you’ll learn the actual story of King Richard, a king who may not have been exactly "good", but was certainly brave, charismatic, and dashing - a historical character with a story to remember.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • No better than Wikipedia

    • By Reademandweep on 06-21-18

    Regular price: $6.95

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