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    • Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu

    • And Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts
    • By: Joshua Hammer
    • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
    • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In the 1980s, a young adventurer and collector for a government library, Abdel Kader Haidara, journeyed across the Sahara Desert and along the Niger River, tracking down and salvaging tens of thousands of ancient Islamic and secular manuscripts that had fallen into obscurity. The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu tells the incredible story of how Haidara, a mild-mannered archivist and historian from the legendary city of Timbuktu, later became one of the world's greatest and most brazen smugglers.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Extraordinary archivist

    • By Jan on 05-09-16

    Regular price: $20.99

    • The Kalinka Affair

    • A Father's Hunt for His Daughter's Killer
    • By: Joshua Hammer
    • Narrated by: Joshua Hammer
    • Length: 55 mins
    • Unabridged
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    When André Bamberski's daughter died 30 years ago, he was helpless to save her. Suspicions of murder began to surround her stepfather, a German doctor named Dieter Krombach, but Bamberski could only hope the truth would prevail. But when the authorities gave up their pursuit, he knew he had to act. So against the odds, Bamberski embarked on an obsessive quest to capture and punish his daughter's killer. In this riveting true story by Joshua Hammer, a father travels to the limits of law in search of justice.

    Regular price: $3.95

    • The Honeymoon Murder

    • By: Joshua Hammer
    • Narrated by: Joshua Hammer
    • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Anni and Shrien Dewani's life together was the stuff of romance novels: Love at first sight, a whirlwind courtship, a wedding proposal in Paris after a flight on Shrien's private plane. Young, wealthy, and attractive, the Dewanis were the kind of couple that seemed immune to misfortune - until they arrived in Cape Town, South Africa on their honeymoon. Barely a day later, a brutal carjacking left Anni dead and Shrien wandering alone through one of South Africa's most dangerous neighborhoods. At first, Anni Dewani's death seemed to be a random tragedy. But the police investigating the killing soon began to suspect that something more nefarious had happened.

    Regular price: $6.95

    • My Berlin

    • By: Joshua Hammer
    • Narrated by: Barbara Benjamin-Creel
    • Length: 21 mins
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    "My Berlin" is from the May 11, 2016, Travel section of The New York Times. It was written by Joshua Hammer and narrated by Barbara Benjamin-Creel.

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    • In Dubai, Giving the Falcons a Lift

    • By: Joshua Hammer
    • Narrated by: Kristi Burns
    • Length: 9 mins
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    Just before dawn, the Hajar Mountains, about 20 miles east across the Arabian Desert, began to emerge from the darkness. I shifted my position in the wicker gondola and watched, rapt, as the sun peeked above the silhouetted limestone range. In the east, the sky glowed orange and crimson, and the light illuminated a sea of saltbushes, sweet grass and wind-rippled dunes. Beside me, the pilot, Mike Schaefer, a big, balding German with a salt-and-pepper goatee and black-framed glasses, turned to his co-pilot, Robertas Komza, a skinny Lithuanian new to desert flying, and ordered him to take us higher.

    "In Dubai, Giving the Falcons a Lift" is from the January 22, 2018 Lifestyle section of The New York Times. It was written by Joshua Hammer and narrated by Kristi Burns.

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    • The Desert Blues

    • By: Joshua Hammer
    • Narrated by: Joshua Hammer
    • Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
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    Manny Ansar and Iyad Ag Ghali had little in common - one was a politically connected intellectual, the other a rebel waging war on behalf of his nomadic people in the middle of the Sahara. They did share one thing, though: a passion for Mali's desert blues, a haunting mix of traditional music infused with the influence of Elvis Presley, Bob Marley, and Jimi Hendrix.

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    • The Salvation of Mosul

    • By: Joshua Hammer
    • Narrated by: Mark Schectman
    • Length: 29 mins
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    An Iraqi archaeologist braved ISIS snipers and booby-trapped ruins to rescue cultural treasures in the city and nearby legendary Nineveh and Nimrud.

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    • A Diver’s Dreamscape

    • By: Joshua Hammer
    • Narrated by: Kristi Burns
    • Length: 9 mins
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    Diving holidays are perhaps not the first thing that comes to mind when the subject of Eritrea arises. This impoverished nation in the Horn of Africa — bordered by Ethiopia, Djibouti, Sudan and the Red Sea — was once considered among the continent’s brightest hopes. But after two decades of repression, international isolation and a forced military conscription program that has driven hundreds of thousands of young people out of the country, it has earned a reputation as the “North Korea of Africa.”

    "A Diver’s Dreamscape" is from the February 19, 2017 Travel section of The New York Times. It was written by Joshua Hammer and narrated by Kristi Burns.

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