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    • History's Most Insane Rulers

    • Lunatics, Eccentrics, and Megalomaniacs From Emperor Caligula to Kim Jong Il
    • By: Michael Rank
    • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
    • Length: 1 hr and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 58
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      4 out of 5 stars 51
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      4 out of 5 stars 50

    Few mixtures are as toxic as absolute power and insanity. When nothing stands between a leader's delusion whims and seeing them carried them out, all sorts of bizarre outcomes are possible. Whatever their background, these rulers show that dynastic politics made sure that a rightful heir always got on the throne - despite that heir's mental condition - and that power can destroy a mind worse than any mental illness.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book.

    • By tyrone toney on 08-06-18

    Regular price: $6.95

    • The Most Productive People in History: 18 Extraordinarily Prolific Inventors, Artists, and Entrepreneurs, from Archimedes to Elon Musk

    • By: Michael Rank
    • Narrated by: Kevin Meyer
    • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
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      4 out of 5 stars 12
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      4 out of 5 stars 11

    They never knew how he did it. Few composers write more than one or two symphonies in their lifetimes. Beethoven spent a year on his shorter symphonies but more than six years on his 9th Symphony. The prodigy Mozart finished his last three symphonies (39, 40, and 41) in the span of a few weeks. His 25th Symphony took only two days.  

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • teaching effectiveness

    • By Hector on 09-22-18

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Most Powerful Women in the Middle Ages

    • Queens, Saints, and Viking Slayers, From Empress Theodora to Elizabeth of Tudor
    • By: Melissa Rank, Michael Rank
    • Narrated by: Anne Day-Jones
    • Length: 3 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 31
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      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 28

    The idea of a powerful woman in the Middle Ages seems like an oxymoron. Females in this time are imagined to be damsels in distress, trapped in a high tower, and waiting for knights to rescue them, all while wearing traffic-cones for a hat. After rescue, their lives improved little. Their career choices were to be either docile queens, housewives, or be burned at the stake for witchcraft. But what if this image of medieval women is a complete fiction? It turns out that it is. Powerful female rulers fill the Middle Ages.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • enjoyable light history

    • By EmilyK on 09-04-18

    Regular price: $14.95

    • History's Greatest Generals

    • 10 Commanders Who Conquered Empires, Revolutionized Warfare, and Changed History Forever
    • By: Michael Rank
    • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
    • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 48
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      4 out of 5 stars 44
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      4 out of 5 stars 44

    Whether it is Hannibal of Carthage marching elephants across the Alps and attacking the heart of Rome, Khalid ibn al-Walid boasting an undefeated military career and destroying the Persian Empire while subduing the Byzantines, or Russian General Alexander Suvurov and his elevation of the bayonet to a work of art that could cut down any European army, great military leaders have exerted tremendous influence on society. This book will look at the lives of the 10 greatest military commanders in history.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Book

    • By MICHAEL H on 01-27-14

    Regular price: $19.95

    • From Muhammed to Burj Khalifa

    • A Crash Course in 2,000 Years of Middle East History
    • By: Michael Rank
    • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
    • Length: 2 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 91
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 78
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 79

    To untangle the modern Middle East conflict and the 2,000 years behind it, this book is divided into 25 concise chapters. Each one is devoted to a major theme in Middle East history, such as the beginning of Islam, the Crusades, Genghis Khan, and the beginning of Israel in 1948. They can be read in a few minutes, giving you a fast overview of the issues and help you to understand Middle East current events.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting, but of course it's quite brief

    • By Philo on 07-26-13

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Lost Civilizations

    • 10 Societies That Vanished without a Trace
    • By: Michael Rank
    • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
    • Length: 3 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 35
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      4 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 33

    Whether it is Plato's lost city of Atlantis, a technological advanced utopia that sank into the ocean "in a single day and night of misfortune"; the colony of Roanoke, whose early American settlers were swallowed up in the wild forest lands of the unexplored continent, or the Ancient American Explorers, who managed to arrive to the New World 2,000 years before Columbus, the disappearance of these societies is as cryptic as it is implausible. This book will look at cultures of the 10 greatest lost civilizations in history.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another Great Book from Michael Rank

    • By MICHAEL H on 07-17-14

    Regular price: $14.95

    • History's Worst Dictators

    • A Short Guide to the Most Brutal Rulers, From Emperor Nero to Ivan the Terrible
    • By: Michael Rank
    • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
    • Length: 2 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 32
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      4 out of 5 stars 29
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      4 out of 5 stars 26

    Nasty, brutish, and short. This is the way English philosopher Thomas Hobbes described the living conditions into which humans inevitably fall without a strong, central authority. However, Hobbes would agree that living under a brutal dictator could lead to the same conditions. This exciting new book from historian Michael Rank looks at the lives and times of the worst dictators in history.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Ok.. but not Great...

    • By Michael F. Knudsen on 04-01-16

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Ernest Shackleton's Frozen March at the Bottom of the World

    • History 1-Hour Reads, Book 2
    • By: Michael Rank
    • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
    • Length: 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
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      4 out of 5 stars 6
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      4 out of 5 stars 6

    This short history audiobook features the story of Ernest Shackleton. He was among the last of a group of intrepid men from the Golden Age of Discovery in the Victorian era. He sought honor for England and himself in embarking on a dangerous journey to lead a team of men to cross the Antarctic continent.

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Off the Edge of the Map

    • Marco Polo, Captain Cook, and 9 Other Travelers and Explorers That Pushed the Boundaries of the Known World
    • By: Michael Rank
    • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
    • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 49
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      4 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 46

    An exciting new audiobook on the greatest explorers in history and how their discoveries shaped the modern world. Whether it is Rabban Bar Sauma, the 13th-century Chinese monk commissioned by the Mongols to travel West form a military alliance against the Islam; Marco Polo, who opened a window to the East for Europe; or Captain James Cook, whose maritime voyages of discovery created the global economy of the 21st century, each of these explorers had an indelible impact on the modern world. This audiobook will look at the 11 greatest explorers in history.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • You won't fall asleep while listening to this book

    • By Andrey on 12-02-14
    • Marco Polo, Captain Cook, and 9 Other Travelers and Explorers That Pushed the Boundaries of the Known World
    • By: Michael Rank
    • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
    • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
    • Release date: 07-07-14
    • 4 out of 5 stars 49 ratings

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Alexander, Hannibal, and Julius Caesar: Three Generals Who Conquered the Ancient World

    • History 1-Hour Reads
    • By: Michael Rank
    • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
    • Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 16
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      4 out of 5 stars 13
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      4 out of 5 stars 13

    Of all the generals in the ancient world, none matches the accomplishments of Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, and Hannibal of Carthage. Whatever their backgrounds, these rulers showed that the right military commander at the right time in history can destroy an empire, change civilization, and alter the course of world history forever.

    Regular price: $6.95

    • The Real-Life World's Most Interesting Men

    • Victorian Explorers Francis Burton and Richard M. Stanley: History 1-Hour Reads, Book 3
    • By: Michael Rank
    • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
    • Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
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      4 out of 5 stars 6

    Everybody imagines the world's most interesting man to be a fictional, gray-haired lothario who drinks Mexican beer and boasts of his legendary exploits. But what if a man like this really lived? It turns out he did, and there were two of them--both Victorian explorers.

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Against All Odds

    • Ten Historical Figures Who Overcome Incredible Adversity, from William the Bastard to Winston Churchill
    • By: Michael Rank
    • Narrated by: Mark Rossman
    • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
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      4 out of 5 stars 2
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    From the number one best-selling author of Travelers and Explorers That Pushed the Boundaries of the Known World comes an exciting new look at historical figures that overcame unimaginable adversity and the inspirational stories they have left behind for us. This audiobook looks at 10 people throughout history who rose to greatness against all odds. Their stories still inspire us today to stop making excuses and discover how much we can really accomplish when we rise up against life's challenges.

    • Ten Historical Figures Who Overcome Incredible Adversity, from William the Bastard to Winston Churchill
    • By: Michael Rank
    • Narrated by: Mark Rossman
    • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
    • Release date: 01-29-18
    • 4 out of 5 stars 2 ratings

    Regular price: $19.95