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    • The Rothschilds

    • The Dynasty And The Legacy
    • By: Michael W. Simmons
    • Narrated by: Jim D Johnston
    • Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 39
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    Who are the Rothschilds? Still making headlines today, their fascinating history stretches back to the Jewish ghetto in Frankfurt, Germany, where the first Rothschild ancestors lived in the House of the Red Shield. There, one man and his five brilliant sons made their fortune as court agents to a royal prince. It would take Napoleon's earth-shattering quest to conquer Europe to scatter the five brothers to the four winds, but when the dust of war settled, there was a Rothschild brother and a Rothschild bank in five cities.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Decent yet incomplete and innaccurate

    • By Khali on 10-31-17

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Nikola Tesla

    • Prophet of the Modern Technological Age
    • By: Michael W. Simmons
    • Narrated by: Alan Munro
    • Length: 4 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 16
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    Nikola Tesla: inventor or magician? Tesla was one of the most famous inventors who ever lived, but after his death, he was nearly forgotten. He was a celebrity during the height of America's Gilded Age. In this book, you will hear about his friendship with Mark Twain, his furious competition with his former employer Thomas Edison, his uneasy relationship with billionaire J.P. Morgan, and his rivalry with Albert Einstein.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • good story bad narration

    • By michael on 11-19-16

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Romanov

    • The Last Tsarist Dynasty
    • By: Michael W. Simmons
    • Narrated by: Alan Munro
    • Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
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    The Romanov family ruled as tsars and emperors of all Russia for just over 300 years - 19 men and women in total, some of them brilliant, some of them mad, most of them somewhere in between. The story of the Romanovs begins in Moscow in 1613, and ends in Ekaterinburg in 1918, at the beginning of a revolution, where Nicholas II, his wife Alexandra, and their five children were slaughtered by a Soviet death squad.

    Regular price: $14.95

    • A Dictionary of American Presidents Vol. 1

    • Presidents 1-24 George Washington to Grover Cleveland
    • By: Michael W. Simmons
    • Narrated by: Alan Munro
    • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
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    A Dictionary of American Presidents Vol. 1: Presidents 1-24 George Washington to Grover Cleveland offers an introductory glimpse into the background, upbringing, education, and political agendas of every American president from the years following the Revolutionary War to the end of the 19th century and Reconstruction. The first in a two-volume collection, this book offers the reader the opportunity to trace the development of the United States and the office of the Presidency from its inception in 1789 to the brink of the 20th century. This lively, informative examination of the people and events that shaped the first one hundred years of the American presidency answers the question: what sort of person does it take to shepherd a new nation from its rocky, tumultuous beginnings, to an era of increasing international prestige and geographical expansion?

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Alexander Hamilton

    • First Architect of the American Government
    • By: Michael W. Simmons
    • Narrated by: Alan Munro
    • Length: 4 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 18
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      4 out of 5 stars 15
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    In this book, you will learn how the author of the Federalist Papers and the first Secretary of the Treasury nearly ruined his career by fighting duels, seducing women, and getting involved in America's first sex scandal. The duel that killed Alexander Hamilton is the most famous duel in American history, but you'll have to come up with your own answer to its greatest mystery: who shot first, Hamilton or Burr?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great story but the narrator could have been better.

    • By Julie Follansbee on 08-09-16

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Mary, Queen of Scots: White Queen, Red Queen

    • By: Michael W. Simmons
    • Narrated by: Alan Munro
    • Length: 4 hrs and 10 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

    Mary Stuart became the Queen of Scots when she was only a week old. Two disastrous marriages, two sordid murders, and one abduction later, Mary Stuart went from being an adored and popular young queen to being the most hated woman in Scotland. Taken captive by her own lords and nobles, she was forced to abdicate the throne. In the end, the last queen of Scotland was forced to take refuge with the most dangerous woman in Britain: Elizabeth I.

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Jackie Kennedy Onassis: The Widow of Camelot

    • By: Michael W. Simmons
    • Narrated by: Alan Munro
    • Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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    Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was, for much of her life, the most famous woman in the world. First as the chic, sophisticated wife of President John F. Kennedy, she was the woman who brought Paris to its heels and turned the White House into the living museum of American history that it is today. After her husband's assassination, she served as a symbol of strength to Americans reeling from the tragic events of November 22, 1963. The black-veiled widow who presented a stoic face to the world during Kennedy's funeral procession seemed capable of doing no wrong.

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Queen Victoria

    • Icon of an Era
    • By: Michael W. Simmons
    • Narrated by: Alan Munro
    • Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 5
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    When we think of Queen Victoria, whose reign eclipsed that of every British king and queen before her, we imagine the Widow of Windsor, reclusive in her palace, draped in permanent mourning for her beloved husband, Albert, the Prince Consort, who died in 1861. But this book takes the listener on a journey that starts before her marriage, before she came to be seen as the static icon of the age that bears her name.

    Regular price: $14.95

    • John D. Rockefeller

    • The Wealthiest Man In American History
    • By: Michael W. Simmons
    • Narrated by: Alan Munro
    • Length: 4 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    John D. Rockefeller is held to be one of the wealthiest men who ever lived; he is also one of the most controversial figures in American history. Born of the unlikely union between a strict Baptist matriarch and her husband, a bigamist, alleged rapist, and snake-oil salesman, Rockefeller's early childhood was spent learning how to shoulder an adult's responsibility for his family and turn a deaf ear to the gossip that followed wherever his father went.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superb

    • By Anonymous User on 08-14-17

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Thomas Edison

    • American Inventor
    • By: Michael W. Simmons
    • Narrated by: Alan Munro
    • Length: 4 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
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      4 out of 5 stars 8

    In this book, you will learn about Edison's busy childhood as a young inventor and entrepreneur conducting chemical experiments aboard a moving train car, his nomadic youth as a wandering telegraph operator, and about the five miraculous years of invention that produced the phonograph and the incandescent light bulb - inventions that made Edison the most famous American in history before he was 35 years old.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • More factional than story but not in-depth facts.

    • By Doc Message on 08-11-18

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Marie Antoinette: Reversal of Fortune

    • By: Michael W. Simmons
    • Narrated by: Alan Munro
    • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2 out of 5 stars 2
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    Three-foot-tall hairdos, "let them eat cake", and the guillotine: this is the sum total of what most people know about Marie Antoinette, the last Queen of France. The wife of King Louis XVI and the daughter of Maria Teresa, Holy Roman Empress, did indeed wear her hair three feet high, but she never said "let them eat cake". The foreign-born queen ignited a revolution, destroying a thousand year old monarchy - and the lives of everyone she loved.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Much better biographies available

    • By DawnEH on 05-06-18

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Peter the Great

    • Autocrat and Reformer
    • By: Michael W. Simmons
    • Narrated by: Jim D Johnston
    • Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      4 out of 5 stars 3
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      4 out of 5 stars 3

    As the third son of the legendary Tsar Alexis, Peter the Great was never supposed to rule. But when his older brother died, the 10-year-old boy was proclaimed tsar by a cheering multitude outside the walls of the Kremlin. His destiny seemed assured-until a bloody rebellion erupted, forcing him to watch as his family was impaled and torn limb from limb by a mob of furious soldiers. From that day forward, Peter was determined to tear down the Old Muscovy and usher in a new Russia.

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Six Wives

    • The Women Who Married, Lived, and Died For Henry VIII
    • By: Michael W. Simmons
    • Narrated by: Alan Munro
    • Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Katherine of Aragon: abandoned woman. Anne Boleyn: ambitious upstart. Jane Seymour: virtuous mother. Anne of Cleves: Flanders Mare. Katherine Howard: adulterous whore. Katherine Parr: the one that got away. These are our lingering historical afterimages of the six women who married Henry VIII over the course of his 36-year reign.

    • The Women Who Married, Lived, and Died For Henry VIII
    • By: Michael W. Simmons
    • Narrated by: Alan Munro
    • Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
    • Release date: 05-04-17
    • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3 ratings

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Catherine the Great

    • Last Empress of Russia
    • By: Michael W. Simmons
    • Narrated by: Jim D Johnston
    • Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Born an obscure German princess who suffered under the control of a domineering, narcissistic mother, the 14-year-old Princess Sophie von Anhalt-Zerbst seemed to be destined for a minor marriage and a forgettable career. Destiny had other plans for her: summoned to Russia, then considered by most Europeans to be a vast, primitive wasteland, devoid of culture or sophistication, she became the Grand Duchess Ekaterina, wife of the future emperor Peter III.

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Elizabeth I

    • Legendary Queen of England
    • By: Michael W. Simmons
    • Narrated by: Alan Munro
    • Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3 out of 5 stars 6
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    For 44 years, Elizabeth I guided England through religious upheavals and plots to overthrow the government. Courted by all the most powerful princes in Europe, she baffled her advisors by refusing to marry any of them. And when England stood under threat of invasion by the most powerful nation in Europe, Elizabeth's navy destroyed the Spanish Armada so decisively that it was seen as an act of God.

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Ulysses S. Grant: The War Years

    • By: Michael W. Simmons
    • Narrated by: Alan Munro
    • Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 2
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    Apart from Abraham Lincoln the most famous name of the Civil War is undoubtedly that of Ulysses S. Grant. He was the first Lieutenant General created by the American army since George Washington. After the war, he was the only president between Lincoln and Woodrow Wilson to be elected to two successive terms in office. His legacy as a military strategist is unparalleled to this day: American victory in the first and second World Wars was achieved by upholding the strategic doctrine of overwhelming force.

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Albert Einstein

    • Father of the Modern Scientific Age
    • By: Michael W. Simmons
    • Narrated by: Alan Munro
    • Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 4
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    Albert Einstein is universally regarded as the most brilliant scientist of the 20th century. In 1905, during his "Miracle Year" as a clerk in the Swiss patent office, he wrote four papers that revolutionized the field of theoretical physics. Over the course of his career, Einstein introduced modern science to the concept of space-time, inadvertently launched America on the path towards developing the atomic bomb, and was offered the presidency of Israel. He was the first scientific superstar - a worldwide celebrity.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Insightful and thoughtful.

    • By BQ on 05-15-18

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Queen of People's Hearts

    • The Life and Mission of Diana, Princess of Wales
    • By: Michael W. Simmons
    • Narrated by: Alan Munro
    • Length: 4 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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    The tragic death of Diana, Princess of Wales, triggered an unprecedented worldwide outpouring of grief from the public that adored her ever since she was first identified as the girlfriend of the Prince of Wales in 1981. Ever since August 31, 1997, people have struggled to account for the depth of the impact she seemed to have on people's hearts and minds.

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Princess to Queen

    • The Early Years of Queen Elizabeth II
    • By: Michael W. Simmons
    • Narrated by: Alan Munro
    • Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
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    Elizabeth II, at the age of 91, is the longest-reigning monarch ever to sit on the throne of England. Most people living today have no memory of a time when she was not Queen. But when she was born, no one knew she was destined to rule. Her father, the Duke of York, was only the second son of George V. His dashing playboy brother was Prince of Wales and heir to the throne. It wasn't until King Edward VIII abdicated his throne to marry Wallis Simpson in 1936 that the Princess Elizabeth, then ten years old, knew the course that her life was to take.

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Pool Boy

    • By: Michael Simmons
    • Narrated by: Chad Lowe
    • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 18
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      4 out of 5 stars 3
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      4 out of 5 stars 3

    Fifteen-year-old Brett Gerson is the kind of kid you love to hate. He's smug, arrogant, rude, and filthy rich. When his dad is jailed for insider trading, his family loses everything and Brett has to face life without the mansion, the Mercedes, and his beloved $5,000 stereo. But his attitude begins to change when he's forced to take a summer job assisting Alfie Moore, the 70-year-old guy who used to clean his swimming pool.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • good book

    • By Simon on 02-13-05

    Regular price: $19.93

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