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  • The Rothschilds: The Dynasty And The Legacy | Michael W. Simmons

    The Rothschilds: The Dynasty And The Legacy

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Michael W. Simmons
    • Narrated By Jim D Johnston
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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.

    Khali says: "Decent yet incomplete and innaccurate "
  • John D. Rockefeller: The Wealthiest Man In American History | Michael W. Simmons

    John D. Rockefeller: The Wealthiest Man In American History

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael W. Simmons
    • Narrated By Alan Munro
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    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.

    says: "Superb"
  • Princess to Queen: The Early Years of Queen Elizabeth II | Michael W. Simmons

    Princess to Queen: The Early Years of Queen Elizabeth II

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Michael W. Simmons
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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.

  • Thomas Edison: American Inventor | Michael W. Simmons

    Thomas Edison: American Inventor

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Michael W. Simmons
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    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.

  • Nikola Tesla: Prophet of the Modern Technological Age | Michael W. Simmons

    Nikola Tesla: Prophet of the Modern Technological Age

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Michael W. Simmons
    • Narrated By Alan Munro
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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.

    michael says: "good story bad narration"
  • Albert Einstein: Father of the Modern Scientific Age | Michael W. Simmons

    Albert Einstein: Father of the Modern Scientific Age

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Michael W. Simmons
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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.

  • Queen of People's Hearts: The Life and Mission of Diana, Princess of Wales | Michael W. Simmons

    Queen of People's Hearts: The Life and Mission of Diana, Princess of Wales

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    • By Michael W. Simmons
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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.

  • Peter the Great: Autocrat and Reformer | Michael W. Simmons

    Peter the Great: Autocrat and Reformer

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Michael W. Simmons
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    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.

  • Romanov: The Last Tsarist Dynasty | Michael W. Simmons

    Romanov: The Last Tsarist Dynasty

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    • By Michael W. Simmons
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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.

  • Marie Antoinette: Reversal of Fortune | Michael W. Simmons

    Marie Antoinette: Reversal of Fortune

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    • By Michael W. Simmons
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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.

  • Jackie Kennedy Onassis: The Widow of Camelot | Michael W. Simmons

    Jackie Kennedy Onassis: The Widow of Camelot

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Michael W. Simmons
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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.

  • Ulysses S. Grant: The War Years | Michael W. Simmons

    Ulysses S. Grant: The War Years

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    • By Michael W. Simmons
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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.

  • Alexander Hamilton: First Architect of the American Government | Michael W. Simmons

    Alexander Hamilton: First Architect of the American Government

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    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?

    Julie Follansbee says: "Great story but the narrator could have been better."
  • William Shakespeare: An Intimate Look into the Life of the Most Brilliant Writer in the History of the English Language | Michael W. Simmons

    William Shakespeare: An Intimate Look into the Life of the Most Brilliant Writer in the History of the English Language

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    William Shakespeare was the most brilliant writer in the history of the English language. But his life is a complete mystery to us. No biographies were written for almost 100 years after his death. His friends, family, and all those who knew him as a poet in London's theatrical scene died before anyone could ask them: who was Shakespeare? What was he like? What were his habits, his amusements, his passions?

  • Catherine the Great: Last Empress of Russia | Michael W. Simmons

    Catherine the Great: Last Empress of Russia

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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.

  • Elizabeth I: Legendary Queen of England | Michael W. Simmons

    Elizabeth I: Legendary Queen of England

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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.

  • Six Wives: The Women Who Married, Lived, and Died For Henry VIII | Michael W. Simmons

    Six Wives: The Women Who Married, Lived, and Died For Henry VIII

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    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.

  • Queen Victoria: Icon of an Era | Michael W. Simmons

    Queen Victoria: Icon of an Era

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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.

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