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    • Sailing Alone Around the World

    • By: Joshua Slocum
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 262
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 244

    Challenged by an expert who said it couldn’t be done, Joshua Slocum, a fearless New England sea captain, set out in April 1895 to prove that a man could sail alone around the world. A little over three years and forty-six thousand miles later, the proof was complete. This is Slocum’s own account of his remarkable adventures during the historic voyage of the Spray.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Awesome

    • By Anniebligh on 04-21-13

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Power and the Glory

    • By: Graham Greene
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 252
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 216
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      4 out of 5 stars 216

    Graham Greene explores corruption and atonement in this penetrating novel set in 1930s Mexico during the era of Communist religious persecutions. As revolutionaries determine to stamp out the evils of the church through violence, the last Roman Catholic priest is on the lam, hunted by a police lieutenant. Despite his own sense of worthlessness—he is a heavy drinker and has fathered an illegitimate child—he is determined to continue to function as a priest until captured.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Hard to hear

    • By Vladimir Shklovsky on 05-07-13

    Regular price: $19.56

    • What’s Wrong with the World

    • By: G. K. Chesterton
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 134
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      4 out of 5 stars 113
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      4 out of 5 stars 111

    In this important book, G.K. Chesterton offers a remarkably perceptive analysis of social and moral issues, even more relevant today than in his own time. With a light, humorous tone but a deadly serious philosophy, he comments on errors in education, on feminism vs. true womanhood, on the importance of the child, and other issues, using incisive arguments against the trendsetters’ assaults on the common man and the family.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The mind that finds...

    • By Darwin8u on 05-24-17

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The City of God

    • By: Saint Augustine
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 47 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 252
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      4 out of 5 stars 190
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 189

    Written between A.D. 413 and 426, The City of God is one of the great cornerstones in the history of Christian thought, a book which is vital to the understanding of modern Western society. Augustine originally intended it to be an apology for Christianity against the accusation that the Church was responsible for the decline of the Roman Empire, which had occurred just three years earlier. Indeed, Augustine produced a great amount of evidence to prove that paganism was responsible for this event. However, by the time the work was finished, the book had taken on a larger theme.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Sharp thinker; profound topic; still relevant

    • By William Peterson on 09-24-10

    Regular price: $41.97

    • The Second World War: A Complete History

    • By: Martin Gilbert
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 43 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 82
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      4 out of 5 stars 73
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 73

    Martin Gilbert, the official biographer of Winston Churchill, offers a complete history of World War II. It began with the German invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939. By the time it came to an end on V-Day - August 14, 1945 - it had involved every major power, and had become global in its reach. In the final accounting, it would turn out to be - in both human terms and material resources - the costliest war in history, taking the lives of forty-six million people.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Should be required reading for all students.

    • By Cynthia E Dell on 08-10-16

    Regular price: $27.97

    • Socialism

    • An Economic and Sociological Analysis
    • By: Ludwig von Mises
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 24 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 116
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 97
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 97

    Published in 1922 during those dark and dreary years of socialism’s near-complete triumph, Socialism stunned the socialist world. Mises has given us a profoundly important treatise that assaults socialism in all its guises, a work that discusses every major aspect of socialism and leaves no stone unturned. A few of the numerous topics discussed include the success of socialist ideas; life under socialism: art and literature, science and journalism; economic calculation under socialism; the ideal of equality; and Marx’s theory of monopolies.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Required reading:

    • By Amazon Customer on 05-16-18

    Regular price: $31.47

    • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume 1

    • By: Edward Gibbon
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 41 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 446
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 280
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      4 out of 5 stars 279

    Considered one of the finest historical works in the English language, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is lauded for its graceful, elegant prose style as much as for its epic scope. Remarkably accurate for its day, Gibbon's treatise holds a high place in the history of literature and remains an enduring subject of study.

    Gibbon's monumental work traces the history of more than 13 centuries, covering the great events as well as the general historical progression. This first volume covers A.D. 180 to A.D. 395, which includes the establishment of Christianity and the Crusades.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What an age we live in

    • By William Penny on 08-20-08

    Regular price: $34.96

    • The Outline of History

    • Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind
    • By: H. G. Wells
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 44 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 51
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      4 out of 5 stars 37
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      4 out of 5 stars 40

    Having coined the phrase "the war that will end war," H. G. Wells was disillusioned by the World War I peace settlement. Convinced that humanity needed to awaken to the instability of the world order and remember lessons from the past, the author of science-fiction classics set out to write about history. Wells hoped to remind mankind of its common past, provide it with a basis for international patriotism, and guide it to renounce war.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good book

    • By Adam on 03-07-12

    Regular price: $34.96

    • Reflections on the Revolution in France

    • By: Edmund Burke
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 58
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      4 out of 5 stars 50
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 46

    This famous treatise began as a letter to a young French friend who asked Edmund Burke’s opinion on whether France’s new ruling class would succeed in creating a better order. Doubtless the friend expected a favorable reply, but Burke was suspicious of certain tendencies of the Revolution from the start and perceived that the revolutionaries were actually subverting the true "social order". Blending history with principle and graceful imagery with profound practical maxims, this book is one of the most influential political treatises in the history of the world.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A good historical perspective

    • By CMC on 08-30-14

    Regular price: $18.87

    • Politics

    • By: Aristotle
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 92
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 52

    Over two millennia after its compilation, the Politics still offers much to consider with regards to political science. Aristotle's succinct and thoughtful analysis is based on his study of over 150 city constitutions and covers the gamut of political issues in order to establish which types of constitution are best, ideally as well as for particular circumstances, and how they may be maintained.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • much more practical than the republic

    • By Amazon Customer on 04-25-16

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Inklings

    • C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, and Their Friends
    • By: Humphrey Carpenter
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
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      4 out of 5 stars 4
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 4

    During the 1930s at Oxford, C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams - remarkable friends, writers, and scholars - met regularly to discuss philosophy and literature and to read aloud from their own works in progress. Calling themselves the Inklings, their circle grew. It was in this company that such classics as The Lord of the Rings, The Screwtape Letters, and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe first found an audience.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A great find for any Inkling fan

    • By TangerineZoso on 04-01-18

    Regular price: $22.95

    • Trollope

    • An Autobiography
    • By: Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 45
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      4 out of 5 stars 26
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      4 out of 5 stars 24

    Anthony Trollope is most famous for his portrait of the professional and landed classes of Victorian England, especially in his Palliser and Barsetshire novels. But he was also the author of one of the most fascinating autobiographies of the nineteenth century. Trollope was born in 1815, the product of a formidable mother and a tragically unsuccessful father who was socially ambitious for his sons. He was the victim of vicious bullying at Harrow and Winchester. But he had inherited his mother's determination, and managed later to carve out a successful career in the General Post Office while devoting every spare moment to writing. How he paid his groom to wake him every morning at 5:30 a.m. and disciplined himself to write 250 words every fifteen minutes has become part of literary legend. His efforts resulted in over sixty books, a sizable fortune, and fame, and his autobiography. Trollope looks back on his life with satisfaction. Perhaps as interesting as the facts he reveals and the opinions he records about Dickens and George Eliot, politics and the civil service are the judgments he passes on his own character.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • the meaning of work

    • By Fortunee on 01-05-08

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Law

    • By: Frédéric Bastiat
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 2 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
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      5 out of 5 stars 49

    First published as a pamphlet in 1850 in response to the socialist-communist plans and ideas being adopted in France at that time, The Law remains equally relevant today, as the same ideas are now sweeping America.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Reading this should be required by LAW! 😋

    • By R. E. Miller on 07-21-16

    Regular price: $13.96

    • The Life of Samuel Johnson

    • By: James Boswell
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 54 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
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      4 out of 5 stars 8

    James Boswell forever changed the genre of biography when he painstakingly transformed a scholarly profusion of detail into a perceptive, lifelike portrait of Dr. Samuel Johnson. James Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson reveals a man of outsized appetites and private vulnerabilities and is the source of much of what we know about one of the towering figures of English literature.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Take a long bath in late 1700's intellectualism

    • By J.Michael Campbell on 03-10-18

    Regular price: $39.95

    • Two Years Before the Mast

    • By: Richard Henry Dana
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 16 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 174
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 108
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 106

    Richard Henry Dana, a law student turned sailor for health reasons, sailed in 1834 aboard the brig Pilgrim on a voyage from Boston around Cape Horn to California. Drawing from his journals, Two Years Before the Mast gives a vivid and detailed account, shrewdly observed and beautifully described, of a common sailor's wretched treatment at sea, and of a way of life virtually unknown at that time.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Read!

    • By Thomas on 03-15-08

    Regular price: $27.97

    • The Time Machine

    • By: H.G. Wells
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 3 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 303
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      4 out of 5 stars 250
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      4 out of 5 stars 251

    The time traveler first steps out of his magnificent time-transport machine in the year 802,700. He finds Earth populated by a race of slender pacifists and decides to study this lush land of flower people before returning to his own age. These pacifists, he discovers, have built their wealth on the backs of a slave class forced to live below ground. As the conflict between them surfaces, the time traveler finds that his only means of escape, his time machine, has been stolen.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good Book

    • By Bruce on 12-14-10

    Regular price: $17.47

    • The American Heritage History of World War I

    • By: S. L. A. Marshall
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 19 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 55
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      4 out of 5 stars 47
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      4 out of 5 stars 48

    Drawing on a lifetime of military experience, Brigadier General S. L. A. Marshall, "one of our most distinguished military writers" ( New York Times), delivers this unflinching history of the war that was supposed to end all wars. From the perspective of more than half a century, Marshall examines the blunders and complacency that turned what everyone thought would be a brief campaign and an easy victory into a relentless four-year slaughter that left 10 million dead and 20 million wounded.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • WW1 from American point of view

    • By Jean on 10-19-12

    Regular price: $29.08

    • From the Earth to the Moon

    • By: Jules Verne
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 94
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      4 out of 5 stars 61
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      4 out of 5 stars 61

    The War of the Rebellion is over, and the members of the American Gun Club, bored with inactivity, look around for a new project. At last they have it: "We will build the greatest projectile the world has ever seen and make the moon our 38th state!" When From the Earth to the Moon was published in 1865, it was regarded as pure fantasy. Who could imagine a rocket that would carry men and animals through space?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Lacking

    • By Allen Brink on 05-21-15

    Regular price: $17.47

    • The Histories

    • By: Herodotus
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 28 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 377
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      4 out of 5 stars 219
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 220

    Herodotus is not only the father of the art and the science of historical writing, but also one of the Western tradition's most compelling storytellers. In tales such as that of Gyges, who murders Candaules, the king of Lydia, and usurps his throne and his marriage bed, thereby bringing on, generations later, war with the Persians, Herodotus laid bare the intricate human entanglements at the core of great historical events.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Pater historiae: Latin, b/c who gets Greek jokes?

    • By Darwin8u on 05-21-12

    Regular price: $34.97

    • Plutarch’s Lives, Volume 1

    • By: Plutarch, John Dryden (translator)
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 42 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 89
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      4 out of 5 stars 68
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 70

    Plutarch’s Lives remains one of the world’s most profoundly influential literary works. Written at the beginning of the second century, it forms a brilliant social history of the ancient world. His “parallel lives” were originally presented in a series of books that gave an account of one Greek and one Roman life, followed by a comparison of the two. Volume 1 compares Theseus and Romulus, Alcibiades and Coriolanus, and Aristides and Marcus Cato, among others.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Plutarch -- Still Awesome

    • By Lloyd on 08-03-11

    Regular price: $26.57

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