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  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume 3: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965 | William Manchester,Paul Reid

    The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume 3: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965

    • UNABRIDGED (53 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By William Manchester, Paul Reid
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer, Paul Reid
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    Spanning the years 1940 to 1965, Defender of the Realm, the third volume of William Manchester’s The Last Lion, picks up shortly after Winston Churchill became prime minister - when his tiny island nation stood alone against the overwhelming might of Nazi Germany. The Churchill portrayed by Manchester and Reid is a man of indomitable courage, lightning-fast intellect, and an irresistible will to action.

    Mike From Mesa says: "A worthy final volume in a great biography"
  • The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England | Dan Jones

    The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Dan Jones
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
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    The first Plantagenet king inherited a blood-soaked kingdom from the Normans and transformed it into an empire that stretched at its peak from Scotland to Jerusalem. In this epic history, Dan Jones vividly resurrects this fierce and seductive royal dynasty and its mythic world. We meet the captivating Eleanor of Aquitaine, twice queen and the most famous woman in Christendom; her son, Richard the Lionheart, who fought Saladin in the Third Crusade; and King John, a tyrant who was forced to sign Magna Carta, which formed the basis of our own Bill of Rights.

    Troy says: "Excellent Narrative History"
  • A Brief History of Neoliberalism | David Harvey

    A Brief History of Neoliberalism

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By David Harvey
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
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    Neoliberalism - the doctrine that market exchange is an ethic in itself, capable of acting as a guide for all human action - has become dominant in both thought and practice throughout much of the world since 1970 or so. Writing for a wide audience, David Harvey, author of The New Imperialism and The Condition of Postmodernity, here tells the political-economic story of where neoliberalization came from and how it proliferated on the world stage.

    Elizabeth says: " Monotone reader"
  • Foundation: The History of England from Its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudors: The History of England, Book 1 | Peter Ackroyd

    Foundation: The History of England from Its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudors: The History of England, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
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    In Foundation the chronicler of London and of its river, the Thames, takes us from the primeval forests of England's prehistory to the death of the first Tudor king, Henry VII, in 1509. He guides us from the building of Stonehenge to the founding of the two great glories of medieval England: common law and the cathedrals. He shows us glimpses of the country's most distant past - a Neolithic stirrup found in a grave, a Roman fort, a Saxon tomb, a medieval manor house.

    JudieBee says: "The Most Annoying Narrator EVER"
  • A Bridge Too Far | Cornelius Ryan

    A Bridge Too Far

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Cornelius Ryan
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
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    A Bridge Too Far is Cornelius Ryan’s masterly chronicle of the Battle of Arnhem, which marshaled the greatest armada of troop-carrying aircraft ever assembled and cost the Allies nearly twice as many casualties as D-day. In this compelling work of history, Ryan narrates the Allied effort to end the war in Europe in 1944 by dropping the combined airborne forces of the American and British armies behind German lines to capture the crucial bridge across the Rhine at Arnhem. Focusing on a vast cast of characters, Ryan brings to life one of the most ill-fated operations of the war.

    Michael says: "Great story much better than the movie"
  • Rebellion: The History of England from James I to the Glorious Revolution | Peter Ackroyd

    Rebellion: The History of England from James I to the Glorious Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
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    England's turbulent seventeenth century is vividly laid out before us, but so too is the cultural and social life of the period, notable for its extraordinarily rich literature, including Shakespeare's late masterpieces, Jacobean tragedy, the poetry of John Donne and Milton, and Thomas Hobbes's great philosophical treatise, Leviathan. Rebellion also gives us a very real sense of the lives of ordinary English men and women, lived out against a backdrop of constant disruption and uncertainty.

    Kathy says: "Essential Background Plus A Good Story"
  • Tudors: The History of England From Henry VIII to Elizabeth I: History of England, Book 2 | Peter Ackroyd

    Tudors: The History of England From Henry VIII to Elizabeth I: History of England, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
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    Peter Ackroyd, one of Britain's most acclaimed writers, brings the age of the Tudors to vivid life in this monumental audiobook in his History of England series, charting the course of English history from Henry VIII's cataclysmic break with Rome to the epic rule of Elizabeth I.

    Leslie says: "A Great Listen for Any Anglophile"
  • Dear Theo: The Autobiography of Vincent van Gogh | Jean Stone,Irving Stone

    Dear Theo: The Autobiography of Vincent van Gogh

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jean Stone, Irving Stone
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
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    Each night, when the hours of painting and drawing were over, Vincent van Gogh put pen to paper and poured out his heart through letters to his beloved brother Theo, his confidant and companion. No thought was too small, no element of his craft too insignificant, no happening too trivial. It was all scrupulously recorded and shared. In these letters, Van Gogh reveals himself as artist and man. Even more than if he had purposely intended to tell his life story, Van Gogh’s letters lay bare his deepest feelings, as well as his everyday concerns and his views of the world of art.

    oliver spencer says: "Vincent Van Gogh could have been a great writer."
  • I Shot the Buddha | Colin Cotterill

    I Shot the Buddha

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated By Clive Chafers
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    Laos, 1979: Retired coroner Siri Paiboun and his wife, Madame Daeng, have never been able to turn away a misfit. As a result they share their small Vientiane house with an assortment of homeless people, mendicants, and oddballs. One of these oddballs is Noo, a Buddhist monk who rides out on his bicycle one day and never comes back, leaving only a cryptic note in the refrigerator - a plea to help a fellow monk escape across the Mekong River to Thailand. Naturally, Siri can't turn down the adventure.

    Rena says: "I am a big fan"
  • Victoria: A Life | A. N. Wilson

    Victoria: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By A. N. Wilson
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
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    The longest reigning British monarch and female sovereign in history, Queen Victoria was a figure of profound paradox who has mystified historians for over a century. Now in this magisterial biography, A.N. Wilson rebukes the conventional wisdom about her life - that she was merely a "funny little woman in a bonnet" who did next to nothing - to show she was in fact intensely involved in state affairs despite a public façade of inaction.

    Alexis says: "This book has old and new info"
  • The First World War | Hew Strachan

    The First World War

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Hew Strachan
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
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    A century has passed since the outbreak of World War I, yet as military historian Hew Strachan argues in this brilliant and authoritative new book, the legacy of the "war to end all wars" is with us still. The First World War was a truly global conflict from the start, with many of the most decisive battles fought in or directly affecting the Balkans, Africa, and the Ottoman Empire. Even more than World War II, the First World War continues to shape the politics and international relations of our world.

    Tad Davis says: "Outstanding narrative of the military action"
  • Disco for the Departed: The Dr. Siri Investigations, Book 3 | Colin Cotterill

    Disco for the Departed: The Dr. Siri Investigations, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
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    Dr. Siri Paiboun is summoned to the mountains of Huaphan Province, where for years the leaders of the current communist government hid in caves, waiting to assume power. Now a major celebration of the new regime is scheduled to take place, but an arm is found protruding from the concrete walk laid from the president’s former cave hideout to his new house beneath the cliffs. Siri must supervise the disinterment of the body attached to the arm, identify it, and determine the cause of death.

    Jan says: "A delightful non-detective!"
  • Thirty-Three Teeth: The Dr. Siri Investigations, Book 2 | Colin Cotterill

    Thirty-Three Teeth: The Dr. Siri Investigations, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
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    Feisty Dr. Siri Paiboun is no respecter of persons or party; at his age he feels he can afford to be independent. In this, the second novel in the series, he travels to Luang Prabang, where he communes with the deposed king who is resigned to his fate: it was predicted long ago. And he attends a conference of shamans called by the Communist Party to deliver an ultimatum to the spirits: obey party orders or get out.

    Aliza says: "Healthy Addictive Pleasure"
  • The Longest Day: June 6, 1944 | Cornelius Ryan

    The Longest Day: June 6, 1944

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Cornelius Ryan
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
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    > The Longest Day is Cornelius Ryan’s unsurpassed account of D-day, a book that endures as a masterpiece of military history. In this compelling tale of courage and heroism, glory and tragedy, Ryan painstakingly re-creates the fateful hours that preceded and followed the massive invasion of Normandy to retell the story of an epic battle that would turn the tide against world fascism.

    pratalife says: "Seen the movie? Read the book: it is worth it"
  • The Coroner’s Lunch: The Dr. Siri Investigations, Book 1 | Colin Cotterill

    The Coroner’s Lunch: The Dr. Siri Investigations, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
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    Laos, 1975: The Communist Pathet Lao has taken over this former French colony. Dr. Siri Paiboun, a 72-year-old Paris-trained doctor, is appointed national coroner. Although he has no training for the job, there is no one else: the rest of the educated class have fled.

    Elizabeth says: "Deeply Satisfying Listening Experience"
  • The Rise of Rome: The Making of the World's Greatest Empire | Anthony Everitt

    The Rise of Rome: The Making of the World's Greatest Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Anthony Everitt
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
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    Emerging as a market town from a cluster of hill villages in the eighth and seventh centuries B.C., Rome grew to become the ancient world's preeminent power. Everitt fashions the story of Rome's rise to glory into an erudite book filled with lasting lessons for our time. He chronicles the clash between patricians and plebeians that defined the politics of the Republic. He shows how Rome's shrewd strategy of offering citizenship to her defeated subjects was instrumental in expanding the reach of her burgeoning empire.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Rome from the fall of Troy through Julius Caesar"
  • The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger | Richard Wilkinson,Kate Pickett

    The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Richard Wilkinson, Kate Pickett
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
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    Renowned researchers Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett offer groundbreaking analysis showing that greater economic equality-not greater wealth-is the mark of the most successful societies, and offer new ways to achieve it.

    Stephen Schoenberg says: "An Important Book"
  • Anarchy and Old Dogs: The Dr. Siri Investigations, Book 4 | Colin Cotterill

    Anarchy and Old Dogs: The Dr. Siri Investigations, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
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    An elderly man has been run down by a logging truck on the street in Vientiane just opposite the post office. His body is delivered to the morgue of Dr. Siri Paiboun, the official and only coroner of Laos. At the age of 73, Siri is too old to be in awe of the new communist bureaucrats for whom he now works. Before he can identify the corpse, he must decipher a letter in the man’s pocket—it is written in invisible ink and in code.

    Jan says: "spies and shaman/coroner"
  • A Hero of Our Time | Mikhail Lermontov

    A Hero of Our Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Mikhail Lermontov
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
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    In A Hero of Our Time, Grigory Pechorin is a bored, self-centered, and cynical young army officer who believes in nothing. With impunity he toys with the love of women and the goodwill of men. He is brave, determined, and willful, but his wasted energy and potential ultimately result in tragedy.

    Jeff Lacy says: "Rising inflection"
  • The Rat Catchers' Olympics | Colin Cotterill

    The Rat Catchers' Olympics

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated By Clive Chafers
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    It is 1980, and the Democratic People's Republic of Laos is proud to be competing in its first-ever Olympics. Ex-national coroner of Laos Dr. Siri Paiboun may be retired, but he and his wife, Madame Daeng, would do just about anything to have a chance to visit Moscow, so Siri finagles them the job of medical oversight for the Olympians. As the competition heats up, however, Siri begins to suspect that one of the athletes is not who he says he is. Then another Lao Olympian is accused of murder.

    Jan says: "but it's Mme Daeng with the tail!"
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