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  • 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"
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • 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.

    Rena says: "Love this series"
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • A Bridge Too Far | Cornelius Ryan

    A Bridge Too Far

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Cornelius Ryan
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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"
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • 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.

    Patricia says: "Life goes on"
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • Six and a Half Deadly Sins: Dr. Siri Paiboun, Book 10 | Colin Cotterill

    Six and a Half Deadly Sins: Dr. Siri Paiboun, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated By Clive Chafers
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    Laos, 1979: Dr. Siri Paiboun, the twice retired ex-National Coroner of Laos, receives an unmarked package in the mail. Inside is a handwoven pha sin, a colorful traditional skirt worn in northern Laos. A lovely present, but who sent it to him, and why? And, more importantly, why is there a severed human finger stitched into the sin's lining?

    CB says: "Please keep Dr. Siri alive!"
  • The Woman Who Wouldn't Die: The Dr. Siri Investigations, Book 9 | Colin Cotterill

    The Woman Who Wouldn't Die: The Dr. Siri Investigations, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
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    In a small Lao village, a very strange thing has happened. A woman was shot and killed in her bed during a burglary; she was given a funeral and everyone in the village saw her body burned. Then, three days later, she was back in her house as if she'd never been dead at all. But now she's clairvoyant and can speak to the dead. That's why the long-dead brother of a Lao general has enlisted her to help his brother uncover his remains, which have been lost at the bottom of a river for many years.

    Cynthia says: "Yes, it's that good."
  • Candide and Zadig |  Voltaire

    Candide and Zadig

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Voltaire
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
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    These two classic coming-of-age stories by Voltaire parody the romanticism of his day with the ruthless wit that has made him the undisputed master of social commentary.

    Marje says: "Two Beautifully-read Masterpieces"
  • Fear | Gabriel Chevallier

    Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Gabriel Chevallier
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
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    In 1915, Jean Dartemont heads off to the Great War, an eager conscript. The only thing he fears is missing the action. Soon, however, the vaunted "war to end all wars" seems like a war that will never end: whether mired in the trenches or going over the top, Jean finds himself caught in the midst of an unimaginable, unceasing slaughter. After he is wounded, he returns from the front to discover a world where no one knows or wants to know any of this.

    D M BOYCE says: "remarkable"
  • Slash and Burn: The Dr. Siri Investigations, Book 8 | Colin Cotterill

    Slash and Burn: The Dr. Siri Investigations, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
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    Dr. Siri might finally be allowed to retire (again). Although he loves his two morgue assistants, he’s tired of being Laos’ national coroner - a job he never wanted in the first place. Plus, he’s pushing 80 and wants to spend some time with his wife before his untimely death, which has been predicted by the local transvestite fortune teller. But retirement is not in the cards for Dr. Siri after all. He’s dragged into one last job for the Lao government: supervising an excavation for the remains of a US fighter pilot....

    Suzanne says: "This Series Hasn't Become Repetitive or Tired"
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