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  • War and Peace | Leo Tolstoy

    War and Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (61 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    Often called the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace is at once an epic of the Napoleonic wars, a philosophical study, and a celebration of the Russian spirit. Tolstoy's genius is clearly seen in the multitude of characters in this massive chronicle, all of them fully realized and equally memorable.

    Caio says: "An incredible experince"
  • The Gulag Archipelago, Volume l: The Prison Industry and Perpetual Motion | Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

    The Gulag Archipelago, Volume l: The Prison Industry and Perpetual Motion

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    In this masterpiece, Solzhenitsyn has orchestrated thousands of incidents and individual histories into one narrative of unflagging power and momentum. Written in a tone that encompasses Olympian wrath, bitter calm, savage irony, and sheer comedy, it combines history, autobiography, documentary, and political analysis as it examines in its totality the Soviet apparatus of repression from its inception following the October Revolution of 1917.

    joseph says: "Not for the feint of heart"
  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume I: Visions of Glory 1874-1932 | William Manchester

    The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume I: Visions of Glory 1874-1932

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By William Manchester
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    Winston Churchill is perhaps the most important political figure of the 20th century. His great oratory and leadership during the Second World War were only part of his huge breadth of experience and achievement. Studying his life is a fascinating way to imbibe the history of his era and gain insight into key events that have shaped our time.

    Wolfpacker says: "Superb - Review of Both Volume I & Volume II"
  • The Gulag Archipelago: Volume III: Katorga, Exile, Stalin Is No More | Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

    The Gulag Archipelago: Volume III: Katorga, Exile, Stalin Is No More

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs)
    • By Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    In this final volume of a towering work that is both literary masterpiece and living memorial to the untold millions of Soviet martyrs, Solzhenitsyn's epic narrative moves to its astounding and unforseen climax. We now see that this great cathedral of a book not only commemorates those massed victims but celebrates the unquenched spirit of resistance that flickered and then burst into flame even in Stalin's "special camps."

    Howie says: "If the whole series is too daunting, read this one"
  • Homage to Catalonia | George Orwell

    Homage to Catalonia

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    In 1936, George Orwell went to Spain to report on the civil war and instead joined the P.O.U.M. militia to fight against the Fascists. In this now justly famous account of his experience, he describes both the bleak and the comic aspects of trench warfare on the Aragon front, the Barcelona uprising in May 1937, his nearly fatal wounding just two weeks later, and his escape from Barcelona into France after the P.O.U.M. was suppressed.

    Kirby says: "Excellent book, marred by narration"
  • The Gulag Archipelago, Volume II: The Destructive-Labor Camps and The Soul and Barbed Wire | Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

    The Gulag Archipelago, Volume II: The Destructive-Labor Camps and The Soul and Barbed Wire

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    This second volume in Solzhenitsyn’s narrative chronicles the appalling inhumanity of the Soviets' "Destructive-Labor Camps" and the fate of prisoners in them—felling timber, building canals and railroads, and mining gold without equipment or adequate food or clothing, and subject always to the caprices of the camp authorities. Most tragic of all is the life of the women prisoners and the luckless children they bear.

    Thucydides says: "An epic of horror, history, & philosophy"
  • My Early Life | Winston Churchill

    My Early Life

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Winston Churchill
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    One of the classic volumes of autobiography, My Early Life is a lively and colourful account of a young man's quest for action, adventure and danger. Churchill's schooldays are undistinguished, but he is admitted to Sandhurst and embarks on a career as a soldier and a war correspondent, seeing action in Cuba, in India, in the Sudan - where he took part in the battle of Omdurman, of which he gives us a stirring account - and finally in South Africa.

    John says: "The Adventures of a Glow Worm"
  • Sharpe's Tiger: Book I of the Sharpe Series | Bernard Cornwell

    Sharpe's Tiger: Book I of the Sharpe Series

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    1799. As the British Army fights its way through India toward a diabolical trap, the young and illiterate private Richard Sharpe must battle both man and beast behind enemy lines, in an attempt to push the ruthless Tippoo of Mysore from his throne and drive his French allies out of India.

    Angela says: "Believe the Hype!"
  • Sharpe's Eagle: Book VIII of the Sharpe Series | Bernard Cornwell

    Sharpe's Eagle: Book VIII of the Sharpe Series

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    Here is one of those rare novels, the first in an epic series, that completely transports the listener to an unforgettable time and place in history. At Talavera in July of 1809, Captain Richard Sharpe, bold, professional, and ruthless, prepares to lead his men against the armies of Napoleon into what will be the bloodiest battle of the war.

    Nicholas Winn says: "Great and you don't have to have read the others"
  • Kidnapped | Robert Louis Stevenson

    Kidnapped

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    In this spirited and romantic saga, a young heir named David Balfour meets his miserly uncle Ebenezer, who has illegally taken control of the Balfour estate. Ebenezer kidnaps David and plots to have him seized and sold into slavery on a ship to the Carolinas. A couple of days into the voyage, a shipwreck throws David together with David Break, a Scotsman returning from political exile in France, and the two of them journey together.

    Kappavpi says: "Great story, great reader."
  • Sharpe's Triumph: Book II of the Sharpe Series | Bernard Cornwell

    Sharpe's Triumph: Book II of the Sharpe Series

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    The paths of treachery lead Sharpe's company to join the army of Sir Arthur Wellesley, the future Duke of Wellington, to take on the Mahratta horde. Sharpe must survive the carnage and live to tell the tale of what will be remembered as one of the greatest battles of the 19th century.

    Don says: "Great story - Poor narration quality"
  • Sharpe's Rifles: Book VI of the Sharpe Series | Bernard Cornwell

    Sharpe's Rifles: Book VI of the Sharpe Series

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    It's 1809 and the powerful French juggernaut is sweeping across Spain. Lieutenant Sharpe is newly in command of the demoralized, distrustful men of the 95th Rifles. He must lead them to safety - and the only means of escape is a treacherous trek through the enemy-infested mountains of Spain.

    Joe says: "Historical Fiction at it's best."
  • The Innocence of Father Brown | G. K. Chesterton

    The Innocence of Father Brown

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By G. K. Chesterton
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    Detective fans of all races and creeds, of all tastes and fancies will delight in the exploits of this wise and whimsical padre. You will be enchanted by the scandalously innocent man of the cloth, with his handy umbrella, who exhibits such uncanny insight into ingeniously tricky human problems. This collection includes 12 mysteries solved by Father Brown.

    Katherine says: "Charming"
  • Peter the Great: His Life and World | Robert K. Massie

    Peter the Great: His Life and World

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Robert K. Massie
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    This superbly told story brings to life one of the most remarkable rulers––and men––in all of history and conveys the drama of his life and world. The Russia of Peter's birth was very different from the Russia his energy, genius, and ruthlessness shaped. Crowned co-Tsar as a child of ten, after witnessing bloody uprisings in the streets of Moscow, he would grow up propelled by an unquenchable curiosity, everywhere looking, asking, tinkering, and learning, fired by Western ideas.

    Adam says: "Very good"
  • Les Miserables | Victor Hugo

    Les Miserables

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    Set in the Parisian underworld and plotted like a detective story, Les Miserables follows Jean Valjean, originally an honest peasant, who has been imprisoned for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister's starving family. A hardened criminal upon his release, he eventually reforms, becoming a successful industrialist and town mayor. Despite this, he is haunted by an impulsive former crime and is pursued relentlessly by the police inspector Javert.

    Sher from Provo says: "I love this book - one of the best of all time"
  • Twenty Years After | Alexandre Dumas

    Twenty Years After

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    Twenty years later, time has weakened the resolve of the Musketeers and dispersed their loyalties. But treasons and stratagems still cry out for justice: civil war endangers the throne of France, while in England, Cromwell threatens to send Charles I to the scaffold. Dumas brings his immortal quartet out of retirement to cross swords with time, the malevolence of men, and the forces of history. But their greatest test is a titanic struggle with the son of Milady, who wears the face of Evil.

    Nathan says: "Dumas YES, Narrator NO"
  • Sharpe's Sword: Book XIV of the Sharpe Series | Bernard Cornwell

    Sharpe's Sword: Book XIV of the Sharpe Series

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Colonel Leroux is killing Britain's most valuable spies, and it's up to Richard Sharpe to stop him. Thrust into the unfamiliar world of political and military intrigue, Sharpe must tangle with La Marquesa, a beguiling, extraordinarily beautiful woman whose embrace is as calculating as it is passionate. As she leads him through a maze of secrecy, cunning, and deception, Sharpe relentlessly pursues Leroux, determined to exact his revenge with the cold steel of his sword.

    Jean says: "Sharpe's Sword"
  • The Odessa File | Frederick Forsyth

    The Odessa File

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Frederick Forsyth
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    Frederick Forsyth's spellbinding novels are the natural outgrowth of an adventuresome career in international investigative journalism. Written in Austria and Germany during the fall of 1971, The Odessa File is based on its author's life experiences as a Reuters man reporting from London, Paris, and East Berlin in the early 1960s.

    writerly says: "good tension, great characters, engaging reading"
  • Sharpe's Enemy: Book XV of the Sharpe Series | Bernard Cornwell

    Sharpe's Enemy: Book XV of the Sharpe Series

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    A band of renegades led by Sharpe's vicious mortal enemy, Obadiah Hakeswill, holds a group of British and French women hostage in a strategic mountain pass. On the other side of the pass, Napoleon's Grande Armie seeks to smash through and crash the British army in Portugal. Outnumbered and attacked from two sides, Sharpe must hold his ground or die in the attempt.

    Amazon Customer says: "All around terrific"
  • Sharpe's Regiment: Book XVII of the Sharpe Series | Bernard Cornwell

    Sharpe's Regiment: Book XVII of the Sharpe Series

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    Subtitled Richard Sharpe and the Invasion of France, June to November 1913, this story features a corrupt political enemy who is determined to disband the South Essex Regiment, and to destroy the life of Major Richard Sharpe.

    KTinPA says: "Sharpe's Regiment"
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