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  • The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam | Barbara W. Tuchman

    The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
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    In The March of Folly, two-time Pulitzer Prize winning historian Barbara Tuchman tackles the pervasive presence of folly in governments through the ages. Defining folly as the pursuit by governments of policies contrary to their own interests, despite the availability of feasible alternatives, Tuchman details four decisive turning points in history that illustrate the very heights of folly in government.

    peter says: "No stone left unturned"
  • Dead Man's Folly: A Hercule Poirot Mystery | Agatha Christie

    Dead Man's Folly: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By David Suchet
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    Whilst organising a mock murder hunt for the village fete hosted by Sir George and Lady Stubbs, a feeling of dread settles on the famous crime novelist Adriane Oliver. Call it instinct, but it's a feeling she just can't explain...or get away from. In desperation she summons her old friend, Hercule Poirot - and her instincts are soon proved correct when the "pretend" murder victim is discovered playing the scene for real, a rope wrapped tightly around her neck.

    Sandy says: "Christie and Suchet - Jolly Well Done"
  • Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World | Richard Rhodes

    Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Richard Rhodes
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
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    What do Hedy Lamarr, avant-garde composer George Antheil, and your cell phone have in common? The answer is spread-spectrum radio: a revolutionary inven­tion based on the rapid switching of communications sig­nals among a spread of different frequencies. Without this technology, we would not have the digital comforts that we take for granted today. Only a writer of Richard Rhodes’s caliber could do justice to this remarkable story. Unhappily married to a Nazi arms dealer, Lamarr fled to America at the start of World War II; she brought with her not only her theatrical talent....

    Darryl says: "fascinating short bio"
  • Sheer Folly: A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery | Carola Dunn

    Sheer Folly: A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Carola Dunn
    • Narrated By Lucy Rayner
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    In March of 1926, Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher and her friend and collaborator, Lady Lucy Gerald, head off for several days to a stately home reputed to have the best grotto in the country. Working on a book of architectural follies, they plan to research and photograph it. Leaving her husband and young twins behind, Daisy is expecting a productive weekend at Appsworth Hall, with the only potential difficulty being keeping Lucy from offending the current owner, a manufacturer of plumbing products. Alas, it's not to be quite so simple.

    Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe says: "Another great Daisy"
  • Thale's Folly | Dorothy Gilman

    Thale's Folly

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated By John McDonough
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    Andrew Thale is not exactly thrilled when his overbearing father sends him on an errand to assess the property inherited from an eccentric aunt. Andrew is intrigued though, when he finds the house fully occupied. Its odd and interesting residents have a calming effect on him, especially the beautiful young woman named Tarragon. But his arrival seems to have set a series of mysterious events into motion. Narrator John McDonough’s engaging performance lets you share in the excitement and camaraderie.

    Bex says: "Excellent Story and Narration!"
  • FDR's Folly: How Roosevelt and His New Deal Prolonged the Great Depression | Jim Powell

    FDR's Folly: How Roosevelt and His New Deal Prolonged the Great Depression

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jim Powell
    • Narrated By William Hughes
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    In the minds of historians and the American public alike, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was one of our greatest presidents, not least because he supposedly saved America from the Great Depression. But as historian Jim Powell reveals in this groundbreaking book, Roosevelt's New Deal policies actually prolonged and exacerbated the economic disaster.

    David says: "Very Important"
  • This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly | Carmen Reinhart,Kenneth Rogoff

    This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Carmen Reinhart, Kenneth Rogoff
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
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    Throughout history, rich and poor countries alike have been lending, borrowing, crashing - and recovering -their way through an extraordinary range of financial crises. Each time, the experts have chimed, "this time is different" - claiming that the old rules of valuation no longer apply and that the new situation bears little similarity to past disasters. This book proves that premise wrong.

    D. Littman says: "necessary piece to understand the current crisis"
  • The Highlander's Folly: The Novels of Loch Moigh, Book 3 | Barbara Longley

    The Highlander's Folly: The Novels of Loch Moigh, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Barbara Longley
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
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    A brave fifteenth-century Highlander fiercely devoted to his foster family, Hunter of clan MacKintosh can defeat any man in battle. Thanks to his fae gifts, he can read the intent of his opponents and guess their next moves. But when the faerie Madame Giselle sends Hunter to the present day, he stumbles into a staged battle and rescues a young knight - only to discover that the knight is a woman, and she's anything but a damsel in distress.

    Rhonda says: "Excellent book extraordinary narrator"
  • Folly, Grace, and Power: The Mysterious Act of Preaching | John Koessler

    Folly, Grace, and Power: The Mysterious Act of Preaching

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    • By John Koessler
    • Narrated By Tom Parks
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    When you stand before your congregation, what do you hope to accomplish when you preach the Word? If people have Bibles and the freedom to read and pray on their own - why do they need you? In short, what do you bring to the table? Author, pastor, and professor John Koessler answers those questions and many more. Why does one sermon have a powerful effect on the audience while another falls flat? Why should listeners heed what the preacher says? Is human language adequate for facilitating an encounter with God? What is the point of preaching a sermon?

    Ben & Maggie McGrath says: "A nice little book."
  • Arsenals of Folly | Richard Rhodes

    Arsenals of Folly

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Richard Rhodes
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
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    In a narrative that moves like a thriller, Rhodes sheds light on the Reagan administration's unprecedented arms buildup in the early 1980s, as well as the arms-reduction campaign that followed, and Reagan's famous 1986 summit meeting with Gorbachev. Rhodes' detailed exploration of events of this time constitutes a prehistory of the neoconservatives. The story is new, compelling, and continually surprising - a revelatory re-creation of a hugely important era of our recent history.

    Thomas says: "overall outstanding"
  • A Spot of Folly: Ten and a Quarter New Tales of Murder and Mayhem | Ruth Rendell

    A Spot of Folly: Ten and a Quarter New Tales of Murder and Mayhem

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble, Toby Longworth, Julian Rhind-Tutt, and others
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    Previously uncollected and unpublished: new short stories from a master of psychological suspense. New and uncollected tales of murder, mischief, magic and madness. Ruth Rendell was an acknowledged master of psychological suspense: these are 10 (and a quarter) of her most chillingly compelling short stories, collected here together for the first time.

  • On Folly Beach | Karen White

    On Folly Beach

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Karen White
    • Narrated By Lyssa Browne
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    Folly Beach, South Carolina, has survived despite hurricanes and war. But it's the personal battles of Folly Beach's residents that have left the most scars, and they are why a young widow has been beckoned there to heal her own. To most people, Folly Beach is simply the last barrier island before reaching the great Atlantic. To some, it's a sanctuary for lost souls, which is why Emmy Hamilton's mother encourages her to buy a local bookstore, Folly's Finds, hoping it will distract Emmy from the loss of her husband.

    L. Persyn says: "You won't want to get out of your car"
  • Fortune's Folly: Outer Bounds, Book 2 | Sara King

    Fortune's Folly: Outer Bounds, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Sara King
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
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    Humanity, in its struggle to escape its own planet's demise, began sending colony ships from Earth almost 700 years ago in the desperate hope a handful would find someplace habitable for human life and be able to continue our species. Only one ship survived. It survived only because it found a vast swath of alien planets, all terraformed, all utterly abandoned. Alien megastructures cold and lifeless.

    John J. Salyer says: "An amazing story and an amazing performance!"
  • Folly and Glory: Volume 4 of The Berrybender Narratives | Larry McMurtry

    Folly and Glory: Volume 4 of The Berrybender Narratives

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    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina
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    In the final volume of The Berrybender Narratives, Tasmin and her family are under arrest in Mexican Santa Fe. Tasmin, who would once have followed her husband anywhere, is no longer even sure she likes him, or where to go next. Captain Clark, of Lewis and Clark fame, is puzzled by the great changes sweeping over the West, replacing red men and buffalo with towns and farms.

    Rebecca Lindroos says: "Read the whole series!"
  • God and the Folly of Faith: The Incompatibility of Science and Religion | Victor J. Stenger

    God and the Folly of Faith: The Incompatibility of Science and Religion

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Victor J. Stenger
    • Narrated By David Smalley, Dan Barker
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    It has become the prevalent view among sociologists, historians, and some theistic scientists that religion and science have never been in serious conflict. Some even claim that Christianity was responsible for the development of science. In a sweeping historical survey that begins with ancient Greek science and proceeds through the Renaissance and Enlightenment to contemporary advances in physics and cosmology, Stenger makes a convincing case that not only is this conclusion false, but Christianity actually held back the progress of science for 1,000 years.

    S. Tupper says: "Smalley Guts Another One"
  • The Praise of Folly/Against War | Desiderius Erasmus

    The Praise of Folly/Against War

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Desiderius Erasmus
    • Narrated By Georgina Sutton, Leighton Pugh
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    'The Praise of Folly', written in Latin in 1509 and spoken by the goddess Folly (who champions a lively enjoyment of life), was a bold satire on (in the cautious contemporary environment) not only Western classical traditions but also the Catholic Church. Dedicated to More himself, Erasmus wittily challenged entrenched views in so forthright (and humanist) a style that it could have brought him in direct conflict with the papacy. Fortunately the pope, Leo X, enjoyed the humour and the challenge!

  • Brooklyn Follies | Paul Auster

    Brooklyn Follies

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    • By Paul Auster
    • Narrated By Juan Manuel Martínez
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    Nathan Glass ha sobrevivido a un cáncer de pulmón y a un divorcio después de treinta y tres años de matrimonio, y ha vuelto a Brooklyn, el lugar donde nació y pasó su infancia. Quiere vivir allí lo que le queda de su 'ridícula vida'. Hasta que enfermó era un próspero vendedor de seguros; ahora que ya no tiene que ganarse la vida, piensa escribir El libro de las locuras de los hombres.

  • Jessamine's Folly | Suzanne G. Rogers

    Jessamine's Folly

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Suzanne G. Rogers
    • Narrated By Stevie Zimmerman
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    After her estate is entailed away, Jessamine Foster has no choice but to live with relatives who detest her. When her aunt gives her an ultimatum to leave, Jessamine accepts a position as companion to Lord Kirkendale's sister - even though she's been warned her predecessors can't seem to resist the earl's exceptional good looks. Can Jessamine manage to hold on to her job without losing her heart?

    A+D says: "Delightful, Fun and Clean!"
  • Provincetown Follies, Bangkok Blues | Randall Peffer

    Provincetown Follies, Bangkok Blues

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Randall Peffer
    • Narrated By Jim O'Hare
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    Tuki Aparecio did not kill her lover. She did not burn down the Painted Lady - at least, not with fire. Tuki lit up the stage nightly, with her hair in braids and her glorious costumes; glittering, smoldering, singing her heart out for an audience who loved her. She brought the house down with her performances. But she's innocent of murder, innocent of arson. How can Michael DeCastro possibly hope to defend this beautiful drag queen?

  • Folly Beach: A Lowcountry Tale | Dorothea Benton Frank

    Folly Beach: A Lowcountry Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Dorothea Benton Frank
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
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    Folly Beach is the land of Cate Cooper's childhood, the place where all the ghosts of her past roam freely. Cate never thought she'd wind up in a tiny cottage on this breathtakingly lovely strip of coast. But circumstances have changed, leaving Cate homeless, broke, and unmoored. Yet Folly Beach holds more than just memories. Once upon a time another woman found unexpected bliss and comfort within its welcoming arms. An artist, writer, and colleague of the revered George Gershwin, Dorothy Heyward enjoyed the greatest moments of her life at Folly....

    Stachowski says: "could not finish it.."
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