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Our Island Story (Complete)

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H. E. Marshall’s classic children’s chronicle of Britain, Our Island Story, includes all the best-loved (and most infamous!) stories from history: King Alfred and the cakes, King John and the Magna Carta, Lord Nelson and the Battle of Trafalgar, Queen Elizabeth and the Spanish Armada, and many others. This recording contains the complete and unabridged text, released previously in separate volumes. It is read with aplomb by Anna Bentinck and Daniel Philpott.

©2008 Naxos Audiobook (P)2008 Naxos Audiobook

Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
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Bomb

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In December of 1938, a chemist in a German laboratory made a shocking discovery: When placed next to radioactive material, a Uranium atom split in two. That simple discovery launched a scientific race that spanned three continents. In Great Britain and the United States, Soviet spies worked their way into the scientific community; in Norway, a commando force slipped behind enemy lines to attack German heavy-water manufacturing; and deep in the desert, one brilliant group of scientists was hidden away at a remote site at Los Alamos. This is the story of the plotting, the risk-taking, the deceit, and genius that created the world's most formidable weapon. This is the story of the atomic bomb. Bomb was a 2012 National Book Awards finalist for Young People's Literature.

©2013 Steve Sheinkin (P)2013 Listening Libary

Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
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Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2

4 ratings

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The beloved New York Times best sellers and Kickstarter crowdfunding sensations are available on audio for the first time, read by a star-studded fierce female cast including Alicia Keys, Ashley Judd, Danai Gurira, Esperanza Spalding, Janeane Garofalo, Mozhan Marno, Phillipa Soo, Rowan Blanchard, and Samira Wiley!    Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls 2 features 100 more bedtime stories inspired by the lives and adventures of extraordinary women, from Nefertiti to Beyonce. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2 transforms each biography into a fairy tale, filling listeners with wonder and with a burning curiosity to know more about each hero.    Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2 will inspire young girls (and their mothers, their aunts, their cousins...) to be confident, to dream big, to cultivate their strength. Trade in princesses for presidents. Swap out Cinderella for Cleopatra tonight. Includes a PDF of two written exercises: "Write Your Story" & "Draw Your Portrait". PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2017 Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo (P)2018 Listening Library

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What Is the Declaration of Independence?

Summary

Step back in time to the birth of America and meet the real-life rebels who made this country free!  On a hot summer day near Philadelphia in 1776, Thomas Jefferson sat at his desk and wrote furiously until early the next morning. He was drafting the Declaration of Independence, a document that would sever this country's ties with Britain and announce a new nation - The United States of America. Colonists were willing to risk their lives for freedom, and the Declaration of Independence made that official.  Discover the true story of one of the most radical and uplifting documents in history and follow the action that fueled the Revolutionary War.

©2016 Michael C. Harris and Who HQ (P)2018 Listening Library

Narrator: Marc Cashman
Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
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Worst of Friends

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Celebrated for her nonfiction books aimed at young readers and listeners, award-winning author Suzanne Tripp Jurmain illuminates historical figures in fun and engaging ways. Worst of Friends draws listeners into the earliest days of America's history to profile the friendship and rivalry that grew between Founding Fathers Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, both of whom would go on to become president of the United States.

©2011 Suzanne Tripp Jurmain (P)2012 Recorded Books

Narrator: Richard Poe
Length: 14 mins
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The Whydah

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A 2018 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Finalist The exciting true story of the captaincy, wreck, and discovery of the Whydah - the only pirate ship ever found - and the incredible mysteries it revealed. The 1650s to the 1730s marked the golden age of piracy, when fearsome pirates like Blackbeard ruled the waves, seeking not only treasure but also large and fast ships to carry it. The Whydah was just such a ship, built to ply the Triangular Trade route, which it did until one of the greediest pirates of all, Black Sam Bellamy, commandeered it. Filling the ship to capacity with treasure, Bellamy hoped to retire with his bounty - but in 1717 the ship sank in a storm off Cape Cod. For more than two hundred years, the wreck of the Whydah (and the riches that went down with it) eluded treasure seekers, until the ship was finally found in 1984 by marine archaeologists. The artifacts brought up from the ocean floor are priceless, both in value and in the picture they reveal of life in that much-mythologized era, changing much of what we know about pirates.

©2017 Martin W. Sandler, original book published by Candlewick Press. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Narrator: Jeff Cummings
Length: 3 hrs and 22 mins
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Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi

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Sir Cumference, Lady Di of Ameter, and Radius are back in their second Math Adventure! This time, a potion has changed Sir Cumference into a fire-breathing dragon. Can Radius change him back? Join Radius on his quest through the castle to solve a riddle that will reveal the cure. It lies in discovering the magic number that is the same for all circles.

©2019 Charlesbridge Publishing (P)2019 Charlesbridge Publishing

Narrator: Adam Weber
Length: 11 mins
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Sir Cumference and the Sword in the Cone

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A funny and pun-filled retelling of “The Sword in the Stone” that introduces listeners to 3-D geometry.    King Arthur has hidden his sword, Edgecalibur, and issued a challenge to the knights. The first knight to find the sword will be the next king. Can Sir Cumference and Lady Di point Radius' best friend, Vertex, in the right direction? Will Vertex's sharp thinking give him the edge?   Join Sir Cumference, Lady Di of Ameter, and their son, Radius, in this new adventure where they race to help Vertex find the sword and discover the secrets of cubes, pyramids, cylinders, and cones.

©2019 Charlesbridge Publishing (P)2019 Charlesbridge Publishing

Narrator: Adam Weber
Length: 12 mins
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Fancy Nancy and the Fabulous Fashion Boutique

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Grand opening! Welcome to Fancy Nancy's Fabulous Fashion Boutique! Here you can find the fanciest almost-new outfits, accessories, jewelry, and lots more. There's even a necklace with real rhinestones for sale. Ooh la la! The fashion boutique is a huge success, but it's also Nancy's little sister's birthday. And when it starts to rain, her birthday party might be ruined! Nancy knows she has to come up with an idea - a brilliant one - and fast. In this très chic story from bestselling duo Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser, Nancy shows once again that sometimes all you need is a little improvising to turn a fiasco into something fancy.

©2010 Jane O'Connor (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Chloe Hennessee
Length: 7 mins
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The Boys in the Boat (Young Readers Adaptation)

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A beloved story about the Greatest Generation freshly adapted for the next generation Berlin, 1936. The Olympic finals of the eight-oared rowing race. Germany, Italy, USA. The American boat touches the finish line first, beating all odds and sending Hitler away in a silent rage. In the midst of the Great Depression, the nine rowers showed the world what true grit really meant. They were western, working-class boys who never expected to beat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did. At the center of the tale is Joe Rantz, whose personal struggle - and ultimate triumph - captures the spirit of his generation, the one that would prove in the coming years that the Nazis could not prevail over American determination and optimism. This deeply emotional yet easily accessible middle-grade adaptation of the New York Times best-selling The Boys in the Boat shows listners how we can find hope in the most desperate of times.

©2015 Daniel James Brown (P)2015 Listening Library

Narrator: Mark Bramhall
Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
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Norse Mythology: A Captivating Guide to Norse Folklore Including Fairy Tales, Legends, Sagas and Myths of the Norse Gods and Heroes

Summary

Explore captivating myths of the Norse Gods and heroes The stories from Norse mythology linger in our culture today. Four days of our week are named after members of the Norse pantheon (Tyr, Woden [Odin], Thor, and Frigg). Wagner’s Ring Cycle has kept one version of one of the great Norse stories alive in the minds of music lovers. Fans of modern fantasy will find many echoes of the Norse tales as well. Something in these old and puzzling stories still has the power to move and unsettle us and to inspire new acts of creation.   This audiobook will give you a brief introduction to some of the best-known myths found in the primary sources. This audiobook includes a glossary of names in case you need help keeping track of a rather large cast of characters. Enjoy your explorations!   Within this audiobook, you'll find the following Norse myths and topics covered:  The creation of the worlds The building of Asgard Why Odin has one eye and Tyr has one hand The mead of poetry Loki the thief Love and trouble Thor the bride Thor’s adventures in Utgard Odin the host and Odin the guest Andvari’s curse Regin and Sigurd Sigurd and the dragon The marriage of Sigurd Brynhild’s betrayal The death of Sigurd The passing of Balder Ragnarök Grace Note: The story of Rolf Krake Get the audiobook now and learn more about Norse mythology! PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.  

©2018 Matt Clayton (P)2018 Matt Clayton

Narrator: Dryw McArthur
Author: Matt Clayton
Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
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Sir Cumference and All the King's Tens

Summary

Join Sir Cumference and the gang for more wordplay, puns, and problem solving in the clever math adventure about place-value and counting by tens. Sir Cumference and Lady Di planned a surprise birthday party for King Arthur, but they didn’t expect so many guests to show up. How many lunches will they need? And with more guests arriving by the minute, what about dinner? Sir Cumference and Lady Di count guests by tens, hundreds, and even thousands to help young listeners learn place-value. Fans will love this new installment of the Sir Cumference series that makes math fun and accessible for all.

©2019 Charlesbridge Publishing (P)2019 Charlesbridge Publishing

Narrator: Adam Weber
Length: 12 mins
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1919: The Year That Changed America

Summary

Bloomsbury presents 1919: The Year That Changed America by Martin W. Sandler, read by Jeff Harding. Winner of the 2019 National Book Award. 1919 was a world-shaking year. America was recovering from World War I, and black soldiers returned to racism so violent that that summer would become known as the Red Summer. The suffrage movement had a long-fought win when women gained the right to vote. Labourers took to the streets to protest working conditions, nationalistic fervour led to a communism scare and temperance gained such traction that Prohibition went into effect. Each of these movements reached a tipping point that year. Now, 100 years later, these same social issues are more relevant than ever. Sandler traces the momentum and setbacks of these movements through this last century, showing that progress isn’t always a straight line, and offering a unique lens through which we can understand history and the change many still seek.

©2019 Martin W. Sandler (P)2020 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Narrator: Jeff Harding
Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
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Titanic - Entdeckung auf dem Meeresgrund

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Der Untergang der Titanic ist Legende. Als der Ozeandampfer in der Nacht zum 14. April 1912 nach dem Zusammenstoß mit einem Eisberg versank, kamen mehr als 1500 Menschen ums Leben. Trotz intensiver Suche wurde das Wrack des Luxusschiffes erst am 1. September 1985 gefunden. Jahrzehntelang lieferten sich Forscher, Schatzsucher und Abenteurer aus der ganzen Welt ein regelrechtes Wettrennen um den Fund des Titanic-Wracks. Jeder wollte der Erste sein, vor allem weil man sich wichtige Informationen über den Hergang der Katastrophe erhoffte und wertvolle Schätze an Bord des versunkenen Schiffes vermutete. Immerhin waren vier der reichsten Männer der Welt an Bord gegangen. Man suchte jahrzehntelang vergeblich - bis sich der Meeresbiologe Robert Ballard und der Ingenieur Jean-Louis Michel entschlossen, die rostrote Legende zu suchen. Die von ihnen in jahrelanger Arbeit entwickelten modernen Sonar- und Videotechniken führten 74 Jahre nach dem Untergang zur Auffindung des Wracks 3800m unter dem Meeresspiegel. Ihre Expedition gehört zu den spannendsten Abenteuern unter Wasser.

©2016 Headroom (P)2016 Headroom

Narrator: Norman Matt
Author: Maja Nielsen
Length: 1 hr and 25 mins
Available on Audible
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Sir Cumference and the First Round Table

Summary

Join Sir Cumference, Lady Di of Ameter, and their son Radius for wordplay, puns, and problem solving in this geometry-packed math adventure. King Arthur was a good ruler, but now he needs a good ruler. What would you do if the neighboring kingdom were threatening war? Naturally, you'd call your strongest and bravest knights together to come up with a solution. But when your conference table causes more problems than the threat of your enemy, you need expert help. Enter Sir Cumference, his wife Lady Di of Ameter, and their son Radius. With the help of the carpenter, Geo of Metry, this sharp-minded team designs the perfect table conducive to discussing the perfect plan for peace. The first in Sir Cumference series, Sir Cumference and the First Round Table makes math fun and accessible for everyone.

©2019 Charlesbridge Publishing (P)2019 Charlesbridge Publishing

Narrator: Adam Weber
Length: 10 mins
Available on Audible
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Guess How Much I Love Canada

Summary

Two young explorers journey on a trip across Canada as they share their favorite cities, parks, and landmarks from coast to coast. Facts about Canada's culture, geography, and history put a fun and informative spin on this nonfiction audiobook that every young traveler is sure to enjoy.

©2017 Johannah Gilman Paiva (P)2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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What Is the Women's Rights Movement?

1 rating

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The story of Girl Power! Learn about the remarkable women who changed US history. From Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton to Gloria Steinem and Hillary Clinton, women throughout US history have fought for equality. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, women were demanding the right to vote. During the 1960s, equal rights and opportunities for women - both at home and in the workplace - were pushed even further. And in the more recent past, Women's Marches have taken place across the world. Celebrate how far women have come with this inspiring listen!

©2018 Deborah Hopkinson (P)2019 Listening Library

Narrator: Soneela Nankani
Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
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The Port Chicago 50

Summary

An astonishing civil rights story from Newbery Honor winner and National Book Award finalist Steve Sheinkin. On July 17, 1944, a massive explosion rocked the segregated Navy base at Port Chicago, California, killing more than 300 sailors who were at the docks, critically injuring off-duty men in their bunks, and shattering windows up to a mile away. On August 9th, 244 men refused to go back to work until unsafe and unfair conditions at the docks were addressed. When the dust settled, fifty were charged with mutiny, facing decades in jail and even execution. This is a fascinating story of the prejudice that faced black men and women in America's armed forces during World War II, and a nuanced look at those who gave their lives in service of a country where they lacked the most basic rights.

©2013 Steve Sheinkin (P)2013 Listening Library

Narrator: Dominic Hoffman
Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
Available on Audible
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Ernest Shackleton - Gefangen im Packeis 

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Antarktis, Elephant Island, 24. April 1916. Ernest Shackleton besteigt mit fünf seiner Männer das kleine Segelboot, wirft noch einen Blick zurück auf seine restliche Crew und startet die spektakulärste Rettungsaktion in der Geschichte des Südpolarmeeres. Um seine Mannschaft nach dem Verlust des Polarschiffs Endurance aus dem Polareis zu befreien, wagt er den Weg über das Meer zur 1500 km entfernten Küste von Südgeorgien. Dass das Boot nach 16 Tagen Fahrt über das offene Meer tatsächlich die Küste erreicht, gleicht schon einem Wunder. Doch dann muss Shackleton noch fünf Tage die vereiste, gebirgige Insel durchqueren, um in einer Walfangstation Hilfe zu holen. Im August 1916 wird die Mannschaft der Endurance aus ihrem Gefängnis aus Eis und Schnee befreit. Arved Fuchs spricht mit der Autorin über seine Expedition, in der er die unglaubliche Rettungs-Fahrt des Ernest Shackelton selbst nachreiste. Der Polarforscher bringt uns die Faszination für den großen Abenteurer nahe, dem es gelang, alle seine Männer vor dem sicheren Tod zu bewahren.

©2016 Headroom (P)2016 Headroom

Narrator: Bodo Primus
Author: Berit Hempel
Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
Available on Audible
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Abenteuer Amerika - Aufbruch in die neue Welt 

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6. November 1620. Nach 65 strapaziösen Tagen auf See erblicken die 102 Passagiere an Bord der "Mayflower" endlich Land. Stürmische Wochen auf dem Nordatlantik, Krankheiten, Hunger und Todesängste liegen hinter ihnen. Das Ziel der englischen Auswanderer ist zum Greifen nah: Amerika. Ihr Glaube an Gott und die Hilfe der Ureinwohner ermöglichen es ihnen, den harschen Wetterbedingungen zu trotzen - und die erste erfolgreiche Kolonie in der Neuen Welt zu gründen. Über 150 Jahre später, am 4. Juli 1776, erklären diese und andere Kolonien ihre Unabhängigkeit von ihrem Mutterland. Was hat die Pilgrims nach Amerika getrieben? Wie war das Leben in den Kolonien - und das Zusammenleben mit den Ureinwohnern? Was genau ereignete sich bei der Boston Tea Party? Und was löste schließlich den Amerikanischen Unabhängigkeitskrieg aus? Auf spannende und lebendige Weise erzählt dieses Hörbuch die Geschichte von der "Geburt einer Nation".

©2016 Headroom (P)2016 Headroom

Narrator: Daniel Werner
Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
Available on Audible
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What Was the Underground Railroad?

2 ratings

Summary

No one knows where the term Underground Railroad came from - there were no trains or tracks, only "conductors" who helped escaping slaves to freedom. Including real stories about "passengers" on the "railroad", this audiobook chronicles slaves' close calls with bounty hunters, their exhausting struggles on the road, and what they sacrificed for freedom.

©2013 Yona Zeldis McDonough (P)2016 Listening Library

Narrator: Deanna Hurst
Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
Available on Audible
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Black Indians

Summary

The compelling account of how two heritages united in their struggle to gain freedom and equality in America. The first paths to freedom taken by runaway slaves led to Native American villages. There, black men and women found acceptance and friendship among our country's original inhabitants. Though they seldom appear in textbooks and movies, the children of Native and African American marriages helped shape the early days of the fur trade, added a new dimension to frontier diplomacy, and made a daring contribution to the fight for American liberty. Since its original publication, William Loren Katz's Black Indians has remained the definitive work on a long, arduous quest for freedom and equality. This new edition includes updated information about a neglected chapter in American history.

©1986 Ethrac Publications, Inc. (P)2019 Tantor

Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
Available on Audible
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Lost in the Pacific, 1942: Not a Drop to Drink

Summary

Lost in the Pacific, 1942 is the first book in a new narrative nonfiction series that tells the true story of a band of World War II soldiers who became stranded at sea and had to fight for survival. World War II, October 1942: A plane carrying eight Americans crashes into the middle of the Pacific Ocean. With only four oranges and no fresh water between them, the crew has to band together and rely on each other for survival. What they think will be only a few hours or days before they are rescued turns into weeks lost at sea fighting off sharks, dehydration, hunger, and extreme heat. Lost in the Pacific, 1942 vividly retells this incredible true story for a young audience and launches an exciting new narrative nonfiction series: Lost.

©2016 Tod Olson (P)2016 Scholastic Inc.

Narrator: Danny Campbell
Author: Tod Olson
Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
Available on Audible
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A Different Mirror for Young People

Summary

A longtime professor of ethnic studies at the University of California at Berkeley, Ronald Takaki was recognized as one of the foremost scholars of American ethnic history and diversity. When the first edition of A Different Mirror was published in 1993, Publishers Weekly called it "a brilliant revisionist history of America that is likely to become a classic of multicultural studies" and named it one of the 10 best books of the year. Now Rebecca Stefoff, who adapted Howard Zinn's best-selling A People's History of the United States for younger listeners, turns the updated 2008 edition of Takaki's multicultural masterwork into A Different Mirror for Young People. Drawing on Takaki's vast array of primary sources, and staying true to his own words whenever possible, A Different Mirror for Young People brings ethnic history alive through the words of people, including teenagers, who recorded their experiences in letters, diaries, and poems. Like Zinn's A People's History, Takaki's A Different Mirror offers a rich and rewarding "people's view" perspective on the American story.

©2012 Ronald Takaki (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Fajer Al-Kaisi
Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
Available on Audible
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Before Columbus

1 rating

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A companion book for young listeners based on 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, the groundbreaking best seller by Charles C. Mann.

©2009 Charles C. Mann and Downtown Bookworks Inc. (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
Available on Audible
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Pirates!

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Pirates are everywhere—and they have been ever since boats were used as carriers. They are in stories ranging from Treasure Island through Peter Pan to Pirates of the Caribbean; they are in our imaginations with peg-legs, hook-hands, and parrots on their shoulders, saying "Aharr, me hearties!", and they continue to cause havoc in the Gulf of Aden in the 21st century. This book humorously charts the adventures of pirates through the ages, including Henry Morgan, Blackbeard, Calico Jack, and girl pirates too! There are countless surprising facts here: many pirates died at the end of a rope, but some were even knighted for their services! And there are plenty of "Gruesome Alerts", just to prepare you for the extra gory parts…. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2011 Naxos AudioBooks (P)2011 Naxos AudioBooks

Narrator: Jasper Britton
Author: Roy McMillan
Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
Available on Audible
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Mr. Waldorf Travels to the Empire State of New York

Summary

On this adventure, Mr. Waldorf visits the Empire State of New York. On this journey, he tours the famous Statue of Liberty, explores Niagara Falls, tries ice skating in Rockefeller Center, hikes the Adirondacks, and climbs the Empire State Building. Silly Mr. Waldorf has a tendency to misplace his favorite reading spectacles and can't seem to find them while traveling New York. Will you help him find them and learn all about the Empire State? Children will fall in love with Mr. Waldorf and they will also discover the world in a fun and exciting way. Mr. Waldorf invites you to join his "whoofishly" fun adventures! Where will the fuzzy canine end up next?

©2017 Waldorf Publishing (P)2017 Waldorf Publishing

Narrator: June Angela
Length: 4 mins
Available on Audible
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Fifty Famous Stories Retold

Summary

Here are 50 famous stories of long-ago times, retold in a short form for all young people. These are tales of valor, bravery, and kindness, as well as high adventure. Included: "King Alfred and the Cakes", "King Alfred and the Beggar", "King Canute of the Seashore", "The Sons of William the Conqueror", "The White Ship", "King John and the Abbott", "The Story of Robin Hood", "Bruce and the Spider", "The Black Douglas", "The Three Men of Gotham", "Other Wise Men of Gotham", "The Miller of the Dee", "Sir Philip Sidney", "Ungrateful Soldier", "Sir Humphrey Gilbert", "Sir Walter Raleigh", "Pocahontas", "George Washington and His Hatchet", "Grace Darling", "The Story of William Tell", "Arnold Winkelreid", "The Bell of Atri", "How Napoleon Crossed the Alps", "The Story of Cincinnatus", "The Story of Regulus", "Cornelia's Jewels", "Androclus and the Lion", "Horatius at the Bridge", "Julius Caesar", "The Sword of Damocles", "Damon and Pythias", "A Laconic Answer", "The Ungrateful Guest", "Alexander and Bucephalus", "Diogenes the Wise Man", "The Brave Three Hundred", "Socrates and His House", "The King and His Hawk", "Doctor Goldsmith", "The Kingdoms", "The Barmecide Feast", "The Endless Tale", "The Blind Men and the Elephant", "Maximilian and the Goose Boy", "The Inchcape Rock", "Whittington and His Cat", "Casabianca", "Antonio Canova", "Picciola", and "Mignon".

Public Domain (P)2006 Alcazar Audioworks

Narrator: Bobbie Frohman
Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
Available on Audible
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Separate Is Never Equal

Summary

Almost 10 years before Brown vs. Board of Education, Sylvia Mendez and her parents helped end school segregation in California. An American citizen of Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage who spoke and wrote perfect English, Mendez was denied enrollment to a whites-only school. Her parents took action by organizing the Hispanic community and filing a lawsuit in federal district court. Their success eventually brought an end to the era of segregated education in California.

©2014 Duncan Tonatiuh (P)2014 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Narrator: Adriana Sananes
Length: 22 mins
Available on Audible
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Absolutely Everything!

Summary

Buckle up for an extraordinary ride through the 14 billion year history of absolutely everything! Written and narrated by best-selling world history author Christopher Lloyd, this remarkable story (which is far more amazing than anything you can make up) sweeps through natural history with the creation of planet Earth, the beginning of life, the age of dinosaurs, mass extinctions, and the rise of prehistoric humans.  The story then leaps through the ancient civilizations and into medieval times, where wars, revolutions, and scientific inventions reshape the world. Finally we arrive in the modern age which brings with it new challenges of pollution, climate change, viral pandemics, and much more.  How will a world of 8 billion humans survive in the future? Ideal for all ages 7–107, this entertaining, fast-paced narrative history connects all the essential dots of the past with personality, humor, and flair.

©2018 What on Earth Books Ltd (P)2020 What on Earth Books Ltd

Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
Available on Audible
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Flesh and Blood So Cheap

Summary

On March 25, 1911, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City burst into flames. The factory was crowded. The doors were locked to ensure workers stayed inside. One hundred forty-six people - mostly women - perished; it was one of the most lethal workplace fires in American history, until September 11, 2001.  But the story of the fire is not the story of one accidental moment in time. It is a story of immigration and hard work to make it in a new country, as Italians and Jews and others traveled to America to find a better life. It is the story of poor working conditions and greedy bosses, as garment workers discovered the endless sacrifices required to make ends meet. It is the story of unimaginable, but avoidable, disaster. And it is the story of the unquenchable pride and activism of fearless immigrants and women who stood up to business, got America on their side, and finally changed working conditions for our entire nation, initiating radical new laws we take for granted today.  With Flesh and Blood So Cheap, Albert Marrin has crafted a gripping, nuanced, and poignant account of one of America's defining tragedies. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2011 Albert Marrin (P)2012 Listening Library

Narrator: John H. Mayer
Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
Available on Audible
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The Story of Civilization, Volume I: The Ancient World

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Summary

Children should not just hear about history, they should live it. In The Story of Civilization, the ancient stories that have shaped humanity come alive like never before. Author Phillip Campbell uses his historical expertise and story-telling ability together in tandem to present the content in a fresh and thrilling way.  The Story of Civilization reflects a new emphasis in presenting the history of the world as a thrilling and compelling narrative. Within each chapter, children will encounter short stories that place them directly in the shoes of historical figures, both famous and ordinary, as they live through legendary battles and invasions, philosophical debates, the construction of architectural wonders, the discovery of new inventions and sciences, and the exploration of the world.  Volume I, The Ancient World, begins the journey, covering the time periods from the dawn of history and the early nomads, to the conversion of Emperor Constantine. Children will learn what life was like in the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Persia, Greece, Rome, and more, as well as learn the Old Testament stories of the Israelites and the coming of Christ.  The strength of the content lies not only in the storybook delivery of it, but also in the way it presents history through the faithful prism of the Church. Have you always wanted your children to learn about world history from a Catholic perspective? Here, you'll have the trusted resource you've always wanted. 

©2016 Phillip Campbell (P)2016 TAN Books

Narrator: Kevin Gallagher
Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
Available on Audible
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Sterling Point Books

Summary

The Bismark was the greatest warship ever built, with guns so powerful and accurate it could destroy an enemy ship while safely staying outside the line of fire. But the Allies had to sink it...or risk losing the war. William Shirer, famed World War II correspondent and author of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, captures every suspenseful moment of the perilous mission. Most tragic of all was the loss of the HMS Hood, the British Navy's star battleship, sunk by the Bismark in just minutes. However, a mixture of luck and new technology - including radar - turned the tide in the Allies' favor.

©2006 Sterling (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Benjamin Becker
Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
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Denied, Detained, Deported

Summary

With painstaking research and her unique narrative style, award-winning author Ann Bausum makes the history of immigration in America come alive for young people. The story of America has always been shaped by people from all corners of the Earth who came in search of a better life and a brighter future. Immigration remains one of the critical topics in 21st century America, and how our children learn the lessons of the past will shape all our futures. The patriotic stories of hope that shape most immigration books are supplemented here by the lesser-known stories of those denied, detained, and deported. Ann Bausum’s compelling book presents a revealing series of snapshots from the dark side of immigration history including: Immigrants Denied: The St. Louis, a ship filled with Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany sought refuge in American ports and was turned away, condemning many of its passengers to ultimately perish in the Holocaust. Immigrants Detained: Japanese-Americans were rounded up during World War II and placed in detention centers - regardless of their patriotism - for security reasons. Immigrants Deported: Emma Goldman was branded a dangerous extremist and sent back to Russia in 1919, after living 30 years in the United States. Ann Bausum creates a bridge from the lessons of the past to the present with fascinating analysis of how our past has influenced modern events and current views on immigration.

©2009 Ann Bausum (P)2010 Recorded Books

Narrator: Richard Poe
Author: Ann Bausum
Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
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Heritage Of Our Country (Dramatized)

Summary

Dramatized audio stories, for children of all ages, taken from history. Through this album you will learn about Columbus, the pilgrims, Alexander Graham Bell, the Wright brothers and many other characters of history.

©1976 Your Story Hour (P)1976 Your Story Hour

Narrator: Your Story Hour
Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
Available on Audible
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Hitler Youth

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On January 30, 1933, Adolf Hitler was appointed chancellor of Germany, thanks largely to the efforts of the Hitler Youth, whose organized propaganda marches throughout Germany helped the Nazi Party grow in strength. By 1939, it is estimated that more than seven million boys and girls belonged to the Hitler Youth. Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow is the riveting and often chilling tale of a generation of young people who devoted their energy and passion to the Hitler Youth organization and left an indelible mark on world history. Award-winning author Susan Campbell Bartoletti infuses the work with the voices of both former Hitler Youth members and young people who resisted the powerful Nazi movement. These voices stand alongside those of Jewish youths and others who were senselessly and brutally targeted by the Third Reich. What emerges is the story of average children and teenagers faced with extraordinary and unenviable choices. The paths taken by the Hitler Youth and their struggle to come to terms with their actions at the end of World War II are sure to spark debate among young readers.

©2005 Susan Campbell Bartoletti (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Listening Librarty, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

Narrator: Kathrin Kana
Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
Available on Audible
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Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom

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A memoir of the civil rights movement from one of its youngest heroes  A Sibert Informational Book Medal Honor Book Kirkus Best Books of 2015  Booklist Editors' Choice 2015  BCCB Blue Ribbon 2015  As the youngest marcher in the 1965 voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Albama, Lynda Blackmon Lowery proved that young adults can be heroes. Jailed nine times before her 15th birthday, Lowery fought alongside Martin Luther King, Jr., for the rights of African Americans. In this memoir, she shows today's young listeners what it means to fight nonviolently (even when the police are using violence, as in the Bloody Sunday protest) and how it felt to be part of changing American history.  Straightforward and inspiring, this memoir brings listeners into the middle of the civil rights movement, complementing Common Core classroom learning and bringing history alive for young listeners. 

©2015 Lynda Blackmon Lowery (P)2017 Listening Library

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Park's Quest

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Written by Newbery Medalist, National Book Award winner, and Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal recipient Katherine Paterson Park can't figure out why his mother refuses to talk about his father who died in Vietnam. Park has no memory of him. But he is determined to find out the answers to his questions. When Park's search finally takes him to his grandfather's farm in rural Virginia, he meets obstacles beyond his imagining. Instead of being welcomed as the long lost heir, he is taunted by a young Vietnamese girl. Who is she, and what is she doing on the family farm? And will Park be able to accept the ultimate truth he has sought?

©1989 Katherine Paterson (P)2019 Listening Library

Narrator: Jeremy Beck
Length: 3 hrs and 26 mins
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How Women Won the Vote

Summary

This is how history should be told to kids - with captivating storytelling. From Newbery Honor medalist Susan Campbell Bartoletti and in time to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in America comes the tirelessly researched story of the little-known DC Women’s March of 1913.  Bartoletti spins a story like few others - deftly taking listeners by the hand and introducing them to suffragists Alice Paul and Lucy Burns. Paul and Burns met in a London jail and fought their way through hunger strikes, jail time, and much more to win a long, difficult victory for America and its women.  Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook. 

©2020 Susan Campbell Bartoletti (P)2020 HarperCollins

Narrator: Sandy Rustin
Length: 53 mins
Available on Audible
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Who Were the Tuskegee Airmen?

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It's up, up, and away with the Tuskegee Airmen, a heroic group of African American military pilots who helped the United States win World War II. During World War II, black Americans were fighting for their country and for freedom in Europe, yet they had to endure a totally segregated military in the United States, where they weren't considered smart enough to become military pilots. After acquiring government funding for aviation training, civil rights activists were able to kickstart the first African American military flight program in the US at Tuskegee University in Alabama. While this audiobook details thrilling flight missions and the grueling training sessions the Tuskegee Airmen underwent, it also shines a light on the lives of these brave men who helped pave the way for the integration of the US armed forces.

©2018 Sherri L. Smith (P)2018 Listening Library

Narrator: Larry Herron
Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
Available on Audible
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The Age of Dinosaurs

Summary

Think you know about dinosaurs? Think again! New York Times best-selling and award-winning author Steve Brusatte brings young scientists and listeners everywhere into his world of massive herbivores and fearsome predators, daily unexpected discoveries, and all the new science used to learn about some of the world’s oldest beings. Even though the dinosaurs roamed the earth millions of years ago, we’re still piecing together new information about these ancient animals. Did you know that, on average, a new species of dinosaur is discovered every single week? Or that many dinosaurs had feathers? Or that there are even modern-day dinosaurs walking around right now?  New York Times best-selling author and acclaimed paleontologist Steve Brusatte writes about all the new discoveries he and his colleagues have made that help us better understand - and marvel at - these remarkable reptiles. A strong choice for the classroom and for independent reading, and a great source for reports using information direct from an expert in the field. Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2021 Steve Brusatte (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Josh Horowitz
Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
Available on Audible
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101 Amazing Facts About the Tudors

Summary

Do you know the main difference between the diet of a Tudor nobleman and that of a peasant? What was it that changed Henry VIII from an active and pleasant young man into a vastly overweight tyrant? What did a gong farmer do? And what was the purpose of a whipping boy? In this excellent audiobook, narrator Jason Zenobia answers all these questions and more as he talks us through over 100 amazing facts about the Tudors. If you're interested in one of the most fascinating periods in English history, this is perfect for you!

©2017 Jack Goldstein Books (P)2017 Jack Goldstein Books

Narrator: Jason Zenobia
Length: 43 mins
Available on Audible
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Why Don't You Get a Horse, Sam Adams?

Summary

Sam Adams loved to walk around his hometown Boston, but finally gets on a horse for the good of his country.

©1974 Putnam (P)2002 Weston Woods

Narrator: David DeVries
Author: Jean Fritz
Length: 19 mins
Available on Audible
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Through My Eyes

Summary

Meet Tim Tebow: He grew up playing every sport imaginable, but football was his true passion. Even from an early age, Tim has always had the drive to be the best player and person that he could be. Through his hard work and determination, he established himself as one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of college football and as a top prospect in the NFL. Now, in Through My Eyes: A Quarterback's Journey, he shares the behind-the-scenes details of his life, on and off the football field. Tim writes about his life as he chooses to live it, revealing how his Christian faith, his family values, and his relentless will to succeed have molded him into the person and the athlete he is today.

©2011 Timothy R. Tebow (P)2013 Zondervan

Narrator: Adam Verner
Author: Tim Tebow
Length: 4 hrs and 1 min
Available on Audible
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Kakapo Rescue

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On remote Codfish Island off the southern coast of New Zealand live the last 91 kakapo parrots on earth. These trusting, flightless, and beautiful birds - the largest and most unusual parrots on earth - have suffered devastating population loss. Now, on an island refuge with the last of the species, New Zealand’s National Kakapo Recovery Team is working to restore the kakapo population. With the help of 14 humans who share a single hut and a passion for saving these odd ground-dwelling birds, the kakapo are making a comeback in New Zealand. Follow intrepid animal lovers Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop on a 10-day excursion to witness the exciting events in the life of the kakapo.

©2010 Sy Montgomery (P)2011 Recorded Books

Narrator: Andrea Gallo
Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
Available on Audible
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29 Missing: The True and Tragic Story of the Disappearance of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald

Summary

A read Michigan Notable Book for young adults. On November 10, 1975, SS Edmund Fitzgerald, a giant freighter, sank with its entire crew of 29 aboard, in one of the most violent storms ever witnessed on Lake Superior. In 29 Missing, Kantar tells the Fitz's story from the christening in 1958 as the largest ship on the Great Lakes to the expedition in 1995 to recover the ship's bell in what proved to be a moving memorial to the lost crew. Using information from government investigative reports, the audiobook provides a dramatic hour-by-hour account of what transpired during that terrible voyage, including dialogue from actual radio transmissions between the Fitzgerald and the Arthur Anderson, the freighter following the Fitz. Designed primarily for young adults but enjoyed by all ages, 29 Missing provides the facts leading up to the disappearance, detailing the subsequent expeditions to the wreck site as well as the leading theories about the sinking that have been debated by maritime experts. The book is published by Michigan State University Press.

©1998 Andrew Kantar (P)2019 Redwood Audiobooks

Narrator: Todd Curless
Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
Available on Audible
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Uprooted

Summary

On the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor comes a harrowing and enlightening look at the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, from National Book Award finalist Albert Marrin. Just 75 years ago, the American government did something that most would consider unthinkable today: It rounded up over 100,000 of its own citizens based on nothing more than their ancestry and, suspicious of their loyalty, kept them in concentration camps for the better part of four years. How could this have happened? Uprooted takes a close look at the history of racism in America and carefully follows the treacherous path that led one of our nation's most beloved presidents to make this decision. Meanwhile, it also illuminates the history of Japan and its own struggles with racism and xenophobia, which led to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, ultimately tying the two countries together. Today America is still filled with racial tension, and personal liberty in wartime is as relevant a topic as ever. Moving and impactful, National Book Award finalist Albert Marrin's sobering exploration of this monumental injustice shines as bright a light on current events as it does on the past.

©2016 Albert Marrin (P)2016 Listening Library

Narrator: Marc Cashman
Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
Available on Audible
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The Peacock Door

Summary

In a rich tale of adventure and camaraderie, eight cousins sneak through forbidden treehouse doors only to discover that they are separated from each other and lost in strange worlds. In their quests to return home, they unravel mysteries, escape snares and villains, find one another, and search for the elusive Oracle. The Peacock Door is a magical tale of courage, loyalty, and determination with a bit of whimsy sprinkled throughout.

©2019 Waldorf Publishing (P)2019 Waldorf Publishing

Narrator: Aletha Duncan
Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
Available on Audible
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The Notorious Benedict Arnold

Summary

On a bitter cold day in January 1741, Benedict Arnold was born. Little did anyone know that he would grow up to become the most infamous villain in American history. But first, he would be one of the country's greatest war heroes. Fearless in the line of fire, a genius at strategy and motivating his men, General Arnold was America's first action hero. But his thirst for recognition would ultimately be his undoing. Hopeless at political maneuvers, prone to outbursts of ego and temper, Arnold saw his fame slowly slipping away. And so, he came up with a plan that would guarantee his place in history.... Packed with gripping first-person accounts, astonishing battle scenes, and shocking betrayals, this accessible biography proves that there's more than one side to every good story.

©2010 Steve Sheinkin (P)2012 Listening Library

Narrator: Mark Bramhall
Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
Available on Audible
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Spanish-American War

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Summary

“A splendid little war" - that’s how one contemporary observer described the Spanish-American War, a war that is arguably one of the most important wars ever fought. The duration was short and the victory decisive, thus little and splendid, the latter at least from the victor’s point of view.  The impacts of the war, however, were anything but little. In fact, the aftermath of the Spanish-American War is still affecting global affairs today. The dominant superpowers of 1898 watched as a new player on the international scene, the US, shifted its ideology from isolationism to expansionism and emerged as a force to reckoned with, a true superpower.   You will hear about:   Prelude to war   First blood   The Pacific theatre   The Caribbean theatre   War’s end   And much more!   The result was a series of bloody battles fought in both the Caribbean and the Pacific over Spanish territorial holdings. This audiobook takes the listener on a journey from what set the stage for war to the aftermaths that continue to impact each of the players in the present day. From the explosion that sank the USS Maine to the recent détente in Cuban-American relations, this audiobook describes the events and their consequences in a thorough yet concise manner that is enjoyable to listen to and packed with historical information.

©2016 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Scott R. Pollak
Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
Available on Audible
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Death on the River of Doubt

Summary

The action-packed true story of President Theodore Roosevelt's dangerous adventure down one of the most treacherous rivers on Earth. Death on the River of Doubt takes listeners inside the thrilling journey that unfolded as Theodore Roosevelt and his companions navigated the Amazonian River of Doubt through an unforgiving and unpredictable jungle. With new threats at every turn, from bloodthirsty piranhas and raging rapids to starvation, disease, and a traitor in their own ranks, it seemed that not everyone would make it out alive. Through it all, the indomitable Teddy Roosevelt remained determined to complete their mission and rewrite the map of the world. Or die trying. With letters, diary entries, and more, Death on the River of Doubt is a comprehensive narrative nonfiction thriller and the first young adult book to tell this unbelievable tale.

©2017 Samantha Seiple (P)2017 Scholastic Inc.

Narrator: David de Vries
Length: 3 hrs and 20 mins
Available on Audible
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Dear Miss Breed

Summary

After Japanese planes bombed Pearl Harbor, over 100,000 Japanese Americans were ordered to leave their homes. The government was afraid that because they looked like “the enemy,” they might be spies. One American, librarian Clara Breed, was heartbroken and outraged. As the San Diego Public Library’s Children’s Librarian, Miss Breed was close to many of the children who were evacuated. She went to the train station the day they left, handing out postcards and telling them to send her letters. During the years the children were in camps, she sent letters, books, supplies, and treats. She became someone the children could count on and someone they could talk to outside the crowded, dirty camps. Award-winning author Joanne Oppenheim was inspired to write this story after being reunited with a childhood Japanese American friend who was evacuated.

©2006 Joanne Oppenheim (P)2008 Recorded Books

Narrator: Andrea Gallo
Length: 4 hrs and 25 mins
Available on Audible
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Life: The First 4 Billion Years

Summary

Experience Earth from the big bang to the dinosaurs and beyond in this beautifully written, vibrant overview of our home planet's journey from creation to our time today.

©2019 Dreamscape Media, LLC (P)2019 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Narrator: Peter Noble
Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
Available on Audible
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Rising Water

Summary

The incredible true story of the 12 boys trapped with their coach in a flooded cave in Thailand and their inspiring rescue. On June 23, 2018, 12 members of the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach were exploring the Tham Luang cave complex in northern Thailand when disaster struck. A rainy season downpour flooded the tunnels, trapping them as they took shelter on a shelf of the dark cave. Eight days of searching yielded no signs of life, but on July 2, they were discovered by two British divers. The boys and their coach were eventually rescued in an international operation that took three days. What could have been a terrible tragedy became an amazing story of survival.  Award-winning author Marc Aronson brings us the backstory behind how this astounding rescue took place. Rising Water highlights the creative thinking and technology that made a successful mission possible by examining the physical, environmental, and psychological factors surrounding the rescue.   From the brave Thai Navy SEAL who lost his life while placing oxygen tanks along the passageways of the cave to the British divers that ultimately swam the boys to safety to the bravery of the boys and their coach, this is the breathtaking rescue that captivated the entire world. 

©2019 Marc Aronson (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

Narrator: Vikas Adam
Author: Marc Aronson
Length: 2 hrs and 53 mins
Available on Audible
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What Is Congress?

Summary

Whether Congress is in session or not, here is an enthralling overview about the branch of our government closest to average Americans. Best-selling adult author and the first woman to become executive editor of The New York Times, Jill Abramson is a self-confessed political junkie. Now she has written the book she wishes she'd had as a young listener. Explaining clearly and concisely what exactly Congress does, this book is peppered with fascinating stories, including the bloody beating in the Senate of a lawmaker in pre-Civil War days, the Watergate hearings, and Senator Joe McCarthy's shameful "witch hunt" of Communists. Kids may start considering a career in Congress themselves when they learn fun facts, such as the special "candy desk" in the Senate, and the fact that all lawmakers can bring their dogs to work!

©2021 Jill Abramson and Who HQ (P)2021 Listening Library

Narrator: Vikas Adam
Length: 1 hr
Available on Audible
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Lost in Outer Space

Summary

This exciting second book in the Lost series tells the incredible true story of the doomed Apollo 13 moon mission that nearly ended in disaster. On April 11, 1970, the Apollo 13 space shuttle set off for the third intended American moon landing. Two days later and 200,000 miles from Earth, disaster struck when an oxygen tank exploded onboard the spacecraft, leaving three astronauts with only one goal: to make it home alive. From "Houston, we've had a problem" to the final tense moments at Mission Control, Lost in Outer Space takes listeners along on the unbelievable journey of Apollo 13 and inside the minds of its famous and heroic astronauts, including legendary Commander Jim Lovell. This is an up close and personal look at one of the most thrilling survival stories of all time.

©2017 Tod Olson (P)2017 Scholastic Inc.

Narrator: George Newbern
Author: Tod Olson
Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
Available on Audible
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What is the Constitution?

Summary

We the people at Who HQ bring readers the full story - arguments and all - of how the US Constitution came into being.   Signed on September 17, 1787 - four years after the American War for Independence - the Constitution laid out the supreme law of the United States of America. Today it's easy for us to take this blueprint of our government for granted. But the Framers - 55 men from almost all of the original 13 states - argued fiercely for many months over what ended up being only a four-page document. Here is a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the hotly fought issues - those between Northern and Southern States; big states and little ones - and the key players such as James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and George Washington, who suffered through countless revisions to make the Constitution happen.

©2018 Patricia Brennan Demuth and Who HQ (P)2018 Listening Library

Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
Available on Audible
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1493 for Young People

Summary

1493 for Young People by Charles C. Mann tells the gripping story of globalization through travel, trade, colonization, and migration from its beginnings in the 15th century to the present. How did the lowly potato plant feed the poor across Europe and then cause the deaths of millions? How did the rubber plant enable industrialization? What is the connection between malaria, slavery, and the outcome of the American Revolution? How did the fabled silver mountain of 16th-century Bolivia fund economic development in the flood-prone plains of rural China and the wars of the Spanish Empire? Here is the story of how sometimes the greatest leaps also posed the greatest threats to human advancement. Mann's language is as plainspoken and clear as it is provocative, his research and erudition vast, his conclusions ones that will stimulate the critical thinking of young people. 1493 for Young People provides tools for wrestling with the most pressing issues of today and will empower young people as they struggle with a changing world.

©2014 Charles C. Mann (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: James Fouhey
Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
Available on Audible
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The Boys Who Challenged Hitler

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Summary

At the outset of World War II, Denmark did not resist German occupation. Deeply ashamed of his nation's leaders, 15-year-old Knud Pedersen resolved with his brother and a handful of schoolmates to take action against the Nazis if the adults would not. Naming their secret club after the fiery British leader, the young patriots in the Churchill Club committed countless acts of sabotage, infuriating the Germans, who eventually had the boys tracked down and arrested. But their efforts were not in vain: The boys' exploits and eventual imprisonment helped spark a full-blown Danish resistance. Interweaving his own narrative with the recollections of Knud himself, here is Phil Hoose's inspiring story of these young war heroes.

©2015 Phillip Hoose (P)2015 Recorded Books

Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
Available on Audible
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The Great Fire

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Summary

The Great Fire of 1871 was one of the most colossal disasters in American history - with damage so profound that few people believed the city could ever rise again. By weaving personal accounts of actual survivors together with careful research, Jim Murphy constructs a riveting and dramatic narrative, ultimately revealing how the human spirit triumphed even in a time of deepest despair and the people of Chicago found the courage and strength to build their city once again.

©2006 Jim Murphy (P)2003 Audio Bookshelf

Narrator: Taylor Mali
Author: Jim Murphy
Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
Available on Audible
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Humphrey Comes to the Rescue

Summary

Whilst in his field one day, Humphrey notices an elderly neighbor is not in her garden as she usually is. He thinks she is in trouble and raises the alarm. He attracts the attention of Henry, his owner and his dad who discover the neighbor is unwell. She is rushed to hospital with a diagnosis of Coronavirus.  Humphrey and his friends decide they want to raise funds to help the local hospital and they arrange a Dance All Night event. With some help from techie friends, the event is live-streamed and a donations page is set up.  Listen to how they get on and whether the elderly neighbor recovers.  All royalties will be donated to NHS England and also to Mountbatten Hospice, Isle of Wight.

©2020 Harriet J Kent (P)2020 Harriet J Kent

Narrator: Millie Jones
Length: 28 mins
Available on Audible
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Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don't You Grow Weary

Summary

The eerie silence was broken only by the sound of scuffling feet as marchers approached the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. The mood was sober. Hundreds of men, women, and children had been protesting in Selma for weeks to win black Americans the right to vote. They’d been threatened. Been arrested. Jailed. This march was likely to end in violence, yet they went anyway. But when state troopers attacked with billy clubs and tear gas, the brute force was a shock. Many were injured, including children.

But not even Bloody Sunday, as March 7 came to be known, was enough to deter the marchers. Led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., they were committed to the voting rights movement despite the risks. Not even the youngest protestors gave up, and their defiance and courage were inspiring. Without them the struggle in Selma - which culminated in a five-day march to Montgomery - might have failed.

Marching for Freedom tells the story of how ordinary kids helped change history.

Award-winning author Elizabeth Partridge explores the events at Selma from their point of view, drawing on vivid recollections of some of those who marched as children.

©2009 Elizabeth Partridge (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
Available on Audible
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The Disappearing Spoon: Young Listeners Edition

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Summary

A young listeners edition of the New York Times best seller The Disappearing Spoon, chronicling the extraordinary stories behind one of the greatest scientific tools in existence: the periodic table. Why did Gandhi hate iodine (I, 53)? How did radium (Ra, 88) nearly ruin Marie Curie's reputation? And why did tellurium (Te, 52) lead to the most bizarre gold rush in history? The periodic table is a crowning scientific achievement, but it's also a treasure trove of adventure, greed, betrayal, and obsession. The fascinating tales in The Disappearing Spoon follow elements on the table as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, conflict, the arts, medicine, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them. Adapted for a middle-grade audience, the young listeners edition of The Disappearing Spoon offers the material in a simple, easy-to-follow format. Students, teachers, and burgeoning science buffs will love learning about the history behind the chemistry.

©2010 Sam Kean (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Robert Petkoff
Author: Sam Kean
Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
Available on Audible
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Getting Away with Murder

Summary

Revised and updated with new information, this Jane Addams Award-winner is an in-depth examination of the Emmett Till murder case, a catalyst of the civil rights movement.  The kidnapping and violent murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till in 1955 was and is a uniquely American tragedy. Till, a black teenager from Chicago, was visiting family in a small town in Mississippi, when he allegedly whistled at a white woman. Three days later, his brutally beaten body was found floating in the Tallahatchie River.  In clear, vivid detail Chris Crowe investigates the before and aftermath of Till's murder, as well as the dramatic trial and speedy acquittal of his white murderers, situating both in the context of the nascent civil rights movement. Newly reissued with a new chapter of additional material - including recently uncovered details about Till's accuser's testimony - this audiobook grants eye-opening insight to the legacy of Emmett Till.

©2003, 2018 Chris Crowe (P)2019 Listening Library

Narrator: Victor Bevine
Author: Chris Crowe
Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
Available on Audible
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Our Island Story

Summary

Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall (1867-1941) was a British author. Our Island Story is a history of England, Scotland, and Wales from the earliest legendary times, written for children. Beginning with the tales of Albion and Brutus, it recounts all the interesting legends up to the end of the reign of Queen Victoria. The stories are clear, concise, and provide explanations of difficult concepts and words in a way that is easy to understand.

Public Domain (P)2019 Museum Audiobooks

Narrator: Cia Young
Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
Available on Audible
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Left for Dead

Summary

For fans of sea battles, adventures, and war stories like Unbroken, this is the incredible true story of a boy who helps to bring closure to the survivors of the tragic sinking of the USS Indianapolis, and helps exonerate the ship's captain 50 years later.    Hunter Scott first learned about the sinking of the USS Indianapolis by watching the movie Jaws when he was just 11 years old. This was 50 years after the ship had sunk, throwing more than 1,000 men into shark-infested waters - a long 50 years in which justice still had not been served.    It was just after midnight on July 30, 1945, when the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. Those who survived the fiery sinking - some injured, many without life jackets - struggled to stay afloat as they waited for rescue. But the United States Navy did not even know they were missing. As time went on, the Navy needed a scapegoat for this disaster. So it court-martialed the captain for "hazarding" his ship. The survivors of the Indianapolis knew that their captain was not to blame. For 50 years they worked to clear his name, even after his untimely death. But the Navy would not budge - not until Hunter entered the picture. His history fair project on the Indianapolis soon became a crusade to restore the captain's good name and the honor of the men who served under him.

©2002 Peter Nelson (P)2018 Tantor

Narrator: Paul Boehmer
Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
Available on Audible
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101 Amazing Facts About Australia

Summary

How much do you know about Australia? Whether you have lived there all your life or have simply thought about visiting one day, you’ll be fascinated to learn all about the land where Christmas means baking-hot sun and a barbecue on the beach!  In this fascinating audiobook, narrator Charles King takes us on a journey ‘Down Under’, revealing over 100 amazing facts about Australia, from interesting information about the country’s history, landmarks and wildlife to its best known citizens and much more.

©2018 Jack Goldstein Books (P)2018 Jack Goldstein Books

Narrator: Charles King
Length: 31 mins
Available on Audible
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Ich, Merlin, und die furchtlosen Ritter

Summary

Wie war das Mittelalter wirklich? War es so abenteuerlich und bunt, wie wir es uns vorstellen? Der weise Merlin gibt Antworten auf Fragen, die wir uns schon immer gestellt haben: Warum badet der mutige Siegfried in Drachenblut? Wer gab dem jungen König Artus sein berühmtes Schwert Excalibur? Und warum kämpft ein alter, verwirrter Mann in Ritterrüstung gegen Windmühlen?

©2020 dtv Verlagsgesellschaft (P)2020 Aktive Musik Verlagsgesellschaft mbH (Poststr. 6, 44137 Dortmund)

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Colonial Voices: Hear Them Speak

Summary

Follow an errand boy through colonial Boston as he spreads word of rebellion. It's December 16, 1773, and Boston is about to explode! King George has decided to tax the colonists' tea. The Patriots have had enough. Ethan, the printer's errand boy, is running through town to deliver a message about an important meeting. As he stops along his route - at the bakery, the schoolhouse, the tavern, and more - listeners learn about the occupations of colonial workers and their differing opinions about living under Britain's rule.  This fascinating audiobook is like a field trip to a living history village.

©2015 Kay Winters (P)2019 Listening Library

Narrator: A. C. Fellner
Author: Kay Winters
Length: 22 mins
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Indianer - Sitting Bull, Red Cloud und ihre Erben

Summary

Das Stampfen der Büffel erschütterte einst die Prärie und prägte das Leben der Indianer - bis das Vordringen der Weißen sie nahezu ausrottete. Red Cloud, der weise Denker und Taktiker führte sein Volk der Lakota mit Scharfsinn und Geduld zum Sieg über die Weißen. Der Friedensvertrag wurde nach hartem Kampf besiegelt und die Region um den Powder River blieb für immer Indianer-Land. Der beliebte Häuptling und Medizinmann Red Cloud hatte gewonnen. Er zog mit seinen Leuten in das Reservat und schwor, nie wieder zur Waffe zu greifen. Ein Versprechen, das der Häuptling bis zu seinem Tod im Jahr 1909 hielt. Bis vor kurzem konnte man die Tiere allenfalls in Zoos und Naturparks bestaunen. Doch mit dem "Lone Buffalo Project" kehren die Büffel zurück. Henry Red Cloud, in fünfter Generation Nachfahre des berühmten Chief Red Cloud, will den Lakota mit einer Büffelzucht neue Hoffnung geben. Maja Nielsen sprach mit ihm sowohl über sein großartiges Projekt und das heutige Leben im Reservat als auch über die Zeit seiner Väter.

©2016 Headroom (P)2016 Headroom

Narrator: Frank Arnold
Author: Maja Nielsen
Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
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101 Amazing Facts About the Second World War

Summary

Do you know the origin of the word Nazi? Who were the key figures involved in the Second World War, and what terrible weapons did they unleash? How did the war begin, and when did it actually end? In this fascinating audiobook, narrator Lawrence Keefe talks us through over 100 amazing facts about the Second World War. With sections including key figures, statistics, weapons and more, this is an excellent addition to anyone's audiobook collection.

©2017 Jack Goldstein Books (P)2017 Jack Goldstein Books

Narrator: Lawrence Keefe
Length: 37 mins
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More Deadly Than War

Summary

From best-selling author Kenneth C. Davis comes a fascinating account of the Spanish influenza pandemic 100 years after it first swept the world in 1918. "Davis deftly juggles compelling storytelling, gruesome details, and historical context. More Deadly Than War sounds like a terrifying dystopian novel - that happens to be true." (Steve Sheinkin, author of Bomb and Undefeated) With 2018 marking the 100th anniversary of the worst disease outbreak in modern history, the story of the Spanish flu is more relevant today than ever. This dramatic narrative, told through the stories and voices of the people caught in the deadly maelstrom, explores how this vast, global epidemic was intertwined with the horrors of World War I - and how it could happen again. Complete with modern research and firsthand reports by medical professionals and survivors, this audiobook provides captivating insight into a catastrophe that transformed America in the early 20th century.

©2018 Kenneth C. Davis (P)2018 Listening Library

Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
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Will You Sign Here, John Hancock?

Summary

Everyone knows that John Hancock was one of the first signers of the Declaration of Independence. But not many know that he signed his name so large to show how mad he was about how the colonists had been treated. This witty audiobook highlights little-known facts about this historical figure.

©1976 Coward-McCann (P)2005 Weston Woods

Narrator: Jeff Brooks
Author: Jean Fritz
Length: 34 mins
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Great Explorers

Summary

Here are the stories of nine great adventures and the lives of the men who took part in them. They pushed back the frontiers of man's knowledge of the world by their vision, courage, and sheer doggedness. They were very different people, from bold adventurers facing the unknown with enjoyment to careful, more scientific individuals. Their journeys are placed within their historical context, but also contain the words of the men themselves.

©2003 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd. (P)2003 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.

Author: David Angus
Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
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The Spectacular World of Waldorf: Mr. Waldorf Travels to the Empire State of New York

Summary

The Spectacular World of Waldorf allows children to discover new places in the USA and worldwide through humorous and intriguing travels. These attention savvy stories allow parents, educators, and more to introduce the world to small children in a format that grabs their attention. This comical Labrador draws children into his whimsical adventures in search of his lost reading spectacles. The poor pup has a habit of misplacing them but children will be enticed into his many travels to help silly Mr. Waldorf locate them as he discovers new friends and places in a format that small children will easily recollect and adore. On this adventure Mr. Waldorf visits the Empire State of New York. Mr. Waldorf invites you to join his "Whoofishly" fun adventures! Where will the fuzzy canine end up next?

©2017 Waldorf Publishing (P)2020 Waldorf Publishing

Length: 4 mins
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America at War: World War II (Revised Edition)

Summary

The world had not fully recovered from the horror of World War I or the anguish of its catastrophic aftermath, the Great Depression, before an even greater war commenced. The Third Reich of Adolf Hitler threatened to dominate all of Europe, and as the physicist Albert Einstein rushed to bring to the attention of President Franklin Roosevelt, the limitless destructive power of the atom was well within the reach of Nazi Germany. This revised edition of World War II presents the complete story of America's war in Europe and the Pacific, from Pearl Harbor to the Normandy invasion to the Japanese surrender aboard the USS Missouri. The book is published by Chelsea House Publishers, a leading publisher of educational material.

©2011 Maurice Isserman (P)2011 Redwood Audiobooks

Narrator: Brett Barry
Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
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Mythologie Grecque

Summary

La mythologie grecque regorge de héros aux pouvoirs extraordinaires, de dieux puissants mais redoutables, de monstres terrifiants... Qu'ils vivent sur le mont Olympe, dans les Enfers ou au fond des mers, les dieux de la mythologie grecque gouvernent le monde, veillent sur les hommes et guident les héros dans leurs aventures.

©2019 Quelle Histoire (P)2019 Quelle Histoire

Narrator: Léopold Roy
Length: 1 hr and 41 mins
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The Transcontinental Railroad

Summary

In May 1869, the U.S. railroad network unified when the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads came together in Promontory, Utah. The Transcontinental Railroad: The Gateway to the West discusses this important milestone in the expansion of the United States and its impact on the nation, both positive and negative. This book tells how the east-west railroad played an integral role in opening western markets to the residents of the eastern United States, but it also examines how the railroad led to the demise of many American Indian groups in the West. This is a brief introduction to the history of the subject. The audiobook is published by Chelsea House Publishers, a leading publisher of educational material.

©2007 Infobase Publishing (P)2011 Redwood Audiobooks

Narrator: Daniel Wallace
Length: 2 hrs and 39 mins
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Freedom in Congo Square

Summary

As slaves relentlessly toiled in an unjust system in 19th-century Louisiana, they all counted down the days until Sunday, when, at least for half a day, they were briefly able to congregate in Congo Square in New Orleans. There, they were free to set up an open market, sing, dance, and play music. They were free to forget their cares, their struggles, and their oppression. This poetic, nonfiction story about this little-known piece of African-American history chronicles the daily duties of such slaves - from chopping logs on Mondays, to baking bread on Wednesdays, to plucking hens on Saturday - and builds to the freedom of Sundays and the special experience of an afternoon spent in Congo Square, capturing humanity's capacity to find hope and joy even in the most difficult of circumstances and demonstrating how New Orleans' Congo Square was truly freedom's heart.

©2017 Carole Boston Weatherford (P)2017 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Narrator: J. D. Jackson
Length: 13 mins
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American Moonshot Young Readers' Edition

Summary

In anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, New York Times best-selling author and historian Douglas Brinkley delivers a young readers’ edition of a story rooted in heroism, bravery, and patriotism: America’s race to the moon. July 20, 1969. It’s a day that has earned a spot in history. It’s the day that America was the first nation to succeed in sending two astronauts - Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong - to the moon. But what led to this unforgettable event? What were the stakes riding on the Apollo 11’s safe landing? In acclaimed author Douglas Brinkley’s first young readers' edition, space fans will get the riveting and factual backstory of arguably the most significant achievement of the 20th century.

©2019 Douglas Brinkley (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
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D-Day

Summary

Sibert Honor author Deborah Hopkinson brings her signature action-packed narrative style to one of the most crucial battles of WWII. The WWII invasion known as D-Day was the largest military endeavor in history. By June 6, 1944, Hitler and his allies had a strong grip on the European continent, where Nazi Germany was engaged in the mass extermination of the Jewish people. The goal of D-Day was the total defeat of Hitler's regime and the defense of free democracies everywhere. Knowing they had to breach the French coast, the US, Great Britain, and Canada planned for the impossible.   D-Day was an invasion not for conquest but for liberation and required years to plan and total secrecy to keep the advantage of surprise. Once deployed, Operation Overlord involved soldiers, sailors, paratroopers, and specialists. Acclaimed author Deborah Hopkinson weaves together the contributions of not only D-Day's famous players but African Americans, women, journalists, and service members in a masterful tapestry to bring this decisive battle to vivid, thrilling life.

©2018 Deborah Hopkinson (P)2018 Scholastic Inc.

Narrator: Michael Yurchak
Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
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They Called Themselves the KKK

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YALSA Nonfiction Finalist, 2011 A thoroughly-documented, chilling history of one of the world’s most recognizable extremist groups, this is the true story of terrorism in America. “Boys, let us get up a club.” With these chilling words, six restless young men raided the linens at a friend’s mansion, pulled pillowcases over their heads, hopped on horses, and cavorted through the streets of Pulaski, Tennessee. They called their new club the Ku Klux Klan, and it quickly grew into the self-proclaimed Invisible Empire, with secret dens spreading across the South. Award-winning author Susan Campbell Bartoletti weaves together vivid personal accounts from oral histories, congressional documents, and diaries in this enlightening, surprising, and disquieting story, which has received a slew of starred reviews from Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and other esteemed publications. Her extensive research places the length of the Klan’s history into a larger context that sheds new light on the roots of hate groups. When you purchase They Called Themselves the KKK, you’ll get exclusive bonus audio from a conversation with the author and Audie Award-winning narrator Dion Graham.

©2010 Susan Campbell Bartoletti (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
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The Children's Book of America

Summary

Where did America come from? What does it mean to be an American? What makes America great? No volume will provide more compelling and inspiring answers to our children's questions than William Bennett's marvelous new treasury, The Children's Book of America. Filled with history and folktales, songs and poems, heroes and everyday Americans, this indispensable audiobook is aclassic collection of great Americana. This lasting testament to our beloved country features performances by: Elayne Bennett Hinton Battle John McMartin Phylicia Rashad The Children's Book of America is a marvelous celebration of our nation's history and spirit for the youngest Americans.

©1998 William J. Bennett (P)2004 Simon & Schuster

Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
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Horrible Histories: Measly Middle Ages

3 ratings

Summary

Discover all the foul facts about the Measly Middle Ages on audio, narrated by Terry Deary. Find out why chickens had their bottoms shaved, a genuine jester's joke and what ten-year-old treacle was used for.

©1996 Terry Deary & Martin Brown (P)2013 Scholastic UK

Narrator: Terry Deary
Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
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Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World

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Summary

It's a survival story almost too incredible to believe, but it's the extraordinary true tale of endurance in the harshest environment on earth. Sir Ernest Shackleton and a crew of 27 men set off from England aboard the ship Endurance, intending to cross Antarctica from one side to the other. Instead, Endurance becomes icebound and sinks 100 miles from land, leaving Shackleton and his men to fight brutal perils on ice, land, and sea...or die trying. Through it all, Shackleton's mission never wavers: "But if you're a leader, a fellow that other fellows look to, you've got to keep going." Narrator Taylor Mali transports the listener into the heart of this death-defying adventure.

©1998 by Jennifer Armstrong (P)1996 Brent Thompson; 16 9; 2000 Audio Bookshelf

Narrator: Taylor Mali
Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
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Timelines from Black History

Summary

Amazing timelines take listeners through the people and the issues that have shaped Black history. Erased. Ignored. Hidden. Lost. Underappreciated. No longer. Delve into the unique, inspiring, and world-changing history of Black people. From Frederick Douglass to Oprah Winfrey, and the achievements of ancient African kingdoms to those of the US Civil Rights Movement, Timelines from Black History: Leaders, Legends, Legacies takes kids on an exceptional journey from prehistory to modern times. This DK children's audiobook boasts more than 30 timelines, which explore the biographies of the famous and the not-so-famous - from royalty to activists, and writers to scientists, and much, much more. Stunning thematic timelines also explain the development of Black history - from the experiences of Black people in the US, to the story of postcolonial Africa. Did you know that the richest person ever to have lived was a West African? Or that the technology that made the lightbulb possible was developed by an African American inventor and not Thomas Edison? How about the fact that Ethiopia was the only African country to avoid colonization, thanks to the leadership of a brave queen? Stacked with facts, Timelines from Black History: Leaders, Legacies, Legends is an unforgettable and accessible hive of information on the people and the issues that have shaped Black history.

©2020 Dorling Kindersley (P)2021 DK Audio

Narrator: Nneka Okoye
Author: DK
Length: 3 hrs and 58 mins
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Der wilde Westen - Wettlauf der Eisenbahnen

Summary

Der 10. Mai 1869 verändert das Gesicht und die Geschichte des Wilden Westens auf bis dahin unvorstellbare Weise. Von einem Tag auf den anderen wird der gleichmäßige Tritt der Ochsen, die ihre Planwagen über die Prärie ziehen, abgelöst vom Schnaufen der Dampflokomotiven und vom Rattern der Räder auf Eisenbahngleisen. Nördlich des Großen Salzsees treffen mitten in der Wüste die Linien der Central Pacific Railroad Company und der Union Pacific Railroad Company nach atemberaubendem Wettkampf aufeinander. Ein Jahrhundertprojekt - Zeitzeugen nennen es das "großartigste Unternehmen unter Gott" - ist fertig gestellt. Dr. Alexander Emmerich beschreibt das dramatische Duell der beiden Eisenbahngesellschaften und dessen Folgen für Indianer und Einwanderer sachkundig und spannend zugleich.

©2016 Headroom (P)2016 Headroom

Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
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Poisoned Water

Summary

Based on original reporting by a Pulitzer Prize finalist and an industry veteran, the first book for young adults about the Flint water crisis In 2014, Flint, Michigan, was a cash-strapped city that had been built up, then abandoned by General Motors. As part of a plan to save money, government officials decided that Flint would temporarily switch its water supply from Lake Huron to the Flint River. Within months, many residents broke out in rashes.  Then it got worse: children stopped growing. Some people were hospitalized with mysterious illnesses; others died. Citizens of Flint protested that the water was dangerous. Despite what seemed so apparent from the murky, foul-smelling liquid pouring from the city's faucets, officials refused to listen. They treated the people of Flint as the problem, not the water, which was actually poisoning thousands. Through interviews with residents and intensive research into legal records and news accounts, journalist Candy J. Cooper, assisted by writer-editor Marc Aronson, reveals the true story of Flint.  Poisoned Water shows not just how the crisis unfolded in 2014, but also the history of racism and segregation that led up to it, the beliefs and attitudes that fueled it, and how the people of Flint fought - and are still fighting - for clean water and healthy lives.

©2020 Candy J. Cooper and Marc Aronson (P)2020 Recorded Books, Inc.

Narrator: Karen Chilton
Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
Available on Audible
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Blizzard! The Storm that Changed America

Summary

On March 12, 1888, hurricane-force winds and unrelenting snow began to bring the East Coast, from Virginia to Maine, to its knees. During the next three days, the Great Blizzard raged out of control, devastating every community in its path. Through the eyes and words of survivors and victims alike, as well as the careful research for which Newberry Honor Award winner Jim Murphy is known, listeners will experience one of the most devastating natural disasters in U.S. history and understand why, from that day on, life in the United States was forever changed. For family listening, ages 8 and up.

©2000 Jim Murphy (P)2002 Audio Bookshelf

Narrator: Taylor Mali
Author: Jim Murphy
Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
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The Eighty-Dollar Champion (Adapted for Young Readers)

Summary

Adapted from the number-one New York Times best-selling adult novel, this inspiring true story of a man and horse duo who rose to the top of the competitive equestrian world is one of unstoppable hope, inconceivable dreams, and the chance to have it all, perfect for animal lovers and history buffs alike. On a bleak winter afternoon, Harry de Leyer first saw the horse he would name Snowman between the slats of a rickety truck bound for the slaughterhouse. Noting a spark in the horse's eye, the Dutch immigrant bought the beaten-up animal for only eighty dollars and took him to the family's modest farm on Long Island.  Though Snowman thrived in his new home, Harry needed money. Reluctantly, he sold Snowman to another farm a few miles down the road. But the shaggy horse had other ideas. When he turned up back at Harry's barn, dragging an old tire and a broken fence board, Harry knew that he had misjudged the horse. Snowman then began his extraordinary path to stardom as Harry trained him to show jump, taking Snowman all the way to the very top of the sport. This dramatic and inspiring rise to stardom of an unlikely duo is based on the insight and recollections of the Flying Dutchman himself. Snowman and Harry's story captured the heart of Cold War-era America--a story of unstoppable hope, inconceivable dreams, and the chance to have it all. Elizabeth Letts's message is simple: Never give up, even when the obstacles seem sky-high. There is something extraordinary in all of us.  Please note: This is the kids' edition of The Eighty-Dollar Champion. The original adult version is available separately.

©2020 Elizabeth Letts (P)2020 Listening Library

Narrator: Arthur Morey
Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
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Survivors Club

3 ratings

Summary

This audiobook includes a preface read by both authors, with an afterword read by Michael Bornstein. A bonus conversation with the authors, archival recordings, and a PDF of photos are also included. In 1945, in a now-famous piece of World War II archival footage, four-year-old Michael Bornstein was filmed by Soviet soldiers as he was carried out of Auschwitz in his grandmother's arms. Survivors Club tells the unforgettable story of how a father's courageous wit, a mother's fierce love, and one perfectly timed illness saved his life and how others in his family from Zarki, Poland, dodged death at the hands of the Nazis time and again with incredible deftness. Working from his own recollections as well as extensive interviews with relatives and survivors who knew the family, Michael relates his inspirational Holocaust survival story with the help of his daughter, Debbie Bornstein Holinstat. Shocking, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting, this narrative nonfiction offers an indelible depiction of what happened to one Polish village in the wake of the German invasion in 1939.

©2017 Michael Bornstein and Debbie Bornstein Holinstat (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

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Brachiosaurus

Summary

In this book, simple, age-appropriate text introduces listeners to Brachiosaurus, from what it looked like to how it lived. Sidebars encourage students to ask questions and think critically about information presented in the book. Additional tools, including a glossary and index, help students build new vocabulary and locate information.

©2016 Cherry Lake Publishing (P)2016 Cherry Lake Publishing

Narrator: Timothy Cap
Author: Josh Gregory
Length: 5 mins
Available on Audible
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Operation Yes

Summary

No one in her sixth-grade class knows quite what to make of Ms. Loupe, with her short hair, her taped square "stage" on the floor, and her interest in improvisational theater. After all, their school is on an Air Force base - a place that values discipline more than improv. But her students soon come to love her fresh approach; and when her dear brother goes missing in Afghanistan, and Ms. Loupe herself breaks down, they band together to support their teacher. What starts as a class fundraiser expands into a nationwide effort for all injured troops, and an amazing vision of community and hope.

©2009 Sara Lewis Holmes (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Jessica Almasy
Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
Available on Audible
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Major Battles in World History

Summary

Battles happen because of a clash in opinions, beliefs, and political interests. Let's take a look at some of the most unforgettable battles in world history. Parents, since this is a hard topic to discuss, be there for questions. What will be learned from some of the dark times in history? Lessons that will prevent the same mistakes from happening again.

©2017 Speedy Publishing, LLC (P)2018 Speedy Publishing, LLC

Narrator: Dust Jones
Length: 5 mins
Available on Audible
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Tropical Secrets

Summary

Last year, in Berlinon the Night of Crystalmy grandfather was killedwhile I held his hand.Daniel has escaped Nazi Germany with nothing but a desperate dream that he might one day find his parents again. But that golden land called New York has turned away the ship full of refugees, and Daniel finds himself in Cuba.As the tropical island begins to work its magic on him, the young refugee befriends a local girl with some painful secrets of her own. Yet even in Cuba, the Nazi darkness is never far away. At once deeply personal and utterly universal, Tropical Secrets is a stunning new history in verse from award-winning poet Margarita Engle.

©2009 Margarita Engle (P)2009 Listening Library

Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
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South

Summary

The world's greatest classics retold for children. At five o'clock on the evening of November 21st, after the ice had drawn back like pall bearers at a funeral, Endurance slipped lower in the water, her stern pointing skywards. We stood in silence while she said her last farewell. A cacophony of cracking timber and rushing water signalled her end and then she was silent, slipping into the watery grave. The bravest ship, she had struggled to the bitter end and now she was gone. Endurance - well named. When his ship Endurance sinks in the icy Antarctic, Ernest Shackleton is left with the responsibility of getting his crew safely back home. Can they survive crossing dangerous icefloes and setting up camp on a remote island? Even when they reach land, nobody will know where they are unless somebody can sail the tiny ship's boat across 800 miles of the world's most dangerous seas to summon help. Can it be done?

©2016 John MacKenna (P)2020 Real Reads

Narrator: Michael Darbowe
Length: 44 mins
Available on Audible
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The World Made New

Summary

Imagine your shock at waking up one morning to a fleet of enormous, otherworldly craft looming over you. And when bizarre aliens begin to emerge - speaking strange gibberish - your heart races even faster. Similar fears may have gripped New World inhabitants when diverse civilizations - separated by a vast ocean - first met. American natives once knew nothing of towering ships, galloping horses, thundering guns, or smallpox. From 1492 onward, however, waves of adventurers would give them a cruel introduction. And yet, ultimately, New World dwellers - together with their Old World counterparts - would become transformed by these global connections. Historian and author Marc Aronson - a Library Journal Best Book honoree and a Robert F. Sibert Award winner for excellence in nonfiction - teams up with John W. Glenn to give kids and their parents a fresh perspective on New World exploration.

©2007 National Geographic Society (P)2008 Recorded Books

Narrator: Jonathan Hogan
Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
Available on Audible
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The Day the World Went Nuclear

Summary

Autumn 1944. World War II is nearly over in Europe, but in the Pacific, American soldiers face an enemy who will not surrender despite a massive and mounting death toll. Meanwhile, in Los Alamos, New Mexico, Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer and his team of scientists are preparing to test the deadliest weapon known to mankind. Newly inaugurated president Harry Truman faces the most important political decision in history: whether to use that weapon. Adapted from Bill O'Reilly's historical thriller Killing the Rising Sun, with characteristically gripping storytelling, this story explores the decision to use the atom bomb and the end of World War II in the Pacific.

©2017 Bill O'Reilly (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

Narrator: Robert Petkoff
Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
Available on Audible
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Titanic: Voices From the Disaster

Summary

Scheduled to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the tragic sinking of the Titanic, a topic that continues to haunt and thrill listeners to this day, this audiobook by critically acclaimed author Deborah Hopkinson weaves together the voices and stories of real Titanic survivors and witnesses to the disaster - from the stewardess Violet Jessop to Captain Arthur Rostron of the Carpatia, who came to the rescue of the sinking ship. Packed with heart-stopping action, devastating drama, fascinating historical details, and quotes from primary sources, this gripping story, which follows the Titanic and its passengers from the ship's celebrated launch at Belfast to her cataclysmic icy end, is sure to thrill and move listeners.

©2012 Deborah Hopkinson (P)2012 Listening Library

Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
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The War to End All Wars

Summary

Nonfiction master Russell Freedman illuminates for young readers the complex and rarely discussed subject of World War I. The tangled relationships and alliances of many nations, the introduction of modern weaponry, and top-level military decisions that resulted in thousands upon thousands of casualties all contributed to the “great war”, which people hoped and believed would be the only conflict of its kind. In this clear and authoritative account, the author shows the ways in which the seeds of a second world war were sown in the first.  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2010 Russell Freedman (P)2010 Listening Library

Narrator: Zach McLarty
Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
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The Adventure of Alex and Er

Summary

No, it is not The Adventure of Alexander but rather, it is The Adventure of Alex and Er. This is a magical children’s book that listeners adore. The story chronicles the escapade of a mighty knight and his unicorn mare as they endeavor to locate a snowman’s missing broom. The mighty knight, Alex, and his unicorn mare, Er, work together to overcome obstacles, meet unusual enchanted animals, and help others in need. With plenty of rhyming words and a whimsical layout, The Adventure of Alex and Er will surely appeal to all!

©2022 Marin Darmonkow (P)2019 Marin Darmonkow

Narrator: Sebastian
Length: 18 mins
Available on Audible
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The Spectacular World of Waldorf: Mr. Waldorf Travels to the Great State of Texas

Summary

The Spectacular World of Waldorf allows children to discover new places in the USA and worldwide through humorous and intriguing travels for the young listener. The attention savvy stories allow parents, educators, and more to introduce the world to small children in a format while grabbing their attention. This comical Labrador draws children into his whimsical adventures in search of his lost reading spectacles. The poor pup has a habit of misplacing them but children will be enticed into his many travels to help silly Mr. Waldorf locate them as he discovers new friends and places in a format that small children will easily recollect and adore. On this adventure, Mr. Waldorf discovers the great state of Texas. The curious canine encounters fun new friends and places while exploring the vast state visiting the Alamo, riding a bull for eight seconds, making new friends in Dallas, exploring Austin, and more. Silly Mr. Waldorf has a tendency to misplace his favorite reading spectacles and can't seem to find them while traveling Texas. Will you help him find them and learn all about the Lone Star State? Children will fall in love with Mr. Waldorf and they will also discover the world in a fun and exciting way. Mr. Waldorf invites you to join his "Whoofishly" fun adventures! Where will the fuzzy canine end up next?

©2016 Waldorf Publishing (P)2016 Waldorf Publishing

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The Boys' War

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We all know about the famous generals and the major battles of the Civil War. But for the soldiers who actually fought, the war was all too real. It was especially traumatic for the thousands of soldiers who ranged in age from 10 to 15. Some young soldiers joined the fray to escape the boredom of farm work or to "set the South straight". Many of them kept diaries and wrote letters home. Through their eyes, we see what life was like on the edge of chaos. Some of their writing describes the gruesome details of forced marches and deaths on the battlefield. Balanced with anecdotes of practical jokes they played on one another and interesting people they met, their stories touch our minds and hearts. Ed Sala's interpretation of this well-documented history brings the Civil War to life in a way that few historians could. These everyday details of the war, told in the straightforward language of the young, provide a moving, unforgettable history lesson.

©1990 Jim Murphy

Narrator: Ed Sala
Author: Jim Murphy
Length: 2 hrs
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Stonewall

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That's the Stonewall. The Stonewall Inn. Pay attention. History walks through that door. In 1969, being gay in the United States was a criminal offense. It meant living a closeted life or surviving on the fringes of society. People went to jail, lost jobs, and were disowned by their families for being gay. Most doctors considered homosexuality a mental illness. There were few safe havens. The Stonewall Inn - a Mafia-run, filthy, overpriced bar in New York City's Greenwich Village - was one of them. Police raids on gay bars happened regularly in this era. But one hot June night, when cops pounded on the door of the Stonewall, almost nothing went as planned. Tensions were high. The crowd refused to go away. Anger and frustration boiled over. The raid became a riot. The riot became a catalyst. The catalyst triggered an explosive demand for gay rights. Ann Bausum's riveting exploration of the Stonewall Riots and the national Gay Rights movement that followed is eye-opening, unflinching, and inspiring.

©2015 Ann Bausum (P)2015 Listening Library

Author: Ann Bausum
Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
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The Teachers March!

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Reverend F. D. Reese’s favorite subject to teach his students was freedom. But in Selma, Alabama, unfair tests and police officers’ swinging billy clubs kept African Americans from voting. Reverend Reese knew something had to change, so he asked his fellow teachers to do something dangerous - something that might lead to beatings and prison time. He asked them to march. The teachers packed what they’d need in jail and began a silent, steady march toward the marble steps of the county courthouse. This gripping exploration of the little-known Teachers’ March of 1965 is brought to life through the authors’ riveting storytelling and in-depth interviews with Selma foot soldiers. Alongside Charly Palmer’s expressive illustrations of the courageous teachers, The Teachers March! offers an inspirational example of activism that was a critical turning point in the civil rights movement.

©2020 Sandra Neil Wallace (P)2021 Recorded Books Inc.

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Courage Has No Color

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World War II was raging, with thousands of American soldiers fighting overseas against the injustices brought on by Hitler. Back on the home front, the injustice of discrimination against African Americans was playing out as much on Main Street as in the military. Enlisted black men were segregated from white soldiers and regularly relegated to service duties. At Fort Benning, Georgia, First Sergeant Walter Morris’s men served as guards at The Parachute School while the white soldiers prepared to be paratroopers. Morris knew that in order for his men to be treated like soldiers, they would have to train and act like them, but would the military elite and politicians recognize the potential of these men, as well as their passion for serving their country? Tanya Lee Stone examines the role of African Americans in the military through the lens of the untold story of the Triple Nickles as they became America’s first black paratroopers and fought a little-known World War II attack on the American West by the Japanese. The 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, in the words of Morris, “proved that the color of a man had nothing to do with his ability.”

©2013 Tanya Lee Stone (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Narrator: JD Jackson
Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
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Dinosaurier - Reise ins Reich der Urzeit

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1811 machte die gerade zwölfjährige Mary Anning auf den Klippen der englischen Küstenstadt Lyme Regis eine seltsame Entdeckung: Ein Schädel schimmerte aus dem Kalkstein. Die Familie, die von dem Verkauf von Fossilien lebte, legte das vollständig erhaltende, fast sechs Meter lange Gerippe eines Fischsauriers frei. Dieser Fund machte das Mädchen zur Pionierin einer Wissenschaft, die es damals noch nicht gab - der Kunde von Saurieren und war der Auftakt zu einem dramatischen Wettlauf um die Erforschung der Urzeit-Giganten. Dr. Eberhard "Dino" Frey vom Staatlichen Museum für Naturkunde in Karlsruhe erzählt von seinen eigenen sensationellen Funden und überrascht mit seinen Antworten auf viele Fragen: Wo kann man heute noch Dinosaurierskelette finden? Sind die Dinosaurier tatsächlich wegen eines Meteoriteneinschlags ausgestorben? Sind Hühner wirklich Nachfahren der Dinosaurier?

©2016 Headroom (P)2016 Headroom

Author: Maja Nielsen
Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
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Black Potatoes

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In 1845, a disaster struck Ireland. Overnight, a mysterious blight attacked the potato crops, turning the potatoes black and destroying the only real food of nearly six million people. Over the next five years, the blight attacked again and again. These years are known today as the Great Irish Famine, a time when one million people died from starvation and disease, and two million more fled their homeland.Black Potatoes is the compelling story of men, women, and children who defied landlords and searched empty fields for scraps of harvested vegetables and edible weeds to eat, who walked several miles each day to hard-labor jobs for meager wages and to reach soup kitchens, and who committed crimes just to be sent to jail, where they were assured of a meal. It's the story of children and adults who suffered from starvation, disease, and the loss of family and friends, as well as those who died. It's also the story of the heroes among the Irish people and how they held on to hope.

©2001 Susan Campbell Bartoletti (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Graeme Malcolm
Length: 3 hrs and 33 mins
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Blizzard of Glass

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On December 6, 1917, two ships collided in Halifax Harbour. One ship was loaded top to bottom with munitions and one held relief supplies, both intended for war-torn Europe. The resulting blast flattened two towns, Halifax and Dartmouth, and killed nearly 2,000 people. As if that wasn’t devastating enough, a blizzard hit the next day, dumping more than a foot of snow on the area and paralyzing much-needed relief efforts. Fascinating, edge-of-your-seat storytelling based on original source material conveys this harrowing account of tragedy and recovery.

©2011 Sally M. Walker (P)2012 Listening Library

Narrator: Paul Michael
Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
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Her Right Foot

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If you had to name a statue, any statue, odds are good you'd mention the Statue of Liberty. Have you seen her? She's in New York. She's holding a torch. And she's in mid-stride, moving forward. But why? In this fascinating and fun take on nonfiction, Dave Eggers investigates a seemingly small trait of America's most emblematic statue. What he finds is about more than history, more than art. What he finds in the Statue of Liberty's right foot is the powerful message of acceptance that is essential of an entire country's creation.

©2017 Dave Eggers (P)2018 Recorded Books

Narrator: Dion Graham
Author: Dave Eggers
Length: 14 mins
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1968

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Welcome to 1968 - a revolution in a book. Essays, memoirs, and more by fourteen award-winning authors offer unique perspectives on one of the world’s most tumultuous years. Nineteen sixty-eight was a pivotal year that grew more intense with each day. As thousands of Vietnamese and Americans were killed in war, students across four continents took over colleges and city streets. Assassins murdered Dr. King and Robert F. Kennedy. Demonstrators turned out in Prague and Chicago, and in Mexico City, young people and Olympic athletes protested. In those intense months, generations battled and the world wobbled on the edge of some vast change that was exhilarating one day and terrifying the next. To capture that extraordinary year, editors Marc Aronson and Susan Campbell Bartoletti created an anthology that showcases many genres of nonfiction. Some contributors use a broad canvas, others take a close look at a moment, and matched essays examine the same experience from different points of view. As we face our own moments of crisis and division, 1968 reminds us that we’ve clashed before and found a way forward - and that looking back can help map a way ahead. With contributions by: Jennifer Anthony Marc Aronson Susan Campbell Bartoletti Loree Griffin Burns Paul Fleischman Omar Figueras Laban Carrick Hill Mark Kurlansky Lenore Look David Lubar Kate MacMillan Kekla Magoon Jim Murphy Elizabeth Partridge

©2018 Marc Aronson and Susan Campbell Bartoletti, original book published by Candlewick Press. 2018 Elizabeth Partridge; Paul Fleischman; Lenore Look; Kate MacMillan; Kekla Magoon; Laban Carrick Hill; Jennifer Anthony; Mark Kurlansky; Susan Campbell Bartoletti; Mark Kurlansky; David Lubar; Omar Figueras; Jim Murphy; Loree Griffin Burns; Marc Aronson. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Portugal

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Explore the amazing country of Portugal. How they became a world power, nations they discovered and founded, the holidays, the culture, and the history of the country. Find out fun facts about Portugal. Great for five- to 12-year-olds. Discover Portugal today, and learn about a great country that has shaped world history.

©2015 John Thomas Mattison (P)2015 John Thomas Mattison

Narrator: Jonathan Posch
Author: Kid Kongo
Length: 7 mins
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A Child's Introduction to African American History

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A comprehensive, entertaining look at heroes, heroines, and critical moments from African American history - from the slave trade to the Black Lives Matter movement - by award-winning author Jabari Asim.   Jabari Asim goes beyond what's taught in the classroom to reveal a fact-filled history of African American history through politics, activism, sports, entertainment, music, and much more. You'll follow the road to freedom beginning with the slave trade and the middle passage through the abolitionist movement and the Civil War where many African Americans fought as soldiers. You'll learn how slave songs often contained hidden messages and how a 15-year-old Jamaican-born young man named Clive Campbell helped to create hip-hop in the early 1970's. You'll experience the passionate speeches, marches, and movements of the Civil Rights era along with and the sacrifices of Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Medgar Evers, and many others.  Along the way there are dozens of profiles of political trailblazers like Shirley Chisholm, the first black women elected to Congress in 1968; dominants athletes like Tiger Woods who, in 1995, was only the second African American to play in a Master's Golf Tournament which he went on to win in 1997; popular musicians like Miles Davis, one the most influential artists of the 20th century; and inspiring writers like Toni Morrison, the first African American to win the Nobel Prize in literature.  Filled with beautiful illustrations by Lynn Gaines that bring these figures and events to life, plus a removable historical timeline poster, A Child's Introduction to African American History is a fascinating and comprehensive guide to this often overlooked yet immensely important part of American history. 

©2018 Jabari Asim (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Dion Graham
Author: Jabari Asim
Length: 2 hrs and 9 mins
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To the Moon!

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The exciting and inspiring true story of Apollo 8, the first crewed spaceship to break free of the Earth's orbit and reach the moon, by the best-selling author of Apollo 13. What's more exciting that spaceships and astronauts? How about a spaceship carrying the first astronauts ever to see the moon first-hand - on Christmas! The year was 1968, and the American people were still reeling from the spacecraft fire that killed the Apollo 1 crew a year earlier. On top of that, there were rumors that the Russian cosmonauts were getting ready to fly around the moon. NASA realized that they needed to take a bold step - and that they needed to take it now. They wanted to win the space race against Russia and hold true to President Kennedy's promise to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade. So in a risky move, a few days before Christmas of that year, they sent Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders to the moon! This book about the exciting and inspiring true story of Apollo 8, the first crewed spaceship to break free of Earth's orbit and reach the moon, tells the story of these three brave men, the frantic rush to get their rocket ready, and the journey that gave the American people - and the world - a new look at the planet we live on and the corner of space we inhabit. Filled with the science and training required to put a person into space, and every detail of what it's like to live in a spaceship for days on end (including what happens when astronauts need to use the bathroom), this book is sure to leave kids clamoring for a spot on the next mission to outer space. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2018 Jeffrey Kluger and Ruby Shamir (P)2018 Listening Library

Narrator: Jeffrey Kluger
Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
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War, Peace, and All That Jazz, 1918-1945, A History of US, Book 9

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From woman?s suffrage to Babe Ruth?s home runs, from Louis Armstrong?s jazz to Franklin Delano Roosevelt?s four presidential terms, from the finale of one world war to the dramatic close of the second, War, Peace, and All That Jazz presents the story of some of the most exciting years in U.S. history. With the end of World War I, many Americans decided to live it up, going to movies, driving cars, and cheering baseball games aplenty. But alongside this post-WWI spree was high unemployment, hard times for farmers, ever-present racism, and, finally, the Depression, the worst economic disaster in U.S. history, flip-flopping the nation from prosperity to scarcity. Along came one of our country?s greatest leaders, F.D.R., who promised a New Deal, gave Americans hope, and then saw them through the horrors and victories of World War II. These three decades ? full of optimism and despair, progress and Depress, and, of course, War, Peace, and All That Jazz - forever changed the United States.

©1993, 1999, 2003 Joy Hakim (P)2002 Recorded Books, LLC. Recorded by arrangement with Oxford University Press.

Narrator: Christina Moore
Author: Joy Hakim
Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
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Making Thirteen Colonies: A History of US, Book 2

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People are coming to America, all kinds of people. If you're European, you come in search of freedom or riches. If you're African, you come in chains. And what about the Indians, what is happening to them? Soon 13 colonies are born, each with its own story. Meet Pocahontas and John Smith in Jamestown. Join William Penn and the Quakers in Pennsylvania. Sit with the judges at the Salem witch trials. Hike over mountains with Daniel Boone. And let Ben Franklin give you some salty advice in his Poor Richards Almanac.

©1993 Joy Hakim (P)2002 Recorded Books, LLC

Narrator: Christina Moore
Author: Joy Hakim
Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
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The House That George Built

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The House That George Built takes listeners through the process of how the president’s house came to be - starting with the contest George held to choose the perfect design for this legendary landmark, all the way to President John Adams’ move into the grandiose home. Cleverly written in the familiar format of The House That Jack Built, author Suzanne Slade supplements her rhyming verse with lively conversational prose, describing how George was involved in this project from beginning to end, from selecting the location to figuring out how to get the thousands of heavy bricks to the construction site.

©2019 Charlesbridge Publishing (P)2019 Charlesbridge Publishing

Length: 9 mins
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The Impossible Rescue

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Whaling in the Arctic waters off Alaska’s coast was as dangerous as it was lucrative in 1897. In that particular year, winter came early, bringing with it storms and ice packs that caught eight American whale ships and about three hundred sailors off guard. The ships were imprisoned in ice with no hope of escape. With limited provisions on board the ships that hadn’t been crushed by the ice, there was little hope that these men could survive until warmer temperatures arrived at least 10 months later. Martin Sandler tells the incredible true adventure story of three men who were ordered by President McKinley to carry out an overland rescue that covered 1,500 miles of treacherous Alaskan terrain in the dead of winter. Their mission was to drive two herds of reindeer the distance to feed the starving men. With their own survival in the balance, these men battled raging storms, killing cold, injured sled dogs, and their own will to continue, to bring relief to the stranded whale men. Entries from the journals of two of the rescuers and photographs taken by the third key member of the unlikely expedition dramatically document every mile of their heroic, unprecedented journey.

©2012 Martin W. Sandler (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
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Ocean! Waves for All

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From writer Stacy McAnulty and illustrator David Litchfield, Ocean! Waves for All is a lighthearted nonfiction audiobook about the formation and history of the ocean, told from the perspective of the ocean itself. Dude. Ocean is incredible. Atlantic, Pacific, Artic, Indian, Southern - it's all excellent Ocean! Not part of any nation, his waves are for all. And under those waves, man, he holds so many secrets. With characteristic humor and charm, Stacy McAnulty channels the voice of Ocean in this next "autobiography" in the Our Universe series.  A Macmillan Audio production from Henry Holt and Company

©2020 Stacy McAnulty (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

Narrator: Marc Thompson
Length: 15 mins
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Dazzle Ships

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During World War I, British and American ships were painted with bold colors and crazy patterns from bow to stern. Why would anyone put such eye-catching designs on ships?  Desperate to protect ships from German torpedo attacks, British lieutenant-commander Norman Wilkinson proposed what became known as dazzle. These stunning patterns and colors were meant to confuse the enemy about a ship's speed and direction. By the end of the war, more than 4,000 ships had been painted with these mesmerizing designs.  Author Chris Barton vividly brings to life this little-known story of how the unlikely and the improbable became just plain dazzling.

©2017 Chris Barton (P)2018 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Narrator: Johnny Heller
Author: Chris Barton
Length: 22 mins
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Crash

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The incredible true story of how Americans from all walks of life weathered one of the most turbulent periods in our nation's history - the Great Depression - and emerged triumphant. Crash tells the story of the Great Depression, from the sweeping fallout of the market collapse to the more personal stories of those caught up in the aftermath. Packed with photographs, primary documents, and firsthand accounts, Crash shines a spotlight on pivotal moments and figures across ethnic, gender, racial, social, and geographic divides, reflecting many different experiences of one of the most turbulent decades in American history. Marc Favreau's meticulous research, vivid prose, and extensive back matter paints a thorough picture of how the country we live in today was built in response to the widespread poverty, insecurity, and fear of the 1930s. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 

©2018 Marc Favreau (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Oliver Wyman
Author: Marc Favreau
Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
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A Ride to Remember

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When Sharon Langley was born in the early 1960s, many amusement parks were segregated, and African-American families were not allowed entry. This interesting tale reveals how in the summer of 1963, due to demonstrations and public protests, the Gwynn Oak Amusement Park in Maryland became desegregated and opened to all for the first time. Co-author Sharon Langley was the first African-American child to ride the carousel. This was on the same day of Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Langley’s ride to remember demonstrated the possibilities of King’s dream.

©2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC (P)2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Mississippi Trial, 1955

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Winner of the 2003 International Reading Association Award for Young Adult Novel. This gripping story is based on the true events of the murder of Emmett Till, one of the nation's most notorious crimes that helped spark the civil rights movement. At first, Hiram is excited to visit his hometown in Mississippi. But soon after he arrives, he crosses paths with Emmett Till, a black teenager from Chicago who is also visiting for the summer. Hiram sees firsthand how the local whites mistreat blacks who refuse to "know their place". When Emmett's tortured dead body is found floating in a river, Hiram is determined to find out who could do such a thing. But what will it cost him to know?

©2002 Chris Crowe (P)2019 Listening Library

Narrator: Victor Bevine
Author: Chris Crowe
Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
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Nazi Saboteurs

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A gripping tale of the little-known Nazi plot to attack on American soil, and the brave individuals who got in the way.  In 1942, amid a growing German threat, Nazi agents infiltrated the United States in hopes of destroying American infrastructure and sowing panic throughout the nation. Nazi Saboteurs tells the nail-biting tale of this daring plot, buried in history, for young listeners for the first time. Hear about a nation on edge, with the FBI caught unawares, and the incredible capture of eight dangerous criminals. A thrilling historical narrative for WWII buffs, reluctant readers, and adventure junkies.

©2019 by Samantha Seiple (P)2019 Scholastic Inc.

Narrator: R.C. Bray
Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins
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Where Is Walt Disney World?

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Building the most magical place on earth was no fairy tale. Learn the story behind the creation of Walt Disney World. In 1964, when Walt Disney and his brother Roy decided to build a second theme park in the Florida swamplands, they kept it super hush-hush. Why? Well, if word got out that they planned to buy up lots of land, the price would have skyrocketed. So the Disneys cleverly covered up their trail, avoiding the Orlando airport and even using made-up names, like Walt and Roy Davis, for their flights. The deception worked. In covering the history of the "Most Magical Place On Earth", Joan Holub takes listeners both behind the scenes and underneath the park (there are secret employee-only tunnels that form one big circle under the Magic Kingdom). Loaded with fun facts, this book is a great companion to Who Was Walt Disney?

©2018 Joan Holub (P)2018 Listening Library

Narrator: Dan Woren
Author: Joan Holub
Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
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Mr. Waldorf Travels to Montana, Big Sky Country

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On this adventure, Mr. Waldorf takes a trip to the Big Sky Country, state of Montana. In Montana, he hikes Glacier National Park, tours the capital of Helena, skis in Big Sky, flies a plane that can land on water, and fly-fishes in one of Montana's many rivers. Silly Mr. Waldorf has a tendency to misplace his favorite reading spectacles and can't seem to find them while traveling Montana. Will you help him find them and learn all about the Big Sky Country state? Children will fall in love with Mr. Waldorf and they will also discover the world in a fun and exciting way. Mr. Waldorf invites you to join his "whoofishly" fun adventures! Where will the fuzzy canine end up next?

©2017 Waldorf Publishing (P)2017 Waldorf Publishing

Narrator: Derek Jeck
Length: 7 mins
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The Great God Pan

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Arthur Machen’s novella explores the disturbing consequences of toying with the line between the earthly world and the spiritual realm. The Great God Pan centers around an ominous woman named Helen, who lives in the woods and invites morbid happenings.  The book faced harsh censure upon its publication in 1894 for its explicit content, but today it is considered a hallmark of horror fiction. Stephen King himself called it “one of the best horror stories ever written”, making it essential reading for any dedicated fans of the genre.  

Public Domain (P)2018 Audio Sommelier

Narrator: Andrea Giordani
Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
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The Story of Salt

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From the team that created the ALA Notable Book The Cod's Tale comes the fascinating history of salt, which has been the object of wars and revolutions and is vital for life. Based on Mark Kurlansky's critically acclaimed best seller Salt: A World History, this handsome picture book explores every aspect of salt: The many ways it's gathered from the Earth and sea; how ancient emperors in China, Egypt, and Rome used it to keep their subjects happy; why salt was key to the Age of Exploration; what salt meant to the American Revolution; and even how the search for salt eventually led to oil. Along the way, you'll meet a Celtic miner frozen in salt, learn how to make ketchup, and even experience salt's finest hour: Gandhi's famous Salt March.

©2006 Mark Kurlansky (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Brett Barry
Length: 30 mins
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We've Got a Job

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By May 1963, African Americans in Birmingham, Alabama, had had enough of segregation and police brutality. But with their lives and jobs at stake, most adults were hesitant to protest the city’s racist culture. Instead, children and teenagers - like Audrey, Wash, James, and Arnetta - marched to jail to secure their freedom.  At a time when the civil rights movement was struggling, Birmingham’s black youth answered Dr. Martin Luther King’s call to “fill the jails” of their city. In doing so, they drew national attention to the cause, helped bring about the repeal of segregation laws, and inspired thousands of other young people to demand their rights.  Combining extensive research and in-depth interviews with protesters, Cynthia Levinson recreates the events of the Birmingham Children’s March from a new and very personal perspective. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2012 Cynthia Levinson (P)2012 Listening Library

Narrator: Ervin Ross
Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
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Ancient Egypt for Kids: 50,000 BC to 653 BC

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Enjoy this travel though Egyptian history. Egypt is of one of the first great civilizations. Around 50,000 BC, hunter-gatherers first settled in the abundant Nile regions. By about 9,500 BC, Egyptians grew plants and domesticated animals. Then, writing developed. The first Pharaoh ruled. Egypt's power rose and fell for thousands of years for different reasons.

©2018 Richard Vaughn Linville (P)2018 Richard Vaughn Linville

Narrator: Neil Reeves
Length: 16 mins
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Ape Escapes and More True Stories of Animals Behaving Badly

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In this audiobook you'll meet three naughty animals, including Fu Manchu, the orangutan escape artist. Fu Manchu lived at the Omaha Zoo and would routinely break out of his habitat to explore the zoo on a nice day. Zookeepers were baffled as to how the ape was escaping, until one day they caught him in the act. Fu Manchu knew how to pick locks. Not only that, he had created his own tool that he used to pick the locks with, which he would store in his mouth so as not to be found out. This and two other charming stories will engage readers and leave them wondering if humans are really the smartest animals.

©2012 National Geographic Society (P)2015 Recorded Books

Narrator: Johnny Heller
Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
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10 Amazing Pirates

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Arr matey! Do you want to know all about the 10 most fantastic, fearsome, and famous pirates of all time? Dare you hear of how Francois L'Olonnais ripped out a man's heart with his bare hands then gnawed at it like a ravenous wolf? And what of Sir Henry Morgan - callous pirate or loyal privateer? How did Cheung Po Tsai build up a fleet of 600 ships, and what happened to Anne Bonny after she was caught? Suitable for seafaring folk and landlubbers alike, this fantastic book introduces the listener to the 10 pirates throughout history who surely were the greatest of their age.

©2014 Jack Goldstein (P)2017 Jack Goldstein

Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
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Theodore Roosevelt

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The American century opened with the election of that quintessentially American adventurer, Theodore Roosevelt. Louis Auchincloss' biography introduces us to the man behind the many myths of Theodore Roosevelt. From his early involvement in the politics of New York City and then New York State, we trace his celebrated military career and finally his ascent to the national political stage. Caricatured through history as the "bull moose," Roosevelt was in fact a man of extraordinary discipline whose refined and literate tastes actually helped spawn his fascination with the rough-and-ready worlds of war and wilderness. Auchincloss briskly recounts the significant contributions of Roosevelt's career and administration.

©2001 Louis Auchincloss (P)2002 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

Narrator: Ira Claffey
Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
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Birmingham 1963

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In Birmingham, Alabama, on September 15, 1963, it is one little girl's 10th birthday. Excited about Youth Day at the 16th Street Baptist Church, she puts on her patent leather shoes and practices her choir solo. But her birthday will include no cake and no candles this year. A group of men have tucked a bundle of dynamite under the church's steps, and when it goes off, four girls are dead: AddieMae Collins, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley, and Denise McNair. Smoke clogs the throats of worshippers as they search for sisters, brothers, mothers, and fathers in the crumbled plaster and broken glass. Author Carole Boston Weatherford, an award-winning poet and children's author, shares this story in poignant free verse poetry from the viewpoint of a fictional child eyewitness. Listeners will be transported back to this dark period in American history by Lizzie Cooper Davis' moving narration. "These children - unoffending; innocent and beautiful - were the victims of one of the most vicious, heinous crimes ever perpetrated against humanity...in spite of the darkness of this hour we must not despair. We must not become bitter...." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., eulogy for victims of the 16th Street Church bombing "To all who made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. The struggle continues." - Author's dedication

©2007 Carole Boston Weatherford (P)2007 Recorded Books

Length: 12 mins
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Let Me Play

Summary

Did you know that state universities in Virginia turned away more than 20,00 women in the early 1960s, but not a single man was denied admission? In the 1970s, the University of Georgia men's golf team got all the golf balls they needed, while the women's team was allowed only one per round. Here, listeners are treated to the origins of the historic Title IX legislation that, among other things, mandated that equal funds must be available to boys' and girls' activities and interests. The seeds for Title IX were sown amidst the violent social upheavals of the 1960s. And through the perseverance of many women and civil rights advocates, it opened - and kept open - many doors for women beginning in 1972. A Junior Library Guild Selection and winner of the Jane Addams Children's Book Award, Let Me Play is an inspiring collection of stories about women fighting for equality. Read by Christina Moore, this rousing primer is the perfect introduction to a topic that will remain relevant for years to come.

©2005 Karen Blumenthal (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC

Narrator: Christina Moore
Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
Available on Audible
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101 Amazing Facts About the First World War

Summary

Do you know the age of the youngest soldier to receive the Victoria Cross during the First World War? What role did tanks play in the conflict? And how much were Germany ordered to pay in reparations after the war? In this fascinating audiobook, narrator Lawrence Keefe answers all these questions and more, talking us through over 100 facts about The Great War. In addition to learning about one of history's worst ever conflicts, listen to Lawrence's moving narration of two famous poems of the time: 'In Flanders Fields' by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae and 'Dulce et Decorum Est' by Wilfred Owen.

©2017 Jack Goldstein Books (P)2017 Jack Goldstein Books

Narrator: Lawrence Keefe
Length: 31 mins
Available on Audible
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World War I

Summary

Great Battles for Boys takes kids to the front lines of iconic battles. In this volume of the popular history series, find out which strategies, weapons, and military leaders won - or lost - these famous American fights. And none of it's boring. Among the dozen battles covered here:  Tannenburg: outnumbered German soldiers pull a sneak attack and destroy Russian forces, capturing 150,000 prisoners of war. Somme: Among military history's worst follies, this battle ended with more than one million casualties - and yet achieved almost nothing for either the Allies or the Central Powers.  Cantigny: A little-known battle that proved late-arriving and novice American forces came to the Western Front to win this long-suffering war.  Other chapters cover WWI's most fascinating figures, such as Lawrence of Arabia, Sergeant York, and the Harlem Hellfighters. Listeners also gain an understanding of the world events shaped by this monumental conflict, including the Russian Revolution of 1917. If your child likes action-packed accounts, authentic details, and short but exciting chapters, then they'll love this audiobook. And they'll never hear history as boring again!

©2020 Books in Motion (P)2020 Books in Motion

Narrator: Daniel Giorello
Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
Available on Audible
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So You Want to Be an Inventor?

Summary

Judith St. George is a distinguished author and the recipient of numerous awards, including the Caldecott Medal. This entertaining book encourages young listeners to become creative thinkers. People with great ideas, some famous and some not so much, invented the things we use every day. Inventors like Ben Franklin, the Wright Brothers, Heddy Lamar, and Josephine Cochran dreamed the big dreams that led to lightning rods, airplanes, torpedoes, and dishwashers.

©2002 Judith St. George (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC

Narrator: Christina Moore
Length: 28 mins
Available on Audible
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Witch Hunt

Summary

Salem, Massachusetts, 1692 In a plain meetinghouse a woman stands before her judges. The accusers, girls and young women, are fervent and overexcited. The accused is a poor, unpopular woman who had her first child before she was married. As the trial proceeds the girls begin to wail, tear their clothing, and scream that the woman is hurting them. Some of them expose wounds to the horrified onlookers, holding out the pins that have stabbed them - pins that appeared as if by magic. Are they acting or are they really tormented by an unseen evil? Whatever the cause, the nightmare has begun. The witch trials will eventually claim 25 lives, shatter the community, and forever shape the American social conscience.

©2003 Marc Aronson (P)2011 Recorded Books

Narrator: Alan Nebelthau
Author: Marc Aronson
Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
Available on Audible
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So You Want to Be an Explorer?

Summary

Acclaimed author Judith St. George shares the joy of discovery in this delightful book about the ups and downs of exploring. So you want to be an explorer? Explorers need courage, like Alexander the Great, who conquered most of the known world. But for budding explorers out there, the rewards can be great. Neil Armstrong earned lasting fame when he became the first person to set foot on the moon.

©2005 Judith St. George (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC

Narrator: Christina Moore
Length: 34 mins
Available on Audible
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Roanoke

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Summary

Spurred on by Sir Walter Raleigh, John White leads 120 men, women, and children across the treacherous Atlantic to colonize the wilds of Virginia. Landing at Roanoke Island in July of 1587 - with hostile Indians afoot and little food for winter - the colonists persuade White to return to England for the supplies and help they need. After a terrifying ocean crossing, White finds every available British ship pressed into service against the looming threat of the Spanish Armada. When White finally returns to Virginia after three years, the colonists are nowhere to be found. Their fate still remains one of history’s most puzzling mysteries. An award-winning author of more than 200 books - including Briar Rose and The Devil’s Arithmetic - Jane Yolen teams up with her private detective daughter Heidi Elisabet Yolen Stemple to explore a story that has baffled generations. Jessica Almasy’s pitch-perfect narration makes this a truly memorable listening experience for children and their parents.

©2003 Jane Yolen and Heidi Elisabet Yolen Stemple (P)2008 Recorded Books

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National Geographic Kids Chapters: Lucky Leopards

Summary

Based on the hit feature in National Geographic Kids magazine, we bring you Lucky Leopards, true and inspiring stories of daring animal rescues that will engage and enchant listeners of all ages. These heartwarming stories will leave kids hungry for more of the animal "awwww" factor. National Geographic Kids Chapters picks up where the best-selling National Geographic Readers series leaves off. This new series is for young animal lovers who are ready for short chapters with lively, true stories to share with friends and listen to under the covers at night.

©2014 National Geographic Society (P)2015 Recorded Books

Narrator: Johnny Heller
Length: 1 hr and 1 min
Available on Audible
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Dog of Discovery

Summary

Picked by President Thomas Jefferson to explore the unknown wilds of the Louisiana Territory, Meriwether Lewis assembles a rugged team of adventurers, including co-captain William Clark - and a Newfoundland dog named Seaman. As hunter, retriever, and guard, Seaman becomes a trusted member of the Corps of Discovery. While the team tackles raging rivers and muddy shallows, Seaman is there - sharing their hunger and fatigue. Whether Indians threaten or grizzlies roar, he stands his ground. And through mountain peak or valley deep, Seaman remains a watchful friend and determined foe.

©2002 Laurence Pringle (P)2008 Recorded Books

Narrator: Ken Marks
Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
Available on Audible
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Samuel De Champlain

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Summary

Primary sources make these fascinating books unique. The titles in this visually stunning new biography series will provide middle school readers with an understanding of each explorer's life and achievements. Primary source documents such as journal entries, maps, and letters supplement engaging and detailed prose to explain the voyages and the impact they had on society and history.This series supports the social studies curriculum for: European exploration of the Americas; People, places and environment.Samuel De Champlain - While many European explorers headed south in search of gold and spices, Samuel de Champlain spent his life in North America. He founded the first French colony at Quebec, traded with and fought with and against the local Native American tribes. He also mapped unknown territories such as Lake Huron and the lake in Vermont that bears his name, Lake Champlain.

©2003 The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc. (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Eileen Stevens
Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
Available on Audible
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Red Hugh, Prince of Donegal

Summary

Here's another one of those "They could make it into a movie!" books that keeps you always wanting to hear just one more chapter. Red Hugh was a true champion for Irish liberty from Queen Elizabeth's constricting reign in the late 1580's and beyond. Hugh's capture, imprisonment, and escape from the Dublin Castle; his triumph over a blizzard and frostbite; his dramatic rescue of his family's castle; his conflict with the evil Captain Leeds; and his inexhaustible love for Ireland make this a wonderful book for the entire family. You learn an astonishing amount of Irish geography and culture while relishing this true adventure, as well.

©1985 Robert T. Reilly (P)2016 Bethlehem Books

Narrator: John Lee
Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
Available on Audible
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The Riddle

Summary

Seaper Powers is a series of adventure books for children. This is the first in the series. A new series of children's books called Seaper Powers has begun to take over the world of imagination. Receiving 10 out of 10 stars, this is a series not to be missed. There are three adventures in the series: In Search of Bleu Jay's Treasure; The Mystery of the Blue Pearls; and The Rescue. And, this fall, the next adventure will be introduced! Written in 1-2 page chapters, these stories are meant to be shared with parents at bedtime. Kids can listen to the book on their own, or listen to along with the audio version. (Available in paperback, ebook, audio CD, and MP3.) Now the series is expanded for those who love to doodle. The drawings from each book are now in black and white, listen toy for the coloring adventurer in all of us! Seaper Powers Coloring Books - one for each adventure. In this Adventure This is the fourth book in Seaper Powers. Emma, her friends Marty, the merman, Oliver, the octopus, Steve, the starfish, and Wally, the whale, travel to the Florida Keys to solve a mystery that has been guarded for thousands of years. The only way they can find out the truth is to follow a map of riddles.

©2014 Kim Cameron (P)2014 Kim Cameron

Narrator: Kim Cameron
Author: Kim Cameron
Length: 58 mins
Available on Audible
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Die sieben Weltwunder

Summary

Sie existierten bereits vor tausenden von Jahren, üben jedoch bis heute eine große Faszination aus: die sieben Weltwunder der Antike. Obwohl sie für die Ewigkeit erbaut wurden, sind heute nur noch die Pyramiden von Gizeh erhalten. Umso spannender ist es, den Geschichten auf diesem Hörbuch zu lauschen und die Bau werke vor dem inneren Auge wieder aufleben zu lassen: Das Mausoleum von Halikarnassos, Die hängenden Gärten von Babylon, Der Koloss von Rhodos, Der Leuchtturm von Pharos, Die Pyramiden von Gizeh, Die Zeusstatue von Olympia, Der Artemistempel von Ephesos.

©2019 Frank Schwieger (P)2019 Aktive Musik Verlagsgesellschaft mbH (Poststr. 6, 44137 Dortmund)

Narrator: Peter Kaempfe
Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
Available on Audible
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The Kid Who Invented the Popsicle

Summary

Discover the extraordinary stories behind everyday things!  Did you know that the ice cream sundae was invented because of a law forbidding the sale of ice cream on Sundays? Or that the first motorcycle was really just a tricycle with a motor? Would you believe that Mickey Mouse started out as a rabbit? Arranged in alphabetical order, this fascinating book is packed with the stories behind these and over 100 more inventions.  "[An] entertaining volume of trivia." (Kirkus Reviews)

©1997 Don L. Wulffson (P)2019 Listening Library

Narrator: Bryan Kennedy
Length: 1 hr and 56 mins
Available on Audible
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Sabotage

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Summary

The author of the award-winning The Nazi Hunters returns with another thrilling true story of WWII espionage, including Nazis, nukes, fighting, failure, and everyday heroes. April 9, 1940.The invasion begins at night, with German cruisers slipping up a silent fjord. Soon planes full of paratroopers roar over the mountains, and in two months the Nazis occupy all of Norway. They station soldiers throughout the country. They cripple food supplies to the Norwegian people. And at the Vemork power plant, they gain access to an essential ingredient in the weapon that could end the war: Hitler's very own nuclear bomb. February 24, 1943. When the Allies discover the plans for the bomb, they agree Vemork must be destroyed. But after a British operation fails to stop the Nazis' deadly designs, the task falls to a band of passionate Norwegian commandos - young men who long to free their country from Nazi rule. Armed with little more than parachutes, skis, explosives, and great courage, they will survive months in the snowy wilderness and execute two desperately dangerous missions. The result? The greatest act of sabotage in all of World War II.

©2016 Neal Bascomb (P)2016 Scholastic Inc.

Narrator: Jason Culp
Author: Neal Bascomb
Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
Available on Audible
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Iron Rails, Iron Men, and the Race to Link the Nation

Summary

Experience the race of rails to link the country - and meet the men behind this incredible feat - in a riveting story about the building of the Transcontinental Railroad. In the 1850s gold fever swept the West, but people had to walk, sail, or ride horses for months on end to seek their fortunes. The question of faster, safer transportation was posed by national leaders. But with 1,800 miles of seemingly impenetrable mountains, searing deserts, and endless plains between the Missouri River and San Francisco, could a transcontinental railroad be built? It seemed impossible. Eventually two railroad companies, the Central Pacific, which laid the tracks eastward, and the Union Pacific, which moved west, began the job. In one great race between iron men with iron wills, tens of thousands of workers blasted the longest tunnels that had ever been constructed, built the highest bridges that had ever been created, and finally linked the nation by two bands of steel, changing America forever.

©2015 Martin W. Sandler, original book published by Candlewick Press (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

Narrator: Grover Gardner
Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
Available on Audible
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National Geographic Kids Chapters: The Whale Who Won Hearts

Summary

Follow an underwater wildlife photographer on four real-life adventures as he photographs leatherback sea turtles, harp seals, a whale named Wilma, and some gray reef sharks. National Geographic Kids Chapters picks up where the best-selling National Geographic Readers series leaves off. This new series is for young animal lovers who are ready for short chapters with lively, true stories to share with friends and listen to under the covers at night.

©2014 National Geographic Society (P)2015 Recorded Books

Narrator: Johnny Heller
Length: 59 mins
Available on Audible
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Craig & Fred Young Readers' Edition

Summary

A heartwarming story of a stray dog and a US marine who met under the unlikeliest circumstances in Afghanistan - and who changed each other's lives forever. As part of an elite team of marines, Craig Grossi was sent on his most dangerous assignment to the Sangin District of Afghanistan. He expected to face harsh conditions and violence from Taliban fighters. What he didn't expect was to meet a stray dog, with a big goofy head and little legs - a dog all on his own, filthy and covered in bugs, in a bomb-ridden district, but who carried himself with confidence. And even though the marines have a rule against approaching strays, Craig couldn't help but offer some food and a pat - and was shocked when the dog wagged his tail. From that moment on, they were inseparable; whether out on missions or back at the base, the dog, named Fred, went along. When the time came for Craig to leave Afghanistan, he knew that Fred had to leave with him no matter what. And as Craig tried to get acclimated to civilian life, Fred was there for him. This audiobook tells the inspiring story of two friends who ultimately rescued each other and the stubborn positivity and love that continue to shape their world. Craig Grossi is an eight-year Marine Corps veteran and a recipient of the Purple Heart. After returning from Afghanistan, he worked for the Defense Intelligence Agency and attended Georgetown University. When not travelling with Fred, he works intensively with veteran organizations, including the USA Warriors Ice Hockey Program and the Tragedy Assistance Programs for Survivors (TAPS). He and Fred live in Washington, DC. You can find them online at www.fredtheafghan.com.

©2017 Craig and Fred Inc. (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Craig Grossi
Author: Craig Grossi
Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
Available on Audible
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You Call This Democracy?

Summary

America is the greatest democracy in the world . . . isn't it? Author Elizabeth Rusch examines some of the more problematic aspects of our government but, more importantly, offers ways for young people to fix them.  The political landscape has never been so tumultuous: issues with the electoral college, gerrymandering, voter suppression, and a lack of representation in the polls and in our leadership have led to Americans of all ages asking, How did we get here? The power to change lies with the citizens of this great country - especially teens! Rather than pointing fingers at people and political parties, You Call This Democracy? looks at flaws in the system - and offers a real way out of the mess we are in. Each chapter breaks down a different problem plaguing American democracy, exploring how it’s undemocratic, offering possible solutions (with examples of real-life teens who have already started working toward them), and suggesting ways to effect change - starting now!

©2020 Elizabeth Rusch (P)2019 Recorded Books

Narrator: Christina Moore
Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
Available on Audible
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Mayan Mysteries for Kids

Summary

Who are the Mayans (MY-anns)? Why are they a mystery? Where did they come from? What did they eat? Why did they build pyramids? What did they predict would happen in the future? Why did the Mayan civilization die out? What can we learn from the ancient Mayans?

©2021 Richard Vaughn Linville (P)2021 Richard Vaughn Linville

Narrator: Scotty O'Jay
Length: 6 mins
Available on Audible
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Buried Treasures of the Civil War

Summary

W.C. Jameson tells the secrets of lost army payrolls and smuggled gold scattered about the countryside, nearly forgotten but awaiting discovery. Jameson, a folklorist, musician, and environmentalist, has been on close to 200 expeditions for lost stashes of gold, silver, or other treasures. You'll hear: "Lost Yankee Gold", "Treasure in the Well", "The Lost Confederate Payroll", "The Wandering Confederate Treasury", and "General Morgan's Buried Treasure".

©1997 W.C. Jameson (P)1997 August House Publishers, Inc.

Narrator: W.C. Jameson
Author: W.C. Jameson
Length: 52 mins
Available on Audible
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A Children's History of India

Summary

Which were the first cities of India, and how were they discovered? What was it like living in Mughal times? How did the British, who had come to trade in India, end up ruling thecountry? How has India changed after Independence? Delve into India's past to discover the answers to these questions and manymore in this comprehensive history of our nation. Journey through timeto visit the baths and palaces of the first cities of Harappa, the stupas ofAshoka and the flamboyant courts of the great Mughals, rich in art, cultureand architecture. Learn how the revolution of 1857 really started, and marchalongside Gandhi on his quest for an India free from British rule. Plus, discover more about each period through fun and easy 'To do' activities. Told in simple, lucid prose, A Children's History of India makes learning history a fun and engagingexperience for listeners of all ages.

©2015 Subhadra Sen Gupta (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Manisha Sethi
Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
Available on Audible
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Rush Revere and the American Revolution

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Summary

The American Revolution has begun - and Rush Revere, liberty the horse, and the time-traveling crew are ready to ride into the action! Join us on this incredible time-travel adventure! Liberty, my wisecracking horse, our old friends Cam, Tommy, Freedom, and I are off to meet some super-brave soldiers in the year 1775. Yep, that’s right. We’ll be visiting with the underdog heroes who fought for American independence, against all odds - and won! But not before eight very real years of danger and uncertainty. Be a part of Rush Revere’s crew as we rush, rush, rush into a time when British rule had become a royal pain, and rebellion was in the air. We’ll be on hand to see two lanterns hungin the Old North Church, prevent a British spy from capturing Paul Revere, and grapple with danger at the battles of Lexington, Concord, and Bunker Hill. The extra-special part of this trip is that right here in the twenty-first century, Cam’s dad is a soldier fighting in Afghanistan, and Cam has been pretty angry that he is away. Visiting with exceptional American heroes like Dr. Joseph Warren and George Washington, racing along after Paul Revere on his midnight ride, and seeing the Declaration of Independence signed make Cam see his own dad in a new and special way. But don’t worry. Along with the danger, excitement, and patriotism, there will still be time to stop for a delicious spinach, oats, and alfalfa smoothie. No, wait—that one’s for Liberty. The kids and I voted for strawberries. Now let’s open the magic portal to the past!

©2014 Rush Limbaugh. All rights reserved. (P)2014 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

Narrator: Rush Limbaugh
Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
Available on Audible
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Detektive der Vergangenheit

Summary

Mit verblüffendem Einfallsreichtum und originellen Methoden nehmen Archäologen die Spuren der Vergangenheit auf. Wolfgang Korn gibt uns Einblicke in eine Wissenschaft, deren Geschichten sich wie ein Krimi lesen. Wir besuchen die Grabräuber in Ägypten, begeben uns auf die Spur des schlitzohrigen Troia-Entdeckers Heinrich Schliemann, forschen nach der Geschichte der Himmelsscheibe von Nebra und verfolgen die Arbeit der Archäologen auf einem Wikingerschiff. Wie kamen die Dinge eigentlich unter die Erde? Wie gingen die Menschen in früheren Zeiten mit den Schätzen der Geschichte um?

©2009 Igel Genius (P)2009 Igel Genius

Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
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Spies of the Mississippi

Summary

Author Rick Bowers uncovers a tragic episode from American history in this “informative and fascinating” (VOYA) book. During the civil rights movement, the state of Mississippi created an elaborate spy network. Its mission was to preserve segregation by any means necessary—including voter interference, sponsorship of white supremacy groups, and even murder.

©2010 Richard J. Bowers (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

Author: Rick Bowers
Length: 2 hrs and 42 mins
Available on Audible
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This Bridge Will Not Be Gray, Revised

Summary

The Golden Gate Bridge is the most famous bridge in the world. It is also, not entirely coincidentally, the world's first bright-orange bridge. But it wasn't supposed to be that way. In this book, bridge lover Dave Eggers tells the story of how it happened - how a bridge that some people wanted to be red and white, and some people wanted to be yellow and black, and most people wanted simply to be gray, instead became, thanks to the vision and stick-to-itiveness of a few peculiar architects, one of the most memorable man-made objects ever created.  Told with irresistible prose, This Bridge Will Not Be Gray is a joyful history lesson - a gorgeously crafted story that teaches us how beauty and inspiration tend to come from the most unexpected places. Sometimes you have to fight for what you believe in, even if it's just a color.

©2015 Dave Eggers (P)2018 Recorded Books

Narrator: Dion Graham
Author: Dave Eggers
Length: 16 mins
Available on Audible
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How the Beatles Did It: A Friendly Beatles User Guide

Summary

The Beatles history has been told and retold for more than half a century. This user-friendly reference book will focus on the material they wrote and recorded, and artists who influenced that material. How did The Beatles do it? Musically! That's how. As we all know, many recording artists who followed them were greatly influenced by their body of work. I have gathered annotated quotes, a few by some of the artists who were directly and indirectly influenced by the songs, and the legendary recordings produced by George Martin, Phil Spector, and Chris Thomas (The White Album). I have paid attention to detail in the analysis of when and where certain songs were conceived and taken some liberties in the assumption of certain songs, but have done my best to present solid evidence of the possible influences. The best part of the equation is you. You'll be able to go listen to certain songs by the artists who may have influenced The Beatles, and you'll be able to make final decisions. This is a content-heavy audiobook with a lot of analysis. It is designed for Beatle fans new and old. This is a band that has transcended generations. Future generations will be following the songwriting model Lennon, McCartney, and Harrison created with the great arrangement and production guidance from George Martin.

©2015 Marc Platt (P)2015 Marc Platt

Narrator: Marc Platt
Author: Marc Platt
Length: 42 mins
Available on Audible
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D-Day

Summary

In D-DAY: The Invasion of Normandy, 1944, Pulitzer Prize winning author Rick Atkinson adapts his #1 New York Times bestselling The Guns At Last Light into an audiobook program capturing the events and spirit of the day – June 6, 1944 – that led to the liberation of western Europe from Nazi Germany’s control. Atkinson skillfully describes how Allied forces came by sea and by sky to reclaim freedom from the occupying Germans, turning the tide of World War II. The events leading up to, and of, the momentous day are vividly captured in this four hour audiobook adaptation. Perfect for history buffs, D-DAY is both an outstanding introduction and a concise survey detailing one of the most important dates in history.

©2014 Rick Atkinson (P)2014 Macmillan Audio

Narrator: Jason Culp
Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
Available on Audible
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Coelophysis

Summary

In this book, simple, age-appropriate text introduces listeners to Coelophysis, from what it looked like to how it lived. Sidebars encourage students to ask questions and think critically about information presented in the text.

©2016 Cherry Lake Publishing (P)2016 Cherry Lake Publishing

Narrator: Timothy Cap
Author: Josh Gregory
Length: 5 mins
Available on Audible
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An Age of Extremes, 1880-1917, A History of US, Book 8

Summary

For the captains of industry ? men like Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, J.P. Morgan, and Henry Ford ? the Gilded Age is a time of big money. Technology boomed with the invention of trains, telephones, electric lights, harvesters, vacuum cleaners, and more. But for millions of immigrant workers, it is a time of big struggles, with adults and children alike working 12 to 14 hours a day under extreme, dangerous conditions. The disparity between the rich and the poor was dismaying, which prompted some people to action. In An Age of Extremes, you?ll meet Mother Jones, Ida Tarbell, Big Bill Haywood, Sam Gompers, and other movers and shakers, and get swept up in the enthusiasm of Teddy Roosevelt. You?ll also watch the United States take its greatest role on the world stage since the Revolution, as it enters the bloody battlefields of Europe in World War I.

©1993, 1999, 2003 Joy Hakim (P)2002 Recorded Books, LLC. Recorded by arrangement with Oxford University Press.

Narrator: Christina Moore
Author: Joy Hakim
Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
Available on Audible
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Crocodile Encounters!

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Summary

Follow along with National Geographic explorer Brady Barr as he crawls into a muddy hole just barely big enough for his shoulders, and comes face to face with 13 crocodiles! Laugh out loud as you learn how to catch a crocodile using shoe laces and underpants. Listen in anticipation to find out what happens when you put a 600-lb crocodile on an airplane in just a flimsy wooden crate. These action-packed stories and more will engage listeners and inspire them to go out and explore their own world. Stories include: "Undercover Croc", in which Brady "becomes a crocodile", by donning a specially-designed protective croc suit, and infiltrates a group of Nile crocodiles in Tanzania. "Toy Story", in which he uses (and loses) a radio-controlled car with video camera, in a hilarious failed attempt to capture a Nile crocodile in South Africa. "Deep Dark Den"; in an attempt to relocate a group of crocodiles causing problems to neighboring villagers in Costa Rica, Brady finds himself underground in a deep muddy hole with 13 angry crocs. In "Croc in a Box", Brady tries to move a giant, troublesome croc from Uganda safely to an American zoo, but discovers the croc is much stronger than the "sturdy wooden box" that has been built to contain him.

©2012 National Geographic Society (P)2014 Recorded Books

Narrator: Johnny Heller
Length: 58 mins
Available on Audible
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An American Plague

Summary

Newbery Honor and Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor-recipient Jim Murphy has written numerous stories based on historical events, such as The Boys' War and The Great Fire. In An American Plague, he tells the story of the 1793 yellow fever epidemic. Bizarre medical practices of the time are discussed, as well as popular historical figures, such as George Washington and Benjamin Rush, who were involved in finding a cure for this horrific outbreak. Pat Bottino's captivating narration adds appeal to this interesting historical tale.

©2003 Jim Murphy (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC

Narrator: Pat Bottino
Author: Jim Murphy
Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
Available on Audible
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Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Boy

Summary

This program is read by the author. An engaging children's book whose aim is opening a dialogue about systemic racism, inspired by Emmanuel Acho’s viral video series "Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man". Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Boy is an accessible audiobook for children to learn about systemic racism and racist behavior. For the awkward questions white and non-Black parents don’t know how to answer, this book is an essential guide to help support communication on how to dismantle racism amongst our youngest generation. Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Boy creates a safe, judgment-free space for curious children to ask questions they’ve long been afraid to verbalize. How can I have white privilege if I’m not wealthy? Why do Black people protest against the police? If Black people can say the N-word, why can’t I? And many, many more. Young people have the power to affect sweeping change, and the key to mending the racial divide in America lies in giving them the tools to ask honest questions and take in the difficult answers. Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Boy is just one way young listeners can begin to short circuit racism within their own lives and communities. A Macmillan Audio production from Roaring Brook Press

©2021 Emmanuel Acho (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

Narrator: Emmanuel Acho
Length: 9 hrs
Available on Audible
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Bringing Down a President

Summary

A middle-grade retelling of Richard Nixon’s downfall, Bringing Down a President: The Watergate Scandal is an inventive and timely look at one of the biggest scandals to ever rock our nation by Andrea Balis and Elizabeth Levy.  Comprised almost completely of primary source quotes (good thing Nixon’s recorder was on) and interspersed with contextual narrative, this captivating account of the trials and tribulations of the Nixon Administration has been rendered screenplay-style offering an extraordinarily immediate narrative of one of America’s most turbulent eras.

©2019 Andrea Balis and Elizabeth Levy (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Liisa Ivary
Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
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The Greatest Treasure Hunt in History

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Robert M. Edsel, number one New York Times best-selling author of The Monuments Men, brings this story to young listeners for the first time in a sweeping, dynamic adventure detailing history's greatest treasure hunt. As the most destructive war in history ravaged Europe, many of the world's most cherished cultural objects were in harm's way. The Greatest Treasure Hunt in History recounts the astonishing true story of 11 men and one woman who risked their lives amidst the bloodshed of World War II to preserve churches, libraries, monuments, and works of art that for centuries defined the heritage of Western civilization.  As the war raged, these American and British volunteers - museum curators, art scholars and educators, architects, archivists, and artists, known as the Monuments Men - found themselves in a desperate race against time to locate and save the many priceless treasures and works of art stolen by Adolf Hitler and the Nazis.

©2019 Robert M. Edsel (P)2019 Scholastic Inc.

Narrator: Robert M. Edsel
Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
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Written in Bone

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How did the colonists of Jamestown and Maryland live and die? Forensic anthropology provides an incredible array of answers. Scientists can look into a grave and determine the skeleton's gender, age at time of death, nationality, and sometimes even economic standing within minutes. Laboratory studies can provide cause of death information. Once these details are known, some skeletons can even be matched with a name via the historical record. Sibert-winning author Sally M. Walker worked side by side with archaeologists and forensic anthropologists in her research for this uniquely appealing book.

©2009 Sally M. Walker (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Greg Abbey
Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
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Dark Sky Rising

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Henry Louis Gates, Jr. presents a journey through America's past and our nation's attempts at renewal in this look at the Civil War's conclusion, Reconstruction, and the rise of Jim Crow segregation.   This is a story about America during and after Reconstruction, one of history's most pivotal and misunderstood chapters. In a stirring account of emancipation, the struggle for citizenship and national reunion, and the advent of racial segregation, the renowned Harvard scholar delivers a book that is illuminating and timely. Real-life accounts drive the narrative, spanning the half century between the Civil War and Birth of a Nation. Here, you will come face-to-face with the people and events of Reconstruction's noble democratic experiment, its tragic undermining, and the drawing of a new "color line" in the long Jim Crow era that followed. In introducing young listeners to them, and to the resiliency of the African American people at times of progress and betrayal, Professor Gates shares a history that remains vitally relevant today.

©2019 Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (P)2019 Scholastic Inc.

Narrator: Dion Graham
Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
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Bury the Dead

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More than 2,000 years ago, Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huang Di was laid to rest in a tomb guarded by thousands of life-size clay statues of warriors and horse-drawn chariots. Some 1,000 years earlier, the tombs of Chinese emperors were not guarded by clay figures, but by the dead bodies of humans and animals sacrificed for the cause. All over the world, different cultures have conducted an amazing array of intriguing burial practices. On the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, infants are buried in trees so that their spirits might rise up through the trunks toward heaven. Egyptian pyramids and mummification practices continue to fascinate archaeologists the world over. And near the Black Sea in the Ukraine, the tombs of the Amazons hold gold treasures of immeasurable worth. In Bury the Dead, National Geographic senior editor Christopher Sloan conducts a fascinating - and sometimes hair-raising - investigation of how societies around the globe have handled their dead.

©2002 Christopher Sloan (P)2008 Recorded Books

Narrator: Matthew Greer
Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
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My Story: The Great Plague

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Available for the first time as an audio book from the best-selling My Story series, The Great Plague is a thrilling story of a young girl during the epidemic of 1665.

©2001 Pamela Oldfield (P)2013 Scholastic UK Ltd

Length: 3 hrs and 22 mins
Available on Audible
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Fault Lines in the Constitution

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Many of the political issues we struggle with today have their roots in the US Constitution. Husband-and-wife team Cynthia and Sanford Levinson take listeners back to the creation of this historic document and discuss how contemporary problems were first introduced - then they offer possible solutions. Think Electoral College, gerrymandering, even the Senate. Many of us take these features in our system for granted. But they came about through haggling in an overheated room in 1787, and we're still experiencing the ramifications. Each chapter in this timely and thoughtful exploration of the Constitution's creation begins with a story - all but one of them true - that connects directly back to a section of the document that forms the basis of our society and government. From the award-winning team - Cynthia Levinson, children's book author, and Sanford Levinson, constitutional law scholar - Fault Lines in the Constitution will encourage exploration and discussion from young and old listeners alike. Read by Mark Bramhall, Arthur Morey, Kimberly Farr, Erin Spencer, and Adenrele Ojo.

©2017 Cynthia Levinson, Sanford Levinson (P)2017 Listening Library

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How I Met Lewis Howard Latimer

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One of the best children's audiobooks online. For all children age seven to 10. This may be shocking but, there are not many books for African American children, by African American authors, much less audiobooks.  This audiobook is:  A book most kids have a hard time pausing because it's inspiring, engaging, and, most of all, educational.  A great learning resource for adults and children.  A model of success our youth can feel a sense of pride about, relate to, and hopefully recognize the endless possibilities they can achieve.  How I Met... is a series for young and early listeners and readers about African American inventors, civil rights leaders, black activists and the many major contributors, without much fanfare or glory who helped shape the modern world as we know it.  Each audiobook highlights our unsung heroes through the interaction between different members of the "Robinson" family. The goal of the series? To put on full display the amazing things African American's have accomplished throughout history. By doing so, our children will make the connection, that anything is possible if you dream big enough. In this audiobook, we acknowledge an African American inventor and pioneer who contributed so much to our society. Lewis Howard Latimer, a brilliant engineer, who has an interesting connection to the origin of the light bulb and telephone that many of us have no idea about. This is an important African American story, and it was written with the hope that it will motivate the next generation to find interest and excel in areas like science, technology, engineering, and math.

©2019 Ramon Robinson (P)2019 Ramon Robinson

Length: 9 mins
Available on Audible
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The Squiggly Wiggly Worm

Summary

The squiggly wiggly worm loved exploring the land. He always ended up on an adventure he had not planned. He met new friends while exploring the forest with a squirm. But soon he realized he was more than just a squiggly, wiggly worm.

©2019 Lindsey Coker Luckey (P)2019 Lindsey Coker Luckey

Length: 4 mins
Available on Audible
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Ich, Caesar, und die Bande vom Kapitol: Live aus dem Alten Rom

Summary

Im Hades ist die Hölle los!

Die alten Römer sind empört über die langweiligen, halbwahren Geschichten, die von ihrer glorreichen Zeit erzählt werden. Also trommelt Caesar all seine Freunde zusammen und lässt sie selbst zu Wort kommen. Nun erfährt der Hörer endlich live und unverblümt, wie die Stadt Rom gegründet wurde, warum sich zwei beste Freunde in einem Gladiatorenkampf gegenüberstanden, weshalb Kleopatra sich freiwillig in einen Teppich wickeln ließ und was beim Ausbruch des Vesuv geschah.

©2018 dtv Verlagsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG, München (P)2018 Aktive Musik Verlagsgesellschaft mbH, Dortmund

Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
Available on Audible
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Children of the Dust Bowl

Summary

This is the compelling story of the "Okie" migration to California and of the construction and life of a remarkable school at a farm workers' camp. This memorable book provides a glimpse of a neglected period of American history and tells a story of prejudice being transformed into acceptance and despair into hope.

©1992 Jerry Stanley (P)2013 AudioGO

Narrator: Fred Sullivan
Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
Available on Audible
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John Adams

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Perhaps no U.S. president was less suited for the practice of politics than John Adams. A gifted philosopher who helped lead the movement for American independence from its inception, Adams was unprepared for the realities of party politics that had already begun to dominate the new country before Washington left office. Indeed, Adams and the Federalists were so effectively outmaneuvered by the Republicans that history has tended to overlook the legacy of the short, balding man from Massachusetts who led the country between Washington and Jefferson. But, as John Patrick Diggins shows, Adams's contributions still resonate today. During his single term he created the Department of the Navy, rallied support for an undeclared war against France, oversaw the passage of the Alien and Sedition Act, and left a solvent Treasury. More important, he identified and fought against two trends that continued to trouble domestic affairs today. Adams was keenly aware of the influence of the rich and famous over the popular imagination. Many of his policies were intended to keep the unofficial aristocracy of celebrity, including that of president, in check. Adams also foresaw the Jefferson's populism, which helped the Republicans win the close election of 1800, was faulty: guaranteeing freedom and the rule of popular opinion could not ensure that citizens would respect one another's inalienable rights. The Civil War, suffrage for women, and the civil rights movement would, generations later, highlight this tension between the will of the people and the rights of minorities. Diggins' Adams is a man whose reputation for snobbery and failure are wholly undeserved, and whose prescient modernism still holds valuable lessons for us as we strive to fulfill the Founding Fathers' vision of a fair republic and just society. He is, in Diggins' view, the president who comes closest to Plato's ideal of philosopher-king.

©2003 John Patrick Diggins (P)2003 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

Narrator: Richard Rohan
Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
Available on Audible
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Vom Ersten Weltkrieg bis heute

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Um für die Gegenwart und Zukunft gewappnet zu sein, ist es für Kinder und Jugendliche wichtig, die Vergangenheit nicht nur zu kennen, sondern auch zu verstehen. Weltkriege erschüttern die Erde, die Technologie katapultiert uns ins Zeitalter der Globalisierung. Treffend und nachvollziehbar erklärt dieses Hörbuch unsere Geschichte vom späten 19. Jahrhundert bis in die Gegenwart hinein. Die wichtigsten Stationen und Begriffe der Geschichte vom Imperialismus über die Weltkriege bis heute werden gründlich und eingehend behandelt. Hörer erhalten alle wesentlichen und grundlegenden Daten, Fakten, Hintergründe und Personen zum Thema. Übersichtlich und verständlich entsteht so ein farbenprächtiges Bild einer langen und spannenden Entwicklung - der Geschichte der Menschheit.

©2018 SAGA Egmont (P)2018 SAGA Egmont

Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
Available on Audible
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Diving with Sharks!

Summary

Fans of Shark Week, Sharknado, and all things shark-related will want to sink their teeth into this exciting shark-infested chapter book. Join real-life cave divers, extreme photographers, and researchers as they brave thrilling undersea adventures!  Kids who are familiar with the popular National Geographic Kids Chapters line are sure to be on the edge of their seats over these new totally true tales of adventure and survival.

©2016 National Geographic Society (P)2020 Recorded Books

Narrator: Rachel Music
Length: 57 mins
Available on Audible
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World War 2 History's 10 Most Incredible Women

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The events of World War 2 are often associated with male endeavor, particularly in war books. However, extraordinarily brave and courageous women not only assisted their male counterparts, but played key roles that had ultimately contributed to the success of winning the war. This book provides a platform on which to remember those fearless, forgotten WW2 women, whose stories deserve to be told. Who were these courageous women who laid their lives on the line in WW2 history? These accounts highlight each woman's heroic role during World War 2, starting with their early lives, and covering the influences, decisions and circumstances which shaped their paths and finally focusing on the women they ultimately became. These were Women whose desire to contribute and affect change made them instrumental to the cause. World War Two History's 10 Most Incredible Women is an essential resource for anyone interested in history or simply wanting to understand and appreciate these respected, tenacious and resolute women. Includes recommended resources for further learning.

©2016 FFD Publishing (P)2016 FFD Publishing

Narrator: Sandy Vernon
Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
Available on Audible
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The Golden Gate Bridge

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The Golden Gate Bridge is an important structure in San Francisco, California. Before this bridge was built, people had to take a ferry across the dangerous stretch of water to get to Marin County. Now they simply drive across. Just how long is the Golden Gate Bridge? And how did workers build this orange structure? Listen to this audiobook to find out! Learn about many remarkable sites in the Famous Places series - part of the Lightning Bolt Books™ collection. Lightning Bolt Books™ bring nonfiction topics to life.

©2010 Lerner Publishing Group, Inc. (P)2010 Lerner Publishing Group, Inc.

Narrator: Intuitive
Length: 4 mins
Available on Audible
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Second Chances

Summary

"You really think it was real? Like it was actually you and me?" He put an arm around her "Yeah. I really do." "Do you like me?" It was one of those questions that just kind of blurted out without her thinking about it He smiled at her "There is something I have to tell you but...I don't know how." Kia's smile fell "Whatever it is you can tell me." "In our last lives we were married and I loved you. I remember that. It's ridiculous for two people who have only known each other for a few days to feel something like love for each other. I don't even know if you feel what I feel. It's not a new feeling it's an old feeling. It's always been there but, Kia, I love you." "It is stupid. Like really stupid, but I feel like I've been waiting a million years to hear that. I love you too." Kia was tormented by chaotic nightmares. They were always the same. She was in the woods. She was being chased but she always heard him calling for her. She didn't know who he was or what he looked like but she knew she needed him.

©2020 Violet Taylor (P)2020 Violet Taylor

Narrator: Julie Hinton
Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
Available on Audible
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Rock Stars!

Summary

Find out about the life of rock climbers in this cool new chapter book, part of an Extreme Adventure strand featuring high-adrenaline stories about real explorers.  With gripping - and TRUE - stories of incredible adventures, Rock Stars! takes readers on three amazing journeys of ultimate survival. From New York's Central Park to the towering Himalaya, no peak is too high for these extreme rock climbers!  Perfect for all listeners who love exciting, real-life, adrenaline-fueled tales that will have you on the edge of your seat.

©2018 National Geographic Partners LLC (P)2020 Recorded Books

Narrator: Jennette Selig
Length: 59 mins
Available on Audible
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Bunker Hill to WWI

Summary

Does your child play video games for hours but dreads picking up a book? Do they think history is just a bunch of boring old facts? What if you could give them all the excitement of screen time but also spark their love of reading and history?  You can with these exciting tales of military battles written especially for boys who are reluctant readers. Popular history teacher Joe Giorello's hugely successful class "Great Battles for Boys" is now an engaging and best-selling nonfiction series written for boys ages eight to 14. Great Battles for Boys takes kids to the front lines of iconic battles. In this volume of the popular history series, find out which strategies, weapons, and military leaders won - or lost - these famous American fights. And none of it's boring.  Bunker Hill: Ragtag colonists take on the mighty British Red Coats.  Saratoga: Gentleman Johnny Burgoyne gets a lesson in warfare from untrained militias.  Gettysburg: the slaughter of brother against brother that provoked the Emancipation Proclamation.  Antietam: an invasion gone wrong.  Vicksburg: a Southern city under siege.  Little Big Horn: Custer's Last Stand.  The Alamo: Why we remember it!  San Jacinto: the battle that won the Southwest for America.  The Rough Riders of San Juan Hill: Teddy Roosevelt, Medal of Honor winner.  WWI's Lost Battalion: the Great War and the Americans who fought it.

©2020 Books in Motion (P)2020 Books in Motion

Narrator: Daniel Giorello
Length: 2 hrs
Available on Audible
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Fantastic Female Adventurers

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Do you know how it feels to run for 1,900 miles? Or to look down at the Earth from a space station? Or to swim alongside a hungry shark? Fantastic Female Adventurers by Lily Dyu is a collection of 14 exciting and inspirational stories about the women that do. Follow them on their incredible journeys around the globe. Ski to the North Pole with Ann Daniels while watching out for polar bears and lethal cracks in the ice. Feel the air beneath your feet as you climb high on a cliff face with Gwen Moffat. Experience the thrill of racing down rocky Himalayan trails with champion runner Mira Rai. Sail the oceans with Ellen MacArthur, the girl who saved up her lunch money to buy her first boat. You’ll even fly into space with Britain’s first astronaut, Helen Sharman. And join Lily on other awesome adventures with Anna McNuff, Sarah Outen, Misba Khan, and more - taking you from Everest to the South Pole and all the places in between. Fantastic Female Adventurers will leave you thinking, "I can do that, too!"

©2019 Lily Dyu (P)2019 Shrine Bell

Narrator: Amy Putt
Author: Lily Dyu
Length: 3 hrs and 56 mins
Available on Audible
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Danger on the Mountain!

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Accomplished outdoor explorer Gregg Treinish loves adventure! Whether it's spending two years hiking the remote and perilously high Andes Mountains or coming face-to-face with wolverines, lynx, and bears, Gregg always knows where the action is. With gripping - and totally true - stories of incredible adventures, extreme excursions, and ultimate survival, this book will have you on the edge of your seat.

©2016 National Geographic Partners, LLC (P)2020 Recorded Books

Narrator: Nick Walther
Length: 59 mins
Available on Audible
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Was es mit der Mauer auf sich hat

Summary

Der radioBERLIN-OHRENBÄR präsentiert: "Was es mit der Mauer auf sich hat" von Katrin Askan, gelesen von Antje von der Ahe.

Bei einer Familienfeier versteckt sich Emilia mit ihrem besten Freund Joschi unter der Festtafel. Von dort unten aus gesehen ist die Welt eine lange schmale Höhle, die von Tisch- und Menschenbeinen begrenzt wird. Die Gespräche klingen dumpfer, aber Emilia und Joschi hören genau, worüber die Erwachsenen sich unterhalten: über die Mauer. Für die Kinder ist vieles unerklärlich. Es fängt schon bei Begriffen an, die sie merkwürdig oder sogar gruselig finden und im Spiel, für sich, zu begreifen versuchen. Zum Glück helfen ihnen manche Erzählungen der Gäste doch entscheidend weiter, um zu verstehen, was es mit der Mauer auf sich hatte und wie man damals so lebte, in einem geteilten Land.

©2014 Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (rbb) (P)2014 Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (rbb)

Author: Katrin Askan
Length: 57 mins
Available on Audible
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The T-RRIBLE 2

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The T-RRIBLE is back in a new, special Christmas adventure. A naughty T-RRIBLE wants to ruin Christmas! He has stolen both Father Christmas' nice list and his naughty list! What is going to happen? Will Oliver and the T-RRIBLE save the day? With his new book, The T-RRIBLE 2, children's author J.N. Paquet, as in his previous children's books, has created yet another very special story that stimulates children to engage with their own imaginations and to have enjoyable reading experiences with their parents, teachers, or educators and on their own. Its educational aim is to drive fun learning and reading comprehension through an extraordinary story. Among other moral values, the story promotes teamwork and friendship; explains how important it is to accept and embrace our own differences as well as those of others; and, most importantly, teaches about redemption and forgiveness. Written in rhymes, the story contributes to children's linguistic awareness and development. Through rhymes and the use of a specifically elaborated vocabulary, it also teaches children the benefits of making decisions, developing ideas, and thinking on their own. Although it was written for all children age six to nine, it has a special appeal to children living in bilingual families. Learning from each other and accepting one another is all that is needed to build a better world...right here on Earth!

©2015 J.N. PAQUET (P)2015 JNPAQUET Books Ltd

Narrator: Beth Thomas
Author: J. N. Paquet
Length: 7 mins
Available on Audible
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Empress Wu Zetian

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The most hated woman in Chinese history!  Travel back in time over 1,000 years and meet the first and only female emperor of China. Born Wu Zhao and given the reign title "Zetian" just weeks before her death in 705 CE, Empress Wu was the unwanted daughter of Chancellor Wu Shihuo - too bright, too educated, and too politically focused to make a good wife according to contemporary interpretations of the "Analects of Confucius."  Married off at age 14 as a low-ranking concubine to Emperor Taizong, Wu’s intelligence, beauty, and charm won her a place as his secretary and protégé, political experience that would empower her to transform the lives of countless billions.  Explore the life of Empress Wu and discover why the world is a vastly different place because she dared what no woman in China before or since ever dreamed of. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2016 Laurel A. Rockefeller (P)2018 Laurel A. Rockefeller

Narrator: Richard Mann
Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
Available on Audible
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Sterling Point Books

Summary

Just in time for the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, Virginia comes an updated edition of Olga Hall-Quest's classic. Hall-Quest provides an absorbing account of life in this first permanent colony of what is now the United States, and the struggles of those who settled there. Experts from the Jamestown National Historical Site have fact-checked every detail, and the curator has written a brand-new foreword - complete with recently discovered information about the colony.

©2007 Sterling (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
Available on Audible
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The Battle of the Bulge

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On the 16th of December, 1944, in the frozen forests of the Ardennes, the German army attacked American Allied forces, making one last attempt to turn the tide of World War II. Thus began the long, hard slog of a battle that was nicknamed by the media as the Battle of the Bulge. Lasting more than a month, it led to tens of thousands of casualties. Sir Winston Churchill called it "the greatest American battle of the war and...an ever-famous American victory". Atkinson skillfully guides his audience through the attacks and counterattacks, the advances and retreats of this terrible bloodbath. Whether history buffs or newcomers to the topic, listeners of all ages will appreciate the author's clear and accessible prose as well as the many fascinating facts and statistics.

©2015 Rick Atkinson (P)2015 Macmillan Audio

Narrator: Jason Culp
Length: 3 hrs and 48 mins
Available on Audible
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Ungovernable

4 ratings

Summary

From the author of the "hysterically funny and unsettlingly fascinating"* New York Times best seller Unmentionable, a hilarious illustrated guide to the secrets of Victorian child-rearing [*Jenny Lawson] Feminist historian Therese Oneill is back, to educate you on what to expect when you're expecting...a Victorian baby! In Ungovernable, Oneill conducts an unforgettable tour through the backward, pseudoscientific, downright bizarre parenting fashions of the Victorians, advising us on: How to be sure you're not too ugly, sickly, or stupid to breed What positions and room decor will help you conceive a son How much beer, wine, cyanide, and heroin to consume while pregnant How to select the best peasant teat for your child Which foods won't turn your children into sexual deviants And so much more Endlessly surprising, wickedly funny, and filled with juicy historical tidbits and images, Ungovernable provides much-needed perspective on - and comic relief from - the age-old struggle to bring up baby. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Therese Oneill (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Category: Women, History
Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
Available on Audible
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The Ship of Dreams

1 rating

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This original and “meticulously researched retelling of history’s most infamous voyage” (Denise Kiernan, New York Times best-selling author) uses the sinking of the Titanic as a prism through which to examine the end of the Edwardian era and the seismic shift modernity brought to the Western world.  “While there are many Titanic books, this is one readers will consider a favorite” (Voyage).  In April 1912, six notable people were among those privileged to experience the height of luxury - first-class passage on “the ship of dreams”, the RMS Titanic: Lucy Leslie, countess of Rothes; son of the British Empire Tommy Andrews; American captain of industry John Thayer and his son, Jack; Jewish American immigrant Ida Straus; and American model and movie star Dorothy Gibson. Within a week of setting sail, they were all caught up in the horrifying disaster of the Titanic’s sinking, one of the biggest news stories of the century. Today, we can see their stories and the Titanic’s voyage as the beginning of the end of the established hierarchy of the Edwardian era. Writing in his signature elegant prose and using previously unpublished sources, deck plans, journal entries, and surviving artifacts, Gareth Russell peers through the portholes of these first-class travelers to immerse us in a time of unprecedented change in British and American history. Through their intertwining lives, he examines social, technological, political, and economic forces such as the nuances of the British class system, the explosion of competition in the shipping trade, the birth of the movie industry, the Irish Home Rule Crisis, and the Jewish American immigrant experience while also recounting their intimate stories of bravery, tragedy, and selflessness. This is “a beautiful requiem” (The Wall Street Journal) in which “readers get the story of this particular floating Tower of Babel in riveting detail, and with all the wider context they could want” (Christian Science Monitor). 

©2019 Gareth Russell (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

Category: Women, History
Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
Available on Audible
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The Other Side of the Coin

11 ratings

Summary

When Angela Kelly and the Queen are together, laughter echoes through the corridors of Buckingham Palace. 

©2019 Angela Kelly (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Narrator: Angela Kelly
Author: Angela Kelly
Category: Women, History
Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
Available on Audible
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Mother Tongue

Summary

What is your mother tongue? Sometimes the simplest questions take a book to answer. Such is the case with Tania Romanov's story of exile, emigration and immigration and how native language can be a powerful touchstone for the sense of home. The unrelenting consequences of 100 years of Balkan wars force three generations of Croatian women - Katarina, Zora, and Tania - to flee their homelands multiple times. Family including Russian emigrants are driven out from Yugoslavia as refugees to live in a refugee camp in Italy, speaking Russian and the Serbo-Croatian language. Eventually, Tania, a successfully integrated American immigrant from Eastern Europe, journeys back to her fractured homeland with her mother to unravel the secrets of their shared past. Mother Tongue is an exploration of lives lived in the chaos of the Balkans. It follows countries such as Yugoslavia and Serbia, that dissolved, formed, and reformed. Lands that were conquered and subjugated by Fascists and Nazis and nationalists. Lives lived in exile, in refugee camps, in new worlds.

©2018 Tania Romanov Amochaev (P)2018 Tania Romanov Amochaev

Narrator: Becky Parker
Category: Women, History
Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
Available on Audible
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Queen Mary I: A Life from Beginning to End

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Mary I, perhaps best known by the moniker Bloody Mary, was England’s first female monarch who ruled in her own right. A fighter from birth, she was the only surviving child of Henry VIII and his wife, Catherine of Aragon. Mary would make her way back to her father’s good graces after being cast out by him in favor of his numerous wives and would eventually undo her father’s religious reforms by restoring Roman Catholicism in England. The fourth Tudor to rule England, Mary is remembered for burning around 300 Protestants at the stake on her quest for religious reform. In this audiobook, we will discover the true life story of Mary I, the infamous English queen who claimed her place in history after a mere five years as regent.

©2019 Hourly History (P)2019 Hourly History

Narrator: Mike Nelson
Category: Women, History
Length: 59 mins
Available on Audible
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How the Post Office Created America

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A masterful history of a long underappreciated institution, How the Post Office Created America examines the surprising role of the postal service in our nation's political, social, economic, and physical development. The founders established the Post Office before they had even signed the Declaration of Independence, and for a very long time it was the US government's largest and most important endeavor - indeed, it was the government for most citizens. This was no conventional mail network but the central nervous system of the new body politic, designed to bind 13 quarrelsome colonies into the United States by delivering news about public affairs to every citizen - a radical idea that appalled Europe's great powers. America's uniquely democratic post powerfully shaped its lively, argumentative culture of uncensored ideas and opinions and made it the world's information and communications superpower with astonishing speed. Winifred Gallagher presents the history of the Post Office as America's own story, told from a fresh perspective over more than two centuries. The mandate to deliver the mail - then "the media" - imposed the federal footprint on vast, often contested parts of the continent and transformed a wilderness into a social landscape of post roads and villages centered on post offices. The post was the catalyst of the nation's transportation grid, from the stagecoach lines to the airlines, and the lifeline of the great migration from the Atlantic to the Pacific. It enabled America to shift from an agrarian to an industrial economy and to develop the publishing industry, consumer culture, and the political party system. Still one of the country's two major civilian employers, the post was the first to hire women, African Americans, and other minorities for positions in public life. Starved by two world wars and the Great Depression, confronted with the country's increasingly anti-institutional mind-set, and struggling with its doubled mail volume, the post stumbled badly in the turbulent 1960s. Distracted by the ensuing modernization of its traditional services, however, it failed to transition from paper mail to email, which prescient observers saw as its logical next step. Now the Post Office is at a crossroads. Before deciding its future, Americans should understand what this grand yet overlooked institution has accomplished since 1775 and consider what it should and could contribute in the 21st century. Gallagher argues that now, more than ever before, the imperiled Post Office deserves this effort, because just as the founders anticipated, it created forward-looking, communication-oriented, idea-driven America.

©2016 Winifred Gallagher (P)2016 Gildan Media LLC

Narrator: Tavia Gilbert
Category: Women, History
Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
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The Glass Universe

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Number-one New York Times best-selling author Dava Sobel returns with the captivating, little-known true story of a group of women whose remarkable contributions to the burgeoning field of astronomy forever changed our understanding of the stars and our place in the universe. In the mid-19th century, the Harvard College Observatory began employing women as calculators, or "human computers", to interpret the observations made via telescope by their male counterparts each night. At the outset this group included the wives, sisters, and daughters of the resident astronomers, but by the 1880s the female corps included graduates of the new women's colleges - Vassar, Wellesley, and Smith. As photography transformed the practice of astronomy, the ladies turned to studying the stars captured nightly on glass photographic plates. The "glass universe" of half a million plates that Harvard amassed in this period - thanks in part to the early financial support of another woman, Mrs. Anna Draper, whose late husband pioneered the technique of stellar photography - enabled the women to make extraordinary discoveries that attracted worldwide acclaim. They helped discern what stars were made of, divided the stars into meaningful categories for further research, and found a way to measure distances across space by starlight. Their ranks included Williamina Fleming, a Scottish woman originally hired as a maid who went on to identify 10 novae and more than 300 variable stars; Annie Jump Cannon, who designed a stellar classification system that was adopted by astronomers the world over and is still in use; and Dr. Cecilia Helena Payne-Gaposchkin, who in 1956 became the first ever woman professor of astronomy at Harvard - and Harvard's first female department chair. Elegantly written and enriched by excerpts from letters, diaries, and memoirs, The Glass Universe is the hidden history of a group of remarkable women who, through their hard work and groundbreaking discoveries, disproved the commonly held belief that the gentler sex had little to contribute to human knowledge.

©2016 Dava Sobel (P)2016 Penguin Audio

Author: Dava Sobel
Category: Women, History
Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
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Mad and Bad

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Discover a feminist pop history that looks beyond the Ton and Jane Austen to highlight the Regency women who succeeded on their own terms and were largely lost to history - until now. Regency England is a world immortalized by Jane Austen and Lord Byron in their beloved novels and poems. The popular image of the Regency continues to be mythologized by the hundreds of romance novels set in the period, which focus almost exclusively on wealthy, White, Christian members of the upper classes. But there are hundreds of fascinating women who don't fit history books' limited perception of what was historically accurate for early 19th-century England. Women like Dido Elizabeth Belle, whose mother was a slave but was raised by her White father's family in England; Caroline Herschel, who acted as her brother's assistant as he hunted the heavens for comets and ended up discovering eight on her own; Anne Lister, who lived on her own terms with her common-law wife at Shibden Hall; and Judith Montefiore, a Jewish woman who wrote the first English-language kosher cookbook. As one of the owners of the successful romance-only bookstore The Ripped Bodice, Bea Koch has had a front-row seat to controversies surrounding what is accepted as "historically accurate" for the wildly popular Regency period. Following in the popular footsteps of books like Ann Shen's Bad Girls Throughout History, Koch takes the Regency, one of the most loved and idealized historical time periods and a huge inspiration for American pop culture, and reveals the independent-minded, standard-breaking real historical women who lived life on their terms. She also examines broader questions of culture in chapters that focus on the LGBTQ and Jewish communities, the lives of women of color in the Regency, and women who broke barriers in fields like astronomy and paleontology. In Mad and Bad, we look beyond popular perception of the Regency into the even more vibrant, diverse, and fascinating historical truth. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2020 Bea Koch (P)2020 Grand Central Publishing

Narrator: Rengin Altay
Author: Bea Koch
Category: Women, History
Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
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Madam President

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An up-close look at Edith Wilson, a first lady with unequaled responsibilities during her husband's presidency. After President Woodrow Wilson suffered a paralyzing stroke in the fall of 1919, his wife, First Lady Edith Wilson, began to handle the day-to-day responsibilities of the chief executive. Mrs. Wilson had had little formal education and had only been married to President Wilson for four years, yet in the tenuous peace following the end of World War I, she dedicated herself to managing the office of the president, reading all correspondence intended for her bedridden husband. Though her Oval Office authority was acknowledged in Washington circles at the time - one senator called her "the presidentress who had fulfilled the dream of suffragettes by changing her title from First Lady to Acting First Man" - her legacy as the first woman president is now largely forgotten. William Hazelgrove's Madam President is a vivid, engaging portrait of the woman who became the acting president of the United States in 1919, months before women officially won the right to vote.

©2016 William Hazelgrove (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Category: Women, History
Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
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How to Be a Victorian

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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of How to Be a Victorian by Ruth Goodman, read by Patience Tomlinson. How to be a Victorian - a time traveller's guide to Victorian Britain by the BBC's Ruth Goodman.  We know what life was like for Victoria and Albert. But what was it like for a commoner like you or me? How did it feel to cook with coal and wash with tea leaves? Drink beer for breakfast and clean your teeth with cuttlefish? Dress in whalebone and feed opium to the baby? Surviving everyday life came down to the gritty details, the small necessities and tricks of living. Drawing on Ruth's unique first-hand experience, gained from living on a Victorian farm for a year, this book will teach you everything you need to know about 19th-century living. If you liked A Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England or If Walls Could Talk, you will love this book.

©2018 Ruth Goodman (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

Author: Ruth Goodman
Category: History
Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
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Pakistan

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Born only five years after Pakistan was created in 1947, Imran Khan has lived his country’s history. Undermined by a ruling elite hungry for money and power, Pakistan now stands alone as the only Islamic country with a nuclear bomb, yet it is unable to protect its people from the carnage of regular bombings from terrorists and its own ally, America. Now with the revelation that Pakistan has been the hiding place of Osama bin Laden for several years, that relationship can only grow more strained. How did it reach this flashpoint of instability and injustice with such potentially catastrophic results for Pakistan? Recounting his country’s history through the prism of his own memories, Imran Khan starts from its foundation, ripped out of the dying British Raj. He guides us through and comments on subsequent historical developments which shook the Muslim world –the wars with India in 1965 and 1971, the Iranian Revolution of 1979, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the 9/11 terrorist attacks and America’s retribution 10 years later with the assassination of bin Laden – to the current controversial and intractable war in Afghanistan. We see these events viewed not only through the eyes of Westerners, but through those of ordinary Pakistanis. Drawing on the experiences of his own family and his wide travels within his homeland, Pakistan: A Personal History provides a unique insider’s view of a country unfamiliar to a western audience. Woven into this history we see how Imran Khan’s personal life –his happy childhood in Lahore, his Oxford education, his extraordinary cricketing career, his marriage to Jemima Goldsmith, his mother’s influence and that of his Islamic faith – inform both the historical narrative and his current philanthropic and political activities. It is at once absorbing and insightful, casting fresh light upon a country whose culture he believes is largely misunderstood by the West.

©2011 Imran Khan (P)2011 Random House Audio Go

Narrator: Amerjit Deu
Author: Imran Khan
Category: History
Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
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The Birth of Britain

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The English-speaking peoples comprise perhaps the greatest number of human beings sharing a common language in the world today. These people also share a common heritage. For his four-volume work, Sir Winston Churchill took as his subject these great elements in world history. Volume 1 commences in 55 BC, when Julius Caesar famously "turned his gaze upon Britain" and concludes with the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.

©2014 Audible, Inc. (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Category: History
Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
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Winston S. Churchill: The History of the Second World War, Volume 6 - Triumph & Tragedy

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With the beach landings of June 6th in the greatest amphibious assault ever seen the final phase of the war had begun. Churchill could survey his task with an easier mind. His relationship with Stalin was becoming increasingly more difficult as Stalin’s moves replaced one terror with another. Churchill was anxious to move forces through Italy to relieve the military pressure on Normandy and Stalin yet limit the advance of Soviet forces into Central and Eastern Europe. The last major German offensive came in the Ardennes during December 1944. With its repulse their resistance began to melt away. The Russians continued to advance heroically forward into Germany itself. In Italy the collapse resulted into Mussolini’s brutal execution by the Partisans. Two days later on April 30th. Hitler committed suicide in his bunker in Berlin. On May 8th VE Day surrendered Europe to the overwhelming giddiness of liberation. In the Pacific the Americans moved relentlessly forward their massive air power hammered Japanese cities. Their vast armadas of ships disgorged armies to retake the Philippines in the fast diminishing Japanese Empire. But an attack on the Japanese mainland would be debilitating. The new American president, Harry Truman, therefore unleashed a new level of terror with the nuclear bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Japan surrendered on August 14th 1945 and the world was still and at peace. But for Churchill, the election loomed and the Great Man was swept from office on a Labour landslide. His place in history is not forgotten. The overview is read by Winston S Churchill MP and the volume narrated by Michael Jayston.

©2011 Word Of Mouth (P)2011 Copyright Group

Narrator: Michael Jayston
Category: History
Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
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Winston S. Churchill: The History of the Second World War, Volume 4 - The Hinge of Fate

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Although the Grand Alliance was now in place, Churchill knew that it would take precious time before it would be able to effectively engage and subdue the enemy. Disaster was upon him almost at once. With the entrance of Japan into the global conflict, our Far East possessions were under immediate threat. Singapore and the Philippines fell. In Africa, Rommel took Tobruk. At sea, the loss of ships mounted. His task seemed ever greater, but his spirit, his resolve, his belief in his people's ability to overcome the terrible evil of Nazism was unshakeable. Headlines were grabbed with the daring commando raid on the St Nazaire dock facilities. In the Pacific, the American forces held and defeated the Japanese in an air duel at the Battle of Midway. Churchill changed his commanders again and installed Montgomery in Africa and the effect was almost immediate: El Alamein. The Afrika Corps were broken. With the invasion by Allied forces of French North Africa the deserts were free of the enemy by May. Now Stalin could be relieved with the opening of a second front in Europe with the invasion of the soft belly of Italy. In early 1943 the Allies were moving inexorably towards victory. Churchill’s conviction was borne out. The Hinge of Fate was now decided. The overview is read by Winston S Churchill MP and the volume narrated by Michael Jayston.

©2011 Word Of Mouth (P)2011 Copyright Group

Narrator: Michael Jayston
Category: History
Length: 2 hrs and 44 mins
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Empire of Things

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What we consume has become the defining feature of our lives: our economies live or die by spending, we are treated more as consumers than workers and even public services are presented to us as products in a supermarket. In this monumental study, acclaimed historian Frank Trentmann unfolds the extraordinary history that has shaped our material world, from late Ming China, Renaissance Italy and the British Empire to the present. Astonishingly wide ranging and richly detailed, Empire of Things explores how we have come to live with so much more, how this changed the course of history and the global challenges we face as a result. Frank Trentmann is a professor of history at Birkbeck College, University of London, and directed the £5 million Cultures of Consumption research programme. His last book, Free Trade Nation, won the Whitfield Prize for outstanding historical scholarship and achievement from the Royal Historical Society. He was educated at Hamburg University, the LSE and Harvard, where he received his PhD. In 2014 he was Moore Distinguished Fellow at Caltech.

©2016 Frank Trentmann (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: Mark Meadows
Category: History
Length: 33 hrs and 6 mins
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Growing Up at Grossinger's

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From 1919 to 1986, Grossinger's Catskill Resort Hotel provided a summer retreat from the city heat for New York's Jews, and entertained the great, the near-great, and the not so great, Jews and Gentiles alike. A melting pot of the Borscht Belt, sports, and show-biz worlds, loyal visitors included Red Buttons, Rocky Marciano, Eddie Fisher, and Jackie Robinson. Tania Grossinger grew up there. In her fascinating insider's account of life in the hospitality industry, she sheds light on how hotel children keep up with the frenetic pace of life, and how they come to grips with the outside world (which intrudes now and again), sex (happening in every room), and, occasionally, their intellectual interests. Growing Up at Grossinger's is both a wonderful coming-of-age story and a sentimental reading of a chapter of the Jewish experience in America that has now closed.

©2008 Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

Category: History
Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
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Plantagenet

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Inspired by Holinshed's Chronicles, this series of radio dramas about the Plantagenet dynasty tells the story of the birth of a new Europe after the dark ages. The issues of control, freedom, belief and the temptations of power were new to an age which had no template for domination on this scale.  Henry II: What is a Man? - The first of the House of Anjou to be king of England, Henry II's long reign is beset by conflict with his sons. Starring David Warner as King Henry II and Jane Lapotaire as Queen Eleanor. Richard I: Lionheart - Prince Richard has become heir apparent, but in the face of Henry II's refusal to acknowledge his position, he turns to the Crusades. Starring Ed Stoppard as Richard. John, by the Grace of God - The fourth son of Henry II never expected to succeed to the English throne. When he does, he reveals a talent for making enemies. Starring Neil Stuke as King John. Edward I: Old Soldiers - Edward Longshanks - the Hammer of the Scots - was grief-stricken after the death of his first wife. But he finds new love with Margaret, sister of the French King. Philip Jackson as Edward I and Ellie Kendrick as Margaret. Edward II: The Greatest Traitor - While Edward's power is prey to his passions, his queen, Isabella, and his most powerful ally, Roger Mortimer, find a passion of their own. Starring Sam Troughton as Edward II. Richard II: And All Our Dreams Will End in Death - Richard II, having proved his mettle in quelling the Peasants' Revolt, disappoints his courtiers as he pursues peace and culture as an alternative to fighting and swiving. Starring Patrick Kennedy as Richard II. Henry V: True Believers - Young prince Hal will inherit an unstable throne and a kingdom riven with heresy and rebellion. Victory over the rebel Hotspur will bring peace to England and glory to the king - but at what cost to the man? Starring Luke Treadaway as Hal. Henry VI: A Simple Man - The once-great England of Henry V is bankrupt and losing territory in France, but the weak, idealistic Henry VI is incapacitated by bouts of insanity. Queen Margaret is forced to take up arms to protect her royal line. Starring Al Weaver as Henry VI and Aimee Ffion Edwards as Margaret. Richard III: The Three Brothers: Edward IV manages to bring a modicum of stability to the kingdom of England, but discontent erupts into civil war after his death, and his brother, Richard, is forced to take drastic steps to uphold Plantagenet power. Starring Nancy Carroll as Queen Elizabeth, Simon Bubb as Edward IV and Carl Prekopp as Richard III. Directed by Jeremy Mortimer, Jessica Dromgoole and Sasha Yevtushenko.

©2018 BBC Worldwide Limited (P)2018 BBC Worldwide Limited

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Winston S. Churchill: The History of the Second World War, Volume 2 - Their Finest Hour

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In this short and intense period of the war, Churchill’s sense of history is profound. 'If the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say this was its finest hour.' In this second volume, Britain stands alone in combat against the mortal threat posed to civilisation, liberal democracy, and human decency. Between May 1940 and January 1941, the world witnessed some of the most spectacular military victories of all time. The audacity and brilliance of Hitler’s Blitzkrieg staggered both France and Britain. The Allies had prepared for a repeat of the entrenched First World War instead of something altogether more terrifying, mobile, and destructive. The consequences were almost fatal. Dunkirk was a victory plucked from the jaws of defeat. The Battle of Britain was defiance against the odds but mastery of the skies remained in British hands and 'Never in the field of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to so few.' In the deserts of North Africa the outnumbered British forces went from victory to victory against Mussolini’s conscripted men. There were many hardships and disasters to come, but Churchill could rightly proclaim 'Alone but up-bourne by every generous heart beat of mankind we had defied the tyrant in the height of his triumph.' The overview is read by Winston S Churchill, MP, and the volume narrated by Michael Jayston.

©2011 Word Of Mouth (P)2011 Copyright Group

Narrator: Michael Jayston
Category: History
Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
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A Short History of Man

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A Short History of Man: Progress and Decline represents nothing less than a sweeping revisionist history of mankind, in a concise and listenable volume. Dr. Hans-Hermann Hoppe skillfully weaves history, sociology, ethics, and Misesian praxeology to present an alternative - and highly challenging - view of human economic development over the ages. As always, Dr. Hoppe addresses the fundamental questions as only he can. How do family and social bonds develop? Why is the concept of private property so vitally important to human flourishing? What made the leap from a Malthusian subsistence society to an industrial society possible? How did we devolve from aristocracy to monarchy to social democratic welfare states? And how did modern central governments become the all-powerful rulers over nearly every aspect of our lives? Dr. Hoppe examines and answers all of these often thorny questions without resorting to platitudes or bowdlerized history. This is Hoppe at his best: calmly and methodically skewering sacred cows.

©2015 Ludwig von Mises Institute (P)2016 Ludwig von Mises Institute

Category: History
Length: 3 hrs and 22 mins
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Winston S. Churchill: The History of the Second World War, Volume 3 - The Grand Alliance

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The Blitz continued to rain down on the shell and morale of the nation’s defences. In the cold grey waters of the North Atlantic, wolfpacks of enemy U boats hunted down with ruthless efficiency the supply lines that could keep Britain in the war. Through the year, the enemy produced many of their grandest victories, but Britain was able to stabilise its position in the Middle East although setbacks at the hands of the newly arrived Rommel, the Desert Fox, were encountered in North Africa. But 1941 was to prove strategically decisive; with Hitler’s campaign in the Balkans, vital time was lost to the Wehrmacht for an attack on its former ally Russia. When the 150 divisions hurled themselves forward in June many knew that the long Russian winter would grind the enemy to a standstill before they could reach the safety of their objective cities. In December the third member of 'The Grand Alliance' stepped from the background with the infamous attack of Pearl Harbour. Now Churchill knew in his heart that ultimate victory surely lay with Britain, the United States, and Russia, but the continuing pain, sacrifice, and toll of blood and machine were still to be borne. The overview is read by Winston S Churchill, MP, and the volume narrated by Michael Jayston.

©2011 Word Of Mouth (P)2011 Copyright Group

Narrator: Michael Jayston
Category: History
Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
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The Declaration of Independence (Revolutions Series)

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In 1776 Thomas Jefferson, a future president, authored the most explosive document in the history of America: "The Declaration of Independence", formally severing the link between America and the British state. Michael Hardt, co-author of the groundbreaking "Empire and Multitude", examines this and other texts by Jefferson, arguing that his powerful concept of democracy is, seen through contemporary eyes, a biting critique of the current American administration's tyranny.

©2007 Verso (editorial matter), Michael Hardt (P)2011 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Eric Myers
Category: History
Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
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The History of the Peloponnesian War

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The rivalry between two of the dominant city states of Ancient Greece, Athens and Sparta, erupted into a war lasting nearly 30 years and was to have a dramatic effect on the balance of power in the area. Between 431 and 404 BCE, the two cities battled it out on land and sea, aided by their alliances with neighbouring states: Athens’ Delian League vigorously opposed Sparta’s Peloponnesian League in a conflict which effectively involved the whole region.  Thucydides, in his role as an Athenian general, saw the war from close quarters, and his famous account of it, The History of the Peloponnesian War, is widely regarded as one of the most outstanding early histories. He observes in considerable detail the way in which the fortunes of war swung one way and then another. Sparta was known for its vigorous martial training, expert especially in land battles and Athens, very much a centre of high culture and known for successful sea battles - the combination proved crucial in defeating the Persian invasion 50 years earlier. Thucydides explains what happened when these two proud states came to war. Conflict became inevitable when Sparta became increasingly concerned with the growing power and dominance of the Athenian empire in the region.  This is essentially a military history - tactics and armoury are much in evidence - though it is replete with other important details including portraits and speeches of key figures such as Pericles (the funeral oration given to mark the dead in the first year of the war) and the controversial Athenian general Alcibiades. But Thucydides also describes the destructive effect of war on ordinary citizens, the atrocities committed by both sides, disease, the effect of rain and storms, the influence of power blocs, military overconfidence and political decisions made well behind the battle fronts which interfered with the progress and success of the war.  He recounts the disastrous Sicilian Expedition where a strong Athenian force was virtually destroyed at Syracuse. Thucydides’ History, divided into eight books, ends abruptly in 410 BCE, six years before the conclusion of hostilities, suggesting his death. It is unlikely he ever saw the final defeat of Athens by Sparta in a naval battle, the destruction of the walls of Athens and the ultimate victory of the Peloponnesian League. Nevertheless, his History remains a vivid portrayal of a vicious and unrelenting war lasting nearly three decades between neighbouring rivals. Presented here in the classical translation by Benjamin Jowett, it is read with engaging immediacy by Mike Rogers.

Public Domain (P)2019 Ukemi Productions Ltd

Narrator: Mike Rogers
Author: Thucydides
Category: History
Length: 22 hrs and 36 mins
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Winston S. Churchill: The History of the Second World War, Volume 5 - Closing the Ring

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As the Allies prepared for the Normandy invasion many war councils were held. At Teheran, the first of the Big Three conferences, decisive steps were taken to ensure this. Discussion was opened as to what shape and form the world would take after the defeat of the enemy. But with 185 divisions ranged against them, the primary task was still the prosecution of the war to the unconditional surrender of the enemy. A vigorous debate as to the next stage in the Mediterranean theatre was taken up by Churchill and Roosevelt. Much of this centered on the Americans' caution at the lack of landing craft. Churchill, who had cultivated Roosevelt for many years was able to get almost all of what he wanted but at the cost of delay and less adventurous decisions. Italy was invaded and great advances made until late ’43. In Yugoslavia, Tito’s partisans became a highly effective force in tying down many German divisions away from the front line. In Britain, Churchill prepared his resources for Operation Overlord and the invasion that would at last lift the tyranny and foul shadow of Hitler from Europe. Five years of titanic struggle had now succeeded in 'Closing The Ring'. The overview is read by Winston S Churchill, MP, and the volume narrated by Michael Jayston.

©2011 Word Of Mouth (P)2011 Copyright Group

Narrator: Michael Jayston
Category: History
Length: 2 hrs and 40 mins
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From Square One

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From Square One is Dean Olsher's captivating and in-depth exploration of the cultural history, psychology, and even metaphysics of crosswords -- their promise of a world without chaos and uncertainty. It is often repeated that more than 50 million Americans do crossword puzzles on a regular basis. Skeptical of that claim, Dean Olsher does his own research and finds that the number is nearly dead-on. Filled with lively, original reporting, From Square One disputes the widely held belief that solving crosswords helps prevent Alzheimer's; in fact, the drive to fill in empty spaces is more likely a mental illness than a cure. While "puzzle addiction" is usually meant as a lighthearted metaphor, the term contains more than a nugget of truth. Olsher looks into the origins and traditions of this popular pastime, which made its debut in a New York newspaper in 1913. Or did it? Along the way, he takes readers inside the making of a crossword. He also revives the quest of musical-theater legend and puzzle constructor Stephen Sondheim to find an American audience for a British crossword style that demands a love of verbal playfulness over knowledge of arcane trivia. Informative, engaging, and often surprising, From Square One is a unique and enjoyable read for puzzlers and nonpuzzlers alike.

©2009 Dean Olsher (P)2009 Random House

Narrator: Dean Olsher
Author: Dean Olsher
Category: History
Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
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The Willie Lynch Letter and the Making of a Slave

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The Willie Lynch Letter and the Making of a Slave by Willie Lynch.

©2019 Kingston Imperial (P)2019 Kingston Imperial

Narrator: Willie Lynch
Author: Willie Lynch
Category: History
Length: 25 mins
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The Voyage of the Beagle

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”I hate every wave of the ocean”, the seasick Charles Darwin wrote to his family during his five-year voyage on the H.M.S. Beagle. It was this world-wide journey, however, that launched the scientists career. The Voyage of the Beagle is Darwin's fascinating account of his trip - of his biological and geological observations and collection activities, of his speculations about the causes and theories behind scientific phenomena, of his interactions with various native peoples, of his beautiful descriptions of the lands he visited, and of his amazing discoveries in the Galapagos archipelago. Although scientific in nature, the literary quality rivals those of John Muir and Henry Thoreau. Charles Robert Darwin, FRS (12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist. He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors, and proposed the scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection. Darwin published his theory with compelling evidence for evolution in his 1859 book On the Origin of Species, overcoming scientific rejection of earlier concepts of transmutation of species. By the 1870s the scientific community and much of the general public had accepted evolution as a fact. However, many favoured competing explanations and it was not until the emergence of the modern evolutionary synthesis from the 1930s to the 1950s that a broad consensus developed in which natural selection was the basic mechanism of evolution. In modified form, Darwin's scientific discovery is the unifying theory of the life sciences, explaining the diversity of life.

Public Domain (P)2013 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Barnaby Edwards
Category: History
Length: 25 hrs and 17 mins
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London

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Ackroyd portrays London from the time of the druids to the beginning of the twenty-first century, noting magnificence in both epochs, but this is not a simple chronological record. It is a comprehensive account, animated by Ackroyd's concern for the close relationship between the present and the past as well as by what he describes as the peculiar "echoic" quality of London whereby its texture and history actively affect the lives and personalities of its citizens. London is perhaps the most important study of the city ever written, and confirms Ackroyd's status as what one critic has called "our age's greatest London imagination". Street Life and the People vividly describes the everyday activities and concerns of Londoners. Particular areas of interest include customs, food, drink, entertainment, sex, crime, and punishment.

©2000 Peter Ackroyd (P)2004 Random House Audiobooks

Narrator: Simon Callow
Category: History
Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
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The Human Tide

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A dazzling new history of the irrepressible demographic changes and mass migrations that have made and unmade nations, continents, and empires The rise and fall of the British Empire; the emergence of America as a superpower; the ebb and flow of global challenges from Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan, and Soviet Russia. These are the headlines of history, but they cannot be properly grasped without understanding the role that population has played. The Human Tide shows how periods of rapid population transition - a phenomenon that first emerged in the British Isles but gradually spread across the globe - shaped the course of world history. Demography - the study of population - is the key to unlocking an understanding of the world we live in and how we got here. Demographic changes explain why the Arab Spring came and went, how China rose so meteorically, and why Britain voted for Brexit and America for Donald Trump. Sweeping from Europe to the Americas, China, East Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa, The Human Tide is a panoramic view of the sheer power of numbers.

©2019 Paul Morlan (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Zeb Soanes
Author: Paul Morland
Category: History
Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
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The World Crisis - 1911-1918, Part Two

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Winston Churchill's superlative account of the prelude to and events of the First World War is a defining work of 20th-century history. With dramatic narrative power, Churchill reconstructs the action on the Western and Eastern Fronts, the wars at sea and in the air, and the advent of tanks and U-boats. Rich with personal insights, this second part of Churchill's magisterial book covers the year 1915 and includes the chapters 'The Deadlock in the West', 'The First Defeat of the U-boats', 'The Battle of Suvla Bay [in Gallipoli', and 'The Abandonment of the Dardanelles'.

©1959 Winston S.Churchill (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Category: History
Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
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A Short History of the Twentieth Century

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The historian John Lukacs offers a concise history of the twentieth century-its two world wars and cold war, its nations and leaders. The great themes woven through this spirited narrative are inseparable from the author's own intellectual preoccupations: the fading of liberalism, the rise of populism and nationalism, the achievements and dangers of technology, and the continuing democratization of the globe. The historical twentieth century began with the First World War in 1914 and ended seventy-five years later with the collapse of the Soviet Empire in 1989. The short century saw the end of European dominance and the rise of American power and influence throughout the world. The twentieth century was an American century-perhaps the American century. Lukacs explores in detail the phenomenon of national socialism (national socialist parties, he reminds us, have outlived the century), Hitler's sole responsibility for the Second World War, and the crucial roles played by his determined opponents Churchill and Roosevelt. Between 1939 and 1942 Germany came closer to winning than many people suppose. Lukacs casts a hard eye at the consequences of the Second World War-the often misunderstood Soviet-American cold war-and at the shifting social and political developments in the Far and Middle East and elsewhere. In an eloquent closing meditation on the passing of the twentieth century, he reflects on the advance of democracy throughout the world and the limitations of human knowledge.

©2013 John Lukacs (P)2013 Tantor

Narrator: Gildart Jackson
Author: John Lukacs
Category: History
Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
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Voices of the Powerless: The Complete Series

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Melvyn Bragg follows his long historical exploration of the Routes of English with ‘Voices of the Powerless’, the BBC Radio 4 series in which he explores the lives of the ordinary working men and women of Britain at critical moments across the last 1,000 years. The Norman Conquest is his starting point, a time when William the Conqueror’s ‘harrying of the North’ affected the poor apprentice, the lowly ploughman and the humble shepherd. He goes on to look at the Peasants’ Revolt in 1381 (inspired by a hated Poll Tax) and the religious changes brought about by Henry VIII’s Reformation. The so-called ‘Plantation’ of Ulster, the Siege of Chester, and the plague which ravaged Salisbury in 1627 are later stopping-off points in Bragg’s journey, which also finds him traversing the country and speaking to historians and experts about the life of the ordinary citizen in each period. First broadcast in 2002, this Complete First Series contains all six episodes of Series One: ‘Castles and Cruelty’, ‘The Peasants' Revolt’, ‘The Reformation’, ‘The Plantation of Ireland in the Counties of Armagh and Tyrone’, ‘The English Civil War and the Siege of Chester’ and ‘Boils and Buboes’. Guidance: due to the archive nature of the recording the sound quality may vary.

©2003 AudioGO Ltd (P)2011 AudioGo Ltd

Narrator: Melvyn Bragg
Author: Melvyn Bragg
Category: History
Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
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The Queen

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Sixty years after her accession to the throne, Queen Elizabeth the second remains the calm centre of a tempestuous age. This fascinating documentary recalls the major events of an extraordinary life.

©2012 GoEntertain (P)2013 Redbush Entertainment Ltd

Narrator: Ray Lonnen
Author: Michael Dean
Category: History
Length: 53 mins
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Liberty Under the Law

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Liberty Under the Law is a 1920 speech by Sen. Warren G. Harding, Republican candidate for president. Speaking about the rights of American citizens, Warren said the responsibility of government is to guard and sustain those liberties.  Violence and terrorism were prominent in America and Europe after World War I. In Russia, the Bolshevik closure of the democratic Constituent Assembly, the signing of the peace treaty with Germany, the massacre of the Imperial family, attacks on churches, and the Red Terror shocked the western world.  Against this background, Sen. Harding stated that democracy was the future of government and that the rights of freedom impose the obligations which maintain it. He also speaks of his approval of collective bargaining in labor/management relations, while emphasizing the right of every American to seek employment without being forced to accept the conditions of any trade union.

Public Domain (P)2020 Museum Audiobooks

Narrator: Tom Eagar
Category: History
Length: 3 mins
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Catherine de Medici, 1519-1589

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Queen of France by her marriage to Henry II, Catherine dominated Europe's dying Renaissance, manipulating France by her goading of an hysterical and half-demented king. It was a colourful and blood-soaked time that is excitingly brought to life in this biography.

©1976 Kenneth Allen (P)1976 Ican and Inge Berg

Category: History
Length: 59 mins
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The King Who Saved the Crown

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King George V1 never expected to be King. Known in the family as Bertie, he was shy and retiring and grew up in the shadow of hismore outgoing brother Edward. It was his brothers abdication that compelled him to take his place on the throne. Overcoming a lifelong stammer his dignity and courage helped lead the country through some of the darkest days of World War two.

©2012 GoEntertain Ltd (P)2013 Redbush Entertainment Ltd

Narrator: Ray Lonnen
Author: Michael Dean
Category: History
Length: 51 mins
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L'Affaire Dreyfus

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Le 22 décembre 1894, un procès d'État condamne un capitaine juif, alsacien, innocent de toute charge, pour crime de "haute trahison" (en faveur de l'Allemagne). S'ouvre, deux ans plus tard, une crise majeure de la République. Mais l'engagement pour Dreyfus, la défense des droits de l'homme et du citoyen, la lutte contre l'antisémitisme et le nationalisme entraînent un sursaut civique de la société. Le 12 juillet 1906, un arrêt solennel de la Cour de cassation réhabilite l'officier. L'Affaire inaugure un âge démocratique porté par l'engagement des intellectuels, la reconnaissance de nouvelles libertés, la solidarité pour les opprimés de par le monde.  Vincent Duclert, historien de la France contemporaine, professeur à Sciences Po, signe une synthèse sur l'affaire Dreyfus remarquable de rigueur et de clarté. Un texte indispensable pour comprendre ces mutations si décisives pour la Belle Époque, et qui, 120 ans plus tard, demeurent d'actualité face à la raison d'État, au viol de la justice et à l'abandon des persécutés. En bonus : la lecture de J'accuse d'Émile Zola

©1994 / 2006 / 2012 / 2018 Éditions La Découverte (P)2019 Audiolib

Narrator: Franck Desmedt
Category: History
Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
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Chernobyl 01:23:40

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All'alba del 26 aprile 1986, all'01:23:40, Aleksandr Akimov preme l'interruttore per l'arresto di emergenza del quarto reattore nucleare di Chernobyl. Quel gesto costringe alla permanente evacuazione di una città e sancisce l'inizio di un disastro nucleare che ha segnato la storia del mondo e il destino dell'Unione Sovietica. Seguiranno decenni di storie contraddittorie, esagerate e inesatte. Questo audiolibro, il risultato di cinque anni di ricerca, è un resoconto accessibile e completo su quel che accadde realmente. Dalla disperata lotta per evitare che il nucleo di un reattore in fiamme irradiasse l'Europa, al sacrificio e all'eroismo degli uomini che raggiunsero le zone colpite da un tale livello di radiazioni che gli strumenti non riuscivano nemmeno a registrarlo, fino alla verità sui leggendari "liquidatori di Chernobyl", passando dal processo portato a termine dall'URSS e dalle relative bugie.  La narrazione storica si alterna al racconto del viaggio dell'autore nella città ucraina di Pripyat, ancora abbandonata, e nell'estesa Zona di esclusione di Chernobyl. Un reportage completo che si ascolta come un romanzo.

©2019 Salani (P)2020 Adriano Salani Editore

Narrator: Dario Sansalone
Category: History
Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
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Londoners: The Days and Nights of London Now - As Told by Those Who Love It, Hate It, Live It, Left It, and Long for It

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Here are the voices of London - rich and poor, native and immigrant, women and men. From the woman whose voice announces the stations on the London Underground to the man who plants the trees along Oxford Street; from a Pakistani currency trader to a Guardsman at Buckingham Palace - together, these voices paint a vivid, epic and wholly fresh portrait of 21st Century London. Craig Taylor, an acclaimed journalist, playwright, and writer, spent five years exploring the city and listening to its residents to create this amazingly rich portrait of London.

©2011 Craig Taylor (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd

Author: Craig Taylor
Category: History
Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
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The Story of the '9th Kings' in France

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The 9th Kings was a territorial infantry battalion when the Great War (World War I) began. On the 4th of August 1914, a telegram containing one word arrived at their headquarters: "Mobilise!" This book follows the unit from mobilisation in 1914 through to the demobilisation in 1918 after the armistice. Along the way, they take part in all of the big battles, Somme, Arras, Ypres along with a near continuous series of skirmishes and patrols while in the front line.

©2011 Herbert Glynne Roberts (P)2011 FNH

Category: History
Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
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The Battle of Britain

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The Battle of Britain was one of the defining moments of the Second World War. From September 1939 until June 1941, an epic struggle took place for supremacy of the skies, but also for the direction of the rest of the war. A combination of Britain's most experienced military minds with some of the youngest airmen in the sky triumphed after a terrible bloody battle. As Winston Churchill memorably said, "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."

©2012 GoEntertain (P)2013 Redbush Entertainment Ltd

Narrator: Michael Dean
Author: Michael Dean
Category: History
Length: 42 mins
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Second Best

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History is always written by the winners and about the winners. But what about the poor souls lurking in the shadows of history, the ones who were just as remarkable but perhaps didn’t stick their chests out as they crossed the line?  In Second Best, Australia’s foremost historian and comedian Ben Pobjie celebrates the nobility and altogether more fascinating stories of the silver-medal getters. What drove them on their incredible feats, why did they just miss out and how did they cope with the oblivion of finishing second?  From the Second Fleet, the second man on the moon and Australia’s second prime minister whose name we consistently forget, Second Best shines a light on those plucky men and women who, through no fault of their own - or at least only a little bit of fault of their own - didn’t quite get there before everyone else but did get there before almost everyone else.

©2020 Ben Pobjie (P)2020 W. F. Howes Ltd

Narrator: Dorje Swallow
Author: Ben Pobjie
Category: History
Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
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L'empereur des rois

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Il est Napoléon le Grand : après Austerlitz, qui peut arrêter l'Empereur des Français ? Il bouscule les Rois, à Iéna, à Friedland, à Wagram. Il conquiert les femmes. Marie Walewska, la Polonaise, et Marie-Louise, l'Autrichienne, la petite-nièce de Marie-Antoinette ! Son fils, le Roi de Rome, descend donc de l'Empereur d'Autriche. Quel parcours ! Napoléon, que nous suivons pas à pas, s'humanise. Amant impérieux de Marie Walewska et mari attentionné de Marie-Louise, il voudrait retenir l'histoire, ne pas avoir à engager le fer contre le Tsar. Mais il est emporté : "Et ainsi la guerre aura lieu malgré moi, malgré lui", confie-t-il. Max Gallo nous fait partager, à chaque instant de chaque jour, les bonheurs et les ardeurs du père, du mari, de l'amant, la volonté et l'esprit de décision de cet Empereur des Rois, lancé dans le ciel de l'Histoire comme un météore. >> Ce livre audio en version intégrale vous est proposé en exclusivité par Audible et est uniquement disponible en téléchargement.

©1997 Éditions Robert Laffont (P)2011 Éditions VDB

Author: Max Gallo
Category: History
Length: 15 hrs and 34 mins
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Flowers in the Blood

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The incredible and complex history of opium throughout the world. Opium has played a dramatic and varied role in human history, inspiring religious veneration, scientific exploration, the bitterest rancor, and the most fanciful ecstasy. Now, authors Jeff Goldberg and Dean Latimer have provided a complete, insightful history of opium. Flowers in the Blood lifts the veil of mystery that has surrounded opium down through the ages. Inside, discover: Why a three-thousand-year-old statue of a Greek goddess was crowned with poppies The formulas for Hippocrates’s ancient opium remedies Why the Islamic councils of the wise vilified hashish but venerated opium Why there was no opium problem in nineteenth-century England and America despite unprecedented and unrestricted consumption of opiates What really provoked the Opium Wars in China Why John Jacob Astor quit the opium trade The unique role played by Chinese opium in the birth of the American labor movement Along the way, the authors provide details of the addictions of S. T. Coleridge, Thomas De Quincey, and other literary opium-eaters of the nineteenth century, as well as chronicling the progress of antidrug laws and the ongoing search for an addiction cure. Originally published in 1981, this edition of Flowers in the Blood has been updated with a new preface by Goldberg. At times disconcerting, raising serious questions about attitudes and approaches toward powerful drugs and their control, Flowers in the Blood is an essential addition to the literature of opium, and a wide-awake look at the stuff that dreams (and nightmares) are made of.

©2014 Jeff Goldberg and Dean Latimer. Introduction by William Burroughs (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Category: History
Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
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The Korean War: History in an Hour

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Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour. Bringing together the military mights of the Soviet Union, China, North Korea, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United Nations States, the Korean War raged for three years from 1950 to 1953. Not only the result of a carving of Korean territories following the Pacific conflicts of the Second World War, it was also a battle of ideologies as General MacArthur's American military forces occupied the southern half and Stalin's Soviet forced supported the northern half. Initiated by infantry movements and air raids, the region gradually became mired in a static trench war by July 1951, and would continue to cost both sides in both morale and human lives. The Korean War: History in an Hour is the concise story to one of the most bitter and enduring conflicts of the post-war era.

©2013 Andrew Mulholland (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Narrator: Jonathan Keeble
Category: History
Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
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Marlborough: His Life and Times

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John Churchill, the Duke of Marlborough (1644-1722), was one of the greatest military commanders and statesmen in the history of England. Victorious in the Battles of Blenheim (1704) and Ramillies (1706) and countless other campaigns, Marlborough, whose political intrigues were almost as legendary as his military skill, never fought a battle he didn't win. Marlborough also bequeathed the world another great British military strategist and diplomat, his descendant, Winston S. Churchill, who wrote this book to redeem Marlborough's reputation from Macaulay's smears. One million words long and ten years in the making, Churchill's Marlborough stands as both a literary and historical masterpiece, giving us unique insights into the Churchill of World War II, for just as Churchill's literary skill helps us understand the complexities of Marlborough's life, so too did his writing of Marlborough help Churchill master the arts of military strategy and diplomacy. Listen to all four volumes here.

©2015 Winston Churchill (P)2015 Audible Studios

Narrator: Sean Barrett
Category: History
Length: 81 hrs and 23 mins
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The Second World War: Alone

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"After the first forty days we were alone," writes Churchill. This edition is part two of Churchill's own abridgement of his original six-volume history of the Second World War. Please note: This book was originally published in six volumes: 1. The Gathering Storm 2. Their Finest Hour 3. The Grand Alliance 4. The Hinge of Fate 5. Closing the Ring 6. Triumph and Tragedy Churchill then condensed these into four volumes, which have since been released as one, rather hefty, publication. This is an unabridged recording of Churchill's condensed volume, broken up into four parts, as follows: 1. Milestone to Disaster 2. Alone 3. The Grand Alliance 4. Triumph and Tragedy

©2008 The Estate of Winston Churchill (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Category: History
Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
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Sapiens

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©2016 VIMBO (P)2016 VIMBO

Category: History
Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
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The World Crisis 1911-1918 - Part Three 1916-1918

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Winston Churchill's superlative account of the prelude to and events of the First World War is a defining work of twentieth-century history. With dramatic narrative power Churchill reconstructs the action on the Western and Eastern Fronts, the wars at sea and in the air and the advent of tanks and U-boats. The third and final part of Churchill's magisterial book includes the chapters Verdun, Jutland: The Encounter, The Battle of the Somme, The Intervention of the United States, Britain Conquers the U-boats, The Climax and Victory.

©1959 Charles Scribner's Sons 1931, renewed Winston S. Churchill (P)2009 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

Category: History
Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
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The Unknown History of Black Newspapers in America

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The black press made a huge difference when it came to reporting to black Americans what was going on in black America. All the lynchings, court cases and protests that were ignored by the mainstream white media, black media outlets reported everything. This needed overview shines a light on a forgotten part of black history.

©2016 Julius Kane (P)2019 Julius Kane

Narrator: Rosie O'Toole
Author: Julius Kane
Category: History
Length: 9 mins
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Human Game

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In March 1944, 76 Allied officers tunnelled out of Stalag Luft III. Of the 73 captured, 50 were shot by direct order of Hitler. This is the story of how a British Bobby from Blackpool, Frank McKenna, was sent to post-war Germany on the express orders from Churchill to bring the Gestapo murderers to justice. In a quest that ranges from the devastated, bombed out cities of Europe to the horrors of the concentrations camps, McKenna is relentless in his pursuit. A gripping read set in the aftermath of World War II. Simon Read is a former award-winning newspaper reporter and best-selling author. Born in Britain, he is the author of Dark City: Crimes in Wartime London. He now lives in the U.S.

©2013 Simon Read (P)2013 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Joe Jameson
Author: Simon Read
Category: History
Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
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The Battle of Jutland (Dramatised)

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It was the most controversial naval battle of the 20th century. Statistically, both sides lost; but the British Fleet was readied for action again within 24 hours and dominated the seas for the rest of the First World War. This programme recreates the whole dramatic conflict.

©1978 Kenneth Allen (P)1978 Ivan and Inge Berg

Category: History
Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
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William Shakespeare: History in an Hour

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Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour.

In a writing career that spanned over twenty years during the explosion of poetic and theatrical creativity of late Elizabethan and early Jacobean periods, William Shakespeare produced a body of work that has become the bedrock of human thought, literature and language in English.

His poetry and plays have endured for almost 450 years, such is their universal appeal and understanding of the human condition. And yet Shakespeare wrote almost nothing of himself.

Who was this socially ambitious wordsmith who had neither pedigree nor university education? What was his family life like? How did he work?

Shakespeare: History in an Hour is the essential guide to the life of Shakespeare, his relationships, colleagues and his breathtaking works.

From the Elizabethan world to which he was born, to the theorists and critics that continue to debate him to this day, this is the story of the most revered writer of all time.

Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour…

©2013 Sinead Fitzgibbon (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Narrator: Jonathan Keeble
Category: History
Length: 1 hr and 32 mins
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Under Every Leaf

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This is the story of the shadowy Intelligence Division of the British War Office and its unsung role in the formation of the Victorian Empire and imperial policy-making from Asia to Africa. With its focus on the heady days between the Crimean War and the establishment of the MI departments in the early years of the 20th century, Under Every Leaf tells how Britain was well served by an extensive and sophisticated secret intelligence service which few even knew existed - then or now. Drawing from an encyclopaedic array of primary and little-known sources, Under Every Leaf is a rollicking good tale of brains over brawn, adventure, success and sacrifice, craftiness and commitment in the service of the greatest empire the world has ever known.

©2012 Biteback Publishing (P)2014 Spokenworld Audio Ladbroke Audio Ltd

Narrator: Peter Owen
Category: History
Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
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Elizabeth I, 1533-1603

Summary

Queen Elizabeth's court continually buzzed with intrigue and was divided by jealously. She was vigorous, variable and vain. The year 1588 was to see Elizabeth at her best, when, as a "Warrior Queen", she addressed her forces at Tilbury, even as Spain's mighty and so-called invincible Armada sailed up the English Channel. Hers was the reign of the great sea captains - Drake and Raleigh, Hawkins and Greville - and of the brilliant dramatists: Shakespeare, Marlowe, and Ben Johnson. She was one of England's greatest rulers. And her legacy lives on in the legendary term "Elizabethan".

©1976 Avis Murton Carter (P)1976 Ivan and Inge Berg

Category: History
Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
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Letters from the Trenches

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Harry Lamin was born in Derbyshire in 1877 and left school at 13 to work in the lace industry. But by December 1916 he had been conscripted into the 9th Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment, and sent to war. Harry's letters home to his family describe the conflict with a poignant immediacy, even 90+ years on, detailing everything from the action in battle to the often amusing incidents of life amongst his comrades. Throughout the letters, Harry's tone is unwaveringly stoical, uncomplaining and good-humoured. "Letters from the Trenches" is a fitting tribute to the unsung heroes of the Great War who fought and endured and returned home, and the one in six who did not. The letters describe the war through the eyes of those who really lived it, bringing the horrors and triumphs to life for the 21st-century listener.Edited by Harry's grandson, Bill, Letters from the Trenches tells the moving story of a brave, selfless, and honourable man who endured everything that the war could throw at him, and still came up smiling.

©2009 Bill Lamin (P)2009 WF Howes Ltd

Narrator: Geoff Annis
Author: Bill Lamin
Category: History
Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
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Florence Nightingale, 1820-1910

Summary

This is the true story of the "Lady with the Lamp" - no sentimentalised figure, but a strong-willed, aggressive woman who reformed nursing through sheer inspired endeavour. She lived to be 90, with a full life of conflict, setbacks, and triumphs.

©1976 Avis Murton Carter (P)1976 Ivan and Inge Berg

Category: History
Length: 1 hr
Available on Audible
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Lights Out!

Summary

In 1880, Leonidas S. LaPrade disappeared from his rural Robertson County, Tennessee, home near Adams. The search lasted for several days, and when the body was found concealed in a sinkhole, it was obvious he had been hideously tortured and murdered.  Based on a true event, this murder and the subsequent search, arrest, trial, and lynching of the alleged perpetrators made headlines the world over.

©2018 Dewey Edwards (P)2018 Dewey Edwards

Narrator: Mike Scott
Category: History
Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
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Amy Johnson, 1903 - 1941: The Famous Women Series

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Amy Johnson's greatest achievement was her solo flight to Australia, made within a year of her obtaining a full pilot's licence. (At the time she was the only woman in the world to hold a full ground-engineer's licence.) In the remote jungles and islands of south-east Asia, her flying ability and engineering knowledge enabled her to complete the flight. Throughout her life she fought anti-feminine prejudice, becoming a major pioneer in aviation. Her tragic and mysterious early death in an air crash helped to turn her life into an aviation legend.

©1976 Alan Reid (P)1976 Ivan and Inge Berg

Author: Alan Reid
Category: History
Length: 49 mins
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Forgotten Voices of the Blitz and the Battle for Britain

Summary

On the day that Winston Churchill replaced Neville Chamberlain as prime minister, Germany invaded Holland and Belgium. Despite all the efforts of the Allied armies, Hitler's powerful Panzer divisions smashed their way through to the French coast. For the retreating British Expeditionary Force, Dunkirk was the only practical point of departure, and on May 26, the order for total evacuation, Operation Dynamo, was given. Over succeeding days, the "miracle" of Dunkirk took place, and almost 400,000 troops were rescued from the beaches. Meanwhile, in Britain, belated preparations were going on for the expected invasion: the Battle for Britain had begun.

© Joshua Levine and the Imperial War Museum; (P) Random House

Category: History
Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
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A Montessori Exploration of Thought on a Quest for Change

Summary

This book is an introspective look at the development of humanity. In this book, Steven Kozak highlights the Montessori perspective of multiple real-life applications, including: Humanity-over nature (character) Ecological worldview Cosmic education Attentiveness If learning about the social development of humans is of interest to you, then this is the book for you.

©2013, 2014 Proxy Publishing (P)2017 Proxy Publishing

Narrator: Dan Breitfeller
Category: History
Length: 1 hr
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Vasily Grossman from the Front Line

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Vasily Grossman, author of Life and Fate, was transformed by his experiences as a war correspondent. Following the shock invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, Grossman volunteered for front line duty. Declared unfit for active service he was assigned to Red Star newspaper as a special correspondent. In these BBC Radio programmes, Elliot Levey reads three of Vasily Grossman's front line despatches. The first is a heroic and intimate portrait of a sniper, the second deals with the battle for Stalingrad and the final one details the murder of millions of Jews on Soviet soil: an account that was rejected by the military censor and only rediscovered in the late 1990s.Translators: Jim Riordan & Polly Zavadivker. Producer: Mark Burman.

©2012 Vasily Grossman (P)2012 AudioGO Ltd

Narrator: Elliot Levey
Category: History
Length: 40 mins
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Blood on the Ohio

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Accounts of murders, torture, and massacres of colonists and Native Americans were reported in early historical journals. Heinous stories, that will bring a renewed understanding of the terrible costs of western expansion; a cost paid in full by the Natives and those that thought it just to take their lands. At the beginning of the year 1754, a few colonists' cabins began to appear on the western side of the Allegheny mountains. The British western expansion gave rise to the French and Indian War. The conflict was begun over French and British claims over the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers called the Forks of the Ohio. From 1775 to 1783, during the American Revolution, resources and manpower were unavailable to the beleaguered settlers. Another 10 years would pass before the Native Americans relinquished their lands. Native Americans and colonists were engaged in a war of extermination that included women and children. Numerous atrocities were being committed by both parties. Somber tales that few have heard, but reveal the heavy price in blood that both parties paid for those lands of the Ohio River.

©2016 Fritz Zimmerman (P)2017 Fritz Zimmerman

Narrator: David Webb
Category: History
Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
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Destiny in the Desert

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This is a unique single-volume history of the road to El Alamein - 'the end of the beginning' - and the bloody battle that followed...It was the British victory at the Battle of El Alamein in November 1942 that inspired one of Churchill's most famous aphorisms: 'it is not the end nor is it the beginning of the end, but it is the end of the beginning'. And yet the true significance of this iconic episode remains unrecognised. In this thrilling historical account, Jonathan Dimbleby describes the political and strategic realities that lay behind the battle, charting the nail-biting months that led to the victory at El Alamein in November 1942. Drawing on official records and the personal insights of those involved at every level, Dimbleby creates a vivid portrait of a struggle which for Churchill marked the turn of the tide - and which for the soldiers on the ground involved fighting and dying in a foreign land.

©2012 Jonathan Dimbleby (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Category: History
Length: 17 hrs and 11 mins
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3 Para

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In April 2006, the elite 3 Para battlegroup was dispatched to Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan. They were tasked with providing security to reconstruction efforts, a deployment it was hoped would pass off without a shot being fired. In fact, over the six months they were there, the 3 Para battle group saw near continuous combat, one gruelling battle after another, in what would become one of the most extraordinary campaigns ever fought by British troops. Around parched, dusty outposts reliant on a limited number of helicopters for food and ammunition re-supply, troops were subjected to relentless Taliban attacks, as well as energy-sapping 50 degree heat and Spartan conditions. At the end of the tour, the Taliban offensive aimed at driving the British and Afghan Government troops out of Helmand had been tactically defeated. But 3 Para paid a high price: 14 soldiers and one interpreter were killed, and 46 wounded. 3 Para tells the stories of the men and women who took part in this extraordinary and largely unreported saga. Best-selling author Patrick Bishop was given exclusive access to the soldiers whose tales of courage and endurance provide an unforgettable portrait of one of the world's finest and most fascinating fighting regiments, and a remarkable band of warriors. Their bravery was reflected in the array of gallantry medals that were bestowed on their return, including the Victoria Cross awarded to Corporal Bryan Budd and the George Cross won by Corporal Mark Wright, both of whom were killed winning their awards. 3 Para's saga of comradeship, courage, and fortitude is set to become a classic.

©2007 Patrick Bishop (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK

Category: History
Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
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Eugenics, Sterilization and Planned Parenthood

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Their mission was to destroy Black Americans using government-sanctioned sterilization.What damage did eugenics programs do to society? Is there really a superior race? Does anybody have the right to play God with your life? Explore the origins and key players in this fascinating study. What you need to know about eugenics - just the facts!

©2014 Xavier James (P)2020 Xavier James

Narrator: Coby Allen
Author: Xavier James
Category: History
Length: 11 mins
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Historic Voices X

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The inaugural addresses of Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy & Nixon.

©2008 Saland Publishing (P)2008 Saland Publishing

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Forgotten Voices of the Blitz and the Battle for Britain

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From July to September 1940, the British people watched the Battle of Britain play out in the skies above them, aware that the eventual outcome would decide their fate. From September through to the following May, Hitler attempted to "blitz" London and other major cities into submission. For a year, the citizens of Britain were effectively front-line soldiers in a battle that united the country against a hated enemy. Despite the terror, destruction, and heavy casualties, the British people survived the onslaught, until May 1941, when Hitler re-directed his attention, and that of the Luftwaffe, to the campaign in Russia.

© Joshua Levine and the Imperial War Museum; (P) Random House

Category: History
Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
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The Ancient Guide to Modern Life

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Please note this product has been re-recorded in April 2015 It's time for us to reexamine the past. Our lives are infinitely richer if we take the time to look at what the Greeks and Romans have given us in politics and law, religion and philosophy and education, and to learn how people really lived in Athens, Rome, Sparta, and Alexandria. This is a book with a serious point to make, but the author isn't simply a classicist but a comedian and broadcaster who has made television and radio documentaries about humour, education, and Dorothy Parker. This is a book for us all. Whether political, cultural or social, there are endless parallels between the ancient and modern worlds. Whether it's the murder of Caesar or the political assassination of Thatcher; the narrative arc of the hit TV series The Wire or that of Oedipus; the popular enthusiasm for the emperor Titus or President Obama - over and over again we can be seen to be living very much like people did 2,000 or more years ago.

©2010 Natalie Haynes (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Dan Mersh
Category: History
Length: 9 hrs
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Forgotten Voices of the Blitz and the Battle for Britain

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As Hitler proceeded with his invasion plans, code-named Operation Sealion, he knew that the RAF must not be allowed to threaten the invading forces as they crossed the Channel. It was clear that they would have to be brought to battle and defeated. Still hopeful of a settlement, Hitler believed that a sustained aerial attack, coupled with a U-Boat blockade, might bring Britain to the negotiating table. The Luftwaffe's specific aim was to win superiority by luring Fighter Command into the air and wiping it out. But Fighter Command, with its pilots, aircraft, and carefully considered systems of control, was waiting.

© Joshua Levine and the Imperial War Museum; (P) Random House

Category: History
Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
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How the Old World Ended

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A magisterial account of how the cultural and maritime relationships between the British, Dutch, and American territories changed the existing world order-and made the Industrial Revolution possible Between 1500 and 1800, the North Sea region overtook the Mediterranean as the most dynamic part of the world. At its core, the Anglo-Dutch relationship intertwined close alliance and fierce antagonism to intense creative effect. But a precondition for the Industrial Revolution was also the establishment in British North America of a unique type of colony - for the settlement of people and culture, rather than the extraction of things. England's republican revolution of 1649-53 was a spectacular attempt to change social, political, and moral life in the direction pioneered by the Dutch. In this book, Jonathan Scott argues that it was also a turning point in world history. In the revolution's wake, competition with the Dutch transformed the military-fiscal and naval resources of the state. One result was a navally protected Anglo-American trading monopoly. Within this context, more than a century later, the Industrial Revolution would be triggered by the alchemical power of American shopping.

©2019 Jonathan Scott (P)2020 Tantor

Narrator: David de Vries
Category: History
Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
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Pelgrim

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Het nieuwe boek van bestsellerauteur Philip Dröge Op 21 februari 1885 arriveert een bescheiden karavaan in Mekka. Op een van de kamelen zit een figuur die niet anders lijkt dan zijn reisgenoten. Maar eenmaal op een veilige plek komt vanonder zijn djellaba een Nederlander tevoorschijn. Een 28-jarige predikantenzoon uit Leiden: Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje. Als een van de eerste westerlingen dringt hij door tot het grootste heiligdom van de islam, en waagt daarmee zijn leven. Om zijn doel te bereiken, neemt Christiaan een beslissing die de rest van zijn leven zal beheersen. Hij bekeert zich. Of toch niet? Vanaf dat moment leidt Christiaan een dubbelleven, in dienst van zijn nieuwsgierigheid, academische eerzucht en als Nederlandse spion. "Pelgrim" is de biografie van een man die decennialang zijn neus in de grootste politieke en culturele wespennesten van zijn tijd steekt. Eerst in Mekka, later in het strijdlustige Atjeh, het noordelijke deel van Sumatra dat de Nederlandse kolonisator maar niet weet te onderwerpen. In dit boek duikt Philip Dröge in het vergeten leven van Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje; wetenschapper, spion en avonturier in een tijd waarin het onbekende nog lonkte en de kans bood om in exotische oorden naam te maken. Hij ontdekt dat Christiaans dubbelleven voortkomt uit een complex en dubbelzinnig karakter, dat hem evenveel roem als problemen bezorgt.

©2017 Uitgeverij Unieboek / Het Spectrum bv (P)2018 Uitgeverij Unieboek / Het Spectrum bv

Narrator: Jan Donkers
Category: History
Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
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The Wife Drought

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'I need a wife'. It's a common joke among women juggling work and family, but it's no joke. Having a spouse who takes care of things at home is a godsend on the domestic front, an asset on the work front and an advantage enjoyed by vastly more men than women. Full of candid and funny stories from politics and the media, The Wife Drought shares intriguing research about the attitudes pulsing beneath the surface of egalitarian Australia.

©2014 Annabel Crabb (P)2016 W F Howes Ltd

Narrator: Annabel Crabb
Category: History
Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
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Horatio Nelson

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"Captain Nelson is a little man who cannot boast of being handsome, but who will, in my view, one day astonish the world." So said Sir William Hamilton to his wife Emma, when Captain Nelson first sailed into Naples Bay in 1793. Even that shrewd Ambassador could hardly have guessed how great the "little man" would become. Superb seaman and strategist, born leader of men, saviour of Britain from the menace of invasion by Napoleon, he won glory at the price of disfigurement, mutilation, and death at the moment of his crowning glory at the glorious Battle of Trafalgar. Brave as a lion in battle, his private character was of gentleness and charm that captivated all who knew him; a rare quality in a fighting man. His love for his mistress, the beautiful Emma Hamilton, was as passionate as his devotion to his country, and is an unforgettable part of his heroic story. The part of Horatio Nelson is played by Edmund Pegge and the part of Emma Hamilton is played by Joanna Wake. Other parts are played by Michael Sheard and Robert Rietty.

©1976 Mollie Hardwick (P)1976 Ivan & Inge Berg

Category: History
Length: 57 mins
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Emma Hamilton, 1765-1815

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Emma Hamilton came to be recognized as the most beautiful woman of her age and has become immortal in history for her romantic involvement with Nelson, England's greatest hero. As well as beauty, she had great gifts: she was a singer of professional ability, a natural linguist and actress, and a shrewd behind-the-scenes politician. She captivated almost everyone with her warm-hearted, extroverted charm. Yet she aroused bitter jealousy and has been persistently branded with the stigma of loose morals - largely due to misunderstandings about some circumstances of her early life.

©1976 Mollie Hardwick (P)1976 Ivan and Inge Berg

Category: History
Length: 1 hr
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Murders of Merseyside

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In this compelling study of true crime, Liverpool's most popular author Tom Slemen recounts some of the most intriguing and baffling murders of Merseyside such as: The baffling case of the Victorian canned corpse The magistrate's beautiful granddaughter who was killed by a crazed admirer The condemned man who was hanged twice Frederick Deeming - the Rainhill psychopath who wiped out his own family and danced on their grave with his next victim The bizarre link between a South Seas cult and the housewife who was stabbed fourteen times in her Knotty Ash home by a killer who struck under the cover of a fog The unsolved case of the superintendent and his son who died of gunshot wounds under mysterious circumstances - in a police station The enigmatic murder of Julia Wallace - and a very credible solution The only assassination of a British prime minister - by a Liverpool businessman Plus many more fascinating murder cases. This fascinating book is a must for all readers of true crime in general and Liverpudlians and Merseysiders in particular.

©2010 Tom Slemen (P)2014 Tom Slemen

Narrator: Norman Gilligan
Author: Tom Slemen
Category: History
Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
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A9

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Article 9 of the Tokyo Judgement at the end of WWII withdrew from the Japanese constitution the state's right of belligerency. Traumatised and guilt ridden for having killed enemy soldiers in war, Bernard has to attempt to coerce his children to continue his life's work, and makes their awaiting inheritance dependent on their abandoning their present careers and dedicating their lives to the promotion of A9. 1948: Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on justice and order, the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes. The right of belligerency of the State will not be recognised. Starring David Warner, Rebecca Saire, Oliver Cotton, Deborah Findlay, Jonathan Tafler, Ewart James Walters, and Malcolm Tierney. Directed by Eoin O'Callaghan.

©2012 Helen Cooper (P)2012 AudioGO Ltd

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Flying for France

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FNH Audio presents a complete and unabridged reading of Flying for France. Covering the war-time activities of THE American Escadrille. During World War I, before America entered the war, many Americans volunteered to fight for the French. These valiant volunteers fought in all arms of the French services and not least in the air. Formed into air units of their own, these Americans trained, fought, and died together, fighting for freedom and liberty. This audiobook was written by one of these volunteer fighters. As well as this first-person narrative, which describes the training and the combat, the latter chapters include letters written by and between the pilots.

©2011 FNH (P)2011 FNH

Category: History
Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
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Liberalism or How to Turn Good Men into Whiners, Weenies and Wimps

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Liberalism or How to Turn Good Men into Whiners, Weenies and Wimps documents the role of the 21 white, self-avowed socialist, atheist, and Marxist founders of the NAACP and their impact on the black community's present status at the top of our nation's misery index. It highlights the decades of anti-black legislation supported by liberal black leaders who prioritized class over race in their zeal for the promises of socialism. Their anti-black legislation, dating back with the 1932 Davis-Bacon Act, continues today to suppress inter-community black capitalism, federal construction-related black employment, work and job experience for black teenagers, quality education access for urban black children, and the role of black men as leaders within the family unit. Liberalism or How to Turn Good Men into Whiners, Weenies and Wimps highlights the strategy, used in 1910, to inject the atheist ideology of socialism into a once enterprising, self-sufficient, competitive, and proud Christian black community. A portion of that community, the conservative black middle class, is positioned to pull our nation back from this abyss.

©2016 Burgess Owens (P)2017 Tantor

Narrator: Mirron Willis
Category: History
Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
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Great Speeches in History

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From Socrates to Charles I, Danton to Lincoln - here are some of history's most significant figures with their most important speeches. Fighting for justice, for freedom of speech, and sometimes even for their own lives, these orators demonstrate the finest resources of language in the service of the most dramatic issues of their day. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©1996 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd. (P)1996 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.

Category: History
Length: 2 hrs and 34 mins
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Cosmos. L'animal, le cosmos 1

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La place accordée à l'animal dans une société révèle comment l'homme veut vivre au monde. L'expérimentation animale, l'anti-spécisme ou encore la tauromachie nourrissent des débats aux ramifications complexes pour la définition de l'homme en tant qu'espèce et en tant qu'être doué de morale. Dans ce troisième volume de Cosmos, Michel Onfray aborde les enjeux philosophiques profonds que pose notre approche de l'animal, et notamment de sa souffrance. Dans une civilisation où la douleur physique et morale terrestre a été placée par le christianisme comme à la fois inéluctable et sainte, le travail de réflexion et de dépassement proposé par Michel Onfray libère pour se replacer dans les dynamiques de vie dans un cosmos harmonieux. Partie 1 : Voies d'accès au cosmos. 1. L'autobiographie existentielle ; 2. Le sens de Cosmos ; 3. Le temps : Les formes liquides du temps ; 4. Les géorgiques de l'âme ; 5. Après-demain, demain sera hier ; 6. Le pliage des forces en formes ; 7. La construction du "contre-temps" ; 8. La vie : Botanique de la volonté de puissance ; 9. Philosophie de l'anguille lucifuge ; 10. Le monde comme volonté et comme prédation ; 11. Théorie du fumier spirituel ; 12. Fixer les vertiges vitalistes ; 13. L'animal : Epiphanie de la bête judéo-chrétienne et transformation de l'animal en bête ; 14. Les séances à venir : Conclusion sur l'animal ; 15. Le cosmos ; 16. Le sublime. Partie 2 : Voies d'accès au cosmos : Questions/réponses. Partie 3 : Le surgissement des animaux non humains. 1. Spécisme et anti-spécisme ; 2. Le lignage des pensées sur l'animal ; 3. Théisme vs. déisme ; 4. L'origine des espèces ; 5. La descendance de l'homme 1871 ; 6. La politisation de Darwin ; 7. Darwin n'évacue pas Dieu ; 8. Jeremy Bentham, une réexion sur la souffrance animale ; 9. Le testament du curé Meslier ; 10. La parenté homme/animal ; 11. Descartes et les cartésiens ; 12. Avec Montaigne ; 13. Traiter avec douceur et compassion. Partie 4 : Le surgissement des animaux non humains : Questions/réponses. Partie 5 : Qui veut faire l'ange fait la bête. Partie 6 : Qui veut faire l'ange fait la bête : Questions/réponses. Partie 7 : Miroir brisé de la tauromachie.

©2017 Frémeaux & Associés (P)2017 Frémeaux & Associés

Narrator: Michel Onfray
Category: History
Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
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1983

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1983 was a supremely dangerous year - even more dangerous than 1962, the year of the Cuban Missile Crisis. In the US, President Reagan massively increased defence spending, described the Soviet Union as an 'evil empire' and announced his 'Star Wars' programme, calling for a shield in space to defend the US from incoming missiles.

Yuri Andropov, the paranoid Soviet leader, saw all this as signs of American aggression and convinced himself that the US really meant to attack the Soviet Union. He put the KGB on alert to look for signs of an imminent nuclear attack. When a Soviet fighter jet shot down Korean Air Lines flight KAL 007 after straying off course over a sensitive Soviet military area, President Reagan described it as a 'terrorist act' and 'a crime against humanity'. The temperature was rising fast.

Then at the height of the tension, NATO began a war game called Able Archer 83. In this exercise, NATO requested permission to use the codes to launch nuclear weapons. The nervous Soviets convinced themselves this was no exercise but the real thing.

This is an extraordinary and largely unknown Cold War story of spies and double agents, of missiles being readied, of intelligence failures, misunderstandings and the panic of world leaders. With access to hundreds of extraordinary new documents just released in the US, Taylor Downing is able to tell for the first time the gripping but true story of how near the world came to the brink of nuclear war in 1983.

1983: The World at the Brink is a real-life thriller.

©2018 Taylor Downing (P)2018 Little, Brown Book Group

Narrator: Ben Onwukwe
Category: History
Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
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Isabella of Castile & Leon, 1450-1504

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Isabella has been called a genius, crusader, patriot - and bigot. She brought law and order, founded universities and libraries, patronised the arts and sciences - while behind her lay the shadow of the dreaded inquisition. Hers was a remarkable life of cruelty tempered by enlightenment.

©1976 Geoffrey Orme (P)1976 Ivan and Inge Berg

Category: History
Length: 51 mins
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British History in 50 Events

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Do you want to know how the small British Isles became one of the most important empires in world history? Read about the 50 most important events in British history, from the first immigration to the post-World War 2 era. This book will give you a comprehensive overview of British history. Author James Weber did the research and compiled this huge list of events that changed the course of this nation forever. Some of them include: Stonehenge is completed (2000 BC) Romans invade Britain (43 AD) The Declaration of Arbroath (1320 AD) The Battle of Hastings (1066 AD) The Defeat of the Spanish Armada (1588 AD) The Glorious Revolution (1688 AD) Act of union between England and Scotland (1707 AD) Queen Victoria ascends to the throne (1837 AD) British Broadcasting Corporation is established (1927 AD) Good Friday Agreement (1998 AD) And many, many more This is the perfect resource for students and anyone wanting to broaden their knowledge in history. Get your copy now!

©2015-2016 James Weber (P)2016 James Weber

Narrator: Damien Connolly
Author: James Weber
Category: History
Length: 1 hr and 58 mins
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Sea Change

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This is the story of the battle between appeasers and anti-appeasers in the period before - and just after - the start of the Second World War, and the formation of the 1940 coalition government which, like the election of 2010, abruptly ruptured all previous political alignments. Based on real events, this is a fascinating and little known tale of idealism, blackmail, and political skulduggery. Starring Charles Edwards, Kim Wall, John Rowe, Richard Dillane, Carl Prekopp, Adam Billington, Gerard McDermott, James Lailey, and Adjoa Andoh. Other parts played by Christopher Webster and Rikki Lawton. Directed by Marc Beeby.

©2012 John Fletcher (P)2012 AudioGO Ltd

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Anne Boleyn

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Anne Boleyn is perhaps the most engaging of Henry VIII’s Queens. For her he would divorce his wife of some 20 years standing, he would take on the might of the Roman Church and the Holy Roman Empire; he would even alienate his own people in order to win her favour and, eventually, her hand.

©2013 Amberley Publishing (P)2013 Amberley Publishing

Narrator: Debra Burton
Category: History
Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
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Titanic Lives

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Marking the centenary of the Titanic, A Shape of Ice is an utterly compelling exploration of the lives on board the most famous ship in history. The RMS Titanic was built as one of the world's largest and most luxurious liners. A marine Ritz, it was a 45,000 ton hotel of thin steel plates, travelling at a speed of 21 knots across the unforgiving ocean.On the night of 14 April 1912, the seemingly unsinkable ship hit an iceberg. It sustained a 300 feet gash and six compartments were wrenched open to the sea. In little over two hours, the palatial Titanic nose-dived to the bottom of the North Atlantic. Terribly mismanaged, there were not enough lifeboats to carry passengers to safety; over 1,500 people died that night.Who were the Titanic's passengers? In this original and timely book, Richard Davenport-Hines examines the great liner as a social portrait of the Edwardian age; above the squalor of steerage, filled with emigrants moving to the New World, were hundreds of second-class passengers buoyed up by their prosperous respectability. Higher up were the hereditary rich and at the pinnacle stood those of inconceivable wealth - Americans like John Jacob Astor IV, who was found with £2000 and $4000 in sodden notes in his pockets.Bringing together over 2,000 passengers and crew from every class and five continents, A Shape of Ice tells their stories, re-creating the complexities, disparities and tensions of life one hundred years ago.

©2012 Richard Davenport-Hines (P)2011 HarperCollins

Narrator: John Sackville
Category: History
Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
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Yellow Peril [Aquella Horrible Cara Amarilla]

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Dos eventos trágicos, la masacre de Los Angeles de 1871 y el abonimable tráfico de las pequeñas esclavas, que resumen la relación difícil entre América y China en los años 1820 y 1945.  Un libro de ingeniosa e inteligente crítica que deja al descubierto verdades ocultas con un estilo simple y eficaz. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2020 Patrizia Barrera (P)2020 Patrizia Barrera

Narrator: Vanesa Gomez
Category: History
Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
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The Marches

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Ten years after the walk across Central Asia and Afghanistan that he memorialized in his best-selling The Places in Between, Rory Stewart set out on a new journey, traversing a thousand miles between England and Scotland. Stewart was raised along the border of the two countries, the frontier taking on poignant significance in his understanding of what it means to be both Scottish and English, of his relationship with his father, who's lived on this land his whole life, and of his ties to the rich history and culture of the region. Now representing this borderland as a Member of Parliament, Stewart's march begins as his father turns 90, Scotland is about to vote on independence, and Britain may disappear forever. At times alone and at times joined by his father, Stewart melds the story of his journey with an intimate portrait of the changing social and political landscape of the region. Stewart has written for the New York Times Magazine, Granta, and the London Review of Books.

©2016 Rory Stewart (P)2016 Recorded Books

Category: History, Europe
Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
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Witch: A Tale of Terror

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For centuries in Europe, innocent men and women were murdered for the imaginary crime of witchcraft. This was a mass delusion and moral panic, driven by pious superstition and a deadly commitment to religious conformity. In Witch: A Tale of Terror, best-selling author Sam Harris introduces and reads from Charles Mackay's beloved book Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds.

Public Domain (P)2016 Sam Harris

Category: History, Europe
Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
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Magna Carta: The Making and Legacy of the Great Charter

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By the summer of 1215, King John of England had lost control of his kingdom. In June his rebellious barons forced him to attach his regal seal - under oath - to a remarkable document. The so-called 'Great Charter' established an Englishman's right to habeas corpus and set limits to the exercise of royal power. For the first time, an English king had agreed to a document that limited his powers by law and protected his subjects' rights.

©2014 Dan Jones (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

Category: History, Europe
Length: 3 hrs and 21 mins
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In the Reign of King John

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Weakened by the loss of Normandy, King John faced insurrection by his disgruntled barons. With the assistance of the archbishop of Canterbury, they drew up a list of their demands.  Dan Jones' vivid account of the vicissitudes of feudal power politics and the workings of 13th-century government is interwoven with an exploration of the lives of ordinary people: how and where they worked, what they wore, what they ate and what role the church played in their lives.

©2015 Dan Jones (P)2016 W F Howes

Category: History, Europe
Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
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The Six Wives of Henry VIII

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This acclaimed best seller from popular historian Alison Weir is a fascinating look at the Tudor family dynasty and its most infamous ruler. The Six Wives of Henry VIII brings to life England’s oft-married monarch and the six wildly different but equally fascinating women who married him. Gripping from the first sentence to the last and loaded with fascinating details, Weir’s rich history is a perfect blend of scholarship and entertainment.

©1991 Alison Weir (P)2002 Recorded Books

Category: History, Europe
Length: 22 hrs and 26 mins
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The Year That Changed the World

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"Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" President Ronald Reagan's famous exhortation when visiting Berlin in 1987 has long been widely cited as the clarion call that brought the Cold War to an end. The United States won, so this version of history goes, because Ronald Reagan stood firm against the USSR; American resoluteness brought the evil empire to its knees. Michael Meyer, who was there at the time as a Newsweek bureau chief, begs to differ. In this extraordinarily compelling account of the revolutions that roiled Eastern Europe in 1989, Meyer shows that American intransigence was only one of many factors that provoked world-shaking change. He draws together breathtakingly vivid, on-the-ground accounts of the rise of the Solidarity movement in Poland, the stealth opening of the Hungarian border, the Velvet Revolution in Prague, and the collapse of the infamous wall in Berlin. But the most important events, Meyer contends, occurred secretly, in the heroic stands taken by individuals in the thick of the struggle - leaders such as poet and playwright Vaclav Havel in Prague; the Baltic shipwright Lech Walesa; the quietly determined reform prime minister in Budapest, Miklos Nemeth; and the man who privately realized that his empire was already lost and decided, with courage and intelligence, to let it go in peace, Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet general secretary of the Communist party. Reporting for Newsweek from the frontlines in Eastern Europe, Meyer spoke to these players and countless others. Alongside their deliberate interventions were also the happenstance and human error of history that are always present when events accelerate to breakneck speed.

©2009 Michael Meyer (P)2009 Tantor

Category: History, Europe
Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
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Victorian Britain

9 ratings

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This series of 36 fascinating lectures is a chronological journey into the story of Victorian Britain, from the unexpected ascension to the throne of teenaged Princess Victoria in 1837 to her death in 1901 as the Boer War neared its end. Presented with all of Victoria's strengths and foibles left intact by an award-winning teacher and author, the lectures invite you to reflect on both the positive and negative aspects of her reign. You'll discover the lives of Victorian women; the situation facing working people and the rise of trade unionism; Victorian achievements in art, literature, architecture, and music; and what Leonard Woolf called "the seriousness of games," and of leisure-time activities as windows on Victorian life. You'll discuss the important role played by Christianity as a force for both principled adherence to tradition and principled pursuit of change; and the influence of science and the debates over its impact that animated the Victorians. And you'll learn what the Victorians believed about education; the questions raised by Britain's rule over its empire, the problems of poverty and crime; the discoveries of Victorian explorers in Africa; and much more in this remarkable rendering of a remarkable age. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2002 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2002 The Great Courses

Category: History, Europe
Length: 18 hrs and 36 mins
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The Europeans

1 rating

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From the “master of historical narrative” (Financial Times), a dazzling, richly detailed, panoramic work - the first to document the genesis of a continent-wide European culture. The 19th century in Europe was a time of unprecedented artistic achievement. It was also the first age of cultural globalization - an epoch when mass communications and high-speed rail travel brought Europe together, overcoming the barriers of nationalism and facilitating the development of a truly European canon of artistic, musical, and literary works. By 1900, the same books were being read across the continent, the same paintings reproduced, the same music played in homes and heard in concert halls, the same operas performed in all the major theatres. Drawing from a wealth of documents, letters, and other archival materials, acclaimed historian Orlando Figes examines the interplay of money and art that made this unification possible. At the center of the book is a poignant love triangle: the Russian writer Ivan Turgenev; the Spanish prima donna Pauline Viardot, with whom Turgenev had a long and intimate relationship; and her husband Louis Viardot, an art critic, theater manager, and republican activist. Together, Turgenev and the Viardots acted as a kind of European cultural exchange - they either knew or crossed paths with Delacroix, Berlioz, Chopin, Brahms, Liszt, the Schumanns, Hugo, Flaubert, Dickens, and Dostoyevsky, among many other towering figures. As Figes observes, nearly all of civilization’s great advances have come during periods of heightened cosmopolitanism - when people, ideas, and artistic creations circulate freely between nations. Vivid and insightful, The Europeans shows how such cosmopolitan ferment shaped artistic traditions that came to dominate world culture.

©2019 Orlando Figes (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

Category: History, Europe
Length: 21 hrs and 39 mins
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Clanlands

268 ratings

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A road trip book with a difference. Stars of Outlander - Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish - explore Scotland, a land of raw beauty, poetry, feuding, music, history and warfare. Narrated by Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish, with a foreword written and read by Diana Gabaldon. From their faithful camper-van to boats, kayaks, bicycles and motorbikes, join stars of Outlander Sam and Graham on a road trip with a difference. Unlikely friends Sam and Graham begin their journey in the heart of Scotland at Glencoe and travel from there all the way to Inverness and Culloden battlefield, where along the way they experience adventure and a cast of highland characters. In this story of friendship, finding themselves and whisky, they discover the complexity, rich history and culture of their native country. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Diana Gabaldon, Graham McTavish, Sam Heughan (P)2020 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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The Long 19th Century: European History from 1789 to 1917

25 ratings

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Few periods of history offer such captivating complexity as Europe in the long 19th century between 1789 and 1914. From the idealism of the French Revolution to the power of the Industrial Revolution to the chaos of World War I, this fascinating whirl of events, personalities, and forces formed the foundation for the modern world. Over the course of 36 engaging lectures Professor Weiner leads you on a spirited journey across an ever-changing European landscape, examining the forces and personalities that reshaped the continent's physical borders, diplomatic relationships, and balance of power. Assuming no prior knowledge of this era and no professional vocabulary, he explores this turbulent and important era with interest, curiosity, and passion. You'll look at what the transition to modernity meant for peasants, workers, the middle class, aristocrats, women, and minorities. And you'll consider the political and diplomatic moves of the great powers - Great Britain, France, Germany, Austria-Hungary, Russia, and Italy - in the context of the deeper economic, social, and cultural forces at work and how they reflect the impact of some of history's most significant names, including Napoleon Bonaparte, Otto von Bismarck, and Kaiser Wilhelm II. With this ambitious look at the evolution of the environment that ultimately made World War I possible, Professor Weiner explores more than factual history - the dates, battles, and treaties. He repeatedly steps back from on-the-ground events to clarify historical trends or patterns, providing a comprehensive look at this engaging era. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2005 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2005 The Great Courses

Category: History, Europe
Length: 18 hrs and 25 mins
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The Italian Renaissance

27 ratings

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The effects of the Italian Renaissance are still with us today, from the incomparable paintings of Leonardo da Vinci to the immortal writings of Petrarch and Machiavelli. But why was there such an artistic, cultural, and intellectual explosion in Italy at the start of the 14th century? Why did it occur in Italy? And why in certain Italian city-states such as Florence? Professor Bartlett probes these questions and more in 36 dynamic lectures. This is your opportunity to appreciate the results of the Italian Renaissance and gain an understanding of the underlying social, political, and economic forces that made such exceptional art and culture possible. At the heart of Renaissance Italy were the city-states, home to the money, intellect, and talent needed for the growth of Renaissance culture. You'll look at the Republic of Florence, as well as other city-states that, thanks to geographical and historical circumstances, had much different political and social structures. This course contains a wealth of details that will give you a feel and appreciation for the Italian Renaissance - its contributions to history, the ways it was similar and dissimilar to our times, and how the people of the time, both famous and ordinary, experienced it. You'll come away surprised by how much of our modern life was made possible by the Renaissance. Our concept of participatory government, our belief in the value of competition, our philosophy of the content and purpose of education, even our notions of love all have roots in the Renaissance period. Its loftiest ideals - the importance of the individual, the value of human dignity and potential, and the promotion of freedom - are ones we embrace as our own. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2005 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2005 The Great Courses

Category: History, Europe
Length: 18 hrs and 17 mins
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The Late Middle Ages

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The Late Middle Ages - the two centuries from c. 1300 to c. 1500 - might seem like a distant era, but students of history are still trying to reach a consensus about how it should be interpreted. Was it an era of calamity or rebirth? Was it still clearly medieval or the period in which humanity took its first decisive steps into modernity? These 24 provocative lectures introduce you to the age's major events, personalities, and developments, and arms you with the essentials you need to form your own ideas about this age of extremes - an age that, according to Professor Daileader, "experiences disasters and tragedies of such magnitude that those who survive them cannot remember the like, and doubt that subsequent generations will be capable of believing their descriptions. "You'll look at the Black Death, the carnage of frequent wars, and the religious turmoil we associate with the Middle Ages." But you'll also look at the beginning of the intellectual and cultural movement known as Humanism, which planted the seeds of modernity. Humanism's precepts, which hearkened back to the moral inspiration inherent in classical artistic values, humans have an enormous capacity for goodness, for creativity, even for the achievement of happiness. But these were hardly the only forces that tug modern-day historians in multiple directions. The Middle Ages was also a period when the persisting legacy of knights, serfs, and castles coexisted with the cannons and muskets newly made possible by gunpowder. With so many contradictions, it's no wonder that historians have differed widely on how to judge this era-debating even when it ended and modernity began. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2007 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2007 The Great Courses

Category: History, Europe
Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
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Louis XIV**

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Cet hiver 1683 semble marquer le crépuscule d'un règne unique. Le roi malade mène une lutte courageuse. Car Louis le Grand ne capitule jamais. L'Europe entière résonne du bruit de ses victoires. Alors que la mort emporte ses conseillers et les membres de sa famille, le roi doit dicter son rythme à la Cour... Une comédie que cet homme inquiet, vieillissant, peine à jouer. Jusqu'à la fin, Louis gouverne, décide, du sort de la France comme de son propre salut.

©2007 XO éditions (P)2019 Lizzie, un département d'Univers Poche, Paris

Author: Max Gallo
Category: History, Europe
Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
Available on Audible
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Europe

21 ratings

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Here is a masterpiece of historical narrative that stretches from the Ice Age to the Atomic Age, as it tells the story of Europe, East and West.   Norman Davies captures it all - the rise and fall of Rome, the sweeping invasions of Alaric and Atilla, the Norman Conquests, the Papal struggles for power, the Renaissance and the Reformation, the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars, Europe's rise to become the powerhouse of the world, and its eclipse in our own century, following two devastating World Wars.   This is the first major history of Europe to give equal weight to both East and West, and it shines light on fascinating minority communities, from heretics and lepers to Gypsies, Jews, and Muslims. It also takes an innovative approach, combining traditional narrative with unique features that help bring history alive: 299 time capsules scattered through the narrative capture telling aspects of an era, and 12 snapshots offer a panoramic look at all of Europe at a particular moment in history. All told, Davies's Europe represents one of the most important and illuminating histories to be published in recent years. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©1996, 1997 Norman Davies (P)2019 Tantor

Narrator: Derek Perkins
Category: History, Europe
Length: 61 hrs and 48 mins
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The Celtic World

54 ratings

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Following the surge of interest and pride in Celtic identity since the 19th century, much of what we thought we knew about the Celts has been radically transformed. From the warriors who nearly defeated Julius Caesar to druids who, contrary to popular opinion, definitely did not worship at Stonehenge, get to know the real Celts. In The Celtic World, discover the incredible story of the Celtic-speaking peoples, whose art, language, and culture once spread from Ireland to Austria. This series of 24 enlightening lectures explains the traditional historical view of who the Celts were, then contrasts it with brand-new evidence from DNA analysis and archeology that totally changes our perspective on where the Celts came from. European history and culture have been profoundly affected by the Celts, from the myth of King Arthur to the very map of the United Kingdom, where the English confronted the peoples of the "Celtic Fringe." With a wealth of historical expertise, Professor Jennifer Paxton (PhD Harvard University), Director of the University Honors Program and Clinical Assistant Professor of History at The Catholic University of America, guides you through each topic related to Celtic history with approachability and ease as you unearth what we once thought it meant - and what it may actually mean - to be Celtic. Professor Paxton's engaging, often humorous delivery blends perfectly with the facts about the Celts to uncover surprising historical revelations. The ancient Celts are very much alive in the literary and artistic traditions that their descendants have both preserved and very deliberately revived. All facets of Celtic life, past and present, are addressed by Professor Paxton, who demonstrates a masterful knowledge and carefully separates fact from myth at every turn. Come along for a ride through history to discover your inner Celt. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2018 The Great Courses (P)2018 The Teaching Company, LLC

Category: History, Europe
Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
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A History of Eastern Europe

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Eastern Europe has long been thought of as the "Other Europe", a region rife with political upheaval, shifting national borders, an astonishing variety of ethnic diversity, and relative isolation from the centers of power in the West. It has also been, and continues to be, pivotal in the course of world events. A History of Eastern Europe offers a sweeping 1,000-year tour with a particular focus on the region's modern history. In 24 insightful lectures, you'll observe waves of migration and invasion, watch empires rise and fall, witness wars and their deadly consequences - and come away with comprehensive knowledge of one of the world's most fascinating places. In examining this region's remarkable diversity and contested borders, you'll better understand the ever-present tension between the connections between East and West and the areas of marked contrast. These disparities were clear as the world globalized and the US and Soviet superpowers jockeyed for spheres of influence - epitomized by the imposition of the Iron Curtain across Europe and the rise of the Berlin Wall. And yet, throughout the 20th century and into current times, the connectedness of Eastern Europe to the rest of the world continues to be demonstrated beyond question. This region has made itself felt across the globe through: The political and cultural reverberations of peace movements and armed conflicts The crises of huge population migrations and the new expressions of cultural and economic exchange they spark The successes and struggles of NATO and the European Union And more Explore the grand sweep of this epic history, from a series of early invasions to the rise of empires to the collapse of communism and into the new challenges of the 21st century. Meet brilliant poets, writers, artists, and other cultural figures who made an impact on Eastern European history. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2015 The Great Courses (P)2015 The Teaching Company, LLC

Category: History, Europe
Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
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History of Italy

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If you want to discover the captivating history of Italy, then pay attention.... It is not an easy job to draw the border between the history of Italy and the history of Rome. In so many places, the two political and geographical entities collide. They wouldn’t be possible without each other, but they each have their own story.  Rome’s history is only a small fragment of Italy’s history. Although it is just a city, Rome was the birthplace of the republic, a great empire, and notable philosophers, poets, and artists. But on a larger scale, Rome expanded its borders, spreading not only through Italy, but also through the whole known world. In that context, Rome ceased being only a city; it also became a universal imperial symbol and the pride of Italy. In History of Italy: A Captivating Guide to Italian History, Starting from the First Settlements through the Middle Ages to the Modern Period, you will discover topics such as: The Bronze Age in Italy and the Early Settlements Iron Age and Pre-Roman Italy Italy in the Roman Period Barbarian and Byzantine Italy The Kingdom of the Lombards and the Emergence of the Papal States Italy’s Place in the Holy Roman Empire Italy’s Renaissance The Modern History of Italy And much, much more! So, if you want to learn more about the history of Italy, scroll up and click the "add to cart" button!

©2020 Captivating History (P)2021 Captivating History

Narrator: Jason Zenobia
Category: History, Europe
Length: 4 hrs
Available on Audible
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Russka

3 ratings

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Russka is the story of four families who are divided by ethnicity but united in shaping the destiny of Russia. From a single riverside village situated at one of the country’s geographic crossroads, Russia’s Slav peasant origins are influenced by the Greco-Iranian, Khazar, Jewish, and Mongol invasions. Unified by this one place, the many cultures blend to form a rich and varied tapestry. Rutherfurd’s grand saga is as multifaceted as Russia itself: harsh yet exotic, proud yet fearful of enemies, steeped in ancient superstitions but always seeking to shape the emerging world. Peter the Great, Ivan the Terrible, Catherine the Great, and Lenin all play their roles in creating and destroying the land and its people. In Russka, Edward Rutherfurd has transformed the epic history of a great civilization into a human story of flesh and blood.

©1991 Edward Rutherfurd (P)2000 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Wanda McCaddon
Category: History, Europe
Length: 39 hrs and 53 mins
Available on Audible
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Spanish-American War

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If you want to discover the captivating history of the Spanish-American War, then pay attention... Two captivating manuscripts in one audiobook: The Spanish-American War: A Captivating Guide to the Armed Conflict Between the United States of America and Spain That Took Place after the U.S. Intervened in the Cuban War of Independence The Philippine-American War: A Captivating Guide to the Philippine Insurrection That Started When the United States of America Claimed Possession of the Philippines after the Spanish-American War The Spanish-American War really only lasted about 10 weeks (the buildup and decision to go to war took longer than the war itself), but a peace treaty was not signed until December of 1898. This was an event that was the tipping point for the end of the Spanish Empire and the rise of the US as a formidable player on the world stage. Some of the topics covered in part one of this audiobook include: Spain’s Waning Influence The Tense Relationship between Cuba and the US Half-Way around the World - The Philippine-American Relationship A Changed World And much, much more! Some of the topics covered in part two of this audiobook include: A Quick Overview The World After Rome Lasting Effects and Hope of Reunification And much, much more! So if you want to learn more about the history of the Spanish-American War and Philippine-American War, get this audiobook now!

©2019 Captivating History (P)2020 Captivating History

Narrator: Jason Zenobia
Category: History, Europe
Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
Available on Audible
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Winston Churchill

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Explore how Churchill went from schoolboy failure to wartime hero. As a British politician who was well known for serving twice as prime minister for the United Kingdom, and as an infamous war organizer, leader Winston S. Churchill filled his long life with achievements and recognition, plotted throughout every modern history book. Most famously, he led Great Britain into victory over Nazi Germany during World War II in his first run as prime minister, and played an essential role in negotiating peace once the war reached an unsteady end. Commonly, his name is associated as one of the "Big Three", alongside United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Soviet Union leader Joseph Stalin. In unity, the three men helped lead the world to a resolution from the violence and terror that reigned in World War II. Any general biography of Winston S. Churchill will provide an overview of his greatest achievements, but Churchill had other goals and desires that are often ignored and forgotten. What were they? Churchill had a family - a childhood and children of his own - and a political career that began at a young age. He spoke with and entertained some of the biggest names in the world, within both the political and social realms. How did he interact with Franklin D. Roosevelt? With Mahatma Gandhi? Beneath the accolades and accomplishments lies one important question: Who was Winston S. Churchill out of the spotlight? What were his struggles and personal goals? Was he an average man in some ways? The following audiobook is an outline of Winston S. Churchill's life that not only gives a brief overview of his best-known feats, but also provides a glimpse into who he was as a person.

©2017 Captivating History (P)2017 Captivating History

Narrator: Sean Daily
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
Available on Audible
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A History of Russia: From Peter the Great to Gorbachev

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It's difficult to imagine a nation with a history more compelling for Americans than Russia. Before the collapse of the Soviet Union, this was the nation against which we measured our own nation's values and power and with whom war, if it ever came, could spell unimaginable catastrophe for our planet. Yet many Americans have never had the opportunity to study Russia in depth, and to see how the forces of history came together to shape a future so different from the dreams of most ordinary Russian people, eager to see their nation embrace Western values of progress, human rights, and justice. Now a much-honored teacher has created a series of 36 lectures designed to give you one of the deepest glimpses into Russia you've ever had - a vivid journey through 300 years of Russian history as seen through the eyes of her own people. You'll discover historical themes made clear not by discussing treaties, war declarations, or economic statistics - but by examining the lives and ideas of the men and women who were Russia: tsars, emperors, Communist Party leaders, writers, artists, peasants, and factory workers. You'll grasp what Russian life was like as Professor Steinberg analyzes ideas of power not only from the viewpoint of its rulers, but also from that of the ruled; the theme of happiness and its pursuit that resonates throughout Russian history, and ideas of morality and ethics as wielded by both the Russian state and its critics. And you'll listen as he brings alive the vibrant Russian imagination - so willing to visualize a different kind of life for its people, yet so burdened by its darker sides of doubt and pessimism that those visions were rejected. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2003 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2003 The Great Courses

Narrator: Mark Steinberg
Category: History, Europe
Length: 18 hrs and 45 mins
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The City of Falling Angels

2 ratings

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It was seven years ago that Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil achieved a record-breaking four-year run on The New York Times best seller list. John Berendt's inimitable brand of nonfiction brought the dark mystique of Savannah so startlingly to life for millions of people that tourism to Savannah increased by 46 percent. It is Berendt and only Berendt who can capture Venice, a city of masks, a city of riddles, where the narrow, meandering passageways form a giant maze, confounding all who have not grown up wandering into its depths. Venice, a city steeped in a thousand years of history, art, and architecture, teeters in precarious balance between endurance and decay. Its architectural treasures crumble, foundations shift, marble ornaments fall, even as efforts to preserve them are underway. The City of Falling Angels opens on the evening of January 29, 1996, when a dramatic fire destroys the historic Venice opera house. The loss of the Fenice, where five of Verdi's operas premiered, is a catastrophe for Venetians. Arriving in Venice three days after the fire, Berendt becomes a kind of detective, inquiring into the nature of life in this remarkable museum-city-while gradually revealing the truth about the fire.

©2005 High Water Incorporated (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

Narrator: Holter Graham
Author: John Berendt
Category: History, Europe
Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
Available on Audible
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Germania: A Captivating Guide to the History of a Region in Europe Where Germanic Tribes Dominated and How It Transformed into Germany

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If you want to discover the captivating history of Germania, then pay attention.... Germany is a relatively young nation-state. United in 1871, it's even younger than the United States. However, the territories inhabited by the Germanic people have a rich history that reaches far back in prehistory and antiquity. Located in the heart of Europe, Germany witnessed centuries of conflicts, immigration, and negotiations. Consequently, its shape, size, and ethnicity changed throughout history. The territories which constitute Germany today were often war zones, and at times they would join forces against a common enemy or break apart due to internal conflicts. Because of these conflicts, Germany’s boundaries, as well as what it means to be German, fluctuated throughout history and, in some way, are still evolving. The region's long and troubled history influences its present, its politics, and its nationality.  In Germania: A Captivating Guide to the History of a Region in Europe Where Germanic Tribes Dominated and How It Transformed into Germany, you will discover topics such as  The Early History of Germania The Barbarian leaders The Merovingians and the Carolingians The Holy Roman Empire The Reformation The Thirty Years’ War The Age of Enlightenment Napoleon and the Revolution in Germany The Many Wars and the Unification World War I World War II Modern Germany And much, much more! So if you want to learn more about the history of Germania, scroll up, and buy now.

©2021 Captivating History (P)2021 Captivating History

Narrator: Jason Zenobia
Category: History, Europe
Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
Available on Audible
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The History of the Renaissance World

27 ratings

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A lively and fascinating narrative history about the birth of the modern world.  Beginning in the heady days just after the First Crusade, this volume - the third in the series that began with The History of the Ancient World and The History of the Medieval World - chronicles the contradictions of a world in transition. Popes continue to preach crusade, but the hope of a Christian empire comes to a bloody end at the walls of Constantinople. Aristotelian logic and Greek rationality blossom while the Inquisition gathers strength. As kings and emperors continue to insist on their divine rights, ordinary people all over the world seize power: the lingayats of India, the Jacquerie of France, the Red Turbans of China, and the peasants of England.  New threats appear, as the Ottomans emerge from a tiny Turkish village and the Mongols ride out of the East to set the world on fire. New currencies are forged, new weapons invented, and world-changing catastrophes alter the landscape: the Little Ice Age and the Great Famine kill millions; the Black Death, millions more. In the chaos of these epoch-making events, our own world begins to take shape.  Impressively researched and brilliantly told, The History of the Renaissance World offers not just the names, dates, and facts but the memorable characters who illuminate the years between 1100 and 1453 - years that marked a sea change in mankind's perception of the world. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2013 Susan Wise Bauer (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: John Lee
Category: History, Europe
Length: 21 hrs and 11 mins
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The English and Their History

20 ratings

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Robert Tombs' momentous The English and Their History is both a startlingly fresh and a uniquely inclusive account of the people who have a claim to be the oldest nation in the world. The English first came into existence as an idea, before they had a common ruler and before the country they lived in even had a name. They have lasted as a recognizable entity ever since, and their defining national institutions can be traced back to the earliest years of their history. The English have come a long way from those first precarious days of invasion and conquest, with many spectacular changes of fortune. Their political, economic, and cultural contacts have left traces for good and ill across the world. This book describes their history and its meanings, from their beginnings in the monasteries of Northumbria and the wetlands of Wessex to the cosmopolitan energy of today's England. Tombs draws out important threads running through the story, including participatory government, language, law, religion, the land and the sea, and ever-changing relations with other peoples.

©2014 Robert Tombs (P)2016 Tantor

Narrator: James Langton
Author: Robert Tombs
Category: History, Europe
Length: 43 hrs and 9 mins
Available on Audible
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The Rise and Fall of Soviet Communism: A History of 20th-Century Russia

10 ratings

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From the Oval Office to the streets of Moscow, world leaders and ordinary citizens alike share interest and concerns about Russia. Can democracy survive there? What does the future hold for the once expansive and still powerful Russian nation? Is Soviet Communism truly dead? These are the kinds of questions diplomats struggle with every day. And now, through this series of 16 incisive lectures by an acclaimed scholar of Russian history, you can begin investigating them for yourself as you take a probing historical journey through the recent history and near future of a key world power. Whether your chief interest is Russian or world history, political theory, or international relations, you'll take away fresh knowledge and insight as Professor Hamburg examines the improbable origins of Communist rule in Russia, the ascent of the Red Star to its zenith, and its decline and apparent end in the wake of 1989's events. Using new material from previously sealed Soviet archives and covering recent controversial findings by both Russian and Western scholars, he begins with the failures of the czarist regime and the horrors of the First World War, then takes you through the bloody era of Josef Stalin's purges and beyond to Mikhail Gorbachev's perestroika to offer you a thoroughgoing analysis of the Soviet experiment. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©1996 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)1996 The Great Courses

Narrator: Gary Hamburg
Category: History, Europe
Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
Available on Audible
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European History

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Explore the captivating history of Europe. Europe’s past is characterized by fighting and warfare, and it is punctuated with great works of art, philosophy, science, and technology. Even its recent history is much the same - that’s why, so much of the globe was once ruled by European monarchies. Despite all the infighting and territorial exploits, Europeans have managed to create some of the most beautiful pieces of literature, architecture, political structures, and ideas the world has ever seen. In European History: A Captivating Guide to the History of Europe, Starting from the Neanderthals Through to the Roman Empire and the End of the Cold War, you will discover chapters, such as: Prehistory The Neolithic Revolution The Bronze Age Early Tribes of Europe The Iron Age Prehistoric Britain The Classical Greeks The Roman Empire The Vikings The Dark Ages The Holy Roman Empire The Rise of Wessex The Norman Conquest Marco Polo and Renaissance Italy Joan of Arc Isabella I of Castile The Age of Discovery The Reformation The Enlightenment The French Revolution The Industrial Age The British Empire of Queen Victoria The Great War The Russian Revolution World War II The Cold War Era And much, much more! So, if you want to learn more about European history, scroll up and click the "buy now" button!

©2019 Captivating History (P)2020 Vicelane LLC

Category: History, Europe
Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
Available on Audible
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Summary of Live Not by Lies by Rod Dreher

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Note to liseners: This is an unofficial summary and analysis of Rod Dreher’s, designed to enrich your listening experience.  Live Not by Lies by Rod Dreher states that power in the USSR has belonged to the KGB and to the party of the Communists, who declared only atheism for over 70 years. According to the atheist KGB’s challenging ideas, Christianity in the USSR should have died long ago. Persecution was never stopped on Christians: Behind the “iron curtain", grandfathers, fathers, and young men were persecuted and dominated harshly. Their children endured oppression and were taken away from their homes. Many children have never returned home; they were sent to a special place to be raised as an activist-communist. This was the reality of the situation in the USSR while under the control of the KGB’s emperor.  According to the American dictionary, “The concept of the Iron Curtain symbolized the ideological fighting and physical boundary dividing Europe into two separate areas from the end of World War II in 1945 until the end of the Cold War in 1991.”  Even though Christians were persecuted and prosecuted in courts severely and sent to prisons for many years, they were deeply grateful to God for his love for them, and for that, God put faith and courage into their hearts to stand firm for their faith. Christians of the USSR were grateful to almighty God for the mutual support shown by Christians of Europe and America and for their prayers for the USSR over many years. 

©1 year Genius Reads (P)2021 Genius Reads

Author: Genius Reads
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
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The Bayeux Tapestry

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A combination of verse from Simon Armitage and prose from Jeff Young lends a voice to the chain of events depicted on the famous Bayeux Tapestry. This production chronicles the history surrounding the Battle of Hastings in 1066 and the ascension of Duke William of Normandy to the English throne.  Harold, Duke of Wessex, takes the English throne, despite Edward the Confessor's wish that William Duke of Normandy should be his heir. Seeking retribution, William sails to England and heads his troops towards Hastings, where the battle eventually concludes with Harold's death by an arrow shot to the eye. Poetry and prose are interspersed with war correspondent-style reports on the action. As the royal dukes ponder their lot, assorted commoners of the day discuss fear, heroism and grief.

©2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd

Category: History, Europe
Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
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Medieval Europe

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The millennium between the breakup of the western Roman Empire and the Reformation was a long and hugely transformative period - one not easily chronicled within a single volume. Yet distinguished historian Chris Wickham has taken up the challenge in this landmark book, and he succeeds in producing the most riveting account of medieval Europe in a generation. Tracking the entire sweep of the Middle Ages across Europe, Wickham focuses on important changes century by century, including such pivotal crises and moments as the fall of the western Roman Empire, Charlemagne's reforms, the feudal revolution, the challenge of heresy, the destruction of the Byzantine Empire, the rebuilding of late medieval states, and the appalling devastation of the Black Death. He provides illuminating vignettes that underscore how shifting social, economic, and political circumstances affected individual lives and international events. Wickham offers both a new conception of Europe's medieval period and a provocative revision of exactly how and why the Middle Ages matter.

©2016 Chris Wickham (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Derek Perkins
Category: History, Europe
Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
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A History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts

21 ratings

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During the 229-year period from 1485 to 1714, England transformed itself from a minor feudal state into what has been called "the first modern society" and emerged as the wealthiest and most powerful nation in the world. Those years hold a huge and captivating story. The English survived repeated epidemics and famines, one failed invasion and two successful ones, two civil wars, a series of violent religious reformations and counter-reformations, and confrontations with two of the most powerful monarchs on Earth, Louis XIV of France and Philip II of Spain. But they did much more than survive. They produced a great culture, giving the world the ideas of John Locke, the plays of Shakespeare, the wit of Swift, the poetry of Milton, the buildings of Christopher Wren, the science of Isaac Newton, and the King James Bible, to name a very few. And, despite the cruelty, bloodshed, and religious suppression they visited upon so many, they ultimately left behind something else: the political principles and ideals for which we-and so many of them - would work and die, and on which we would build our own nation. Now you can watch this remarkable panorama of society, economics, religion, and politics unfold in a series of 48 transfixing lectures by a justifiably honored teacher who takes you into the lives of not only Britain's ruling royal houses, but the English people themselves, describing how they were born, worked, played, worshiped, fell in love, and died. Cinematic in their presentation and detail - whether describing the likely thoughts of Charles I on the way to his execution or the overheard weeping of Queen Anne after she fired her Lord Treasurer - these lectures are as memorable as the history they describe. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2003 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2003 The Great Courses

Narrator: Robert Bucholz
Category: History, Europe
Length: 24 hrs and 32 mins
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King Arthur: History and Legend

24 ratings

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The saga of King Arthur and his court is the most enduringly popular mythic tradition of Western civilization. For over 1,500 years, the Arthurian narrative has enthralled writers, artists, and a limitless audience spanning the Western world and beyond - and its appeal continues unabated in our time. No other heroic figure in literature compares with King Arthur in terms of global popularity and longevity; now, each year sees literally thousands of new versions of the story appear across diverse media, from fiction writing and visual arts to film and popular culture. Delve into the historical mystery behind the figure of Arthur, and discover the magnificent breadth of these epic tales. These 24 spellbinding lectures reveal the full scope of the Arthurian tradition, from its beginnings in post-Roman Britain to its extraordinary trajectory across the centuries and its latest incarnations in modern times. Your pathfinder in this world of mythic adventure and romance, Professor Armstrong, is one of the world's leading Arthurian scholars and the current editor-in-chief of the academic journal Arthuriana. Demonstrating both encyclopedic knowledge and an infectious passion for the subject, she leads you in tracing how the myth developed across time, clarifying many misunderstood aspects of the narrative, such as the origins of the Round Table and the figure of Merlin, the illicit love between Lancelot and Guenevere, and the varied manifestations of the magical Holy Grail. You'll discover how the legend was appropriated and assimilated by differing cultures, and how each writer and artist in the tradition reflected and commented, through the Arthurian narrative, on the concerns of their own time and place. The result is an illuminating look at one of the most engaging, entertaining, and influential legendary traditions the world has ever known. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2015 The Great Courses (P)2015 The Teaching Company, LLC

Category: History, Europe
Length: 12 hrs
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The Measure of Man

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It was one of the most concentrated surges of creativity in the history of civilization. Between 1390 and 1537, Florence poured forth an astonishing stream of magnificent artworks. But Florentines did more during this brief period than create masterpieces. As citizens of a fractious republic threatened from below, without, and within, they also were driven to reimagine the political and ethical basis of their world, exploring the meaning and possibilities of liberty, virtue, and beauty. This vibrant era is brought to life in rich detail by noted historian Lawrence Rothfield in The Measure of Man. His account introduces listeners to a city teeming with memorable individuals and audacious risk-takers, capable of producing works of the most serene beauty and acts of the most shocking violence. Rothfield's cast of characters includes book hunters and book burners, devout Christians and assassins, humble pharmacists and arrogant oligarchs, all caught up in a dramatic struggle - a tragic arc running from the cultural heights of republican idealism in the early 15th century, through the aesthetic flowerings and civic vicissitudes of the age of the Medici and Savonarola, to the brooding meditations of Machiavelli and Michelangelo over the fate of the dying republic.

©2021 The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc. (P)2021 Tantor

Narrator: David de Vries
Category: History, Europe
Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
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Understanding Russia

8 ratings

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From the earliest recorded history of the Russian state, its people have sought to define their place in the world. And while many of us look to make sense of Russia through its political history, in many ways a real grasp of this awe-inspiring country comes from looking closely at its cultural achievements.  The 24 lectures of Understanding Russia: A Cultural History survey hundreds of years of Russian culture, from the world of Ivan the Terrible to the dawn of the Soviet Union to the post-war tensions of Putin’s Russia. Blending history with cultural studies, they are designed to bring you closer than ever before to the Russian people - not just the authoritarian rulers like Peter the Great, the Romanovs, and Stalin but the everyday men and women who sought their own meaning in the poetry of Pushkin, the comfort of early folk tales, the faith of medieval iconography, the avant-garde films of Eisenstein, and more.  You’ll discover surprising insights into centuries of cultural history, including peasant superstitions, such as avoiding whistling indoors, and the culture of queuing for goods and services that defined everyday life for ordinary Soviets. You’ll also spend time in the company of novelists, painters, poets, filmmakers, impresarios, composers, revolutionaries, and intellectuals who shaped Russia in myriad ways, including The Five, a group of composers who created a distinctly national sound based in part on Russian folk music; and Sergei Eisenstein, the filmmaker whose Battleship Potemkin revolutionized the language of cinema.  In a time when the eyes of the Western world are constantly drawn to Russia, it’s amazing how little we really know about its culture. These lectures will help you finally understand that complex, thrilling, and undeniably fascinating spirit.  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.  

©2018 The Great Courses (P)2018 The Teaching Company, LLC

Category: History, Europe
Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
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Voyage en Europe

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Notre histoire est européenne. S'arrêter face au trône de Charlemagne, dans la cathédrale d'Aix-la-Chapelle, pour rêver d'un empire qui fonda l'Europe. Se promener dans les rues de Nuremberg, de Bruges, de Gênes pour raconter la résurrection des villes et l'invention de l'économie, au Moyen Âge. Arpenter les falaises de Sagres, dans le sud du Portugal, pour imaginer le prince Henri le Navigateur guettant à l'horizon le retour des caravelles. Retrouver, en Pologne, le chanoine Copernic, qui chamboula notre rapport à l'univers. Chercher, dans les couloirs de Westminster, l'âme du parlementarisme et dans la salle du Jeu de Paume à Versailles celle de la Révolution française. Profiter d'une promenade d'un bout du continent à l'autre, pour explorer son passé. En ce début de XXIe siècle, les passions nationales flambent de nouveau. Nombre d'Européens n'imaginent plus l'avenir que dans le repli alors que notre histoire est indissociable de celle du continent. Un Espagnol et un Polonais, un Allemand et un Français ont en commun le Moyen Âge et ses châteaux, la Renaissance, les Lumières, les bouleversements consécutifs à la Révolution française, la révolution industrielle, les deux guerres mondiales. C'est une évidence, et elle est oubliée. Le but de cette promenade est de lui redonner force et vie. Le ton vif et enlevé de l'auteur et la chronologie limpide en font un ouvrage plaisant et accessible à tous. Table des matières : Introduction ; Chapitre 1 : Faux départ ; Chapitre 2 : Le pape et l'empereur ; Chapitre 3 : Du christianisme et autres racines ; Chapitre 4 : Des chevaliers et des rois ; Chapitre 5 : Des marchands et des villes ; Chapitre 6 : Lumières et ombres du Moyen Âge ; Chapitre 7 : Interlude itinérant ; Chapitre 8 : L'Europe prend le large ; Chapitre 9 : Des grands souverains de la Renaissance ; Chapitre 10 : Le déchirement religieux ; Chapitre 11 : Un tour dans l'Europe des États ; Chapitre 12 : Des sciences et des Lumières ; Chapitre 13 : Trois Révolutions ; Chapitre 14 : Le temps des nations ; Chapitre 15 : La révolution industrielle ; Chapitre 16 : La domination du monde ; Chapitre 17 : L'apogée ; Chapitre 18 : Six idées sur le suicide de l'Europe ; Chapitre 19 : L'Europe en enfer ; Chapitre 20 : Une Europe, deux Europe ; Quelques lectures ; Remerciements.

©2019 Librairie Arthème Fayard (P)2020 Audiolib

Category: History, Europe
Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
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Age of Enlightenment

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If you want to discover the captivating history of the Age of Enlightenment, then pay attention.... The life of an eminent scientist during the Scientific Revolution and the ensuing Enlightenment was not easy. Ambitious people were killed in the name of the Catholic Church for their scientific and philosophical works, which were often viewed as heretical. Major figures of the Enlightenment period include Voltaire, Isaac Newton, John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, David Hume, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Adam Smith, Immanuel Kant, and Thomas Jefferson. These and many other great thinkers of the era influenced mass social upheaval in pursuit of equality and human rights, and many historians consider the culmination of these efforts to have been the French Revolution of 1789. In Age of Enlightenment: A Captivating Guide to the Age of Reason, Including the Lives of Isaac Newton, Francis Bacon, John Locke, and Mary Somerville, you will discover topics such as The Republic of Letters Michel de Montaigne Francis Bacon Marie de Gournay René Descartes Bathsua Makin Anna Maria Van Schurman Dorothy Moore Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia Robert Boyle John Locke Isaac Newton England's Civil War The Royal Society of London Marie du Moulin Conflict in the Royal Society Charles-Louis de Secondat (Montesquieu) Benjamin Franklin David Hume Adam Smith The Boston Tea Party Thomas Paine The American Revolution François-Marie Arouet (Voltaire) Mary Sommerville And much, much more! So if you want to learn more about the Age of Enlightenment, buy now!

©2019 Captivating History (P)2020 Captivating History

Narrator: Jason Zenobia
Category: History, Europe
Length: 3 hrs and 37 mins
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Battle of Brothers

24 ratings

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A New York Times best seller From best-selling author and historical consultant to the award-winning Netflix series The Crown, an unparalleled insider account of tumult, secrecy, and schism in the royal family.  The world has watched Prince William and Prince Harry since they were born. Raised by Princess Diana to be the closest of brothers, how have the boy princes grown into very different, now distanced men? From royal insider, biographer, and historian Robert Lacey, this book reveals the untold details of William and Harry’s closeness and estrangement, asking what happens when two sons are raised for vastly different futures - one burdened with the responsibility of one day becoming king, the other with the knowledge that he will always remain spare.  How have William and Harry both agreed and diverged in their views of what a modern royal owes to their country? Were the seeds of damage sowed by Prince Charles and Princess Diana as their marriage unraveled for all the world to see? In the previous generation, how have Prince Charles and Prince Andrew’s own relations strained under the crown? What role has Queen Elizabeth II played in marshaling her feuding heirs? What parts have Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle played in helping their husbands to choose their differing paths? And what is the real, unvarnished story behind Harry and Meghan’s dramatic departure?  In the most intimate vision yet of life behind closed doors, with its highs, lows, and discretions all laid out, this is a journey into royal life as never offered before.   

©2020 Robert Lacey (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Tim Frances
Author: Robert Lacey
Category: History, Europe
Length: 9 hrs
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The Italians before Italy: Conflict and Competition in the Mediterranean

9 ratings

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Take a riveting tour of the Italian peninsula, from the glittering canals of Venice to the lavish papal apartments and ancient ruins of Rome. In these 24 lectures, Professor Bartlett traces the development of the Italian city-states of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, showing how the modern nation of Italy was forged out of the rivalries, allegiances, and traditions of a vibrant and diverse people. This comprehensive portrait of Italian history opens an exciting new world-a grand mosaic of lustrous and storied cultures as distinctive as the people who helped build them. As you come to know these many "Italys," you'll see how the Italian states defined themselves against the others, competing for territory, trade, and artistic supremacy - and how the vestiges of these interactions are visible even today. Among other things, you'll consider the rivalry between the Genoese and the Pisans, which stems from a nearly 800-year-old grudge; examine how the crusades influenced the development of Genoa, Pisa, and Venice; and explore Italy's troubled relationship with the Holy Roman Empire and the Catholic Church during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. You'll also get a glimpse into the lives of the powerful and influential, including Pope Paul IV, who championed the Roman Inquisition, and Luigi Gonzaga, who cut out the hearts of his enemies and nailed them to the doors of their palaces as a warning to others who might challenge his power. As you get to know the distinctive personalities and events that define the peninsula, you'll gain fresh insights into the Italy of today. Surprising, enriching, always engaging, this course offers a unique perspective on one of the most dynamic and creative cultures of the modern world. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2007 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2007 The Great Courses

Category: History, Europe
Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
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How to Behave Badly in Elizabethan England

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Every age and social strata has its bad eggs, rule-breakers, and nose-thumbers. As acclaimed popular historian and author of How to Be a Victorian Ruth Goodman reveals in her madcap chronicle, Elizabethan England was particularly rank with troublemakers, from snooty needlers who took aim with a cutting "thee" to lowbrow drunkards with revolting table manners. Goodman draws on advice manuals, court cases, and sermons to offer this colorfully crude portrait of offenses most foul.  Mischievous listeners will delight in learning how to time your impressions for the biggest laugh, why quoting Shakespeare was poor form, and why curses hurled at women were almost always about sex (and why we shouldn't be surprised). Bringing her signature "exhilarating and contagious" enthusiasm (Boston Globe), this is a celebration of one of history's naughtiest periods, when derision was an art form.

©2018 Ruth Goodman (P)2019 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

Author: Ruth Goodman
Category: History, Europe
Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
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Germany

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Here, from New York Times best-selling historian Francis Russell, is the dramatic story of Germany - from the rise of Charlemagne to the age of Martin Luther, from the 30 Years' War to the iron rule of Otto von Bismarck, and from the formation of the Weimar Republic to the fighting of two world wars.

©2016 American Heritage (P)2017 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

Narrator: A. T. Chandler
Category: History, Europe
Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
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The Great Democracies

7 ratings

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The fourth and last volume in Churchill's famous account spans 1815 to 1901. It closes when the British Empire is at its peak, with a staggering one-fifth of the human race presided over by the longest reigning monarch in British history: Queen Victoria. In America he assesses the position of the "Great Republic" from slavery and secession to its position as a world superpower. He charts the rise of Germany and the unification of Italy and examines the situation in the Balkans in 1878, all of which had a deep impact not only on the war he was soon to fight, but on the geography of the European continent today.

©2014 Audible, Inc. (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Category: History, Europe
Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
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The Rise and Fall of the British Empire

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What were the forces that thrust the British Empire to its extraordinary position of greatness and then just as powerfully drove it into decline? And why is nearly every nation on earth, in one way or another, the consequence of the British Empire? In these 36 lectures, Professor Allitt leads you through four centuries of British power, innovation, influence, and, ultimately, diminishment - four profound centuries that literally remade the world and bequeathed the complex global legacy that continues to shape your everyday life. This is a remarkable lecture series; one that will give you fresh insights into world history in a wide range of areas - political, economic, technological, social, and more. And it will also give you a comprehensive overview you won't find offered anywhere else - a context into which you can integrate new knowledge about this country, as well as understand the background of current events in so many other countries that were once part of Britain's empire, from Ireland to China, and in Africa and the Caribbean. Indeed, it seems fair to say that one cannot truly understand the most important aspects of world history without a firm grasp of the history of the British Empire. In giving you that grasp, these lectures draw on a vast range of critical events, riveting personalities, revealing anecdotes, and eloquent quotations. Compelling, comprehensive, and astonishing in the force of its narrative power, each lecture will give you a refreshing new understanding of what made the British Empire both great in its achievements and vulnerable to its eventual downfall. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2009 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2009 The Great Courses

Category: History, Europe
Length: 18 hrs and 9 mins
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The Jewel House

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Best-selling author Deborah E. Harkness explores the streets, shops, back alleys, and gardens of Elizabethan London, where a boisterous and diverse group of men and women shared a keen interest in the study of nature. These assorted merchants, gardeners, barber-surgeons, midwives, instrument makers, mathematics teachers, engineers, alchemists, and other experimenters, she contends, formed a patchwork scientific community whose practices set the stage for the Scientific Revolution. It was their collaborative, yet often contentious, ethos that helped to develop the ideals of modern scientific research. The Jewel House examines six particularly fascinating episodes of scientific inquiry and dispute in 16th-century London, bringing to life the individuals involved and the challenges they faced. These men and women experimented and invented, argued and competed, waged wars in the press, and struggled to understand the complexities of the natural world. Together, their stories illuminate the blind alleys and surprising twists and turns taken as medieval philosophy gave way to the empirical, experimental culture that became a hallmark of the Scientific Revolution.

©2007 Deborah E. Harkness (P)2014 Tantor

Narrator: Kate Reading
Category: History, Europe
Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
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The Development of European Civilization

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In almost every way that matters, historical Europe was the laboratory in which the world you now live in was conceived and tested. And you'll be living with the consequences for the rest of your life. These 48 lectures lead you through the doors of that laboratory and guide you through the development of Europe from the late Middle Ages through the eve of World War II. As you follow Professor Bartlett through the dramatic story of European history, you'll learn about the major ideologies and "isms" that bubbled forth from Europe's constantly fermenting cauldron of debate and conflict, including absolutism, scientism, rationalism, capitalism, nationalism, liberalism, and totalitarianism. You'll investigate the forces that intermingled to create the Industrial Revolution and the accompanying economic and social upheavals that would, in turn, create so many more. You'll also make sense of the European ideologies of government, including the rule of law, the concept of "the consent of the governed," taxation, an independent judiciary, and other concepts. You'll explore the new roles for religion in European life, from the end of the traditional union of altar and throne to great upheavals such as the Protestant Reformation and the Great Schism. And you'll witness the evolution of the European class system, which influenced the social forces that swirled around it just as much as it was influenced by them. Rather than offering a laundry list of dates, events, and famous individuals, Professor Bartlett leaves you instead with an understanding of historical and social causality. More important: He offers you the chance to experience Europe's development from a European perspective. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2011 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2011 The Great Courses

Category: History, Europe
Length: 24 hrs and 32 mins
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The Middle Ages

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If you want to discover the captivating history of the Middle Ages, then pay attention... One of the least understood periods of European history occurred between the 6th century and the 14th or 15th century (depending on which historian you ask). Commonly called the Middle Ages, this was a time period of extreme change for Europe, beginning with the fall of the Western Roman Empire. To a continent that had seen a drastic shift in the power structure, the world seemed to be particularly harsh. Rome had been a major player across Europe for well over a millennium. Then it was gone. In The Middle Ages: A Captivating Guide to the History of Europe, Starting from the Fall of the Western Roman Empire Through the Black Death to the Beginning of the Renaissance, you will discover topics such as: Fall of the Western Roman Empire Stewards of the Future - The Rise of the Byzantine Empire Reclaiming Spain and Expanding One of the Strongest and Earliest Kingdoms of the Middle Ages Charlemagne - A Brief Return to the Empire Otto I and His New Empire The Great Schism The Famous (or Infamous) Crusades - 1095 to 1291 Forging a New England The Hundred Years’ War - 1337 to 1453 The Horrors of Nature Higher Education and The Gothic Period - How the Middle Ages Advanced Education and Architecture The Renaissance And much, much more! So if you want to learn more about the Middle Ages, get this audiobook now!

©2019 Captivating History (P)2020 Captivating History

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Category: History, Europe
Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
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Dominion

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Dominion, the fifth volume in Peter Ackroyd's masterful History of England, begins in 1815 as national glory following the Battle of Waterloo gives way to a post-war depression and ends with the death of Queen Victoria in January 1901. Spanning the end of the Regency, Ackroyd takes listeners from the accession of the profligate George IV, whose government was steered by Lord Liverpool, whose face was set against reform, to the "Sailor King" William IV, whose reign saw the modernization of the political system and the abolition of slavery. But it was the accession of Queen Victoria, at only 18 years old, that sparked an era of enormous innovation. Technological progress - from steam railways to the first telegram - swept the nation, and the finest inventions were showcased at the first Great Exhibition in 1851.  The emergence of the middle-classes changed the shape of society, and scientific advances changed the old pieties of the Church of England and spread secular ideas among the population. Though intense industrialization brought booming times for the factory owners, the working classes were still subjected to poor housing, long work hours, and dire poverty. Yet by the end of Victoria's reign, the British Empire dominated much of the globe, and Britannia really did seem to rule the waves.

©2018 Peter Ackroyd (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Derek Perkins
Category: History, Europe
Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
Available on Audible
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History of Europe

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If you want to discover the captivating history of Europe, then this audiobook might be what you're looking for. It includes five books that cover topics like ancient history, influence of ancient Greece and Rome, fall of the Roman Empire, the Renaissance, important events, and much more. Five captivating manuscripts in one audiobook: European History: A Captivating Guide to the History of Europe, Starting from the Neanderthals Through to the Roman Empire and the End of the Cold War Classical Antiquity: A Captivating Guide to Ancient Greece and Rome and How These Civilizations Influenced Europe, North Africa, and Western Asia The Middle Ages: A Captivating Guide to the History of Europe, Starting from the Fall of the Western Roman Empire Through the Black Death to the Beginning of the Renaissance The Renaissance: A Captivating Guide to a Remarkable Period in European History, Including Stories of People such as Galileo Galilei, Michelangelo, Copernicus, Shakespeare, and Leonardo da Vinci Early Modern Europe: A Captivating Guide to a Period in European History with Events Such as The Thirty Years War and The Salem Witch Hunts and Political Powers such as England and The Ottoman Empire If you want to learn more about the history of Europe, scroll up and click the "buy now" button!

©2020 Captivating History (P)2020 Captivating History

Category: History, Europe
Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
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Great Minds of the Medieval World

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The Middle Ages was a time of major advances in many fields of knowledge, from theology and philosophy to science, medicine, art, literature, and education. Owing to the work of an astonishing range of visionary thinkers, this fascinating period was the era in which the foundations of the modern Western world were laid. In the medieval era’s great minds we find the roots of many aspects of today’s world - from the religious/philosophical thought of Augustine, Ambrose of Milan, and Thomas Aquinas to the scientific innovations of Avicenna and Alhacen, the enlightened statesmanship of Charlemagne and Lorenzo de Medici, and the literary creations of Dante and Chaucer. In these 24 lectures, Professor Armstrong leads you on an enthralling journey into the lives of the seminal thinkers of the Middle Ages. In this gallery of extraordinary minds, you'll encounter the leading lights of a world-shaping era, including figures such as Maimonides, Hildegard of Bingen, Bernard of Clairvaux, Peter Abelard, and Francesco Petrarch. Professor Armstrong goes to great lengths to bring these historic figures to life, revealing both the great intellectual contributions and the personal strivings, challenges, and triumphs of some of history's most remarkable human beings. These compelling lectures take you deeply into the heart of one of civilization’s most dynamic and impactful eras.

©2014 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2014 The Great Courses

Category: History, Europe
Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
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The Plantagenets: The Kings Who Made England

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This brilliant new audiobook explores the lives of eight generations of the greatest kings and queens that this country has ever seen, and the worst. The Plantagenets - their story is the story of Britain. England’s greatest royal dynasty, the Plantagenets, ruled over England through eight generations of kings. Their remarkable reign saw England emerge from the Dark Ages to become a highly organised kingdom that spanned a vast expanse of Europe. Plantagenet rule saw the establishment of laws and creation of artworks, monuments and tombs which survive to this day, and continue to speak of their sophistication, brutality and secrets. Dan Jones brings you a new vision of this battle-scarred history. From the Crusades to King John’s humbling over Magna Carta and the tragic reign of the last Plantagenet, Richard II, this is a blow-by-blow account of England’s most thrilling age.

©2019 Dan Jones (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Narrator: Dan Jones
Author: Dan Jones
Category: History, Europe
Length: 22 hrs and 7 mins
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The East India Company: A History From Beginning to End

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Founded at the dawn of the 17th century as European nations were establishing global empires, the English East India Company would become a vital part of burgeoning British supremacy. Begun as a joint-stock company for trade with the East Indies, this organization would evolve into one of the world's first capitalistic corporations. Inside you will hear about.... Founding of the East India Company Struggling, Building, and Growing with Violence The East India Company Enters the 18th Century The British Government Steps In China and the Opium Trade The 19th Century and Growing British Involvement The End of the East India Company Over the course of their 250+ years, they've built a global trading empire, raised an army and waged war, and conquered vast territory, including the entire subcontinent of India. Without their involvement, the British presence in India would look very different in the historical record. Though the company was dissolved by 1874, their influence on world history cannot be overstated.

©2016 Hourly History (P)2017 Hourly History

Narrator: John Riddle
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
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Crown and Country

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From one of our finest historians comes an outstanding exploration of the British monarchy from the retreat of the Romans up until the modern day.

The monarchy is one of Britain’s longest surviving institutions – as well as one of its most tumultuous and revered. In this masterful book, David Starkey looks at the monarchy as a whole, charting its history from Roman times, to the Wars of the Roses, the chaos of the Civil War, the fall of Charles I and Cromwell's emergence as Lord Protector – all the way up until the Victorian era when Britain’s monarchs came face-to-face with modernity.

This brilliant collection of biographies of Britain’s kings and queens provides an in-depth examination of what the British monarchy has meant, what it means now and what it will continue to mean. Bringing to life a cast of colourful characters, Starkey’s trademark energy and authority make him the perfect guide on this epic, accessible and compelling journey, as he offers us a vivid portrait of British culture, politics and nationhood through an institution that has defined the realm for nearly two thousand years.

©2010 David Starkey (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Category: History, Europe
Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
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Brothers York

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In early 1461, a 17-year-old boy won a battle on a freezing morning in the Welsh marches, and claimed the crown of England as Edward IV, first king of the usurping house of York. It was a time when old certainties had been shredded: by popular insurgency, economic crisis, feuding, and a corrupt, bankrupt government presided over by the imbecilic, Lancastrian King Henry VI. The country was in need of a new hero. Magnetic, narcissistic, Edward found himself on the throne, and alongside him his two younger brothers: the unstable, petulant George, Duke of Clarence, and the boy who would emerge from his shadow, Richard, Duke of Gloucester. Charismatic, able, and ambitious, the brothers would become the figureheads of a spectacular ruling dynasty, one that laid the foundations for a renewal of English royal power. Yet a web of grudges and resentments grew between them, generating a destructive sequence of conspiracy, rebellion, deposition, fratricide, usurpation, and regicide. The house of York’s brutal end came on August 22, 1485, at Bosworth Field, with the death of the youngest brother, now Richard III, at the hands of a new usurper, Henry Tudor. The Brothers York is the story of three remarkable brothers, two of whom were crowned kings of England and the other an heir presumptive, whose antagonism was fueled by the mistrust and vendettas of the age that brought their family to power. The house of York should have been the dynasty that the Tudors became. Its tragedy was that it devoured itself.

©2019 Thomas Penn (P)2020 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Roy McMillan
Author: Thomas Penn
Category: History, Europe
Length: 23 hrs and 13 mins
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Les explorations nocturnes

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Réveillez l'aventurier qui sommeille en vous ! Derrière une porte dérobée, au fond d'une impasse mal éclairée ou même sous une bouche d'égout, les lieux abandonnés se cachent tout autour de nous. À la tombée de la nuit, Mamytwink part à la découverte de ces endroits mystérieux oubliés depuis longtemps. Descente dans les catacombes interdites de Paris, exploration d'un fort de guerre perdu au sommet des Alpes ou rencontre de l'étrange gardien du château d'un gangster, les explorations nocturnes vous entraînent aux quatre coins de la France, à la découverte de son patrimoine secret. Lorsque vous achetez ce titre, le fichier PDF qui l'accompagne sera disponible dans votre confirmation d'achat envoyée par mail ainsi que dans votre bibliothèque, depuis votre ordinateur.

©2018 Michel Lafon (P)2018 Audible Studios

Author: Mamytwink
Category: History, Europe
Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
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The Six Wives of Henry VIII: A Captivating Guide to Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard, and Katherine Parr

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Explore the Captivating History of the Six Wives of Henry VIII Henry VIII, King of England and Ireland in the first half of the 16th century, is one of history’s most famous monarchs for many reasons. He ruled ruthlessly, was quick to cry “treason!” and execute, and equally quick to fall in and out of love. Henry changed the religious fabric of England forever and left his mark on the wider world - but what of the six women he took as his queens? From the regal and capable Catherine of Aragon to the patient and generous Katherine Parr, Henry’s wives represented a range of personalities, goals, beliefs, and influences on the king. Each of Henry’s six wives represented a facet of the king himself, whether he liked to admit it or not; unfortunately, a Queen of England at the side of Henry VIII could never be sure of her husband’s love - or her safety. These are the stories of three Catherines, two Annes, and one Jane. This audiobook covers topics such as: Henry Tudor Catherine of Aragon Mistress Elizabeth Blount Mistress Mary Boleyn Anne Boleyn Anne of Cleves Mistress Mary Shelton The Wooing of Jane Seymour Catherine Howard The Culpeper Affair Katherine Parr More theories on Henry Tudor’s Fertility The illegitimate children of Henry VIII And much more So if you want to learn more about the six wives of Henry VIII, buy this audiobook now!

©2018 Captivating History (P)2018 Captivating History

Narrator: Desmond Manny
Category: History, Europe
Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
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Elizabeth the Queen

17 ratings

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New York Times best-seller.  Perfect for fans of The Crown, this magisterial biography of Queen Elizabeth II is a close-up view of the woman we’ve known only from a distance - and a captivating window into the last great monarchy.  From the moment of her ascension to the throne in 1952 at the age of twenty-five, Queen Elizabeth II has been the object of unparalleled scrutiny. But through the fog of glamour and gossip, how well do we really know the world’s most famous monarch? Drawing on numerous interviews and never-before-revealed documents, acclaimed biographer Sally Bedell Smith pulls back the curtain to show in intimate detail the public and private lives of Queen Elizabeth II, who has led her country and Commonwealth through the wars and upheavals of the last sixty years with unparalleled composure, intelligence, and grace.  In Elizabeth the Queen, we meet the young girl who suddenly becomes “heiress presumptive” when her uncle abdicates the throne. We meet the thirteen-year-old Lilibet as she falls in love with a young navy cadet named Philip and becomes determined to marry him, even though her parents prefer wealthier English aristocrats. We see the teenage Lilibet repairing army trucks during World War II and standing with Winston Churchill on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on V-E Day. We see the young Queen struggling to balance the demands of her job with her role as the mother of two young children. Sally Bedell Smith brings us inside the palace doors and into the Queen’s daily routines - the “red boxes” of documents she reviews each day, the weekly meetings she has had with twelve prime ministers, her physically demanding tours abroad, and the constant scrutiny of the press - as well as her personal relationships: with Prince Philip, her husband of sixty-four years and the love of her life; her children and their often-disastrous marriages; her grandchildren and friends.   Praise for Elizabeth the Queen: “An excellent, all-embracing new biography.” (The New York Times) “[An] imposing, yet nimbly written, biography [that] dwarfs the field...a most satisfying and enjoyable read, one to be savored at length.” (Minneapolis Star Tribune) “Fascinating.... After sixty years on the throne, the monarch of Britain is better known for her poker face than for sly wit or easy charm. Yet in biographer Sally Bedell Smith’s Elizabeth the Queen, Her Majesty sparkles with both.” (More) “[A] smart and satisfying book.” (Los Angeles Times)

©2011 Sally Bedell Smith (P)2011 Random House Audio

Narrator: Rosalyn Landor
Category: History, Europe
Length: 21 hrs and 27 mins
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The Famine Plot

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During a Biblical seven years in the middle of the 19th century, Ireland experienced the worst disaster a nation could suffer. Fully a quarter of its citizens either perished from starvation or emigrated in what came to be known as Gorta Mor, the Great Hunger. Waves of hungry peasants fled across the Atlantic to the United States, with so many dying en route that it was said "you could walk dry shod to America on their bodies". In this sweeping history, Ireland's best-known historian, Tim Pat Coogan, tackles the dark history of the Irish Famine and argues that it constituted one of the first acts of genocide. In what the Boston Globe calls "his greatest achievement", Coogan shows how the British government hid behind the smoke screen of laissez faire economics, the invocation of divine providence, and a carefully orchestrated publicity campaign, allowing more than a million people to die agonizing deaths and driving a further million into emigration. Unflinching in depicting the evidence, Coogan presents a vivid and horrifying picture of a catastrophe that shook the 19th century and finally calls to account those responsible.

©2012 Tim Pat Coogan (P)2017 Tantor

Narrator: Roger Clark
Category: History, Europe
Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
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The Unfathomable Ascent

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The chilling and little-known story of Adolf Hitler's eight-year march to the pinnacle of German politics. On the night of January 30, 1933, Adolf Hitler leaned out of a spotlit window of the Reich chancellery in Berlin, bursting with joy. The moment seemed unbelievable, even to Hitler. After an improbable political journey that came close to faltering on many occasions, his march to power had finally succeeded. While the path of Hitler's rise has been told in books covering larger portions of his life, no previous work has focused solely on his eight-year climb to rule: 1925-1933. Renowned author Peter Ross Range brings this period back to startling life with a narrative history that describes brushes with power, quests for revenge, nonstop electioneering, American-style campaign tactics, and - for Hitler - moments of gloating triumph followed by abject humiliation. Indeed, this is the tale of a high-school dropout's climb from the infamy of a failed coup to the highest office in Europe's largest country. It is a saga of personal growth and lavish living, a melodrama rife with love affairs and even suicide attempts. But it is also the definitive account of Hitler's unrelenting struggle for control over his raucous movement, as he fought off challenges, built and bullied coalitions, quelled internecine feuds, and neutralized his enemies - all culminating in the creation of the Third Reich and the Western world's descent into darkness. One of the most dramatic and important stories in world history, Hitler's ascent spans Germany's wobbly recovery from World War I through years of growing prosperity and, finally, into crippling depression.   PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2020 Peter Ross Range (P)2020 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Paul Hodgson
Category: History, Europe
Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
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Voices from D-Day

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The extraordinary and compelling story of the 6th of June, 1944, Operation Overlord and the Battle for Normandy is told here through first-hand testimonies from civilians and soldiers on both sides. It features classic accounts by soldiers such as Rommel and Bradley, together with frontline reports by some of the world's finest authors and war correspondents, including Ernest Hemingway and Alan Melville. Highlights of this unique collection include the break-out from Omaha beach as told by the GI who led it, a French housewife's story of what it was like to wake up to the invasion, German soldiers' accounts of finding themselves facing the biggest seaborne invasion in history, a view from the command post by a member of Eisenhower's staff, combat reports, diaries, and letters of British veterans of all forces and services, and accounts of the follow-up battle for Normandy, one of the bloodiest struggles of the war. < /p> The Allied armada involved over 5,000 craft, which had by the end of "the longest day" succeeded in landing 156,000 men, and in breaching Hitler's much vaunted defensive wall. Dramatic and historic though the events of D-Day were, they were but the opening shots of a much larger and equally remarkable battle - the battle for Normandy. It took the Allies ten weeks of bloody fighting to get out of Normandy, during which the infantry casualty rate rivalled that of the Western Front in the First World War.< /p> This book is the story of that fateful day, the preparations which led up to it, and the ten weeks of fighting in Normandy which followed it, told by the men and women who were there, who witnessed it at first hand. It is compiled from interviews with scores of veterans, from diaries, memoirs, and letters. Occasionally, exact chronology has been sacrificed in the interests of communicating better the experience of Normandy, for above all this is a book about how the invasion looked and felt to those who were there. It is often brutally honest, far removed from the comfortable romantic version of D-Day and the battle for Normandy. (For example, there are accounts here of crimes committed against German POWs by Allied soldiers.)

©1994 J. Lewis-Stempel (P)2014 Audible Studios

Narrator: Peter Noble
Author: Jon E. Lewis
Category: History, Europe
Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
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Turning Points in Modern History

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This lecture series takes you on a far-reaching journey around the globe - from China to the Americas to New Zealand - to shed light on how two dozen of the top discoveries, inventions, political upheavals, and ideas since 1400 have shaped the modern world. In just 24 thought-provoking lectures, you'll get the amazing story of how life as we know it developed. Starting in the early 15th century and culminating in the age of social media, you'll encounter astounding threads that weave through the centuries, joining these turning points in ways that may come as a revelation. You'll also witness turning points with repercussions we can only speculate about because they are still very much in the process of turning. Professor Liulevicius doesn't merely recount the greatest events of history, but rather has selected true catalysts in provoking changes in worldview. Some of the events you'll investigate, including the discovery of the New World and the fall of the Berlin Wall, will immediately resonate as watershed moments. The global significance of other pivotal events may only become apparent through the detailed analysis contained in these lectures, such as the publication of the Enlightenment-era Encyclopédie and the Russo-Japanese War - which has been historically overshadowed by the two world wars that followed. As you discover how turning points such as the discovery of penicillin and the opening of East Berlin hinged on chance, accident, and, in some cases, sheer luck, you'll realize how easily history might have played out differently. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2013 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2013 The Great Courses

Category: History, Europe
Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
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Celts

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If you want to discover the captivating history of the Celts, then keep reading... Today, the word Celtic means so many things. To most of us, it means something related to Ireland. We think of intricately designed Irish crosses, four-leaf clovers, and some of the more well-known stories of Celtic mythology. However, while Celtic culture has stayed alive in Ireland, its roots run much deeper, and they extend much farther than the small island nation off the coast of modern-day Great Britain. The story of the Celts is one of a rapid rise to prominence followed by a slow decline due to the influence of the Romans. But even so, Celtic culture has remained strong in Europe and has been able to persist to this day. So, even though the Celts represent just a small part of today’s modern world, they are a massive part of its history, which means that studying the ancient Celts today is a great way to unlock some of the secrets buried in the depths of ancient history. In Celts: A Captivating Guide to Ancient Celtic History and Mythology, Including Their Battles Against the Roman Republic in the Gallic Wars, you will discover topics such as: Who Were the Celts? The Celtic Migrations The Many Celtic Tribes of Europe The Celtiberians The Gallic Wars The Insular Celts Celtic Warriors Celtic Way of Life Celtic Religion Celtic Art And much, much more! So if you want to learn more about the Celts, get this audiobook now!

©2019 Captivating History (P)2019 Captivating History

Narrator: Randy Whitlow
Category: History, Europe
Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
Available on Audible
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The Dutch Revolt

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During the 17th century, the Netherlands, despite having only 1.5 million people in 1600, became a global maritime and trading power. By contrast, France at the time had 20 million people, Spain had eight million, and England had five million. Nevertheless, Amsterdam became one of the most important urban centers in the world and the location of the world’s first stock market, and Dutch merchant ships and pirates plied the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Pacific Ocean. The Dutch acquired colonies in the East Indies, where they seized control of the spice trade from the Portuguese, and in the West Indies, they acquired a number of islands from the Spanish (several of which are still Dutch today). They became the only Westerners who were allowed to trade with Shogunate Japan from a small island next to Nagasaki, and they settled the town that ultimately became New York City. Naturally, all of this imperialism generated enormous amounts of wealth that flowed into the Netherlands.  The Netherlands has had a complex and turbulent history involving the interplay of multiple political entities, ethnicities, and languages. The term "Netherlands" (Nederland in Dutch, Pay-Bas in French) refers to the low-lying topography of the region and today is used specifically to describe the country bordering Germany and Belgium, but historically it referred to the entire region occupied by Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg. In English, the term "Low Countries" is still used in this sense. Located largely on the deltas of the Rhine and Maas Rivers, much of it consisted of sand dunes and peat bogs until, centuries ago, humans began building dikes, pumping out water and laboriously reclaiming the land. Much of the land falls below sea level. As an old saying goes, “God created the earth, but the Dutch created the Netherlands.” The long struggle with nature is an important part of the Dutch identity.  What made the Netherlands’ global influence in the 17th century all the more remarkable is that the Dutch had only recently achieved political independence through the process of fighting a long and brutal war of resistance against rule by the Spanish Hapsburgs, starting in 1568. In 1581, the seven northern provinces - Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht, Gelderland, Overijssel, Friesland, and Groningen - declared their independence, and fighting took place back and forth on land and sea for decades, with the Dutch receiving some much-needed assistance from England’s Queen Elizabeth I. Thousands of civilians were massacred by the rampaging Spanish armies, and on the water, Dutch “sea beggars” attacked and harassed the Spanish fleet. Pro-Spanish privateers operating out of Dunkirk did the same against Dutch shipping.  Although there were several issues behind the revolt, like heavy taxation, the war was also in large part a religious revolt. The Dutch in the northern and western provinces had mostly become Protestants, followers primarily of the French theologian John Calvin, and there were some Lutherans and Anabaptists present as well). Calvinism as institutionalized in the Dutch Reformed Church would become the officially recognized faith of independent Netherlands, but Philip II, the Catholic monarch of Spain, was determined to restore Catholicism through the strict use of the Inquisition against “heretics", and the Catholics were strongest in the 10 southern provinces. Religious differences between the north and south were accentuated because of the migration of Protestants and Catholics across the border during the long war, ensuring that there would continue to be tensions even after the fighting stopped and Dutch independence was secured.

©2021 Charles River Editors (P)2021 Charles River Editors

Narrator: Daniel Houle
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 49 mins
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The Battle of Grunwald

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“We accept the swords you send us, and in the name of Christ, before whom all stiff-necked pride must bow, we shall do battle.” (Polish?King Vladislav II) As the dissipating fog gave way to an unnerving sight, the mass of frightening figures clad head to toe in gleaming armor would have been enough to take anyone's breath away. Some of them were mounted on the backs of handsome stallions, while others leaned forward with squared shoulders, ready to attack. In one swift motion, the men unsheathe their swords and raise it over their heads, their weapons winking as the glare of the sunlight bounces off the blade.  To the somewhat trained eye, these warriors in Norman-inspired gear would have appeared to be one of the Crusader forces, but it is that bold, black cross painted across their chests and shields that give them away. These men were none other than the fabled Teutonic Knights. The knights of the Teutonic Order have since been compared to the surreal creature that appeared to the biblical Ezekiel, one that bore 2 faces - one of a man's and one of a lion's. The human side of the creature is said to symbolize the order's charity whereas the lion was a metaphor for its valor and gallant spirit, which they relied on to vanquish the heathens of the world.  Like other secretive groups, the mystery surrounding the Teutonic Knights has helped their legacy endure. While some conspiracy theorists attempt to tie the group to other alleged secret societies like the Illuminati, other groups have tried to assert connections with the Teutonic Knights to bolster their own credentials. Who they were and what they had in their possession continue to be a source of great intrigue, even among non-historical circles.  While the military orders are now often tied to religion or conspiracy theories, they did once wield great power and influence in Europe, and their actions had consequences centuries after they had reached their peak. This was made clear in the wake of a major battle fought between German and Russian forces from August 26-30, 1914, during the First World War. It occurred in Masuria, a region of marshes, woodland, and numerous lakes in northern Poland, and almost 400,000 men were involved, and it was a decisive victory for the Germans, who annihilated the Russian army. The Germans named the battle after Tannenberg (Polish Stebark), and the battle, though widely fought over 100 miles, did indeed encompass the village, but there was a historical reason for assigning the name to the battle. On July 15, 1410, Tannenberg was the site of another decisive battle between the army of the Germanic Teutonic Order and that of Poland-Lithuania, a battle now commonly referred to as the Battle of Grunwald (after another nearby village). German nationalism saw the destruction of the Russians as vengeance upon the Slavs for the defeat of 1410, and the Nazis also exploited that sentiment during their invasions of Poland and Russia. Conversely, for Poles and Russians, the Teutonic Knights were precursors of the rapacious Germans of the Second and Third Reichs, and Grunwald was a symbol of freedom and resistance. These sentiments remain strong to this day.  These considerations aside, the Battle of Grunwald was significant for a number of reasons. It marked the end of the German colonization of Slavic and Baltic lands in northeastern Europe that had begun in the 12th century. It, therefore, also marked the beginning of an age when the Slavic (principally, the Polish) peoples could grow and expand without interference from the West. The battle also signified the end of the Teutonic Knights as a major power and marked the rise of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.

©2019 Charles River Editors (P)2019 Charles River Editors

Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 40 mins
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Foundation

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In this massive best seller in England, one of Britain's most popular and esteemed historians tells the epic story of the birth of the country.

Peter Ackroyd, whose work has always been underpinned by a profound interest in and understanding of England's history, now tells the epic story of England itself.

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 - and describes in rich prose the successive waves of invaders who made England English despite being themselves Roman, Viking, Saxon, or Norman French.

With his extraordinary skill for evoking time and place and his acute eye for the telling detail, Ackroyd recounts the story of warring kings, civil strife, and foreign wars. But he also gives us a vivid sense of how England's early people lived: the homes they built, the clothes they wore, the food they ate, even the jokes they told. All are brought vividly to life through the narrative mastery of one of Britain's finest writers.

©2011 Peter Ackroyd (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Clive Chafer
Category: History, Europe
Length: 18 hrs and 21 mins
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Royals at War

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Reveals shocking revelations about Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and the British royal family - and the divisive rifts between them. This explosive exposé, Royals at War, takes listeners inside a riven Buckingham Palace to provide the definitive account of the unfolding abdication crisis of 2020 - dubbed Megxit - during which the duke and duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, became royal outcasts. Through revealing interviews with royal family insiders, friends, aides, historians, royal watchers, and others with intimate knowledge of the House of Windsor, this tell-all book looks back at the events, motives, and crises that led to Harry (sixth in line to the throne) dramatically abandoning his birthright - in a move not seen for nearly a century, when King Edward VIII also gave up the crown for the woman he loved as Europe teetered on the brink of fascism and war. Like Edward and Wallis Simpson, the catalyst for the scandal here is also an ambitious, controversial American woman. Dylan Howard, best-selling author of Diana: Case Solved and Epstein: Dead Men Tell No Tales, charts how Meghan’s relationship with Harry was viewed as controversial from the start - and how her brief honeymoon with the British public began to sour shortly after she and Harry announced in November 2018 that they would be leaving Kensington Palace to move to Frogmore Cottage, an hour outside London. As senior royals expressed disapproval, the public at first seemed to enjoy the royal spat, with many still supporting Team Meghan - until it emerged that the bill to renovate Frogmore Cottage to Meghan’s lavish expectations would be three million dollars...and be picked up by British taxpayers. Finally, in a move nobody saw coming, Harry announced he was turning his back on the role he had been groomed for since birth - giving up his HRH title, repaying the renovation costs of Frogmore Cottage, abandoning his royal duties, and leaving Britain for good. Buckingham Palace reeled. Howard’s unique access and insight into this constitutional crisis will not only address the tensions and tantrums behind closed palace doors, but seek to answer the questions many are still asking: Has Prince Harry ever really recovered from the death of his mother, Diana - and the resentment he feels against the institution that tried to destroy her? Why did Meghan, once hailed as a breath of fresh air, rile up the monarchy? Why did she refuse to conform to royal conventions in the way that Catherine did before her? Did the public and media criticism of Meghan go too far? And just how valid are the accusations of racism? How did these modern royals treat the tabloids differently to tradition? And did it backfire? What next for Harry and Meghan? And how will they - and the institution they’ve turned their back on - react to their new lives outside the confines of the Palace and free from the strict codes and conventions that bind all members of the royal family? Caught in a trap by virtue of a life entombed in a gilded cage, Royals at War answers these questions and more...and reveals how Harry’s infatuation with Meghan and desire to modernize the monarchy could yet end in disaster for the House of Windsor. Played out against the cataclysm of the British tabloid’s laser focus on the duchess’ every movement - for good or ill - this is the true story of Harry and Meghan’s split from the establishment...and perhaps just the beginning of a whole new monarchy, redefined for the modern age.

©2020 Dylan Howard and Andy Tillett (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: David Linski
Category: History, Europe
Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
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The Black Death: A Captivating Guide to the Deadliest Pandemic in Medieval Europe and Human History

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If you want to discover the captivating history of The Black Death, then pay attention.... The Black Death was the first recorded pandemic in Europe after the fall of the Roman Empire. All across the continent, people learned just how gruesome and horrific disease could be as the plague crossed the boundaries of countries and the lines established by society, killing everyone equally. It showed that no one - not even archbishops and kings - was immune from its grasp. The ferocity with which the plague swept across the continent, even reaching the shores of England, demonstrated how unprepared they were for something on such a large scale. It was the first time that a major disease would strike the continent after the fall of the Roman Empire, but it would not be the last. In The Black Death: A Captivating Guide to the Deadliest Pandemic in Medieval Europe and Human History, you will discover topics such as: The First Pandemics The Black Death The Unlikely Use of the Black Death Rumors and Arrival Perceptions Vs. the Reality The Ultimate Equalizer Stealing the Future - Princess Joan Decline of the Catholic Church and the Rise of Mysticism Art of the Black Death The First Quarantine and Successful Containment Beyond the Human Toll Lasting Effects on Europe’s Future And much, much more! So if you want to learn more about the Black Death, scroll up and click the "add to cart" button!

©2019 Captivating History (P)2019 Captivating History

Narrator: Randy Whitlow
Category: History, Europe
Length: 3 hrs and 13 mins
Available on Audible
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Full Steam Ahead

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The Age of Railways was an era of extraordinary change which utterly transformed every aspect of British life - from trade and transportation to health and recreation. Full Steam Ahead reveals how the world we live in today was entirely shaped by the rail network, charting the glorious evolution of rail transportation and how it left its mark on every aspect of life, landscape and culture. Peter Ginn and Ruth Goodman brilliantly bring this revolution to life in their trademark style, which engages and captivates. They explore the everyday lives and the intangible ephemeral history that makes up the stories of the people who built, worked and were affected by the railways. From the very first steam railways to the infrastructure that is still used in part today, they look at the men, women and children who lived and sometimes died constructing Britain's railway heritage. Immersing themselves in the story of how the railways made us what we are today, the authors uncover compelling social history along the way, exploring the railway's impact on everything from food and medicine to warfare and the class system. They tell the stories of the historic characters whose lives were changed by this radical mode of transport, describing the wider social history and geography of each particular region of Britain. As they trace the emergence of the Industrial Revolution across the country, the authors discover a hidden layer of social history, using rail transportation as a backdrop to reveal Britain's radical change in social attitudes and culture across the 19th and early 20th centuries, including the rise of the working class, women's rights, industrial growth, economic decline, warfare and the birth of the great British holiday. Full Steam Ahead is a passionate, charming and insightful look at Britain through the lens of one of its most momentous eras.

©2016 Lion Television Limited (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

Category: History, Europe
Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
Available on Audible
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Rousseau and Revolution

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A History of Civilization in France, England, and Germany from 1756, and in the Remainder of Europe from 1715 to 1789 The Pulitzer Prize-winning volume on European civilization by acclaimed historians Will and Ariel Durant. Rousseau and Revolution, the 10th volume of the Story of Civilization, ranges over a Europe in ferment, but centers on the passionate rebel-philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, the great exponent of the romantic impulse toward self-exploration and social revolt, who contended with the great rationalist Voltaire for the mind of Europe. Rousseau condemned civilization as a disease, glorified the noble savage, proclaimed to the world with equal intensity his own love affairs and the natural rights of man, and became the patron saint of the revolution and the worldwide social upheavals of two centuries.

©1967 Will and Ariel Durant (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki
Category: History, Europe
Length: 57 hrs and 21 mins
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The Gates of Europe

11 ratings

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Ukraine is currently embroiled in a tense battle with Russia to preserve its economic and political independence. But today's conflict is only the latest in a long history of battles over Ukraine's existence as a sovereign nation. As award-winning historian Serhii Plokhy argues in The Gates of Europe, we must examine Ukraine's past in order to understand its fraught present and likely future. Situated between Europe, Russia, and the Asian East, Ukraine was shaped by the empires that have used it as a strategic gateway between East and West - from the Romans and Ottomans to the Third Reich and the Soviet Union, all have engaged in global fights for supremacy on Ukrainian soil. Each invading army left a lasting mark on the landscape and on the population, making modern Ukraine an amalgam of competing cultures. Authoritative and vividly written, The Gates of Europe will be the definitive history of Ukraine for years to come.

©2015 Serhii Plokhy (P)2015 Tantor

Narrator: Ralph Lister
Category: History, Europe
Length: 15 hrs and 20 mins
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The New World

6 ratings

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Between 1485 and 1688, England became a Protestant country under Henry VIII. His daughter, Elizabeth I, battled for succession and supremacy at home, and the discovery of 'the round world' enabled a vast continent across the Atlantic to be explored. While this new era was spawning the beginnings of modern America, England was engaged in a bloody civil war and sustained a Republican experiment under the leadership of Oliver Cromwell. This is the second volume in Churchill's famous account. The series remains a testament to the skill and insight of a remarkable storyteller and historian.

©2014 Audible, Inc. (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Category: History, Europe
Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
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Ivory Vikings

1 rating

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In the early 1800s, on a Hebridean beach in Scotland, the sea exposed an ancient treasure cache: 93 chessmen carved from walrus ivory. Norse netsuke, each face individual, each full of quirks, the Lewis Chessmen are probably the most famous chess pieces in the world. Harry played Wizard's Chess with them in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Housed at the British Museum, they are among its most visited and beloved objects. Questions abounded: Who carved them? Where? Ivory Vikings explores these mysteries by connecting medieval Icelandic sagas with modern archaeology, art history, forensics, and the history of board games. In the process, Ivory Vikings presents a vivid history of the 400 years when the Vikings ruled the North Atlantic, and the sea road connected countries and islands we think of as far apart and culturally distinct: Norway and Scotland, Ireland and Iceland, and Greenland and North America. The story of the Lewis chessmen explains the economic lure behind the Viking voyages to the west in the 800s and 900s. And finally, it brings from the shadows an extraordinarily talented woman artist of the 12th century: Margret the Adroit of Iceland.

©2015 Nancy Marie Brown (P)2015 Recorded Books

Narrator: Tony Ward
Category: History, Europe
Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
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Victorians Undone: Tales of the Flesh in the Age of Decorum

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A groundbreaking account of what it was like to live in a Victorian body from one of our best historians, author of The Short Life and Long Times of Mrs Beeton and George Eliot: The Last Victorian. Why did the great philosophical novelist George Eliot feel so self-conscious that her right hand was larger than her left? Exactly what made Darwin grow that iconic beard in 1862, a good five years after his contemporaries had all retired their razors? Who knew Queen Victoria had a personal hygiene problem as a young woman and the crisis that followed led to a hurried commitment to marry Albert? What did John Sell Cotman, a handsome drawing room operator who painted some of the most exquisite watercolours the world has ever seen, feel about marrying a woman whose big nose made smart people snigger? How did a working-class child called Fanny Adams disintegrate into pieces in 1867 before being reassembled into a popular joke, one we still reference today, but would stop, appalled, if we knew its origins? Kathryn Hughes follows a thickened index finger or deep baritone voice into the realms of social history, medical discourse, aesthetic practice and religious observance - its language is one of admiring glances, cruel sniggers, and an implacably turned back. The result is an eye-opening, deeply intelligent, groundbreaking account that brings the Victorians back to life and helps us understand how they lived their lives.

©2017 Kathryn Hughes (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Jenny Funnell
Category: History, Europe
Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
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Emperor

2 ratings

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The life of Emperor Charles V (1500-1558), ruler of Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, and much of Italy and Central and South America, has long intrigued biographers. But the elusive nature of the man (despite an abundance of documentation), his relentless travel and the control of his own image, together with the complexity of governing the world's first transatlantic empire, complicate the task.    Geoffrey Parker, one of the world's leading historians of early modern Europe, has examined the surviving written sources in Dutch, French, German, Italian, Latin, and Spanish, as well as visual and material evidence. He explores the crucial decisions that created and preserved this vast empire, analyzes Charles' achievements within the context of both personal and structural factors, and scrutinizes the intimate details of the ruler's life for clues to his character and inclinations. The result is a unique biography that interrogates every dimension of Charles' reign and views the world through the emperor's own eyes.

©2019 Geoffrey Parker (P)2019 Tantor

Narrator: Nigel Patterson
Category: History, Europe
Length: 26 hrs and 24 mins
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Reflections on the Revolution in France

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Written in the form of a letter to a Frenchman, Edmund Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France is an impassioned attack on the French Revolution and its hasty destruction of the Church, the old elites, and the Crown. Burke tackles the new republic and its allegiance to principles such as liberty and equality, as well as its failure to recognize the complexities of human nature, society, and wisdom accumulated over time, contending that gradual change and adjustment is far better than immediate upheaval. Burke's treatise later became the target of Thomas Paine's own reflections on the French Revolution in Rights of Man, a devastating work that predicted more revolutions to come.  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

Public Domain (P)2020 Naxos AudioBooks

Narrator: Matt Addis
Author: Edmund Burke
Category: History, Europe
Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
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Bury the Chains

4 ratings

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From the author of the widely acclaimed King Leopold's Ghost comes the taut, gripping account of one of the most brilliantly organized social justice campaigns in history - the fight to free the slaves of the British Empire. In early 1787, 12 men - a printer, a lawyer, a clergyman, and others united by their hatred of slavery - came together in a London printing shop and began a remarkable grass-roots movement, battling for the rights of people on another continent. Masterfully stoking public opinion, the movement's leaders pioneered a variety of techniques that have been adopted by citizens' movements ever since, from consumer boycotts to wall posters and lapel buttons to celebrity endorsements. A deft chronicle of this groundbreaking antislavery crusade and its powerful enemies, Bury the Chains gives a little-celebrated human rights watershed its due at last.

©2005 Adam Hochschild (P)2018 Tantor

Narrator: Derek Perkins
Category: History, Europe
Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
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Armed Struggle

6 ratings

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The IRA has been a much richer, more complexly layered, and more protean organization than is frequently recognized. It is also more open to balanced examination now - at the end of its long war in the north of Ireland - than it was even a few years ago. Richard English's brilliant audiobook offers a detailed history of the IRA, providing invaluable historical depth to our understanding of the modern-day Provisionals, the more militant wing formed in 1969 dedicated to the removal of the British Government from Northern Ireland and the reunification of Ireland. English examines the dramatic events of the Easter Rising in 1916 and the bitter guerrilla war of 1919-21, the partitioning of Ireland in the 1920s, and the Irish Civil War of 1922-23. Here, too, are the IRA campaigns in Northern Ireland and Britain from the 1930s through the 1960s. He shows how the Provisionals were born out of the turbulence generated by the 1960s civil rights movement, and examines the escalating violence that introduced British troops to the streets of Northern Ireland. He also examines the split in the IRA that produced the Provisionals, the introduction of internment in 1971, and the tragedy of Bloody Sunday in 1972.

©2003, 2004, 2012 Richard English (P)2020 Tantor

Narrator: Roger Clark
Category: History, Europe
Length: 20 hrs and 6 mins
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The Emperor Charlemagne

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On Christmas Day, 800, Charlemagne was crowned "Emperor of the Romans" by Pope Leo III. Under his guidance the Carolingian Renaissance flourished, with his capital of Aachen becoming a center of learning and artistic genius. The legacy of Charlemagne on European history and culture is monumental. Yet, within 30 years of his death, his empire had fragmented. Who was this legendary ruler? How had he managed to rule these vast domains? And why has his legacy continued to influence Europeans to this day? E. R. Chamberlin's masterful biography of Charlemagne demonstrates the sheer force of will that this charismatic leader was able to command as he created a realm to rival the Byzantines in the east. Through the course of the book Chamberlin brings to life how Charlemagne forged his empire and uncovers the people, the religious and political controversies, the social and agricultural conditions, and the changes in warfare that took place more than 1,000 years ago.

©2020 The Estate of E.R. Chamberlin (P)2021 Tantor

Narrator: Nigel Patterson
Category: History, Europe
Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
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A Rare Recording of Sir Ernest Shackleton

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Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton (1874-1922) was a polar explorer who led three British expeditions to the Antarctic. During the second expedition, from 1907 to 1909, he and three companions established a new record for the "farthest South latitude", which was 97 miles from the South Pole and the closest in pole exploration history. Members of his team also climbed Mount Erebus, the most active volcano on Antarctica.   For these achievements, Shackleton was knighted by King Edward VII on his return home. A few years later, his ship, The Endurance, became trapped in pack ice and was slowly crushed. The crew escaped by camping on the sea ice, then launching their lifeboats to reach the inhabited island of South Georgia, a stormy ocean voyage of 720 nautical miles. It became Shackleton's most famous exploit.

Public Domain (P)2020 Listen & Live Audio

Category: History, Europe
Length: 4 mins
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Bloody Sunday

2 ratings

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Bloody Sunday was the worst massacre of British citizens by British troops since Peterloo in 1819 - a potent distillation of the rage and anguish of a bitter conflict that spanned decades and claimed three and a half thousand lives. In 2002, when the Saville Inquiry transferred from Derry to London, author Douglas Murray began attending daily to hear at firsthand the testimony of the soldiers and members of the IRA who had been there that dreadful day. What he discovered was a devastating story of ordinary people thrown into the most terrible of situations, a story not only more straightforward than the British army would like to admit, but more complex than the IRA has always claimed. This book is not solely about a shocking event or a process of justice; it is about the efforts of a group of people to arrive at truth and a country’s attempt - three decades on - at painful and perhaps incomplete reconciliation. Douglas Murray is a best-selling author and award-winning political journalist based in London. From 2007 to 2011 he was the director of the Centre for Social Cohesion in London. He is now a Senior Fellow at the Henry Jackson Society. Read by Michael Fenton Stevens (Last Trains, MI9, Whisper Wings, The Science of the Discworld, Long Earth, Long War, David Jason: Autobiography, Spitting Image, KYTV) WARNING - this audiobook contains some strong language and descriptions of violence & injuries.

©2011 Biteback Publishing (P)2014 Spokenworld Audio & Ladbroke Audio Ltd

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Category: History, Europe
Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
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A History of Hitler's Empire, 2nd Edition

10 ratings

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Know thy enemy. That's what the wisdom of history teaches us. And Adolf Hitler was surely the greatest enemy ever faced by modern civilization. Over half a century later, the horror, fascination, and questions still linger: How could a man like Hitler and a movement like Nazism come to power in 20th-century Germany – an industrially developed country with a highly educated population? How were the Nazis able to establish the foundations of a totalitarian regime in such a short time and hurl all of Europe - and the world - into a devastating war that would consume so many millions of lives? Professor Childers has designed this gripping 12-lecture course to shed light on these and other questions that have plagued generations. You'll start by looking at the catastrophic impact World War I had on Germany, and how the war and the humiliating Treaty of Versailles crippled the Weimar Republic. From there, you'll turn to the Third Reich – Nazism in power – with an investigation of how Hitler and his henchmen systematically and ruthlessly broke resistance, taking over the major institutions of state power and creating a totalitarian system of terror, propaganda, and pervasive regimentation. You'll also examine Hitler's foreign policy between 1933 and 1939, and discover how and why he puzzled the world by entering into an accommodation with his deadly enemy, Stalin, on the eve of World War II. In the final lectures, you'll focus on Hitler's war against the Jews from Mein Kampf to Auschwitz, dissecting the horrifying racial ideas of the Nazis and the policies adopted to transform those ideas into reality. Finally, you'll learn how Hitler's evil empire was destroyed by Allied might. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2001 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2001 The Great Courses

Narrator: Thomas Childers
Category: History, Europe
Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
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The Year of Living Danishly

226 ratings

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When she was suddenly given the opportunity of a new life in rural Jutland, journalist and archetypal Londoner Helen Russell discovered a startling statistic: the happiest place on earth isn't Disneyland but Denmark, a land often thought of by foreigners as consisting entirely of long, dark winters, cured herring, Lego and pastries. What is the secret to their success? Are happy Danes born or made? Helen decides there is only one way to find out: she will give herself a year, trying to uncover the formula for Danish happiness. From child care, education, food and interior design to SAD, taxes, sexism and an unfortunate predilection for burning witches, The Year of Living Danishly is a funny, poignant record of a journey that shows us where the Danes get it right, where they get it wrong, and how we might just benefit from living a little more Danishly ourselves. Helen Russell is a journalist and former editor of MarieClaire.co.uk. She now lives in rural Jutland and works as a Scandinavia correspondent for the Guardian as well as writing a column on Denmark for the Telegraph.

©2015 Helen Russell (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

Category: History, Europe
Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
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The Viking Myth

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Vikings are a part of everyday life. For a people who lived around a thousand years ago, their omnipresence is remarkable. They are a marketing device, a tourist attraction, and a subject on the national curriculum. They appear at museums, Viking festivals, and in comic strips, films, novels, and children's history books. They are a focus of academic controversy, with scholars waging an ongoing war over the proper interpretations of the Viking past, and they lend themselves readily to use in constructing various national and regional identities. Vikings are a vibrant part of modern popular culture. Although the Viking Age ended nearly a millennium ago, today Viking images are everywhere, functioning as marketing devices, role models, and sources of regional/national pride and identity. This book examines the causes of the Vikings' adoption as icons of popular culture and looks at the various ways in which Vikings are used. The book also turns to a chronological overview of political, literary, and archaeological developments that have influenced the evolution of Viking images.

©2021 Mike Parson (P)2021 Mike Parson

Narrator: Hadi Hajjar
Author: Mike Parson
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
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Heart of Europe

19 ratings

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The Holy Roman Empire lasted 1,000 years, far longer than ancient Rome. Yet this formidable dominion never inspired the awe of its predecessor. Voltaire quipped that it was neither holy, Roman, nor an empire. Yet as Peter H. Wilson shows, the Holy Roman Empire tells a millennial story of Europe better than the histories of individual nation-states. Heart of Europe traces the empire from its origins within Charlemagne's kingdom in 800 to its demise in 1806. By the mid-tenth century, its core rested in the German kingdom, and ultimately its territory stretched from France and Denmark to Italy and Poland. Yet the empire remained abstract, with no fixed capital and no common language or culture. The source of its continuity and legitimacy was the ideal of a unified Christian civilization, but this did not prevent emperors from clashing with the pope over supremacy. Though the title of Holy Roman Emperor retained prestige, rising states such as Austria and Prussia wielded power in a way the empire could not. While it gradually lost the flexibility to cope with political, economic, and social changes, the empire was far from being in crisis until the onslaught of the French revolutionary wars.

©2016 Peter H. Wilson (P)2017 Tantor

Narrator: Napoleon Ryan
Category: History, Europe
Length: 34 hrs and 3 mins
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History of France: Power Of The Crown

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This chapter of France's history is about Power Of The Crown: Richelieu's Administration, the War in Flanders and Italy, the Fronde, the Court of Anne of Austria, the Court of Louis XIV, France under Louis XIV, war in the Low Countries, the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, the war of the Palatinate, the war of the Succession in Spain, the peace of Utrecht, the Regency, the war of the Austrian Succession, the Seven Years' War, France under Louis XV, and the Reaction.     Charlotte Mary Yonge was an English novelist and historian. Yonge's work was widely read and respected in the nineteenth century, and admired by many great writers like Lewis Carroll or George Eliot. She attached a lot of importance to the education of girls, and her work reflected the values and concerns of Anglo-Catholicism; she wrote many historical novels, for which she studied history in great detail.     This audiobook, read by Paul Spera, is her retelling of the essential episodes that made France. Each historical event is replaced into context and presented in clear and easy-to-read snippets, so that younger and older readers can deepen their understanding of how modern France came to be and broaden their culture. This historical essays deals with France's earlier kings, the hundred years' war, the struggle with Burgundy, the Italian wars, the wars of religion, absolute monarchy, and the French Revolution.  

©2018 Compagnie du Savoir (P)2018 Astorg Audio

Narrator: Paul Spera
Category: History, Europe
Length: 31 mins
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Danubia

1 rating

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From the end of the Middle Ages to the First World War, Europe was dominated by one family: the Habsburgs. Their unprecedented rule is the focus of Simon Winder's vivid third book, Danubia.  Winder's approach is friendly, witty, personal; this is a narrative that, while erudite and well researched, prefers to be discursive and anecdotal. In his survey of the centuries of often incompetent Habsburg rule which have continued to shape the fate of Central Europe, Winder does not shy away from the horrors, railing against the effects of nationalism, recounting the violence that was often part of life. But this is a history dominated above all by Winder's energy and curiosity. Thrillingly informative, Danubia is a treat that listeners will be eager to dip into.

©2013 Simon Winder (P)2018 Tantor

Author: Simon Winder
Category: History, Europe
Length: 22 hrs and 11 mins
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The Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Rise of Nations

12 ratings

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Between 1348 and 1715, western Europe was fraught with turmoil, beset by the Black Plague, numerous and bitter religious wars, and frequent political revolutions and upheavals. Yet the Europe that emerged from this was vastly different from the Europe that entered it. By the start of the 18th century, Europe had been revitalized and reborn in a radical break with the past that would have untold ramifications for human civilization. This comprehensive series of 48 lectures by an award-winning teacher and scholar sheds new light on this critical period by exploring the political, social, cultural, and economic revolutions that transformed Europe between the arrival of the Black Death in the 14th century to the onset of the Enlightenment in the 18th century. It explains how these startling changes came about; the social, economic, and political factors that helped steer Europe away from the Middle Ages and into the modern world; the kinds of patterns we can see during this time; and how these centuries were critical to the entire narrative of history and have contributed to the Western world we know today. Professor Fix covers a remarkable breadth of subjects relating to European history from 1348 to 1715. While religion, politics, wars, and economics dominate this period, he also pays close attention to art, exploration, science, and technology. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2005 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2005 The Great Courses

Narrator: Andrew C. Fix
Category: History, Europe
Length: 24 hrs and 17 mins
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The Road to Little Dribbling

27 ratings

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A loving and hilarious - if occasionally spiky - valentine to Bill Bryson’s adopted country, Great Britain. Prepare for total joy and multiple episodes of unseemly laughter.  Twenty years ago, Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to discover and celebrate that green and pleasant land. The result was Notes from a Small Island, a true classic and one of the best-selling travel books ever written. Now, he has traveled about Britain again, by bus and train and rental car and on foot, to see what has changed - and what hasn’t. Following (but not too closely) a route he dubs the Bryson Line, from Bognor Regis in the South to Cape Wrath in the North, by way of places few travelers ever get to at all, Bryson rediscovers the wondrously beautiful, magnificently eccentric, endearingly singular country that he both celebrates and, when called for, twits. With his matchless instinct for the funniest and quirkiest and his unerring eye for the idiotic, the bewildering, the appealing, and the ridiculous, he offers acute and perceptive insights into all that is best and worst about Britain today. Nothing is more entertaining than Bill Bryson on the road - and on a tear. The Road to Little Dribbling reaffirms his stature as a master of the travel narrative - and a really, really funny guy.

©2016 Bill Bryson (P)2016 Random House Audio

Narrator: Nathan Osgood
Author: Bill Bryson
Category: History, Europe
Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
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A Year in Provence

2 ratings

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Peter Mayle and his wife had been to Provence as tourists. They had dreamed of one day trading the long, grey winters and damp summers of England for the blue skies and sunshine of the coast of southern France. And then they made it happen. They moved into an old farmhouse at the foot of the Luberon mountains and embarked on a wonderful, if at times bewildering, new life. Among their experiences that first year: being inundated with builders and visitors, grappling with the native accent, taking part in goat races and supervising the planting of a new vineyard. Now, Peter Mayle personally recounts the pleasures and frustrations of Provençal life - sharing in a way no one else can, the unique and endearing culture that is Provence.

©1989 Peter Mayle (P)1991 Macmillan Audio

Narrator: Peter Mayle
Author: Peter Mayle
Category: History, Europe
Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
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The Renaissance

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If you want to discover the captivating history of the Renaissance, then pay attention.... “Renaissance” is the French word for “rebirth,” which is given to the period of time between the 14th and 17th centuries in Europe when there was a marked resurgence in classical art, education, philosophy, architecture, and natural sciences. At its heart, the Renaissance marked a widespread stability that Europe had not known for centuries, coupled with an inevitable desire of people everywhere to learn and express themselves. Education and economic stability transformed Europe into a beacon of high culture that eventually led to the Enlightenment and the Modern Age as we know it. In The Renaissance, you will discover topics such as: A Brief look at pre-Renaissance Europe The Black Death The Italian Renaissance The fall of Constantinople The printing press Literature of the 15th century The new education The medics of Florence and France The Dutch and Flemish painting revolution Leonardo da Vinci Michelangelo Copernicus The Reformation The Spanish Inquisition and Renaissance France and the wars of religion Arts and politics across Renaissance Europe The Age of Discovery Women’s education Galileo Galilea English Renaissance under the Tudors Shakespeare, Lully, and the new art Seers and prophets The medical Renaissance The persecuted intellectuals In the years following the Renaissance And much, much more! Get this audiobook now if you want to learn more about the Renaissance!

©2019 Captivating History (P)2019 Captivating History

Category: History, Europe
Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
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The Age of Reason Begins

9 ratings

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This seventh volume of Will and Ariel Durant's renowned Story of Civilization chronicles the history of European civilization from 1558 to 1648. The Age of Reason Begins brings together a fascinating network of stories in the discussion of the bumpy road toward the Enlightenment. This is the age of great monarchs and greater artists - on the one hand, Elizabeth I of England, Philip II of Spain, and Henry IV of France; on the other, Shakespeare, Cervantes, Montaigne, and Rembrandt. It also encompasses the heyday of Francis Bacon, Galileo, Giordano Bruno, and Descartes, the fathers of modern science and philosophy. But it is equally an age of extreme violence, a moment in which all Europe was embroiled in the horrible Thirty Years' War - in some respects, the real first world war. This chapter in cultural history is one that can't be missed.

©1961 Will and Ariel Durant (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Grover Gardner
Category: History, Europe
Length: 34 hrs and 51 mins
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To the Scaffold

1 rating

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To this day Marie Antoinette remains one of history’s most misunderstood heroines. How she triumphed over the petty jealousies and backstairs rivalries of the court, how she sustained a good-hearted but malleable king, and how she was transformed from French queen to Austrian “whore,” is the story told with skill and fascinating detail.

©1991 Carolly Erickson (P)1991 Recorded Books, LLC

Narrator: Davina Porter
Category: History, Europe
Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
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The Hollow Crown

25 ratings

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The 15th century saw the crown of England change hands seven times as the great families of England fought to the death for power, majesty and the right to rule.  The Hollow Crown completes Dan Jones' epic history of medieval England, and describes how the Plantagenets tore themselves apart to be finally replaced by the Tudors.   Some of the greatest heroes and villains in British history were thrown together in these turbulent times: Henry V, whose victory at Agincourt and prudent rule at home marked the high point of the medieval monarchy; Edward IV, who was handed his crown by the scheming soldier Warwick the Kingmaker, before their alliance collapsed into a fight to the death; and the last Plantagenet, Richard III, who stole the throne and murdered his own nephews, the Princes in the Tower. Finally, the Tudors arrived - but even their rule was only made certain in the 1520s, when Henry VIII ruthlessly hunted down his family's last remaining enemies.  In the midst this tumult, chivalry was reborn, the printing press arrived and the Renaissance began to flourish. With vivid descriptions of the battle of Towton, where 28,000 men died in a single morning, and the Battle of Bosworth Field, at which Richard III was hacked down, this is the real story behind Shakespeare's famous history plays.

©2014 Dan Jones (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: Dan Jones
Author: Dan Jones
Category: History, Europe
Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
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Prince Philip Revealed

1 rating

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Discover the full and fascinating story of Prince Philip - one of the most important, influential, and elusive royals - in this colorful and revelatory biography written by the renowned royal family expert and editor in chief of Majesty magazine. The son of Greek and Danish royalty, consort to the queen, and the grandfather of Princes Harry and William, Prince Philip has been at the heart of the royal family for decades - yet he remains an enigma to many. Now, Ingrid Seward, the editor in chief of Majesty magazine, brings her decades of experience covering the royal family to this fascinating and insightful biography of Queen Elizabeth II's husband, and father, grandfather, and great-grandfather of the next three kings of England. From his early childhood in Paris among aristocrats and his mother's battle with schizophrenia to his distinctive military service during World War II and marriage to Elizabeth in 1947, Seward chronicles Philip's life and reveals his many faces - as a father, a philanthropist, a philanderer, and a statesman. Though it would take years for Philip to find his place in a royal court that initially distrusted him, he remains one of the most complex, powerful, yet confounding members of Britain’s royal family. Entertaining, eye-opening, and informative, Prince Philip is perfect for any anglophile and fans of the series The Crown.

©2020 Ingrid Seward. All rights reserved. (P)2020 Simon & Schuster UK. All rights reserved.

Narrator: Julie Teal
Category: History, Europe
Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
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Europe and Western Civilization in the Modern Age

7 ratings

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Only three lifetimes ago, Europe was a farming society ruled by families of monarchs. But with two seismic tremors-capitalism and democracy-Europe's economic and royal foundations were shattered forever and modern European history began. In this series of 48 fascinating lectures, Professor Childers makes the history of Europe from the 1750s to the present-events both horrible and magnificent-as immediate as today's headlines, employing the historian's craft and a storyteller's skill to find the causes of what otherwise could seem to be the march of folly. The result is an intellectually exhilarating journey through a period of three lifetimes such as the world had never experienced. You'll see how in the span of just one life, England became an industrial, urban culture; tens of thousands were guillotined in France; Napoleon's Empire - the greatest since Rome-rose and fell; and revolution swept the capitals of Europe; how in the span of just one more, the Russian serfs were freed; Italy and Germany were created from a loose collection of city-states; European powers divided and conquered Africa; Darwin, Marx, Freud, and Einstein published world-shaking ideas; and millions died in a Great War; and how in that third lifetime, the world was plunged into economic depression, global war, and genocide; Europe abandoned its African colonies; the Soviet Union rose and fell; Fascism and Communism failed as democracy became the dominant form of government; and the same European powers that had bled each other for hundreds of years created a Common Market and unified currency. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©1998 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)1998 The Great Courses

Narrator: Thomas Childers
Category: History, Europe
Length: 23 hrs and 25 mins
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The Dark Ages

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If you want to discover the captivating history of the Dark Ages, then pay attention.... Following the fall of Rome in 476 CE, the entire dynamic of Europe underwent a complete shift in power and culture. The Dark Ages was an interesting period of about six centuries, and during it, Europe was still trying to figure out what it was and how it would survive the chaos that followed the fall of Rome.  In The Dark Ages: A Captivating Guide to the Period Between the Fall of the Roman Empire and the Renaissance, you will discover topics such as: The misconception of the Dark Ages The world after Rome The rise of the Christian Church Rome continues – The Byzantine Empire The rise of the Caliphate and the conquest of Spain The Lombard Kingdom Charlemagne The Treaty of Verdun and the Rurik Dynasty – beginnings of modern nations Alfred the Great Otto 1 and the founding of a loose federation The Reign of Venice The Vikings The second half of the Middle Ages The Renaissance And much, much more! So if you want to learn more about the Dark Ages, scroll up and click the "Add to Cart" button!

©2019 Captivating History (P)2019 Captivating History

Narrator: Randy Whitlow
Category: History, Europe
Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
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Iberia

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Spain is an immemorial land like no other, one that James A. Michener, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and celebrated citizen of the world, came to love as his own. Iberia is Michener's enduring nonfiction tribute to his cherished second home. In the fresh and vivid prose that is his trademark, he not only reveals the celebrated history of bullfighters and warrior kings, painters and processions, cathedrals and olive orchards; he also shares the intimate, often hidden country he came to know, where the congeniality of living souls is thrust against the dark weight of history. Wild, contradictory, passionately beautiful, this is Spain as experienced by a master writer.

©2015 James A. Michener (P)2015 Random House Audio

Narrator: Larry McKeever
Category: History, Europe
Length: 37 hrs and 41 mins
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Iron, Fire and Ice

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Have you read everything George R.R. Martin has every written? Do you know what in Game of Thrones is based in real history? A young pretender raises an army to take the throne. Learning of his father’s death, the adolescent, dashing and charismatic and descended from the old kings of the North, vows to avenge him. He is supported in this war by his mother, who has spirited away her two younger sons to safety. Against them is the queen, passionate, proud, and strong-willed and with more of the masculine virtues of the time than most men. She too is battling for the inheritance of her young son, not yet fully grown but already a sadist who takes delight in watching executions. Sound familiar? It may read like the plot of Game of Thrones. Yet that was also the story of the bloodiest battle in British history, fought at the culmination of the War of the Roses. George RR Martin’s bestselling novels are rife with allusions, inspirations, and flat-out copies of real-life people, events, and places of medieval and Tudor England and Europe. The Red Wedding? Based on actual events in Scottish history. The poisoning of Joffrey Baratheon? Eerily similar to the death of William the Conqueror’s grandson. The Dothraki? Also known as Huns, Magyars, Turks, and Mongols. Join Ed West, as he explores all of Martin’s influences, from religion to war to powerful women. Discover the real history behind the phenomenon and see for yourself that truth is stranger than fiction.

©2019 by Ed West. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Narrator: Rory Barnett
Author: Ed West
Category: History, Europe
Length: 20 hrs and 15 mins
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Amsterdam

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An endlessly entertaining portrait of the city of Amsterdam and the ideas that make it unique, by the author of the acclaimed Island at the Center of the World Tourists know Amsterdam as a picturesque city of low-slung brick houses lining tidy canals; student travelers know it for its legal brothels and hash bars; art lovers know it for Rembrandt's glorious portraits. But the deeper history of Amsterdam, what makes it one of the most fascinating places on Earth, is bound up in its unique geography - the constant battle of its citizens to keep the sea at bay and the democratic philosophy that this enduring struggle fostered. Amsterdam is the font of liberalism, in both its senses. Tolerance for free thinking and free love make it a place where, in the words of one of its mayors, "craziness is a value". But the city also fostered the deeper meaning of liberalism, one that profoundly influenced America: political and economic freedom. Amsterdam was home not only to religious dissidents and radical thinkers but to the world's first great global corporation. In this effortlessly erudite account, Russell Shorto traces the idiosyncratic evolution of Amsterdam, showing how such disparate elements as herring anatomy, naked Anabaptists parading through the streets, and an intimate gathering in a 16th-century wine-tasting room had a profound effect on Dutch - and world - history. Weaving in his own experiences of his adopted home, Shorto provides an ever-surprising, intellectually engaging story of Amsterdam from the building of its first canals in the 1300s, through its brutal struggle for independence, its golden age as a vast empire, to its complex present in which its cherished ideals of liberalism are under siege.

©2013 Russell Shorto (P)2013 Random House Audio

Narrator: Russell Shorto
Category: History, Europe
Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
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Battle of Waterloo: A History from Beginning to End

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The Battle of Waterloo has become synonymous with the word defeat, but who lost, and why was it important? In 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte left the island of Elba and, in a space of 100 days, took power and challenged the entire world to meet him on his terms. When that failed, he offered them a fight, one that would end at Waterloo, and left repercussions which can still be felt, even now, centuries later. Inside you will hear about.... Beginnings Discord and Discontent The World Rearranged The Prisoner The Journey to Waterloo Begins One Hundred Days Quatre Bras & Ligny And much more! Who was this man, and what happened on the battlefield that made this fight in particular so important? What was the lesson of Waterloo?

©2016 Hourly History (P)2018 Hourly History

Narrator: Jimmy Kieffer
Category: History, Europe
Length: 56 mins
Available on Audible
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Sicily: Three Thousand Years of Human History

1 rating

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Tourists, armchair travelers, and historians will all delight in this fluid narrative that can be read straight through, dipped into over time, or used as a reference guide to each period in Sicily's fascinating tale. Emigration of people from Sicily often overshadows the importance of the people who immigrated to the island through the centuries. These have included several who became Sicily's rulers, along with Jews, Ligurians, and Albanians. Greeks, Romans, Vandals, Goths, Byzantines, Muslims, Normans, Hohenstaufens, Spaniards, Bourbons, the Savoy Kingdom of Italy and the modern era have all held sway, and left lasting influences on the island's culture and architecture. Sicily's character has also been determined by what passed it by: events that affected Europe generally, namely the Crusades and Columbus's discovery of the Americas, remarkably had little influence on Italy's most famous island.

©2006 Sandra Benjamin (P)2012 Steerforth Press LLC

Narrator: Fred Filbrich
Category: History, Europe
Length: 16 hrs and 32 mins
Available on Audible
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Magna Carta

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If you want to discover the captivating history of the Magna Carta, then pay attention... The Magna Carta is celebrated as one of the most important documents in human history. It is the main source of constitutional law around the world, promising people liberties and protection from the arbitrary power of the government. However, it is also a set of promises extorted in bad faith from an unwilling king, and these promises dealt with the problems of the 13th-century aristocracy. Among the ordinary problems of fees, customs, and land law, greater ideas found their way into the document, revolutionary ideas that would change the world. However, in 1215, they were sparse, mentioned here and there in the form of high ideals more than in the form of a law. Some parts of the Magna Carta are still quoted, such as clauses that deal with justice before peers, freedom from unlawful imprisonment, freedom of the church, and so on. However, in medieval times, these clauses did not have the same meaning as they do today. The Magna Carta showed itself to be a flexible document with ideas that could be bent and transformed to suit the needs of the new times. In Magna Carta: A Captivating Guide to the History of the Great Charter and its Influence on Medieval England and the Rest of the World, you will discover topics such as: King John The path to Runnymede The Magna Carta The failure of the Magna Carta The war The regent and the end of the First Barons’ War Henry III and the Magna Carta Second Barons’ War and Edward I The Late Medieval Period and the Tudors The revival of the Magna Carta The New World and the Magna Carta So, if you want to learn more about the Magna Carta, buy this book today!

©2020 Captivating History (P)2020 Captivating History

Narrator: Colin Fluxman
Category: History, Europe
Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
Available on Audible
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Au temps des Vikings

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Au temps des Vikings? nous plonge au sein d'une civilisation fascinante, loin des clichés virils et barbares dont on l'a longtemps affublée. Le temps des Vikings, de 800 à 1100, c'est ce moment de l'histoire du Moyen Âge où de farouches guerriers venus du Nord sèment la terreur dans de nombreuses villes européennes accessibles par mer ou voie fluviale. Ils pillent, s'emparent des trésors des églises et des monastères, enlèvent des habitants qu'ils échangent contre une rançon ou vendent comme esclaves. On ignore néanmoins souvent que ces marchands exceptionnels ont ouvert de nouvelles voies commerciales entre le Nord, le califat arabe et l'Empire byzantin. Ils se sont installés en Russie, dans les îles Britanniques, en Irlande, en Islande et au Groenland. Ils ont développé une poésie d'un raffinement inégalé, mettant en scène les prouesses des guerriers et les aventures des dieux de leur panthéon. Mais les Vikings ne constituaient pas un peuple. Contrairement à ce que des conceptions raciales ont prétendu, il n'était pas nécessaire qu'un sang scandinave coulât dans les veines du guerrier pour qu'il soit reconnu comme un Viking. L'auteur met à profit les plus récentes découvertes archéologiques ainsi que les récits des ambassadeurs arabes pour raconter le monde quotidien des paysans comme des seigneurs de guerre et des rois - un monde où la magie et les fantômes ont toute leur place. Loin des barbares sanguinaires ordinairement décrits, les Vikings ont ainsi été des acteurs de premier plan au Moyen Âge, avant de disparaître avec l'évangélisation de la Scandinavie et la création des trois royaumes de Norvège, de Suède et du Danemark.

©2014 / 2018 Princeton University Press. Licensed by Princeton University Press, Princeton New Jersey, USA in conjunction with their duly appointed agent, L'Autre agence. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the Publishers / Éditions La Découverte, Paris, pour la traduction française. Traduit par Philippe Pignarre (P)2020 Lizzie, un département d'Univers Poche, Paris

Narrator: Yann Sundberg
Category: History, Europe
Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
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History of the Vikings: A Captivating Guide to the Viking Age and Feared Norse Seafarers Such as Ragnar Lothbrok, Ivar the Boneless, Egil Skallagrimsson, and More

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Explore the captivating history of the vikings Men like Ragnar Lothbrok, Eric Bloodaxe, Ivar the Boneless, and Bjorn Ironside are portrayed as preying on unsuspecting communities and spreading fear across Europe as they laid waste to all that lay before them, taking what they wanted at the point of a sword.  It is true that the Vikings were, without a doubt, brutal men living in a brutal age. They did use their skills as warriors to relentlessly attack Europe and the British Isles to increase their wealth and territory, but that is not all the Vikings were, and their contribution to world history is far more than warmongering.  In this captivating history audiobook, you'll not only learn about heroic warriors in battle but you'll also discover the remarkable achievements made by the Vikings. In History of the Vikings: A Captivating Guide to the Viking Age and Feared Norse Seafarers Such as Ragnar Lothbrok, Ivar the Boneless, Egil Skallagrimsson, and More, you will discover topics such as   The Rise of the Mighty Vikings and the Viking Age Significant Viking Raids and Battles Ragnar Lothbrok - Man or Myth Ivar the Boneless - Ruthless Warrior, Leader of the Great Heathen Army, and Conqueror of England Bjorn Ironside - Raider of the Mediterranean  Harald Fairhair - First King of Norway Eric Bloodaxe - Terrifying Family Killer Egil Skallagrimsson - Warrior Poet Sweyn Forkbeard - The Forgotten King of England King Olaf Tryggvason and the Rise of Christianity in Norway Harald Hardrada - The Last Great Viking Ruler The Viking Age of Exploration The Significance of the Settlement of Iceland, Greenland, and Vinland Viking Society and Everyday Life And much, much more So listen to this audiobook now if you want to learn more about the history of the Vikings!

©2018 Captivating History (P)2018 Captivating History

Narrator: Desmond Manny
Category: History, Europe
Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
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The Norman Conquest

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If you want to discover the captivating history of the Norman Conquest, then pay attention.... The year 1066 CE is one of the largest turning points in British history, with most people today having heard of the Battle of Hastings. The year had begun with the death of Edward the Confessor, a man who would be one of the last Anglo-Saxon kings. In the end, the course of the kingdom's history would shift as William the Bastard became William the Conqueror.  In The Norman Conquest: A Captivating Guide to the Normans and the Invasion of England by William the Conqueror, Including Events Such as the Battle of Stamford Bridge and the Battle of Hastings, you will discover topics such as England before the Death of a Pious King and the Norman Invasion Edward the Confessor and the Question of Succession The Norwegian King Harald Hardrada William, Duke of Normandy Harold II of England Verification of Events and Preparations for War The Invasion of the Norwegian King Harald Hardrada William Arrives in England The Battle of Hastings and William’s Coronation Rebelling against the New King and the Consequences of Doing So The Domesday Book Effects of the Conquest Shakespeare, Lully, and the New Art Seers and Prophets Records of 1066 CE - Insight into a Time of Turmoil And Much, Much More! So if you want to learn more about the Norman Conquest, scroll up and click the "buy" button!

©2019 Captivating History (P)2020 Captivating History

Narrator: Colin Fluxman
Category: History, Europe
Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
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From Gutenberg to Google

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Network revolutions of the past have shaped the present and set the stage for the revolution we are experiencing today In an era of seemingly instant change, it's easy to think that today's revolutions - in communications, business, and many areas of daily life - are unprecedented. Today's changes may be new and may be happening faster than ever before. But our ancestors at times were just as bewildered by rapid upheavals in what we now call “networks” - the physical links that bind any society together. In this fascinating book, former FCC chairman Tom Wheeler brings to life the two great network revolutions of the past and uses them to help put in perspective the confusion, uncertainty, and even excitement most people face today. The first big network revolution was the invention of movable-type printing in the 15th century. This book, its millions of predecessors, and even such broad trends as the Reformation, the Renaissance, and the multiple scientific revolutions of the past 500 years would not have been possible without that one invention. The second revolution came with the invention of the telegraph early in the 19th century. Never before had people been able to communicate over long distances faster than a horse could travel. Along with the development of the world's first high-speed network - the railroad - the telegraph upended centuries of stability and literally redrew the map of the world. Wheeler puts these past revolutions into the perspective of today, when rapid-fire changes in networking are upending the nature of work, personal privacy, education, the media, and nearly every other aspect of modern life. But he doesn't leave it there. Outlining “What's Next”, he describes how artificial intelligence, virtual reality, blockchain, and the need for cybersecurity are laying the foundation for a third network revolution. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Tom Wheeler (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Brian Troxell
Author: Tom Wheeler
Category: History, Europe
Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
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The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England

31 ratings

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Imagine you could travel back to the 14th century. What would you see? What would you smell? More to the point, where are you going to stay? And what are you going to eat? Ian Mortimer shows us that the past is not just something to be studied; it is also something to be lived. He sets out to explain what life was like in the most immediate way, through taking you to the Middle Ages. The result is the most astonishing social history book you are ever likely to read: evolutionary in its concept, informative and entertaining in its detail, and startling for its portrayal of humanity in an age of violence, exuberance and fear.

©2008 Ian Mortimer (P)2009 Isis Publishing Ltd

Narrator: Jonathan Keeble
Author: Ian Mortimer
Category: History, Europe
Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
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A Macat Analysis of Edmund Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France

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A Macat Analysis of Edmund Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France. Reflections on the Revolution in France may read like an exercise in political theory. But when it was first published in 1790, Edmund Burke was fighting a real political battle. Burke saw that the Enlightenment ideas that had inspired radical political change in France the year before were beginning to take root in England. He wanted to discredit these dangerous thoughts before they sparked a revolution in his own country. By publishing his pamphlet in the form of a "letter to a friend," Burke could use a fiery, rhetorical style to discredit revolutionary developments in France and attack the idea that England should follow its neighbor into democracy. Burke argued for a conservative society, in which institutions that have stood the test of time are to be cherished and change introduced slowly - and only after proper consideration. Burke's pragmatic analysis and cautious views act as the foundation for much modern conservative thinking. His powerful imagery and appeals to emotion have captured readers' imaginations for centuries and swayed opinions in ways that remain relevant today. You can find out more about how Burke's ideas have been challenged and applied - and how his work has impacted on thinkers in other academic disciplines - by exploring further in the Macat Library.

©2016 Macat Int (P)2016 Macat Int

Narrator: Macat.com
Author: Riley Quinn
Category: History, Europe
Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
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The Tunnels

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A thrilling Cold War narrative of superpower showdowns, media suppression, and two escape tunnels beneath the Berlin Wall.   In the summer of 1962, the year after the rise of the Berlin Wall, a group of young West Germans risked prison, Stasi torture, and even death to liberate friends, lovers, and strangers in East Berlin by digging tunnels under the wall. Then, two US television networks heard about the secret projects and raced to be first to document them from the inside.  NBC and CBS funded two separate tunnels in return for the right to film the escapes, planning spectacular prime-time specials. President John F. Kennedy, however, was wary of anything that might spark a confrontation with the Soviets, having said, “A wall is better than a war” and even confessing to Secretary of State Dean Rusk, “We don’t care about East Berlin.” JFK approved unprecedented maneuvers to quash both documentaries, testing the limits of a free press in an era of escalating nuclear tensions. As Greg Mitchell’s riveting narrative unfolds, we meet extraordinary characters: the legendary cyclist who became East Germany’s top target for arrest; the Stasi informer who betrays the “CBS tunnel”; the American student who aided the escapes; an engineer who would later help build the tunnel under the English channel; and the young East Berliner who fled with her baby, then married one of the tunnelers.  The Tunnels captures the chilling reach of the Stasi secret police as US networks prepared to “pay for play” but were willing to cave to official pressure, the White House was eager to suppress historic coverage, and ordinary people in dire circumstances became subversive. The Tunnels is breaking history, a propulsive listen whose themes still reverberate. 

©2016 Greg Mitchell (P)2016 Random House Audio

Narrator: John Lee
Category: History, Europe
Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
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Galileo Galilei

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Si quiere descubrir la cautivadora vida de Galileo Galilei, siga leyendo... Las contribuciones de Galileo Galilei a la ciencia moderna fueron tan fundamentales para una variedad de campos que, aunque murió hace casi 400 años, su nombre conserva el reconocimiento internacional. A este filósofo natural del siglo XVII a menudo se le atribuye la invención del telescopio gracias a sus numerosos descubrimientos utilizando este instrumento específico, y aunque en verdad no fue su inventor, el mito aún persiste.  De hecho, durante la primera parte del siglo XVII, Galileo fue responsable de una serie de actualizaciones de la nueva herramienta de la astronomía y fueron en gran parte sus técnicas innovadoras las que transformaron una lupa bastante mediocre en un dispositivo revolucionario. En Galileo Galilei: Una Guía Fascinante de un Astrónomo, Físico e Ingeniero Italiano y Su Impacto en la Historia de la Ciencia, descubrirá temas como  Nace un Astrónomo Galileo Estudia con Monjes Florentinos La Universidad de Pisa Galileo Calcula la Ubicación del Infierno Profesor de la Universidad de Pisa University of Padua La Inquisición Católica La Estrella de Kepler Un Encuentro con el Papa Urbano VIII El Ensayador Diálogo sobre los Dos Principales Sistemas Mundiales Juicio y Encarcelamiento Trabajo Final y Muerte ¡Y mucho, mucho más! Obtenga este libro ahora para saber más sobre Galileo Galilei!

©2020 Captivating History (P)2020 Captivating History

Narrator: Christian Maggi
Category: History, Europe
Length: 2 hrs and 17 mins
Available on Audible
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Empire of Blue Water

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He challenged the greatest empires on earth with a ragtag bunch of renegades - and brought it to its knees. Henry Morgan crossed the Atlantic in 1655, hell-bent on making his fortune. Awash with bloody battles, political intrigues, and natural disasters, Empire of Blue Water brilliantly re-creates the passion and the violence of the age of exploration and empire.

©2009 Stephan Talty (P)2009 Oakhill Publishing

Narrator: David Bauckham
Category: History, Europe
Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
Available on Audible
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La petite histoire de France

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Ce manuel, à la fois rigoureux et pourtant facile d'accès, relate la fascinante histoire de la France, de Vercingétorix à Napoléon, en passant par Louis XIV et la Révolution. Destinée aux plus jeunes, cette œuvre ravira également tous les amoureux de cette grande Histoire dont les vicissitudes ont façonné, aux fils des siècles, l'identité collective française.

©2020 FV Éditions (P)2021 FV Éditions

Narrator: Yannick Lopez
Category: History, Europe
Length: 2 hrs and 40 mins
Available on Audible
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1415: Henry V's Year of Glory

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Henry V is regarded as the great English hero, lionised in his own day for his victory at Agincourt, his piety and his rigorous application of justice. But what was he really like?  In this groundbreaking audiobook, Ian Mortimer portrays Henry in the pivotal year of his reign. Recording the dramatic events of 1415, he offers the fullest, most precise and least romanticised view we have of Henry and what he did. At the centre of the narrative is the campaign which culminated in the battle of Agincourt: a slaughter ground intended not to advance England’s interests directly but to demonstrate God’s approval of Henry’s royal authority on both sides of the Channel. The result is a fascinating reappraisal of Henry which brings to the fore many unpalatable truths as well as the king’s extraordinary courage and leadership qualities.

©2013 Ian Mortimer (P)2017 Tantor

Author: Ian Mortimer
Category: History, Europe
Length: 25 hrs and 43 mins
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Marie Antoinette's Watch

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"Marie Antoinette's Watch is a wonderful book." - William Gibson, author of Neuromancer Across continents and into and out of the hands of royalty, revolutionaries, smugglers, thieves, and the world's greatest tech engineers, was Marie Antoinette's watch, the "160" worth an estimated $40 million in today's dollars. Perhaps the most sought after personal technology device of the last 200 years, the timepiece, designed by the legendary Abraham-Louis Breguet, is the launching point for a thrilling and fluidly woven set of narratives that are, in part, forbidden love story, historical document, and police procedural. Marie Antoinette's Watch also deftly lays out the history of horology and the 18th Century engineering feats attained in Paris's answer to Silicon Valley, the Ile de la Cite, that made the watch the most intricate and prized personal device of its time - something that's come full circle today. In the hands of Techcrunch's East Coast Editor, John Biggs, Marie Antoinette's Watch is by turns edifying and lurid, historical and utterly modern. Culminating in a heist in a Tel Aviv antiquities museum in the 1980s, Biggs tells the story of how one object can transform countries, cultures, high technology, and time itself.

©2015 John Biggs (P)2017 John Biggs

Narrator: Rick Barr
Author: John Biggs
Category: History, Europe
Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
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The Terror of History: Mystics, Heretics, and Witches in the Western Tradition

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Western civilization is closely associated with reason and science, and with exceptional accomplishments in art, architecture, music, and literature.Yet it has also been characterized by widespread belief in the supernatural and the irrational - with mystics who have visions of the divine and entire movements of people who wait in fervent anticipation of the apocalypse. Moreover, Western culture has also been the setting for repeated acts of barbaric reaction to those beliefs, including persecutions of certain groups, such as Jews, or of people accused as heretics and witches. This series of 24 intriguing lectures explores the concept of what has been called the "terror of history," a deeply held ancient belief that human beings live constantly on the edge of doom- a doom against which we must protect ourselves, sometimes by scapegoating an "other" whom we blame for this catastrophic plight. The lectures explore this belief through a study of mysticism, heres