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AMERICAN REBELS How the Hancock, Adams, and Quincy Families Fanned the Flames of Revolution

by Nina Sankovitch | Read by Suzie Althens

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged

Sankovitch's history of the beginnings of the American Revolution focuses on the Adams, Quincy, and Hancock families, even fictionalizing their thoughts. Suzie Althens narrates in an intimate tone befitting the author's close look at the family members. But her narration takes getting used to. For the most part, her delivery is clear and has a good level of expression and... Read More


ARNHEM Ten Days in the Cauldron

by Iain Ballantyne | Read by Ralph Lister

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged

The largest airborne operation of all time, Operation Market Garden-- which was depicted in the movie A BRIDGE TOO FAR--is the subject of this audiobook. While not neglecting the big picture of the operation, the author focuses on the British paratroopers who did the fighting--and the Dutch civilians who got caught up in it--at Arnhem, the Netherlands. Ralph Lister's narration... Read More


THE BLACK CABINET The Untold Story of African Americans and Politics During the Age of Roosevelt

by Jill Watts | Read by Bahni Turpin

Random House Audio | Unabridged

Golden Voice narrator Bahni Turpin delivers "The Untold Story of African Americans and Politics during the Age of Roosevelt." This sweeping history covers the early twentieth century through the end of FDR's administration, including the New Deal and the WPA. Tirelessly, Turpin describes the lives and political careers of educator Mary McLeod Bethune, economist Robert Weaver,... Read More



by Serena Zabin | Read by Andrea Gallo

Recorded Books | Unabridged

Andrea Gallo narrates with feeling, dropping her pitch and broadening her tones for men in authority. But she does not even attempt the accent that still distinguishes an English aristocrat--born or trained to it--from anybody else on the planet. But then Zabin is more taken with what colonials and colonizers had in common than with their differences, tonal and otherwise. The... Read More


BROTHERS YORK An English Tragedy

by Thomas Penn | Read by Roy McMillan

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged

Narrator Roy McMillan romances every bit of drama out of this historical stone, and there is plenty of drama here. Shakespeare used (or invented) some of it, but the true story of England's last generation of Plantagenet rulers--Edward IV and his two brothers, George, Duke of Clarence, and Richard III--is epic. McMillan is almost breathless with excitement at times, but the... Read More


THE CUBANS Ordinary Lives in Extraordinary Times

Earphones Award Winner

by Anthony DePalma | Read by Robertson Dean, Anthony DePalma

Penguin Audio | Unabridged

Robertson Dean's resonant voice makes for a lively rendering of Anthony DePalma's fascinating cultural history of Cuba and its people. Starting before the Communist Revolution of 1959, when Fidel Castro overthrew the U.S.-supported Batista regime, Dean helps to flesh out Cuba's long history as a Caribbean power: from a Spanish colony relying on African slaves to a nascent... Read More


THE DEVIANT'S WAR The Homosexual vs. the United States of America

by Eric Cervini | Read by Vikas Adam

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged

Vikas Adam draws the listener in, expertly narrating Cervini's work, which charts the beginning of the gay rights movement in the United States. The work follows the passionate, quirky, and perhaps more than a bit self-involved homophile activist and astronomer Frank Kameny. Delivering a collection of interviews, letters, and court documents, Vikas Adams does an excellent job... Read More


THE GOLDEN THIRTEEN How Black Men Won the Right to Wear Navy Gold

by Dan Goldberg | Read by Sam Manual

Beacon Press | Unabridged

Listeners enter history through the eyes of a Black Navy man as he is abruptly given a new assignment without any explanation about what's going on. Narrator Sam Manual conveys the man's anxiety and then his relief at learning that he is to become one of 12 Black Navy officers in 1944, the first cohort to integrate the officer ranks. Manuel's voice captures both the heightened... Read More


THE HOUR OF FATE Theodore Roosevelt, J.P. Morgan, and the Battle to Transform American Capitalism

by Susan Berfield | Read by Jennifer Woodward

Bloomsbury Publishing | Unabridged

Berfield's detailed account of an important trust-busting case and Teddy Roosevelt's dealings with the powerful financier behind it, J.P. Morgan, gets a mostly clear but often flawed narration by Jennifer Woodward. Her voice is nasal and somewhat scratchy, but she works hard to give the narration expression and renders, mostly, an intelligent sense of the text, using tone and... Read More


HUMANKIND A Hopeful History

by Rutger Bregman, Elizabeth Manton [Trans.], Erica Moore [Trans.] | Read by Thomas Judd, Rutger Bregman [Prologue]

Hachette Audio | Unabridged

Thomas Judd's performance complements the theme of positivity throughout Bregman's look at humankind. This audiobook takes a critical view of the conventional wisdom that humans are selfish and prone to conflict to protect their interests. Instead of "veneer theory," which posits that people engage in shallow niceties only to maintain cultural order, Bregman provides evidence... Read More


LINCOLN ON THE VERGE Thirteen Days to Washington

by Ted Widmer | Read by Fred Sanders, Ted Widmer

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged

Using a thoughtful and measured cadence, narrator Fred Sanders invites the listener to climb aboard the Presidential Special--the train that in February 1861 carried President-Elect Abraham Lincoln and his family from Springfield, Illinois, across eight states and countless whistle-stops to Washington, DC, for his first inauguration. Drawing from the author's 10 years of... Read More


THE LOUVRE The Many Lives of the World's Most Famous Museum

by James Gardner | Read by Graham Halstead

Tantor Media | Unabridged

The combination of visually descriptive writing and thoughtful narration by Graham Halstead transports the listener to the famous Louvre Museum in Paris. Without actually going there, one can imagine walking the great halls with royalty and artists over many centuries. Halstead enhances this audiobook with frequent passages in French as he tells of how the building began as a... Read More


MAD AND BAD Real Heroines of the Regency

by Bea Koch | Read by Rengin Altay

Hachette Audio | Unabridged

This audiobook is both a love letter to romance novels set in Regency England and a historical analysis of the women who lived during that time. Narrator Rengin Altay's amiable performance creates an approachable listen as she details women that most of history has forgotten. Many Regency romance novels feature white women with wealth, and several sections of this work discuss... Read More


MAYDAY 1971 A White House at War, a Revolt in the Streets, and the Untold History of America's Biggest Mass Arrest

by Lawrence Roberts | Read by Kiff Vandenheuvel

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | Unabridged

Kiff VandenHeuvel narrates this intense reexamination of Mayday 1971's mass protests in Washington, DC, as if he were reporting on a current event. His voice sounds charged, his pace is quick, and the result creates a dramatic audiobook. This is as it should be for a retelling of the highest number of mass arrests (12,000) in our nation's history. VandenHeuvel's choice to... Read More



Earphones Award Winner

by Scott Anderson | Read by Robertson Dean, Scott Anderson [Preface, Note]

Random House Audio | Unabridged

Two matchless storytellers combine talents in this compelling audiobook history of the Cold War, as told through the adventures and misadventures of four key CIA agents. Scott Anderson is the author of 2013's LAWRENCE IN ARABIA, a favorite among fans of serious nonfiction. Narrator Robertson Dean is known for his fine renditions of works by Joseph Ellis, David Halberstam,... Read More


SOUL OF A PEOPLE The WPA Writers' Project Uncovers Depression America

by David A. Taylor | Read by Robin J. Sitten

David Taylor Communications LLC | Unabridged

Reading with warmth, clarity, and a sense of informed curiosity, narrator Robin Sitten takes listeners on a fascinating behind-the-scenes tour of one of the U.S. Government's most creative and, sadly, obscure legacies. The Federal Writers Project's American Guide Series was an inspiring collection of folktales, local histories, and automobile tours taking in every corner,... Read More


THE VAPORS A Southern Family, the New York Mob, and the Rise and Fall of Hot Springs, America's Forgotten Capital of Vice

by David Hill | Read by George Newbern

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged

With comfortable Southern charm, narrator George Newbern, a Little Rock native, delivers this decades-spanning account of Hot Springs, Arkansas, when it was the uncontested gambling and sin capital of North America. From the 1870s through the 1960s, bookies, mobsters, hookers, and card sharks flocked to the home of the "healing waters" to chase their fortunes. The audiobook... Read More

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