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AMERICAN DIALOGUE

AMERICAN DIALOGUE The Founders and Us

by Joseph J. Ellis | Read by Arthur Morey

Random House Audio | Unabridged
History

In a somber, authoritative voice, narrator Arthur Morey reveals what Founding Fathers George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and John Adams might think of today's American society. This audiobook, written by historian Joseph Ellis, focuses on the modern practice of twisting the Constitution to suit various political agendas. The Founding Fathers were men who were... Read More

BARONS OF THE SEA

BARONS OF THE SEA And Their Race to Build the World's Fastest Clipper Ship

by Steven Ujifusa | Read by Arthur Morey

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
History

Arthur Morey narrates as if he's simply telling a story, and he puts the story first. Direct and engaging, matching sound and sense and controlling emphasis and pacing with effortless naturalness, he's like a knowledgeable friend talking directly to us, clearly and without affectation. Ujifusa's novelistic history of the early to mid-nineteenth-century China trade; how certain... Read More

BURNING DOWN THE HAUS

BURNING DOWN THE HAUS Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Earphones Award Winner

by Tim Mohr | Read by Matthew Lloyd Davies

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
History

This audiobook is an amazing piece of work. Narrator Matthew Lloyd Davies's delivery could only have been made better with snippets of the punk songs that inspired a generation to defy the tyranny of the East Berlin regime in the 1980s. Davies provides a sincere narration. While Americans enjoyed the music of the Sex Pistols, the Ramones, and others, young East Berliners lived... Read More

CHERNOBYL

CHERNOBYL The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe

by Serhii Plokhy | Read by Ralph Lister

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
History

Ralph Lister's British accent gives an academic tone to this impressively detailed account of the 1986 nuclear disaster at Chernobyl, then in the USSR, now Ukraine. Delving into the events of that incident and the heroic actions of the plant's staff and others who extinguished the nuclear inferno, Plohky provides background on how the Soviet government, particularly its party... Read More

THE ESCAPE ARTISTS

THE ESCAPE ARTISTS A Band of Daredevil Pilots and the Greatest Prison Break of the Great War

Earphones Award Winner

by Neal Bascomb | Read by L.J. Ganser

Recorded Books | Unabridged
History

This audiobook demonstrates that history is often more interesting than fiction. Narrator L.J. Ganser tells the true story of a group of Allied prisoners who escaped from a WWI POW camp. Ganser recounts the previously untold details of how this group of men overcame long odds to break out of Holzminden, a German prison camp under the control of an brutal commander. Ganser's... Read More

THE FIELD OF BLOOD

THE FIELD OF BLOOD Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War

by Joanne B. Freeman | Read by Joanne B. Freeman

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
History

If you think the country is divided now, then this entertaining audiobook might give you pause. It tells the story of the violence that erupted on the floor of Congress in the run-up to the Civil War. Joanne B. Freeman, Yale professor and noted lecturer, narrates her own book using her classroom experience to accentuate what's important. Freeman's voice is clear and accessible,... Read More

THE FIRST CONSPIRACY

THE FIRST CONSPIRACY The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington

Earphones Award Winner

by Josh Mensch, Brad Meltzer | Read by Scott Brick

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
History

Brad Meltzer utilizes his skills as a thriller novelist to great effect in this true story of a plot to kidnap or even kill George Washington in the early years of the American Revolution. Scott Brick adds to the enjoyment with a gripping narration. Mensch and Meltzer's pacing and straightforward writing style adapt well to audio. Brick, in turn, makes the pages come alive. He... Read More

HEART

HEART

by Sandeep Jauhar | Read by Patrick Lawlor

Dreamscape | Unabridged
History

Patrick Lawlor gives a crisp and exuberant narration of Jauhar's concise overview of the human heart. The result is a fascinating examination of our historical, emotional, and clinical relationship with this most vital organ. The simple title describes the audiobook perfectly; listeners are provided a detailed history of how we once thought of the heart as the center of all... Read More

HEIRS OF THE FOUNDERS

HEIRS OF THE FOUNDERS The Epic Rivalry of Henry Clay, John Calhoun and Daniel Webster, the Second Generation of American Giants

by H.W. Brands | Read by Eric Martin

Random House Audio | Unabridged
History

This tripartite history looks at the lives of Daniel Webster of Massachusetts, Henry Clay of Kentucky, and John Calhoun of South Carolina. Eric Martin does well in narrating how these three were able for decades to hammer out compromises that allowed the competing interests of the North and South to maintain the Union and work somewhat together to complete the work of the... Read More

HOW DO WE LOOK

HOW DO WE LOOK The Body, the Divine, and the Question of Civilization

by Mary Beard | Read by Mary Beard

Recorded Books | Unabridged
History

Author and narrator Mary Beard takes the listener on an worldwide tour of human and divine representation in art throughout history. Beard's style is reminiscent of a classroom lecture or the audio track of a documentary. Her command of her subject is obvious in her authoritative but casual approach. While her narration is sometimes marked by the slight hoarseness of a dry... Read More

THE KING AND THE CATHOLICS

THE KING AND THE CATHOLICS England, Ireland, and the Fight for Religious Freedom, 1780-1829

by Antonia Fraser | Read by Steven Crossley

Random House Audio | Unabridged
History

There's something uniquely soothing and enlightening about listening to this excellent history of the long struggle for Catholic emancipation in Britain and Ireland under the reign of King George III and his successors. The issues are safely remote, rooted in ancient prejudices and interparty rivalries that are centuries removed from our own. Steven Crossley is a highly... Read More

THE LAST BATTLE

THE LAST BATTLE Victory, Defeat, and the End of World War I

by Peter Hart | Read by Julian Elfer

Tantor Media | Unabridged
History

Even a full century on, listening to this history of the final months of WWI demands a certain fortitude as the ear takes in the awful toll of weariness, squalor, and endless, pointless slaughter. Probably this is a title primarily for history and WWI buffs. The narrative is compelling, well researched, and dramatically told, illuminating a less familiar stage of the great war.... Read More

THE LAST PALACE

THE LAST PALACE Europe's Turbulent Century in Five Lives and One Legendary House

by Norman Eisen | Read by Jeff Goldblum

Random House Audio | Unabridged
History

Jeff Goldblum delivers a unique performance of this intriguing tale about a special house. Whether you like or dislike the result will depend on how you react to Goldblum's idiosyncratic approach. First, the plot, written by a former U.S. ambassador to the Czech Republic: It's an imaginative and engaging account of Europe's modern history as revealed by a gorgeous Prague... Read More

LIBERATED SPIRITS

LIBERATED SPIRITS Two Women Who Battled Over Prohibition

by Hugh Ambrose, John Schuttler | Read by Cassandra Campbell, John Schuttler [Post-script]]

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
History

For some listeners, this audiobook may be as dry as America was supposed to be when Prohibition was the law of the land. Others may appreciate this carefully researched, provocative account of an era when a noble experiment failed catastrophically. Ambrose focuses on Mabel Willebrandt, U.S. assistant district attorney and Prohibition zealot, and on Pauline Sabin, society lady... Read More

ON DESPERATE GROUND

ON DESPERATE GROUND The Marines at The Reservoir, the Korean War's Greatest Battle

by Hampton Sides | Read by David Pittu

Random House Audio | Unabridged
History

This superb account of the desperate battle of the U.S. Marines at the Chosin reservoir in Korea in December 1950 is given an excellent narration by David Pittu. The audiobook's title comes from Sun-Tzu's name for the type of battle in which an army facing annihilation must engage. The story of how the Marines of the 1st Marine Division and soldiers of the U.S. Army's 3rd and... Read More

THE ORDER OF THE DAY

THE ORDER OF THE DAY

by ric Vuillard, Mark Polizzotti [Trans.] | Read by Malcolm Hillgartner

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
History

The Nazis' sweep through Europe during WWII was seen as inevitable by many. Yet, as this compelling audiobook contends, Hitler's rise to power was more of a propaganda victory using smoke and mirrors and aided by complicit government officials and industrialists who threw themselves in with the rising National Socialist party. Narrator Malcolm Hillgartner serves as a wry social... Read More

THE PERSONALITY BROKERS

THE PERSONALITY BROKERS The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality Testing

Earphones Award Winner

by Merve Emre | Read by Ellen Archer

Random House Audio | Unabridged
History

With a compelling blend of healthy skepticism and personal admiration, listeners follow author Merve Emre's fascinating in-depth look at the mother-daughter partnership behind the ubiquitous Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, a personality test often used in business. Fortunately for listeners, narrator Ellen Archer has been perfectly matched to this performance. She is consistently... Read More

PRESIDENTS OF WAR

PRESIDENTS OF WAR

by Michael Beschloss | Read by Fred Sanders

Random House Audio | Unabridged
History

This impressive, and impressively long, audiobook features stories of U.S. presidents who have brought the nation into war. Those decisions were never easy, even after Pearl Harbor, and the author's point is that each chief executive had to parry pressure from Congress, the press, and public opinion in order to successfully navigate each conflict. Narrator Fred Sanders... Read More

THE PROMISE OF THE GRAND CANYON

THE PROMISE OF THE GRAND CANYON John Wesley Powell's Perilous Journey and His Vision for the American West

by John F. Ross | Read by Stefan Rudnicki

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
History

In 1869, John Wesley Powell, a Civil War veteran who lost an arm in the Battle of Shiloh, guided a group of mostly inexperienced adventurers on the first navigation of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. This ten-month expedition is the most engaging part of Ross's story, and the inimitable bass of narrator Stefan Rudnicki carries the narrative along with the swift... Read More

QUEER CITY

QUEER CITY Gay London from the Romans to the Present Day

by Peter Ackroyd | Read by Will Watt

Abrams Press | Unabridged
History

Ackroyd's sweeping history of London focuses on everything "gay and queer." Will Watt's no-nonsense narration is spectacularly even as he recounts the myriad instances of homosexual and lesbian activities and proclivities, as well as the laws and customs of the city from the Roman period until the present. Watt's mastery of a multitude of British accents shines as he ranges... Read More

RECKLESS

RECKLESS Henry Kissinger and the Tragedy of Vietnam

by Robert K. Brigham | Read by Jeff Bottoms

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
History

This audiobook, based on newly released archival material, helps to explain, in part, why the war in Vietnam became the morass it was. The documents reveal that Henry Kissinger, the supposed architect of peace, actually caused the war to be extended by thousands of lives and millions of dollars. Narrator Jeff Bottoms sets the perfect tone for this indictment of the lead U.S.... Read More

THE ROYAL ART OF POISON

THE ROYAL ART OF POISON Filthy Palaces, Fatal Cosmetics, Deadly Medicine, and Murder Most Foul

by Eleanor Herman | Read by Susie Berneis

Dreamscape | Unabridged
History

With dramatic timing, narrator Susie Berneis enthralls and disgusts with a thorough look at how poisons were used to beautify, maim, and kill kings, queens, mistresses, and children. This audiobook recounts stories of how this was done and who did it. Berneis's rhythm is so dramatic that listeners almost expect to hear a drumroll at the end of her delivery. Many times doctors'... Read More

SEVEN AGES OF PARIS

SEVEN AGES OF PARIS

Earphones Award Winner

by Alistair Horne | Read by Derek Perkins

Tantor Media | Unabridged
History

The audiobook, as most audiophiles would agree, is an enhancement of the imagining powers of the listener. That's doubly true for histories, which as much as fantasy or science fiction require the evocation of an alternate world whose thinking and social customs are often alien to our own. A case in point is this history of Paris, vividly and eloquently written by one of the... Read More

SHE CAUSED A RIOT

SHE CAUSED A RIOT 100 Unknown Women Who Built Cities, Sparked Revolutions, and Massively Crushed It

by Hannah Jewell | Read by Rachael Beresford

Tantor Media | Unabridged
History

Hannah Jewell, who dubs herself a time-traveling fangirl journalist, does not mince words as she presents women's lives across time, culture, and country. Narrator Rachael Beresford gives Jewell's brief accounts and cheeky humor full expression. While the title touts 100 unknown women, listeners will likely recognize figures such as Sappho, Hatshepsut, and Josephine Baker,... Read More

THE SHIP THAT NEVER WAS

THE SHIP THAT NEVER WAS The Greatest Escape Story of Australian Colonial History

by Adam Courtenay | Read by John Eastman

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
History

Sometimes the smallest slice of history can be re-created as a rip-roaring audiobook. That's especially true if narrator John Eastman is aboard, smartly supplying dialects from all levels of British society. The eponymous ship is at the heart of the most daring escape in Australian penal history, which, considering Australia's background, is saying something. Drawn from the... Read More

THE SPY AND THE TRAITOR

THE SPY AND THE TRAITOR The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War

by Ben Macintyre | Read by John Lee

Random House Audio | Unabridged
History

Secret messages in train stations, radioactive dust sprinkled on shoes--these sound like props in a spy novel, but they're part of the genuine spycraft that forms the backdrop of this masterful tale of a real-life double agent. It doesn't hurt that narrator John Lee's voice recalls Sean Connery in the classic James Bond movies as he introduces Oleg Gordievsky, a high-ranking... Read More

STEPHEN FRY'S VICTORIAN SECRETS

STEPHEN FRY'S VICTORIAN SECRETS

Earphones Award Winner

by John Woolf, Nick Baker | Read by Stephen Fry

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
History

Listening to Stephen Fry is always a treat, and this audiobook makes the treat even sweeter. Frequently joined by a number of historians, authors, and reenactors, Fry seems to be having a wonderful time recounting some of the fascinating arcana of the ostensibly tightly wound Victorian Era. With whimsical music to mark the short, informative, and entertaining chapters, Fry... Read More

STRANGE JUSTICE

STRANGE JUSTICE The Selling of Clarence Thomas

by Jane Mayer, Jill Abramson | Read by Erin Bennett

Graymalkin Media | Unabridged
History

Narrator Erin Bennett is the steely voice explaining how much evidence was ignored in the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas in 1991. She does not shirk while describing the explicit nature of the allegations against Thomas, which are now far ranging--from discussions of pornographic viewing habits in the office to sexual harassment allegations and... Read More

VALLEY FORGE

VALLEY FORGE

Earphones Award Winner

by Bob Drury, Tom Clavin | Read by Jeremy Bobb

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
History

While General George Washington's winter encampment at Valley Forge was the grim low point of the American Revolution, this fine audiobook history of those trying months and the pivotal battles that followed will grip listeners as no other chapter in American history can. Jeremy Bobb is a steady, highly skilled narrator who is reminiscent of David McCullough in the... Read More

WASTELAND

WASTELAND The Great War and the Origins of Modern Horror

Earphones Award Winner

by W. Scott Poole | Read by Andrew Eiden

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
History

Andrew Eiden deftly delivers the author's examination of a popular literary genre through the lens of history. Through books, movies, and more, noted historian Poole traces the roots of modern horror to a singular event that shaped the world forever: WWI. His thesis is that the barbarism of war never fades. With his earnest intensity, Eiden sounds like an energetic history... Read More

A WORLD ON EDGE

A WORLD ON EDGE The End of the Great War and the Dawn of a New Age

by Daniel Schönpflug, Jefferson Chase [Trans.] | Read by Gerard Doyle

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
History

Gerard Doyle does well in narrating this account of the aftermath of WWI. Beginning with the negotiations that brought about the armistice of November 11, 1918, this account portrays the end of the conflict from the perspectives of a number of individuals. The devastation of the war drastically changed Western civilization, and the postwar optimism for a better world was short... Read More

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