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THE ART OF RIVALRY

THE ART OF RIVALRY Four Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs in Modern Art

by Sebastian Smee | Read by Bob Souer

Tantor Media | Unabridged
History

This audiobook could have been a conventional biography of eight modern artists and the artistic influence they had on each other, but instead it is lightened with gossipy scandal, drunken fights, slashed paintings, and promiscuity. In a wonderful deep voice that evokes a seriousness of purpose, narrator Bob Souer also subtly incorporates the amusing undertones and explosive... Read More

BECOMING QUEEN VICTORIA

BECOMING QUEEN VICTORIA The Unexpected Rise of Britain's Greatest Monarch

by Kate Williams | Read by Katharine McEwan

Random House Audio | Unabridged
History

Fans of the new PBS series Victoria will be pleased with this new biography, narrated by Katharine McEwan with a liveliness that maintains the listener's interest. The audiobook first provides an elaborate account of Princess Charlotte, who was expected to take the throne when her father, King George IV, died. The story finally moves along to the convoluted circumstances that... Read More

BELLEVUE

BELLEVUE Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America's Most Storied Hospital

by David Oshinsky | Read by Fred Sanders

Random House Audio | Unabridged
History

More than the story of one of the oldest hospitals in the country, BELLEVUE recounts the history of modern medicine, the development of public health policy, and the treatment of humankind's deadliest diseases. Fred Sanders narrates in a deep, clear voice, allowing the drama of the text to speak for itself. Sanders's reserved expression and unrushed pacing provide ample space... Read More

THE BLOOD OF EMMETT TILL

THE BLOOD OF EMMETT TILL

by Timothy B. Tyson | Read by Rhett S. Price

Dreamscape | Unabridged
History

Rhett Price narrates this new account of the people and events surrounding the Mississippi lynching of 14-year-old Emmett Till in 1955. There are two storylines--one of the events of 1955 and the other Tyson's interview with Carolyn Bryant, the white woman in whose name Till was lynched. Bryant finally told her story in 2008, revealing the truth and the lies surrounding this... Read More

THE BOOK THAT CHANGED AMERICA

THE BOOK THAT CHANGED AMERICA How Darwin's Theory of Evolution Ignited a Nation

by Randall Fuller | Read by Stefan Rudnicki

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
History

As Charles Darwin's ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES reached U.S. shores in 1859, the debate over slavery was in the minds of readers. In particular, abolitionist John Brown's raid at Harper's Ferry was in the news. Here, listeners hear the story of Darwin's book and its influence on American thinking. Narrator Stefan Rudnicki's deep voice delivers the factual information with an... Read More

THE BOOK THIEVES

THE BOOK THIEVES The Nazi Looting of Europe's Libraries and the Race to Return a Literary Inheritance

by Anders Rydell, Henning Koch [Trans.] | Read by Kaleo Griffith

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
History

Books stolen by the Nazis from Jews and looted from European libraries are still being returned today. Narrator Kaleo Griffith gives listeners a sense of events that started with intimidation and progressed into a campaign of murder. Throughout the story of the stolen books, the author traces the rise of the Nazis and their escalating war on Jewish citizens. Rydell also details... Read More

CAUGHT IN THE REVOLUTION

CAUGHT IN THE REVOLUTION Petrograd, Russia, 1917 - A World on the Edge

Earphones Award Winner

by Helen Rappaport | Read by Xe Sands

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
History

This centenary year of the Russian Revolution promises a string of new audio histories, but not many will surpass this one for impact. Xe Sands is a subtle and empathetic narrator--not the voice you'd immediately think of for a story of violent upheaval. Helen Rappaport's narrative, too, told from the perspective of Westerners in the Russian capital in 1917, might initially... Read More

CITY OF DREAMS

CITY OF DREAMS The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York

by Tyler Anbinder | Read by George Guidall

Recorded Books | Unabridged
History

George Guidall has been narrating audiobooks for a long time with consummate skill. Here he uses his full, rich tone, elastic phrasing, and impeccable pacing to make this story of immigration to New York come alive as both a vital piece of the American story and a relevant comment on our current immigration debate. Guidall generally stays away from character voices, but he ably... Read More

CLEVENGER GOLD

CLEVENGER GOLD The True Story of Murder and Unfound Treasure

by S.E. Swapp | Read by Paul Michael Garcia

S.E. Swapp | Unabridged
History

Paul Garcia convincingly challenges listeners to join the search for the Clevenger gold in this historical novel based on actual events. In flashbacks Garcia captures the vicious Samuel Clevenger; his sickly wife, Charlotte; and daughter, Jessie, who sell everything to move further west. Johnson and Willson, who are hired to transport the Clevengers are duped and framed for... Read More

THE DEFENDER

THE DEFENDER How the Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America

by Ethan Michaeli | Read by William Hughes

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
History

Narrator William Hughes brings a keen awareness of the importance of this monumental audiobook. His clear and modulated performance works well for this account of the glory days of THE DEFENDER, giving listeners a sense of how this preeminent African-American newspaper achieved its fame. Equally significant, it reveals how its original editor, Robert S. Abbott, championed the... Read More

DETROIT RESURRECTED

DETROIT RESURRECTED To Bankruptcy and Back

by Nathan Bomey | Read by Jonathan Yen

Tantor Media | Unabridged
History

Narrator Jonathan Yen's deep, authoritative voice matches the factual tone of this audiobook, but he also varies his pitch to make it an interesting listen. He moves through the material deliberately, so we can digest the myriad acts, actions, bills, and legal contretemps that accompanied the city's long, but ultimately quick, slide into fiscal decline. There's nothing very... Read More

THE FIGHT TO VOTE

THE FIGHT TO VOTE

by Michael Waldman | Read by Joe Barrett

Tantor Media | Unabridged
History

With recent voting laws, including a Texas law partly blocked by the Supreme Court, creating controversy, Michael Waldman offers a primer on the long history of election manipulation. There's an autobiographical tone to Joe Barrett's reading as he details the author's work for the Brennan Center for Justice. Barrett becomes more oratory as he goes back into history, with key... Read More

GET WELL SOON

GET WELL SOON History's Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them

by Jennifer Wright | Read by Gabra Zackman

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
History

It would be all too easy to read this book about devastating diseases with a basso profundo voice of doom, but that would make the narration almost unbearable and also would go against the author's style. Instead, narrator Gabra Zackman follows the author's lead and takes a lighter tone. She is especially effective at capturing the author's use of irony and occasional... Read More

HISTORIES

HISTORIES

by | Read by David Timson

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
History

David Timson's performance makes the Greek historian Herodotus a character, not just the narrator of his histories. He sounds like an amiable, garrulous uncle--worldly, cheerful, by turns credulous and skeptical. That character fits the audiobook and helps keep it entertaining. But Timson also shows respect for Herodotus as a historian--rather than just a tall-tale spinner--by... Read More

IN HARM'S WAY

IN HARM'S WAY The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of its Survivors

Earphones Award Winner

by Doug Stanton | Read by Mark Boyett

Audible, Inc./ Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
History

With a delivery like a seasoned storyteller, Mark Boyett makes this riveting story of the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis even more compelling. The combination of Boyett's reading and the author's straightforward style and heavy use of declarative sentences creates a presentation that will fully engage listeners. The Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in July... Read More

JFK AND THE REAGAN REVOLUTION

JFK AND THE REAGAN REVOLUTION A Secret History of American Prosperity

by Lawrence Kudlow, Brian Domitrovic | Read by Norman Dietz

Recorded Books | Unabridged
History

Esteemed narrator Norman Dietz's voice holds much gravitas in this economic and political history. This quality gives a certain authority to the ideas covered, as if they, like their reader, have withstood the passage of time. Dietz smoothly conveys that the ideas are many decades old but are undergoing a subtle revival, particularly when JFK's and Ronald Reagan's names are... Read More

THE LOST CITY OF THE MONKEY GOD

THE LOST CITY OF THE MONKEY GOD A True Story

by Douglas Preston | Read by Bill Mumy

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
History

What could be more tantalizing to archaeologists, scientists, and adventurers than rumors of a fabled White City, the Lost City of the Monkey God, somewhere deep in the jungles of Honduras? Narrator Bill Mumy gives voice to bestselling author Douglas Preston's true-life chronicle of his expedition into one of the most dangerous, inhospitable places on the planet. Mumy keeps the... Read More

A NATION WITHOUT BORDERS

A NATION WITHOUT BORDERS The United States and Its World in an Age of Civil Wars, 1830-1910

by Steven Hahn | Read by Barry Press

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
History

Steven Hahn's sweeping history of the United States in the age of expansion is a compelling narrative, and one that deserves a wide audience despite its flaws as an audiobook production. "Less is more" should be the mantra for all narrators of long, serious works of history--the steady trot rather than a full canter. Barry Press has a pleasing voice and is in many ways an... Read More

NPR AMERICAN CHRONICLES

NPR AMERICAN CHRONICLES The Military History Collection

by NPR [Eds.] | Read by Neal Conan, Rachel Martin, Audie Cornish [Hosts]

HighBridge Audio | Audio Program
History

This production is a compilation of four previously released NPR audio documentaries on the Civil War, WWI, WWII, and the Vietnam War. They are all a smorgasbord of reports that have been presented in the past on various NPR programs such as "All Things Considered" and "Morning Edition." Each report is itself a snapshot of a person, an incident, a topic, or perhaps a campaign... Read More

OF A FIRE ON THE MOON

OF A FIRE ON THE MOON

by Norman Mailer | Read by MacLeod Andrews

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
History

This overly long account of Norman Mailer's impressions on Apollo 11 and America's race to the moon was originally a series for LIFE magazine in 1969 and 1970. MacLeod Andrews delivers a faithful narration of the text. For no clear reason, Mailer calls himself "Aquarius" for the first half of the book and refers to himself in the third person throughout. Andrews reads... Read More

PAX ROMANA

PAX ROMANA War, Peace, and Conquest in the Roman World

by Adrian Goldsworthy | Read by Derek Perkins

Tantor Media | Unabridged
History

Both Goldsworthy's writing and Derek Perkins's reading are workmanlike in the best sense: They get the job done effectively and professionally, without show or excess. Goldsworthy writes of Rome's relations with the outside world, both enemies and colonies, throughout its history, and Perkins delivers that history clearly and succinctly. His talents include a strong, likable... Read More

THE PURSUIT OF POWER

THE PURSUIT OF POWER Europe: 1815-1914

by Richard J. Evans | Read by Napoleon Ryan

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
History

In a steady, even voice, Napoleon Ryan narrates this majestic, fact-filled history of Europe between the Napoleonic Wars and WWI (1815-1914). The audiobook is as lengthy as that action-filled century, which includes revolutions, wars, the march of the Industrial Revolution, and the dramatic changes in society that resulted. Ryan fluidly shifts languages as he describes events... Read More

THE SECOND LINE OF DEFENSE

THE SECOND LINE OF DEFENSE American Women and World War I

by Lynn Dumenil | Read by Susan Hanfield

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
History

Narrator Susan Hanfield does a splendid job conveying WWI and the many women who made an immense impact on winning it. She skillfully employs an old-fashioned style for the quotes, and for the narrative she uses a contemporary delivery that enhances the descriptions of women ranging from nurses to telephone operators to prostitutes. The women who pushed against the limits... Read More

SHADOW WARRIORS OF WORLD WAR II

SHADOW WARRIORS OF WORLD WAR II The Daring Women of the OSS and SOE

by Gordon Thomas, Greg Lewis | Read by Kate Reading

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
History

When Allied women went into occupied France as spies, there was little precedent. Most commonly, they were couriers or wireless operators, but their ranks also included Resistance leaders. Narrator Kate Reading tells their stories with a touch of the famous British stiff upper lip. It creates a sense of their duty and bravery. Their stories include romance, seduction, and... Read More

A SHORT HISTORY OF THE WORLD

A SHORT HISTORY OF THE WORLD

Earphones Award Winner

by Christopher Lascelles | Read by Guy Bethell

Tantor Media | Unabridged
History

All of history in a little over seven hours? Christopher Lascelles's gem of compression, elegantly read by Guy Bethell in what sounds like the voice of Father Time himself, is like a fresh coat of paint in a badly lit room. You know all this stuff already, more or less, but Lascelles covers all four walls without haste or waste, without dumbing down, and with a high degree of... Read More

TERROR IN THE CITY OF CHAMPIONS

TERROR IN THE CITY OF CHAMPIONS Murder, Baseball, and the Secret Society that Shocked Depression-era Detroit

by Tom Stanton | Read by Johnny Heller

Tantor Media | Unabridged
History

Against the backdrop of Depression-era Detroit, author Tom Stanton and narrator Johnny Heller demonstrate what can happen when lucid writing meets skilled narration. The summer of 1935 belonged to the Detroit Tigers, who finally won their first World Series. Within months, the Lions captured the Super Bowl, the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup, and boxer Joe Louis became the... Read More

THE TRUE FLAG

THE TRUE FLAG Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire

by Stephen Kinzer | Read by Robert Petkoff

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
History

Robert Petkoff presents this account of our nation's rise to the status of a world power in the late 1890s with straightforward style. Kinzer's work describes the heated debates between those who pushed for an American empire and those who were just as vehement in opposing American expansionism. Though the circumstances have changed, the arguments are still recognizable and... Read More

WASHINGTON'S FAREWELL

WASHINGTON'S FAREWELL The Founding Father's Warning to Future Generations

by John Avlon | Read by John Avlon

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
History

The much-lauded play HAMILTON honors George Washington's 32-page Farewell Presidential Address in song. Narrating his own work, author John Avlon takes another look at the Founding Father's once-famous masterpiece, showing how the events of Washington's time influenced his words--and the history of our nation. Our first president's views on the "mobocracy" of Shay's Rebellion... Read More

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