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100 AMAZING FACTS ABOUT THE NEGRO

100 AMAZING FACTS ABOUT THE NEGRO

by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. | Read by Dominic Hoffman

Random House Audio | Unabridged
History

Gates provides an updated version of the 1957 edition of this book, clarifying, updating, and enhancing it, as well as replacing some of the invalid information. Narrator Dominic Hoffman's deep and raspy voice serves as the perfect voice to capture Gates's writing. The importance of African-American communities to our nation (and for the world at large) comes across in the... Read More

THE BEST OF ENEMIES

THE BEST OF ENEMIES Race and Redemption in the New South

by Osha Gray Davidson | Read by Keith Sellon-Wright

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
History

The audiobook edition of Davidson's 1996 book still resonates in the context of today's unsettling race relations. Narrator Keith Sellon-Wright reflects the writer's engagement with reaching back to post-Civil War Durham, North Carolina, to explain its distinctive economic and social development. Davidson's account is studded with anecdotes, and all receive a lively delivery by... Read More

BLACK DETROIT

BLACK DETROIT A People's History of Self-Determination

by Herb Boyd | Read by James Shippy

Harper Audio | Unabridged
History

Boyd packs hundreds of years of rich and poignant African-American culture into his history of Detroit. His account gets the proper treatment in the deep voice and deliberate pacing of narrator James Shippy. He commands the prose with such skill that the intention of every sentence is clear through his emphasis and timing. However, Boyd's prose and rich detail can carry on for... Read More

THE COLD WAR

THE COLD WAR A World History

by Odd Arne Westad | Read by Julian Elfer

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
History

Julian Elfer narrates this impressive audiobook with a deep pitch and British accent that will be familiar to anyone who lived through the Cold War and remembers the somber documentaries, full of foreboding, that were popular during that era. Elfer's voice is more expressive than those of the Cold War's dour narrators, but he's confined by the book's straightforward approach... Read More

DAWN OF DETROIT

DAWN OF DETROIT A Chronicle of Slavery and Freedom in the City of the Straits

by Tiya Miles | Read by Allyson Johnson

Tantor Media | Unabridged
History

This surprising, fascinating audiobook will reorder the belief system of anyone whose knowledge of slavery stops at the Mason-Dixon line. Before Detroit was against slavery, it was for it. The involuntary servitude of blacks and Native Americans during Detroit's founding and development is author Miles's compelling subject. Narrator Allyson Johnson contributes greatly with her... Read More

THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE

THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE

by Daniel Ellsberg | Read by Steven Cooper

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
History

From the man who brought us the Pentagon Papers comes an insider's account of the dangerous growth of our nuclear arms industry, presented as a gripping audiobook. Ellsberg, as a Defense Department analyst during the Cold War, had inside knowledge of the holes in our security systems, and he uses that knowledge to warn us about present plans to expand our arsenal. Narrator... Read More

DUNKIRK

DUNKIRK The Complete Story of the First Step in the Defeat of Hitler

by Norman Gelb | Read by Malcolm Hillgartner

Graymalkin Media | Unabridged
History

Narrator Malcolm Hillgartner manages to combine gravitas with avuncular warmth in Gelb's historical overview of the events in WWII that led to the amazing rescue of the British Expeditionary Force from the coast of France. The BEF was surrounded on all sides by Germans, unable to move forward, their backs to the sea at Dunkirk. Hillgartner builds tension as the perilous events... Read More

FORGED IN CRISIS

FORGED IN CRISIS The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times

by Nancy Koehn | Read by Nancy Koehn

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
History

Author Nancy Koehn narrates five engrossing biographical sketches of intrepid courageous leaders of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her narration is steady and intellectually passionate but has little emotion. The leaders she selected are polar explorer Ernest Shackleton, President Abraham Lincoln, legendary abolitionist Frederick Douglass, Nazi-resisting clergyman... Read More

FRIENDS DIVIDED

FRIENDS DIVIDED John Adams and Thomas Jefferson

by Gordon S. Wood | Read by James Lurie

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
History

Statesmen and political scientists say that John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were both friends and "enemies" throughout their public and private lives. James Lurie narrates this dual biography steadily and clearly. The principals' lives are recounted through letters, family papers, and political writings. Lurie clearly differentiates the narrative from the reading of documents... Read More

GHOSTS OF THE TSUNAMI

GHOSTS OF THE TSUNAMI Death and Life in Japan's Disaster Zone

by Richard Lloyd Parry | Read by Simon Vance

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
History

In an understated performance, Simon Vance details one of the stunning tragedies arising from the tsunami that struck Japan in 2011. He expertly balances the details of the author's heavily researched investigation and the emotionally charged survivors' stories. The tsunami was precipitated by the largest recorded earthquake in Japan. That said, earthquakes are so common in... Read More

THE GREAT HALIFAX EXPLOSION

THE GREAT HALIFAX EXPLOSION

by John U. Bacon | Read by Johnny Heller

Harper Audio | Unabridged
History

The centennial of the shocking event this book discusses takes place in December 2017. The timing is perfect for an in-depth study of the causes and consequences of the largest man-made explosion on earth before the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. Sadly, listeners may become exhausted by Johnny Heller's selection of an urgent newscaster tone to deliver the many chapters... Read More

HIPPIE FOOD

HIPPIE FOOD How Back-to-the-Landers, Longhairs, and Revolutionaries Changed the Way We Eat

by Jonathan Kauffman | Read by George Newbern

Harper Audio | Unabridged
History

Narrator George Newbern's clear voice and captivating style work well with nonfiction. His storyteller's cadence suits the vibe of this audiobook, which is devoted to the personalities and ideas that evolved into the alternative food crusade. His close-up history includes the organic, food co-op, and back-to-the-land movements. Newbern's classic delivery enhances this... Read More

JEWISH COMEDY

JEWISH COMEDY A Serious History

by Jeremy Dauber | Read by Jeremy Dauber

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
History

This audiobook grew out of the author's course at Columbia University, and it retains much of the analytical depth of its precursor without the dry stretches that plague much academic writing. Of course, any history of humor must include some jokes, and Dauber knows how to tell a joke. The stretches of history are mostly less funny, but those who aren't interested in history... Read More

REVOLUTION SONG

REVOLUTION SONG A Story of American Freedom

Earphones Award Winner

by Russell Shorto | Read by Russell Shorto

Recorded Books | Unabridged
History

Listening to a fine writer who is also an accomplished narrator is one of the unique pleasures of audiobooks. Of the six people Shorto's history of the Revolutionary War era singles out, only George Washington is a familiar figure. The others--who include a freed slave who became Connecticut landowner, an Iroquois warrior who sided with the British, and an abused wife who left... Read More

SHOOTING LINCOLN

SHOOTING LINCOLN Mathew Brady, Alexander Gardner, and the Race to Photograph the Story of the Century

by Nicholas Pistor | Read by Joe Knezevich

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
History

Narrator Joe Knezevich's resonant baritone is a nice match for Pistor's text in this production. The title is a play on words--while the audiobook recounts the story of the conspiracy that ultimately resulted in the assassination of Lincoln, it also goes into detail about Mathew Brady and Alexander Gardner and how the photographs they shot of Lincoln and of Civil War scenes... Read More

SMOKETOWN

SMOKETOWN The Untold Story of the Other Great Black Renaissance

Earphones Award Winner

by Mark Whitaker | Read by Prentice Onayemi

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
History

Regularly overshadowed by Harlem and Chicago, Pittsburgh was also a major force in the black renaissance of the first half of the twentieth century. Whitaker's book opens a window on this vibrant sector of black culture. Prentice Onayemi offers an engaging, easy-on-the-ears narration. His mellow tone carries listeners through some overly detailed passages. He varies his tone to... Read More

THE STORM BEFORE THE STORM

THE STORM BEFORE THE STORM The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic

by Mike Duncan | Read by Mike Duncan

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
History

Duncan's examination of the early subversion and corruption of the Roman Republic, while broadly competent, suffers from errors in writing and narration that should have been caught and corrected. The history is informative and flows well as a story, and, for the most part, he delivers it clearly in a well-paced and expressive reading. Though his voice and manner are not... Read More

THE TAKING OF K-129

THE TAKING OF K-129 How the CIA Used Howard Hughes to Steal a Russian Sub in the Most Daring Covert Operation in History

by Josh Dean | Read by Neil Hellegers

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
History

Neil Hellegers narrates the story of a 1974 CIA project that was reminiscent of a Hollywood movie. In one of those instances when truth is more amazing than fiction, the goal was to recover the sunken Soviet submarine K-129, armed with nuclear weapons. K-129 sank in 1968, and, after an extensive search by the Soviet Navy, the U.S. Navy located the ship but was adamant that it... Read More

THE TASTE OF EMPIRE

THE TASTE OF EMPIRE How Britain's Quest for Food Shaped the Modern World

by Lizzie Collingham | Read by Jennifer M. Dixon

Tantor Media | Unabridged
History

Jennifer Dixon's likable British accent fits Collingham's food history of the British Empire well, but her reading is too imperial--slow, stately, and elevated--in manner. Furthermore, her use of tone and emphasis to convey meaning is inconsistent. She is often proficient but at other times seems as if she's not fully engaged with the text or is encountering it for the first... Read More

THEY SHOULD STAY THERE

THEY SHOULD STAY THERE The Story of Mexican Migration and Repatriation During the Great Depression

by Fernando Saul Alanis Encisco | Read by Rudy Sanda

Tantor Media | Unabridged
History

Current debate over immigration is echoed in the repatriation efforts that occurred on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border during the Great Depression in the 1930s. In this audiobook, Encisco provides a scholarly analysis of events such as a Los Angeles deportation plan and the Mexican government's attempts to create settlements for repatriated citizens. Narrator Rudy Sanda... Read More

THEY THOUGHT THEY WERE FREE

THEY THOUGHT THEY WERE FREE The Germans, 1933-45

by Milton Mayer | Read by Michael Page

Tantor Media | Unabridged
History

First published in print in 1955, this audiobook uses interviews with Germans who joined the Nazi Party as a way of understanding what made people follow Hitler and trust that he had Germany's best interests at heart. It's a frightening story of how people can slowly be deprived of their rights and liberties and still not recognize the danger. Narrator Michael Page has a... Read More

VICTORIA & ALBERT

VICTORIA & ALBERT A Royal Love Affair

by Daisy Goodwin, Sara Sheridan | Read by Jessica Ball, Dugald Bruce Lockhart

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
History

With a lilt in her charming British accent, Jessica Ball introduces listeners to the companion audiobook to the PBS series VICTORIA. Narrating an audiobook filled with myriad facts about the royal couple, Ball fluidly describes their loving marriage and the trend-setting model of family life they came to represent. She gracefully transitions to commentaries from the production... Read More

WILD HORSE COUNTRY

WILD HORSE COUNTRY The History, Myth, and Future of the Mustang, Americas Horse

by David Philipps | Read by David Colacci

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
History

With his deep voice, capable of a rumble here and there, narrator David Colacci is well suited to this quintessential American story. Journalist David Philipps offers a look at our nation's wild horses and their future outlook. Their survival depends on the clarifying of myth and history and a clear-eyed examination of government policies. Though billed as a history of the... Read More

THE WOMAN WHO SMASHED CODES

THE WOMAN WHO SMASHED CODES A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine who Outwitted America's Enemies

by Jason Fagone | Read by Cassandra Campbell

Harper Audio | Unabridged
History

A young American Shakespeare scholar--and a woman at that--in 1916 was an unlikely candidate to eventually become the National Security Agency's premiere code breaker during the World Wars. Cassandra Campbell warmly narrates the astonishing story of Elizebeth Smith Friedman. With a crisp pace suitable for Friedman's intelligence and Quaker practicality, Campbell explains the... Read More

THE WRITTEN WORLD

THE WRITTEN WORLD How Literature Shaped Civilization

by Martin Puchner | Read by Arthur Morey

Random House Audio | Unabridged
History

The classic resonance of Arthur Morey's voice has made him a reliable narrator for a wide range of audiobook subjects, from the Federalist Papers to the training of a Navy Seal. His is a voice that defines rather than is defined by its subject, a quality that is especially valuable when the subject is as expansive as the history of world literature and its evolving... Read More

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