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  1. 1.0 hrs • 6/7/2016 • Unabridged

    Roald Dahl is one of the most famous children's book authors ever. Now in this Who Was . . . ? biography, children will learn of his real-life adventures. A flying ace for the British Air Force, he was married to an Academy Award-winning actress. He also wrote books and screenplays for adults.

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    Who Was Roald Dahl?

    1.0 hrs • 6/7/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 3.8 hrs • 6/30/2015 • Unabridged

    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.

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    The Battle of the Bulge

    3.8 hrs • 6/30/15 • Unabridged
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  3. 5.5 hrs • 6/9/2015 • Unabridged

    A hilarious, accessible, and most importantly, educational collection of unbelievable but true events and heroes of Viking history and legend From axe-wielding tribes plundering the greatest cities of Europe, to Viking queens ruling with an iron fist, to some of the earliest poets and founders of modern-day countries, Western European history is filled with fearless figures and incredible events. This invigorating overview of Viking history for kids uses colorful facts to entertain listeners with unlikely but totally true stories of the most feared—and misunderstood—figures in European history.

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  4. 4.0 hrs • 6/9/2015 • Unabridged

    By early 1945, the destruction of the German Nazi State seems certain. The Allied forces, led by American generals George S. Patton and Dwight D. Eisenhower, are gaining control of Europe, leaving German leaders scrambling. Facing defeat, Adolf Hitler flees to a secret bunker with his new wife, Eva Braun, and his beloved dog, Blondi. It is there that all three would meet their end, thus ending the Third Reich and one of the darkest chapters of history. Hitler’s Last Days is a gripping account of the death of one of the most reviled villains of the twentieth century—a man whose regime of murder and terror haunts the world even today. Adapted from Bill O’Reilly’s historical thriller, Killing Patton, and this book will have young readers—and grown-ups too—hooked on history.

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    Hitler’s Last Days

    4.0 hrs • 6/9/15 • Unabridged
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  5. 4.8 hrs • 5/12/2015 • Unabridged

    At the outset of World War II, Denmark did not resist German occupation. Deeply ashamed of his nation’s leaders, fifteen-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.

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    The Boys Who Challenged Hitler

    4.8 hrs • 5/12/15 • Unabridged
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  6. 11.9 hrs • 1/27/2015 • Unabridged

    With inspiration from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, this breathless conclusion to the Madman’s Daughter trilogy explores the things we’ll sacrifice to save those we love … even our own humanity. After killing the men who tried to steal her father’s research, Juliet—along with Montgomery, Lucy, Balthazar, and a deathly ill Edward—has escaped to a remote estate on the Scottish moors. Owned by the enigmatic Elizabeth von Stein, the mansion is full of mysteries and unexplained oddities: dead bodies in the basement, secret passages, and fortune-tellers who seem to know Juliet’s secrets. Though it appears to be a safe haven, Juliet fears new dangers may be present within the manor’s own walls. Then she uncovers the truth about the manor’s long history of scientific experimentation—and her own intended role in it—which forces her to determine where the line falls between right and wrong, life and death, magic and science, and promises and secrets. Juliet must decide if she’ll follow her father’s dark footsteps or her mother’s tragic ones—or make her own.

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  7. 5.1 hrs • 8/21/2014 • Unabridged

    Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall is an Edwardian history book for younger listeners (aged six–twelve) which tells the story of England. Volume 1 begins the story with the Romans and concludes with the reign of Richard the Lionheart. Antonia Fraser and many other current historians declare that it was this book that opened the delights of history for them. Though slightly edited to take account of historical changes and attitudes, it is presented here unabridged.

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    Our Island Story, Vol. 1

    5.1 hrs • 8/21/14 • Unabridged
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  8. 4.7 hrs • 8/21/2014 • Unabridged

    Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall is an Edwardian history book for younger listeners which tells the story of England. Volume 3 focuses on the period of King James I and Guy Fawkes and concludes with the reign of Queen Victoria.  Antonia Fraser and many other current historians declare that it was this book that opened the delights of history for them. It fell from fashion in the 1960s, but its recent re-release in hardback has seen it become a publishing surprise in the UK. Now, Naxos Audiobooks releases it unabridged in three volumes, divided into three clear periods of history. Though slightly edited to take account of historical changes and attitudes, it is presented unabridged.

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    Our Island Story, Vol. 3

    4.7 hrs • 8/21/14 • Unabridged
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  9. 9.4 hrs • 7/8/2014 • Unabridged

    Here is the riveting story of the Russian Revolution as it unfolded. When Russia’s last tsar, Nicholas II, inherited the throne in 1894, he was unprepared to do so. With their four daughters (including Anastasia) and only son, a hemophiliac, Nicholas and his reclusive wife, Alexandra, buried their heads in the sand, living a life of opulence as World War I raged outside their door and political unrest grew. Deftly maneuvering between the lives of the Romanovs and the plight of Russia’s peasants—and their eventual uprising—Fleming offers up a fascinating portrait. History doesn’t get more interesting than the story of the Romanovs.

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    The Family Romanov

    9.4 hrs • 7/8/14 • Unabridged
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  10. 3.7 hrs • 5/6/2014 • Unabridged

    Adapted for young readers from the #1 New York Times bestselling The Guns at Last Light, D-Day captures the events and the spirit of that day—June 6, 1944—that led to the liberation of western Europe from Nazi Germany’s control. They came by sea and by sky to reclaim freedom from the occupying Germans, turning the tide of World War II. Atkinson skillfully guides his younger audience through the events leading up to, and of, the momentous day. Perfect for history buffs and newcomers to the topic alike!

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    D-Day

    3.7 hrs • 5/6/14 • Unabridged
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  11. 2.4 hrs • 3/27/2012 • Unabridged

    This is a true story about Frances, age nine, who saw fairies by the waterfall behind her house. They were tiny men, dressed all in green. Nobody but Frances saw them, but when she told her cousin Elsie and their parents, the adults teased them in a most annoying way. Why not take a photograph? Elsie (who was fifteen) had the idea. She would paint paper fairies and take their picture with Frances, and none would be the wiser. The girls never meant to fool the world. They only took the photo so the grown-ups would stop teasing them. Who could have imagined that Elsie’s photograph would fall into the hands of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the world’s most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes? Or that Sir Arthur, like Frances, believed in fairies…and longed to see one? In a wry feat of narrative nonfiction, reporter Mary Losure tells the remarkable tale of “two amiable adventuresses” that is almost—but not quite—too good to be true.

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    The Fairy Ring

    2.4 hrs • 3/27/12 • Unabridged
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  12. 8.9 hrs • 10/11/2011 • Unabridged

    Carnegie Medalist Mal Peet ignites an epic tale of young love against the dramatic backdrop of the Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Can love survive a lifetime? When working-class Clem Ackroyd falls for Frankie Mortimer, the gorgeous daughter of a wealthy local landowner, he has no hope that it can. After all, the world teeters on the brink of war, and bombs could rain down any minute over the bleak English countryside—just as they did seventeen years ago as his mother, pregnant with him, tended her garden. This time, Clem may not survive. Told in cinematic style by acclaimed writer Mal Peet, this brilliant coming-of-age novel is a gripping family portrait that interweaves the stories of three generations and the terrifying crises that de? ne them. With its urgent sense of history, sweeping emotion, and winning young narrator, Mal Peet's latest is an unforgettable, timely exploration of life during wartime.

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    Life

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    8.9 hrs • 10/11/11 • Unabridged
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  13. 2.0 hrs • 1/1/2007 • Unabridged

    This thrilling account of Napoleon’s rise to power—from his humble beginnings on the island of Corsica to his time as emperor of over half of Europe—focuses on Napoleon’s military exploits, including his victories in battle after battle, his exile to the island of Elba, his subsequent return to lead the disastrous Russian campaign, his final loss at Waterloo, and his last days on the lonely island of St. Helena.

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  14. 4.5 hrs • 10/24/2006 • Unabridged

    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 faced with the question of whether the horrors of Hitler’s Germany could ever cast dark shadows again.

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    Hitler Youth

    4.5 hrs • 10/24/06 • Unabridged
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  15. 2.7 hrs • 1/1/2004 • Unabridged

    The first volume in a five-part series telling the story of Great Britain’s history, from its earliest beginnings to World War I Much loved by generations of children, this is a classic children’s history of Britain from the Romans to the death of Queen Victoria. First published in 1905, Henrietta Marshall’s beautifully written narrative is based on her answers to her children’s questions about the history of Great Britain, which they referred to as “home island.”

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  16. 5.4 hrs • 1/1/2004 • Unabridged

    The second volume in a five-part series telling the story of Great Britain’s history, from its earliest beginnings to World War I Much loved by generations of children, this is a classic children’s history of Britain from the Romans to the death of Queen Victoria. First published in 1905, Henrietta Marshall’s beautifully written narrative is based on her answers to her children’s questions about the history of Great Britain, which they referred to as “home island.”

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