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  1. 48.8 hrs • Jul/20/2012 • Unabridged

    This is an extraordinary chronicle of the fifteen years, 1815–1830, that laid the foundations of modern society. It is a history of people, ideas, politics, manners, morals, economics, art, science and technology, diplomacy, business and commerce, literature, and revolution. From Wellington at Waterloo and Jackson at New Orleans to the surge of democratic power and reform, this tumultuous period saw the United States transform itself from an ex-colony into a formidable nation, Britain become the first industrial world power, Russia develop the fatal flaws that would engulf her in the twentieth century, and China and Japan set the stage for future development and catastrophe. Provocative, challenging, and listenable, this remarkable story is told through the lives and actions of its outstanding, curious, and ordinary people.

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    The Birth of the Modern

    Read by Wanda McCaddon
    48.8 hrs • Jul/20/2012 • Unabridged
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  2. 36.8 hrs • May/20/2012 • Unabridged

    From one of the truly preeminent historians of our time, this is a landmark book chronicling the French Revolution. Simon Schama deftly refutes the contemporary notion that the French Revolution represented an uprising of the oppressed poor against a decadent aristocracy and corrupt court. He argues instead that the revolution was born of a rift among the elite over the speed of progress toward modernity and science, social and economic change. Schama’s approach, weaving in and out of private and public lives in the fashion of a novel, brings us closer than we have ever been to the harrowing and seductive French Revolution.

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    Citizens

    36.8 hrs • May/20/2012 • Unabridged
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  3. 28.7 hrs • May/20/2012 • Unabridged

    In 1963 Norman F. Cantor published his breakthrough narrative history of the Middle Ages. Here is a significant revision, update, and expansion of that work. The Civilization of the Middle Ages incorporates newer research and novel perspectives, especially on the foundations of the Middle Ages and the late Middle Ages of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. A sharper focus on social history, Jewish history, women’s roles in society, and popular religion and heresy distinguish the book. While the first and last sections of the book are almost entirely new and many additions have been incorporated in the intervening sections, Cantor has retained the powerful narrative flow that made earlier editions so accessible. 

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    The Civilization of the Middle Ages

    28.7 hrs • May/20/2012 • Unabridged
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  4. 29.6 hrs • Mar/01/2012 • Unabridged

    A hero without peer or scruples, Sam Gunn has a nose for trouble, money, and women, though not necessarily in that order. A man with the ego (and stature) of a Napoleon, the business acumen of a P. T. Barnum, and the raging hormones of a teenage boy, Sam is the finest astronaut NASA ever trained and dumped. But more than money, more than women, Sam Gunn loves justice—and he really does love money and women. Whether he’s suing the pope, helping twin sisters entangled in the virtual sex trade, or on trial for his life, charged with interplanetary genocide, you can be sure of one thing: this is one space jockey who’ll meet every challenge with a smile on his lips, an ace up his sleeve, and a weapon in his pocket. Now, for the first time in one volume, Hugo-winner Ben Bova presents all the tales of Sam Gunn to date, including three never before collected in book form. Here is the entire chronicle of Sam Gunn, trailblazer and scoundrel, as he scams his way from one end of the solar system to the other, giving bold new meaning to the term venture capitalist.

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  5. 28.3 hrs • Jan/01/2007 • Unabridged

    Family: the word is both sweet and bitter. We all have one; it is our common denominator. We’re all linked by birth to at least two others, and we spend our lives running to and running from these connections. From one coast to the other and to the far side of the globe, three diverse characters follow paths that will mysteriously connect: Tina Lopez, endowed with a special gift from God, who learns at a young age how sharing one’s gifts can expand the meaning of family; Ethan Kelly, a young Irish-American priest-in-training, who will journey far to discover what he has always known; and K.C. Littleton, who will prove that old adage, “Be careful what you wish for.” All will discover a new appreciation for faith, forgiveness, and family.

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    The Migrant

    28.3 hrs • Jan/01/2007 • Unabridged
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