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release date: Jan 17, 2008
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The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child, Vol. 3: Early Modern Times, 2nd Edition (9 CDs)

History will never be the same again!

This spirited reading of the first in Susan Wise Bauer's Story of the World history series brings to life the stories and records of the peoples of ancient times.

Now more than ever, other countries and customs affect our everyday lives-and our children need to learn about the people who live all around the globe. Susan Wise Bauer has provided a captivating guide to the history of the ancient world. Written in an engaging, straightforward manner, The Story of the World weaves world history into a storybook format. This volume covers the major historical events from the years 1600 to 1850―from Elizabeth I to the gold rush in California.

This Story of the World audiobook is a collaboration between Jim Weiss, whose voice has been described as “liquid gold” (CNN-TV), and Susan Wise Bauer, whose writing has been described as “timeless and intelligent” (Publishers Weekly). It may be used along with the print books (The Story of the World Volume 3 Text Book, Activity Book, and Tests; each sold separately), as a supplement to a traditional history curriculum, or independently. Approximately 11 hours on 9 CDs.
release date: Jun 09, 2015
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Hitler's Last Days: The Death of the Nazi Regime and the World's Most Notorious Dictator

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 20th century-a man whose regime of murder and terror haunts the world even today. Adapted from Bill O'Reilly's historical thrillerKilling Patton, this book will have young readers-and grown-ups too-hooked.

This thoroughly-researched and documented book can be worked into multiple aspects of the common core curriculum.

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release date: Oct 01, 2015
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Gone West: Bold Adventures of American Explorers and Pioneers

America's founders dreamed of a day when the United States would reach from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Follow their dream into reality, with these stories of explorers, Native Americans, and pioneers.

Follow the saga of American exploration, from Jefferson and Monroe securing the Louisiana Purchase through the bold explorations of Lewis & Clark and Sacagawea. Experience the dawning of a new age aboard Robert Fulton's steamboat, and ride the rumbling wagons of the Oregon Trail pioneers. Feel the devastating effects faced by proud Native American warriors, and witness the mammoth undertaking of the transcontinental railroad. Journey with the brave souls who hung out the sign, "Gone West".
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release date: Oct 01, 2015
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George Washington: First in the Hearts of His Countrymen

Character shapes a nation as Jim Weiss presents the action-filled, moving story of George Washington, a man of remarkable physical strenth and equally powerful emotions.

Amid bullets and ballots, as commander-in-chief and constitutionalist, political leader and peaceful farmer, family man and father of a nation, here's a very "human" man who won a war and refused a crown; who saw with amazing clarity the future achievements and challenges of a new nation; who hoped to overcome slavery and unite all Americans, while holding that new nation together in its rocky first years by sheer will. By the end, you'll understand why George Washington truly merits the title "first in the hearts of his countrymen."
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release date: Oct 01, 2015
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Galileo and the Stargazers

Narrator Jim Weiss brings you inspiring true stories of heroic scientists who risked everything for the truth.

Includes Archimedes and his famous "Eureka!" moment, Galileo's telescope, Isaac Newton's discoveries, and more.
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release date: Nov 11, 2014
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Unbroken (The Young Adult Adaptation): An Olympian's Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive
In this captivating and lavishly illustrated young adult edition of her award-winning #1 New York Times bestseller, Laura Hillenbrand tells the story of a former Olympian's courage, cunning, and fortitude following his plane crash in enemy territory. This adaptation of Unbroken introduces a new generation to one of history's most thrilling survival epics. 

On a May afternoon in 1943, an American military plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary sagas of the Second World War.
 
The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. As a boy, he had been a clever delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and stealing. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a supreme talent that carried him to the Berlin Olympics. But when war came, the athlete became an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.
 
Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a sinking raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would respond to desperation with ingenuity, suffering with hope and humor, brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would hang on the fraying wire of his will.
 
Featuring more than one hundred photographs plus an exclusive interview with Zamperini, this breathtaking odyssey—also captured on film by director Angelina Jolie—is a testament to the strength of the human spirit and the ability to endure against the unlikeliest of odds.


Praise for Unbroken

"This adaptation of Hillenbrand's adult bestseller is highly dramatic and exciting, as well as painful to read as it lays bare man's hellish inhumanity to man."—Booklist, STARRED

"This captivating book emphasizes the importance of determination, the will to survive against impossible odds, and support from family and friends. A strong, well-written work."—SLJ

"This fine adaptation ably brings an inspiring tale to young readers."—Kirkus



From the Hardcover edition.
release date: Oct 01, 2015
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Masters of the Renaissance: Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and more

In true stories as vivid as the colors in which they painted, Jim Weiss brings to life Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Brunelleschi, Donatello and other captivating characters.

Watch fierce Pope Julius II drive out invaders while supervising the painting of the Sisine Chapel, and dine in the palace of Lorenzo de Medici -swordsman, statesman and patron of the arts- as he faces treachery and turns war to peace.
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release date: Oct 01, 2015
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William Shakespeare's Julius Ceasar & The Story of Rome

Adventurer, conqueror, political genious, classical author - Julius Caesar lived one of history's most amazing lives. Yet it was the story of his death that William Shakespeare turned into a dramatic masterpiece. In this spirited retelling, Jim Weiss brings us Shakespeare's cast of immortal characters.

With excerpts from the original dialogue (Mark Antony's funeral speech, etc.) told in a way that young listeners can grasp, JULIUS CAESAR AND THE STORY OF ROME will nurture a passion for Shakespeare and an understanding of why these people and historical events still shape our world today.
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release date: Oct 01, 2015
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Thomas Jefferson's America: Stories of the Founding Fathers

Thomas Jefferson lived a dozen lifetimes in one: patriot, scientist, architect, United States President, author of the Declaration of Independence.

T This fascinating storytelling biography also presents real-life portraits of Washington, Adams, Madison, Franklin, Monroe, Hamilton , and Lafayette.
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release date: Oct 01, 2015
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A Treasury of Wisdom: True Stories of Hope & Inspiration

Timeless wisdom drawn from 3,000 years of accumulated experience offers hope, insight and inspiration to listeners of all ages.

These true stories of great individuals include Raphael, Michelangelo, Diogenes, Alexander the Great, King Solomon, Jesus' The Good Samaritan, Beatrix Potter, Satchel Paige, and more.

Track listing:

  1. Preface
  2. An Empty Cup: A Story from Japan (1890)
  3. The Eye of the Beholder: Raphael and Michelangelo (Italy, 1515)
  4. Diogenes, The Man Who Had Everything (Greece, 400 B.C.)
  5. Alexander the Great and Diogenes (Greece, 330 B.C.)
  6. The Gates of Heaven: A Tale from Japan (1750)
  7. The Beggar and the Baker: A Story of King Solomon (Israel, 1000 B.C.)
  8. The Good Samaritan: A Story Told by Jesus (1st Century)
  9. The Tale of Beatrix Potter (England, 1900)
  10. Satchel Paige, The Philosopher of the Baseball Diamond (USA, 1930)
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