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It's often that much harder to get sucked into a nonfiction book, so these are our most compelling picks. They're sure to both entertain and teach.

The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher

Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective
By Kate Summerscale
Narrated by Simon Vance /  9 hours 40 minutes

In June of 1860 three-year-old Saville Kent was found at the bottom of an outdoor privy with his throat slit. The crime horrified all England and led to a national obsession with detection, ironically destroying, in the process, the career of perhaps the greatest detective in the land. At the time, the detective was a relatively new invention;... Read More »

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The Man Who Ate His Boots

The Tragic History of the Search for the Northwest Passage
By Anthony Brandt
Narrated by Simon Vance /  15 hours 17 minutes

The enthralling and often harrowing history of the adventurers who searched for the Northwest Passage, the holy grail of nineteenth-century British exploration.

After the triumphant end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815, the British took it upon themselves to complete something they had been trying to do since the sixteenth century: find the fabled... Read More »

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The Boys in the Boat

Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
By Daniel James Brown
Narrated by Edward Herrmann /  14 hours 24 minutes

The #1 New York Times–bestselling story about American Olympic triumph in Nazi Germany, the inspiration for the PBS documentary The Boys of '36, broadcast to coincide with the 2016 Summer Olympics and the 80th anniversary of the boys' gold medal race.

For readers of Unbroken, out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about... Read More »

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Alexander Hamilton - Abridged

By Ron Chernow
Narrated by Grover Gardner /  11 hours 34 minutes

A New York Times Bestseller, and the inspiration for the hit Broadway musical Hamilton!

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow presents a landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton, the Founding Father who galvanized, inspired, scandalized, and shaped the newborn nation.


In the first full-length biography of Alexander Hamilton in decades, Ron... Read More »

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Bunker Hill

A City, a Siege, a Revolution
By Nathaniel Philbrick
Narrated by Chris Sorensen /  12 hours 58 minutes

The bestselling author of In the Heart of the Sea, Mayflower, and Valiant Ambition, tells the story of the Boston battle that ignited the American Revolution, in this "masterpiece of narrative and perspective." (Boston Globe)

Boston in 1775 is an island city occupied by British troops after a series of incendiary incidents by patriots who range... Read More »

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The Big Thirst

The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water
By Charles Fishman
Narrated by Stephen Hoye /  13 hours 31 minutes

The water coming out of your tap is four billion years old and might have been slurped by a Tyrannosaurus Rex. We will always have exactly as much water on Earth as we have ever had. Water cannot be destroyed, and it can always be made clean enough for drinking again. In fact, water can be made so clean that it actually becomes toxic. As... Read More »

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Unstoppable

Harnessing Science to Change the World
By Bill Nye
Narrated by Bill Nye /  11 hours 24 minutes

Just as World War II called an earlier generation to greatness, so the climate crisis is calling today's rising youth to action: to create a better future.

In UNSTOPPABLE, Bill Nye crystallizes and expands the message for which he is best known and beloved. That message is that with a combination of optimism and scientific curiosity, all... Read More »

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

By Rebecca Skloot
Narrated by Cassandra Campbell & Bahni Turpin /  12 hours 30 minutes

Now a major motion picture from HBO® starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne.

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first “immortal” human... Read More »

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The Greater Journey

Americans in Paris
By David McCullough
Narrated by Edward Herrmann /  16 hours 50 minutes


Now in paperback, the New York Times bestseller from two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough—the inspiring, enthralling story of the American painters, writers, sculptors, and doctors who journeyed to Paris between 1830 and 1900.


A Special Audio Presentation of Unabridged Selections

Personally Chosen by David McCullough

The...
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