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Mike Duncan's Audiobook Picks

Author Mike Duncan curated this playlist, a mix of great titles—both fiction and nonfiction—that fill out the world of the Marquis de Lafayette. Duncan is the author of The Storm Before the Storm and Hero of Two Worlds. Photo by Brandi Duncan.

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The Count of Monte Cristo

By Alexandre Dumas
Narrated by: Richard Matthews
Length: 43 hours 13 minutes

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

A popular bestseller since its publication in 1844, The Count of Monte Cristo is one of the great page-turning thrillers of all time. Set against the tumultuous years of the post-Napoleonic era, Alexandre Dumas’s grand historical romance recounts the swashbuckling... Read more »

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Les Miserables

By Victor Hugo
Narrated by: George Guidall
Length: 60 hours 27 minutes

One of the great classics of world literature and the inspiration for the most beloved stage musical of all time, Les MisErables is legendary author Victor Hugo's masterpiece. This extraordinary English version by renowned translator Julie Rose captures all the majesty and brilliance of Hugo's work. Here is the timeless story of the... Read more »

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American Slavery, American Freedom

By Edmund S. Morgan
Narrated by: Sean Pratt
Length: 14 hours 19 minutes

"If it is possible to understand the American paradox, the marriage of slavery and freedom, Virginia is surely the place to begin," writes Edmund S. Morgan in American Slavery, American Freedom, a study of the tragic contradiction at the core of America. Morgan finds the key to this central paradox in the people and politics of the state that... Read more »

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A Place of Greater Safety

By Hilary Mantel
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Length: 33 hours 52 minutes

It is 1789, and three young provincials have come to Paris to make their way. Georges-Jacques Danton, an ambitious young lawyer, is energetic, pragmatic, debt-ridden--and hugely but erotically ugly. Maximilien Robespierre, also a lawyer, is slight, diligent, and terrified of violence. His dearest friend, Camille Desmoulins, is a conspirator and... Read more »

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Citizens

A Chronicle of the French Revolution

By Simon Schama
Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
Length: 36 hours 47 minutes

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...

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Age of Reason

By Thomas Paine, Field & Robin
Narrated by: Field & Robin
Length: 8 hours 31 minutes

Thomas Paine’s The Age of Reason; Being an Investigation of True and Fabulous Theology, published in three parts from 1794, was a bestseller in America, where it caused a short-lived deistic revival. Promoting a creator-God while advocating reason in the place of revelation, Paine’s controversial pamphlet caused his native British audience,...

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A New World Begins

The History of the French Revolution

By Jeremy D. Popkin
Narrated by: Pete Cross & Jeremy D. Popkin
Length: 21 hours 54 minutes

The principles of the French Revolution remain the only possible basis for a just society—even if, after more than two hundred years, they are more contested than ever before. In A New World Begins, Jeremy D. Popkin offers a riveting account of the revolution that puts the reader in the thick of the debates and the violence that led to the...

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A Tale of Two Cities

A Story of the French Revolution

By Charles Dickens
Narrated by: Bob Neufeld
Length: 15 hours 1 minutes

A Tale of Two Cities is a classic novel by Charles Dickens.

A Tale of Two Cities is shorter and more compact than many of Dickens' novels and also more serious. Set in England and France during the French Revolution, it deals with ideas of grace and resurrection and explores the mob mentality of the Revolution. It is also a love story.

As part of...

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Forced Founders

Indians, Debtors, Slaves, and the Making of the American Revolution in Virginia

By Woody Holton
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
Length: 7 hours 30 minutes

In this provocative reinterpretation of one of the best-known events in American history, Woody Holton shows that when Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and other elite Virginians joined their peers from other colonies in declaring independence from Britain, they acted partly in response to grassroots rebellions against their own rule.

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You Never Forget Your First

A Biography of George Washington

By Alexis Coe
Narrated by: Brittany Pressley & Alexis Coe
Length: 6 hours 39 minutes

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
AN NPR CONCIERGE BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR

“In her form-shattering and myth-crushing book….Coe examines myths with mirth, and writes history with humor… [You Never Forget Your First] is an accessible look at a president who always finishes in the first ranks of our leaders.” —Boston Globe


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