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Experience our world: as it was, as it is, as it might become with these audiobooks about history, the arts, culture, education, and politics. Don't miss Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel, or Fresh Air with Terry Gross: Writers, or Gwen Ifill's The Breakthrough.

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$2.00 a Day

Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer; read by Allyson Johnson

Edin and Shaefer tell the stories of eight families who live on what is almost unimaginable—an income that falls below the World Bank definition of poverty in the developing world. Their stories need to be heard, especially as we head into an election year that will highlight the questions of income inequality, and our commitment to making prosperity available to all. Learn More
1931

by Tobias Straumann; read by Nigel Patterson

F O R T H C O M I N G ! Available June

Germany's financial collapse in the summer of 1931 was one of the biggest economic catastrophes of modern history. It led to a global panic, brought down the international monetary system, and turned a worldwide recession into a prolonged depression. In 1931, Tobias Straumann reveals the story of the fatal crisis, demonstrating how a debt trap contributed to the rapid financial and political collapse of a European country, and to the rise of the Nazi Party. Learn More
The 2020 Commission Report on the North Korean Nuclear Attacks Against the United States

by Jeffrey Lewis; read by Neil Hellegers

The 2020 Commission Report on the North Korean Nuclear Attacks Against the United States posits that there was a nuclear attack against the U.S. on March 21, 2020 by North Korea, and that a national bipartisan commission was created to investigate what and how it happened. Learn More
21 Things You Need to Know About Diabetes Omnibus Edition

by Jill Weisenberger, MS, RDN, CDE, FAND, & Scott A. Cunneen, MD, FACS, FASMBS, & Nancy Sayles Kaneshiro, & Stephanie A. Dunbar, MPH, RD, & Cassandra L. Verdi, MPH, RD, & Neil M. Scheffler, DPM, FACFAS; read by Norah Tocci

NEW! Now Available

HighBridge Audio presents four titles in the American Diabetes Association's 21 Things series, collected here in an essential, must-listen omnibus edition. Learn More
38 Nooses

by Scot W. Berg; read by Paul Heitsch

F O R T H C O M I N G ! Available September

Scott W. Berg recounts an overlooked but seminal moment in American history. Learn More
47 Ronin

John Allyn; foreword by Stephen Turnbull; read by David Shih

AudioFile Editors' Pick

For those looking for the real story behind the fictionalized movie account of the 47 Ronin story, this is the definitive, fascinating account of this unforgettable tale of a band of samurai who defied the Emperor to avenge the disgrace and death of their master, and faced certain death as a result. It led to one of the bloodiest episodes in Japanese history, and in the process, created a new set of heroes in Japan. Learn More
51 Imperfect Solutions

by Jeffrey S. Sutton; Read by David Drummond

NEW! Now Available

If there is a central conviction of this book, it's that an underappreciation of state constitutional law has hurt state and federal law and has undermined the appropriate balance between state and federal courts in protecting individual liberty. In trying to correct this imbalance, the book also offers several ideas for reform. Learn More
935 Lies

Charles Lewis; read by Don Lee

The founder of the Center for Public Integrity and bestselling author explores the consequences of powerful governments and corporations gaining ever more control over information. Learn More
The Abolitionist's Daughter

by Diane C. McPhail; read by Kirsten Potter

NEW! Now Available

In her sweeping debut, Diane C. McPhail offers a powerful, profoundly emotional novel that explores a little-known aspect of Civil War history—Southern Abolitionists—and the timeless struggle to do right even amidst bitter conflict. Learn More
The Accident of Color

by Daniel Brook; read by David Sadzin

F O R T H C O M I N G ! Available June

A technicolor history of the first civil rights movement and its collapse into black and white. Learn More
Adams: An American Dynasty

by Francis Russell; read by Patrick Lawlor

Here is the compelling and impressive story of the Adams dynasty. Learn More
Advice for Future Corpses (and Those Who Love Them)

by Sallie Tisdale; read by Gabra Zackman

A straightforward, wise, and humorous narrative field guide for both the dying and those who love them by an author who brings a unique set of qualifications to this delicate subject—she's a Pushcart Prize-winning writer, a palliative care nurse with more than ten years of experience, and a lifelong Buddhist. Learn More
The Age of Anxiety

Haynes Johnson; read by Kristoffer Tabori

Pulitzer-Prize winner Haynes Johnson boldly revisits the anti-communist hysteria of the McCarthy era to examine parallels today in this new age of terror and threat with a mix of narrative history, political commentary, and contemporary reporting. Learn More
The Age of Caesar

by Plutarch, translated by Pamela Mensch and James Romm; read by Michael Page

A brilliant new translation of five of history’s greatest lives from Plutarch, the inventor of biography. Learn More
The Age of Walls

by Tim Marshall; read by Nigel Patterson

Tim Marshall, the New York Times bestselling author of Prisoners of Geography, analyzes the most urgent and tenacious topics in global politics and international relations by examining the borders, walls, and boundaries that divide countries and their populations. Learn More
The Aleppo Codex

Matti Friedman; read by Simon Vance

Booklist’s Top 10 Religion and Spirituality Books

The intriguing story of the quest to recover the missing pages from one of the world’s most important holy texts: the 1,000-year-old Hebrew Bible known as Aleppo Codex. Learn More
Alexander Graham Bell

by Edwin S. Grosvenor and Morgan Wesson; read by Donald Corren

Here, Edwin Grosvenor, American Heritage's publisher and Alexander Graham Bell's great-grandson, tells the dramatic story of the race to invent the telephone and how Bell's patent for it would become the most valuable ever issued. Learn More
Alien Virus Love Disaster

by Abbey Mei Otis; read by Nicole Poole & Eric Martin

NEW! Now Available
Washington Post Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2018

Abbey Mei Otis has long been fascinated in using strange situations to explore dynamics of power, oppression, and grief, and the twelve stories collected here are at once a striking indictment of the present and a powerful warning about the future. Learn More
All Things Shining

Hubert Dreyfus and Sean Dorrance Kelly; read by David Drummond

A wide-ranging look at the loss of meaning in the West, and a gripping guide for how to retrieve it. Learn More
The Alps

by Stephen O'Shea; read by Robert Fass

A thrilling blend of contemporary travelogue and historical narrative about the Alps from "a graceful and passionate writer" (Washington Post). Learn More
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