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  1. 12.7 hrs • Jul/20/2012 • Unabridged

    During the 1930s at Oxford, C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams—remarkable friends, writers, and scholars—met regularly to discuss philosophy and literature and to read aloud from their own works in progress. Calling themselves the Inklings, their circle grew. It was in this company that such classics as The Lord of the Rings, The Screwtape Letters, and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe first found an audience. Author Humphrey Carpenter was born in Oxford and was acquainted with Tolkien, Hugo Dyson, and several other Inklings. In this remarkable reconstruction of their meetings and momentous friendships, Carpenter brings to life those warm and enchanting evenings in Lewis’ rooms at Magdalen College, when their imaginations ran wild. His account offers exciting insights into the influence these brilliant individuals had on each other’s developing ideas and writing. 

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    The Inklings

    Read by Bernard Mayes
    12.7 hrs • Jul/20/2012 • Unabridged
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  2. 8.4 hrs • Jun/20/2012 • Unabridged

    This magnificent biography by the world’s foremost expert on the life of George S. Patton portrays the many faces of the general with uncompromising insight: the gruff, demanding public front known—and feared—by millions; the sensitive, intellectual visage shown to intimates; and the self-conscious, emotional, religious man only a handful of people ever met. Martin Blumenson deftly explores the life of this American hero, a paradoxical man who inspired others to greatness but who sometimes questioned the greatness within himself. Patton: The Man behind the Legend, 1885–1945 is a dramatic and memorable portrait of a complex American hero, a man called the greatest combat general of modern times.

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    Patton

    Read by William Lavelle
    8.4 hrs • Jun/20/2012 • Unabridged
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  3. 9.8 hrs • Sep/01/2009 • Unabridged

    Whether viewed as subjugator or protector, Oliver Cromwell was a titan of seventeenth-century England. Theologian J. H. Merle d’Aubigné wrote this 1847 biography for one purpose: “rectification of the common opinion with regard to Cromwell’s religious character.” And rectify it he does. Working from Cromwell’s letters and speeches, he reveals the Protector to be a man of prayer and Bible study, exceedingly devout, consecrated to God, a devoted family man. Included here are Cromwell’s tender letters to his children, his response to the proposal that he be crowned, and his thoughts at the end of his life, plus the death warrant of Charles I and observations by George Fox and Milton. What was the only important blemish to be found in this honorable man? Merle d’Aubigné’s answer will surprise you.

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    The Protector

    9.8 hrs • Sep/01/2009 • Unabridged
    Library CD
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