New Arrivals · Audiobooks—Nonfiction

August 3, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

City of devils [sound recording] : the two men who ruled the underworld of old Shanghai

August 2, 2018
French, Paul, 1966- author.
[New York] : Macmillan Audio, [2018]
8 audio discs (9 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by Paul Chan.
Unabridged.
Compact discs.
A rags-to-riches tale of two self-made men set against a backdrop of crime and vice in the sprawling badlands of 1930s.

Calypso [sound recording]

July 16, 2018
Sedaris, David, author, narrator.
New York, NY : Hachette Audio, [2018]
6 audio discs (approximately 6 hr., 30 min.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by the author.
Unabridged.
Compact discs.
Company man -- Now we are five -- Little guy -- Stepping out -- A house divided -- The perfect fit -- Leviathan -- Your English is so good -- Calypso -- A modest proposal -- The silent treatment -- Untamed -- The one(s) who got away -- Sorry -- Boo-hooey -- A number of reasons I've been depressed lately -- Why aren't you laughing? -- I'm still standing -- The spirit world -- And while you're up there, check on my prostate -- The Comey memo.
David Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation toward middle age and mortality. This is beach reading for people who detest beaches, required reading for those who loathe small talk, and also Sedaris' darkest and warmest book yet.

Darkest hour : how Churchill brought England back from the brink

July 13, 2018
McCarten, Anthony, 1961- author.
New York : Harper Audio, [2017]
6 audio discs (6 1/2 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by John Lee.
Unabridged.
Compact discs.
From the acclaimed novelist and screenwriter of The Theory of Everything comes a revisionist look at the period immediately following Winston Churchill₂s ascendancy to prime minister. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Gary Oldman.

I see life through rosé-colored glasses : [true stories and confessions]

July 6, 2018
Scottoline, Lisa, author, narrator.
[New York] : Macmillan Audio, [2018]
5 audio discs (6 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in..
Read by the authors.
Title from disc label.
Compact discs.
Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella are back with more hilarious, witty, and true tales from their lives. Whether they are attempting to hike the Grand Canyon, setting up phone calls with their dogs, or learning what 'adulting' means, Lisa and Francesca are guaranteed to make listeners laugh, cry, and appreciate the funniest moments in life.

The coffin corner boys [sound recording] : one bomber, ten men, and their incredible escape from Nazi occupied France

July 5, 2018
Avriett, Carole Engle, author.
[Ashland, Oregon] : Blackstone Publishing, [2018]
6 audio discs (7 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by Patrick Lawlor.
Unabridged.
Compact discs.
After being shot down in Nazi-occupied France, nineteen-year-old George Wiley Starks and crew members spent six weeks walking to Switzerland with help from ordinary folks and the Resistance. He then returned to France to locate and honor those brave souls who assisted him in desperate hours of need. Here he retraces his steps to freedom and reveals the amazing stories of sacrifice and survival and how ten young American boys, plus their French helpers, became heroes.

Same kind of different as me : a modern-day slave, an international art dealer, and the unlikely woman who bound them together

July 5, 2018
Hall, Ron, 1945- author.
©2017
9 audio discs (10 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by Daniel Butler & Barry Scott.
Unabridged.
Compact discs.
A dangerous, homeless drifter who grew up picking cotton in virtual slavery. An upscale art dealer accustomed to the world of Armani and Chanel. A gutsy woman with a stubborn dream. Gritty with pain and betrayal and brutality, this true story also shines with an unexpected, life-changing love.

The world as it is : a memoir of the Obama White House

June 27, 2018
Rhodes, Benjamin J., 1977- author.
[New York] : Penguin Audio, [2018]
13 audio discs (ca. 16 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by Mark Deakins with a prologue read by the author.
Title from disc.
Compact discs.
For nearly ten years, Ben Rhodes saw almost everything that happened at the center of the Obama administration--first as a speechwriter, then as deputy national security advisor, and finally as a multipurpose aide and close collaborator. He started every morning in the Oval Office with the President's Daily Brief, traveled the world with Obama, and was at the center of some of the most consequential and controversial moments of the presidency. Now he tells the full story of his partnership--and, ultimately, friendship--with a man who also happened to be a historic president of the United States. Rhodes was not your typical presidential confidant, and this is not your typical White House memoir. Rendered in vivid, novelistic detail by someone who was a writer before he was a staffer, this is a rare look inside the most poignant, tense, and consequential moments of the Obama presidency--waiting out the bin Laden raid in the Situation Room, responding to the Arab Spring, reaching a nuclear agreement with Iran, leading secret negotiations with the Cuban government to normalize relations, and confronting the resurgence of nationalism and nativism that culminated in the election of Donald Trump. In The World as It Is, Rhodes shows what it was like to be there--from the early days of the Obama campaign to the final hours of the presidency. It is a story populated by such characters as Susan Rice, Samantha Power, Hillary Clinton, Bob Gates, and--above all--Barack Obama, who comes to life on the page in moments of great urgency and disarming intimacy. This is the most vivid portrayal yet of Obama's worldview and presidency, a chronicle of a political education by a writer of enormous talent, and an essential record of the forces that shaped the last decade.

Chasing King's killer [sound recording]: the hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassin

June 22, 2018
Swanson, James L., 1959- author.
[New York] : Scholastic Inc, [2018]
5 audio discs (5 hr., 41 min.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by Kim Staunton.
Unabridged.
Compact discs.
As violent threats cast a dark shadow over Dr. King's life, Swanson hones in on James Earl Ray, a bizarre, racist prison escapee who tragically ends King's life.

Meghan : a Hollywood princess

June 14, 2018
Morton, Andrew, 1953- author.
[New York] : Hachette Book Group, [2018]
7 audio discs (ca. 8 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by Charles Armstrong.
Compact discs.
"When Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were set up by a mutual friend on a blind date in July 2016, little did they know that the resulting whirlwind romance would lead to their engagement in November 2017 and marriage in May 2018. Meghan is confident, charismatic, and poised; her warm and affectionate engagement interview won the hearts of the world. In this first-ever biography of the duchess-to-be, royal biographer Andrew Morton goes back to Meghan's roots to uncover the story of her childhood growing up in The Valley in Los Angeles, her studies at an all-girls Catholic school, and her fraught family life-a painful experience mirrored by Harry's own background. Morton also delves into her previous marriage and divorce in 2013, her struggles in Hollywood."--Provided by publisher.

Principles

June 12, 2018
Dalio, Ray, 1949- author, narrator.
New York : Audioworks, imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio, 2017.
14 audio discs (approximately 16.5 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by the author and Jeremy Bobb.
Title from disc label.
Compact discs.
Ray Dalio, one of the world's most successful investors and entrepreneurs, shares the unconventional principles that he's developed, refined, and used over the past forty years to create unique results in both life and business, and which any person or organization can adopt to help achieve their goals.

West like lightning : the brief, legendary ride of the Pony Express

May 29, 2018
DeFelice, Jim, 1956- author.
[New York] : HarperCollins, [2018]
7 audio discs (8 hr., 45 min.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by John Pruden.
Compact discs.
In the spring of 1860 on the eve of a civil war that threatened to tear the country apart, two Americans conceived of an audacious plan for linking the nation's two coasts, thereby joining its present with its future. This book traces the development of the Pony Express and follows it from its start in St. Joseph, Missouri 1,500 miles west to Sacramento.

What Einstein got wrong [sound recording]

May 23, 2018
Hooper, Dan, 1976- author.
℗2018
6 audio discs (6 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 CD-ROM.
Lecturer: Dan Hooper.
Unabridged.
"Course No. 1307."
These twelve half-hour lectures are about what Einstein got wrong. He may have kindled a scientific revolution with his famous theory of relativity and his proof that atoms and light quanta exist, but he balked at accepting the most startling implications of these theories-such as the existence of black holes, the big bang, gravity waves, and mind-bendingly strange phenomena in the quantum realm. In a course that assumes no background in science and uses very little math, research physicist Dan Hooper of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and the University of Chicago focuses on Einstein's personal qualities that made him a heavy hitter with relativity but also a strikeout king in many of his other ideas. You start with two lectures on Einstein's special and general theories of relativity, and in a later lecture you cover his founding role in quantum theory. All are titanic achievements. The balance of the course deals with his false starts, blind alleys, and outright blunders, which are fascinating for what they reveal about the give-and-take conduct of science. Dr. Hooper closes with a lecture on the missteps of other great physicists-Johannes Kepler, Galileo Galilei, and Isaac Newton-proving that Einstein is in good company. Even geniuses struggle to find the truth.

The rise of Rome [sound recording]

May 23, 2018
Aldrete, Gregory S., author.
℗2018
12 audio discs (12 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 CD-ROM.
Lecturer: Gregory S. Aldrete.
Unabridged.
"Course No. 3350."
"The Roman Republic is one of the most breathtaking civilizations in world history. Between roughly 500 B.C.E. to the turn of the millennium, a modest city-state developed an innovative system of government and expanded into far-flung territories. This powerful civilization inspired America's founding fathers, gifted us a blueprint for amazing engineering innovations, left a vital trove of myths, and has inspired the human imagination for 2,000 years. How did Rome become so powerful? This mystery has vexed historians for centuries. Today, removed as we are from the Roman Republic, historians also wonder what it was like to be a Roman citizen in that amazing era. Beyond the familiar names of Romulus, Caesar, Octavian, Brutus, and Mark Antony, what was life like for the ordinary people? The Rise of Rome explores what made this state so powerful-and offers insight into why the republic cast such a long shadow over Western civilization. Taught by Professor Gregory S. Aldrete of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, these 24 engaging lectures tell the story of Rome's astonishing rise, from its modest beginnings, to the pinnacle of its stunning triumph over the Mediterranean, and finally to the moment the republic dramatically collapsed under the strain of its own accomplishments. Tapping into our latest historical understanding and leveraging new technology, this course takes you inside the story of the Roman Republic."

Why you are who you are [sound recording] : investigations into human personality

May 23, 2018
Leary, Mark, author.
℗2018
12 audio discs (12 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 CD-ROM.
Lecturer: Mark Leary.
Unabridged.
"Course No. 1648."
"To understand the roots of personality is to understand motivations and influences that shape behavior, which in turn reflect how you deal with the opportunities and challenges of everyday life. That's the focus of these exciting 24 lectures, in which you examine the differences in people's personalities, where these differences come from, and how they shape our lives. Drawing on information gleaned from psychology, neuroscience, and genetics, Professor Leary opens the door to understanding how personality works and why. Throughout his illuminating lectures, five important personality traits come into focus, traits that form the foundation of how psychologists approach the topic of personality: extraversion, neuroticism, agreeableness, conscientiousness, and openness. Combining psychology with neuroscience and behavioral genetics, this exploration will open your eyes to the myriad ways our traits, motives, emotions, beliefs, and values are shaped by things like our genes, environment, experiences, and evolutionary history. Why is it so hard to change our behavior? Why do people develop different values and morals? Does personality change as we age? Is personality passed down through genes? Designed as a fascinating, accessible scientific inquiry, these lectures will have you thinking about personality in a way that enriches your understanding of the complex psychological processes that make you who you are."

American military history [sound recording] : from colonials to counterinsurgents

May 23, 2018
Clark, Wesley, author.
℗2018
12 audio discs (12 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 CD-ROM.
Lecturer: Wesley Clark.
Unabridged.
"Course No. 8706."
Wars have played a crucial role in defining the United States and its place in the world. No one is better equipped to analyze this subject in depth than retired U.S. Army Gen. Wesley K. Clark-decorated combat veteran, author, Rhodes Scholar, and former NATO Supreme Commander. In this 24-lecture course, Gen. Clark explores the full scope of America's armed conflicts, from the French and Indian War in the mid 18th century to the Global War on Terrorism in the 21st. Gen. Clark sheds light on the tactics and strategy behind such famous battles as Yorktown, New Orleans, Gettysburg, D-Day, Inchon, and Operation Desert Storm, plus many others. He also recounts his own experiences in combat during the Vietnam War, which he barely survived. Through his incisive commentary, you learn that the perfect time to attack is when an opposing force is separated, distracted, and disorganized due to crossing an obstacle such as a river, as happened to British Gen. Edward Braddock's troops while fording the Monongahela River during the French and Indian War. You also learn that the fall of Fort Donelson during the Civil War was due to incoherent strategy by the Confederates, combined with brilliant tactics by Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. Among dozens of other examples, Gen. Clark covers his own strategy for halting Serbian ethnic cleansing during Operation Allied Force in 1999, when he was the general in charge.

Killing the deep state

May 21, 2018
Corsi, Jerome R., author.
Holland, OH : Dreamscape Media, LLC, [2018]
5 audio discs (5 hr., 47 min.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by Dan Crue.
Title from disc.
Compact discs.
Argues that there is a secret conspiracy between leftist extremists, the mainstream media, government holdovers from the previous administration, and shadowy forces within the U.S. intelligence community to destroy the Trump presidency, and explains what Trump must do to prevail.

Barracoon [sound recording] : the story of the last "black cargo"

May 17, 2018
Hurston, Zora Neale, author.
[New York] : HarperCollins, [2018]
3 audio discs (3 3/4 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by Robin Miles.
Unabridged.
Compact discs.
The true story of the last known survivor of the Atlantic slave trade, illegally smuggled from Africa on the last "black cargo" ship to arrive in the United States.

Paul Simon : the life

May 17, 2018
Hilburn, Robert, author.
New York : Audioworks, imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio, [2018]
10 audio discs (ca. 12 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by Dennis Boutsikaris.
Title from disc.
Compact discs.
Robert Hilburn offers an intimate and inspiring narrative that helps listeners finally understand Paul Simon the person and the artist, including new and absorbing insights into his most enduring songs. Exploring his successes and failures onstage and off, the book combines the scholarship, passion, and storytelling grace of biography at its best.

A higher loyalty : truth, lies, and leadership

May 17, 2018
Comey, James B., Jr., 1960-
℗2018
8 audio discs (9 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by the author.
Title from disc.
Compact discs.
Former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest-stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like, and how it drives sound decisions.

The perfectionists [sound recording] : how precision engineers created the modern world

May 14, 2018
Winchester, Simon, author, narrator.
[New York] : Harper Audio, [2018]
10 audio discs (11 3/4 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by the author.
Unabridged.
Compact discs.
Simon Winchester traces the development of technology from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age to explore the single component crucial to advancement: precision.

Fascism : [a warning]

May 3, 2018
Albright, Madeleine Korbel, author., narrator.
[New York] : HarperCollins, [2018]
8 audio discs (10 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by Madeleine Albright.
Subtitle from container.
Compact discs.
When the Cold War ended, many, including former secretary of state Madeleine Albright, believed that democracy had triumphed politically once and for all. Yet nearly thirty years later, a repressive and destructive force has begun to reemerge on the global stage that looks very much like fascism. Albright paints a clear picture of how fascism flourishes and explains why it is once again taking hold worldwide, identifying the factors contributing to its rise.

True stories from an unreliable eyewitness : a feminist coming of age

May 3, 2018
Lahti, Christine, author, narrator.
[New York] : HarperCollins, [2018]
5 audio discs (5hrs., 30 minutes) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by the author.
Compact discs.
Christine Lahti focuses on three major periods of her life: her childhood, her early journey as an actress and activist, and the realities of her life as a middle-aged woman in Hollywood today.

Directorate S : [the C.I.A. and America's secret wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan]

May 1, 2018
Coll, Steve, author.
©2018
23 audio discs (approximately 29 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by Malcolm Hillgartner.
Subtitle from container.
Compact discs.
"Prior to 9/11, the United States had been carrying out small-scale covert operations in Afghanistan, ostensibly in cooperation with, although often in direct opposition to, I.S.I., the Pakistani intelligence agency. While the United States was trying to quell extremists, a highly secretive and compartmentalized wing of I.S.I., known as "Directorate S," was covertly training, arming, and seeking to legitimize the Taliban in order to enlarge Pakistan's sphere of influence. After 9/11, when fifty-nine countries, led by the United States, deployed troops or provided aid to Afghanistan in an effort to flush out the Taliban and Al Qaeda, the United States was set on an invisible slow-motion collision course with Pakistan. Today we know that the war in Afghanistan would falter badly because of military hubris at the highest levels of the Pentagon, the drain on resources and provocation in the Muslim world caused by the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, and corruption. But more than anything, as Coll makes painfully clear, the war in Afghanistan was doomed because of the failure of the United States to apprehend the motivations and intentions of I.S.I.'s Directorate S. This was a swirling and shadowy struggle of historic proportions, which endured over a decade and across both the Bush and Obama administrations, involving multiple secret intelligence agencies, a litany of incongruous strategies and tactics, and dozens of players, including some of the most prominent military and political figures. A sprawling American tragedy, the war was an open clash of arms but also a covert melee of ideas, secrets, and subterranean violence. Coll excavates this grand battle, which took place away from the gaze of the American public. With unsurpassed expertise, original research, and attention to detail, he brings to life a narrative at once vast and intricate, local and global, propulsive and painstaking. This is the definitive explanation of how America came to be so badly ensnared in an elaborate, factional, and seemingly interminable conflict in South Asia. Nothing less than a forensic examination of the personal and political forces that shape world history, Directorate S is a complete masterpiece of both investigative and narrative journalism."--Back cover.

The best cook in the world [sound recording] : tales from my momma's table

April 25, 2018
Bragg, Rick, author, narrator.
New York : Random House Audio, 2018.
16 audio discs (19 1/2 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by the author.
Unabridged.
Compact discs.
Best selling author Rick Bragg presents a delectable, rollicking food memoir, cookbook, and loving tribute to a region, a vanishing history, a family, and, especially, to his mother, and including 75 mouth-watering Bragg family recipes for classic southern dishes passed down through generations.

Where there's hope : healing, moving forward, and never giving up

April 2, 2018
Smart, Elizabeth, 1987- author, narrator.
[New York, New York] : Macmillan Audio, [2018]
7 audio discs (8 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by the author.
Compact discs.
Elizabeth Smart follows up her bestseller, "My Story" with a powerful and inspiring book about what it takes to overcome trauma, find the strength to move on, and reclaim one's life. This is both an up-close-and-personal glimpse into her healing process and a heartfelt how-to guide for readers to make peace with the past and embrace the future.

feed —Subscribe to the Audiobooks—Nonfiction feed .

Fiction

For Teens

For Kids

Media

Electronic Resources

Foreign

Nonfiction

Large Print