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Audiobook Recommendations

Now that it is the time for summer vacations, we at Zanola Companythought we could recommend some of our favorite audiobooks from

If you are on a long trip or just need something to listen on commutes, Audible is a great and varied service. From new releases to classics, it has a great selection and convenient apps for mobile devices. Audible has a free book trial offer to new members. 

Joe Zanola
The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris, by David McCullough
This is historical survey of Americans traveling to and studying in France in the 19th century, written by Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough. Before America had an established system of education, Paris was a major destination for higher learning. It focuses on Samuel Morse, James Fenimore Cooper, and others who would become cultural and scientific trailblazers back home. The Greater Journey is an in-depth look at the way America emerged as a distinct force in the century after its founding, and the influence Europe still had on the country as it grew.
Rachel Ballard
Crossing the Borders of Time:  A True Story of War, Exile and Love Reclaimed, by Leslie Maitland
A journalist decides to examine her mother's old tale of tragically having to leave her lover Roland behind in Europe as the Nazis sealed off the ports of France. While her mother would build a new life in America and create a new family, she was always haunted by what could have been. Leslie Maitland investigates what happened to Roland during after the war and finds a bond that time and distance could not destroy.
Angelo Zanola
Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America, by Erik Larson 
Devil in the White City follows the parallel true stories of Daniel Burnham, prominent architect, and H.H. Holmes, notorious serial killer in the time of the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago, Illinois. While Burnham had helped create the first skyscrapers and was overseeing the construction and running of the World's Fair, Holmes had established himself as a prominent businessman in a nearby neighborhood and used the fair as a source of victims. Both a fascinating true crime story and the history of the event that was so successful in establishing Chicago as a world-class city that St. Louis replicated it in 1904.

Audiobooks from Audible have become a daily comfort for us at Zanola as we research all of our markets and serve our far-flung clients. So if you have any books you would like to recommend we would be grateful. And if you ever do find yourself driving as much as us, you can always listen to all 154 hours of Proust's In Search of Lost Time

By Angelo Zanola