Listened to a Damned Abridgement: The Dangerous Book for Boys by Conn Iggulden and Hal Iggulden, 2007, from Overdrive.com.
Damned abridgement at 4 hours long. I did not notice this fact when I downloaded the book. At least the book is organized by sections and the authors could easily pick their favorite sections to include without eliminating anything vital. Some of the science and astronomy questions were really neat-o. The sections on famous battles and extraordinary stories were quite good. The rules of stickball and soccer were not so interesting.
Two novels I recently read touched on two of the stories. The Battle of Balaclava ties into Winter Soldiers by Kilworth which was set during the Crimean War. The story of Robert Scott in the Antarctic ties in with The Terror by Simmons which was set in the Arctic but had characters who had traveled with Antarctic expeditions.