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Aryaman Shalizi

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  • "For aficionados only."

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    I'm a molecular biologist by profession, so I thought it would be fun to listen to what is widely considered THE foundational work of modern biology. While interesting for me from a historical standpoint—it's truly breathtaking how complete a conceptual framework the Origin provided more than a century and a half ago, and how thoroughly Darwin anticipated and refuted the possible objections to his theory—unless you really want to hear all of the examples Mr. Darwin deploys to buttress his theory of natural selection, I would recommend a more recent treatment of the topic. Or listen through an abridged edition of The Origin of Species, such as the one narrated by Richard Dawkins. The language is, in most places, exceptionally dry, and the narrator doesn't do the material any favors. However, it is one of the great achievements of human reason, so if you are patient and able to pay close attention to the dense language, this will ultimately be worth your time.

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    The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection: or, The Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Charles Darwin
    • Narrated By Robin Field
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    The Origin of Species sold out on the first day of its publication in 1859. It is the major book of the 19th century and one of the most readable and accessible of the great revolutionary works of the scientific imagination. Though, in fact, little read, most people know what it says—at least they think they do. The Origin of Species was the first mature and persuasive work to explain how species change through the process of natural selection. Upon its publication, the book began to transform attitudes about society and religion.

    Riegholt says: "Best way to read the classic!"
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  • Mowat: Never Cry Wolf

    "A Funny Tale for the Whole Family"

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    Farley Mowat is a naturalist. When he was young he had an amazing dog and two owls. He wrote about them both, 'Owls in the Family' and ;The Dog Who Wouldn't Be' . In this story, he writes about his experience dealing with bureaucracy and wolves. It is a laugh out loud tale of his study of a family of wolves who have an amazing family hierarchy. It includes an uncle, taking care of pups, who has a brief love affair with a husky. The end is very sad, the government decides to kill off many of the wolves, including those Farley had studied.
    Please buy this book, you will learn an enormous amount about wolves and how a naturalist studies animals. Then Audible will release, 'Owls in the Family' and 'The Dog Who Wouldn't Be' .

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  • 4.9 (14 ratings)
    The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume I (






UNABRIDGED) by Edward Gibbon Narrated by David Timson

    The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume I

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Edward Gibbon
    • Narrated By David Timson
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    Some 250 years after its first publication, Gibbon's Decline and Fall is still regarded as one of the greatest histories in Western literature. He reports on more than 1,000 years of an empire which extended from the most northern and western parts of Europe to deep into Asia and Africa and covers not only events but also the cultural and religious developments that effected change during that time.

    Allen L. Harris says: "DAVID TIMSON IS AMAZING!"
  • 4.5 (1974 ratings)
    Roots: The Saga of an American Family (






UNABRIDGED) by Alex Haley Narrated by Avery Brooks

    Roots: The Saga of an American Family

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Alex Haley
    • Narrated By Avery Brooks
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    (1974)
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    (1097)
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    Why we think it’s a great listen: A masterpiece like none other, Brooks’ powerful performance of Haley’s words has been known to leave listeners in tears. It begins with a birth in an African village in 1750, and ends two centuries later at a funeral in Arkansas. And in that time span, an unforgettable cast of men, women, and children come to life, many of them based on the people from Alex Haley's own family tree.

    Kevin says: "Powerful"
  • 4.3 (398 ratings)
    On the Origin of Species (






ABRIDGED) by Charles Darwin Narrated by Richard Dawkins

    On the Origin of Species

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Charles Darwin
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins
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    (213)
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    Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion and a life-long committed Darwinist, abridges and reads this special audio version of Charles Darwin's famous book. A literally world-changing book, Darwin put forward the anti-religious and scientific idea that humans in fact evolved over millions of generations from animals, starting with fish, all the way up through the ranks to apes, then to our current form.

    M says: "A Perfect Abridgement"
  • 4.5 (94 ratings)
    The Complete Essays of Montaigne (






UNABRIDGED) by Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, Donald M. Frame (translator) Narrated by Christopher Lane

    The Complete Essays of Montaigne

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, Donald M. Frame (translator)
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
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    “A faithful translation is rare; a translation which preserves intact the original text is very rare; a perfect translation of Montaigne appears impossible. Yet Donald Frame has realized this feat. One does not seem to be reading a translation, so smooth and easy is the style; at each moment, one seems to be listening to Montaigne himself - the freshness of his ideas, the unexpected choice of words. Frame has kept everything.” (Andre Maurois, The New York Times Book Review)

    andrew says: "A lifetime companion"
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  • 4.3 (92 ratings)
    The Autobiography of Saint Therese of Lisieux: The Story of a Soul (






UNABRIDGED) by Therese Martin, John Beevers (translator) Narrated by Sherry Kennedy Brownrigg

    The Autobiography of Saint Therese of Lisieux: The Story of a Soul

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    • By Therese Martin, John Beevers (translator)
    • Narrated By Sherry Kennedy Brownrigg
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    Sharing memories from early childhood through her life as a Carmelite nun, Therese opens her heart to us. This bride of Christ reveals her passion and longing for union with God. Her simplicity is charming and we begin to believe that we can travel the path to salvation that she points out to us.

    Carol says: "An amazing woman, child of God."
  • 4.5 (82 ratings)
    The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States (






UNABRIDGED) by Random House Audio Narrated by Frank Langella, Boyd Gaines

    The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States

    • UNABRIDGED (48 mins)
    • By Random House Audio
    • Narrated By Frank Langella, Boyd Gaines
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    Here are the two most treasured documents of American freedom together on one audiobook. Drafted by Thomas Jefferson in 1776 as an act of rebellion, the Declaration of Independence powerfully expresses the political principles of an emerging nation. Ratified in 1788, the Constitution for the United States remains a shining example of patriotism and compromise.

    Larry says: "Kindly informative"
  • 4.4 (80 ratings)
    The Age of Reason (






UNABRIDGED) by Thomas Paine Narrated by Robin Field

    The Age of Reason

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Thomas Paine
    • Narrated By Robin Field
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    Thomas Paine's The Age of Reason; Being an Investigation of True and Fabulous Theology, published in three parts from 1794, was a best seller in America, where it caused a short-lived deistic revival. Promoting a creator-God while advocating reason in the place of revelation, Paine’s controversial pamphlet caused his native British audience, fearing the results of the French Revolution, to receive it with more hostility than their American counterparts.

    Darwin8u says: "Amazed by the energy, originality & bravery"
  • 4.6 (37 ratings)
    C. S. Lewis: Essay Collection and Other Short Pieces (






UNABRIDGED) by C. S. Lewis Narrated by Ralph Cosham

    C. S. Lewis: Essay Collection and Other Short Pieces

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 1 min)
    • By C. S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
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    This is an extensive collection of short essays and other pieces by C. S. Lewis that have been brought together in one volume for the first time. As well as his many books, letters, and poems, Lewis also wrote a great number of essays and shorter pieces on various subjects. He wrote extensively on Christian theology and the defense of faith but also on various ethical issues and on the nature of literature and storytelling. In this essay collection we find a treasure trove of Lewis' reflections on diverse topics.

    Craig says: "All You'll Ever Need As Far As Lewis' Essays Go"
  • The Art of War: The Strategy of Sun Tzu (






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    The Art of War: The Strategy of Sun Tzu

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 50 mins)
    • By Sun Tzu
    • Narrated By Mike Borris
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    This timeless text is required listening for any business person or athlete interested in strategy. It includes a soundtrack entitled "The Mysterious Sound of Wind In the Bamboo", a 43-minute collection of Zen-inspired Japanese music by the Matsu Take Ensemble.

    Kwinsee says: "Surprise change"
  • Twelve Years a Slave (






UNABRIDGED) by Solomon Northup Narrated by Tommie Earl Jenkins

    Twelve Years a Slave

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Solomon Northup
    • Narrated By Tommie Earl Jenkins
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    Twelve Years a Slave is the true story of Solomon Northup: born a free black man in New York State, and sold into slavery after being tricked in 1841. Unable to convince anyone he is not a slave, Solomon spent 12 years in bondage, before finally being set free. Northup’s memoir, recounting details of the slave markets and the harsh life on plantations, was used in the struggle to abolish slavery in the United States.

    Susan says: "So much better than I thought!!!"
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    Autobiography of a Yogi

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    • Narrated By Ben Kingsley
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    When Autobiography of a Yogi first appeared in 1946, it was acclaimed as a landmark work in its field. The New York Times hailed it as "a rare account". Newsweek pronounced it "fascinating". The San Francisco Chronicle declared, "Yogananda presents a convincing case for yoga, and those who 'came to scoff' may remain 'to pray." Today it is still one of the most widely read and respected books ever published on the wisdom of the East.

    D says: "Spiritually Uplifting -- and entertaining!"
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    The Prince

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    • By Niccolo Machiavelli
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    From his perspective in Renaissance Italy, Machiavelli's aim in this classic work was to resolve conflict with the ruling prince, Lorenzo de Medici. Machiavelli based his insights on the way people really are rather than an ideal of how they should be. This is the world's most famous master plan for seizing and holding power. Astonishing in its candor The Prince even today remains a disturbingly realistic and prophetic work on what it takes to be a prince, a king, or a president.

    Douglas says: "Worth Reading but Not Sure What the Big Deal Is"
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  • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume I (






UNABRIDGED) by Edward Gibbon Narrated by David Timson

    The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume I

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    • By Edward Gibbon
    • Narrated By David Timson
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    (14)

    Some 250 years after its first publication, Gibbon's Decline and Fall is still regarded as one of the greatest histories in Western literature. He reports on more than 1,000 years of an empire which extended from the most northern and western parts of Europe to deep into Asia and Africa and covers not only events but also the cultural and religious developments that effected change during that time.

    Allen L. Harris says: "DAVID TIMSON IS AMAZING!"
  • C. S. Lewis: Essay Collection and Other Short Pieces (






UNABRIDGED) by C. S. Lewis Narrated by Ralph Cosham

    C. S. Lewis: Essay Collection and Other Short Pieces

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 1 min)
    • By C. S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    This is an extensive collection of short essays and other pieces by C. S. Lewis that have been brought together in one volume for the first time. As well as his many books, letters, and poems, Lewis also wrote a great number of essays and shorter pieces on various subjects. He wrote extensively on Christian theology and the defense of faith but also on various ethical issues and on the nature of literature and storytelling. In this essay collection we find a treasure trove of Lewis' reflections on diverse topics.

    Craig says: "All You'll Ever Need As Far As Lewis' Essays Go"
  • Roots: The Saga of an American Family (






UNABRIDGED) by Alex Haley Narrated by Avery Brooks

    Roots: The Saga of an American Family

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Alex Haley
    • Narrated By Avery Brooks
    Overall
    (1974)
    Performance
    (1097)
    Story
    (1113)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A masterpiece like none other, Brooks’ powerful performance of Haley’s words has been known to leave listeners in tears. It begins with a birth in an African village in 1750, and ends two centuries later at a funeral in Arkansas. And in that time span, an unforgettable cast of men, women, and children come to life, many of them based on the people from Alex Haley's own family tree.

    Kevin says: "Powerful"
  • Democracy in America (






UNABRIDGED) by Alexis de Tocqueville Narrated by John Pruden

    Democracy in America

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Alexis de Tocqueville
    • Narrated By John Pruden
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    (74)

    In 1831, Alexis de Tocqueville, a young French aristocrat and civil servant, made a nine-month journey through the eastern United States. The result was Democracy in America, a monumental study of the strengths and weaknesses of the nation’s evolving politics. His insightful work has become one of the most influential political texts ever written on America.

    Michael Allen says: "Most Listenable, if not the Best Translation"
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  • On the Origin of Species (






ABRIDGED) by Charles Darwin Narrated by Richard Dawkins

    On the Origin of Species

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Charles Darwin
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (205)

    Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion and a life-long committed Darwinist, abridges and reads this special audio version of Charles Darwin's famous book. A literally world-changing book, Darwin put forward the anti-religious and scientific idea that humans in fact evolved over millions of generations from animals, starting with fish, all the way up through the ranks to apes, then to our current form.

    M says: "A Perfect Abridgement"
  • Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson (






UNABRIDGED) by Ralph Waldo Emerson Narrated by Jeff Riggenbach

    Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ralph Waldo Emerson
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
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    (28)

    Here in one volume are both the Essays: First Series and Essays: Second Series from one of the most influential philosophers in American history. Although Ralph Waldo Emerson, perhaps America’s most famous philosopher, did not wish to be referred to as a transcendentalist, he is nevertheless considered the founder of this major movement of nineteenth-century American thought. Emerson was influenced by a liberal religious training; theological study; personal contact with the Romanticists Coleridge, Carlyle, and Wordsworth; and a strong indigenous sense of individualism and self-reliance.

    gcb says: "For me, unlistenable"
  • Slouching Towards Bethlehem (






UNABRIDGED) by Joan Didion Narrated by Diane Keaton

    Slouching Towards Bethlehem

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Joan Didion
    • Narrated By Diane Keaton
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    Universally acclaimed from the time it was first published in 1968, Slouching Towards Bethlehem has been admired for decades as a stylistic masterpiece. Academy Award-winning actress Diane Keaton (Annie Hall, The Family Stone) performs these classic essays, including the title piece, which will transport the listener back to a unique time and place: the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco during the neighborhood’s heyday as a countercultural center.

    Victoria Wright says: "Didion deserves better."
  • The Complete Essays of Montaigne (






UNABRIDGED) by Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, Donald M. Frame (translator) Narrated by Christopher Lane

    The Complete Essays of Montaigne

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, Donald M. Frame (translator)
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (69)

    “A faithful translation is rare; a translation which preserves intact the original text is very rare; a perfect translation of Montaigne appears impossible. Yet Donald Frame has realized this feat. One does not seem to be reading a translation, so smooth and easy is the style; at each moment, one seems to be listening to Montaigne himself - the freshness of his ideas, the unexpected choice of words. Frame has kept everything.” (Andre Maurois, The New York Times Book Review)

    andrew says: "A lifetime companion"
  • James Monroe's Final Address (






UNABRIDGED) by James Monroe Narrated by John Greenman

    James Monroe's Final Address

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 6 mins)
    • By James Monroe
    • Narrated By John Greenman
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    Monroe emphasizes his hope of doing away with the slave trade. He also deals with treaties, commerce, and the budget.

  • John Bunyan's Last Sermon (






UNABRIDGED) by John Bunyan Narrated by Glenn Hascall

    John Bunyan's Last Sermon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 mins)
    • By John Bunyan
    • Narrated By Glenn Hascall
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    It was the summer of 1668 when John Bunyan preached his last sermon. Bunyan is most noted for spending time in prison and for writing one of the most popular books in history, Pilgrim’s Progress. His life lessons culminate in this final sermon. Narrated by Glenn Hascall.

  • El príncipe [The Prince] (






UNABRIDGED) by Nicolás Maquiavelo Narrated by José Carlos Domínguez

    El príncipe [The Prince]

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Nicolás Maquiavelo
    • Narrated By José Carlos Domínguez
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    El príncipe de Nicolás Maquiavelo es una de las grandes obras de la filosofía política occidental y constituye una muestra de pensamiento irreverente, polémico, un tanto irónico y siempre lúcido. Aquí se encuentra la primera reflexión moderna sobre el poder estatal, su origen y sus medios de legitimación.

  • Thomas Jefferson's Last Address to Congress (






UNABRIDGED) by Thomas Jefferson Narrated by John Greenman

    Thomas Jefferson's Last Address to Congress

    • UNABRIDGED (22 mins)
    • By Thomas Jefferson
    • Narrated By John Greenman
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    Jefferson is often cited as an important figure in early American democracy. He envisioned democracy as an expression of society as a whole, and called for national self-determination, cultural uniformity, and education of all the people (or all the males, as he believed at the time). His emphasis on uniformity did not envision a multiracial republic in which some groups were not fully assimilated into the identical republican values.

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  • The Marvelous Exploits of Paul Bunyan (






UNABRIDGED) by W. B. Laughead Narrated by Glenn Hascall

    The Marvelous Exploits of Paul Bunyan

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By W. B. Laughead
    • Narrated By Glenn Hascall
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    This audiobook serves as a 'documentary' of a true American legend. You'll hear journalistic accounts of Paul, Babe, and Benny along with lesser recollected men like Brimstone Bill, the little Chore-boy, Sourdough Sam, the Seven Axemen, and accountant Johnny Inkslinger. Tall tales abound in this creative narrative and provide evidence of a fictitious founding of so many American tales and landmarks.

  • A Book of Golden Deeds, Vol. 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by Charlotte Mary Yonge Narrated by David Thorn, Susan McCarthy, Bobbie Frohman

    A Book of Golden Deeds, Vol. 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Charlotte Mary Yonge
    • Narrated By David Thorn, Susan McCarthy, Bobbie Frohman
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    A Golden Deed must be something more than mere display of fearlessness. Grave and resolute fulfilment of duty is required to give it the true weight. For the true metal of a Golden Deed is self-devotion. Selfishness is the dross and alloy that gives the unsound ring to many an act that has been called glorious. And, on the other hand, it is not only the valor, which meets a thousand enemies upon the battlefield, or scales the walls in a forlorn hope, that is of true gold....

  • The Gettysburg Address (






UNABRIDGED) by Abraham Lincoln Narrated by John W. Michaels

    The Gettysburg Address

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    • By Abraham Lincoln
    • Narrated By John W. Michaels
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    Abraham Lincoln delivered what is considered to be the most famous speech ever at the dedication of the cemetery at Gettysburg Pennsylvania on November 19, 1863. There are five known copies of this speech in Lincoln’s handwriting, each with a slightly different text. John W Michaels reads from the Bliss copy which appears on the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. In the background we hear the U.S. Army chorus performing the Battle hymn of the Republic.