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Back to Reality

It may have hit you when packing your kids’ lunch early this morning, or when sitting in longer-than-usual traffic on the way to work that the summer is over. And while it can be hard to transition to the realities that September and the fall bring, we’re easing our way back in with some of the season’s best new nonfiction. (As well as looking forward to all things apple and pumpkin flavored!)


First up, and highly publicized, is No Easy Day, SEAL Team Six op Mark Owen’s first-person account of planning and executing the raid on Bin Laden. The first ever close-up, it not only takes listeners deep into the heart of the SEALs, but also front and center for Bin Laden’s final moments. And in another unique perspective, former Secretary-General Kofi Annan shares his view from the UN in Interventions – on the 9/11 attacks, American invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, and much more.


Looking for something closer to home? The Happiness Project’s Gretchen Rubin takes her search for happiness to our most personal space in her new memoir, Happier at Home. If you’re looking to make strides at work, Ogilvy managing director, Dimitri Maex, reveals how you can use the data you already have to grow your business’ best customers in Sexy Little Numbers.


And who knew that math could be so, well, tantalizing? Or that science’s main dogmas could be just plain wrong? All of this and more - including the late Christopher Hitchens' memoir of facing death - kicks off a new season of fascinating nonfiction to explore and enjoy.


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  • No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines. No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.

    Darwin8u says: "Gripping, first-hand narrative of Op Neptune Spear"
  • Interventions: A Life in War and Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Kofi Annan, Nader Mousavizadeh
    • Narrated By Dominic Hoffman
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    Interventions is the inside story of a world at the brink. After 40 years of service in the United Nations, former Secretary-General Kofi Annan shares his unique perspective on the terrorist attacks of September 11; the American invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan; the wars among Israel, Hezbollah, and Lebanon; the humanitarian tragedies of Somalia, Rwanda, and Bosnia; and the geopolitical transformations following the Cold War. With eloquence and unprecedented candor, Annan finally reveals his unique role and unparalleled perspective on decades of global politics.

    Julie says: "Narrator blew it."
  • Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Gretchen Rubin
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    One Sunday afternoon, as she unloaded the dishwasher, Gretchen Rubin felt hit by a wave of homesickness. Homesick - why? She was standing right in her own kitchen. She felt homesick, she realized, with love for home itself. “Of all the elements of a happy life,” she thought, “my home is the most important.” In a flash, she decided to undertake a new happiness project, and this time, to focus on home. And what did she want from her home? A place that calmed her and energized her. A place that, by making her feel safe, would free her to take risks.

    Jamie says: "Worthwhile Follow-Up to The Happiness Project"
  • Sexy Little Numbers: How to Grow Your Business Using the Data You Already Have

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Dimitri Maex, Paul B. Brown
    • Narrated By Steve Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Imagine if you could identify your business's most profitable customers, craft a better marketing strategy to communicate with them, and inspire them to buy more? Well now you can. And the best part is that you can do it using the data you already have. Today, everything we do creates data, and the volumes are enormous. Virtually every time someone views something online, enters search on Google, or even surfs the web on a smart phone, another chunk gets added to the trove of data.

    Mark D. Adams says: "Useful information"
  • Mortality

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Throughout the course of his ordeal battling esophageal cancer, Christopher Hitchens adamantly and bravely refused the solace of religion, preferring to confront death with both eyes open. In this riveting account of his affliction, Hitchens poignantly describes the torments of illness, discusses its taboos, and explores how disease transforms experience and changes our relationship to the world around us. By turns personal and philosophical, Hitchens embraces the full panoply of human emotions as cancer invades his body and compels him to grapple with the enigma of death.

    Darwin8u says: "Death IS the DARK backing"
  • Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art Forger

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ken Perenyi
    • Narrated By Dan Butler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Ten years ago, an FBI investigation was about to expose a scandal in the art world that would have been front-page news in New York and London. After a trail of fake paintings of astonishing quality led federal agents to art dealers, experts, and major auction houses, the investigation inexplicably ended, despite an abundance of evidence. The case was closed and the FBI file was marked “exempt from public disclosure”. Now that the statute of limitations on these crimes has expired and the case appears hermetically sealed shut by the FBI, this audiobook, Caveat Emptor, is that artist, Ken Perenyi’s, confession.

    Tina M. says: "Forgery to Story Telling"
  • Science Set Free: 10 Paths to New Discovery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Rupert Sheldrake
    • Narrated By Rupert Sheldrake, Jane Collingwood, David Timson
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    Dr. Rupert Sheldrake, one of the world's most innovative scientists, here shows the ways in which science is being constricted by assumptions that have, over the years, hardened into dogmas. Such dogmas are not only limiting, but dangerous for the future of humanity. According to these principles, all of reality is material or physical; the world is a machine, made up of inanimate matter; nature is purposeless; consciousness is nothing but the physical activity of the brain; free will is an illusion; and God exists only as an idea in human minds.

    John says: "Great Researcher, don't need the cheesy accents"
  • Winter Journal

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Paul Auster
    • Narrated By Paul Auster
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    Overall
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    Facing his 63rd winter, internationally acclaimed novelist Paul Auster sits down to write a history of his body and its sensations - both pleasurable and painful. Thirty years after the publication of The Invention of Solitude, in which he wrote so movingly about fatherhood, Auster gives us a second unconventional memoir in which he writes about his mother's life and death. Winter Journal is a highly personal meditation on the body, time, and memory, by one of our most intellectually elegant writers.

    Diane says: "Memorable"
  • What Einstein Didn't Know: Scientific Answers to Everyday Questions

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert L. Wolke
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    How does soap know what's dirt? How do magnets work? Why do ice cubes crackle in your glass? And how can you keep them quiet? These are questions that torment us all. Now Robert L. Wolke, professor emeritus of chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh, provides definitive - and amazingly simple - explanations for the mysteries of everyday life.

    Teddy says: ""Little Bit Of Everything" Science"
  • The Graves Are Walking: The Great Famine and the Saga of the Irish People

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By John Kelly
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
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    Overall
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    It started in 1845 and lasted six years. Before it was over, more than one million men, women, and children starved to death and another million fled the country. Measured in terms of mortality, the Great Irish Potato Famine was one of the worst disasters in the 19th century-it claimed twice as many lives as the American Civil War. A perfect storm of bacterial infection, political greed, and religious intolerance sparked this catastrophe.

    C. Telfair says: "Unforgettable, Haunting, and a Compelling Warning"
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