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  • Modern Romance: An Investigation | Aziz Ansari,Eric Klinenberg

    Modern Romance: An Investigation

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Aziz Ansari, Eric Klinenberg
    • Narrated By Eric Klinenberg, Aziz Ansari
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    At some point every one of us embarks on a journey to find love. We meet people, date, get into and out of relationships, all with the hope of finding someone with whom we share a deep connection. This seems standard now, but it's wildly different from what people did even just decades ago. Single people today have more romantic options than at any point in human history.

    loix says: "Pretty impressive"
  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World | Jack Weatherford

    Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
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    The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

    Peter says: "Brilliant, insightful, intriguing."
  • Mahamudra for the Modern World: An Unprecedented Training Course in the Pinnacle Teachings of Tibetan Buddhism | Reginald A. Ray

    Mahamudra for the Modern World: An Unprecedented Training Course in the Pinnacle Teachings of Tibetan Buddhism

    • ORIGINAL (37 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Reginald A. Ray
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    What if you could learn the ultimate teachings of Tibetan Buddhism as they were meant to be received - guided every step of the way by an experienced master? This practice, known as Mahamudra or "The Great Revelation", was once taught only to elite students in secluded monasteries and cloisters. Now Dr. Reginald Ray has created an unprecedented audio learning course to make this profoundly transformative path available to listeners everywhere, with Mahamudra for the Modern World.

    Don says: "essence of paying attention to your own awareness"
  • Redefining Reality: The Intellectual Implications of Modern Science | The Great Courses

    Redefining Reality: The Intellectual Implications of Modern Science

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Steven Gimbel
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    No subject is bigger than reality itself, and nothing is more challenging to understand, since what counts as reality is undergoing continual revision and has been for centuries. The quest to pin down what's real and what's illusory is both philosophical and scientific, a metaphysical search for ultimate reality that goes back to the ancient Greeks. For the last 400 years, this search has been increasingly guided by scientists, who create theories and test them in order to define and redefine reality.

    Gary says: "Take this course instead of first year in college"
  • How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World | Steven Johnson

    How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Steven Johnson
    • Narrated By George Newbern
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    In this volume, Steven Johnson explores the history of innovation over centuries, tracing facets of modern life (refrigeration, clocks, and eyeglass lenses, to name a few) from their creation by hobbyists, amateurs, and entrepreneurs to their unintended historical consequences. Filled with surprising stories of accidental genius and brilliant mistakes - from the French publisher who invented the phonograph before Edison but forgot to include playback, to the Hollywood movie star who helped invent the technology behind Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

    Max says: "some interesing history"
  • Modern Times: The World from the Twenties to the Nineties | Paul Johnson

    Modern Times: The World from the Twenties to the Nineties

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Paul Johnson
    • Narrated By Nadia May
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    Beginning with May 29, 1919, when photographs of the solar eclipse confirmed the truth of Einstein's theory of relativity, Johnson goes on to describe Freudianism, the establishment of the first Marxist state, the chaos of "Old Europe", the Arcadian 20s, and the new forces in China and Japan. Also discussed are Karl Marx, Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Roosevelt, Gandhi, Castro, Kennedy, Nixon, the '29 crash, the Great Depression, Roosevelt's New Deal, and the massive conflict of World War II.

    Mark says: "Relevant History"
  • Arabic (Modern Standard) Phase 1, Unit 06-10: Learn to Speak and Understand Modern Standard Arabic with Pimsleur Language Programs | Pimsleur

    Arabic (Modern Standard) Phase 1, Unit 06-10: Learn to Speak and Understand Modern Standard Arabic with Pimsleur Language Programs

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Pimsleur
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    Modern Standard Arabic Phase 1,Unit 06-10 builds on material taught in prior units. Each lesson provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation. Each lesson contains practice for vocabulary introduced in previous lessons. The emphasis is on pronunciation and comprehension, and on learning to speak Modern Standard Arabic.

  • The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World | Daniel Yergin

    The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Daniel Yergin
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
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    A master storyteller as well as a leading energy expert, Yergin shows us how energy is an engine of global political and economic change. It is a story that spans the energies on which our civilization has been built and the new energies that are competing to replace them. From the jammed streets of Beijing to the shores of the Caspian Sea, from the conflicts in the Mideast to Capitol Hill and Silicon Valley, Yergin takes us into the decisions that are shaping our future.

    Joshua Kim says: "Best nonfiction book of 2011"
  • All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood | Jennifer Senior

    All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood

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    • By Jennifer Senior
    • Narrated By Jennifer Senior
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    Thousands of books have examined the effects of parents on their children. But almost none have thought to ask: What are the effects of children on their parents? In All Joy and No Fun, award-winning journalist Jennifer Senior tries to tackle this question, isolating and analyzing the many ways in which children reshape their parents' lives, whether it's their marriages, their jobs, their habits, their hobbies, their friendships, or their internal senses of self. She argues that changes in the last half century have radically altered the roles of today's mothers and fathers, making their mandates at once more complex and far less clear.

    Oswaldo J. Asprino says: "A must read for people with children"
  • Modern Romance: An Investigation | Aziz Ansari

    Modern Romance: An Investigation

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Aziz Ansari
    • Narrated By Aziz Ansari
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    At some point every one of us embarks on a journey to find love. We meet people, date, get into and out of relationships, all with the hope of finding someone with whom we share a deep connection. This seems standard now, but it's wildly different from what people did even just decades ago. Single people today have more romantic options than at any point in human history. With technology, our abilities to connect with and sort through these options are staggering. So why are so many people frustrated?

  • The Modern Scholar: The Norsemen - Understanding Vikings and Their Culture | Professor Michael D.C. Drout

    The Modern Scholar: The Norsemen - Understanding Vikings and Their Culture

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    • By Professor Michael D.C. Drout
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    Professor Michael D.C. Drout of Wheaton College immerses listeners in the extraordinary legacy of Viking civilization, which developed in what is now Scandinavia during the early Middle Ages. During the course of these lectures, Professor Drout explores how these peoples conquered all of Northern Europe, traveled as far as Byzantium in the East and North America in the West, and left a literary legacy that includes numerous works studied and enjoyed to this day.

    Margaret says: "Best download in months!"
  • The Modern Scholar: The Medieval World I: Kingdoms, Empires, and War | Thomas F. Madden

    The Modern Scholar: The Medieval World I: Kingdoms, Empires, and War

    • ORIGINAL (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Thomas F. Madden
    • Narrated By Thomas F. Madden
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    This all-encompassing investigation of a highly influential time period includes the major events of the era and informative discussion of empire, papacy, the Crusades, and the fall of Constantinople. During the course of these lectures, Professor Madden also addresses the rise of Islam, reform movements, and schisms in the church. In so doing, Professor Madden underscores the significance and grand scale of an age that continues to hold an undeniable fascination for people today.

    Chi-Hung says: "Another good course from a master"
  • Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues | Martin J. Blaser

    Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Martin J. Blaser
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
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    In Missing Microbes, Dr. Martin J. Blaser invites us into the wilds of the human microbiome, where for hundreds of thousands of years bacterial and human cells have existed in a peaceful symbiosis that is responsible for the health and equilibrium of our body. Now this invisible eden is being irrevocably damaged by some of our most revered medical advances-antibiotics-threatening the extinction of our irreplaceable microbes with terrible health consequences.

    James says: "Very enlightening and information well supported"
  • Quest for Meaning: Values, Ethics, and the Modern Experience | The Great Courses

    Quest for Meaning: Values, Ethics, and the Modern Experience

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert H. Kane
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    Is there an ethics that we can all agree on without stifling pluralism and freedom? What would such an ethics look like? Most important, how should you, as a thoughtful person, find your way among the moral puzzles of the modern world and its cacophony of voices and opinions? These are just some of the engaging and perplexing questions you'll tackle as you join Professor Kane for this thought-provoking, 24-lecture examination of the problems surrounding ethics in the modern world.

    "unknown" says: "Yes, Virginia, there is an objective truth."
  • Pride and Modern Prejudice | AJ Michaels

    Pride and Modern Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By AJ Michaels
    • Narrated By Rusty Topsfield
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    Liam Bennet has always been a good judge of character, but when William Darcy is thrown into his social circle, everything spins out of control. Darcy is proud, cold, arrogant - and strangely captivating. When Liam's brother and Darcy's business partner start seeing each other, Liam cannot avoid this enigmatic businessman. But does he want to?

    Rebecca says: "Worth a listen"
  • The Origins of the Modern World: A Global and Ecological Narrative from the Fifteenth to the Twenty-first Century, 2nd Edition (World Social Change) | Robert B. Marks

    The Origins of the Modern World: A Global and Ecological Narrative from the Fifteenth to the Twenty-first Century, 2nd Edition (World Social Change)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert B. Marks
    • Narrated By Michael Sears
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    This clearly written and engrossing book presents a global narrative of the origins of the modern world from 1400 to the present. Unlike most studies, which assume that the "rise of the West" is the story of the coming of the modern world, this history, drawing upon new scholarship on Asia, Africa, and the New World, constructs a story in which those parts of the world play major roles.

  • The Modern Scholar: Rings, Swords, and Monsters: Exploring Fantasy Literature | Michael D.C. Drout

    The Modern Scholar: Rings, Swords, and Monsters: Exploring Fantasy Literature

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Michael D.C. Drout
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    In this course, the roots of fantasy and the works that have defined the genre are examined. Incisive analysis and a deft assessment of what makes these works so very special provides a deeper insight into beloved works and a better understanding of why fantasy is such a pervasive force in modern culture.

    Jefferson says: "An Informative, Stimulating, and Enjoyable Class"
  • The Modern Intellectual Tradition: From Descartes to Derrida | The Great Courses

    The Modern Intellectual Tradition: From Descartes to Derrida

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Lawrence Cahoone
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    What is reality? Ask yourself whether you can actually know the answer, much less be sure that you can know it, and you've begun to grapple with the metaphysical and epistemological quandaries that have occupied, teased, and tormented modern philosophy's greatest intellects since the dawn of modern science and a century before the Enlightenment.

    Carl says: "Outstanding summary of modern philosophy"
  • A Nomadic Witch: A Modern Witch Series, Book 4 | Debora Geary

    A Nomadic Witch: A Modern Witch Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Debora Geary
    • Narrated By Martha Harmon Pardee
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    Spring brings a traveler to Nova Scotia - a tiny babe who will turn Marcus's life upside down and reincarnate the horrifying events of his past. Can Marcus find his way through the pain to love and healing? And can the witching community finally learn to keep their astral travelers safe?

    Karen says: "Heart Wrenching and Happy All at the Same Time"
  • A Modern Witch: A Modern Witch, Book 1 | Debora Geary

    A Modern Witch: A Modern Witch, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Debora Geary
    • Narrated By Martha Harmon Pardee
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    Lauren is downtown Chicago's youngest elite realtor. She's also a witch. She must be - the fetching spell for Witches' Chat isn't supposed to make mistakes. So says the woman who coded the spell, at least. The tall, dark, and handsome guy sent to assess her is a witch too (and no, that doesn't end the way you might think). What he finds in Lauren will change lives, mess with a perfectly good career, and require lots of ice cream therapy.

    ShySusan says: "Perfect antidote for vampire & zombie overdoses"
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