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  • The Complete Essays of Montaigne | Michel Eyquem de Montaigne,Donald M. Frame (translator)

    The Complete Essays of Montaigne

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    • 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"
  • Essential: Essays by the Minimalists | Joshua Fields Millburn,Ryan Nicodemus

    Essential: Essays by the Minimalists

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Joshua Fields Millburn, Ryan Nicodemus
    • Narrated By Justin Malik
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    The best of the Minimalists! This book by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus collects the most relevant essays - some short, some long - from their popular website, TheMinimalists.com. This collection has been edited and organized to create an experience that's considerably different from reading individual selections online. From simple living, decluttering, and finances to passion, health, and relationships, Essential is for anyone who desires a more intentional life.

    Julian/Katrina Cebanos Galvan says: "Powerful"
  • How to Tell a Story and Other Essays | Mark Twain

    How to Tell a Story and Other Essays

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    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Brian Troxell
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    American writer Samuel Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain has given us some literary gems with Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn and his travel adventures in 19th-century Europe and to Australia and New Zealand. In How to Tell a Story and Other Essays, Twain discusses the telling of stories, rather than providing more stories.

    CourtneyWNY says: "Does not disappoint! Very funny!"
  • We Learn Nothing: Essays | Tim Kreider

    We Learn Nothing: Essays

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    • By Tim Kreider
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    In We Learn Nothing, satirical cartoonist Tim Kreider turns his funny, brutally honest eye to the dark truths of the human condition, asking big questions about human-sized problems: What if you survive a brush with death and it doesn't change you? Why do we fall in love with people we don't even like? How do you react when someone you've known for years unexpectedly changes genders?

    Warren Taryle says: "Shouldn't have been written but glad it was"
  • Essays in Love | Alain de Botton

    Essays in Love

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    • By Alain de Botton
    • Narrated By James Wilby
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    Essays in Love is a stunningly original love story. Taking in Aristotle, Wittgenstein, history, religion and Groucho Marx, Alain de Botton charts the progress of a love affair from the first kiss to argument and reconciliation, from intimacy and tenderness to the onset of anxiety and heartbreak.

    Maria L. Lantin says: "Every relationship you've ever analyzed"
  • Bad Feminist: Essays | Roxane Gay

    Bad Feminist: Essays

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    • By Roxane Gay
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    A collection of essays spanning politics, criticism, and feminism from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation, Roxane Gay. In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman (Sweet Valley High) of color (The Help) while also taking listeners on a ride through culture of the last few years (Girls, Django in Chains) and commenting on the state of feminism today (abortion, Chris Brown).

    Annissa says: "Exemplifies what it means to me to be a feminist"
  • C. S. Lewis: Essay Collection and Other Short Pieces | C. S. Lewis

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

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    • 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.

    Bekah says: "Here is the missing Table of Contents"
  • Consider the Lobster and Other Essays (Selected Essays) | David Foster Wallace

    Consider the Lobster and Other Essays (Selected Essays)

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    • By David Foster Wallace
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    Long renowned as one of the smartest writers on the loose, David Foster Wallace reveals himself in Consider the Lobster to be also one of the funniest. In this program, he ranges far and farther in his search for the original, the curious, or the merely mystifying. He discovers the World's Largest Lobster Cooker at the Maine Lobster Festival and confronts the inevitable question just beyond the butter-or-cocktail-sauce quandary.

    Rick says: "David Foster Wallace...a good place to start"
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson: Selected Essays | Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Ralph Waldo Emerson: Selected Essays

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    • By Ralph Waldo Emerson
    • Narrated By Jim Killavey
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    Emerson's ideas are alive and well and very much with us today. Consider that Emerson, now an establishment figure, was a rebel in his time. He could find no relevance in established religion. But, unlike others, he set out to reform it. Many of his ideas now seem obvious and as American as apple pie.

    Stephen says: "Emerson excites; this audiobook doesn't."
  • A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments | David Foster Wallace

    A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated By Paul Garcia
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    In this exuberantly praised book - a collection of seven pieces on subjects ranging from television to tennis, from the Illinois State Fair to the films of David Lynch, from postmodern literary theory to the supposed fun of traveling aboard a Caribbean luxury cruiseliner - David Foster Wallace brings to nonfiction the same curiosity, hilarity, and exhilarating verbal facility that has delighted readers of his fiction.

    Misha says: "Overdramatic narrator for my taste"
  • The Essay: A Novel | Robin Yocum

    The Essay: A Novel

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    • By Robin Yocum
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    Jimmy Lee Hickam grew up along Red Dog Road, a dead-end strip of gravel and mud buried deep in the bowels of Appalachian Ohio. It is the poorest road, in the poorest county, in the poorest region of the state. To make things worse, the name Hickam is synonymous with trouble. Jimmy Lee hails from a heathen mix of thieves, moonshiners, drunkards, and general anti-socials that for decades have clung to both the hardscrabble hills and the iron bars of every jail cell in the region. This life, Jimmy Lee believes, is his destiny, someday working with his drunkard father at the sawmill, or sitting next to his arsonist brother in the penitentiary.

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  • Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens | Christopher Hitchens

    Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens

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    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
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    The first new collection of essays by Christopher Hitchens since 2004, Arguably offers an indispensable key to understanding the passionate and skeptical spirit of one of our most dazzling writers, widely admired for the clarity of his style, a result of his disciplined and candid thinking. Topics range from ruminations on why Charles Dickens was among the best of writers and the worst of men to the enduring legacies of Thomas Jefferson and George Orwell.

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  • The Selfishness of Others: An Essay on the Fear of Narcissism | Kristin Dombek

    The Selfishness of Others: An Essay on the Fear of Narcissism

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    • By Kristin Dombek
    • Narrated By Rachel Fulginiti
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    In The Selfishness of Others, the essayist Kristin Dombek provides a clear-sighted account of how a rare clinical diagnosis became a fluid cultural phenomenon, a repository for our deepest fears about love, friendship, and family. She cuts through hysteria in search of the razor-thin line between pathology and common selfishness, writing with robust skepticism toward the prophets of NPD and genuine empathy for those who see themselves as its victims. And finally, she shares her own story in a candid effort to find a path away from the cycle of fear and blame.

  • Simplicity: Essays | Joshua Fields Millburn,Ryan Nicodemus

    Simplicity: Essays

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    • By Joshua Fields Millburn, Ryan Nicodemus
    • Narrated By Simon Whistler
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    Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus - The Minimalists - left their six-figure careers, jettisoned many of their material possessions, and started focusing on life's most important aspects. And they never looked back.

    Simplicity: Essays is The Minimalists' fifth book and second essay collection, a follow-up to their bestselling Minimalism: Essential Essays. In the two years since the authors quit their six-figure corporate jobs and embraced simpler lives, they have written more than 200 essays on the subject of simple living.

    Tore says: "Average blog to book, lots of negative wording"
  • Essays in Humanism | Albert Einstein

    Essays in Humanism

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    • By Albert Einstein
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    Nuclear proliferation, Zionism, and the global economy are just a few of the insightful and surprisingly prescient topics scientist Albert Einstein discusses in this volume of collected essays from between 1931 and 1950. Written with a clear voice and a thoughtful perspective on the effects of science, economics, and politics in daily life, Einstein’s writings provide an intriguing view inside the mind of a genius addressing the philosophical challenges of the Depression, the Second World War, and more.

    Peter says: "Way More Politics than Humanism"
  • Essays After Eighty | Donald Hall

    Essays After Eighty

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    • By Donald Hall
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    Donald Hall has lived a remarkable life of letters, a career capped by a National Medal of the Arts, awarded by the president. Now, in the "unknown, unanticipated galaxy" of very old age, he is writing searching essays that startle, move, and delight.

  • Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson | Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    • By Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    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.

    Jake Behm says: "Riggenbach's Essays, Not Emerson's"
  • The Abundance: Narrative Essays Old and New | Annie Dillard,Geoff Dyer - foreword

    The Abundance: Narrative Essays Old and New

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    • By Annie Dillard, Geoff Dyer - foreword
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
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    In recognition of her long and lauded career as a master essayist, a landmark collection including her most beloved pieces and some rarely seen work, rigorously curated by the author herself.

  • The Empathy Exams: Essays | Leslie Jamison

    The Empathy Exams: Essays

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    • By Leslie Jamison
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    Beginning with her experience as a medical actor who was paid to act out symptoms for medical students to diagnose, Leslie Jamison's visceral and revealing essays ask essential questions about our basic understanding of others: How should we care about each other? How can we feel another's pain, especially when pain can be assumed, distorted, or performed? Is empathy a tool by which to test or even grade each other?

    2or3littlebirds says: "provocative"
  • A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women: Essays on Art, Sex, and the Mind | Siri Hustvedt

    A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women: Essays on Art, Sex, and the Mind

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    • By Siri Hustvedt
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    As well as being a prize-winning, best-selling novelist, Siri Hustvedt is widely regarded as a leading thinker in the fields of neurology, feminism, art criticism and philosophy. She believes passionately that art and science are too often kept separate and that conversations across disciplines are vital to increasing our knowledge of the human mind and body, how they connect and how we think, feel and see.

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