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

    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"
  • How to Tell a Story and Other Essays | Mark Twain

    How to Tell a Story and Other Essays

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • 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.

    Michael says: "Not impressed at all"
  • We Learn Nothing: Essays | Tim Kreider

    We Learn Nothing: Essays

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Tim Kreider
    • Narrated 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

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • 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 says: "Every relationship you've ever analyzed"
  • Great American Essays | Ralph Waldo Emerson,Henry David Thoreau,Mark Twain

    Great American Essays

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Walter Zimmerman, Walter Covell, Jim Killavey
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    Hear some of the greatest American essays ever written! This unabridged collection covers a multitude of subjects, including philosophy, politics, turkeys, and dogs.

    D. Hile says: "May be good but cant get over the reader"
  • C. S. Lewis: Essay Collection and Other Short Pieces | C. S. Lewis

    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"
  • Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens | Christopher Hitchens

    Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 26 mins)
    • 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.

    Kristopher says: "Written with skill and style"
  • Quarterly Essay 58: Blood Year: Losing the War on Terror | David Kilcullen

    Quarterly Essay 58: Blood Year: Losing the War on Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By David Kilcullen
    • Narrated By Nick Farnell
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    Last year was a “blood year” in the Middle East - massacres and beheadings, fallen cities, collapsed and collapsing states, the unravelling of a decade of Western strategy. We saw the rise of ISIS, the splintering of government in Iraq, and foreign fighters - many from Europe, Australia and Africa - flowing into Syria at a rate ten times that during the height of the Iraq War. What went wrong?In Blood Year, David Kilcullen calls on twenty-five years’ experience to answer that question.

    Rich Weatherill says: "Great hear Quarterly Essay back on Audible."
  • But Enough About You: Essays | Christopher Buckley

    But Enough About You: Essays

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Christopher Buckley
    • Narrated By Bob Walter
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    Christopher Buckley at his best: an extraordinary, wide-ranging selection of essays both hilarious and poignant, irreverent and delightful. In his first book of essays since his 1997 best seller, Wry Martinis, Buckley delivers a rare combination of big ideas and truly fun writing. Listening to these essays is the equivalent of being in the company of a tremendously witty and enlightening companion.

    AJ says: "Generally interesting"
  • The Empathy Exams: Essays | Leslie Jamison

    The Empathy Exams: Essays

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Leslie Jamison
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
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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?

    Rebecca Liljenstolpe says: "provocative"
  • Favorite Essays | Michel de Montaigne,Jonathan Swift,Thomas Carlyle,Joseph Addison,Samuel Johnson

    Favorite Essays

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Michel de Montaigne, Jonathan Swift, Thomas Carlyle, and others
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
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    Here, in this unusual collection, are some of the greatest essays in Western literature. Witty, informative and imaginative, the topics vary from starvation in Ireland, fine China, the extension of railways in the Lake District, and the tombs in Westminster Abbey. A little like after-dinner monologues, they are passing thoughts expressed as journalism. Neville Jason reads with urbane clarity.

    Clair Sheehan says: "Place yourself in an 18th century brain"
  • Such, Such Were the Joys and Other Essays | George Orwell

    Such, Such Were the Joys and Other Essays

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    Viewed as too libelous to print in England until 1968, the title essay in this collection reveals the abuse Orwell experienced as a child at an expensive and snobbish boarding school and offers insights into his lifelong concern for the oppressed. "Why I Write" describes Orwell's sense of political purpose, and the classic essay "Politics and the English Language" insists on clarity and precision in communication in order to avoid the Newspeak later described in 1984.

    Christopher says: "Superb collection of essays, very well read"
  • Consider the Lobster and Other Essays (Selected Essays) | David Foster Wallace

    Consider the Lobster and Other Essays (Selected Essays)

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated 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"
  • Anarchism and Other Essays | Emma Goldman

    Anarchism and Other Essays

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Emma Goldman
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
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    Among the men and women prominent in the public life of early 20th-century America there are but few whose names are mentioned as often as that of Emma Goldman. Yet the real Emma Goldman is almost quite unknown. Here are powerful, penetrating, prophetic essays on direct action, the role of minorities, prison reform, puritan hypocrisy, and violence.

  • Philosophy of Existentialism: Selected Essays | Jean-Paul Sartre

    Philosophy of Existentialism: Selected Essays

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jean-Paul Sartre
    • Narrated By Michael Goldstrom
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    A collection of essays by Jean-Paul Sartre that touch upon the subject of existentialism by looking at aesthetics, emotions, writing, phenomenology, and perception The Philosophy of Existentialism collects representative essays on Jean-Paul Sartre’s pioneering subject: existentialism.

  • Pulphead: Essays | John Jeremiah Sullivan

    Pulphead: Essays

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    • By John Jeremiah Sullivan
    • Narrated By John Jeremiah Sullivan
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    In Pulphead, John Jeremiah Sullivan takes us on an exhilarating tour of our popular, unpopular, and at times completely forgotten culture. Simultaneously channeling the gonzo energy of Hunter S. Thompson and the wit and insight of Joan Didion, Sullivan shows us - with a laidback, erudite Southern charm that's all his own - how we really (no, really) live now. In his native Kentucky, Sullivan introduces us to Constantine Rafinesque, a nineteenth-century polymath genius who concocted a dense, fantastical prehistory of the New World.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "interesting and intelligent"
  • Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson | Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

    Ryan Hunt says: "Best book ever"
  • How to Write Bar Exam Essays: Strategies and Tactics to Help You Pass the Bar Exam | Matt Racine

    How to Write Bar Exam Essays: Strategies and Tactics to Help You Pass the Bar Exam

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    • By Matt Racine
    • Narrated By Duane Sharp
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    Everyone seems to have one part of the bar exam that they dislike more than the others. For some, it is the MBE; for others, the performance test. But, based on surveys of my Bar Exam Mind blog readers, the majority of bar exam students have the most trouble writing bar exam essays/

    Christopher Hodge says: "How to write bar exam essays"
  • Essays in Humanism | Albert Einstein

    Essays in Humanism

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Albert Einstein
    • Narrated By David Rockefeller, Jr.
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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"
  • How to Tell a Story and Other Essays | Mark Twain

    How to Tell a Story and Other Essays

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Deaver Brown
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    Mark Twain's marvelous short work relating how to tell a story - an American story that is humorous, not comic as the British or witty as the French. The work also includes four marvelous but little-known essays: "The Wounded Soldier", "The Golden Arm", "Mental Telegraphy", and "The Invalid's Story". Canadian listeners will particularly enjoy "Mental Telegraphy", set in Quebec.

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