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  • The Professor and the Madman | Simon Winchester

    The Professor and the Madman

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Simon Winchester
    • Narrated By Simon Winchester
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    Part history, part true-crime, and entirely entertaining, listen to the story of how the behemoth Oxford English Dictionary was made. You'll hang on every word as you discover that the dictionary's greatest contributor was also an insane murderer working from the confines of an asylum.

    Jerry says: "Perfect example of a quality audible book."
  • Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis | J. D. Vance

    Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By J. D. Vance
    • Narrated By J. D. Vance
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    Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

    Gotta Tellya says: "Enlightening!"
  • Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations | Thomas L. Friedman

    Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Thomas L. Friedman
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
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    In his most ambitious work to date, Thomas L. Friedman shows that we have entered an age of dizzying acceleration - and explains how to live in it. Due to an exponential increase in computing power, climbers atop Mount Everest enjoy excellent cell phone service, and self-driving cars are taking to the roads. A parallel explosion of economic interdependency has created new riches as well as spiraling debt burdens.

    Adam Shields says: "It really is an optimists guide to scary stuff"
  • Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America | Michael Eric Dyson

    Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Michael Eric Dyson
    • Narrated By Michael Eric Dyson
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    Fifty years ago Malcolm X told a white woman who asked what she could do for the cause, "Nothing." Dyson believes he was wrong. In Tears We Cannot Stop, he responds to that question. If we are to make real racial progress, we must face difficult truths, including being honest about how black grievance has been ignored, dismissed, or discounted.

    Sheila says: "Excellent read and Strong Timely message"
  • 48 Laws of Power | Robert Greene

    48 Laws of Power

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Robert Greene
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
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    Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this piercing work distills 3,000 years of the history of power into 48 well-explicated laws. This bold volume outlines the laws of power in their unvarnished essence, synthesizing the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, Carl von Clausewitz, and other infamous strategists. The 48 Laws of Power will fascinate any listener interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control.

    Gaggleframpf says: "You don't have to be a psychopath to like this."
  • The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior Is Almost Always Good Politics | Bruce Bueno de Mesquita,Alastair Smith

    The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior Is Almost Always Good Politics

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Alastair Smith
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
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    For 18 years, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith have been revolutionizing the study of politics by turning conventional wisdom on its head. They start from a single assertion: Leaders do whatever keeps them in power. They don't care about the "national interest" - or even their subjects - unless they have to. This clever and accessible book shows that the difference between tyrants and democrats is just a convenient fiction.

    Michael says: "Think you understand politics, think again!"
  • Outliers: The Story of Success | Malcolm Gladwell

    Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
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    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    KHarrang says: "Captivating (if not an outlier)"
  • 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 Aziz Ansari, Eric Klinenberg
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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.

    ty says: "Entertaining and informative"
  • The Devil in the White City | Erik Larson

    The Devil in the White City

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
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    In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

    D says: "A Rich Read!"
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness | Michelle Alexander

    The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Michelle Alexander
    • Narrated By Karen Chilton
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    In the era of colorblindness, it is no longer socially permissible to use race, explicitly, as a justification for discrimination, exclusion, and social contempt. Yet, as legal star Michelle Alexander reveals, today it is perfectly legal to discriminate against convicted criminals in nearly all the ways that it was once legal to discriminate against African Americans.

    Jeremy says: "An essential read. A horrifying reality."
  • Man's Search for Meaning | Viktor E. Frankl

    Man's Search for Meaning

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Viktor E. Frankl
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    Internationally renowned psychiatrist, Viktor E. Frankl, endured years of unspeakable horror in Nazi death camps. During, and partly because of his suffering, Dr. Frankl developed a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy known as logotherapy. At the core of his theory is the belief that man's primary motivational force is his search for meaning.

    Ann Marie says: "I will isten again and again"
  • The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference | Malcolm Gladwell

    The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
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    In The Tipping Point, New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell looks at why major changes in society happen suddenly and unexpectedly. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a few fare-beaters and graffiti artists fuel a subway crime wave, or a satisfied customer fill the empty tables of a new restaurant. These are social epidemics, and the moment when they take off, when they reach their critical mass, is the Tipping Point.

    Marian Hanganu says: "Exceptional!"
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking | Susan Cain

    Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
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    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Theodore says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
  • The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living | Ryan Holiday,Stephen Hanselman

    The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Ryan Holiday, Stephen Hanselman
    • Narrated By Brian Holsopple
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    Why have history's greatest minds - from George Washington to Frederick the Great to Ralph Waldo Emerson along with today's top performers, from Super Bowl-winning football coaches to CEOs and celebrities - embraced the wisdom of the ancient Stoics? Because they realize that the most valuable wisdom is timeless and that philosophy is for living a better life, not a classroom exercise. The Daily Stoic offers a daily devotional of Stoic insights and exercises, featuring all-new translations.

    Jason Masciarelli says: "Makes Stoicism Accessible"
  • Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right | Arlie Russell Hochschild

    Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right

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    • By Arlie Russell Hochschild
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
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    In Strangers in Their Own Land, the renowned sociologist Arlie Hochschild embarks on a thought-provoking journey from her liberal hometown of Berkeley, California, deep into Louisiana bayou country - a stronghold of the conservative right. As she gets to know people who strongly oppose many of the ideas she famously champions, Hochschild nevertheless finds common ground and quickly warms to the people she meets.

    F, 36, married, one tall dog says: "Performance undercuts thesis"
  • Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking | Malcolm Gladwell

    Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

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    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
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    In his landmark best seller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant, in the blink of an eye, that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept?

    Jeremy says: "Buy it now! Or not.. Trust your instincts."
  • The Hero with a Thousand Faces | Joseph Campbell

    The Hero with a Thousand Faces

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Joseph Campbell
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey, John Lee, Susan Denaker
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    Since its release in 1949, The Hero with a Thousand Faces has influenced millions of readers by combining the insights of modern psychology with Joseph Campbell's revolutionary understanding of comparative mythology. In this book, Campbell outlines the Hero's Journey, a universal motif of adventure and transformation that runs through virtually all of the world's mythic traditions. He also explores the Cosmogonic Cycle, the mythic pattern of world creation and destruction.

    Learner says: "Meaningful and thought-provoking"
  • Mastery | Robert Greene

    Mastery

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robert Greene
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
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    What did Charles Darwin, middling schoolboy and underachieving second son, do to become one of the earliest and greatest naturalists the world has known? What were the similar choices made by Mozart and by Caesar Rodriguez, the U.S. Air Force's last ace fighter pilot? In Mastery, Robert Greene's fifth book, he mines the biographies of great historical figures for clues about gaining control over our own lives and destinies. Picking up where The 48 Laws of Power left off, Greene culls years of research and original interviews to blend historical anecdote and psychological insight, distilling the universal ingredients of the world's masters.

    Irina says: "Must read"
  • Audacity: How Barack Obama Defied His Critics and Created a Legacy That Will Prevail | Jonathan Chait

    Audacity: How Barack Obama Defied His Critics and Created a Legacy That Will Prevail

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jonathan Chait
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
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    Over the course of eight years, Barack Obama has amassed an array of outstanding achievements. His administration saved the American economy from collapse, expanded health insurance to millions who previously could not afford it, negotiated an historic nuclear deal with Iran, helped craft a groundbreaking international climate accord, reined in Wall Street, and crafted a new vision of racial progress.

  • A New Earth: Awakening To Your Life's Purpose | Eckhart Tolle

    A New Earth: Awakening To Your Life's Purpose

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Eckhart Tolle
    • Narrated By Eckhart Tolle
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    Humanity now, perhaps more than in any previous time, has an opportunity to create a new, saner, more loving world. This will involve a radical inner leap from the current egoic consciousness to an entirely new one. In illuminating the nature of this shift in consciousness, Tolle describes in detail how our current ego-based state of consciousness operates. Then gently, and in very practical terms, he leads us into this new consciousness. We will come to experience who we truly are and learn to live and breathe freely.

    Mr. Word Sponge says: "A Realized Being Shares In Person...a rare find."
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