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  • Marcus Aurelius:100 Quotes on Strength and Honour (Meditations) | Marcus Aurelius

    Marcus Aurelius:100 Quotes on Strength and Honour (Meditations)

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    • By Marcus Aurelius
    • Narrated By Jared Ristau-Hernandez
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    "When another blames you or hates you, or people voice similar criticisms, go to their souls, penetrate inside and see what sort of people they are. You will realize that there is no need to be racked with anxiety that they should hold any particular opinion about you." - Marcus Aurelius

    higzip says: "Loved this book!"
  • The Enchiridion |  Epictetus

    The Enchiridion

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    • By Epictetus
    • Narrated By Jared Ristau-Hernandez
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    The little book by Epictetus called Enchiridion has played a disproportionately large role in the rise of modern attitudes and modern philosophy. As soon as it had been translated into the vernacular languages, it became a best seller among independent intellectuals, among anti-Christian thinkers, and among philosophers of a subjective cast.

    HH says: "Excellent Content, Great Narration"
  • In the Penal Colony |  Franz Kafka

    In the Penal Colony

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    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By Jared Ristau-Hernandez
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    "It's a peculiar apparatus," said the Officer to the Traveler, gazing with a certain admiration at the device, with which he was, of course, thoroughly familiar. It appeared that the Traveler had responded to the invitation of the Commandant only out of politeness, when he had been invited to attend the execution of a soldier condemned for disobeying and insulting his superior. Of course, interest in the execution was not very high, not even in the penal colony itself.

  • Medea |  Euripides

    Medea

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    • By Euripides
    • Narrated By Jared Ristau-Hernandez
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    The Medea, in spite of its background of wonder and enchantment, is not a romantic play but a tragedy of character and situation. It deals, so to speak, not with the romance itself, but with the end of the romance, a thing which is so terribly often the reverse of romantic. For all but the very highest of romances are apt to have just one flaw somewhere, and in the story of Jason and Medea the flaw was of a fatal kind.

    HH says: "Had To Read For School, So I Listened Instead"
  • Agamemnon |  Aeschylus

    Agamemnon

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    • By Aeschylus
    • Narrated By Jared Ristau-Hernandez
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    The sense of difficulty, and indeed of awe, with which a scholar approaches the task of translating the Agamemnon depends directly on its greatness as poetry. It is in part a matter of diction. The language of Aeschylus is an extraordinary thing, the syntax stiff and simple, the vocabulary obscure, unexpected, and steeped in splendor. Its peculiarities cannot be disregarded or the translation will be false in character.

  • The Waste Land | T. S. Eliot

    The Waste Land

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    • By T. S. Eliot
    • Narrated By Jared Ristau-Hernandez
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    April is the cruellest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain. Winter kept us warm, covering Earth in forgetful snow, feeding a little life with dried tubers. Summer surprised us, coming over the Starnbergersee with a shower of rain; we stopped in the colonnade, and went on in sunlight, into the Hofgarten, and drank coffee, and talked for an hour.

  • Spirits in Bondage: A Cycle of Lyrics | C.S. Lewis

    Spirits in Bondage: A Cycle of Lyrics

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    • By C.S. Lewis
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    Published under the pseudonym, Clive Hamilton, Spirits in Bondage was C. S. Lewis' first book. Most of the poems appear to have been written between 1915 and 1918, a period during which Lewis was a student under W. T. Kirkpatrick, a military trainee at Oxford, and a soldier serving in the trenches of World War I. Their outlook varies from Romantic expressions of love for the beauty and simplicity of nature to cynical statements about the presence of evil in this world.

  • Penance | Sarah Buhl

    Penance

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Sarah Buhl
    • Narrated By Jared Ristau-Hernandez, Sarah Buhl
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    Haunted by the passing of her sister and believing she was the catalyst to cause it, Hannah Anderson lives a walking death. Afraid to embrace life and burdened by guilt, she refuses to accept more than just getting through every day. Consumed by anxieties and self-depreciation from childhood, Wynn Hawthorne shelters himself from the world. Content to live behind his camera, he avoids people because people always disappoint. Together they learn that their pasts do not define them and that forgiveness is the hardest thing in the world to accept.

    Dan Tharp says: "Sarah Buhl - penance"
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