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  • Psychology of the Unconscious | Carl Jung

    Psychology of the Unconscious

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Carl Jung
    • Narrated By Robert Bethune
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    Originally published in German as Wandlungen und Symbole der Libido, this is the book that set Carl Jung on his independent path as a psychoanalytic theorist and explorer of the mysterious world of the unconscious mind of the individual and the mythological mind of humanity. He bases his work on an exploration of Miss Frank Miller's Quelques Faits d'Imagination Creatrice, demonstrating complex connections between Miller's self-portrait of her own dreams and fantasies and the world of myth, symbol, and religion.

    Fred Baucom says: "Performer inadequate"
  • Poor Richard's Almanac | Benjamin Franklin

    Poor Richard's Almanac

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Benjamin Franklin
    • Narrated By Robert Bethune
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    Unlike most editions of Poor Richard, this one includes essentially all of the text, not just the aphorisms and sayings. This gives you, Courteous Listener, a much better appreciation of how Franklin wrote and thought. In particular, you will find that the full body of the Poor Richard almanacs contains a great deal of religious and spiritual thought in which Franklin laid out and propounded his understanding of Christianity as it stood in his day.

    Cheryl says: "lame music inbetween every quote"
  • Collected Papers on Analytical Psychology | Carl J. Jung

    Collected Papers on Analytical Psychology

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Carl J. Jung
    • Narrated By Robert Bethune
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    Carl Jung's Collected Papers on Analytical Psychology gathers in one volume some of his most important and influential shorter writings, and also some pieces that, from our perspective almost a century later, seem quaint or even idiosyncractic. The volume provides wonderful insight into his mind and thought as he reached a position of prominence in the world of psychoanalysis.

    William Sharp says: "Like Jung, These are not his best papers."
  • The Golden Bough: Edition of 1894 | James G. Frazer

    The Golden Bough: Edition of 1894

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By James G. Frazer
    • Narrated By Robert Bethune
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    Just as Proust derives an entire world of feeling, people and events from the taste of a madeleine, James G. Frazer brings us into a worldwide survey of religion, folklore, culture, symbolism and ritual using the Priest of Nemi as his starting point. Starting from the image of the lonely, doomed high priest, prowling his precinct night and day, sword in hand, hardly daring to sleep as he awaited the assault of the man who would kill him and take his place, Frazer roams the world of ancient and modern religious and ceremonial practice in search of the underlying universals of human thought.

    Michael says: "Repetitive and dated but interesting"
  • The Path to Rome | Hillaire Belloc

    The Path to Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Hillaire Belloc
    • Narrated By Robert Bethune
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    As Hillaire Belloc explains it, one fine day while walking about the town in northern France where he was born, he suddenly decided to take a pilgrimage to Rome. Not just any pilgrimage, mind you. He not only decided to walk the whole way, but he decided to make a beeline for the Holy City, doing everything possible to avoid leaving the straight path.

    S. Roundtree says: "So much more then a Travelogue"
  • The Wood Beyond the World | William Morris

    The Wood Beyond the World

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By William Morris
    • Narrated By Robert Bethune, Pamela Bethune
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    The Wood Beyond the World transports its hero, Walter the Golden, from the English village of Langton-on-Holm across the seas to a magical kingdom in a forest beyond the known world, ruled by the Mistress, an extraordinarly beautiful, complex, and sinister woman. There he meets the Maid, a woman captured, enslaved, and tortured by the Mistress, who has magical powers of her own.

    Kay says: "Sorry I couldn't finish it."
  • Walden and On the Duty of Civil Disobedience | Henry David Thoreau

    Walden and On the Duty of Civil Disobedience

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Henry David Thoreau
    • Narrated By Robert Bethune
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    An experiment. A declaration. A spiritual awakening. Noted transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau spent two years, two months, and two days chronicling his near-isolation in a small cabin he built in the woods near Walden Pond, on land owned by his mentor and the father of Transcendentalism, Ralph Waldo Emerson. Immersing himself in nature and solitude, Thoreau sought to develop a greater understanding of society amidst a life of self-reliance and simplicity. Originally published in 1854, Walden remains one of the most celebrated works in American literature.

  • Plunkitt of Tammany Hall: A Series of Very Plain Talks on Very Practical Politics | George Washington Plunkitt,William L. Riordan

    Plunkitt of Tammany Hall: A Series of Very Plain Talks on Very Practical Politics

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By George Washington Plunkitt, William L. Riordan
    • Narrated By Robert Bethune
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    In this audiobook, William L. Riordan, one of the "muckracker" journalists, records Plunkitt's take on politics in Plunkitt's own words - as delivered from the bootblack stand at the New York County Courthouse, Plunkitt's only office. His take on life, politics, and morality is as delightfully frank as it is astonishingly cynical. Enjoy!

  • Psychopathology of Everyday Life | Sigmund Freud

    Psychopathology of Everyday Life

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Sigmund Freud
    • Narrated By Robert Bethune
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    Sigmund Freud's Psychopathology of Everyday Life is surely the most approachable and enjoyable of all his works. By turning the spotlight of his ideas about the nature and function of the unconscious mind onto simple and easily understandable incidents that we have all experienced, such as slips of the tongue, forgetfulness, and the like, he shows us, often in rather humorous ways, just how our unconscious minds have a powerful influence on everything we do.

  • The Subjection of Women | John Stuart Mill

    The Subjection of Women

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By John Stuart Mill
    • Narrated By Robert Bethune
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    English society in the 1860s was on the brink of enormous change, and some of the biggest changes coming to birth in that time were tremendous changes in the status of women - changes affecting politics, economics, law, government, business, education, psychology, religion, and sexuality, and the list goes on. The changes John Stuart Mill foresaw in 1861 as he wrote The Subjection of Women were just beginning to surface in his own time and have not yet run their full course in ours.

  • Theory of Psychoanalysis | Carl Jung

    Theory of Psychoanalysis

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Carl Jung
    • Narrated By Robert Bethune
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    Although the theories presented in this book, a 1915 edition of the lectures Jung presented at Fordham University, are now thoroughly outdated, this book is still a fascinating glimpse of Jung's mind at a crucial time in his life. Just three years previously, he had struck out on his own, publishing his Wandlungen und Symbole der Libido, known in English as Psychology of the Unconscious.

    Reza says: "Great book for beginner Jung explorer"
  • The Early Poetry of Carl Sandburg - Chicago Poems | Carl Sandburg

    The Early Poetry of Carl Sandburg - Chicago Poems

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Carl Sandburg
    • Narrated By Robert Bethune
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    This was Carl Sandburg's breakthrough book. It is easy to see how it draws directly on Sandburg's life in Chicago, because it speaks powerfully of the specific character of that city, and indeed, begins with his famous poem that names Chicago as the "City of the Broad Shoulders." His poetry is deeply aware of the inner life of the city, from a homeless woman freezing in a doorway to the lifestyles of the rich and powerful.

    Heimo says: "wonderful, essential"
  • The French Revolution, Volume 1: The Bastille | Thomas Carlyle

    The French Revolution, Volume 1: The Bastille

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Thomas Carlyle
    • Narrated By Robert Bethune
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    Thomas Carlyle's The French Revolution is a landmark of literary history. Conceived not as a dry recounting of facts, but as a personal, vivid, direct and dramatic encounter with the turbulent times of revolutionary France, it is in fact an extended dramatic monologue in which we meet not only the striking personalities and events of the time, but the equally striking personality and mind of Thomas Carlyle himself.

    Michael says: "A Poetic Version of the Revolution"
  • Karl-Ludwig Sand: Celebrated Crimes, Book 5 | Alexandre Dumas

    Karl-Ludwig Sand: Celebrated Crimes, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By Robert Bethune
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    To paraphrase the note from the translator, The Celebrated Crimes of Alexandre Dumas père was not written for children. The novelist has spared no language - has minced no words - to describe violent scenes of violent times. In this, the fifth of the series, Dumas tells the story of Karl-Ludwig Sand, a man little known to the English-speaking world, but famous among German speakers; he was the man who assassinated August von Kotzebue, a vigorous advocate of Russia's interests and the interests of the Austrian Empire. In the years immediately following the fall of Napoleon, many people in Germany, particularly young people, were eagerly anticipating the coming of liberal government. Much to their dismay, the autocratic governments existing before the war were not only re-established, but put great energy to ensuring that a liberal revolution would never happen. Karl-Ludwig Sand, a young German student, became convinced that Kotzebue was the key figure in this wave of repression. He made up his mind to kill the man, and kill him he did.

  • The French Revolution, Volume 2: The Constitution | Thomas Carlyle

    The French Revolution, Volume 2: The Constitution

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Thomas Carlyle
    • Narrated By Robert Bethune
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    Thomas Carlyle's The French Revolution is a landmark of literary history. Conceived not as a dry recounting of facts, but as a personal, vivid, direct and dramatic encounter with the turbulent times of revolutionary France, it is in fact an extended dramatic monologue in which we meet not only the striking personalities and events of the time, but the equally striking personality and mind of Thomas Carlyle himself.

    Robert W. says: "A literary history treat"
  • Kalevala: The Ancient Epic of Finland | Elias Lonnrot,John Martin Crawford (translator)

    Kalevala: The Ancient Epic of Finland

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Elias Lonnrot, John Martin Crawford (translator)
    • Narrated By Robert Bethune
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    The Kalevala is the signature work of traditional Finnish culture. In story after story, it explores the human and divine world as understood by the traditional runic singers of the north. It sings of how the universe came to be, how the natural world works, how divine and supernatural worlds relate to the world of humankind, how human beings relate to each other, how good and evil and life and death function in the world.

    Paul Z. says: "Great Book"
  • The Curfew Tolls the Knell of Parting Day: Poems by Mr. Gray, including 'Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard' | Thomas Gray

    The Curfew Tolls the Knell of Parting Day: Poems by Mr. Gray, including 'Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard'

    • UNABRIDGED (48 mins)
    • By Thomas Gray
    • Narrated By Robert Bethune
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    Thomas Gray is worldfamous as the author of "Gray's Elegy", more properly known as "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard". He did not write very much, but he did write more than just his most famous poem. This collection is a recording of the 1768 Dodsley edition, the primary publication of his poetry that he published during his lifetime.

  • The Life of Napoleon, Volume 4 | William Hazlitt

    The Life of Napoleon, Volume 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By William Hazlitt
    • Narrated By Robert Bethune
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    In this, the fourth volume of the work, William Hazlitt takes us through the great turning point in Napoleon's life: his invasion of Russia. He shows us the situation in Europe at that time: England controlling the sea, France controlling the land, and only Russia left as a land-based threat to France. He also explores the changes in Napoleon's life and mind: his divorce from Josephine, his marriage to Maria Louisa, his friendship with Emperor Alexander...a friendship that turned to deep enmity.

  • The Life of Napoleon, Volume 5 | William Hazlitt

    The Life of Napoleon, Volume 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By William Hazlitt
    • Narrated By Robert Bethune
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    In this, the fifth volume of the work, William Hazlitt takes us through Napoleon's fall from power. He shows us the situation in Europe at that time: England controlling the sea, and England, Austria, Russia, and Prussia massed on the borders of France, ready to consummate their 25-year struggle to restore the Bourbon monarchy. Nor were these the only enemies confronting Napoleon.

  • The Early Poetry of Carl Sandburg: Smoke and Steel | Carl Sandburg

    The Early Poetry of Carl Sandburg: Smoke and Steel

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Carl Sandburg
    • Narrated By Robert Bethune
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    This is Carl Sandburg's third book of poetry and his largest. It is also the most wide-ranging. The title, Smoke and Steel, suggests the steel industry he knew in Chicago, Gary and Pittsburg, but he writes about many other things as well. His over-arching theme seems to be human life as a struggle in adversity, a struggle for the mere necessities of life - food, clothing, shelter, work - and a struggle for the human soul, a struggle for love, charity, justice, equality.

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