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  • Meditations

  • By: Marcus Aurelius, George Long - translator, Duncan Steen - translator
  • Narrated by: Duncan Steen
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,508
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,975
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,924

One of the most significant books ever written by a head of State, the Meditations are a collection of philosophical thoughts by the Emperor Marcus Aurelius (121 - 180 ce). Covering issues such as duty, forgiveness, brotherhood, strength in adversity and the best way to approach life and death, the Meditations have inspired thinkers, poets and politicians since their first publication more than 500 years ago. Today, the book stands as one of the great guides and companions - a cornerstone of Western thought.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excelent reading of an excellent classic

  • By David on 10-22-16

Beautiful!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-08-19

Perhaps the most enjoyable book so far this year! I find myself quoting it daily.... Provoking both laughter and thought... "It was neither good nor bad... Just according to nature as are all things.". Highly recommended.

  • Things I've Learned from Dying

  • A Book About Life
  • By: David R. Dow
  • Narrated by: David R. Dow
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

In his riveting, artfully written memoir The Autobiography of an Execution, David Dow enraptured readers with a searing and frank exploration of his work defending inmates on death row. But when Dow's father-in-law receives his own death sentence in the form of terminal cancer, and his gentle dog Winona suffers acute liver failure, the author is forced to reconcile with death in a far more personal way, both as a son and as a father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging, entertaining, enlightening

  • By Harriet S. Leveen on 05-08-14

Sometimes saying nothing is the best thing we can do.

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Reviewed: 02-27-18

Knowing When to say nothing and when to not leave things unsaid requires wisdom and courage. Having just finished this book I have no words...except to say Thank you David, for taking the time to write these things down and for sharing these insights.

  • Broca's Brain

  • Reflections on the Romance of Science
  • By: Carl Sagan
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

Carl Sagan, writer and scientist, returns from the frontier to tell us about how the world works. In his delightfully down-to-earth style, he explores and explains a mind-boggling future of intelligent robots, extraterrestrial life and its consequences, and other provocative, fascinating quandaries of the future that we want to see today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent :) A must read for those looking to lear

  • By Way on 09-23-17

Captivating Read.

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Reviewed: 02-20-18

I find any work by Sagan to be scintillating.

As to the performance, While I cannot know this for sure, it felt to me as though this reader put some time into listening to the manner in which Carl speaks. This resemblance enhanced the experience for me, as I could almost imagine, in many instances, that Sagan would say certain lines in much the same way.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to everyone on planet Earth.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Mozart's Starling

  • By: Lyanda Lynn Haupt
  • Narrated by: Linda Henning
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

On May 27, 1784, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart met a flirtatious little starling in a Viennese shop who sang an improvised version of the theme from his Piano Concerto no. 17 in G major. Sensing a kindred spirit in the plucky young bird, Mozart bought him and took him home to be a family pet. For three years the starling lived with Mozart, influencing his work and serving as his companion, distraction, consolation, and muse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful and well performed

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-29-17

Birds of a feather

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Reviewed: 08-06-17

This charming book gets an A plus! Entertaining and informative... Sweet and thought provoking... A glorious read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Ancestor's Tale

  • A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution
  • By: Richard Dawkins
  • Narrated by: Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309

In The Ancestor's Tale, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins offers a masterwork: an exhilarating reverse tour through evolution, from present-day humans back to the microbial beginnings of life four billion years ago. Throughout the journey, Dawkins spins entertaining, insightful stories and sheds light on topics such as speciation, sexual selection, and extinction. The Ancestor's Tale is at once an essential education in evolutionary theory and riveting in its telling.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Please do an unabridged version!

  • By jm on 09-29-16

Thoroughly enjoyable

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Reviewed: 12-06-16

Fascinating information shared in a very easy to follow and entertaining manner. Highly recommended for all.