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    • The Book of Five Rings

    • By: Miyamoto Musashi
    • Narrated by: Ron Welch
    • Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Dating back to 1645, The Book of Five Rings has been translated and republished many times, and expands well beyond its initial following of the practice of martial arts. It is considered the classic text of general martial arts, but has also gained acclaim by business and thought leaders who respect its perspective on conflict resolution. Written by Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings strives to connect philosophy with diligent practice.

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Utopia

    • By: Thomas More
    • Narrated by: Douglas Mcdonald
    • Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Utopia is a work of fiction and sociopolitical satire by Thomas More published in 1516 in Latin. The story is a frame narrative primarily depicting a fictional island society and its religious, social, and political customs. Many aspects of More's description of Utopia are reminiscent of life in monasteries. 

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Rip Van Winkle

    • By: Washington Irving
    • Narrated by: Brad Morrison
    • Length: 44 mins
    • Unabridged
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    "Rip Van Winkle" is a short story by the American author Washington Irving. It follows a Dutch American villager in colonial America named Rip Van Winkle who falls asleep in the Catskill Mountains and wakes up 20 years later, having missed the American Revolution. 

    Regular price: $3.95

    • The Call of Cthulhu

    • By: H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated by: Ron Welch
    • Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The narrator, Francis Wayland Thurston, recounts his discovery of notes left behind by his grand-uncle, Brown University linguistic professor George Gammell Angell, after his death in the winter of 1926-27. Among the notes is a small bas-relief sculpture of a scaly creature which yields "simultaneous pictures of an octopus, a dragon, and a human caricature". The sculptor, a Rhode Island art student named Henry Anthony Wilcox, based the work on delirious dreams of "great Cyclopean cities of titan blocks and sky-flung monoliths". Frequent references to Cthulhu and R'lyeh are found in Wilcox's papers. Angell also discovers reports of mass hysteria around the world. 

    Regular price: $6.95

    • A Guide to Stoicism

    • By: St. George Stock
    • Narrated by: Austin Vanfleet
    • Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
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    If you strip Stoicism of its paradoxes and its willful misuse of language, what is left is simply the moral philosophy of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle dashed with the physics of Heraclitus. Stoicism was not so much a new doctrine as the form under which the old Greek philosophy finally presented itself to the world at large. It owed its popularity in some measure to its extravagance.  

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Rikki Tikki Tavi

    • By: Rudyard Kipling
    • Narrated by: Jack de Golia
    • Length: 37 mins
    • Unabridged
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    "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" is a short story from the 1894 anthology The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling about the adventures of a valiant young mongoose. Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, as the mongoose is named, becomes washed away by a summer flood and is revived by a British family living in India. Rikki-Tikki, taking the role of both a pet and protector of his newly adoptive family, encounters many dangers in his new life.

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Heart of Darkness

    • By: Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated by: Austin Vanfleet
    • Length: 3 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Heart of Darkness is a thrilling psychological delve into the deepest African jungles and their isolated populations in the late 19th century. The story captivates listeners through the eyes of an anonymous narrator and his trip guide, Marlow. The story sheds light on the darkness of The Company, comprised of civilized European businessmen, as they erode into a inhumane and evil machine that raids and pillages the local people. Heart of Darkness, a novella, packs a large punch in just a short time as it envelops listeners in the themes of greed, immorality, and deception.

    Regular price: $14.95

    • On the Shortness of Life: Stoic Principles for Self-Improvement

    • By: Seneca
    • Narrated by: Arthur Grey
    • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
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    De Brevitate Vitae (English: On the Shortness of Life), written sometime around the year 49 AD by Seneca the Younger, discusses many Stoic principles on the nature of time and humanity itself. Enjoy riveting discussions and perspectives on these themes as Seneca delves into your thoughts. You will be fascinated as you explore one of the greatest minds and his perception of how we should perceive time. Many of the truths you will find in this piece are not only timeless, but pertinent to humanity - even to this day.

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    • Rich formal text

    • By CE+8 on 01-07-18

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street

    • By: Herman Melville
    • Narrated by: Ron Welch
    • Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
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    "Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street" is a short story by the American writer Herman Melville, first serialized anonymously in two parts in the November and December 1853 issues of Putnam's Magazine, and reprinted with minor textual alterations in his The Piazza Tales in 1856. In the story, a Wall Street lawyer hires a new clerk who, after an initial bout of hard work, refuses to make copy or do any other task required of him, with the words "I would prefer not to".

    Regular price: $6.95

    • My Inventions: The Autobiography of Nikola Tesla

    • By: Nikola Tesla
    • Narrated by: Ron Welch
    • Length: 2 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Nikola Tesla is the true unsung prophet of the electronic age, without whom our radio, auto ignition, telephone, alternating current power generation and transmission, and television would all have been impossible. Yet, his life and times have vanished largely from public access. This autobiography gives a unique and personal account of different periods in his life. From Tesla's early life to his end, he embraced a persona of brilliance, ambition, and creativity.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Tesla was an extremely interesting person.

    • By Heather on 01-04-18

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Paradise Lost

    • By: John Milton
    • Narrated by: Ron Welch
    • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
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    John Milton's Paradise Lost has been captivating audiences since the 17th century. Milton, an acclaimed poet, writes in the style of an epic poem with blank verse. The story centers around the devastating fall of humanity against the Judeo-Christian backdrop. The story unfolds around the Biblical tale of Adam and Eve, who fall prey to temptation and fall from grace. They are ultimately expelled from the Garden of Eden.

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Tao Te Ching

    • By: Lao Tzu
    • Narrated by: Arthur Grey
    • Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Tao Te Ching was written around 4 BC but still remains one of the most influential works in the study of "tao". Tao is one of the classical philosophies in the foundation of Chinese culture. In 81 chapters, Lao Tzu uses the tao, or the flow of everything to explore the "Way".The Way refers to the natural unfolding of order and progress into society and into the world. Taoism, or the study of tao, is a personal progression towards ultimate harmony with tao. Tao Te Ching introduces elements such as personal knowledge and virtue in order to move closer toward the goal of tao. 

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    • Anthem

    • By: Ayn Rand
    • Narrated by: Carson Beck
    • Length: 1 hr and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Ayn Rand's Anthem is a classic that projects the current societal trends into a new, evolved, futuristic world. Rand paints a dark dystopia in which there are no names, no individuals, no independence - essentially nothing but the collection of government-ordained jobs and lives. Collective thought and action, similar to communism, have overtaken the new world. The story centers around Equality 7-2521 and Liberty 5-3000 and their forbidden inventions and thoughts.

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    • The Wisdom of Life

    • By: Arthur Schopenhauer
    • Narrated by: Ron Welch
    • Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Written by Arthur Schopenhauer, The Wisdom of Life is an essay from Schopenhauer's last work, Parerga and Paralipomena. Schopenhauer's essay is a detailed description on exploring what human behavior is and what it should be. Schopenhauer also argues the “art” of obtaining the greatest possible pleasure and success in life through the theory of eudaemonology. He takes a unique approach on many important philosophical questions, including whether human life corresponds, or could possibly correspond, to the conception of existence itself.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • My introduction to Schopenhauer...

    • By Jay Adam on 03-24-18

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Letters to a Young Poet

    • By: Rainer Maria Rilke
    • Narrated by: Jeff Moon
    • Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Letters to a Young Poet is a collection of 10 letters written by Rainer Maria Rilke to Franz Xaver Kappus, a 19-year-old officer cadet at the Theresian Military Academy in Wiener Neustadt. Rilke, the son of an Austrian army officer, had studied at the academy's lower school at Sankt Pölten in the 1890s. Kappus corresponded with the popular poet and author from 1902 to 1908 seeking his advice as to the quality of his poetry, and in deciding between a literary career or a career as an officer in the Austro-Hungarian army.  

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    • The Problems of Philosophy

    • By: Bertrand Russell
    • Narrated by: Kevin Theis
    • Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Problems of Philosophy is a 1912 book by Bertrand Russell, in which Russell attempts to create a brief and accessible guide to the problems of philosophy. Focusing on problems he believes will provoke positive and constructive discussion, Russell concentrates on knowledge rather than metaphysics: If it is uncertain that external objects exist, how can we then have knowledge of them but by probability? There is no reason to doubt the existence of external objects simply because of sense data.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Gripping from cover to cover...

    • By Christian on 06-03-18

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    • The Metamorphosis

    • By: Franz Kafka
    • Narrated by: Austin Vanfleet
    • Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Listen in to this amazingly narrated novella in which the main character, Gregor, wakes up only to discover that he has turned into a giant insect. 

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Walden

    • By: Henry David Thoreau
    • Narrated by: Kevin Theis
    • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
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    A must-listen for all Thoreau aficionados, Walden explores the simpler and slower pace of life. A deep exploration into Henry David Thoreau's philosophical and spiritual understandings, Walden captivates with its intrapersonal reflection. Thoreau documents his escape from reality to a simple cabin on Walden Pond in rural Massachusetts. "Could he survive, possibly even thrive...living a plain, simple life," Thoreau ponders, and he finds his answer in his semi-anti-social experiment at Walden Pond.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Walden

    • By MANI on 02-03-18

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Pursuit of God

    • By: A.W. Tozer
    • Narrated by: Carson Beck
    • Length: 3 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Written by A.W. Tozer in 1948, The Pursuit of God is one of the most critically acclaimed books in Christian literature. The Pursuit of God consists of 10 inspirational chapters which delve into many areas to help Christians improve their relationship with God and attain meaningful lives. “We pursue God because, and only because, He has first put an urge within us that spurs us to the pursuit.” Those who thirst to grow spiritually and to pursue God, The Pursuit of God is a powerful listen. 

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Notes from the Underground

    • By: Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • Narrated by: Daniel Dorse
    • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Notes is considered by many to be one of the first existentialist novels. It presents itself as an excerpt from the rambling memoirs of a bitter, isolated, unnamed narrator (generally referred to as the "Underground Man") who is a retired civil servant living in St. Petersburg. The first part of the story is told in monologue form, or the underground man's diary, and attacks emerging Western philosophy. The second part of the book is called "Apropos of the Wet Snow" and describes certain events that appear to be destroying and sometimes renewing the Underground Man.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Bizarre but also Intrigueing.

    • By Anonymous User on 08-05-18

    Regular price: $14.95

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