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    • Game Theory

    • A Very Short Introduction
    • By: Ken Binmore
    • Narrated by: Jesse Einstein
    • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This Very Short Introduction offers a succinct tour of the fascinating world of game theory, a groundbreaking field that analyzes how to play games in a rational way. Ken Binmore, a renowned game theorist, explains the theory in a way that is both entertaining and non-mathematical yet also deeply insightful, revealing how game theory can shed light on everything from social gatherings, to ethical decision-making, to successful card-playing strategies, to calculating the sex ratio among bees.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Not good for audio book format

    • By Jarrod T. Al-Alou on 01-09-15

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Jung

    • A Very Short Introduction
    • By: Anthony Stevens
    • Narrated by: Tim Pigott-Smith
    • Length: 3 hrs and 52 mins
    • Abridged
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    Anthony Stevens argues that Jung's visionary powers and profound spirituality have helped many to find an alternative set of values to the arid materialism prevailing Western society.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Very nice - will not be disappointed

    • By Edgar on 12-15-05

    Regular price: $16.09

    • The Laws of Thermodynamics

    • A Very Short Introduction
    • By: Peter Atkins
    • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
    • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The laws of thermodynamics drive everything that happens in the universe. From the sudden expansion of a cloud of gas to the cooling of hot metal - everything is moved or restrained by four simple laws. Written by Peter Atkins, one of the world's leading authorities on thermodynamics, this powerful and compact introduction explains what these four laws are and how they work, using accessible language and virtually no mathematics.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Accessible, but needs the figures

    • By Diane Walter on 08-09-11

    Regular price: $12.25

    • Freud

    • A Very Short Introduction
    • By: Anthony Storr
    • Narrated by: Neville Jason
    • Length: 3 hrs and 55 mins
    • Abridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 94
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    Sigmund Freud revolutionized the way in which we think about ourselves. From its beginnings as a theory of neurosis Freud developed psychoanalysis into a general psychology, which became widely accepted as the predominant mode of discussing personality and interpersonal relationships. Anthony Storr goes one step further and investigates the status of Freud's legacy today and the disputes that surround it.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • best for starters and reviewers

    • By Graziela on 12-27-14
    • A Very Short Introduction
    • By: Anthony Storr
    • Narrated by: Neville Jason
    • Length: 3 hrs and 55 mins
    • Release date: 02-10-05
    • 4 out of 5 stars 94 ratings

    Regular price: $16.09

    • Heidegger: A Very Short Introduction

    • By: Michael Inwood
    • Narrated by: Tom Parks
    • Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 63
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    Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) is probably the most divisive philosopher of the twentieth century: Viewed by some as a charlatan and by others as a leader and central figure of modern philosophy. Michael Inwood's lucid introduction to Heidegger's thought focuses on his most important work, "Being and Time," and its major themes of existence in the world, inauthenticity, guilt, destiny, truth, and the nature of time.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • great as audio book

    • By Mat on 12-23-17

    Regular price: $14.95

    • The Spanish Civil War

    • A Very Short Introduction
    • By: Helen Graham
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 65
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    This Very Short Intoduction integrates the political, social and cultural history of the Spanish Civil War. It sets out the domestic and international context of the war for a general readership. In addition to tracing the course of war, the book locates the war's origins in the cumulative social and cultural anxieties provoked by a process of rapid, uneven and accelerating modernism taking place all over Europe.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very Short Introductions is the best collection!!

    • By Jose on 05-12-11

    Regular price: $17.50

    • Logic: A Very Short Introduction

    • By: Graham Priest
    • Narrated by: Craig Jessen
    • Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 50
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    Logic is often perceived as having little to do with the rest of philosophy, and even less to do with real life. In this lively and accessible introduction, Graham Priest shows how wrong this conception is. He explores the philosophical roots of the subject, explaining how modern formal logic deals with issues ranging from the existence of God and the reality of time to paradoxes of probability and decision theory. Along the way, the basics of formal logic are explained in simple, non-technical terms, showing that logic is a powerful and exciting part of modern philosophy.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not an easy listen

    • By Michael on 03-11-15

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Hegel: A Very Short Introduction

    • By: Peter Singer
    • Narrated by: Christine Williams
    • Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Hegel is regarded as one of the most influential figures on modern political and intellectual development. After painting Hegel's life and times in broad strokes, Peter Singer goes on to tackle some of the more challenging aspects of Hegel's philosophy. Offering a broad discussion of Hegel's ideas and an account of his major works, Singer explains what have often been considered abstruse and obscure ideas in a clear and inviting manner.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent introduction, if a bit biased.

    • By snakegandhi on 03-01-16

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Kant: A Very Short Introduction

    • By: Roger Scruton
    • Narrated by: Kyle Munley
    • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 78
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    Kant is arguably the most influential modern philosopher, but also one of the most difficult. Roger Scruton tackles his exceptionally complex subject with a strong hand, exploring the background to Kant's work and showing why the Critique of Pure Reason has proved so enduring.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent book... totally ruined

    • By Mr Timothy Webber on 08-16-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Plato: A Very Short Introduction

    • By: Julia Annas
    • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
    • Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This lively and accessible introduction to Plato focuses on the philosophy and argument of his writings, drawing the listener into Plato's way of doing philosophy, and the general themes of his thinking. This is not an audiobook to leave the listener standing in the outer court of introduction and background information, but leads directly into Plato's argument. It looks at Plato as a thinker grappling with philosophical problems in a variety of ways, rather than a philosopher with a fully worked-out system.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Just very unclear not well put

    • By Konstantine on 07-08-14

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Critical Theory: A Very Short Introduction 

    • By: Stephen Eric Bronner
    • Narrated by: Alfred Gingold
    • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
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    Critical Theory emerged in the 1920s from the work of the Frankfurt School, the circle of German-Jewish academics who sought to diagnose - and, if at all possible, cure - the ills of society, particularly fascism and capitalism. In this book, Stephen Eric Bronner provides sketches of leading representatives of the critical tradition (such as George Lukács and Ernst Bloch, Theodor Adorno and Walter Benjamin, Herbert Marcuse and Jurgen Habermas) as well as many of its seminal texts and empirical investigations.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A good introduction

    • By Yoseph Birru on 03-26-16

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Globalization

    • A Very Short Introduction
    • By: Manfred Steger
    • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This book offers a stimulating introduction to globalization and its varying impacts across, between, and within societies. It is a highly listenable text that contributes to a better understanding of the crucial aspects and dimensions of the developments and transformations that go by the name of globalization.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very Short Introductions is the best collection!!

    • By melecaum12 on 06-06-11

    Regular price: $17.50

    • Habermas: A Very Short Introduction

    • By: James Gordon Finlayson
    • Narrated by: Christine Williams
    • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Jürgen Habermas is the most renowned living German philosopher. This book aims to give a clear and readable overview of his philosophical work. It analyzes both the theoretical underpinnings of Habermas's social theory, and its more concrete applications in the fields of ethics, politics, and law. Finally, it examines how Habermas' social and political theory informs his writing on real, current political and social problems. The author explores Habermas's influence on a wide variety of fields - including philosophy, political and social theory, cultural studies, sociology, and literary studies.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent introduction to a very difficult philosophical project

    • By Richard on 11-18-15

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Nietzsche: A Very Short Introduction

    • By: Michael Tanner
    • Narrated by: Christine Williams
    • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
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    With his well-known idiosyncrasies and aphoristic style, Friedrich Nietzsche is always bracing and provocative, and temptingly easy to dip into. Michael Tanner's introduction to the philosopher's life and work examines the numerous ambiguities inherent in his writings and explodes many of the misconceptions that have grown in the hundred years since Nietzsche wrote "do not, above all, confound me with what I am not!"

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not simple, but quite good

    • By Allyne on 09-13-16

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Foucault: A Very Short Introduction

    • By: Gary Gutting
    • Narrated by: Phil Holland
    • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Foucault is one of those rare philosophers who has become a cult figure. Born in 1926 in France, over the course of his life he dabbled in drugs, politics, and the Paris SM scene, all whilst striving to understand the deep concepts of identity, knowledge, and power. From aesthetics to the penal system; from madness and civilization to avant-garde literature, Foucault was happy to reject old models of thinking and replace them with versions that are still widely debated today.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Very Short

    • By manuel on 11-09-15

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Consciousness

    • A Very Short Introduction
    • By: Susan Blackmore
    • Narrated by: Tamara Marston
    • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 90
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    "The last great mystery for science," consciousness has become a controversial topic. Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction challenges listeners to reconsider key concepts such as personality, free will, and the soul. How can a physical brain create our experience of the world? What creates our identity? Do we really have free will? Could consciousness itself be an illusion? Exciting new developments in brain science are opening up these debates, and the field has now expanded to include biologists, neuroscientists, psychologists, and philosophers.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Substantial, Thought-Provoking, Clear Introduction

    • By A. Yerkes on 05-17-15

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Quantum Theory

    • A Very Short Introduction
    • By: John Polkinghorne
    • Narrated by: Dennis Holland
    • Length: 3 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 107
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    Quantum theory is the most revolutionary discovery in physics since Newton. This book gives a lucid, exciting, and accessible account of the surprising and counterintuitive ideas that shape our understanding of the sub-atomic world. It does not disguise the problems of interpretation that still remain unsettled 75 years after the initial discoveries. The main text makes no use of equations, but there is a Mathematical Appendix for those desiring stronger fare.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Makes it easier to understand other QM books

    • By Kindle me this: on 05-01-14

    Regular price: $17.50

    • Marx: A Very Short Introduction

    • By: Peter Singer
    • Narrated by: Kyle Munley
    • Length: 3 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 95
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    In Marx: A Very Short Introduction, Peter Singer identifies the central vision that unifies Marx's thought, enabling us to grasp Marx's views as a whole. He sees him as a philosopher primarily concerned with human freedom, rather than as an economist or a social scientist. In plain English, he explains alienation, historical materialism, the economic theory of Capital, and Marx's ideas of communism, and concludes with an assessment of Marx's legacy.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Comprehensive

    • By Anonymous User on 12-27-17

    Regular price: $14.95

    • The French Revolution

    • A Very Short Introduction
    • By: William Doyle
    • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
    • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 38
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    William Doyle, the author of the classic text on the French Revolution, guides the reader through a historical event of such import and consequence that we are still living with its developments today. Beginning with a discussion of the familiar images of the French Revolution, Doyle continues on to a brief survey of the old regime and how it collapsed.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good short introduction

    • By Adam Shields on 07-08-16

    Regular price: $17.50

    • Wittgenstein

    • A Very Short Introduction
    • By: A. C. Grayling
    • Narrated by: Kyle Munley
    • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 73
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    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) was an extraordinarily original thinker, whose influence on twentieth-century thinking far outside the bounds of philosophy alone. In this engaging introduction, A.C. Grayling makes Wittgenstein's thought accessible to the general listener by explaining the nature and impact of Wittgenstein's views. He describes both his early and later philosophy, the differences and connections between them, and gives a fresh assessment of Wittgenstein's continuing influence on contemporary thought.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Lively narration

    • By Pedr on 06-25-14

    Regular price: $19.95

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