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    • Freud

    • A Very Short Introduction
    • By: Anthony Storr
    • Narrated by: Neville Jason
    • Length: 3 hrs and 55 mins
    • Abridged
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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 99 ratings

    Regular price: $16.09

    • 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 101
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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

    • Economics

    • A Very Short Introduction
    • By: Partha Dasgupta
    • Narrated by: Gayle Hendrix
    • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 41
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    Here Partha Dasgupta, an internationally recognized authority in economics, presents readers with a solid introduction to its basic concepts, including efficiency, equity, sustainability, dynamic equilibrium, property rights, markets, and public goods. Throughout, he highlights the relevance of economics to everyday life, providing a very human exploration of a technical subject.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Book to know some economics

    • By Di on 10-01-10

    Regular price: $17.50

    • 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Simple introduction to Plato

    • By had to read it for school on 12-14-17

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Poststructuralism: A Very Short Introduction

    • By: Catherine Belsey
    • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
    • Length: 3 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Poststructuralism changes the way we understand the relations between human beings, their culture, and the world. Following a brief account of the historical relationship between structuralism and poststructuralism, this very short introduction traces the key arguments that have led poststructuralists to challenge traditional theories of language and culture. Whilst the author discusses such well-known figures as Barthes, Foucault, Derrida, and Lacan, she also draws pertinent examples from literature, art, film.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An excellent map to poststructuralism

    • By Marta D'Agord on 03-17-15

    Regular price: $14.95

    • World War II

    • A Very Short Introduction
    • By: Gerhard L. Weinberg
    • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
    • Length: 3 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In this Very Short Introduction, Gerhard L. Weinberg provides an introduction to the origins, course, and impact of the war on those who fought and the ordinary citizens who lived through it. Starting by looking at the inter-war years and the German invasion of Poland in September 1939, he examines how the war progressed by examining a number of key events, including the war in the West in 1940, Barbarossa, the German Invasion of the Soviet Union, the expansion of Japan's war with China, developments on the home front, and the Allied victory from 1944-45.

    Regular price: $13.99

    • Quantum Theory

    • A Very Short Introduction
    • By: John Polkinghorne
    • Narrated by: Dennis Holland
    • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
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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

    • Particle Physics

    • A Very Short Introduction
    • By: Frank Close
    • Narrated by: Dennis Holland
    • Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction , best-selling author Frank Close provides a compelling and lively introduction to the fundamental particles that make up the universe. The book begins with a guide to what matter is made up of and how it evolved, and goes on to describe the fascinating and cutting-edge techniques used to study it.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The best

    • By Sergio Henrique on 09-13-09

    Regular price: $17.50

    • Human Rights: A Very Short Introduction

    • By: Andrew Clapham
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
    • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
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    From the controversial incarceration of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, to the brutal ethnic cleansing being practiced in Darfur, to the widespread denial of equal rights to women in many areas of the world, human rights violations are a constant presence in the news and in our lives.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • wonderful overview of human rights issues

    • By Two Fathoms on 10-03-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Old Testament: A Very Short Introduction

    • By: Michael Coogan
    • Narrated by: Tom Parks
    • Length: 4 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
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    Eminent biblical scholar Michael D. Coogan offers here a wide-ranging and stimulating exploration of the Old Testament, illuminating its importance as history, literature, and sacred text. Coogan explains the differences between the Bible of Jewish tradition (the "Hebrew Bible") and the Old Testament of Christianity, and also examines the different contents of the Bibles used by Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox Christians, and Protestants.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Challenging book to write....

    • By Max Myers on 01-06-16

    Regular price: $14.95

    • The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction 

    • By: Linda Greenhouse
    • Narrated by: Lucinda Gainey
    • Length: 3 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In this Very Short Introduction, Linda Greenhouse draws on her deep knowledge of the court's history and of its written and unwritten rules to show readers how the Supreme Court really works. She offers a fascinating institutional biography of a place and its people--men and women who exercise great power but whose names and faces are unrecognized by many Americans and whose work often appears cloaked in mystery.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Making of Judicial Branch

    • By Marcus on 03-07-15

    Regular price: $14.95

    • History

    • A Very Short Introduction
    • By: John Arnold
    • Narrated by: Richard Davidson
    • Length: 4 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
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    There are many stories we can tell about the past, and we are not, perhaps, as free as we might imagine in our choice of which stories to tell, or where those stories end. John Arnold's addition to Oxford's popular Very Short Introductions series is a stimulating essay about how people study and understand history. The book begins by inviting us to think about various questions provoked by our investigation of history, and then explores the ways in which these questions have been answered in the past.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The past itself is not a narrative

    • By Darwin8u on 09-18-16

    Regular price: $17.50

    • Black Holes

    • A Very Short Introduction
    • By: Katherine Blundell
    • Narrated by: Leila Birch
    • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
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    Black holes are a constant source of fascination to many due to their mysterious nature. This Very Short Introduction addresses a variety of questions, including what a black hole actually is, how they are characterized and discovered, and what would happen if you came too close to one. Professor Katherine Blundell looks at the seemingly paradoxical, mysterious, and intriguing phenomena of black holes.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good but lacking some necessary visuals

    • By IG Campbell on 04-06-16

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Marx: A Very Short Introduction

    • By: Peter Singer
    • Narrated by: Kyle Munley
    • Length: 3 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
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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
    • Cogent introduction

    • By Luke P. on 06-03-18

    Regular price: $14.95

    • The New Testament: A Very Short Introduction

    • By: Luke Timothy Johnson
    • Narrated by: Robert Feifar
    • Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
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    As ancient literature and a cornerstone of the Christian faith, the New Testament has exerted a powerful religious and cultural impact. But how much do we really know about its origins? Who were the people who actually wrote the sacred texts that became part of the Christian Bible? The New Testament: A Very Short Introduction authoritatively addresses these questions, offering a fresh perspective on the underpinnings of this profoundly influential collection of writings.

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Machiavelli: A Very Short Introduction

    • By: Quentin Skinner
    • Narrated by: David DeSantos
    • Length: 4 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Niccolo Machiavelli taught that political leaders must be prepared to do evil that good may come of it, and his name has been a byword ever since for duplicity and immorality. Is his sinister reputation deserved? In answering this question Quentin Skinner focuses on three major works, The Prince, The Discourses, and The History of Florence, and distils from them an introduction to Machiavelli's doctrines of exemplary clarity.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fortune favors the Bold

    • By Darwin8u on 10-06-16

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Myth

    • A Very Short Introduction
    • By: Robert A. Segal
    • Narrated by: Ben Esner
    • Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
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    A survey of the past 300 years of theorizing on myth, this book takes into account the work of such prominent thinkers as Albert Camus, Claude Levi-Strauss, Roland Barthes, C. G. Jung, and Sigmund Freud. It focuses on different approaches to myth, from all of the major disciplines - including science, religion, philosophy, literature, and psychology.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Not an introduction to Myth

    • By kbreezy on 06-09-17
    • A Very Short Introduction
    • By: Robert A. Segal
    • Narrated by: Ben Esner
    • Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
    • Release date: 01-24-11
    • 3.5 out of 5 stars 17 ratings

    Regular price: $12.25

    • 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

    • Science and Religion

    • A Very Short Introduction
    • By: Thomas Dixon
    • Narrated by: Christine Williams
    • Length: 3 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 9
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    The debate between science and religion is never out of the news: emotions run high, fuelled by polemical bestsellers like The God Delusion and, at the other end of the spectrum, high-profile campaigns to teach "Intelligent Design" in schools. Yet there is much more to the debate than the clash of these extremes. As Thomas Dixon shows in this balanced and thought-provoking introduction, a whole range of views, subtle arguments, and fascinating perspectives can be found on this complex and centuries-old subject.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • best audio book I have listened to in some time

    • By Kevin M. on 05-31-17

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Witchcraft

    • A Very Short Introduction
    • By: Malcom Gaskill
    • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
    • Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Witchcraft is a subject that fascinates us all. Indeed, from childhood most of us develop some mental image of a witch - usually an old woman, mysterious and malignant. But why do witches still feature so heavily in our cultures and consciousness? From Halloween superstitions to literary references such as Faust and, of course, Harry Potter, witches seem ever-present in our lives.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A great starter for the history of witchcraft

    • By Alison on 01-05-14

    Regular price: $12.25

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