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    • Buddhism

    • A Very Short Introduction
    • By: Damien Keown
    • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
    • Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This very short introduction offers listeners a superb overview of the teachings of the Buddha, as well as a succinct guide to the integration of Buddhism into daily life.  

    Regular price: $13.99

    • 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

    • Logic: A Very Short Introduction

    • By: Graham Priest
    • Narrated by: Craig Jessen
    • Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
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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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Reflection and Logic

    • By Marcus on 07-21-16

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Theology: A Very Short Introduction

    • By: David F. Ford
    • Narrated by: Robert Blumenfeld
    • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This audiobook offers a concise and original introduction to the whole of the theological discipline. Writing with a focus on Christianity, David Ford provides a trenchant and balanced discussion of the study of faith and religion. He describes the development of the field of theology, and explores such issues as knowledge, community, worship, salvation, God, prayer, and evil. Ford also weaves the idea of the quest for wisdom into the entire fabric of his discussion, and concludes with a look ahead to the theology of the next century.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Questions of meaning, truth, beauty & ohyeah God

    • By Darwin8u on 10-18-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • 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

    • Existentialism

    • A Very Short Introduction
    • By: Thomas Flynn
    • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
    • Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
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    One of the leading philosophical movements of the 20th century, existentialism has had more impact on literature and the arts than any other school of thought. Focusing on the leading figures of existentialism, including Sartre, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Kierkegaard, de Beauvoir, Merleau-Ponty and Camus, Thomas Flynn offers a concise account of existentialism, explaining the key themes of individuality, free will, and personal responsibility, which marked the movement as a way of life, not just a way of thinking.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • more of a summary and less of an introduction!

    • By Bahar on 07-18-16

    Regular price: $17.50

    • Populism

    • A Very Short Introduction
    • By: Cas Mudde, Cristobal Rovira Kaltwasser
    • Narrated by: Leon Nixon
    • Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
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    Although populism is ultimately part of democracy, populist movements constitute an increasing challenge to democratic politics. Comparing political trends across different countries, this compelling audiobook debates what the long-term consequences of this challenge could be, as it turns the spotlight on the bewildering effect of populism on today's political and social life. 

    Regular price: $13.99

    • 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

    • Literary Theory

    • A Very Short Introduction
    • By: Jonathan Culler
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
    • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
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    What is literary theory? Is there a relationship between literature and culture? These are some of questions addressed by Jonathan Culler in this new edition of his highly popular Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction. Culler, an extremely lucid commentator and much admired in the field of literary theory, uses easy-to-grasp examples as he outlines the ideas behind schools of criticism that can otherwise be quite daunting, such as deconstruction, semiotics, and postcolonial theory.

    Regular price: $17.95

    • Classics: A Very Short Introduction

    • By: Mary Beard, John Henderson
    • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
    • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This Very Short Introduction to classics links a haunting temple on a lonely mountainside to the glory of ancient Greece and the grandeur of Rome, and to Classics within modern culture - from Jefferson and Byron to Asterix and Ben-Hur.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The Cultural Importance of Classics

    • By Thomas on 12-10-14

    Regular price: $14.95

    • The Brain

    • A Very Short Introduction
    • By: Michael O'Shea
    • Narrated by: Dennis Holland
    • Length: 4 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Brain: A Very Short Introduction provides a non-technical introduction to the main issues and findings in current brain research, and gives a sense of how neuroscience addresses questions about the relationship between the brain and the mind. It includes chapters on brain processes, perception, memory, motor control and the causes of "altered mental states".

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Small book about greatest mistery.

    • By Mirek on 08-31-09

    Regular price: $17.50

    • Documentary Film: A Very Short Introduction

    • By: Patricia Aufderheide
    • Narrated by: Tamara Marston
    • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In this concise, crisply written guide, Patricia Aufderheide takes listeners along the diverse paths of documentary history and charts the lively, often fierce debates among filmmakers and scholars about the best ways to represent reality and to tell the truths worth telling. Beginning with an overview of the central issues of documentary filmmaking - its definitions and purposes, its forms and founders - Aufderheide focuses on several of its key subgenres...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Everything you need to know in order to learn what

    • By Omnivorous Reader on 06-14-15

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Philosophy

    • A Very Short Introduction
    • By: Edward Craig
    • Narrated by: Maurice West
    • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
    • Abridged
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    This lively and engaging book is the ideal introduction for anyone who has ever been puzzled by what philosophy is or what it is for. Edward Craig argues that philosophy is not an activity born from another planet; learning about it is just a matter of broadening and deepening what most of us do already. He shows that philosophy is no mere intellectual pastime.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • good intro

    • By reggie p on 02-08-06

    Regular price: $16.09

    • Schopenhauer: A Very Short Introduction

    • By: Christopher Janaway
    • Narrated by: Kyle Munley
    • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Schopenhauer is the easiest to listen to of German philosophers. This audiobook gives a succinct explanation of his metaphysical system, concentrating on the original aspects of his thought, which inspired many artists and thinkers including Nietzsche, Wagner, Freud, and Wittgenstein. Schopenhauer's central notion is that of the will - a blind, irrational force that he uses to interpret both the human mind and the whole of nature.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The thing in it self

    • By Martin Baldwin on 04-01-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The U.S. Constitution

    • A Very Short Introduction Series
    • By: David J. Bodenhamer
    • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
    • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Though the Constitution was ratified in 1788, its impact on our lives is as recent as today's news.  Informed by the latest scholarship and exploring the major themes that have shaped American constitutional history: federalism, the balance of powers, property, representation, equality, rights, and security, this book places constitutional history within the context of American political and social history. As our nation's circumstances have changed, so has our Constitution.  

    Regular price: $17.49

    • Classical Mythology: A Very Short Introduction

    • By: Helen Morales
    • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
    • Length: 3 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
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    From Zeus and Europa, to Diana, Pan, and Prometheus, the myths of ancient Greece and Rome seem to exert a timeless power over us. But what do those myths represent, and why are they so enduringly fascinating? Why do they seem to be such a potent way of talking about ourselves, our origins, and our desires? This imaginative and stimulating Very Short Introduction goes beyond a simple retelling of the stories to explore the rich history and diverse interpretations of classical myths.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • rewarding and stimulating journey

    • By Steph Davis on 08-11-16

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Music

    • A Very Short Introduction
    • By: Nicholas Cook
    • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
    • Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This very short introduction, written with both humor and flair, begins with a sampling of music as human activity and then goes on to consider the slippery phenomenon of how music has become an object of thought. Covering not only Western and classical music, Cook touches on all types from rock to Indonesian music and beyond. Incorporating musical forms from every continent, Music will make enjoyable reading for beginner and expert alike.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Very academic and dull treatment of topic

    • By James on 05-30-11
    • A Very Short Introduction
    • By: Nicholas Cook
    • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
    • Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
    • Release date: 08-04-09
    • 3 out of 5 stars 29 ratings

    Regular price: $17.50

    • African History

    • A Very Short Introduction
    • By: John Parker
    • Narrated by: Dion Graham
    • Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This Very Short Introduction looks at Africa's past and reflects on the changing ways it has been imagined and represented, both in Africa and beyond. The author illustrates important aspects of Africa's history with a range of fascinating historical examples, drawn from over 5 millennia across this vast continent.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Buyers beware

    • By Francisco on 12-29-10

    Regular price: $17.50

    • Contemporary Fiction: A Very Short Introduction

    • By: Robert Eaglestone
    • Narrated by: Christine Williams
    • Length: 3 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Contemporary fiction is a wide and diverse field, now global in dimension, with an enormous range of novels and writers that continues to grow at a fantastic speed. In this Very Short Introduction, Robert Eaglestone provides a clear and engaging exploration of the major themes, patterns, and debates of contemporary fiction. From genre, form, and experimentalism to the legacies of modernism and postmodernism, the relationship between globalization and terrorism, and the impact of technology, Eaglestone examines how works both reflect the world in which we live and the artistic concerns of writers and readers alike.

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Postmodernism

    • A Very Short Introduction
    • By: Christopher Butler
    • Narrated by: Christine Williams
    • Length: 4 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In this Very Short Introduction Christopher Butler challenges and explores the key ideas of postmodernists, and their engagement with theory, literature, the visual arts, film, architecture, and music. He treats artists, intellectuals, critics, and social scientists 'as if they were all members of a loosely constituted and quarrelsome political party' - a party which includes such members as Cindy Sherman, Salman Rushdie, Jacques Derrida, Walter Abish, and Richard Rorty - creating a vastly entertaining framework in which to unravel the mysteries of the 'postmodern condition', from the politicizing of museum culture to the cult of the politically correct.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Extremely biased

    • By Dan on 02-17-17

    Regular price: $14.95

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