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    • As a Man Thinketh

    • By: James Allen
    • Narrated by: Brian Holsopple
    • Length: 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,491
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,770
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,747

    This audiobook version of As A Man Thinketh is true to the original. Every word written by James Allen is spoken with clarity and authority by the narrator, making it easy to remember the information and absorb the timeless wisdom. This short audiobook, originally published in 1902, has had a huge impact in the field of personal development. It is regarded as one of the most important books of the new thought era. It's written in such a way that makes it easy to understand the most powerful message you could ever learn.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I listen to this book every week.

    • By Chris L on 11-08-15

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Autobiography of a Yogi

    • By: Paramahansa Yogananda
    • Narrated by: Ben Kingsley
    • Length: 17 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,402
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,629
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,618

    When Autobiography of a Yogi first appeared in 1946, it was acclaimed as a landmark work in its field. The New York Times hailed it as "a rare account". Newsweek pronounced it "fascinating". The San Francisco Chronicle declared, "Yogananda presents a convincing case for yoga, and those who 'came to scoff' may remain 'to pray." Today it is still one of the most widely read and respected books ever published on the wisdom of the East.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Spiritually Uplifting -- and entertaining!

    • By D on 12-27-04

    Regular price: $33.60

    • The Prince

    • By: Niccolo Machiavelli
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,444
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,174
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      4 out of 5 stars 2,156

    From his perspective in Renaissance Italy, Machiavelli's aim in this classic work was to resolve conflict with the ruling prince, Lorenzo de Medici. Machiavelli based his insights on the way people really are rather than an ideal of how they should be. This is the world's most famous master plan for seizing and holding power. Astonishing in its candor The Prince even today remains a disturbingly realistic and prophetic work on what it takes to be a prince, a king, or a president.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • You have to know what you get with The Prince

    • By Cody Brown on 02-10-15

    Regular price: $4.89

    • The Art of War

    • By: Sun Tzu
    • Narrated by: Mel Foster
    • Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 148
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 120
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 118

    The Art of War dates back to the fifth century BC, and is an ancient Chinese military handbook. Attributed to the intelligent military strategist Sun Tzu, the title of the work is Master Sun's Rules of Warfare when literally translated from Chinese. The book contains 13 chapters, each of which are dedicated to a single aspect of warfare strategy. Emperor Shenzong of Song deemed it the most important of China's Seven Military Classics in 1080 and it is still one of the most influential strategy texts in East Asia.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • you have to read or hear more than once

    • By Josh P. on 05-22-18

    Regular price: $34.99

    • The Souls of Black Folk

    • By: W. E. B. Du Bois
    • Narrated by: Mirron Willis
    • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 914
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 800
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 799

    “The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line,” writes Du Bois, in one of the most prophetic works in all of American literature. First published in 1903, this collection of 15 essays dared to describe the racism that prevailed at that time in America—and to demand an end to it. Du Bois’ writing draws on his early experiences, from teaching in the hills of Tennessee, to the death of his infant son, to his historic break with the conciliatory position of Booker T. Washington.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Essays of 'life and love and strife and failure'

    • By ESK on 02-08-13

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Federalist Papers (AmazonClassics Edition)

    • By: Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay
    • Narrated by: James Anderson Foster
    • Length: 20 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 29

    Hailed by Thomas Jefferson as “the best commentary on the principles of government which was ever written,” The Federalist Papers is a collection of eighty-five essays published by Founding Fathers Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay from 1787 to 1788, as a means to persuade the public to ratify the Constitution of the United States. With nearly two-thirds of the essays written by Hamilton, this enduring classic is perfect for modern audiences passionate about his work or seeking a deeper understanding of one of the most important documents in US history.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very Readable

    • By George on 07-13-18

    Regular price: $6.99

    • How to Grow Old

    • Ancient Wisdom for the Second Half of Life
    • By: Marcus Tullius Cicero, Philip Freeman - introduction, Philip Freeman - translation
    • Narrated by: Roger Clark
    • Length: 1 hr and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 18
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    Worried that old age will inevitably mean losing your libido, your health, and possibly your marbles too? Well, Cicero has some good news for you. In How to Grow Old, the great Roman orator and statesman eloquently describes how you can make the second half of life the best part of all - and why you might discover that reading and gardening are actually far more pleasurable than sex ever was.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Growing Old He Says Is A Good Thing.

    • By Anonymous User on 12-30-18

    Regular price: $6.99

    • C. S. Lewis

    • Essay Collection and Other Short Pieces
    • By: C. S. Lewis
    • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
    • Length: 38 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 447
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 403
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 393

    This is an extensive collection of short essays and other pieces by C. S. Lewis that have been brought together in one volume for the first time. As well as his many books, letters, and poems, Lewis also wrote a great number of essays and shorter pieces on various subjects. He wrote extensively on Christian theology and the defense of faith but also on various ethical issues and on the nature of literature and storytelling. In this essay collection we find a treasure trove of Lewis' reflections on diverse topics.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Here is the missing Table of Contents

    • By R. Valerius on 06-14-16
    • Essay Collection and Other Short Pieces
    • By: C. S. Lewis
    • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
    • Length: 38 hrs and 57 mins
    • Release date: 01-02-14
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 447 ratings

    Regular price: $34.96

    • The Richest Man in Babylon

    • Original 1926 Edition
    • By: George S. Clason, Charles Conrad
    • Narrated by: Charles Conrad
    • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 70
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 61
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 63

    The ancient Babylonians were the first people to discover the universal laws of prosperity. In The Richest Man in Babylon, George S. Clason reveals their secrets for creating, growing, and retaining wealth.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great building block for wealth building

    • By Mrs. Sands on 11-03-18

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Democracy in America

    • By: Alexis de Tocqueville
    • Narrated by: John Pruden
    • Length: 34 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 373
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 311
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 318

    In 1831, Alexis de Tocqueville, a young French aristocrat and civil servant, made a nine-month journey through the eastern United States. The result was Democracy in America, a monumental study of the strengths and weaknesses of the nation’s evolving politics. His insightful work has become one of the most influential political texts ever written on America.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Most Listenable, if not the Best Translation

    • By Michael Allen on 10-04-13

    Regular price: $45.49

    • The Art of War

    • The Strategy of Sun Tzu
    • By: Sun Tzu
    • Narrated by: Jennifer Elkin
    • Length: 2 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 695
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      4 out of 5 stars 599
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      4 out of 5 stars 598

    The timeless original text; required listening for anyone interested in strategy. This is a work of subtlety and paradox that shows the way to a clean and aesthetic triumph. Sun Tzu insisted that a skilled warrior observes, calculates, outwits, and outmaneuvers an adversary, and in doing so averts the destruction of battle.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Stop the Music

    • By Aaron on 02-20-16

    Regular price: $1.39

    • Slouching Towards Bethlehem

    • By: Joan Didion
    • Narrated by: Diane Keaton
    • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 869
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      4 out of 5 stars 799
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 789

    Universally acclaimed from the time it was first published in 1968, Slouching Towards Bethlehem has been admired for decades as a stylistic masterpiece. Academy Award-winning actress Diane Keaton ( Annie Hall, The Family Stone) performs these classic essays, including the title piece, which will transport the listener back to a unique time and place: the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco during the neighborhood’s heyday as a countercultural center.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Diane Keaton doesn't read this book very well

    • By The Companion on 09-28-15

    Regular price: $17.95

    • Walden (AmazonClassics Edition)

    • By: Henry David Thoreau
    • Narrated by: Pete Simonelli
    • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
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      4 out of 5 stars 29

    At Walden Pond, Henry David Thoreau reflected on simpler living in the natural world. By removing himself from the distractions of materialism, Thoreau hoped to not only improve his spiritual life but also gain a better understanding of society through solitary introspection. In Walden, Thoreau condenses his two-year, two-month, two-day stay into a single year, using the four seasons to symbolize human development - a cycle of life shared by both nature and man. A celebration of personal renewal through self-reliance, independence, and simplicity....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A timeless masterpiece...

    • By JT on 08-06-18

    Regular price: $6.99

    • Roots

    • The Saga of an American Family
    • By: Alex Haley
    • Narrated by: Avery Brooks
    • Length: 30 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,266
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3,187
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,212

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A masterpiece like none other, Brooks’ powerful performance of Haley’s words has been known to leave listeners in tears. It begins with a birth in an African village in 1750, and ends two centuries later at a funeral in Arkansas. And in that time span, an unforgettable cast of men, women, and children come to life, many of them based on the people from Alex Haley's own family tree.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Impressive! DO NOT WIKI THIS BOOK!

    • By avoidthelloyd on 09-17-14
    • The Saga of an American Family
    • By: Alex Haley
    • Narrated by: Avery Brooks
    • Length: 30 hrs and 6 mins
    • Release date: 08-30-07
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4,266 ratings

    Regular price: $34.96

    • The Road to Wigan Pier

    • By: George Orwell
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 358
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 299
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 298

    When Orwell went to England in the 30's to find out how industrial workers lived, he not only observed but shared in their experiences. He stayed in cramped, dreary lodgings and subsisted on the scant, cheerless diet of the poor. He went down into the coal mines and walked crouching, as the miners did, through a one- to three-mile passage too low to stand up in. He watched the back-breaking, dangerous labor of men whose net pay then averaged $575 a year.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Frederick Davidson's a Great Reader

    • By Debali on 01-11-09

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Feminine Mystique

    • By: Betty Friedan
    • Narrated by: Parker Posey
    • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 654
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      4 out of 5 stars 565
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 565

    The book that changed the consciousness of a country - and the world. Landmark, groundbreaking, classic - these adjectives barely describe the earthshaking and long-lasting effects of Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique. This is the book that defined "the problem that has no name", that launched the Second Wave of the feminist movement, and has been awakening women and men with its insights into social relations, which still remain fresh, ever since.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A landmark book of its time and relevant now

    • By Anthony on 01-23-15

    Regular price: $34.95

    • The Virtue of Selfishness

    • By: Ayn Rand
    • Narrated by: C.M. Hernert
    • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 867
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      4 out of 5 stars 545
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      4 out of 5 stars 550

    Ayn Rand here sets forth the moral principles of Objectivism, the philosophy that holds human life - the life proper to a rational being - as the standard of moral values and regards altruism as incompatible with human nature, with the creative requirement of survival, and with a free society.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good Luck!

    • By John on 12-12-05

    Regular price: $17.47

    • On the Origin of Species

    • By: Charles Darwin
    • Narrated by: Richard Dawkins
    • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,013
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 790
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 776

    Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion and a life-long committed Darwinist, abridges and reads this special audio version of Charles Darwin's famous book. A literally world-changing book, Darwin put forward the anti-religious and scientific idea that humans in fact evolved over millions of generations from animals, starting with fish, all the way up through the ranks to apes, then to our current form.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Perfect Abridgement

    • By M on 05-28-09

    Regular price: $16.01

    • The Autobiography of Saint Therese of Lisieux

    • The Story of a Soul
    • By: Therese Martin O.Carm., John Beevers (translator)
    • Narrated by: Sherry Kennedy Brownrigg
    • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 529
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 453
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 453

    Sharing memories from early childhood through her life as a Carmelite nun, Therese opens her heart to us. This bride of Christ reveals her passion and longing for union with God. Her simplicity is charming and we begin to believe that we can travel the path to salvation that she points out to us.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Lion of Lisieux

    • By Jonathan M. on 02-24-14

    Regular price: $21.39

    • Propaganda

    • By: Edward Bernays, Mark Crispin Miller - introduction
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 125
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 110
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      4 out of 5 stars 109

    A seminal and controversial figure in the history of political thought and public relations, Edward Bernays pioneered the scientific technique of shaping and manipulating public opinion, which he famously dubbed the "engineering of consent". During World War I, he was an integral part of the US Committee on Public Information, or CPI, a powerful propaganda apparatus that was mobilized to package, advertise, and sell the war to the American people as one that would "Make the World Safe for Democracy".

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent lesson in mass psychology.

    • By William on 08-14-17

    Regular price: $17.47

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