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    • The Revenge of Geography

    • What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate
    • By: Robert D. Kaplan
    • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
    • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In The Revenge of Geography, Robert D. Kaplan builds on the insights, discoveries, and theories of great geographers and geopolitical thinkers of the near and distant past to look back at critical pivots in history and then to look forward at the evolving global scene. Kaplan traces the history of the world's hot spots by examining their climates, topographies, and proximities to other embattled lands.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Why Don't They Teach This Stuff?

    • By Carole T. on 02-27-13

    Regular price: $20.72

    • Dark Territory

    • The Secret History of Cyber War
    • By: Fred Kaplan
    • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,255
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    As cyber attacks dominate front-page news, as hackers join the list of global threats, and as top generals warn of a coming cyber war, few books are more timely and enlightening than Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War by Slate columnist and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Fred Kaplan.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Best narrator - Malcolm Hillgartner

    • By Greg Davis on 07-20-16

    Regular price: $24.47

    • The Most Dangerous Branch

    • Inside the Supreme Court's Assault on the Constitution
    • By: David A. Kaplan
    • Narrated by: Dan Woren
    • Length: 16 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
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    Based on exclusive interviews with the justices and dozens of their law clerks, Kaplan provides fresh details about life behind the scenes at the Court. Kaplan also presents a sweeping narrative of the justices’ aggrandizement of power over the decades - from Roe v. Wade to Bush v. Gore to Citizens United, to rulings during the 2017-18 term. But the arrogance of the Court isn’t partisan: Conservative and liberal justices alike are guilty of overreach. Challenging conventional wisdom about the Court’s transcendent power, The Most Dangerous Branch is sure to rile both sides of the political aisle. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Engaging critique of the court’s methods

    • By Trevor on 12-09-18

    Regular price: $35.00

    • The Gratitude Diaries

    • How a Year Looking on the Bright Side Can Transform Your Life
    • By: Janice Kaplan
    • Narrated by: Janice Kaplan
    • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 282
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 243
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 243

    On New Year's Eve, journalist and former Parade editor-in-chief Janice Kaplan makes a promise to be grateful and look on the bright side of whatever happens. She realizes that how she feels over the next months will have less to do with the events that occur than her own attitude and perspective. Getting advice at every turn from psychologists, academics, doctors, and philosophers, she brings listeners on a smart and witty journey to discover the value of appreciating what you have.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing

    • By Anonymous on 04-26-16

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Earning the Rockies

    • How Geography Shapes America's Role in the World
    • By: Robert D. Kaplan
    • Narrated by: William Dufris
    • Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 155
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 134
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      4 out of 5 stars 135

    As a boy, Robert D. Kaplan listened to his truck-driver father's evocative stories about traveling across America as a young man, travels in which he learned to understand the country from a ground-level perspective. In Earning the Rockies, Kaplan undertakes his own cross-country journey to recapture an appreciation and understanding of American geography that is often lost in the jet age.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Magnificent book that found a great narrator!

    • By BotakTree on 03-09-17

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Secrets of a Master Closer

    • A Simpler, Easier, and Faster Way to Sell Anything to Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere
    • By: Mike Kaplan
    • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
    • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 97
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 75
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 74

    If you want to know, step by step, how to quickly, easily, and smoothly walk anyone from being a skeptical prospect to a happy customer that refers you friends, family, and colleagues...then you want to read this book.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • excellent book

    • By Klaumbaz on 10-01-16

    Regular price: $14.95

    • How to Pay for Health Care

    • By: Michael E. Porter, Robert S. Kaplan
    • Narrated by: Fleet Cooper
    • Length: 49 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The United States stands at a crossroads as it struggles with how to pay for health care. The fee-for-service system, the dominant payment model in the US and many other countries, is now widely recognized as perhaps the single biggest obstacle to improving health care delivery.

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Frank

    • The Voice
    • By: James Kaplan
    • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
    • Length: 22 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 229
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 192
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 192

    Frank Sinatra was the best-known entertainer of the 20th century - infinitely charismatic, lionized, and notori­ous in equal measure. But despite his mammoth fame, Sinatra the man has remained an enigma. As Bob Spitz did with the Beatles, Tina Brown for Diana, and Peter Guralnick for Elvis, James Kaplan goes behind the legend and hype to bring alive a force that changed popular culture in fundamental ways.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Both fascinating and tedious

    • By Brad on 12-12-10
    • The Voice
    • By: James Kaplan
    • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
    • Length: 22 hrs and 36 mins
    • Release date: 11-02-10
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 229 ratings

    Regular price: $35.93

    • Procuring Innovation

    • By: Fred Kaplan
    • Narrated by: Joe Knezevich
    • Length: 23 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The U.S. Department of Defense founded a kind of startup in Silicon Valley to accelerate the development and acquisition of new technologies useful to the military. But will it survive President Trump?

    Regular price: $1.95

    • Asia's Cauldron

    • The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific
    • By: Robert D. Kaplan
    • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
    • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 283
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      4 out of 5 stars 241
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 240

    Over the last decade, the center of world power has been quietly shifting from Europe to Asia. With oil reserves of several billion barrels, an estimated 900 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, and several centuries' worth of competing territorial claims, the South China Sea in particular is a simmering pot of potential conflict. The underreported military buildup in the area where the Western Pacific meets the Indian Ocean means that it will likely be a hinge point for global war and peace for the foreseeable future.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Biggest Challenge for US in Next 50 Years

    • By Christopher on 05-30-14

    Regular price: $20.72

    • Dean and Me

    • A Love Story
    • By: Jerry Lewis, James Kaplan
    • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
    • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 512
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 332
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 332

    In a memoir by turns moving, tragic, and hilarious, Jerry Lewis recounts with crystal clarity every step of a 50-year friendship, from the springtime, 1945 afternoon when the two vibrant young performers destined to conquer the world together met on Broadway and 54th Street, to their tragic final encounter in the 1990s, when Lewis and his wife ran into Dean Martin, a broken and haunted old man.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • You've got to listen to this!

    • By Boone29680 on 12-05-05

    Regular price: $27.93

    • The Return of Marco Polo's World

    • War, Strategy, and American Interests in the Twenty-First Century
    • By: Robert D. Kaplan
    • Narrated by: Eric Martin
    • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 126
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 115
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 113

    Drawing on decades of firsthand experience as a foreign correspondent and military embed for The Atlantic, as well as encounters with preeminent realist thinkers, Kaplan outlines the timeless principles that should shape America's role in a turbulent world: a respect for the limits of Western-style democracy; a delineation between American interests and American values; an awareness of the psychological toll of warfare; a projection of power via a strong navy; and more.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Essays on the Region of the Silk Road

    • By Jeff Beardsley on 05-19-18

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Humans Need Not Apply

    • A Guide to Wealth and Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
    • By: Jerry Kaplan
    • Narrated by: John Pruden
    • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 293
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 261
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      4 out of 5 stars 260

    After billions of dollars and 50 years of effort, researchers are finally cracking the code on artificial intelligence. As society stands on the cusp of unprecedented change, Jerry Kaplan unpacks the latest advances in robotics, machine learning, and perception powering systems that rival or exceed human capabilities. Driverless cars, robotic helpers, and intelligent agents that promote our interests have the potential to usher in a new age of affluence and leisure.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A must read to understand the coming AI shift.

    • By Brad Mills on 06-06-16

    Regular price: $20.99

    • John Quincy Adams

    • American Visionary
    • By: Fred Kaplan
    • Narrated by: Eric Martin
    • Length: 27 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 153
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      4 out of 5 stars 143
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 142

    In this fresh and lively biography rich in literary analysis and new historical detail, Fred Kaplan brings into focus the dramatic life of John Quincy Adams - the little known and much misunderstood sixth president of the United States and the first son of John and Abigail Adams - and persuasively demonstrates how Adams's inspiring, progressive vision guided his life and helped shape the course of America.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Destined by birth, mentored by greats...

    • By Jonathan Love on 03-04-16

    Regular price: $39.95

    • In Europe's Shadow

    • Two Cold Wars and a Thirty-Year Journey Through Romania and Beyond
    • By: Robert D. Kaplan
    • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
    • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 81
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      4 out of 5 stars 72
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      4 out of 5 stars 74

    In Bucharest, Romania's capital, Kaplan discovered that few Westerners were reporting on the country - one of the darkest corners of Europe during the Cold War. In an intense and cinematic travelogue, Kaplan explores the history and culture of the only country in the West where the leading intellectuals have been right-wing rather than left-wing; a country that gave rise to the dictator Ion Antonescu, Hitler's chief foreign accomplice during WWII; a country where the Latin West mixes with the Greek East, producing a fascinating fusion of cultures.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Wrestling with History

    • By David on 03-07-16

    Regular price: $24.49

    • The Damascus Cover

    • By: Howard Kaplan
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
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      5 out of 5 stars 14
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    In a last ditch effort to revive his career, washed-out Agent Ari Ben-Sion accepts a mission he never would have 30 years ago to smuggle a group of Jewish children out of the Damascus ghetto. Or so he thinks. In Damascus, a beautiful American photographer, Kim, seems to be falling in love with Ari, but she is asking too many questions. His communication equipment disappears. His contact never shows up. The operation is only hours away, and everything seems awry. Desperate to succeed, Ari might risk everything. Even his life. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Gabriel Allon Had better Look Out!

    • By camerartsAW on 08-06-18

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Artificial Intelligence

    • What Everyone Needs to Know
    • By: Jerry Kaplan
    • Narrated by: John Pruden
    • Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 54

    Artificial Intelligence is likely to greatly increase our aggregate wealth, but it will also upend our labor markets, reshuffle our social order, and strain our private and public institutions. Eventually it may alter how we see our place in the universe, as machines pursue goals independent of their creators and outperform us in domains previously believed to be the sole dominion of humans.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A good summation of Artificial Intellegence

    • By Philomath on 07-13-17

    Regular price: $23.09

    • Eurasia's Coming Anarchy

    • By: Robert D. Kaplan
    • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
    • Length: 31 mins
    • Unabridged
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    As China asserts itself in its nearby seas and Russia wages war in Syria and Ukraine, it is easy to assume that Eurasia’s two great land powers are showing signs of newfound strength. But the opposite is true: increasingly, China and Russia flex their muscles not because they are powerful but because they are weak. Unlike Nazi Germany, whose power at home in the 1930s fueled its military aggression abroad, today’s revisionist powers are experiencing the reverse phenomenon.

    Regular price: $1.95

    • Sinatra

    • The Chairman
    • By: James Kaplan
    • Narrated by: Donald Corren
    • Length: 40 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 240
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 220
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 223

    Just in time for the Chairman's centennial, the endlessly absorbing sequel to James Kaplan's best-selling Frank: The Voice - finally the definitive biography that Frank Sinatra, justly termed "The Entertainer of the Century", deserves and requires. Like Peter Guralnick on Elvis, Kaplan goes behind the legend to give us the man in full, in his many guises and aspects: peerless singer, (sometimes) powerful actor, business mogul, tireless lover, and associate of the powerful and infamous.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing, an excellent addition to Frank The Voice.

    • By Nick on 11-06-15

    Regular price: $41.99

    • Monsoon

    • The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power
    • By: Robert D. Kaplan
    • Narrated by: John Pruden
    • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 173
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 154
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 155

    On the world maps common in America, the Western Hemisphere lies front and center, while the Indian Ocean region all but disappears. This convention reveals the geopolitical focus of the now-departed 20th century, but in the 21st century, that focus will fundamentally change. In this pivotal examination of the countries known as “Monsoon Asia”—which include India, Pakistan, China, Indonesia, Burma, Oman, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Tanzania—best-selling author Robert D. Kaplan explains how crucial this dynamic area has become to American power.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A map is worth a thousand words ...

    • By Loren on 06-03-12
    • The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power
    • By: Robert D. Kaplan
    • Narrated by: John Pruden
    • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
    • Release date: 01-23-12
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 173 ratings

    Regular price: $20.72

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