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    • The Year of Living Biblically

    • One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible
    • By: A. J. Jacobs
    • Narrated by: A. J. Jacobs
    • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
    • Abridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 777
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    Our fearless author, A. J. Jacobs, tackles a new intellectual adventure, an exploration of the most influential book in the world: the Bible. He determined that the best way to explore the Bible was to live it, as literally as possible. For one year.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent... But tongue in cheek

    • By Jonathan on 12-04-07

    Regular price: $21.27

    • It's All Relative

    • Adventures Up and Down the World's Family Tree
    • By: A. J. Jacobs
    • Narrated by: A. J. Jacobs
    • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 82
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 81

    A. J. Jacobs has received some strange emails over the years, but this note was perhaps the strangest: "You don't know me, but I'm your eighth cousin. And we have over 80,000 relatives of yours in our database." That's enough family members to fill Madison Square Garden four times over. Who are these people, A. J. wondered, and how do I find them? So began Jacobs' three-year adventure to help build the biggest family tree in history.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fun Genealogy Read!

    • By Vegan Dancer on 09-04-18

    Regular price: $20.99

    • The Know-It-All

    • One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World
    • By: A. J. Jacobs
    • Narrated by: Geoffrey Cantor
    • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 580
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      4 out of 5 stars 306

    Early in his career, A.J. Jacobs put his Ivy League education to work at Entertainment Weekly. He emerged five years later knowing which stars have fake boobs, which stars have toupees, which have both, and not much else. This realization led Jacobs on a life-changing quest: to read the entire contents of the Encyclopedia Britannica, all 33,000 pages, all 44 million words.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very enjoyable

    • By Linda on 04-10-10
    • One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World
    • By: A. J. Jacobs
    • Narrated by: Geoffrey Cantor
    • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
    • Release date: 10-20-04
    • 3.5 out of 5 stars 580 ratings

    Regular price: $29.99

    • Thanks a Thousand

    • A Gratitude Journey
    • By: A. J. Jacobs
    • Length: 3 hrs
    • Unabridged
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    Author A.J. Jacobs discovers that his coffee - and every other item in our lives - would not be possible without hundreds of people we usually take for granted: farmers, chemists, artists, presidents, truckers, mechanics, biologists, miners, smugglers, and goatherds. By thanking these people face to face, Jacobs finds some much-needed brightness in his life. Gratitude does not come naturally to Jacobs, but he sets off on the journey on a dare from his son. And by the end, it’s clear to him that scientific research on gratitude is true. Gratitude’s benefits are legion.

    Regular price: $14.17

    • The Guinea Pig Diaries

    • My Life as an Experiment
    • By: A. J. Jacobs
    • Narrated by: A. J. Jacobs
    • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 177
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      4 out of 5 stars 121
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      4 out of 5 stars 122

    Best-selling author and human guinea pig A. J. Jacobs puts his life to the test and reports on the surprising and entertaining results. He goes undercover as a woman, lives by George Washington’s moral code, and impersonates a movie star. He practices "radical honesty", brushes his teeth with the world’s most rational toothpaste, and outsources every part of his life to India—including reading bedtime stories to his kids.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Entertaining but hard to listen to.

    • By Rikki on 09-12-12

    Regular price: $21.27

    • Halloween Tales

    • By: E. F. Benson, W. W. Jacobs, A. J. Alan, and others
    • Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
    • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 2
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      3 out of 5 stars 2
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 2

    A wonderful collection of spine-tingling, imaginative, terrifying but beautifully written tales to keep you hiding under the bedclothes this Halloween.

    Regular price: $16.68

    • Drop Dead Healthy

    • One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection
    • By: A. J. Jacobs
    • Narrated by: A. J. Jacobs
    • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 613
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 526
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      4 out of 5 stars 521

    A. J. Jacobs tackles his most challenging experiment yet: a yearlong mission to radically improve every element of his body and mind - from his brain to his fingertips to his abs. First, he had to tackle a complicated web of diet and exercise advice, most which is nonsensical, unproven, and contradictory. Second, he had to consult a team of medical advisers. And finally, he had to subject himself, over the course of two years, to a grueling regimen of exercises and a range of diets and nutritional plans.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A comic tries a little of everything

    • By Niall on 04-14-12

    Regular price: $22.55

    • A. J. Jacobs

    • The Year of Living Biblically
    • By: A. J. Jacobs
    • Length: 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 28
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 27

    Join best-selling author A. J. Jacobs as he discusses his recent book, The Year of Living Biblically, in which he recounts his fascinating, enlightening and delightfully strange year trying to follow all 613 commandments in the Bible. This lecture is an eye-opening lesson in the wisdom of rabbis, religion in America today, Bible history, and the dangers of literal interpretation. Thou shalt not miss it!

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • the writers take

    • By joshua warner on 02-14-16
    • The Year of Living Biblically
    • By: A. J. Jacobs
    • Length: 54 mins
    • Release date: 08-25-09
    • 3.5 out of 5 stars 38 ratings

    Regular price: $1.95

    • America and the Global Economy

    • By: Jacob J. Lew
    • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
    • Length: 36 mins
    • Unabridged
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    When Barack Obama joined other global leaders at the G-20 summit in Turkey, the United States was in the final stages of a multiyear effort to secure the approval of a set of important reforms to the International Monetary Fund. The reforms were designed to double the organization’s core financial resources to combat financial crises and to modernize its governance by increasing the voting shares of emerging-market economies while maintaining a decisive US voice.

    Regular price: $1.95

    • Classic Humorous Stories

    • From the Great Storytellers of the World
    • By: Saki, W. W. Jacobs, Ambrose Bierce, and others
    • Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
    • Length: 20 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 15
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 13
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      3 out of 5 stars 15

    Over 24 of the best humorous stories ever written, including: "The Inconsiderate Waiter", by J. M. Barrie; "Mrs. Packletide’s Tiger", by Saki; "Curried Cow", by Ambrose Bierce; "Cannibalism in the Cars", by Mark Twain; "A Love Knot", by W. W. Jacobs; "A Bottomless Grave", by Ambrose Bierce; "Biffin on the Bassoon", by Harry Graham; "Esme", by Saki; "Germans at Meat", by Katherine Mansfield; and "Adrian", by Saki

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An enjoyable listen

    • By David C. Mauldin on 02-27-15

    Regular price: $51.64

    • Twenty Minute Tales

    • Short Stories That Pack a Huge Punch
    • By: Edgar Allan Poe, W. W. Jacobs, O. Henry, and others
    • Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
    • Length: 20 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      1 out of 5 stars 2
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      1.5 out of 5 stars 2

    A stunning collection of the most significant short stories by some of the world's greatest writers. Each story packs a great tale into around 20 minutes of concise and evocative narrative. Perfect for the 20-minute commute, the jog around the block, or the bed-time wind down.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • no titles. no method to know what you are listenin

    • By JANET GORDON KENNEDY on 01-19-15

    Regular price: $63.95

    • Stories of the Sea

    • Great Maritime Mysteries and Adventures
    • By: W. W. Jacobs, J. G. Lockhart, Joseph Conrad, and others
    • Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
    • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 9
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      3 out of 5 stars 8
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 8

    A riveting collection of stories of ships, sailors, adventures on the high seas and maritime mysteries. The Tale by Joseph Conrad. The Saloon Passenger by E. W. Hornung. The Terrible Story of the "Mary Russell" by J. G. Lockhart. Marooned by J. G. Lockhart. A Rash Experiment by W. W. Jacobs. The Mystery of the Mary Celeste by J. G. Lockhart. Smoked Skipper by W. W. Jacobs. The Flying Dutchman by J. G. Lockhart. The Cabin Passenger by W. W. Jacobs. The Ship that saw a Ghost by Frank Norris.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • poorly performed

    • By Amazon Customer on 01-11-16

    Regular price: $16.52

    • Fifteen Minute Stories

    • 45 Gigantic Little Tales
    • By: Hector Hugh Munro, A. J. Alan, O. Henry, and others
    • Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
    • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
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    A rich anthology of forty-five great stories by some of the most renowned storytellers in the world. Saki, O. Henry, Edgar Allan Poe, Barry Pain, Guy de Maupassant, M. R. James, A. J. Allan, Guy Boothby, Jerome K. Jerome and many more giants of the piterary world contribute to this collection of tiny tales which pack a huge punch.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful and extensive collection of 'waiting room' stories.

    • By R. on 09-01-18

    Regular price: $23.75

    • Stories for Uneasy Dreams

    • Tales of Strange Beds and Stranger Nightmares
    • By: E. F. Benson, Wilkie Collins, A. J. Alan, and others
    • Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
    • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    The stuff of nightmares! A terrifying collection of stories about haunted rooms, strange beds, terrifying dreams and sleepless nights. Listen at bedtime if you dare!

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Weird narration

    • By Rebecca on 07-23-17

    Regular price: $18.07

    • Tales of London Life

    • By: Robert Louis Stevenson, Stacy Aumonier, W. W. Jacobs, and others
    • Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
    • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
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    An absorbing set of stories set in Victorian and Edwardian London. Old Fags by Stacy Aumonier, The One Million Pound Bank Note by Mark Twain, The Omnibus by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, A Circular Tour by W. W. Jacobs, The Hired Baby by Marie Corelli, Juxtapositions by Stacy Aumonier, Mixed Relations by W. W. Jacobs, The Inconsiderate Waiter by J. M. Barrie, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, The Talking Horse by F. Anstey Guthrie, London Street Markets by Henry Mayhew,

    Regular price: $32.32

    • The Golem of Hampstead and Other Stories

    • By: J. Jacob Potashnik
    • Narrated by: Peter Lerman
    • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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    J. Jacob Potashnik's collection of short stories about Montreal and other places is in the tradition of Saul Bellow, Mordechai Richler, and reminiscent of the work of Isaac Bashevis Singer and Sholom Aleichem, among others.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book!

    • By Alex Landry-Simard on 09-14-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Tales of Rags and Riches

    • From the Great Storytellers of the World
    • By: O. Henry, Katherine Mansfield, Oscar Wilde, and others
    • Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
    • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
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    A fabulous collection of stories about the fabulously rich, the grindingly poor, sudden wealth, odd inheritances, greed and generosity.

    Regular price: $21.31

    • Mr. Media: The A. J. Jacobs Interview

    • By: A. J. Jacobs
    • Narrated by: Bob Andelman
    • Length: 25 mins
    • Original Recording
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    If I were the president of one of the broadcast networks, I'd take another look at signing up A.J. Jacobs to make a sitcom based on his life. (And yes, I know it's been tried before – as described by A.J. himself in Esquire magazine last fall, but this idea is worth a second look.) All the basic elements are there: A.J. is a neurotic, Jewish writer living in Manhattan with his grounded wife and naturally funny three boys, two of whom are twins.

    Regular price: $1.39

    • Fifty Spellbinding Stories

    • By: J. S. Fletcher, Arthur Morrison, Richard Middleton, and others
    • Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
    • Length: 25 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
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    A fast-paced and varied collection of captivating short stories ranging from action thrillers to poignant tear-jerkers to the downright weird, including: "Jerry Bundler" by W. W. Jacobs, "The Umbrella Mender" by Beatrice Harraden, "Green Ink" by J. S. Fletcher, "Why Herbert Killed His Mother" by Winifred Holtby, "The Red Mark" by Israel Zangwill, "The White Kid Glove" by J. S. Fletcher, "Sophy Mason Comes Back" by E. M. Delafield, plus many more.

    Regular price: $85.28

    • Masterpieces of Humour

    • By: Mark Twain, W. W. Jacobs, F. Anstey, and others
    • Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
    • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
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    A delightful collection of humorous classic tales by some of the world's greatest racconteurs.

    Regular price: $35.06

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