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    • 10 Mythological Heroes & Stories (Greek Mythology)

    • By: James Gardner
    • Narrated by: Paul Spera
    • Length: 2 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Ten mythological heroes and stories from Greek mythology, for a delightful overview of the fundamentals of our culture. This is a selection of the most touching and inspiring stories from Ancient Greece; they have all inspired countless works of art through the centuries, often come from even more ancient myths, and are here retold in a detailed and lively manner.

    Regular price: $6.63

    • The Merchant of Venice

    • A Summary of the Play by William Shakespeare
    • By: James Gardner, William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Katie Haigh
    • Length: 29 mins
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    "The Merchant of Venice" is a 16th-century play by William Shakespeare in which a merchant in Venice must default on a large loan provided by a Jewish moneylender. It has been listed among Shakespeare's greatest comedies, although its tone is often dramatic. This is a detailed summary of the play, written in today's language, for all willing to acquire a greater understanding of Shakespeare's work and widen their culture.

    Regular price: $4.40

    • Orpheus (Greek Mythology)

    • By: James Gardner
    • Narrated by: Paul Spera
    • Length: 21 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The story of Orpheus and Eurydice is the ultimate tragic love story. It is perhaps one of the most famous Greek myths, and the greatest artists have composed masterpieces to honour these two great lovers who lost their chance at reunion. The earliest account comes from Ibycus (circa 530 BC), a Greek lyric poet. This short story is a mixture of the various existing versions, presenting the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice in all its details, all the way to Orpheus' death at the hands of the Bacchantes.

    Regular price: $2.17

    • Gravity Wells

    • Speculative Fiction Stories
    • By: James Alan Gardner
    • Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan, Marisol Ramirez
    • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Award-winning author James Alan Gardner evokes a sense of wonder that is synonymous with great speculative fiction. Now, in his first short-story collection, he brings together the numerous tales that have made his reputation, ranging from the everyday experience to the cosmic, from peanut butter sandwiches to space drives. There are stories of wonder, imagination, humanity, and the unknown and tales that remind us of the importance of possibility.

    Regular price: $24.95

    • All Those Explosions Were Someone Else's Fault

    • By: James Alan Gardner
    • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
    • Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Kim Lam is an ordinary college student until a freak scientific accident (what else?) transforms Kim and three housemates into Sparks - and drafts them into the never-ending war between the Light and Dark. They struggle to master their new abilities - and (of course) to design cool costumes and come up with great hero-names. Turns out that "accident" was just the first salvo in a Mad Genius's latest diabolical scheme. Now it's up to four newbie heroes to save the day, before they even have a chance to figure out what their team's name should be!

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great start to a new series!

    • By Donaithnen on 11-16-17

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Catherine II, Empress of Russia (Russian History)

    • By: James Gardner
    • Narrated by: Katie Haigh
    • Length: 21 mins
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    Catherine the Great was Empress of Russia from 1762 until 1796, the country's longest-ruling female leader. She came to power following a coup d'état when her husband, Peter III, was assassinated. Under her reign, Russia was revitalised; it grew larger and stronger, and was recognised as one of the great powers of Europe. Discover the life and struggles of one of the most influential rulers through this precise, clear and thorough presentation.

    Regular price: $2.17

    • Peter I, Called the Great (Russian History)

    • By: James Gardner
    • Narrated by: Katie Haigh
    • Length: 22 mins
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    Peter the Great ruled the Tsardom of Russia and later the Russian Empire, leading a cultural revolution based on the Enlightenment, modernizing and rationalizing the Russian social and political system. "All his qualities, indeed, were on a colossal scale. His rage was cyclonic: his hatred rarely stopped short of extermination. His banquets were orgies, his pastimes convulsions. He lived and he loved like one of the giants of old." Discover the life and struggles of one of the most influential rulers through this precise, clear and thorough presentation.

    Regular price: $2.17

    • Commitment Hour

    • League of Peoples, Book 2
    • By: James Alan Gardner
    • Narrated by: Darren Stephens
    • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In the 25th century, Tober Cove is a wonderful place to be. With most of Earth's population long since departed for other planets, and with them the technology that makes such a journey possible, life here is simple and serene - especially for Fullin, a gifted musician whose talent commands many times the wages of a farmer or fisherman. But Fullin is twenty years old. And at that age, each person in Tober Cove must make the most important decision in life.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Crazy Twists

    • By Diane on 12-19-13

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Undiluted Hocus-Pocus

    • The Autobiography of Martin Gardner
    • By: Martin Gardner, James Randi
    • Narrated by: David Marantz
    • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Martin Gardner wrote the Mathematical Games column for Scientific American for twenty-five years and published more than seventy books on topics as diverse as magic, philosophy, religion, pseudoscience, and Alice in Wonderland.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • HOUSEHOLD NAME?

    • By CHET YARBROUGH on 10-16-15

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Echo and Narcissus (Greek Mythology)

    • By: James Gardner
    • Narrated by: Paul Spera
    • Length: 12 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The myth of Echo and Narcissus appears in Ovid's "Metamorphosis", a Latin mythological epic from the Augustan Age. It is one of the most touching stories ever written and has inspired countless works of art through the centuries. The nymph Echo angers Hera, queen of the gods, who curses her: henceforth, Echo will only be able to repeat the last words that struck her ears. One day, the beautiful Narcissus, son of a nymph and a river god, passes through the forest.

    Regular price: $2.17

    • King Lear

    • A Summary of the Play by William Shakespeare
    • By: James Gardner, William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Katie Haigh
    • Length: 32 mins
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    "King Lear" is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare, depicting the gradual descent into madness of the title character after he disposes of his kingdom giving bequests to two of his three daughters based on their flattery of him, bringing tragic consequences for all. The play is derived from the legend of Leir of Britain, a mythological pre-Roman Celtic king; after the English Restoration, it was often revised with a happy ending for audiences who disliked its dark and depressing tone, but since the nineteenth century, Shakespeare's original version has been regarded as one of his supreme achievements.

    Regular price: $4.40

    • King Midas (Greek Mythology)

    • By: James Gardner
    • Narrated by: Paul Spera
    • Length: 17 mins
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    The myth of King Midas is a cautionary tale about the dangers of believing that gold should be coveted above all things, and the foolishness of wishing without thinking. It appeared in Ovid's "Metamorphosis", and has inspired many works of art and literature through the centuries. This is a retelling of the complete tale of "The King with the Golden Touch", from the Gordian knot to the ears of an ass, in great detail and with an elegant style that will edify children and adults alike.

    Regular price: $2.17

    • Stranded

    • By: Anthony Francis, Anne Bishop, James Alan Gardner
    • Narrated by: Amberlynn Hallett, Taylor Szemerey
    • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The New York Times Best-selling fantasy author Anne Bishop makes her U.S. debut in science fiction with this engaging futuristic novella. The Restorers travel the universe fulfilling a purpose handed down through the generations. They live and die aboard city-ships, never knowing the worlds they create and save. What begins as a disastrous training exercise in creating and balancing ecosystems becomes an unexpected fight for survival. The only hope may be the secret project of an untried Restorer.

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Alexander I, Emperor of Russia (Russian History)

    • By: James Gardner
    • Narrated by: Katie Haigh
    • Length: 32 mins
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    Tsar Alexander I was the grandson of Catherine the Great. He became Tsar after his father Paul I was murdered and ruled Russia during chaotic period of the Napoleonic Wars. In Russian history, he is known as “Alexander the Blessed”. A legendary ruler, he led his country to one of her greatest triumphs, against Napoleon, although he was often viewed as an enigma by his contemporaries. Discover the life and struggles of one of the most influential rulers through this precise, clear and thorough presentation.

    Regular price: $2.17

    • Ivan IV, Called the Terrible, Tsar of Moscovy (Russian History)

    • By: James Gardner
    • Narrated by: Katie Haigh
    • Length: 14 mins
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    Ivan IV the Terrible was the Grand Prince of Moscow from 1533 to 1547, then Tsar of All Russia until his death in 1584. He transformed Russia from a medieval state into an empire, though at immense cost to its people, and its broader, long-term economy. He was described as intelligent and devout, yet given to rages and prone to episodic outbreaks of mental instability that increased with his age. In one such outburst, he killed his son and heir Ivan Ivanovich, which left his younger son, pious but politically ineffectual, to inherit the throne.

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    • Hamlet

    • A Summary of the Play by William Shakespeare
    • By: James Gardner, William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Katie Haigh
    • Length: 34 mins
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    "The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark" is a tragedy by William Shakespeare. Hamlet is Shakespeare's longest play and among the most powerful and influential tragedies in English literature, with a story capable of "seemingly endless retelling and adaptation by others." The play seems to have been one of Shakespeare's most popular works during his lifetime and still ranks among his most-performed. It has inspired writers from Goethe and Dickens to Joyce and Murdoch, and has been described as "the world's most-filmed story after Cinderella".

    Regular price: $4.40

    • Hunted

    • League of Peoples, Book 4
    • By: James Alan Gardner
    • Narrated by: Adam Henderson
    • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
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    For the children of Admiral Alexader York, perfection wasn't just expected, it was guaranteed - written into their DNA before they were born. But while Samantha grew into the physical and mental marvel their father had bought and paid for, her twin brother Edward proved a disappointment. Genetic tinkering had raised Sam above the common herd, but Edward's faultless body housed a faulty brain.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Worthy of a good review!

    • By Howard on 05-11-15

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Icarus (Greek Mythology)

    • By: James Gardner
    • Narrated by: Paul Spera
    • Length: 14 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The myth of Icarus is an ageless story of failure at the hands of pride, similar to that of Phaeton. It is a fundamental part of Greek mythology and of modern culture. This short story is a retelling of the myth from 1914, a year in which it was easy to fear for a son who would soar in the sky with metal wings; the story of Icarus and Daedalus is told in great detail and with an elegant style that will edify children and adults alike.

    Regular price: $2.17

    • Children's Favorite Poems

    • Best tales and stories for kids
    • By: James Gardner
    • Narrated by: Katie Haigh
    • Length: 25 mins
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    Here is a collection of the most beloved English poems, from century-old anonymous nursery rhymes to delightful texts from Edward Lear to Lewis Carroll and Robert Stevenson. Rediscover the classics that have been passed from parents to children for generations: "The Owl and the Pussy-Cat", "Kindness to Animals", "How doth the little busy bee", "Twinkle twinkle little star", and 20 more timeless jewels, read by Katie Haigh.

    Regular price: $4.40

    • Ascending

    • League of Peoples, Book 5
    • By: James Alan Gardner
    • Narrated by: Christine Marshall
    • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Oar is the last of her kind - a resident of the so-called "planet of no return", once the Admiralty's dumping ground for undesirables and those who had become expendable. Oar's transparent body is indestructible. Yet the mind it houses grows weary and will soon surrender to the catatonic torpor that has already claimed the others of her genetically altered human race. But Oar cannot sleep, not yet. There are powerful forces seeking her destruction for reasons unknown.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A fun light read

    • By Ed G on 06-02-14

    Regular price: $24.25

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