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  • On the Duty of Civil Disobedience | Henry David Thoreau

    On the Duty of Civil Disobedience

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 3 mins)
    • By Henry David Thoreau
    • Narrated By Jim Killavey
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    This essay by Thoreau first published in 1849, argues that individuals should not permit governments to overrule their consciences. It goes on to say that individuals have a duty to avoid allowing the government to make them the agents of injustice. The quote: "That government is best which governs least," sometimes attributed to Thomas Jefferson or Thomas Paine, actually was first found in this essay. Thoreaus' thoughts were motivated by his disgust with slavery and the Mexican-American War but they are still relevant and resonate today.

    Rebecca L. Lewis says: "monotone"
  • Think and Grow Rich | Napoleon Hill

    Think and Grow Rich

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Napoleon Hill
    • Narrated By Jim Killavey
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    This recording is an unabridged and unaltered rendition of the original best-selling blockbuster published in 1937. The book continues to be widely read and studied today. Mr. Hill spent more than 20 years following the careers of, and talking to, many of the most successful men in the country. What he discovered is that they all had certain ideas and attitudes in common. He was inspired in particular by Scottish-American businessman Andrews Carnegie who urged him to research and write a book on what it takes to get rich.

    cindilla says: "Still great."
  • My Antonia | Willa Cather

    My Antonia

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Willa Cather
    • Narrated By Cindy Hardin Killavey, Jim Killavey
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    My Ántonia tells the stories of several immigrant families who move out to rural Nebraska to start new lives in America, with a particular focus on a Bohemian family, the Shimerdas, whose eldest daughter is named Ántonia. The book's narrator, Jim Burden, arrives in the fictional town of Black Hawk, Nebraska, on the same train as the Shimerdas, as he travels to live with his grandparents after his parents have died.

    Schucity says: "Worst Narrator Ever!"
  • The House-Sitter's Christmas: A Romantic Fairy Tale | Jean Joachim

    The House-Sitter's Christmas: A Romantic Fairy Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jean Joachim
    • Narrated By Cindy Killavey, Jim Roberts
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    At Christmas, Laura Fleming lived her fantasy adventure. Paid to house-sit for the fabulously wealthy financier, C.W. Banley, while he traveled, she eagerly headed for New York City. As mistress of his elegant townhouse, she baked cookies and dressed the old gent's richly-furnished residence for the holidays. As December rolled around, the lonely, lovely writer eagerly anticipated soaking up the Christmas atmosphere in the grand city. With only the cat for company, she'd turn Banley's elegant home into a wonderland of sparkling lights, fragrant garland, and shiny tinsel.

  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea | Jules Verne

    Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Jim Killavey
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    Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea is a classic in which Verne prophesized many modern uses of the submarine. The story concerns the now famous fictional character Captain Nemo and his submarine, Nautilus, as seen by one of his passengers, Professor Pierre Aronnax. Over the years there have been many film, TV, and theatrical adaptations and variations of the book.

    Kathleen Hiatt says: "Too descriptive"
  • The Power of Concentration | Theron Q. Dumont

    The Power of Concentration

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Theron Q. Dumont
    • Narrated By Jim Killavey
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    Theron Q. Dumont was one of the pen names of William Walker Atkinson. He also wrote as Yogi Ramacharaka. He was an attorney, merchant, publisher, and author, as well an American pioneer of the New Thought Movement. In this audiobook he offers concise, and practical ways to focus the incredible power of the mind through concentration and the power of positive belief and through having courage and confidence in your own ability to succeed.

    Devon Downer says: "A Necessary Book"
  • The Rise of Silas Lapham | William Dean Howells

    The Rise of Silas Lapham

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By William Dean Howells
    • Narrated By Jim Killavey
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    William Dean Howells was born in Martin's Ferry, Ohio, of Welch, Irish, and German forebears. Along with Mark Twain, he was one of the great novelists of his time. This book, the realisic saga of the rise and redemptive fall of an American tycoon, is considered to be his best novel.

    Scott R Selisker says: "Great story, okay narrator"
  • Ethics |  Aristotle

    Ethics

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Aristotle
    • Narrated By Jim Killavey
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    The book is one of the most influential ethical treatises of all time. Written in 350 BC, it identifies happiness as life's goal. How do we achieve this goal? Not through the satisfactions that come from pleasure, wealth, or fame. According to Aristotle, the true path to happiness lies in contemplation of philosophic truth. This is the only action through which humans can exercise their distinctively unique trait: the ability to reason.

    Louise M says: "Tough but good"
  • Dream Psychology: Psychoanalysis for Beginners | Sigmund Freud

    Dream Psychology: Psychoanalysis for Beginners

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Sigmund Freud
    • Narrated By Jim Killavey
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    In 1899 Freud wrote a revolutionary work in the new field of Psychoanalysis called, The Interpretation of Dreams. The book was so full of technical details and involved case studies, however, that ordinary people had great difficulty understanding it. Twenty-one years later, he published this shorter version.

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson: Selected Essays | Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Ralph Waldo Emerson: Selected Essays

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Ralph Waldo Emerson
    • Narrated By Jim Killavey
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    Emerson's ideas are alive and well and very much with us today. Consider that Emerson, now an establishment figure, was a rebel in his time. He could find no relevance in established religion. But, unlike others, he set out to reform it. Many of his ideas now seem obvious and as American as apple pie.

    Stephen says: "Emerson excites; this audiobook doesn't."
  • Favorite Science Fiction Stories, Volume 1 | Philip K. Dick,Robert Silverberg,Fritz Leiber,Marion Zimmer Bradley,Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

    Favorite Science Fiction Stories, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick, Robert Silverberg, Fritz Leiber, and others
    • Narrated By Jim Roberts, Ben Hurst, Cindy Hardin Killavey
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    This first volume of Favorite Science Fiction Stories features "the best of the best" from the Golden Age of science fiction. It includes 21 stories by, among others, Andre Norton, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Robert Silverberg, Stanley G. Weinbaum, Philip K. Dick, Edmond Hamilton, Jack Williamson , Alan Edward Nourse, Fritz Leiber, Frederik Pohl, Fredric Brown, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., and others.

    Joe says: "Very nice collection"
  • On War: The Nature and Theory of War | Carl von Clausewitz

    On War: The Nature and Theory of War

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Carl von Clausewitz
    • Narrated By Jim Killavey
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    Carl von Clausewitz was a Prussian soldier and German military theorist who stressed the moral and political aspects of war. This recording is the unabridged text of the first two books of Clausewitz's massive three volume treatise On War.

    John Honest says: "Poor abridgment"
  • Favorite Children's Stories, Volume 2 | Mabel B. Taggart,Andrew Lang,Brothers Grimm,Hans Christian Anderson,Frank Stockton,Howard Pyle,Madame de Villeneuve

    Favorite Children's Stories, Volume 2

    • ORIGINAL (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Mabel B. Taggart, Andrew Lang, Brothers Grimm, and others
    • Narrated By Cindy Hardin Killavey, Tonya Free, Walter Zimmerman, and others
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    This second delightful collection of children's stories contains the following titles: "The Three Goblins", by Mabel G. Taggart; "Alladin and the Wonderful Lamp", edited by Andrew Lang; "Cinderella", by the Brothers Grimm; "The Griffon and Minor Canon", by Frank Stockton; "Beauty and the Beast", by Madame de Villeneuve; "The Frog Prince", by The Brothers Grimm; "Goody Two Shoes", a traditional tale; "How Fear Came", by Rudyard Kipling; "Jack and the Beanstalk", a traditional tale; and many more.

    cindilla says: "Excellent Selection of stories"
  • The Adventures of Pinocchio | Carlo Collodi

    The Adventures of Pinocchio

    • Abridged/Unabridged (4 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Carlo Collodi
    • Narrated By Jim Killavey
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    Carlo Collodi, whose real name was Carlo Lorenzini,was a Florentine children's writer most famous for this world-renowned fairytale novel. The name "Pinocchio" is a Tuscan word meaning "pine nut." The story concerns a puppet who dreams of becoming a real boy. The book has appeared in many adaptations including the famous 1940 Disney movie.

  • The Pioneers | James Fenimore Cooper

    The Pioneers

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By James Fenimore Cooper
    • Narrated By Jim Killavey
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    While portraying life in a new settlement on New York's Lake Otsego in the final years of the 18th century, Cooper deftly explores the cultural and philosophical underpinnings of the American experience. He contrasts the natural codes of the hunter and woodsman, Natty Bumppo, and his Indian friend John Mokegan with the more rigid structure of law required by a more complex society.

    Louise M says: "Excellent and Insightful"
  • Self-Reliance | Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Self-Reliance

    • Abridged/Unabridged (1 hr and 13 mins)
    • By Ralph Waldo Emerson
    • Narrated By Jim Killavey
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    Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American philosopher, lecturer, essayist, and poet, who is best remembered for leading the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was a a champion of individualism and wrote dozens of essays. Most criics consider "Self-Reliance" his best. It has the most thorough statement of one of Emerson's repeating themes, the need for each individual to avoid conformity and false consistency.

    cindilla says: "Wonderful"
  • The Practice of the Presence of God: The Best Rule of Holy Life |  Brother Lawrence

    The Practice of the Presence of God: The Best Rule of Holy Life

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 17 mins)
    • By Brother Lawrence
    • Narrated By Jim Killavey
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    Compiled by Father Joseph De Beaufort, this book introduces us to a 17th century Carmelite monk known as Brother Lawrence. Lawrence worked in the kitchens and as a cobbler for the Carmelites. He rejoiced in everyday tasks, prayed constantly, and was known around the monastery for his kindness and willingness to help others. Brother Lawrence recounts in detail how to gain constantand comforting connection to the Almighty. Readers have treasured this little book for centuries because of Brother Lawrence's honest advice and his obvious passion for spiritual matters.

    Ladonna says: "Timeless"
  • Ethan Frome | Edith Wharton

    Ethan Frome

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton
    • Narrated By Jim Killavey
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    Ethan Frome is a 1911 novel by Edith Wharton, set in turn-of-the-century New England, in the fictitious town of Starkfield, Massachusetts. It is the story of a poor farmer, lonely and downtrodden, his wife Zeena, and their pretty and vivacious cousin, Mattie Silver. This is a short but powerful and engrossing drama, and although it is the least characteristic of the author's novels, it has become her most celebrated book.

    Sarah says: "Sad but Wonderful"
  • Is Life Worth Living? | William James

    Is Life Worth Living?

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 1 min)
    • By William James
    • Narrated By Jim Killavey
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    William James, brother of novelist Henry James, was an American philosopher as well as a psychologist. He was the first educator to offer a psychology course in the United States. James was one of the leading thinkers of the late 19th century and is one of the most influential philosophers the United States has ever produced. He has been called the "Father of American psychology".

  • The Science of Successful Living | Raymond Charles Barker

    The Science of Successful Living

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Raymond Charles Barker
    • Narrated By Jim Killavey
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    Raymond Charles Barker was a leader and author in the New Thought spiritual movement. He was the founder and first minister of the Church of Religious Science in Manhattan. Some of his students included future Religious Science leaders Stuart Grayson and Louise Hay. He was a president of the International New Thought Alliance. Here is what he says about The Science of Successful Living: "Few people think of life as a creative experiment.

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