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    • Just Giving

    • Why Philanthropy Is Failing Democracy and How It Can Do Better
    • By: Rob Reich
    • Narrated by: Matthew Josdal
    • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Is philanthropy, by its very nature, a threat to today's democracy? Though we may laud wealthy individuals who give away their money for society's benefit, Just Giving reveals how such generosity not only isn't the unassailable good we think it to be but might also undermine democratic values and set back aspirations of justice. 

    • Why Philanthropy Is Failing Democracy and How It Can Do Better
    • By: Rob Reich
    • Narrated by: Matthew Josdal
    • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
    • Release date: 02-19-19
    • Not rated yet

    Regular price: $17.49

    • The Mental Game of Baseball

    • A Guide to Peak Performance
    • By: H.A. Dorfman, Karl Kuehl, Rick Wolff - foreword
    • Narrated by: Matthew Josdal
    • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In this book, authors H.A. Dorfman and Karl Kuehl present their practical and proven strategy for developing the mental skills needed to achieve peak performance at every level of the game. The theory and applications are illustrated by anecdotes and insights from major and minor league players, who at some point discovered the importance of mastering the inner game in order to play baseball as it should be played. Intended for players, managers, coaches, agents, and administrators as well as fans who want a more in-depth look at the makeup of the complete baseball player. 

    Regular price: $20.99

    • The Tyranny of Metrics

    • By: Jerry Z. Muller
    • Narrated by: Matthew Josdal
    • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In this timely and powerful book, Jerry Muller uncovers the damage our obsession with metrics is causing and shows how we can begin to fix the problem. Filled with examples from education, medicine, business and finance, government, the police and military, and philanthropy and foreign aid, this brief and accessible book explains why the seemingly irresistible pressure to quantify performance distorts and distracts, whether by encouraging "gaming the stats" or "teaching to the test"....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Managers, Politicians, Please Read This!

    • By Brian K. Sohn on 10-23-18

    Regular price: $13.99

    • Alt-America

    • The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump
    • By: David Neiwert
    • Narrated by: Matthew Josdal
    • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 90
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    Just as Donald Trump's victorious campaign for the US presidency shocked the world, the seemingly sudden national prominence of white supremacists, xenophobes, militia leaders, and mysterious "alt-right" figures mystifies many. But the American extreme right has been growing steadily in number and influence since the 1990s with the rise of patriot militias. Following 9/11, conspiracy theorists found fresh life; and in virulent reaction to the first black US president, militant racists have come out of the woodwork.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • amazing. I want to recommend it to everyone.

    • By Charlie Dubboyou on 05-13-18

    Regular price: $31.49

    • The Iliad

    • By: Homer, Samuel Butler - translator
    • Narrated by: Matthew Josdal
    • Length: 14 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Iliad, together with The Odyssey, is one of two ancient Greek epic poems traditionally attributed to Homer. The work is commonly dated to the 8th or 7th century BC, and many scholars believe it is the oldest extant work of literature in the Greek language, making it the first work of European literature. The story concerns events during the 10th and final year in the siege of the city of Troy by the Greeks.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Roman not Greek

    • By Amazon Customer on 11-27-17

    Regular price: $7.95

    • Nature and the Human Soul

    • Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World
    • By: Bill Plotkin PhD
    • Narrated by: Matthew Josdal
    • Length: 25 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Addressing the pervasive longing for meaning and fulfillment in this time of crisis, Nature and the Human Soul introduces a visionary ecopsychology of human development that reveals how fully and creatively we can mature when soul and wild nature guide us. Depth psychologist and wilderness guide Bill Plotkin presents a model for a human life span rooted in the cycles and qualities of the natural world, a blueprint for individual development that ultimately yields a strategy for cultural transformation.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wow. My worldview is transformed.

    • By Robert on 08-11-18

    Regular price: $48.99

    • Remember It!

    • The Names of People You Meet, All of Your Passwords, Where You Left Your Keys, and Everything Else You Tend to Forget
    • By: Nelson Dellis, Sanjay Gupta MD - foreword
    • Narrated by: Matthew Josdal
    • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
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    Throughout his research into memory theory, Nelson Dellis found existing memory improvement guides to be wanting - overcomplicated, dry, and stodgy. So he decided to create a book that is approachable and fun, centered on what people actually need to remember. In Remember It!, Dellis teaches us how to make the most of our memory, using his competition-winning techniques. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent! Best memory book thus far.

    • By Pablo Wunderlich on 11-28-18

    Regular price: $17.49

    • Politics

    • By: Aristotle
    • Narrated by: Matthew Josdal
    • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Aristotle's Politics is a work of political philosophy. The end of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics declared that the inquiry into ethics necessarily follows into politics, and the two works are frequently considered to be parts of a larger treatise, or perhaps connected lectures, dealing with the philosophy of human affairs. Aristotle is generally regarded as one of the most influential ancient thinkers in a number of philosophical fields, including political theory.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Aristotle Lives Again!

    • By Jeff on 02-25-15

    Regular price: $7.95

    • Why Kids Kill

    • Inside the Minds of School Shooters
    • By: Peter Langman PhD
    • Narrated by: Matthew Josdal
    • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Ten years after the school massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado, school shootings are a new and alarming epidemic. While sociologists have attributed the trigger of violence to peer pressure, such as bullying and social isolation, prominent psychologist Peter Langman, argues here that psychological causes are responsible. Drawing on 20 years of clinical experience, Langman offers surprising reasons for why some teens become violent. Langman divides shooters into three categories, and he discusses the role of personality, trauma, and psychosis among school shooters.  

    Regular price: $17.49

    • Nicomachean Ethics

    • By: Aristotle
    • Narrated by: Matthew Josdal
    • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 64

    Nicomachean Ethics is Aristotle’s most famous work on the subject of ethics and virtue. He believed that ethical knowledge is not precise knowledge, like logic and mathematics, but general knowledge like nutrition and exercise. Since ethics is a practical discipline rather than a theoretical one, he thought that to become "good", one could not simply study what virtue is; one must actually be virtuous.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Great text, lousy reading

    • By L. M. Atnip on 02-15-15

    Regular price: $7.95

    • Data Smart

    • Using Data Science to Transform Information into Insight
    • By: John W. Foreman
    • Narrated by: Matthew Josdal
    • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Data science gets thrown around in the press like it's magic. Major retailers are predicting everything, from when their customers are pregnant to when they want a new pair of Chuck Taylors. It's a brave new world where seemingly meaningless data can be transformed into valuable insight to drive smart business decisions. Data science is little more than using straightforward steps to process raw data into actionable insight. And in Data Smart, author and data scientist John Foreman will teach how you how that's done within the familiar environment of a spreadsheet.

    Regular price: $20.99

    • About Behaviorism

    • By: B.F. Skinner
    • Narrated by: Matthew Josdal
    • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
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    About Behaviorism is about the controversial philosophy known as behaviorism, written by its leading exponent.

    Regular price: $17.49

    • Surviving Schizophrenia, 6th Edition

    • A Family Manual
    • By: E. Fuller Torrey MD
    • Narrated by: Matthew Josdal
    • Length: 15 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
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    Since publication in 1983, Surviving Schizophrenia has become the standard reference book on the disease and has helped thousands of patients, their families, and mental health professionals. In clear language, this much-praised and important book describes the nature, causes, symptoms, treatment, and course of schizophrenia and also explores living with it from both the patient's and the family's point of view. This new, completely updated sixth edition includes the latest research findings on what causes the disease, as well as information about the newest drugs for treatment.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent book

    • By Darren on 12-28-18

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Board Stiff

    • By: Piers Anthony
    • Narrated by: Matthew Josdal
    • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
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    "I'm actually a smart girl who would make any man an excellent wife. But no man sees that. No man is interested in my mind or personality, just my whatevers. So here is my wish: I'm board stiff. I want Adventure, Excitement, and Romance." So begins Piers Anthony's 38th Xanth novel, in which Irrelevant Candy looks at her reflection in the water of the shallow well and sees luxuriant midnight-black hair reaching down to her breathtakingly slender waist, matching the dark eyes in her lovely face.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Takes me back to the good ole' days...

    • By Bree Salyer on 12-08-16

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Act of Congress

    • How America's Essential Institution Works, and How It Doesn't
    • By: Robert G. Kaiser
    • Narrated by: Matthew Josdal
    • Length: 19 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
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    An eye-opening account of how Congress today really works - and doesn’t - that follows the dramatic journey of the sweeping financial reform bill enacted in response to the Great Crash of 2008. The founding fathers expected Congress to be the most important branch of government and gave it the most power. When Congress is broken - as its justifiably dismal approval ratings suggest - so is our democracy.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • insightful, and eye opening.

    • By Adam Schneider on 10-21-17

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Five Portraits

    • By: Piers Anthony
    • Narrated by: Matthew Josdal
    • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 68
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    Piers Anthony delivers another tale set in the best-selling world of Xanth, filled with magic, surprises, adventure, and a few puns. Here's what the author has to say about his new book: "Five Portraits is a kind of sequel to Board Stiff in that it picks up where the other leaves off, with the same characters. Apart from that, it's one of my favorites within the series.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Like the story, iffy about the narration

    • By Valerie G. on 04-17-15

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Riveted

    • The Science of Why Jokes Make Us Laugh, Movies Make Us Cry, and Religion Makes Us Feel One with the Universe
    • By: Jim Davies
    • Narrated by: Matthew Josdal
    • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Professor Jim Davies's fascinating and highly accessible book, Riveted, reveals the evolutionary underpinnings of why we find things compelling. Drawing on work from philosophy, anthropology, religious studies, psychology, economics, computer science, and biology, Davies offers a comprehensive explanation to show that in spite of the differences between the many things that we find compelling, they have similar effects on our minds and brains.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fun and excellent listen!

    • By Alejandro Franco on 04-13-18
    • The Science of Why Jokes Make Us Laugh, Movies Make Us Cry, and Religion Makes Us Feel One with the Universe
    • By: Jim Davies
    • Narrated by: Matthew Josdal
    • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
    • Release date: 08-15-17
    • 4 out of 5 stars 41 ratings

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Post-Truth

    • By: Lee C. McIntyre
    • Narrated by: Matthew Josdal
    • Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
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    What, exactly, is post-truth? Is it wishful thinking, political spin, mass delusion, bold-faced lying? McIntyre analyzes recent examples - claims about inauguration crowd size, crime statistics, and the popular vote - and finds that post-truth is an assertion of ideological supremacy by which its practitioners try to compel someone to believe something regardless of the evidence. Yet post-truth didn't begin with the 2016 election; the denial of scientific facts about smoking, evolution, vaccines, and climate change offers a road map for more widespread fact denial.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A gift for that uncle of yours

    • By Amazon Customer on 02-21-19

    Regular price: $17.49

    • The Shade of the Moon

    • Life as We Knew It Series, Book 4
    • By: Susan Beth Pfeffer
    • Narrated by: Matthew Josdal
    • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 163

    It's been more than two years since Jon Evans and his family left Pennsylvania, hoping to find a safe place to live, yet Jon remains haunted by the deaths of those he loved. His prowess on a soccer field has guaranteed him a home in a well-protected enclave. But Jon is painfully aware that a missed goal, a careless word, even falling in love, can put his life and the lives of his mother, his sister Miranda, and her husband, Alex, in jeopardy. Can Jon risk doing what is right in a world gone so terribly wrong?

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • A huge letdown for one who loves the series.

    • By Amy on 12-21-13

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Bear Attacks

    • Their Causes and Avoidance
    • By: Stephen Herrero
    • Narrated by: Matthew Josdal
    • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
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      5 out of 5 stars 8

    Of the animals in North America, none commands such dread, awe, and interest as the bear. Creatures that fear little, bears compete for survival with the only other animals that can threaten their existence: Humans. Bear Attacks is a thorough and unflinching study of attacks made on humans. This is the sometimes horrific, yet always instructive, story of Bear and Human, written by the leading scientific authority in the field. This book is for everyone who camps, hikes, or visits bear country - and for anyone who wants to learn more about these fearsome but always fascinating wild creatures.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent resource

    • By Scott A on 06-12-18

    Regular price: $24.49

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