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  • Up the Organization | Robert C. Townsend,Warren Bennis

    Up the Organization

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert C. Townsend, Warren Bennis
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld
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    Although it was first published more than 35 years ago, Up the Organization continues to top the lists of best business books by groups as diverse as the American Management Association, Strategy + Business (Booz Allen Hamilton), and The Wharton Center for Leadership and Change Management. 1-800-CEO-READ ranks Townsend's best seller first among 80 books that "every manager must read".

    David Cockburn says: "A must read for everyone in a leadership position!"
  • The Irony of American History | Reinhold Niebuhr

    The Irony of American History

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Reinhold Niebuhr
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld
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    Forged during the tumultuous but triumphant postwar years when America came of age as a world power, The Irony of American History is more relevant now than ever before. Cited by politicians as diverse as Hillary Clinton and John McCain, Niebuhr's masterpiece on the incongruity between personal ideals and political reality is both an indictment of American moral complacency and a warning against the arrogance of virtue.

    Amazon Customer says: "Superlative Book"
  • Euclid's Window: The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace | Leonard Mlodinow

    Euclid's Window: The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Leonard Mlodinow
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld
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    Through Euclid's Window Leonard Mlodinow brilliantly and delightfully leads us on a journey through five revolutions in geometry, from the Greek concept of parallel lines to the latest notions of hyperspace. Here is an altogether new, refreshing, alternative history of math revealing how simple questions anyone might ask about space -- in the living room or in some other galaxy -- have been the hidden engine of the highest achievements in science and technology.

    Eric says: "Wow!"
  • Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land, Revised Edition | David K. Shipler

    Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land, Revised Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By David K. Shipler
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld
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    Arab stereotype portrays the Jew as a brutal, violent coward. The Jewish stereotype portrays the Arab as a primitive creature of animal vengeance and cruel desires. In this monumental Pulitzer Prize-winning work, revised in 2002, David Shipler delves into the origins of these prejudices that have been intensified by war, terrorism, and nationalism. Shipler examines the process of indoctrination, the far-ranging effects of socioeconomic differences, and the historical conflicts between Islam and Judaism.

  • Babel No More: The Search for the World's Most Extraordinary Language Learners | Michael Erard

    Babel No More: The Search for the World's Most Extraordinary Language Learners

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Michael Erard
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld
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    We all learn at least one language as children. But what does it take to learn six languages...or seventy? In Babel No More, Michael Erard, "a monolingual with benefits," sets out on a quest to meet language superlearners and make sense of their mental powers. On the way he uncovers the secrets of historical figures like Italian cardinal Giuseppe Mezzofanti, who was said to speak seventy-two languages; Emil Krebs, a pugnacious German diplomat, who spoke sixty-eight languages; and Lomb Kat, a Hungarian who taught herself Russian by reading Russian romance novels.

    Faisal Mohammad Abdullah Ahmad Karkari says: "Great read"
  • The Enlightenment: And Why It Still Matters | Anthony Pagden

    The Enlightenment: And Why It Still Matters

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    • By Anthony Pagden
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld
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    One of our most renowned and brilliant historians takes a fresh look at the revolutionary intellectual movement that laid the foundation for the modern world. Liberty and equality. Human rights. Freedom of thought and expression. Belief in reason and progress. The value of scientific inquiry. These are just some of the ideas that were conceived and developed during the Enlightenment, and which changed forever the intellectual landscape of the Western world.

    Gary says: "How they thought about thinking about nature"
  • The Stories of Paul Bowles | Paul Bowles

    The Stories of Paul Bowles

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Paul Bowles
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber, Joe Barrett, Victor Bevine, and others
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    An American literary cult figure, Paul Bowles established his legacy with the novel The Sheltering Sky. An immediate sensation, it became a fixture in American letters. Bowles then returned his energies to the short story - the genre he preferred and soon mastered.Bowles' s short fiction is orchestral in composition and exacting in theme, marked by a unique, delicately spare style, and a dark, rich, exotic mood, by turns chilling, ironic, and wry.

    D. Donohue says: "Mesmerizing and beautifully produced"
  • Freedom Evolves | Daniel C. Dennett

    Freedom Evolves

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Daniel C. Dennett
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld
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    Can there be freedom and free will in a deterministic world? Renowned philosopher Daniel Dennett emphatically answers "yes!" Using an array of provocative formulations, Dennett sets out to show how we alone among the animals have evolved minds that give us free will and morality. Weaving a richly detailed narrative, Dennett explains in a series of strikingly original arguments - drawing upon evolutionary biology, cognitive neuroscience, economics, and philosophy - that far from being an enemy of traditional explorations of freedom, morality, and meaning, the evolutionary perspective can be an indispensable ally.

    Gary says: "I knew I was going to like this book"
  • The Lady and the Unicorn | Tracy Chevalier

    The Lady and the Unicorn

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Tracy Chevalier
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld, Terry Donnelly
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    Bewitching art experts and enthusiasts alike for centuries, the Lady and the Unicorn tapestries hang today in the Cluny Museum in Paris.

    Lovin' life and winding down says: "Wonderful Audiobook!"
  • Escape from Sobibor | Richard Rashke

    Escape from Sobibor

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard Rashke
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld
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    On October 14, 1943, 600 Jews imprisoned in Sobibor, a secret Nazi death camp in eastern Poland, revolted. They killed a dozen SS officers and guards, trampled the barbed wire fences, and raced across an open field filled with anti-tank mines. Against all odds, more than three hundred made it safely into the woods. Fifty of those men and women managed to survive the rest of the war. In this edition of Escape from Sobibor, fully updated in 2012, Richard Rashke tells their stories

    The Zombie Specialist says: "Rashke put a face to the good and the bad!"
  • The History of the Siege of Lisbon | Jose Saramago,Giovanni Pontiero (translator)

    The History of the Siege of Lisbon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jose Saramago, Giovanni Pontiero (translator)
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld
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    In this "ingenious" novel (New York Times) by "one of Europe's most original and remarkable writers" (Los Angeles Times), a proofreader's deliberate slip opens the door to romance-and confounds the facts of Portugal's past.

  • Bend Sinister | Vladimir Nabokov

    Bend Sinister

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld
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    The first novel Nabokov wrote while living in America, and the most overtly political novel he ever wrote, Bend Sinister is a modern classic. While it is filled with veiled puns and characteristically delightful wordplay, it is, first and foremost, a haunting and compelling narrative about a civilized man caught in the tyranny of a police state. Professor Adam Krug, the country's foremost philosopher, offers the only hope of resistance to Paduk, dictator and leader of the Party of the Average Man.

    Darwin8u says: "A fantastic fairytale of fascism"
  • Country of Ash: A Jewish Doctor in Poland, 1939-1945 | Edward Reicher,Magda Bogin (translator)

    Country of Ash: A Jewish Doctor in Poland, 1939-1945

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Edward Reicher, Magda Bogin (translator)
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren, Robert Blumenfeld
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    Country of Ash is the starkly compelling, original chronicle of a Jewish doctor who miraculously survived near-certain death, first inside the Lodz and Warsaw ghettoes, where he was forced to treat the Gestapo, then on the Aryan side of Warsaw, where he hid under numerous disguises. He clandestinely recorded the terrible events he witnessed, but his manuscript disappeared during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. After the war, reunited with his wife and young daughter, he rewrote his story.

    Happyhomaker says: "Amazing! Heartbreaking...History"
  • Martin Heidegger | George Steiner

    Martin Heidegger

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By George Steiner
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld
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    With characteristic lucidity and style, Steiner makes Heidegger's immensely difficult body of work accessible to the general reader. In a new introduction, Steiner addresses language and philosophy and the rise of Nazism. "It would be hard to imagine a better introduction to the work of philosopher Martin Heidegger." (George Kateb, The New Republic)

    Charles says: "A great commentary on Heidegger's thought."
  • The Gospel According to Jesus Christ | Jose Saramago,Giovanni Pontiero (translator)

    The Gospel According to Jesus Christ

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jose Saramago, Giovanni Pontiero (translator)
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld
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    A brilliant skeptic, Jose Saramago envisions the life of Jesus Christ and the story of his Passion as things of this earth: A child crying, the caress of a woman half asleep, the bleat of a goat, a prayer uttered in the grayish morning light. His idea of the Holy Family reflects the real complexities of any family, and, as only Saramago can, he imagines them with tinges of vision, dream, and omen.

    Gaurav says: "A dry, wry retelling of the story of Jesus Christ"
  • New York 2140 | Kim Stanley Robinson

    New York 2140

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Kim Stanley Robinson
    • Narrated By Caitlin Kelly, Christopher Ryan Grant, Jay Snyder, and others
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    The waters rose, submerging New York City. But the residents adapted, and it remained the bustling, vibrant metropolis it had always been. Though changed forever. Every street became a canal. Every skyscraper an island. Through the eyes of the varied inhabitants of one building, Kim Stanley Robinson shows us how one of our great cities will change with the rising tides. And how we, too, will change.

  • How Paris Became Paris: The Invention of the Modern City | Joan DeJean

    How Paris Became Paris: The Invention of the Modern City

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    • By Joan DeJean
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld
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    At the start of the 17th century, Paris was known for a few monuments, but it had not yet put its brand on urban space. Like many European cities, it was still emerging from its medieval past. But within a century, Paris would be transformed into the modern and mythic city we now know. Most people associate the signature characteristics of Paris with the 19th century. Joan DeJean demonstrates that the Parisian model for urban space was in fact invented two centuries earlier, when the first full design for the French capital was implemented.

    Mary says: "The text refers to illustrations"
  • Anti-Judaism : The Western Tradition | David Nirenberg

    Anti-Judaism : The Western Tradition

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By David Nirenberg
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld
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    This incisive history upends the complacency that confines anti-Judaism to the ideological extremes in the Western tradition. With deep learning and elegance, David Nirenberg shows how foundational anti-Judaism is to the history of the West. Questions of how we are Jewish and, more critically, how and why we are not have been churning within the Western imagination throughout its history. Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans; Christians and Muslims of every period; even the secularists of modernity have used Judaism in constructing their visions of the world.

    LB says: "Great Book: Terrible Narrator"
  • Uncertainty: Einstein, Heisenberg, Bohr, and the Struggle for the Soul of Science | David Lindley

    Uncertainty: Einstein, Heisenberg, Bohr, and the Struggle for the Soul of Science

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    • By David Lindley
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld
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    Werner Heisenberg's "uncertainty principle" challenged centuries of scientific understanding, placed him in direct opposition to Albert Einstein, and put Niels Bohr in the middle of one of the most heated debates in scientific history. Heisenberg's theorem stated that there were physical limits to what we could know about sub-atomic particles; this "uncertainty" would have shocking implications.

    Ryan says: "fascinating insight into the real drama of physics"
  • Sex at the Margins: Migration, Labour Markets, and the Rescue Industry | Laura Agustin

    Sex at the Margins: Migration, Labour Markets, and the Rescue Industry

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Laura Agustin
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld
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    This groundbreaking book explodes several myths: that selling sex is completely different from any other kind of work; that migrants who sell sex are passive victims; and that the multitude of people out to save them are without self-interest. Laura Agustín argues that the label 'trafficked' does not accurately describe migrants' lives and that the 'rescue industry' disempowers them.

    Susie says: "The Rescue Industry is Built on Sex Worker's Backs"
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