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    • Nudge

    • Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness
    • By: Richard Thaler
    • Narrated by: Robert Bair
    • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 504
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 422
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      4 out of 5 stars 414

    Every day, we make decisions on topics ranging from personal investments to schools for our children to the meals we eat to the causes we champion. Unfortunately, we often choose poorly. The reason, the authors explain, is that, being human, we all are susceptible to various biases that can lead us to blunder.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Narration made it impossible to get through

    • By p112 on 01-24-17
    • Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness
    • By: Richard Thaler
    • Narrated by: Robert Bair
    • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
    • Release date: 02-24-10
    • 4 out of 5 stars 504 ratings

    Regular price: $11.20

    • Where our Food Comes From

    • Retracing Nikolay Vavilov's Quest to End Famine
    • By: Gary Paul Nabhan
    • Narrated by: Mitchell Leopard
    • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 23
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 17
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      4 out of 5 stars 17

    Jailed as a scapegoat for Stalin's famines, Vavilov had traveled over five continents, collected hundreds of thousands of seeds in an effort to outline the ancient centers of agricultural diversity. Gary Paul Nabhan weaves together Vavilov's story with his own expeditions to Earth's richest agricultural landscapes and the cultures that tend them.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating history & cautionary tale for our time

    • By Janet Pittman Henley on 03-03-11

    Regular price: $17.47

    • Opting Out?

    • Why Women Really Quit Careers and Head Home
    • By: Pamela Stone
    • Narrated by: Pamela Cronin
    • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
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      4 out of 5 stars 5
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      4 out of 5 stars 7

    With insight and compassion, Pamela Stone shows convincingly that, far from representing a return to tradition, the decision of some women to relinquish high-powered careers is a reluctant and conflict-ridden response to the growing mismatch between privatized families and time-demanding jobs.

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Most Important Fish in the Sea

    • By: Bruce H. Franklin
    • Narrated by: Bruce H. Franklin
    • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 15
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 14
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    In this brilliant portrait of the oceans' unlikely hero, H. Bruce Franklin shows how menhaden have shaped America's national-and natural-history, and why reckless overfishing now threatens their place in both. Since Native Americans began using menhaden as fertilizer, this amazing fish has greased the wheels of U.S. agriculture and industry.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic Book

    • By Another Reader on 12-13-10

    Regular price: $17.50

    • Unnatural History of the Sea

    • By: Callum M. Roberts
    • Narrated by: Callum M. Roberts
    • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
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      4 out of 5 stars 20
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 20

    Humanity can make short work of the oceans' creatures. In 1741, hungry explorers discovered herds of Steller's sea cow in the Bering Strait, and in less than thirty years, the amiable beast had been harpooned into extinction. It's a classic story, but a key fact is often omitted. Bering Island was the last redoubt of a species that had been decimated by hunting and habitat loss years before the explorers set sail.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superb! A unique and important history

    • By R. Smith on 02-07-17

    Regular price: $19.60

    • Can We Talk About Race

    • And Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation
    • By: Beverly Daniel Tatum Ph.D.
    • Narrated by: Beverly Daniel Tatum Ph.D.
    • Length: 4 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    In her first book since that pathbreaking success, Tatum starts with a warning call about the increasing but underreported resegregation of America. A self-described "integration baby" she was born in 1954 Tatum sees our growing isolation from each other as deeply problematic, and she believes that schools can be key institutions for forging connections across the racial divide.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An important dialogue

    • By SusanCooks on 04-26-17

    Regular price: $16.06

    • The Public Domain

    • Enclosing the Commons of the Mind
    • By: James Boyle
    • Narrated by: David Stampone
    • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
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      5 out of 5 stars 9

    Our failure to appreciate the importance of the public domain—the realm of material that is free for anyone to use without permission or fee—limits free speech, digital creativity, and scientific innovation, argues the author of this book. The public domain is under siege, and James Boyle explains why and how we must protect it.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Great Book, Unpracticed Narrator

    • By Paul on 03-29-10

    Regular price: $8.40

    • Spy Wars

    • Moles, Mysteries, and Deadly Games
    • By: Tenent H Bagley
    • Narrated by: Tenent H Bagley
    • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 31
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      4 out of 5 stars 26
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      4 out of 5 stars 26

    In this rapid-paced book, a former CIA chief of Soviet bloc counterintelligence breaks open the mysterious case of KGB officer Yuri Nosenko's 1964 defection to the United States. Still a highly controversial chapter in the history of Cold War espionage, the Nosenko affair has inspired debate for more than 40 years. Was Nosenko a bona fide defector with the real information about Lee Harvey Oswald's stay in Soviet Russia, or was he a KGB loyalist, engaged in a complex game of deception?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • GREAT Book. Historic Missteps

    • By Anonymous on 02-11-16

    Regular price: $15.36

    • The FBI: A History

    • By: Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones
    • Narrated by: David Henry
    • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 9
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      3 out of 5 stars 5
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      3 out of 5 stars 4

    This fast-paced account of the history of the FBI presents the first balanced and complete portrait of the powerful and oft-criticized institution. Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones offers a new take on the origins and mission of the bureau, the significance of J. Edgar Hoover’s term as director, the bureau’s pre-emptive anti-terrorist capabilities before and after 9/11, and more.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Lukewarm on Events

    • By A on 05-14-10

    Regular price: $38.50

    • Charm Offensive

    • How China's Soft Power Is Transforming the World
    • By: Joshua Kurlantzick
    • Narrated by: Peter Hirst
    • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    At the beginning of the 21st century, China is poised to become a major global power. And though much has been written of China's rise, a crucial aspect of this transformation has gone largely unnoticed: the way that China is using soft power to appeal to its neighbors and to distant countries alike.

    Regular price: $14.67

    • The Peculiar Life of Sundays

    • By: Stephen Miller
    • Narrated by: Alex Day
    • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 1
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    Sunday observance in the Christian West was an important religious issue from late Antiquity until at least the early 20th century. In England the subject was debated in Parliament for six centuries. During the reign of Charles I disagreements about Sunday observance were a factor in the Puritan flight from England. In America the Sunday question loomed large in the nation’s newspapers.

    Regular price: $14.67

    • The Future of Reputation

    • Gossip, Rumor, and Privacy on the Internet
    • By: Daniel J. Solove
    • Narrated by: Jeff Wilson
    • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 21
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    This engrossing book explores the profound implications of personal information on the Internet, preserved forever even if it is false, biased, or humiliating. Brimming with examples of online gossip, slander, and rumor, the book discusses the tensions between privacy and free speech and proposes how to balance the two. What information about you is on the Internet?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Overview of Internet, privacy and free speech

    • By S. Yates on 06-11-16

    Regular price: $14.00

    • Gardens: An Essay on the Human Condition

    • By: Robert Pogue Harrison
    • Narrated by: Drew Birdseye
    • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 17
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      4 out of 5 stars 13
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      4 out of 5 stars 12

    Humans have long turned to gardens—both real and imaginary—for sanctuary from the frenzy and tumult that surrounds them. Those gardens may be as far away from everyday reality as Gilgamesh’s garden of the gods or as near as our own backyard, but in their very conception and the marks they bear of human care and cultivation, gardens stand as restorative, nourishing, necessary havens.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Another excellent book by Robert Harrison

    • By Craig Carlson on 05-19-17

    Regular price: $13.26

    • Bound Together

    • How Traders, Preachers, Adventurers, and Warriors Shaped Globalization
    • By: Nayan Chanda
    • Narrated by: Stephen Russell
    • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
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      4 out of 5 stars 6

    Since humans migrated from Africa and dispersed throughout the world, they have found countless ways and reasons to reconnect with one another. In this entertaining book, Nayan Chanda follows the exploits of traders, preachers, adventurers, and warriors throughout history as they have shaped and reshaped the world. For Chanda, globalization is a process of ever-growing interconnectedness and interdependence that began thousands of years ago and continues to this day with increasing speed and ease.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • School Assignment

    • By Tammy on 08-20-15
    • How Traders, Preachers, Adventurers, and Warriors Shaped Globalization
    • By: Nayan Chanda
    • Narrated by: Stephen Russell
    • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
    • Release date: 04-26-12
    • 4 out of 5 stars 13 ratings

    Regular price: $12.25

    • Hyping Health Risks

    • Environmental Hazards in Daily Life and the Science of Epidemiology
    • By: Geoffrey C. Kabat
    • Narrated by: David Henry
    • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
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      4 out of 5 stars 5

    The media constantly bombard us with news of health hazards lurking in our everyday lives. But many of these hazards turn out to have been greatly overblown. According to author and epidemiologist Geoffrey C. Kabat, this hyping of low-level environmental hazards leads to needless anxiety and confusion on the part of the public as to which exposures have important effects on health and which are likely to have minimal or no effect.

    Regular price: $19.56

    • Sowing Crisis

    • The Cold War and American Dominance in the Middle East
    • By: Rashid Khalidi
    • Narrated by: Ray Grover
    • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 29
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      4 out of 5 stars 15
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      4 out of 5 stars 16

    To understand the momentous events that have occurred in the Middle East over the last two decades—including two Gulf wars, the occupation of Iraq, and the rise of terrorism—we must understand the crucial interplay of cold war superpowers there from 1945 to 1990. Khalidi presents the compelling case that U.S. and Soviet intervention in the region deeply exacerbated civil wars and provoked the breakdown of fragile democracies, and continues to this day to shape global conflict in the Middle East.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • detailed chronology and analysis of post-1945 ME

    • By John on 11-12-15
    • The Cold War and American Dominance in the Middle East
    • By: Rashid Khalidi
    • Narrated by: Ray Grover
    • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
    • Release date: 02-24-10
    • 4 out of 5 stars 29 ratings

    Regular price: $17.47

    • The Road to 9/11

    • Wealth, Empire, and the Future of America
    • By: Peter Dale Scott
    • Narrated by: Raymond Todd
    • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 41
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      4 out of 5 stars 32
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    This is an ambitious, meticulous examination of how U.S. foreign policy since the 1960s has led to partial or total cover-ups of past domestic criminal acts, including, perhaps, the catastrophe of 9/11. Peter Dale Scott, whose previous books have investigated CIA involvement in southeast Asia, the drug wars, and the Kennedy assassination, here probes how the policies of presidents since Nixon have augmented the tangled bases for the 2001 terrorist attack.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Full of Interesting Information, Hard to Follow

    • By Blizzard on 09-20-13

    Regular price: $10.50

    • Down in New Orleans

    • Reflections from a Drowned City
    • By: Billy Sothern
    • Narrated by: David Henry
    • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7
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      3 out of 5 stars 4
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 4

    Billy Sothern's Down in New Orleans illustrates, in very human and heartbreaking ways, how the horrors that emerged during and following Hurricane Katrina existed long before the storm. These beautifully composed stories not only reveal the dignity—and amazing grit and grace—of the hurricane's survivors; they also illuminate larger truths about the urgent issues of our day.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I'm so confused. And annoyed.

    • By Sonya on 10-23-13

    Regular price: $11.17

    • The Lonely American

    • Drifting Apart in the Twenty-first Century
    • By: Jacqueline Olds
    • Narrated by: Joy Shaw
    • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 19
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      3 out of 5 stars 10
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      4 out of 5 stars 10

    Calling on their extensive clinical experience, social surveys (including the 2004 General Social Survey and the Pew Internet and American Life Project), and recent research on the physiological and cognitive effects of social exclusion, Olds and Schwartz uncover the ripple effects of social isolation in areas as varied as physical health, children's emotional problems, substance abuse, violent crime—even global warming. They conclude that electronic connection is no substitute for face-to-face interaction.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • impossible

    • By Amazon Customer on 06-13-10

    Regular price: $16.06

    • Lake Effect

    • Two Sisters and a Town's Toxic Legacy
    • By: Nancy A. Nichols
    • Narrated by: Tracy Pfau
    • Length: 4 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2 out of 5 stars 1
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      1 out of 5 stars 1
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      2 out of 5 stars 1

    Fulfilling a deathbed request, Nancy Nichols writes about the connection between the industrial pollution in their hometown and the rare cancer that was killing her sister, Sue.

    Regular price: $17.47

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