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    • Nudge

    • Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness
    • By: Richard Thaler
    • Narrated by: Robert Bair
    • Length: 9 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 633
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 533
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      4 out of 5 stars 524

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • How to nudge people to make make better choices...

    • By A. Yoshida on 02-11-18
    • Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness
    • By: Richard Thaler
    • Narrated by: Robert Bair
    • Length: 9 hrs
    • Release date: 02-24-10
    • 4 out of 5 stars 633 ratings

    Regular price: $11.20

    • Why Poetry Matters

    • By: Jay Parini
    • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
    • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 19
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      4 out of 5 stars 14
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      4 out of 5 stars 15

    Poetry doesn’t matter to most people, observes Jay Parini at the opening of this book. But, undeterred, he commences a deeply felt meditation on poetry, its language and meaning, and its power to open minds and transform lives. By the end of the book, Parini has recovered a truth often obscured by our clamorous culture: without poetry, we live only partially, not fully conscious of the possibilities that life affords.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of the best defenses of poetry...

    • By Acarya on 05-07-15

    Regular price: $11.20

    • The Dominant Animal

    • Human Evolution and the Environment
    • By: Paul R. Ehrlich
    • Narrated by: Anne H. Ehrlich
    • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 22
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      4 out of 5 stars 7
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      4 out of 5 stars 7

    In humanity’s more than 100,000 year history, we have evolved from vulnerable creatures clawing sustenance from Earth to a sophisticated global society manipulating every inch of it. In short, we have become the dominant animal. Why, then, are we creating a world that threatens our own species? What can we do to change the current trajectory toward more climate change, increased famine, and epidemic disease?

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Difficult to determine value of content

    • By Ron Greene on 06-17-10

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Most Important Fish in the Sea

    • By: Bruce H. Franklin
    • Narrated by: Bruce H. Franklin
    • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 18
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 17
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    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

    • The Bagel

    • The Surprising History of a Modest Bread
    • By: Maria Balinksa
    • Narrated by: Jo Anna Perrin
    • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11
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      4 out of 5 stars 8
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      4 out of 5 stars 8

    This charming book recounts the remarkable journey of the bagel from the tables of 17th-century Poland to the freezers of middle America today. The story is one of surprising connections between an unassuming ring-shaped roll and centuries of Polish, Jewish, and American history.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Bagel Story

    • By Joshua Kim on 06-10-12

    Regular price: $19.56

    • Evolution and Christian Faith

    • Reflections of an Evolutionary Biologist
    • By: Joan Roughgarden
    • Narrated by: Joan Roughgarden
    • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    Roughgarden rejects both junk science based on spurious metaphors and junk religion based on spurious theology. In their place, she offers an inspiring accommodation between thoughtful science and compassionate religion.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Thoughtful

    • By Roy on 01-02-11

    Regular price: $11.17

    • 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 42
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 34

    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

    • 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 24
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 18
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    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

    • Unnatural History of the Sea

    • By: Callum M. Roberts
    • Narrated by: Callum M. Roberts
    • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 21

    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

    • 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 18
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      4 out of 5 stars 14
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      4 out of 5 stars 13

    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

    • The Politics of Inequality

    • A Political History of the Idea of Economic Inequality in America
    • By: Michael J. Thompson
    • Narrated by: David Stampone
    • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 11
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      3 out of 5 stars 4
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 4

    Since the early days of the American republic, political thinkers have maintained that a grossly unequal division of property, wealth, and power would lead to the erosion of democratic life. Yet over the past thirty-five years, neoconservatives and neoliberals alike have redrawn the tenets of American liberalism. Nowhere is this more evident than in our current mainstream political discourse, in which the politics of economic inequality are rarely discussed.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • You will be surprised by the lack of examples

    • By Paul Stack on 09-07-09

    Regular price: $22.75

    • Good Pirates of the Forgotten Bayous

    • Fighting to Save a Way of Life in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina
    • By: Ken Wells
    • Narrated by: Chris Andrews
    • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 18
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      4 out of 5 stars 12
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    The true story of a resilient circle of shrimp boat captains who faced and withstood the wreckage of Katrina but now find their courage tested by a greater threat: the disappearance of their livelihood and their centuries-old bayou culture.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • It Puts St Bernard on the Katrina Map

    • By Martha A. Murray on 06-22-13

    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 8
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      3 out of 5 stars 5
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    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 Bridge at the End of the World

    • Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability
    • By: James Gustave Speth
    • Narrated by: David Zinn
    • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 35
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 23
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      4 out of 5 stars 23

    How serious are the threats to our environment? Here is one measure of the problem: if we continue to do exactly what we are doing, with no growth in the human population or the world economy, the world in the latter part of this century will be unfit to live in. Of course human activities are not holding at current levels—they are accelerating, dramatically—and so, too, is the pace of climate disruption, biotic impoverishment, and toxification.

    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

    • Falling Behind

    • How Rising Inequality Harms the Middle Class
    • By: Robert H Frank
    • Narrated by: Robert H Frank
    • Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 14
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    Although middle-income families don't earn much more than they did several decades ago, they are buying bigger cars, houses, and appliances. To pay for them, they spend more than they earn and carry record levels of debt. In a book that explores the very meaning of happiness and prosperity in America today, Robert Frank explains how increased concentrations of income and wealth at the top of the economic pyramid have set off "expenditure cascades" that raise the cost of achieving many basic goals for the middle class.

    Regular price: $17.47

    • 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 32
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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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

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