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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 605
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 508
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      4 out of 5 stars 499

    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: 9 hrs
    • Release date: 02-24-10
    • 4 out of 5 stars 605 ratings

    Regular price: $11.20

    • 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

    • 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 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • Why Poetry Matters

    • By: Jay Parini
    • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
    • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 18
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      4 out of 5 stars 13
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      4 out of 5 stars 14

    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

    • Kitchen Literacy

    • How We Lost Knowledge of Where Food Comes from and Why We Need to Get It Back
    • By: Ann Vileisis
    • Narrated by: Alex Day
    • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 23
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      2.5 out of 5 stars 15
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      4 out of 5 stars 16

    Ask children where food comes from, and they’ll probably answer: “the supermarket.” Ask most adults, and their replies may not be much different. Where our foods are raised and what happens to them between farm and supermarket shelf have become mysteries. How did we become so disconnected from the sources of our breads, beef, cheeses, cereal, apples, and countless other foods that nourish us every day?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fabulous book -- anemic performance

    • By Gringuita on 05-27-12
    • How We Lost Knowledge of Where Food Comes from and Why We Need to Get It Back
    • By: Ann Vileisis
    • Narrated by: Alex Day
    • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
    • Release date: 02-24-10
    • 3.5 out of 5 stars 23 ratings

    Regular price: $18.86

    • Most Important Fish in the Sea

    • By: Bruce H. Franklin
    • Narrated by: Bruce H. Franklin
    • Length: 7 hrs and 51 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

    • 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
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      3 out of 5 stars 2
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 2

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Truth...Finally!

    • By Theresa on 06-28-18

    Regular price: $17.47

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • Tough Liberal

    • Albert Shanker and the Battles Over Schools, Unions, Race, and Democracy
    • By: Richard D. Kahlenberg
    • Narrated by: Paul Leonard
    • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      4 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 2

    In Woody Allen's 1973 film, Sleeper, a character wakes up in the future to learn that civilization was destroyed when "a man by the name of Albert Shanker got hold of a nuclear warhead." Shanker was condemned by many when he shut down the New York City school system in the bitter strikes of 1967 and 1968, and he was denounced for stirring up animosity between black parents and Jewish teachers.

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Cities in the Wilderness

    • A New Vision of Land Use in America
    • By: Bruce Babbitt
    • Narrated by: Bruce Babbitt
    • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
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      3 out of 5 stars 8
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      4 out of 5 stars 8

    In this brilliant, gracefully written, and important new book, former Secretary of the Interior and Governor of Arizona Bruce Babbitt brings fresh thought to questions of how we can build a future we want to live in.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Content was good, reading was bad.

    • By Nathaniel Gallegos on 07-13-16

    Regular price: $12.57

    • Diagnosis: Mercury

    • Money, Politics, and Poison
    • By: Jane M. Hightower
    • Narrated by: Jo Anna Perrin
    • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 18
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      4 out of 5 stars 12
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      4 out of 5 stars 13

    One morning in 2000, Dr. Jane Hightower walked into her exam room to find a patient with disturbing symptoms she couldn’t explain. The woman was nauseated, tired, and had difficulty concentrating, but a litany of tests revealed no apparent cause. She was not alone. Dr. Hightower saw numerous patients with similar, inexplicable ailments, and eventually learned that there were many more around the nation and the world.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Watch out for he poison we eat!

    • By ANDRÉ on 02-19-16

    Regular price: $17.47

    • 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

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