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  • The Problems with Philosophy | Bertrand Russell

    The Problems with Philosophy

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bertrand Russell
    • Narrated By James Langton
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    The Problems of Philosophy discusses Bertrand Russell's views on philosophy and the problems that arise in the field. Russell's views focus on knowledge rather than the metaphysical realm of philosophy. The Problems with Philosophy revolves around the central question that Russell asks in his opening line of Chapter 1 - Is there any knowledge in the world which is so certain that no reasonable man could doubt it?

    Gary says: "Either be smart or be not smart"
  • Ragged Dick | Horatio Alger Jr.

    Ragged Dick

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Horatio Alger Jr.
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
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    Ragged Dick is the story of a young bootblack living and working in the streets of a post-Civil War New York City. It follows his rise from a street kid to the respectable middle class. The original publication came to depict a time of post-war struggle through the eyes of its young victims, vagabond children. Originally written as young-adult moral tales using the classic rags-to-riches theme, Ragged Dick is also Algers' timeless snapshot into an all but forgotten period in American history.

    Robin Hernandez says: "A good story about a time the is long past."
  • I Shall Live: Surviving the Holocaust Against All Odds | Henry Orenstein

    I Shall Live: Surviving the Holocaust Against All Odds

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Henry Orenstein
    • Narrated By Henry Orenstein
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    I Shall Live tells the gripping true story of a Jewish family in Germany and Russia as the Nazi party gained power in Germany. When Henry Orenstein and his siblings ended up in a series of concentrations camps, Orenstein's bravery and quick thinking help him to save himself and his brothers from execution by playing a role in the greatest hoax ever pulled on the upper echelons of Nazi command. Orenstein's lucid prose recreates this horrific time in history and his constant struggle for survival as the Nazis move him and his brothers through five concentration camps.

    The Lifelong Learner says: "Gripping - Like You're in a Chinese Finger Trap"
  • Toni, The Little Woodcarver | Johanna Spyri

    Toni, The Little Woodcarver

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 11 mins)
    • By Johanna Spyri
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
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    Toni loses his father at a young age, and his mother, Elsbeth, is tasked with trying to provide for her son in the country all by herself. Toni discovers a passion for wood-carving, but circumstances do not allow him to pursue this line of work, and he instead finds himself as a herdsman up in the mountains. This life doesn't agree well with little Toni, and he falls ill and winds up in a sanitarium. He does not get better until he is reunited with his mother and all at once life for Toni and Elsbeth takes a positive turn thanks to the help of another patient in the sanitarium.

    teina davis says: "Delightful"
  • A Discourse Upon the Origin and the Foundation of the Inequality Among Mankind | Jean-Jacques Rousseau

    A Discourse Upon the Origin and the Foundation of the Inequality Among Mankind

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jean-Jacques Rousseau
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
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    Discourse on the Origin and Basis of Inequality Among Men was written in response to a competition run by the Academy of Dijon answering the prompt: What is the origin of inequality among men, and whether such inequality is authorized by natural law? Rousseau puts forth the concept of two types of inequity: natural/physical and moral/political. He focuses on moral inequality and its link to power and wealth. He also covers the areas of self-love, compassion for others, and free-agency.

  • Alleys of Darkness | Robert E. Howard

    Alleys of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (41 mins)
    • By Robert E. Howard
    • Narrated By Christopher Sorrensen
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    When Dennis Dorgan is unexpectedly declared the loser in a boxing match against Kid Leary that he quite obviously won, he realizes something has gone amiss. The situation grows worse when his manager comes in and reveals that he has lost all his money and his ship because of the loss. When the crooked referee comes to Dorgan and tells him that the fight was fixed for a reason, Dorgan agrees to help him shake up the bad guy and straighten out the situation.

  • Charlie Chan Carries On | Earl Derr Biggers

    Charlie Chan Carries On

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Earl Derr Biggers
    • Narrated By James Langton
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    Inspector Duff works with the Scotland Yard. He is called in to investigate a mysterious murder that occurred at a famous local London hotel. He finds himself wishing for the assistance of his old friend, Charlie Chan, who now resides in Hawaii. The plot thickens when one of the suspects is found dead at a further stop on the trip.

  • Mary: A Fiction | Mary Wollstonecraft

    Mary: A Fiction

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Mary Wollstonecraft
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
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    This story is, in essence, the novelization of Wollstonecraft's ultimate work, Vindication of the Rights of Women. It follows a girl who grows up in a moderately wealthy English family in 18th century, trying to find love and individuality in a time when such concepts are incomprehensible to society. Mary, the main character, follows life and love through a turbulent series of ups and downs while trying to remain true to herself.

    Graeme says: "Eh"
  • New Atlantis | Francis Bacon

    New Atlantis

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 43 mins)
    • By Francis Bacon
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
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    The crew of a European ship discovers the utopian island of Bensalem, having gotten lost in the Pacific Ocean somewhere near Peru. The crew spend time learning about the ways of the people of Bensalem, a very chaste group of Christians. The most important part of the island is their university, a state-sponsored scientific institution known as Salomon's House. The narrator is chosen from amongst the crew to get a one-on-one explanation of the way their society works, and he learns about the various buildings and jobs that exist on Bensalem.

    Michael Conn says: "Very disappointing"
  • Facts on Drugs and Drug Abuse: A Guide for Adolescents and Teens |  National Institute on Drug Abuse

    Facts on Drugs and Drug Abuse: A Guide for Adolescents and Teens

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By National Institute on Drug Abuse
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
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    This NIDA guide makes teens aware of the dangers of drug abuse, by providing scientific facts about various types of drugs in order to help teenages make safe and smart decisions. The guide focuses on the influence various drugs have on the brain to help teens better understand addiction. This NIDA guide covers anabolic steroids, ecstasy (MDMA), inhalants, marijuana, prescription drugs, stimulants (including cocaine), and tobacco, as well as the dangers of HIV/AIDS as associated with drug use.

  • Proposed Roads to Freedom | Bertrand Russell

    Proposed Roads to Freedom

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Bertrand Russell
    • Narrated By James Langton
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    A concise version of Bertrand Russell's political philosophy and thoughts, focusing on his favoring of guild socialism. While Russell believed that pure Anarchism should be the ultimate goal, his realism lead him to favor the guild socialism which he expands upon in this volume. Russell first discusses the various aspects of socialism, anarchism, and syndicalism, focusing also on the major men/movements associated with each school.

  • Glinda of Oz | L. Frank Baum

    Glinda of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Karen White
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    When Glinda informs Ozma, the ruler of Oz, that there is trouble brewing between two distant lands in Oz, Ozma decides to take Dorothy along with her and try to put an end to the problems. Ozma and Dorothy travel first to the land of the Flatheads, where they encounter the evil dictator Su-Dic and are forced to discover they will not be able to make Su-Dic want peace. They then move on to the land of the Skeezers, whose evil queen Coo-ee-ooh is unwilling to make peace as Su-Dic.

    Jess says: "Great continuation to the Oz stories!"
  • Political Ideas | Bertrand Russell

    Political Ideas

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 54 mins)
    • By Bertrand Russell
    • Narrated By Peter Bishop
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    He details the issues that his current economic system and the unequal distribution of wealth present in achieving said ideals. He puts forth his beliefs on what the purposes of an economic system should be, including production and security. He criticizes monopolies and all the damage that they have done.

  • Reverse the Aging Process | Gary Null

    Reverse the Aging Process

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Gary Null
    • Narrated By Gary Null
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    The premier voice of natural wellness presents a new guide to staying healthier longer. Null explores a subject which is becoming a major concern: antioxidants vs. free radicals. After discussing the role of antioxidants in improved immune system functioning, Null lays out an effective program for controlling free radicals through diet and vitamin therapy. Gary Null (1945-present) is an American author and radio personality. His focus is on alternative and complementary medicine and nutrition.

  • Tin Woodman of Oz | L. Frank Baum

    Tin Woodman of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Karen White
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    Woot the Wanderer finds himself at the home of the Tin Woodman of Oz and desires to hear the story of how a woodman made of tin could come to be. The Tin Woodman tells the tale of how he was once Nick Chopper, a man of flesh and blood, in love with a young girl named Nimmie Amee. The Wicked Witch of the East was not happy about this and so she enchanted his axe and had him cut off his limbs one at a time, which were replaced with limbs made of tin.

  • Grasshopper | Anton Chekhov

    Grasshopper

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 3 mins)
    • By Anton Chekhov
    • Narrated By Dave Courvoisier
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    Olga Ivanovna, a beautiful young woman floating around in a famous and fabulous social circle, falls in love with a simple man who does not belong to the same social group, Osip Dymov. Dymov worked at the same hospital as her father. When her father fell ill, Dymov was captivated by Olga's dedication to her father, and she soon returned the romantic notions. As they settled into married life, Olga continued to frequent with her artistic friends, visiting them every day and continuing to live a fun, exciting life.

  • In the Valley of the Shadow | Bram Stoker

    In the Valley of the Shadow

    • UNABRIDGED (15 mins)
    • By Bram Stoker
    • Narrated By Bill Andrew Quinn
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    A chilling short story from the author of Dracula. In the Valley of the Shadow is a tale about a delirious man and his hallucinations while hospitalized.

    Kristi Richardson says: "They're coming to take you away, ha ha!"
  • Nyarlathotep | H. P. Lovecraft

    Nyarlathotep

    • UNABRIDGED (10 mins)
    • By H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated By Chris Sorensen
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    During a time of political and social unrest in Egypt, a god-like force, Nyarlathotep, emerges. He travels the land dazzling people with electricity and psychology. While witnesses of this god-like creature encourage others to see him, afterwards, people seem terrified. As the narrator recounts his experiences, he becomes disoriented. By the end of the story, the narrator and the other viewers of Nyarlathotep begin to lose touch with reality.

    Mary Karowski says: "Classic HP Cthulu Myhthos story"
  • A Reminiscence of Dr. Samuel Johnson | H. P. Lovecraft

    A Reminiscence of Dr. Samuel Johnson

    • UNABRIDGED (17 mins)
    • By H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated By Chris Sorensen
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    This is the tale of a 228 year old man, born in 1690, telling about his interactions with Dr. Samuel Johnson. A large part focuses on their belonging to a literary club and the other men who also participated in the club. It is a simple observance of social interactions, as put forth by a very old man and his dated voice.

  • Feeding the Mind | Lewis Carroll

    Feeding the Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (13 mins)
    • By Lewis Carroll
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
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    A manuscript of a brief lecture Lewis Carroll once gave, Feeding the Mind discusses the importance of not only feeding one's body, but one's mind, as well. He wittily puts forth connections between the diet of the body and mind, and gives helpful tips on how to best digest knowledge in the brain. Lewis Carroll (1832-1898) was an English author, best known for his works Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. He is prized for his ability to deal with word play, logic, and fantasy.

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